About Abeja

With the launch of her jewelry line, Tiffani Wetherbee has turned her international inspirations into tangible accessories. As far as Tiffani is concerned, it is — in fact — a small world. The word “foreign” is not in her vocabulary. This Gig Harbor, Wash., native has spent more time living out of the United States than in it. She lived in Nigeria, West Africa on and off for 20 years. Another four years were spent in the gorgeous Mexican coastal town of Zihuatanejo.

In addition to international living, she is also seasoned traveler with 40 countries stamped on her passport. Each exotic destination held jewels of inspiration for Tiffani — inspiration she now strings together in a jewelry line she dubs Abeja. Abeja is the Spanish word for bee. “I chose the bee to symbolize this jewelry line because bees are the connectors of the world,” Tiffani said. “Bees are a link, they create, and they have a mission.”

Like the bee, Tiffani is connecting cultures through her jewelry. Her pieces are a fusion of all the types of art she has experienced from her life of travel.

“I remember visiting the markets with my mother,” she said. “My eyes were opened to the beautiful fabrics and jewelry created by African artisans. Vibrant millefiori beads, elaborate brass castings, and incredible weavings and carvings were all a part of what my parents exposed me to. When we’d visit other destinations around the world, we always found a way to scope out local markets or places to discover the fabulous art, colorful textiles, or ornamental jewelry created and usually worn by the local people. These experiences are very important pieces of the puzzle that define my style and who I am. I owe so much to my parents for cultivating that appreciation of the beauty in the differences of cultures. They are the ones who taught me at an early age that we are all very connected as humans. We all love, we all share, we all appreciate beauty.”

In addition to being raised for several years in Lagos, Nigeria, Tiffani made the decision to return as a young adult to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher at the American International School in Lagos. She ended up spending eleven more years there. In her spare time, she developed her artistic talents through painting, photography, and music. She collaborated with people in the Nigerian art world, holding exhibitions of her work in photography and paintings, working with Nigerian fashion designers, as well as collaborating with several African musicians.

She finally settled on jewelry making as her main artistic expression when her children were small. She sold her first pieces in 2008 and has continued to strengthen her line. With the collaboration and encouragement of the L.A. based fashion designer and dear friend Ticci Toneto, Abeja’s first pieces were born. Now the large majority of the Abeja jewelry is first designed in house by Tiffani, then sent to Bali, Indonesia or Taxco, Mexico for production. The artisans and metalsmiths work with Tiffani very closely during the production process, insuring the quality is kept at a very high standard. Also important are the lives of those artisans, and Tiffani has chosen to work with groups that can guarantee that the people she hires to produce her jewelry have good working conditions and receive fair wages.

 

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What are the Studs on Jeans

Blue jeans are about as American as apple pie. While many can argue why their personal favorite is the greatest pair that ever was, few know the history behind the go-to wardrobe essential.

Everyone from cowboys to crooners like Bing Crosby wore jeans in the 19th and 20th centuries and celebrities today are no different. While the perspective on jeans has changed over time — it used to be seen as a manual laborer’s garment, instead of the closet staple it’s become — the basic design has not.

History of jeans

Which brings us to those weird little silver or copper studs. Go ahead, look down: Chances are, the pants you’re wearing today feature exactly that. The round metal attachments are actually called rivets and are very specifically placed to reinforce an area of high tension in a garment.

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About Taj Instanbul Scarves

They are professionally run organization engaged in the manufacture and export of exclusive woolen, silk, cashmere, shahtoosh, cotton, linen and acrylic scarves and shawls for fashion conscious ladies. Their fabrics are in sync with ongoing trends and appreciated extensively by our global clients. Additionally, they also offer a wide range of designers Scarves and fancy Shawls can be adorned as per client required embellishments. These are operated by their competent team of designers and craftsmen who make sure that their clients get the best products.

Products Profile
Taj Instanbul are offering a luxurious array of pashmina Shawls is offered in varied multi-hued designs that are hand woven by weavers who inherit this art.

