April 13, 2021

These 17th-Century Skull Watches Open Up to Reveal Time as It Passes Us By

Here today, gone tomorrow. This sentiment is key to a philosophy known as memento mori, where one embraces rather than fears death. It was a concept explored heavily in the history of art, from 16th-century still-life paintings to Baroque tomb sculptures. Eventually, it even made its way into timepieces as watches were popularized. Skull cases, which open to expose a watch, were particularly popular from the 17th century onward.

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February 9, 2021

What’s Your Birthstone? Fun Facts for Each of the 12 Gemstones

For centuries, people of many cultures have ascribed various meanings and powers to different gemstones. In fact, there are now specific gemstones assigned to each month of the year, known as birthstones. The history of birthstones potentially extends back to the 12 stones recorded in the Book of Exodus as decorating the breastplate of Aaron.

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August 6, 2020

96-Year-Old Navajo Grandmother Goes Viral on TikTok for Her Beadwork

Beadwork is an aesthetically beautiful form of art, but it also represents so much more than what's on the surface. The practice of beading is tethered to a rich history and culture within Indigenous communities. Unique to each tribe, the art form is passed down through generations. Many older generations continue to create beaded designs, but 96-year-old Navajo beadworker Annette Bilagody has amassed a particularly stunning body of work.

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May 22, 2020

Stunning Architecture Rings Contain Entire City Skylines Within Them

As COVID-19 travel restrictions are still in place, you’re likely missing traveling to your favorite places. And while it might be some time before you can visit them again, the travel-loving designers at Art is Therapy have come up with a way to let you keep your favorite cities close. Called Teti, this collection of statement rings reimagines city skylines in miniature, crafted out of precious metals and encased in glossy resin.

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