July 2, 2021

Enchanting ‘Lady in the Water’ Jewelry Designed With Creatively Carved Agate Cameos

Jewelry artist Andrew James Nagel—better known as Valk 9—creates intricate wire-wrapped necklaces, bracelets, and rings using silver and precious stones. He masterfully transforms the metal material into fluid organic-shaped forms that ethereally clasp around gems. One of his latest pieces entitled Lady in the Water, features an arrangement of tanzanite, imperial garnet, a freshwater pearl, and a black agate cameo enveloped in swirling layers of sterling silver.

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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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