Viscose Shawls, Cotton shawls, Woolen Shawls, Embroidered Shawls, Cashmere Shawls, Pure Wool Shawls, Pure Silk Shawls, Viscose Shawls, Cotton shawls, Woolen Shawls, Woolen Scarves, Designer Shawls, Linen Shawls and promotional shawls. All our products share following following features:

. Color fstness
. Stylish and colorful
. Dimensional stability
. Durability
. Tear strenght
. Excelent stitching

Customer Satisfaction / Clientele
Their range of uniquely designed garments and their impeccable quality has helped them earn a commendable clientele across the globe. Constant feedback is invited from clients and duly worked on to maintain their goodwill in the market. Taj Instanbul have a trust worthy and satisfying client base across the world in the following countries:

. EUROPE
. AUSTRALIA
. AMERICAS
. MIDDLE – EAST
. CENTRAL ASIA

 

History of Silk

Sericulture or silk production has a long and colorful history unknown to most people. For centuries the West knew very little about silk and the people who made it. Pliny, the Roman historian, wrote in his Natural History in 70 BC “Silk was obtained by removing the leaves from the help of water …”. For more than two thousand years the Chinese kept the secret of silk altogether to themselves. It was the most zealously guarded secret in history.

ORIGIN OF SILK – LEGEND OF LADY HSI-LING-SHIH
Chinese legend gives the title of Goddess of Silk to Lady Hsi-Ling-Shih, wife of the mythical, who was said to have ruled China in about 3000 BC. She is credited with the introduction of silkworm rearing and the invention of the loom. Half a silkworm cocoon unearthed in 1927 from the loess soil in the Yellow River in Shanxi Province, in northern China, has been dated between 2600 and 2300 BC. Another example is a group of ribbons, threads and woven fragments, dated about 3000 BC, and found at Qianshanyang in Zhejiang province. More recently archaeological finds – a small ivory cup carved with a silkworm design and thought to be between 6000 and 7000 years old, and spinning tools, silk thread and fabric fragments from sites along the lower Yangzi River – reveal the origins of sericulture to be even Earlier.

 

SILKWORM AND THE FAMILY

There are many indigenous varieties of wild silk moths found in a number of different countries.
The key to understanding the great mystery and magic of silk, and Chinas domination of its production and promotion, lies with one species: the blind, flightless moth, Bombyx mori. It lays 500 or more eggs in four to six days and dies soon after. The eggs are like pinpoints – one hundred. From one ounce of eggs come about 30,000 worms which eat a ton of mulberry leaves and produce twelve pounds of raw silk. The original wild ancestor of this cultivated species is believed to be Bombyx mandarina Moore, a silk moth living on the white mulberry tree and unique to China. The silkworm of this particular moth produces a thread whose filament is smoother, finer and rounder than that of other silk moths. Over thousands of years, during which the Chinese practiced sericulture utilized all the different types of silk moths known to them, Bombyx mori evolved into the specialized silk producer it is today; A moth which has lost its power to fly, only capable of mating and producing eggs for the next generation of silk producers.

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Our New Jewelry Designer

Barry Brinker has been creating wearable art for over 20 years and currently sells his collection exclusively through Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus; and now I.O. Domani.

Mr. Brinker’s innovations stem from his education in design, architecture and fine art. These disciplines play an essential role in his combination of antiquities and modern elements married within his jewelry.

“I believe my treasures are inspired by the personalities of my patrons. These individuals, as well as the energy of every unique gem are what intrigue me, It’s such a great feeling to be connected with one’s special occasion surrounding a customer’s selection. This is what gives true meaning to my work.”

Mr. Brinker resides part time in Hong Kong and travels extensively throughout Asia in search of antiquities, exotic pearls and rare gemstones.

Every item is hand made and one of a kind, drawn exclusively by the artist and constructed within his studios, located in Hong Kong, Bangkok & Bali, Indonesia.

barry Brinker jewelry 1 Barry Brinker BB Necklace

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