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May 14, 2010

Gemstone Picture Art – Waterfall

Dimensions 2.5′ X 4′  Weight: 45 – 50kg

Truly bringing nature to life with this rendition of nature!  Each picture features Adventure, Amethyst, Black Jade, Bloodstone, Blue Adventure. Blue Adenture, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Goldstone, Brown Goldstone, Carmeliann Agate, Chrysophase, Crystal, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moss Agate, Mother of Pearl, Opalite, Picture Jasper, Poppy Jasper, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Siberian Jade, Sodalite, Tiger Eye, Tiger Iron, and Unakite.

2′ X 3′ Weight: 30 – 35kg

Each gemstone picture is individual hand crafted with semi precious gemstones layered on canvas.  Since they are handcrafted each creation is not the same.  The picture features an actually waterfall…. For that soothing sound in the area you relax the most.   Both pictures require 120VAC.

If you wish to speak with a customer service representative to order by phone or request additional information please call toll free 866.382.4907 x101.  We will email an invoice for safe and secure payment by Google Checkout or Paypal.

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January 29, 2010

The Hooded Falcon

The Falcon

The falcon or hawk signifies someone who is hot or eager in the pursuit of an object much desired. It is frequently found in the coats of arms of nobility from the time when the falcon played an important social role in the sport of kings and nobles. It is found as a heraldic bearing as early as the reign of King Edward II of England. The falcon was also the badge of one of King Henry VIII’s wives, Anne Boleyn, and was later adopted by her daughter Queen Elizabeth I.

The falcon is frequently found ‘belled,’ with bells on one or both of its legs.  It may also be ‘jessed and belled’ meaning that the jess, the leather thong that ties the bell to the leg, is shown with the ends flying loose; or it may be hooded, which is how falcons were carried on the wrist until flown. The falcon is indistinguishable, in heraldry, from the sparrow-hawk, goshawk, kite, or merlin, though they may be described that way in blazon. The falcon’s head is a common symbol on a crest; it can also be found, though, preying on something, which is termed trussing, rising or close.

Falconry

Falconry is a sport which involves the use of trained raptors (birds of prey) to hunt or pursue game for humans. There are two traditional terms used to describe a person involved in falconry: a falconer flies a falcon; an austringer flies a hawk (Accipiter and some buteonines and similar) or an eagle (Aquila or similar). In modern falconry the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and the Harris hawk are often used. The words “hawking” and “hawker” have become used so much to mean petty traveling traders, that the terms “falconer” and “falconry” now apply to all use of trained birds of prey to catch game.

Some views of falconry state that the art started in Mesopotamia, but some say that it started in the Far East. The earliest evidence comes from around the reign of Sargon II (722-705 BC). Falconry was probably introduced to Europe around AD 400, when the Huns and Alans invaded from the East. Frederick II of Hohenstaufen has been noted as one of the early European noblemen to take an interest in falconry. He is believed to have obtained firsthand knowledge of Arabic falconry during wars in the region (between June 1228–June 1229). He obtained a copy of Moamyn‘s manual on falconry and had it translated into Latin by Theodore of Antioch. Frederick II himself made corrections to the translation in 1241 resulting in De Scientia Venandi per Aves.

If you signify that someone who is hot or eager in the pursuit of an object much desired?  Then Ashli Jeweler presents the Hooded Falcon Statuesque just for you The Hooded Falcon consists of Leopard Skin Jasper, highlighted with gold plated silver parts are used to create this majestic masked falcon.  The stand is beautifully crafted with a combination of gold plated silver, wood ad Onyx.  The Hooded Falcon stands just under 10” tall while the stand is just under 6” tall.   Truly a collectors dream come true!

To order by phone or request additional information please call toll free 866.382.4907 x101 to speak with a customer service representative.  We will email an invoice for safe and secure payment by Google Checkout or Paypal.

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Moscow Kremlin Fabergé Egg

Moscow Kremlin (Fabergé egg)

The Moscow Kremlin Egg (or the Uspenski Cathedral Egg) is a jeweled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé in 1906, for the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II.  Tsar Nicholas presented the egg to his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna.

Craftsmanship

This is by far the largest of the eggs and was inspired by the architecture of the Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspenski) in Moscow.  The reason for this was because this was once where all the Russian Tsars were crowned, including Nicholas.

