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Original Art, Painting Classes and Painting Workshops by Cathy Carey
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Phone: 760-489-9109
Fax: 760-489-9149
Email: cathy@artstudiosandiego.com
Located in Southwest Escondido near Del Dios Highway and Via Rancho Parkway


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Murano Jewelry
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Murano beads paired with precious stones, coral and beach glass to make unique one-of-a-kind Jewelry!

Gorgeous colors for your year round wardrobe! The glossy glass Murano beads are a gorgeous contrast to the matt turquoise and coral stones. Together they make beautiful texture and color shimmers!

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Murano Jewelry with Murano and Venetian Glass Beads made with 24 ct Gold
or 99% Silver 

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Cathy Carey (760)-489-9109

Artist Cathy Carey began making her unusual jewelry after a trip to Venice where she discovered the stunning color of Murano glass. Since then she has collected pieces for her unique jewelry designs from all her painting trips - silver from the Karen Hill tribe in Thailand, corals and turquoises from Santa Fe, carved beads from St. John, and other unusual jewelry pieces from master craftsmen all over the world. Cathy designs some of her unusual jewelry to be worn asymmetrically. The necklace can be moved to highlight different focal beads to coordinate with many different outfits, and the clasps are so beautiful they can be worn as a pendant.

Murano Beads
The Murano pieces are so stunning because they are made with 24 ct. gold in the center and when the light hits the colored glass they look lit from within. Some pieces have 99% silver inside for the same effect. Murano glass and Venetian beads have not gone global, and only beads and glass truly and literally Made in Murano or Made in Venice are allowed to be called Murano Glass Beads or Venetian Beads.

Venetian beads offer the finest craftsmanship for gold or silverfoil beads possible. In these beads the foil is layered around a clear glass core and then covered with tinted glass. Metal oxides generate the colors of the glass, some of them more difficult to handle than others. Venetian beads made in Murano and Venice itself are among the most recognizable and coveted glass beads worldwide. Beads made in the lamp-work method are the most time consuming, as each bead is made individually. Using a torch for heat, glass cane (also produced in Murano) is heated to a molten state and wrapped around a metal rod until the desired bead shape is formed. Since the 15th century, and all over the world, the name of the island of Murano has been virtually synonymous with the creation of the finest and most elegant glass.

Karen Hill Tribe Silver
For centuries much of the population of northern Thailand has been composed of ethnic groups commonly known as hill tribes. The largest of these is the Karen Hill Tribe, many of whom still live in the more remote mountainous areas due west of Chiang Mai. They are subsistence farmers who live at peace with nature and the forests. Thai beads and pendants are made by the Karen Hill Tribe in northern Thailand using traditional tribal methods passed down from generation to generation. Purchasing these Thai beads helps sustain a traditional craft and provides the Karen people with a reliable source of income. The silver content in the Hill Tribes silver beads and pendants is typically 95-99%, even higher than sterling (92.5%). This higher silver content is softer and therefore easier to shape into all the unique and wonderful styles. On close inspection you will notice that no two pieces are exactly alike, attesting to the handmade nature of these beautiful pieces.

You can order from the website by calling
760-489-9109 - Cathy Carey
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