Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA

Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA Unique Handcrafted one of a kind Artisan Jewelry by Jolanda Pali Kesari.

A little about the artist Albanian born artist, Jolanda Kesari is a master goldsmith and a classically trained artist. She received a degree in painting and drawing before she apprenticed with world renowned Greek jewelry designer Nikos Michalopoulos where she fell in love with jewelry and metal work. Her work is inspired by nature and is considered wearable art. Most of her pieces are one of a kind designs. She incorporates a mix of metals and stones to make her unique jewelry.

Pencil drawing By Jolanda
05/20/2019

Pencil drawing
By Jolanda

05/20/2019
Babies & Fashion

Babies & Fashion

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05/18/2019
Animaute

Animaute

C'est impressionnant à voir ! 🐦😲👍😍

Green onyx sterling silver pendent🌿By Jola 🎨
05/18/2019

Green onyx sterling silver pendent🌿

By Jola 🎨

05/18/2019
Art

Art

Underwater Piano In Exuma , Bahamas

05/17/2019

Black opal and ruby necklace
Hand made by Jola

Hand made sterling silver black opal and ruby necklace By Jola
05/17/2019

Hand made sterling silver black opal and ruby necklace
By Jola

Roman glass pendent By Jola
05/14/2019

Roman glass pendent
By Jola

Peridot earrings.sterling silver.By Jola
05/14/2019

Peridot earrings.sterling silver.
By Jola

Flur de Lise design green quartz earrings By Jola
05/14/2019

Flur de Lise design green quartz earrings
By Jola

05/14/2019
The Devil's Blacksmith documentary

The Devil's Blacksmith documentary

E22 - The Devil's Blacksmith documentary
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MAGISTER WALFRID HUBER, Austrian blacksmith, sculptor and artist was born in 1942. He attended and graduated from the Vocational School of Engineering in Salzburg in 1959. As an apprentice he learned the blacksmith trade at four different locksmith and blacksmith workshops and studios. After receiving his high school diploma in 1970, he continued his studies at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts (now University of Applied Arts) as a sculptor, graduating in 1975. In this same year he opened his studio and workshop in Bad Pirawarth, where he continues to work to this day.

From 1980 to 1998 he began to teach at the University of Applied Arts. From 1993 he has also taught and was the head of the blacksmith workshop at the training center of the Austrian Federal Office for the Care of Monuments in Mauerbach until 2016. He regularly holds courses on behalf of the Austrian Blacksmith and Locksmith Guild.

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ZOLTÁN TAKÁTS, Hungarian artist blacksmith was born in Pécs, Hungary in 1949. He graduated as a goldsmith from the Pécs High School of the Arts in 1968. Having worked as an apprentice for a blacksmith, he became an agricultural blacksmith in 1970. In 1972 he built his own studio and workshop in Pilisborosjenő, where he continues to work to this day.

In 1974 he received the title of Young Master of Folk Art and then the title of Master of Folk Art in 1980. Since 1986 he has been a member of the Hungarian Artists' Association. He is a founding member, and since 1992 the guild master of the Hungarian Blacksmith Guild.

Since 2006 he has been a member of the Folk Art Evaluation Committee. As part of a commission from the National Institute of Vocational Education, the Chamber of Industry and the Ministry of Education he has written educational materials for the basic and advanced courses and their respective exams on the subject of ornamental blacksmithing. He has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Hungary and in several European cities since 1971. When not exhibiting alone, his wife, the goldsmith Ágnes Bartha, primarily joins him.

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How to be The Devil's Blacksmith

Forge welding represents the epitome of the welding processes: it is the cleanest, most beautiful form of them all. In contrast with modern welding techniques it ensures a perfect structural bond. Elements that are joined through forge welding yield an excellent construction with an almost organic connection of the pieces. However, this essential ancient technique is used less and less and is being replaced by modern procedures. Only the truly committed masters will use it in their day-to-day practice.
Our educational videos are not only aimed to help those who are just starting and would like to learn this skill, but for those who would like to further develop their existing knowledge. If you are devoted to preserving the blacksmith tradition in your work but did not have the opportunity to develop the routine necessary to apply forge welding in your work, these videos are for you. The practical help these educational videos offer will give you the skills you need to further your professional knowledge!

By documenting this process we are not only preserving and conserving the theoretical and practical knowledge of forge welding, but also we would like to help our colleagues to be able to use this skill in everyday practice. You can be a professional or a hobbyist, there’s always a chance that you can deepen your knowledge and skills.

