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Thursday, February 25, 2021

GARDEN OF EDEN

The Garden of Eden is mentioned in the Book of Genesis in the Bible as well as elsewhere. It is described as an idyllic place where the first humans, Adam and Eve, lived with immortality until they were tempted to sin by eating the forbidden apple and then became mortal. There are various ideas about where Eden might have been although one could say there is no specific location if one considers the story of Eden to be allegorical rather than historical. The ancient Hebrews probably placed it somewhere east of Mesopotamia although that is not clear. In relatively recent times the Mormon religion, which is very North American centric, placed it in Missouri. Wherever the location or if there was a location, the story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from Eden was a way for the ancients to explain human mortality, a problem that has bothered people from before the dawn of history and even today.

You can find the floral garden pendant bead pictured above at http://www.beadshaper.com/detail?item_id=43062&category_id=1764

Saturday, February 20, 2021

BRIANNA

The name Brianna is of Irish origin. It means strong, virtuous and honorable.

The fashion fish bead pictured above is named Brianna Bluefish and can be found on the Beadshaper web site at BRIANNA BLUEFISH - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants (beadshaper.com)

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

GOLDFISH

Goldfish are yellow and orange mutations of carp that have been bred for at least one thousand years, beginning in China because of their attractive color. At first they were kept in ponds and later in glass containers for better display. Eventually a law was made allowing only Chinese nobility to keep yellow goldfish because they were considered more regal. Commoners were only allowed the orange variety. Therefore, the orange ones remained more numerous. Eventually in the 17th Century goldfish were exported to Europe via Portuguese travelers. Later in the 19th Century goldfish became popular in the United States and have remained so today.

You can find Gilda Goldfish, a handcrafted lampwork glass bead created by Rose at GILDA GOLDFISH - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Beads (beadshaper.com)

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

CRAFT GUILDS

Colegia in Ancient Rome were associations of craftsmen who did the same kind of work and banded together to promote their common interests. The colegia were precursors of the guilds that came later in Medieval Europe. With the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe went through the Dark Ages of the early Middle Ages. During the later Middle Ages there was a resurrection of cities and with it a resurrection of crafts. The craftsmen in the various crafts banded together to form guilds which promoted their various crafts. Guilds often supported their members by keeping out unwanted competition, taking care of the families of members when the member became ill or died, and setting qualifications for members. One became a member of a guild by being in the family of an established guild member and by going through steps of learning and maturity, first as an apprentice and over years working up to the level of master craftsman. One such guild was the glass makers of Venice who protected their method of making glass for centuries. The guilds were usually protected by the local king or other nobleman or by the governing body of a town. The guilds were ultimately replaced by the guilds, associations, and unions of today.

The elegant bracelet pictured above is an example of jewelry craft created by Rose. It can be found at REGAL BLUESTONE BRACELET (beadshaper.com)

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

ZOE

Zoe is a name of Greek origin which means “life.” The name was used by Hellenized Jews in Alexandria in the third century (which at that time was a Greek city) as the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew Chava (Eve) or Chaya (feminine form of male name Chaim or word for life). One Empress of the Byzantine Empire in the 11th century was named Zoe. Zoe became popular in the English speaking world in the 19th Century and has remained popular since then.

You can find a Beadshaper Fashion Fish handcrafted lampwork glass bead named Zoe at  ZOE FASHION FISH - Fashion Fish Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants (beadshaper.com)

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Monday, February 15, 2021

VENUS

 

Venus in Roman mythology is the goddess of love and beauty. She is the Roman equivalent of the earlier Greek goddess, Aphrodite. According to Roman mythology, she is the daughter of Jupiter, the king of the gods, and the ancestor of Romulus, the founder of Rome. As the story goes, she was married to Vulcan, the god of craftsmanship who didn't pay enough attention to her because he was too busy working, so she had an affair with Mars, the god of war. It looked like those ancient Romans had the same frailties we see in some people today and attributed those same frailties to their gods and goddesses.

Venus has been the subject of many works of art, most notably the painting "The Birth of Venus" by Boticelli (1445-1510). The most famous sculpture bearing her name is the Venus de Milo. However that statue was actually made by an ancient Greek artist depicting Aphrodite, but the later Roman name has remained the more popular one.


You can see Venus Fashion Fish at
 VENUS FASHION FISH - Lampwork - Handcrafted Lampwork Glass Beads, Pendants (beadshaper.com)

 

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

RING PHILOSOPHY

Although a ring can be adorned with any shape to enhance its beauty, the part that makes it a ring is the circle that fits on a finger. The ring shape has great philosophical significance in representing time and existence. If time were linear, one could ask what existed before the beginning of time and what will exist after the end of time? If time were circular, then there would be no beginning and no end.

The ring pictured above can be found at SILVER PEARL RING - (beadshaper.com)

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