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Signed Bethlehem mother-of-pearl jewelry

Bird Peace dove brooch. Hand carved Mother-of-pearl. 3 cm. 1970s. Signed Bethlehem mother-of-pearl jewelry

Signed Bethlehem mother-of-pearl jewelry
This stunning brooch is an example of the traditional Palestinian art of mother-of-pearl carving dating back to the 14th century. Hand carved by highly skilled artisans of Bethlehem, this 1970s brooch is marked “Beth-lehem”.
Today, mother-of-pearl is used in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes to make iridescent handmade items, such as crosses, souvenirs and jewelry. One of the most famous mother-of-pearl carvers and jewelry designers of the mid-century was Gregory Zugby, whose workshop ceased to exist in 1973.
Undoubtedly, mined in coastal waters, mother-of-pearl was a cheap, affordable and beautiful material for creating cult objects, souvenirs and jewelry. A school of mother-of-pearl carving was opened in Jerusalem in the middle of the 19th century. Pilgrimage literature describes bazaars and workshops where the locals created and sold magnificent examples of church arts and crafts. Over the next 100 years, the industry has developed to provide pilgrimage and tourist markets with rosary beads, crosses, small icons, boxes, holy book covers, and jewelry.

Camel mother-of-pearl brooch

Camel mother-of-pearl hand carved vintage brooch pin. 1970s

The younger generation of mother-of-pearl craftsmen in the Bethlehem area still do the work by hand, although most of them have automated workshops. Working with mother-of-pearl requires simple tools such as cutters. In addition, the craftsmen use chemicals to glue the pieces of mother-of-pearl together. Next, they polish them to not only improve their appearance, but also to preserve them for a long time. The work is laborious, requires skill and patience.

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Butterfly round shaped brooch. Carved mother-of-pearl, rhinestones, enamel, lucite, sterling silver

Butterfly round shaped brooch. Carved mother-of-pearl, rhinestones, enamel, lucite, sterling silver

Carved mother-of-pearl flower design pendant

Carved mother-of-pearl flower design pendant

Christmas bells brooch

Christmas bells vintage brooch

Butterfly mop carved pin. 1970s

Butterfly mop carved pin. 1970s

Dove brooch pin. Mother-of-pearl. 1970s

Dove brooch pin. Mother-of-pearl. 1970s

Filigree mother-of-pearl handcarved vintage brooch

Filigree mother-of-pearl handcarved vintage brooch

Fish carved mother-of-pearl brooch

Fish carved mother-of-pearl brooch

Fish mop carved pin. 1970s

Fish mop carved pin. 1970s

Five pointed star carved mother-of-pearl brooch

Five pointed star carved mother-of-pearl brooch

Flower brooch. Carved mother-of-pearl

Flower brooch. Carved mother-of-pearl

Flower design vintage brooch

Flower design vintage brooch

Genuine mother of pearl dove brooch

Genuine mother of pearl dove brooch

Leaf design mother-of-pearl earrings

Leaf design mother-of-pearl earrings

Maple leaf mother-of-pearl brooch pin

Maple leaf mother-of-pearl brooch pin

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Mary with baby Jesus carved mother-of-pearl pendant

Mary with baby Jesus carved mother-of-pearl pendant

Menorah mother-of-pearl brooch. 3.5 cm

Menorah mother-of-pearl brooch. 3.5 cm. 1960s

Round shaped filigree blackened sterling silver bird brooch pendant

Round shaped filigree blackened sterling silver bird brooch pendant

Seahorse handcarved mother-of-pearl lapel pin

Seahorse hand carved mother-of-pearl lapel pin

Star of Bethlehem brooch and clip on earrings, carved mother of pearl

Star of Bethlehem brooch and clip on earrings

Sterling silver carved mother of pearl floral design earrings

Sterling silver carved mother of pearl floral design earrings

Teardrop mother-of-pearl silver earrings

Teardrop mop silver earrings

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