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The Devil's Blacksmith documentary

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is one of the most remarkable masterpieces in the history of architecture. The portals of the main facade boast decorative wrought-iron hinges that represent extraordinary value in the world of art and in the blacksmith trade alike. These wonderfully crafted hinges were made at the end of the twelfth century, and their high artistic quality showcase a true master.
The blacksmith, who forged them, was called "Bicornett" (Two-Horned) by his contemporaries because the popular belief was that such things could only be created with the help of the Devil himself. Legend has it that Master Bicornett could finish the work on the side portals, but the one facing the altar in the central nave was never to be set up due to the Devil's evil intentions.
The truth is that the portal disappeared during the French Revolution, and Viollet-le-Duc only replaced it in the 1860’s thanks to the restoration works led. They were fortunate enough to find an excellent blacksmith, Pierre Boulanger, who was not only able to recreate the hinges on par with the originals, but also improved the design with his precision and attention to detail. Since that time this knowledge has seemed to be lost forever and a great number of craftsmen have tried to get around the problem without success.
These hinges form a very complex pattern by plastically combining nature-inspired decorative elements such as leaves, flowers and animal heads. In addition, there are cover plates and bands applied to the crossing branches that need to be placed properly, which even skillful craftsmen find completely impossible. What seemed impossible to solve was how all these intricate pieces - which were all different in size and weight - could be set together with forge welding in such a way that they would not be damaged but would make one solid structure.
In forge welding the pieces of metal are heated to almost their melting point, then fitted and hammered together. This takes great practice and attention even in simpler structures. However, we'd have thought it to be impossible in a piece as complex and intricate as the hinges of the portal of the Notre-Dame. In today's world, where forge welding has almost entirely been rendered obsolete by modern welding technology, it seemed impossible to crack the mystery of how the hinges of the Notre Dame were made. But there is someone who achieved the impossible.
Walfrid Huber, Austrian blacksmith and artist is an avid researcher of the style and technical history of the blacksmith tradition. As many other blacksmiths, he also faced the same agonizing question: how were the hinges of the Notre Dame made? However, after lots of brainstorming, countless hours of trial and error and a lucky visit to a museum it all paid off: he was able to solve the riddle!
At the Musée Cluny he found a piece, which was very similar in structure and construction to the hinges of the Notre Dame. When he held it in his hands and examined it from all sides he was finally able to see all the layers. With this knowledge he has been able to devise the sequence of steps that are necessary to create this masterpiece.

05/14/2019
Zoomin Plus

Zoomin Plus

This guys has multiple implants on his body for multiple uses in his daily life. So interesting! 😎⚙

What an awesome artifact, a ring that folds out to an astronomical sphere! 16th cent.
05/13/2019

What an awesome artifact, a ring that folds out to an astronomical sphere! 16th cent.

05/11/2019
Amazing Geologist

Amazing Geologist

Have you ever seen Rutile with rainbows before?!😆

Polished Rutiled quartz from Brazil

credit: Rocks for the Spirit

05/10/2019
CNN

CNN

This nonprofit created a village of tiny homes and RVs to help permanently solve homelessness in Austin, Texas. But more than just providing homes, the group is fostering communities and providing job opportunities to the men and women who live there. https://cnn.it/2Ii6Tev

05/09/2019
UNILAD Tech

UNILAD Tech

This gem is called Congo Tourmaline. It gets cut in a special way that makes it look pixelated 😲

05/08/2019
Like2watch

Like2watch

Judges Beg Him to Sing Again! - O Amazing Must See (HD) || Source : The Voice of Romania ..

05/07/2019
Amazing Geologist

Amazing Geologist

Feel the power of this one!

A slab of cream colour felsdpar rich granite, with smoky quartz prisms from (Wushan spessartine mine), Zhangzhou Pref., Fujian Prov., China.

Credit: Alan Hart

05/04/2019
I'M 2 NYC

I'M 2 NYC

New York City subway fares went up but performances like this make it worth it. Some of the best talent is found on the New York City subway system🎤🎼🎵🎶

Cultured high quality pearlsBy Jola
05/04/2019

Cultured high quality pearls

By Jola

Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA
05/04/2019

Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA

“Olivia’s cross”14k diamond
Made by Jola

Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA
05/04/2019

Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA

Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA
05/04/2019

Designer Goldsmiths at Leesburg, VA

Petros cross
14k gold,diamond

05/04/2019
Must Do Travels

Must Do Travels

The Colorful Great Salt Lake 😲💚

Tanzanian Rhodolite Garnet,14k yellow goldBy Jola
05/04/2019

Tanzanian Rhodolite Garnet,14k yellow gold
By Jola

Lets talk CRONE and how she’s dying.. The Crone is a woman who no longer menstruates physically, she is now a fully em...
05/03/2019

Lets talk CRONE and how she’s dying..

The Crone is a woman who no longer menstruates physically, she is now a fully embodied wise woman. With many moons behind her and the experience she has acquired, she can now turn her attention to being a guide for the young. Being free in her body - no longer worried about pregnancy, pretense or deep fluctuations in hormones, she has come to a serene place of acceptance.. an embodied dance with the rhythms and energetics of life.

I have been guided by grandmothers with silver hair as magnificent as the moonlight for a very long time in my dreams, it has helped me develop a keen appreciation for the Crone, it has allowed me to see aging as an exquisite and delicate gift. It has helped me make healthy choices in the now and embrace with subtle anticipation the day when I too will be a grandmother to the children of our world.

In ancient times and cultures, the Crone was revered. The Crone was consulted for matters of importance and well being of tribes. Children and grown alike would come for advice and storytelling to the skirts of the Crone. The gray hair was looked at as stripes of honor and the wrinkles as badges of courage and experience. When a woman’s blood flow would stop coming it was said she no longer needed it, as she had accumulated the wisdom of the moon enough to embody it and invite it to stay. These wise women understood the importance of death and renewal at such a cellular level they no longer needed to be reminded every month.

In todays culture, the Crone is in great danger of being crushed. In a society where faster, better, younger is the theme and tattooed into our consciousness every day… The elders are very often overlooked and seen as nuisance, annoying, slow, their beauty is smudged over and often shoved into care homes or confined to a bedroom in the house, Google has now usurped the throne of the wise one.

We see Maiden archetype everywhere- the endless pursuit of youth.. From a multibillion dollar market of beauty products to the movie screens.. Everyone wants to be young, plump and fresh. We see the Mother archetype- the caring loving mother and as Lara Owen mentions in her book, although limited- it is even revered in religion.

But the Crone.. where is she?

She is hidden, she is stashed away… all that power hidden in her belly and nowhere to go. She has been pushed to abhor her post menopausal state, as though it is a condemnation rather than a blessing, as if not being able to birth children is now a curse that spills inward into a barren womb.. All that wisdom rejected, unacknowledged, dishonored in exchange for the pursuit of staying young and ‘fertile’ only to be ridiculed and mocked by a society that in paradoxical cruelty repudiates the Crone as well.

No, the Crone cannot expect to be accepted without first accepting herself, knowing that her bones are indeed each day becoming more and more one with the earth...

The silenced Crone cannot demand a place in a society where she too has helped exile this archetype.

This is why we need to speak of Her, the Crone- the holy guide that lives and will one day emerge from you and when it does… you will have a choice: will you let her in and feast on the banquet of your holy life experience or will you shut the door in her face and leave her out to starve in hopes that the maiden and mother, whom have left, will someday come back.

Many times I have wanted to write about the Crone even create for it but I am held back by the misleading belief that I have to be one to speak of it.
‘No more...' my sleeping crone has whispered, ‘you must begin to pave the way for my visit.. planting seeds along the path that may bloom for my homecoming.’

Resting and gestating in me, she is harnessing strength to come and live fully, to guide, to teach, to dance, to remind, to slow me down, to make me softer, to be reflected on my skin and in my gaze when the time comes.

So in the meantime, I will speak of the Crone to our children and to anyone that will hear - I will honor the magnificently wise women I am surrounded by, sisters hiding their beauty behind veils. I will remind them, I will whisper, I will nudge, I will invite….

‘Take off your veil! You are holy sacred wise woman, you are here, you are a message… now is your time to guide!’

Anabel Vizcarra

Where Does Watermelon Tourmaline Come From? How Does It Grow?
05/03/2019
Where Does Watermelon Tourmaline Come From? How Does It Grow?

Where Does Watermelon Tourmaline Come From? How Does It Grow?

Watermelon tourmaline is a variety of concentrically color-zoned tourmaline with red interiors and green exteriors. All colored Tourmaline gems display pleochroism, meaning their color changes when viewed at different angles.

The World's 10 Most Deadly Minerals
05/03/2019
The World's 10 Most Deadly Minerals

The World's 10 Most Deadly Minerals

Precious minerals make the modern world go 'round—they're used in everything from circuit boards to tableware. They're also some of the most toxic materials known to science, and excavating them has proved so dangerous over the years, some have been phased out of industrial production altogether. ...

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