Monday, July 8, 2013

Bali Silver To Die For

The villiage of Celuk is devoted almost entirely to gold and silversmithing. The precious metal is imported from other islands and the silversmith workers-mostly belonging to the Caste Clan of Pande Mas, are traditional practioners of various metal crafts. The intricate designs are exotic and exquisite. All are .925 silver and some designs are inlaid with semi precious gemstones such as Garnet, Amethyst, Peridot, Aquamarine and Topaz.
These fabulous pendants are used as either perfume boxes (put in a bit of cotton with a favorite scent) or prayer boxes (roll up a small paper with a wish, prayer or favorite saying). These particular ones have gemstones at the bottom.
These intricate, lacy balls open to reveal a brass chime ball inside. When you shake the ball, you hear a soft chime sound--wonderful! Some styles also have gemstones.

In our town of Sanur there were a number of shops that sold the silver, but I found a favorite little shop run by my new friend Asri, her daughter and husband. This shop had a little of everything, but her silver was to die for and needless-to-say, I went nuts. Now I can't wait to see what I can create using my new treasures....stay tuned....

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