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Mini Tutorial of making a small glass drop with flowers: Start with a small spacer bead, add a tiny blob onto one side. It's important that you don't work too hot, otherwise you loose the shape. Just heat the lower part of the drop and flatten it just a little bit with a paddle. Now add either 3, 4 or 5 little dots with an opaque stringer. Melt the dots all the way in, poke into the middle and add another dot of clear over the flower. Melt the clear even, while keeping the rest of the bead…

Mini Tutorial of making a small glass drop with flowers: Start with a small spacer bead, add a tiny blob onto one side. It's important that you don't work too hot, otherwise you loose the shape. Just heat the lower part of the drop and flatten it just a little bit with a paddle. Now add either 3, 4 or 5 little dots with an opaque stringer. Melt the dots all the way in, poke into the middle and add another dot of clear over the flower. Melt the clear even, while keeping the rest of the bead…

Love these pieces made from material that would otherwise be garbage. (from AMiRA jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AMiRAjewelry)

Rare Ancient Byzantine Gold & Garnet Pendant 4th century AD Price: call-415-776-0104 Item Number: 5213 Description: A Byzantine Gold Pendant, Circa 4th-8th century AD. This gold pendant evidences the excellent level of metalworking skills of the ancient goldsmiths.

from www.thejewelleryeditor.com

Biennale des Antiquaires: Chaumet previews high jewellery collection that captures a watery wonderland

Chaumet Lumieres d’Eau high jewellery ring in platinum and rock crystal, set with a central cushion-cut diamond, brilliant-cut and troidia-cut diamonds.

Rare South Arabian Bronze Horse Head Protome, circa 2nd Century BCE - 1st Century CE. Engraved mane and inlaid eyes beneath heavy ribbed brows. Braided harness with blinders behind eyes. Two holes for attachment at bas of neck. Missing one ear but otherwise in excellent condition. 4 1/2" high. Ex: Property of Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula.