Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just Loving Jewelry

Do you ever find yourself stopping at one of the jewelry channels when channel surfing? Or, maybe when trying to throw away the Ross-Simons catalog, instead stopping to flip through the entire catalog just to dream a little. Well while in D.C. when I heard about and an exhibition that featured jewelry, I just couldn't resist it.
The jewelry on display was created by designer Azza Fahmy. Much of her work is inspired by writings, history or other traditions in the arab region. It was interesting to read that the burka that was traditionally only worn by the married bedouin women, was considered an adornment and was usually adorned with jewels, stamped coins and gold chains. Single women never covered so that they could showcase their beauty. Bedouin woman also created some of their own jewelry, stringing together items they found, ultimately creating some uniquely designed adornments. Ms. Fahmy has created her own jewelry inspired by dessert jewelry.
Some of her work has been inspired by poetry of Kahil Gibran or the beauty of the Whirling Dervishes.
But my favorite items on display were the examples were the filigree bracelets. The work is obviously tedious as tiny strands of metal are wound together and then designed into small shapes that are then soldered into place.It was all so beautiful! Oh the joys of window shopping!

Many thanks to each of you who left so many wonderful comments and well wishes for my son. We are so happy to have him back home and we had the best weekend time just being together. Thank you for celebrating his return with me.


  1. What gorgeous jewelry, and how interesting about the burkas.
    Lovely post!

  2. Fabulous and those two bracelets are so my style! Give your son a big welcome home and hug for me and tell him THANK YOU!

  3. Hi Carol!

    I am so happy to see that your son arrived home safe and sound! What a wonderful photo of you both hugging!

    This jewelry is so beautiful! I am not much of a jewelry wearing person, but I do appreciate fine and artistic craftsmanship. I especially loved the gold filigree bracelets.