U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! July forth brings out our patriotic pride, the enthusiasm to chant for our team USA and celebrating our right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (And we all break to sing and dance to Pharrell’s song “Happy.”) At BeJeweled we are very proud of all the wonderful art and jewelry we carry that is made right here in the USA. Go team USA!
Red Dichroic Glass Comet Dangle Earrings ~ Handmade in North Carolina
Dichroic glass is made when multiple ultra-thin layers of different metals such as gold or silver, and metal oxides such as titanium, chromium, aluminum, zirconium, or magnesium, or silica are vaporized by an electron beam in a vacuum chamber. The array of brilliant colors are produced from light being reflected just like what occurs in a rainbow or a dragonfly wing. There’s an amazing amount of steps in creating every single piece of jewelry. Each piece of glass is handled many times and there is no machine that can make dichroic glass. The glass is fired in a kiln at over 1400 degrees several times in order to achieve the right effect. And each firing can take up to 12 hours from start to finish. When the sheet of glass is cool enough, then they cut the shapes with diamond tools and polish the glass before wrapping them with sterling silver wire.
White Sea Shell Candle ~ Handmade by Outer Banks artist Becky Hemby
Feel like taking a walk on the beach? Becky’s candles will let you take home that experience with her beautiful seashell candles that are reusable. The outside is a hard wax which is filled with a soft wax that will burn and allow room to fill with a votive or tea light candle for future use.
Blue Wine Glasses ~ Handmade by Rosetree Glass Studio in New Orleans
Rosetree Glass Studio creates distinctive, artistic work utilizing traditional glassblowing techniques. Classical shapes, iridescent colors and interior designs are combined to provide a unique approach to an ancient art. The creative force and owner, Mark Rosenbaum, brings to Rosetree an unusually diverse background in glassblowing, glass casting, ceramics and jewelry. The result is an exciting interpretation of the art of glass. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art, Mark became the first recipient of a Master of Fine Arts in glassblowing from Tulane University. Awarded a grant by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he established the first privately owned glassblowing studio in the state of Louisiana.
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