Baj ring in silver, onyx and mossy agate
Baj Ring in Sterling Silver, Onyx and Moss Agate
Handcrafted sterling silver ring, 25 and 10 mm onyx. and 25 mm mossy agate.
The onyx It is a variety of black agate, composed of silica, of volcanic origin. Its name comes from the Latin onyx which means "nail". According to Greek legend, Eros cut Aphrodite's divine nails and scattered them on the sand so that their power would last, turning them into stone. The ancient Greeks called onyx all varieties of agate, from the lightest to the darkest. Later, the almost black variety was called onyx.
In Greek and Roman antiquity, this stone was used to make cameos in which goldsmiths carved the figures of famous people on pieces of onyx.
Throughout history, it has also been used to decorate seals, a type of ring worn by authorities to certify official transactions.
The largest producer of onyx is Mexico.
The agate It is a microcrystalline quartz of the chalcedony family that comes from Brazil. It is volcanic in nature and owes its variety of colors to the multiple inclusions that were deposited during its formation and subsequent cooling. Its name comes from the Achates river, in Sicily, where it was found for the first time.
The mossy agate It is a variety of agate that is characterized by its inclusions of green chlorite, iron oxide and manganese that create configurations similar to those of moss.
Craft time is a time that takes us out of the urgency of everyday life. A time that obeys the materials with which he works, listening to them and accompanying them. It is therefore a gesture away from the routine gesture, the one that machines repeat over and over again. The craft time in Belén Bajo is also the time of durable materials, metals, stones to which timeless, simple forms with a certain geometric flavor are proposed.
Belén Bajo jewels seek maximum formal simplicity without giving up a playful touch. In part, its formal universe comes from the central European rationalist and functional culture, its Mediterranean roots and the survival of the plastic forms of the Al-Andalus culture in which a geometrized nature is presented by means of infinite patterns.
About Bethlehem Bajo
Belén Bajo trained at the School of Fine Arts in Madrid. There, from formal experimentation, the accumulation of references and manual work, he developed a way of understanding both plastic creation, a universe of chromatic and material abstractions, as well as the value of the roundness of objects as carriers of symbolic meanings.