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Monday, July 28, 2008
Luxurious gems of vibrant, transparent, and every range in between, are on display at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, California through August 24, 2008. This private collection is the most significant in the United States comparable to royal families the world over.
(images from www.DecoBelle.com)

GEMS: Colors of Light and Stone is a world renowned exhibition of colored gemstones, diamonds, and gems. Illustrated are most of the known major gem species and colors and variety. Included are very rare examples of electric blue, Paraiba Tourmalines, antique mid 19th - early 20th century, and spectacular gem carvings.

At Deco Belle Global Jewelry, we carry a wide selection of natural gemstones. Included in our jewellery collections are:
  • Carnelian, and Blue as well as Red Agate in our Afghan Turkomen collection
  • Genuine Coral, Turquoise, Rainbow Moonstone, Topaz, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Pink Tourmaline from our Tibetan Himalaya jewelry collection
  • Onyx in our Art Deco and Oceania Mother of Pearl sterling silver collection
  • Baltic Amber from Poland designer jewelry including Smokey Quartz, Coral, Amethyst, and Turquoise
  • Austrian crystal jewelry in our Taxco, Mexico sterling silver collection
  • Garnet, Topaz, Carnelian, Amethyst, and Coral in our Marcasite silver collection
  • Thai Amber, and Austrian Crystal in our Thailand sterling silver jewelry collection
  • and much more!
Peruse our website to see our world jewelry collections set in 925 sterling silver, most of which are nickel-free, and rhodium plated to give a luminous platinum like finish.

Part of our Mt. Everest jewelry collection is 925 sterling silver with 24ct gold plating.

Deco Belle world jewelry, delivering beautiful gems in elegant settings right to your doorstep. Free shipping in the United States, including free gift wrapping on every order!
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We've had such a great response to our Art Deco Kimono Fashion blog article, that we are posting a great exhibit for our West Coast customers. Now through October 12, 2008, the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, California, is featuring the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World: Guardians of China's First Emperor.

How do you top building the Great Wall of China? Simple, build a city sized mausoleum. The first emperor of China built an entire terra cotta army, over 8,000 warriors, 520 horses, 130 chariots, and various acrobats and musicians to protect him in death. Ch'in Shih Huang Ti is the man who unified China in the 3rd century, B.C. (unification 221 BCE to 211 BCE) by conquering six other feudal states. This monarch is today known as Qin Shi Huang, his warriors are referred to as Qin's Armies

It is believed that Qin may have buried hundreds of scholars alive in the Great Wall, though there is dispute about the "alive" part, but it is certifiable that he was indeed dead for his own first class funeral.

The remains of the craftsmen working in this tomb to create this vast army for Qin's afterlife, have been found within its confines. A sure way to keep the skilled craftsmen from divulging information about the tomb and the treasures that it housed.

A vast army of skilled craftsmen was required to build such a grand funerary art city. Construction began in 246 BCE with over 700,000 workers. Studies show that 8 face moulds were most likely used and then clay was added to give each soldier individual features. Once assembled, the intricate features such as facial expressions were added to make each soldier unique. The figures vary in height from 6ft to 6ft-5in, according to their role, the tallest being the generals, and outfitted with uniform and hairstyle according to military rank, complete with color lacquer finish. These terra cotta figures were placed in the pits in precise military formation according to rank and duty.

A local farmer discovered this archaeological site in 1974 while drilling for a water well. Yours truly has shaken hands with this farmer as he used to have a book signing area inside the pit/museum and purchased his autograph with a book of the warriors. We've been told that he no longer signs autographs or is allowed to take photos.

he majority of this army is still buried in these pits as cleaning and preserving each and every soldier is a very painstaking process, and hopes to keep the tomb intact. Only a portion of the site is currently excavated.

Visit China for it's fine grade A Cubic Zirconia jewelry without leaving your keyboard. Deco Belle Global Jewelry brings you world jewelry right to your fingertips and delivers to your doorstep free of charge, free shipping in the United States. We have very competitive rates for the rest of the world, we ship worldwide. Bookmark and Share

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

For all of our east coast customers who love all things Deco, only two weeks left to experience the Fashioning Kimono exhibition focused on the Art Deco and modern periods of Japan’s national dress. The exhibition includes elegant formal, semi-formal, and casual kimono, as well as haori jackets, and under-kimono attire worn by both men and women, as well as children.

When Art Nouveau became fashionable in the late 19th century, it quickly spread to major urban centers in Europe and North America; this new, 'modern' style incorporated diverse sources and artistic traditions, and natural forms with elegant floral forms and scrolling arabesques. (Kimono images courtesy of V&A Museum, London, U.K. - Montgomery Collection)

Art Nouveau’s flowing lines, clearly visible in these Art Nouveau Carnelian earrings at Deco Belle, rooted in nature, exemplified by flowers, and intertwining of stems and flowers acquiesced perfectly with the Japanese use of natural forms and strong, undulating lines.

This artistic fusion and mutual influence are apparent in the kimonos in the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition.

Though quintessentially Japanese, the kimono form has influenced fashion designers around the world, Deco Belle jewelry from around the world is glad to feature Art Deco and global styles of fashion.

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Future dates and museum locations for the Fashioning Kimono art exhibition are as follows:

November 15, 2008 - February 15, 2009: Ringling Museum of Art, Florida

March 7, 2008 - May 17 Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Florida,

June 6, 2008- August 16, Tyler Museum of Art, Texas

December 4, 2009 - January 10, 2010: Society of the Four Arts, Florida

January 30, 2010- April 11: Memorial Art Gallery, New York

July 31, 2010 -October 10: Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Happy 4th of July!

As Americans, we have the utmost respect for our flag and are to never intentionally damage it in any way, there is one known case of the American flag being torn to pieces and celebrated for it. This was explorer Robert Peary (1856-1920) whom scattered the shreds at the North Pole, he was the first recognized American to arrive at the North Pole in 1909. Recognized as there was a controversy over the first American to reach the North Pole, the accepted history is that Robert Peary was the first American to make it to the top of the earth.

Power to the People! “The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the People, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers. There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free 'government' ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among people." - John Adams (1735-1826)

Famous historical painting by John Trumbull (1756-1843), named Declaration of Independence. Consequently, this painting appears on the reverse of a $2 bill.

Various metal salts are employed to create the vivid colored explosions that we enjoy on our independence day. Barium makes green, copper makes blue, and aluminum makes it all sparkle! At Deco Belle global jewelry most of our jewelry is crafted with 925 sterling silver metal, but we also carry gold, gold plated, Alpaca Silver, and Turkmen silver jewelry. We also have a wide selection of USA jewelry including jewelry cases, travel organizers, and accessories. www.DecoBelle.com

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