Bead by Bead
Etkie firmly plants its feet in Downtown Albuquerque
Friday, Sep 30: Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
BOB: Arts & Lit
Best Local Theater Performance
Electric Dreams on Black Walls
Exhibit celebrates Nikola Tesla with 21 points of view
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #339: Martha Stewart Turns Into Someone Else
I briefly meet Martha Stewart face-to-face at a party where others wearing novel jewelry are dancing. She transforms into someone else I know.
Ancient Egyptian Space Bead
¡Viva la Science!
Did ancient Egyptians make jewelry out of metal from space? According to a new article in Nature, they did indeed.
Archaeologists believe that iron smelting in ancient Egypt started around the sixth century BCE. But an iron bead found in a cemetery in 1911 at Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, dates from approximately 3,300 BCE. Scanning electron microscopy, optical imaging and CT scanning revealed the presence of nickel-rich areas on the tube-shaped bead, indicating celestial provenance. The metal, it seems, came from a meteorite.
According to Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley, who co-authored the study that revealed the bead's true nature, the finding offers a clue about the beginnings of the Egyptian religion. “The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” she points out. “Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods.”
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #258: "There are a lot of classy silver wearers today."
I work in an office near the mall entrance. I lean over and whisper to my co-worker: "There are a lot of classy silver wearers today." My co-worker, an older woman, is flattered, thinking I am referring to her and her jewelry. She questions me, angrily, why won't I come to lunch with her? I plead my business deadlines. G arrives as the woman continues her tirade, bringing in other workers for support, one with piercings and a shock of black hair over her face.
Metal jewelry makes you feel like you’re in Blade Runner
Form and Function
SOFA WEST tempts with eye candy
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Changing the world, one artist at a time
Rio Grande between Lomas and Mountain
This is where you go for the serious blang-blang. (Ahem, fine jewelry.) Mati's inviting corner shop on the plaza is not only the most pleasant of the local jewelry giant's three Albuquerque locations, but this store also has the best deals. In a twinkling sea of top-notch personal adornments lie several cases of 40-percent-off merchandise and one that's—gasp—75 percent off. That means the $2,000 cocktail ring I tried on is only $500! Bargains aside, in addition to Mati's beautiful, unique pieces, they also do custom work, engraving and repairs.
Far Northeast Heights
Paseo del Norte near Wyoming
4D's Board Shop
The low-lit atmosphere and friendly staff make admiring this shop’s numerous boards for snow and skate a reverent experience. Browse the extensive T-shirt collection, or check out the watches, stickers, wallets and DVDs that would make great gifts for the skater (or anyone else) you know.
Gift Grab Bag
An enterprising 3rd grade student at Georgia O'Keeffe Elementary School named Toby designed these nifty slogan-covered dog tags to help raise money for the Ethiopia Reads charity. In a very short amount of time, the school was able to fully fund the building of a library in Addis Ababa. The brightly colored, laser-engraved accessories—which have been featured on CNN—come with dozens of positive messages and a 4- or 24-inch chain. At a mere $5, they make great stocking stuffers—plus, a portion of the proceeds go toward building more libraries. (Devin O’Leary)