Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday Favorites: Carnelian

Today's post is one of several featuring Nina Designs. These gorgeous earwires and matching onion shaped findings are part of a goody bag I received from Nina's team. I added carnelian rounds and brass spacers to this design.

Carnelian is one of my favorite stones. It has such a deep, rich honey color. But even more interesting is that it is one of the oldest stones found in antiquity. It has been set into crowns, swords, jewelry and architecture for thousands of years. I must admit that Taj Mahal is by far (for me) the most intriguing uses of carnelian, and it is what I used as my inspiration for this pair of earrings. 

Carnelian is used as inlay (right) for the motif of the Taj Mahal. The pattern uses flowers, which are considered a representation of paradise and symbolize the kingdom of Allah. The Taj Mahal was built by the Shah Jahan as a tomb for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in child birth with their 14th child. The Taj Mahal is her eternal resting spot and Shah Jahan wanted it to be her paradise on earth.

The inlay technique is called 'parchin kari' which is similar to the Italian technique know as 'pietre dure.' First the pattern is drawn directly on the marble walls using a red dye, called henna in India. These patterns are then chiseled out, and finally precious stones are inserted and fitted into the marble sockets. Various stones were used such as lapis lazuli, garnet, agate and carnelian. The color of the gemstone was important as it provided depth and shading to the flower motifs. The parchin kari at the Taj Mahal is considered one of the finest quality examples of the era.

The materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author. 

13 comments:

Patti Van said...

Gorgeous earrings PLUS a history lesson!"". I love that stone!

New End Studio said...

Your earrings have a casual elegance with strength, beautiful. That's intriguing to know of the detail in the Taj Mahal.

Christine Altmiller said...

What gorgeous earrings! Carnelian is always a favorite of mine. Very interesting history lesson too :-)

Duni said...

I can see why you were inspired by the beautiful inlay - your earrings are so elegant and the gold really brings out the warm tones of the carnelian! I've always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal.

Kashmira Patel said...

The earrings are SO pretty! And so very much like the inlay work in the inspiration picture! Wow! I am blown away!

Plami said...

it's amazing how you recreate your inspiration in beautiful jewelry, dear <3 this is my favorite pair you've made :)javascript:void(0)

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Giusy Manzella said...

pretty earrings!!!

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are just gorgeous! WOW!

Estilo Hedónico said...

Amazing!!!!!

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BeadedTail said...

The earrings are beautiful! I enjoyed the history too!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful earrings! Carnelian is so pretty. I love seeing this color in fall leaves which will be showing soon! That work in the Taj Mahal is stunning. Gemstone inlays are amazing!

Tanya Ozanne said...

Love the insights and the lesson in history.Thank you Love and Hugs Tanya

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love your earrings! I really like how you used starfish in the photo. Don't be surprised if you some of my jewelry with starfish. I have used shels and coral.

By the way, it is interesting seeing what you did with the same components that I got.

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