Handmade silver charms and glass-paste bracelet (B0059)
We made this colorful bracelet from various glass-paste beads in different colors and patterns, mixed with rough brown jade, red polished coral beads and some in-between handmade silver beads.
The glass-paste beads are made with Millefiori technique (italian for “thousand flowers”), an ancient glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware and can be traced back to Ancient Roman, Phoenician and Alexandrian times. It is made with handmade glass canes, each containing an individual pattern of various design and color, from star to round to flower shape (hence the name).
The four charms are handmade from 95% silver and take inspiration from various ethnical motifs – the small flower pattern is thus typical of the Karen hill tribe people; it is called “Podduang” pattern and is hand-stamped directly onto silver surface.
The moon-shape pendant is inspired by ancient Slavic moon amulet (also know as “lunula”). It is a crescent moon shaped pendant that was worn by girls already in ancient Roman culture, the tradition that was also adopted by the Slavic and Viking people. Girls ideally wore them as an protective amulet, but it also symbolized fertility and prosperity.
The moon amulet is about 2×2 cm, the round and diamond shape charms are about 1.5 cm. The round bell-shape charm (it is hollow and makes no sound) is about 0.8 cm in diameter.
Bracelet is adjustable in length thanks to the silver chain attached to the closing hook, both chain and hook are made of sterling silver.
This is a one-of-a-kind-piece, since it is impossible to always find same style glass-beads to compose the bracelet, so no two pieces can look exactly the same. The mix of charms, pattern and colors, as well as motifs that come from different cultural backgrounds, make this a unique, playful, interesting piece of jewelry that won’t go unnoticed. It also looks very nice if combined with other bracelets or bangles, irregardless of style and material.