Seeking the Art of Jewelry across Ages(I)

At the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, you can see the work of jewelry designer Susan Sanders. Her many gold and silver designs have a clean and modern look.

One of her silver rings has a bold geometric design with small smooth stones inlayed into the metal.

How did she make this ring? Today we answer this question as we explore the history and methods of jewelry design.

People from almost all cultures throughout history have been making and wearing jewelry. Jewelry is valued for its visual quality, the richness of its materials and the expert way it is made. Since ancient times people have worn jewelry like rings, bracelets and necklaces to decorate their fingers, wrists and necks.

Ancient peoples who lived near the ocean used the shells of sea creatures to make jewelry. Other ancient peoples used materials like small colored rocks and animal bones and teeth. Jewelry often was made from whatever material was considered rare and costly. It expressed the wealth and social importance of its wearer.

Later cultures learned how to find and work with gold. One of gold’s important qualities is that it is a very soft metal. It can be easily formed or even flattened into extremely thin sheets of metal.

Some of the oldest and finest known jewelry comes from the burial site of the Sumerian ruler Queen Pu-abi. This Mesopotamian culture existed more than four thousand five hundred years ago.

In this area that is now Iraq, archeologists discovered fine examples of gold jewelry. Many of the jewelry designs combined the brightness of gold with the intense blue stone called lapus lazuli. This jewelry shows some of the earliest examples of metalworking methods such as filigree and granulation.

Granulation is a technique in which tiny gold balls are placed in a decorative pattern and joined onto a gold surface. Filigree is made by arranging fine gold or silver wires into patterns or images.

Filigree work can either be joined onto a metal surface, or left as “openwork.” Many cultures have left extraordinary examples of this technique. Examples include the jewelry of ancient Greeks and the eighteenth century Qing period in China.

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New Fashion Gadget in the Future, Android Launched Smart ‘Watch Phone’

 Look, there’s coming a new Fashion gadget soon, Android’s smart watchphone – i’mWatch.

Android i’mWatch

Ever since Fifties detective Dick Tracy had a two-way radio built into his watch, the watch-phone has been the stuff of geeky dreams.

The reality, though, has been a little different. Not only are “real” watchphones such as LG’s model gigantic, cuff-shredding monsters, they don’t really DO anything.

But all that’s set to chance with the touch screen i’mWatch – tipping the scales at a svelte 70g, and offering a little more than a really undignified way to hold a conversation by talking to your cuff.

There is even a special “App store” built for apps that might work on a 1.5-inch LCD screen – in other words, almost no Android apps currently available.

There is at least a 4GB memory chip built in, so you’ll at least have plenty of space to store them.

Naturally, this being the world of watches, there are jewelled versions designed to part yacht owners from their money – costing? 10,286. The ordinary model is ?234.

The small screen size could be a blessing, though – it’ll last two days between charges, although as ever with claimed battery life, we’ll believe that when we’ve tested the thing for six months.

Standard smartphone functions such as email and weather reports will be built in. Mr Bertolini said: “In the near future, with i’mWatch it will be possible to turn the heating, the washing machine and the dishwasher on and off.”

“In the house of the future, where home automation will control and manage many white goods, i’mWatch will be able to integrate perfectly.”

The watch will go on general sale in the later part of 2012.

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A Jewelry Feast for You Specially

Preface: If you are a fans of gorgeous color gems and jewelry, if your has studied in the jewelery filed for long time, if you still have yearning to many different kinds of charms and fashion accessories, then this high-profile, most popular, the industry’s most influential China international Jewellery Fair, you are absolutely not to be missed!

It was the Jade jewellery that stole the show at China’s 2010 International Jewellery Fair with over 900 jewellery makers filling Beijing’s International Exhibition Centre.

The iconic Chinese stone – which has been used for ceremonial purposes for many thousands of years – features in rings, necklaces and bracelets.

Yang Peng, deputy general manager of the Colourful Yunnan Jewellery Company – one of western China’s leading producers – is confident that precious stone is a sound investment.

He says: “Jade jewellery is the top among luxurious jewellery and has seen huge sales increase in China. As raw materials for jade are running out and the price for jewellery keeps going up. Many people buy jewellery not only to have spiritual enjoyment but also to keep it for rise in its value. They may see good jewellery could become 60 or even 100 times more valuable just in ten years.”

Buying jewellery has become more popular in China with wages increasing sharply. Many flocked to the exhibition to buy some jade.

Show visitor Jia Xiaoting, from Beijing, says: “Jade jewellery is the best in an amulet. As the saying goes: ‘Gold is precious, but jade is priceless.’ And jade jewellery is also a very traditional gift in Chinese culture. I am more interested buying jade jewelry as a decoration for myself.”

Last year sales of jewellery in China reached 220 billion RMB (about $33 billion), says China’s Gems and Jewellery Trade Association. It predicts jewellery sales could increase by over 20 percent this year.

“As China’s economy grows and people’s living standard improves and consumption increases, the jewellery industry in China will develop faster and better. We will try to set up a new image and serve as a bigger contributor for the economic growth through this jewellery fair,” says Sun Wensheng, head of Gems and Jewellery Trade Association of China.

China is one of the world’s largest jewelry producers and exporters, especially in pearl and jade jewelry.

The five day jewelry fair – now in its eleventh year – attracts over 90,000 visitors. The show runs from May 11 – 15.

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The World’s Most Expensive Watch

How much money would you be happy to spend on a nice watch? Ten dollars? One hundred? One hundred thousand?! Or you can purchase a TopLink for $69.90. duration 1 year.Would you pay 5 million dollars to get this diamond-encrusted watch?

Well, if you’re feeling very rich, there is now a watch worth five million US dollars (32 million yuan) on the market.

Swiss watchmaker Hublot has unveiled what is believed to be the world’s most expensive timepiece.

The white gold watch is encrusted with 1,282 dazzling diamonds, and took 17 people 14 months to make. The precious stones cover the entire face, as well as the band.

Jean-Claude Biver, president of Hublot, said it would be hard to make a more expensive watch “because the surface of the watch is limited.”

Despite the price tag it seems Hublot will have no trouble selling the high-end creation. Mr Biver revealed that several people had expressed interest in acquiring it.

Analysts say Swiss watchmakers have done well this year, driven by demand in Asia.

Though many retail sectors have been suffering in the economic downturn, luxury brands are thriving – and there are plenty of items for you to spend your money on.

If watches aren’t your thing, you could go for a solid gold iPhone, a deluxe “Diamond-Edition” Blackberry or a plain old diamond-encrusted platinum handbag – all are on the market for six-figure sums.

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