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Playing "dress-up" may be pretty common for a couple of sisters, but our mother had an uncommonly good stash. As the beautiful wife of an attorney in 1960's Los Angeles -- whose Depression-era childhood and artistic sensibilities had given her a passion for beautiful things -- our mom loved jewelry.  She was addicted to treasure-hunting at the thrift stores where glamorous Hollywood stars cast off their outdated fashions, in the days when nobody paid any attention to thrift stores. Nobody except, it seemed, our mom.  more....

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Jatim Beads, Ancient Beads from East Java

Ancient Jatim were produced in Java in the first milleniium AD. They are large and small polychrome beads named for their close association with east Java, or Jawa Timor. Between 300 and 700CE there was extensive international trade to the east and west, and the Indonesian bead making style was influence the the Roman mosaic and millefiori beads.  More...

Neanderthals & Shell Beads

I was interested to read that perforated shells used as beads were discovered in an archaeologic site in south-east Spain. Besides being perforated by a tool, some of them were stained with hematite, a red colorant. The shells date from the Middle Paleolithic around 48,500 years ago.  More..

Heritage Photo Pendants- a great family gift

My old friend, Diana Glasgow had a wonderful idea for family reunion gifts. She made everyone in the family a photo pendant. It was a huge hit with her family. She generously agreed to share her project with us.  More...