Monday, September 20, 2010

Exotic jewelry....a must have

 While traveling through Burma, Laos and Thailand in search of antique artifacts, I discovered a gem of a fine jewelry store: "JAANA"
Jaana, a native Scandinavian who lives in Bangkok, crafts beautiful and bold pieces with stone and beads she has been collecting all over the world for the past 20 years. Her silver and jewelry are handcrafted by native white Karen and women from Burma.
I have been wearing her pieces for years and am always asked about their provenance, so I invited Jaana to fly to New York to show 30 of her most beautiful creations for a one time event at Interieurs.

Shortly after sunrise, I placed a few pieces on my stone wall to photograph and show you some of her work. Each bead, stone piece has a story....


Jaana's workshop is located in the North of Thailand, near Chang Mai. Men and women and girls have mastered the intricacies of cutting, carving, stringing the beads and silver.


  1. Wonderful, just wonderful. Love them.

  2. Francine, I love these pieces, especially knowing about them. The silver looks like work
    from the area called Karen Hill Tribe Silver, they don't make jewelry, just silver findings.
    How I wish I could be there to see them and to meet your lovely friend. You will sell all of them. BTW: What is the price range, if you don't mind my asking? Best regards, Marsha

  3. Hi Francine
    These necklaces are fantastic works of art - and he great part is that they are wearable art. Wish I was there for the show - but maybe you will still have a few pieces for my visit in November. I would love to have one.
    Take care.

  4. Oh Francine these are indeed works of art!
    I would love to know the price ranges as well...

    Art by Karena

  5. Oh My - how lovely are these pieces of Jewellery! I am not even sure I can pick just one!

  6. Oh my goodness Francine, what wonderful jewellery. What a statement one of those necklaces would make. I have silver bracelets from Afganistan so, this is my sort of jewellery. I love the photographs of the workshop. XXXX

  7. Beautiful jewellery. Love all the pieces put together. Carla

  8. East 58th wow wish I were in NYC. Very interesting abd beautiful necklaces. I like
    the 3 white shells. Thanks for the fashion tips.


  9. Francine,

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love "important" jewelry as we used to say when writing about the subject. The workshop pictures are wonderful.

    Please forgive me for being such a terrible correspondent. You are one of my favorite all time blogs with your exquisite taste and French aesthetic.

    And, of course, I am always charmed by your comments.


  10. Gorgeous jewelry!
    The feature (for you and the lovely Interieurs) is up on EcoSalon:

    If I haven't said it enough, I cannot wait to stop in and say hello next time I am in the city.


  11. Interesting fact silver made in Thailand is only made in villages outside of the main cities by Hilltribe families. Most patterns have been in there family for many years and can only be made by large order. There are no stores or one central place to purchase Hilltribe silver in variety other than from the large wholesale shops in the city. Mondays and Fridays are the days families will bring their goods to the main shops for sale and to pick up new orders. A trip to a silver village is a real eye opener to see how families work together to make beautiful silver pieces of art. All Handmade.


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