Qing Dynasty Designer Jewelry By Barbara Garwood
Article Date: September 28, 2010
BARBARA GARWOOD PRESENTS, Antique but New! The Spectacular Fall Designs Of Mongolian Style Jewelry
The latest Barbara Garwood designs in sterling silver were shown during Boston's Fashion Week 2010.
Atlanta, Georgia -- President, CEO, and Designer Barbara Garwood, today announced her handmade Mongolian style jewelry line will be showing new introductions during Boston Fashion Week at The Emerging Trends 2010 fashion show at The Castle, Boston Park Plaza Hotel. This sterling silver and 24kt gold line combines ancient Chinese and Russian filigree techniques with Western design and colorations transforming them into modern wearable art that is a fabulous accent worn with today's fashion!
Garwood personally travels to Asia to design and work with 20 crafts women who she is passionate about preserving their lifestyle and their dying art form by providing employment for them for over 17 years. Each piece is hand fashioned with tweezers where fine silver wires are shaped into flowers, butterflies and contemporary designs. Powdered enamel is painstakingly filled into the shapes and kiln fired into glass for a stunning, high gloss coloration.
The technique and has been around for 1000 years similar to the Faberge egg process, and during the 1700's it was popular with the Qing Dynasty empresses. Garwood hand selects gemstones from around the world, which are set, and then a final 24kt gold or antique silver finish completes each piece that can take from 3 - 7 days to make.
This designer collection includes bracelets (some for 8" sizes), earrings, unique rings, and pendants on various pearls and beads also designed by Garwood, handmade and imported from Nepal, Guatemala and Indonesia. Every piece comes gift ready in a lovely gold monogrammed satin pouch with an artisan card telling the story of the craft and how each purchase helps preserve the art and employs the lovely woman.
Currently Barbara's pieces are sold through catalogs such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Uno Alla Volta and Ross Simons, and various art galleries, boutiques, and gift stores internationally. Dozens of pieces from her New Collection are available on the Barbara Garwood Boutique on DeeperShopping, and are available for immediate shipping anywhere in the world.
More info about the show can be found at: (www.theEmergingTrends.com ) A portion of the event will benefit The American Heart Association. More than 22 designers will gather at this year's fashion and vendor show in the New England Area. Over 15 vendors and sponsors such as SmartWater, Monster Energy Drinks, American Laser Centers and PopChips will be providing product sampling at this event.
Barbara's personal contributions to the region of Chinese Mongolia are enormous. Her production facility employs many of the tiny village's inhabitants, in many cases providing their sole means of income. Barbara is incredibly protective of her "girls", as she calls them. The humanitarian portion of her work far outweighs the mercantile. She employs women who are skilled artisans; each has been extensively trained in the basic techniques and over time, they have perfected the process. They are truly master craftsmen in their world.
Each facet of the jewelry's birth is carefully and slowly undertaken. Because the filigree and enameling skills are totally different abilities, an artist is trained in only one technique, so many of the pieces require the skills of two artists to complete. To authenticate Barbara’s designs, each piece bears the initials “BG”, so you know you have an original, and because each item is hand-assembled and produced no two are the same, makng every single piece a valuable treasure.