Neanderthals are the New (old?) Humans

Fig 6. Articulation of Krapina 385.4 and 386.18. Dorsal (a) and lateral (b) view; arrow in (b) points to highly polished area on 385.4.

Many years ago, I wrote about an NPR article talking about a study showing that Neanderthals wore jewelry. Lately we’ve been discovering more and more evidence showing how their lives were more complex (and closer to humans) than we ever thought. Recently my husband showed me this journal article about another Neanderthal jewelry find.

This article shows some eagle talons that were specifically altered in a way suggesting they were made into a necklace. This find was of particular interest because of the quantity of talons found. They came from a site in modern day Croatia. It’s interesting to think what our evolutionary cousins were doing back then and what sort of culture they might have had. To me it’s looking less and less distinct from our own.

Hmm, maybe I should make some metal talon necklaces…

Fall for New Necklaces and Earrings

DSC06982 copyThis past weekend I finished my big push for new jewelry before Fall Into Fine Craft this coming weekend (remember Booth #59 at the Carlisle Expo Center!) So I made three new pairs of earrings and two necklaces for your wearing pleasure!

Arched Wing Earrings ©2015 WTEK brass, sterling silver earwire
Arched Wing Earrings ©2015 WTEK brass, sterling silver earwire
Untitled Necklace ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
Untitled Necklace ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
Air Chased Silver Collar ©2015 WTEK sterling silver
Air Chased Silver Collar ©2015 WTEK sterling silver
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK

NEW JEWELRY SET!!

Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass
Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass
Here's the backs ©2015 WTEK
Here’s the backs ©2015 WTEK

That’s right, I still make jewelry too! Remember I was working on a new set? Well, that 6 x 6″ piece of air chased sterling silver became a necklace, a cuff, & a pair of earrings! I’m super psyched to wear them this Sunday at the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 opening at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Hopefully I’ll see you there and you can see these pieces, Fragmented, and bunch of other great art by other great artists too! 2 – 5pm! And teal hair!

Earrings close-up ©2015 WTEK
Earrings close-up ©2015 WTEK
Cuff work ©2015 WTEK
Cuff work ©2015 WTEK