The Cathedral dome (in white opalescent enamel) is removable, and the remarkably crafted interior of the church can be seen. Its carpets, tiny enameled icons and High Altar on an oval glass plate are made visible through four triple windows, surmounted by a gold cupola and flanked by two square, two circular stylized turrets, the former based on the Spassky Tower. The tower bears the coat-of-arms of the Russian Empire and Moscow, inset with ‘chiming clocks’. It stands on a crenelated gold base and octagonal white onyx plinth designed as a pyramid, and built of smaller pyramids. It is currently held in the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow.

Surprise

The surprise in this egg is music. The base of the egg contains a gold ‘music box’ that plays two cherubim chants, traditional Easter hymns can be played when a clockwork mechanism is wound up by a gold key. One of the hymns is the “Izhe Khveruviny”, a favorite hymn of Tsar Nicholas.

History of the egg

The egg commemorates the return to Moscow of the royal couple Nicholas and Alexandra in 1903. They earlier avoided the historical capital because during their coronation, hundreds of Moscovites were crushed to death. The egg itself was supposed to be presented in 1904 as engraved at the foot in white enamel on a round gold plate is the date. But the delivery was delayed because of the Russo-Japanese War. Then, in 1905 Nicholas’ favorite uncle and brother-in-law, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was assassinated in the Kremlin. So instead the egg was presented in 1906. 

Ashli Jewelers would like to introduce you to the world of Miniature Gemstone Castle Clocks!  Both pieces were inspired by the architecture of the Moscow Kremlin Egg or the Uspenski Cathedral Egg made by Karl E. Faberge where the Czars of Russia were crowned in the 19th century as mentioned above.

Both clock towers and base are in Malachite and Mother of Pearl and furthered decorated with Lapis Lazuli, Black Onyx, Coral and Agate accented with gold plated brass ornamentation.

* Over 3,000 gemstones
* Features 20 clocks
* 3 microns of 23K gold plating
* H28″ x 21″ x 21

The smaller version features:
* Over 1,000 gemstones
* Features 4 clocks
* 2 microns of 23K gold plating
* H14″ x 10″ x 10″

Truly a collectors dream come true!  Each clock is serialized and comes with a letter of authenticity!  For further information, please send email to inquiries@ashlijewelers.com.

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November 17, 2009

Gemstone Picture Art

Each gemstone picture is individual hand crafted with semi precious gemstones layered on canvas.  Since they are handcrafted each creation is not the same.

Each picture features Adventure, Amethyst, Black Jade, Bloodstone, Blue Adventure. Blue Adenture, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Goldstone, Brown Goldstone, Carmeliann Agate, Chrysophase, Crystal, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Moss Agate, Mother of Pearl, Opalite, Picture Jasper, Poppy Jasper, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Siberian Jade, Sodalite, Tiger Eye, Tiger Iron, and Unakite.

Picture shown features Chinese Scenery with waterfall & light/sound sensors sixe 4′ X 8′ Weight: 80 – 90kg

Several gemstone pictures feature and actual working waterfall! Truly bringing to life these renditions of nature!  Every gemstone picture comes with a letter of authenticity along with a registration tag with Fine Arts Registry.

To order by phone, please call toll free 866.382.4907 x101 to speak with a customer service representative.  We will email an invoice for safe and secure payment by Google Checkout or Paypal.

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July 23, 2009

The Preaching Stand – 15th century plans of the Mosque of Qaytbay (Egypt).


Qaytbay was one of Barsbay’s Mamluks. A Mamluk was a slave and Qaytbay was originally purchased for fifty dinars. However, in this strange culture, often one had to begin his life as a slave to obtain greatness, and thus Qaytbay worked his way up through the ranks to become commander-in-chief of the army, and ultimately sultan. he reign from 1468 through 1496, a record broken only by al-Nasir Muhammad. He was noted for his martial prowess and physical energy, and for his remorseless financial taxation of his subjects. The two main efforts of his reign were developing relations with the rising power of the Ottomans and a promotion of trade, particularly with the Italians.

Sultan Qaytbay was a prolific builder of various institutions in Egypt during his reign, much like al-Nasir Muhammad in the fourteenth century. In fact, some eighty-five structures have been attributed to him in Syria, Palestine, Mecca, Alexandria and Cairo. His reign was long enough to allow specific styles to develop in the various important monuments that he sponsored. This was a period of consolidation, however, rather than innovation, when domestic ideas of architecture played a more significant part than did foreign ideas. This was a golden age of stone carving when architecture, rather than being gigantic, tended towards refinement. Particularly on facades, marble work also played a prominent role in decoration.

