Monday, June 6, 2011

Baja baja baja

If you know me then you'd know that my lovely Pater (aka my dad :p) makes jewellery, his business is Baja Design. We've just made a Facebook page for Baja, and as a little promo thing I'm taking photos for Baja! I've taken some photos of just the jewellery before, but now I'm taking a few shots of people modelling the jewellery - for now, it's my lovely sister Rennie!

Here's the first of the shots featuring 'The Russian Blues'...






In the bead collecting world the rare cobalt beads featured in this design are known as 'Russian Blues', a 'drawn' style of 'Trade' bead, and one remarkably well-travelled: first made in Bohemia c. 1870, then shipped to China to be hand-faceted, before migrating to Siberia and Alaska where they were used as a 'trade' commodity in exchange for furs (hence the name 'Russian Blues'.
They were particularly prized by Siberian, Athapaskan, Aleut and Tlingit hunters and their wives.
Don't mind those small chips and pitting you'll see on the beads. Those are just a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive travels. And do guard your Russian Blues - they're not just 'old beads', they're valuable little antiquities appreciating in value annually. One day they'll be worth quite a bit of money!
Holding these beauties together are 'gold fill' fastenings. You can read more about 'gold fill' in our soon to come 'know what you're buying section' - but long story short, it's the middle ground between cheap electroplate and pricey solid gold. It contains a layer of solid 14 to 24 karat gold that is mechanically bonded to a sterling silver base. 

Keep an eye out for some more of these (they were my Wednesday shots, by the way!), and if you like what you see, feel free to like the Baja Jewellery page. My dad is going to be giving away free pieces of jewellery soon!


2 comments:

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

the brilliant blue jewelry and brown fur perfectly set off your hair color and complexion! =)

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The Green Fairy said...

Fucking love it. Renoir is such a great model. She's my invisionment of the 'everyman' but you know...for pretty, slightly indie types :P

Second last is ma' fav.

p.s. thank you blogger for finally letting me post a freakin' comment on this post.