Lak necklace in silver, onyx and coral
Lak necklace in sterling silver, onyx and coral
Handmade sterling silver necklace in a 30 mm circular piece. 7mm coral balls. and 15 mm onyx. Necklace length 60 mm. Coral thread with silver clasp.
The coral It is a small invertebrate living being. It lives at the bottom of warm seas and forms colonies of millions of individuals linked together by calcareous skeletons in a tree-shaped way. Its exterior is rough, but when polished, a smooth and shiny surface is obtained. Its color can range from pale pink to red. It comes from Japan and Sicily.
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.
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.