Preaching Stand

Qaytbay’s monument remains a fine example of architecture during a period when decorative arts had reached their zenith. It was once a vast desert complex that included a commercial center on the main north-south trade route with Syria and the east-west trade route with the Red Sea. This complex, built between 1472 and 1474 AD and now featured on the Egyptian One Pound Note, is well worth a visit.

The Mosque

To the left of the portal is a sabilkuttab, and on the right is a minaret. Rising from the structure on the southeast side is a small but magnificent mausoleum dome. Its surface is adorned with a carved straight-lined star pattern superimposed on another carved network of undulating arabesques. 

CollageLeft: Interior view of Mihrab; Right: A historical view of the qibla wall

The stone minaret, carved with stars in high relief, is slender and elegant. On its surface there are two separate designs, complex but clear. One is a plain, raised straight-lined star pattern and the other an undulating lacework of floral arabesque that is grooved and recessed. The bulb at the top has a carved, twisted band on its neck. This is one of the most beautiful minarets in Cairo, and from its tower one is provided with an excellent view of the dome. The sabil, or fountain, has a gilded wooden ceiling and in the vestibule is a stone bench and cupboard with doors inlaid with wood and ivory.

Ashli Jewelers is proudly to present this recreation of The Preaching Stand based on the original 15th century plans of the Mosque of Qaytbay (Egypt).  The structure of the Stand has a 23k Yellow Gold & White Gold coating that is enhanced by the use of 3,300 pieces semi-precious gemstones that consist  of Lapis Lazuli, Red Onyx, Mother-of-Pearl, Malachite and of Picture Jasper.  The end result is a stunning work of art which combines the exacting skills of lapidary, metal processing and intricate craftsmanship. Detailed information on the of the Mosque of Qaytbay (Egypt) can be read at http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/qaytbayfunerary.htm

If you wish to speak with a customer service representative to order by phone or request additional information please call toll free 866.382.4907 x101 or email customerservice@ashlijewelers.com.

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July 22, 2009

Mad King Ludwig of Neuschwanstein Castle

Ludwig II (Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm; sometimes rendered as Louis II in English) (August 25, 1845 – June 13, 1886) was king of Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his death. He is sometimes referred to as the Swan King in English and der Märchenkönig (the Fairy tale King) in German.

Ludwig is sometimes referred to as Mad King Ludwig, though the accuracy of that label has been disputed. Because Ludwig was deposed on grounds of mental illness without any medical examination, and died a day later under mysterious circumstances, questions about the medical “diagnosis” remain controversial.

Ludwig is best known as an eccentric whose legacy is intertwined with the history of art and architecture, as he commissioned the construction of several extravagant fantasy castles (the most famous being Neuschwanstein) and was a devoted patron of the composer Richard Wagner.

Neuschwanstein Castle Description & History:

Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II, also known as Mad King Ludwig. o replicate medieval architecture and to pay homage to the operas of Wagner. You may think you’ve already seen it–it’s Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, but real.  The foundation stone was set on September 5th, 1869.  When Ludwig II died in 1886, the castle was still not complete.  The building site near Pöllat Gorge is probably one of the most beautiful in the world.

Welcome to the world of Miniature Gemstone Castle Clocks! Mad Ludwig would have approved of these enchanting masterpieces which were inspired after Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. The clock towers and base are in Malachite and Mother of Pearl and furthered decorated with Lapis Lazuli, Black Onyx, B.C. Jade, Coral and Red Jasper accented with gold plated brass ornamentation. This masterpiece is the work of three craftsmen who labored up to 3,000 man hours to produce these stunning masterpieces.

Over 3,500 gemstones
Features ten clocks
3 microns of 23K gold plating
H36″ x 30″ x 24″
For offering price please email to inquiries@ashlijewelers.com

Truly a collectors dream come true! There is a smaller version available that features only four clocks.  Each clocks is serialized and comes with a letter of authenticity.

If you wish to speak with a customer service representative to order by phone or request additional information please call toll free 866.382.4907 x101 or email customerservice@ashlijewelers.com.

Ashli Jewelers is a Luxury e-retailer who goal is to provide products with Extraordinary Creativity in Design with Exceptional Materials and Quality that are rare and extremely unique to the world’s most discerning Clientele.

Read further information on Mad Ludwig Neuschwanstein in Bavaria can be read at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_II_of_Bavaria.

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