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Mexican folk art paper mache Catrina skull rattle. "Catrina has come to symbolize not only El Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death itself, but originally catrina was an elegant or well-dressed woman, so it refers to rich people. Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. Sometimes people have to be reminded." David de la Torre #catrina #diadelismuertos #dayofthedead #papermache #cartoneria #allsoulsday #thecuriousbead #calavera #skull
Mexican folk art paper mache Catrina skull rattle. "Catrina has come to symbolize not only El Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death itself, but originally catrina was an elegant or well-dressed woman, so it refers to rich people. Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. Sometimes people have to be reminded." David de la Torre #catrina  #diadelismuertos  #dayofthedead  #papermache  #cartoneria  #allsoulsday  #thecuriousbead  #calavera  #skull 
The "body" on these skull earrings are vintage sterling and shell screw earrings. I think they were supposed to be a leaf with a stem. Turned upside down and topped with a skull they look a bit like a grim reaper with his scythe. Pretty sure these are one of a kind. #grimreaper #skullearrings #abaloneshelljewelry #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedeadjewelry #thecuriousbead #audreyforcier #calavera
"I see at the end of my rough journey, that I have been the architect of my own destiny."
Amado Nervo  Skull and crystal totem pendant necklace. #thecuriousbead #skullnecklace #crystalskull #dayofthedeadjewelry #diadelosmuertos #audreyforcier
Bringing a little Dia de Los Muertos vibe to Good Luck Cliffs in the Adirondacks. #goodluckcliffs #adk #diadelosmuertos #thecuriousbead #frida #solgoods
Eclectic assortment of pieces just listed/listing tomorrow in my Etsy shops. #thecuriousbead #audreyf #vintagepoetica #petrifiedwoodbracelet #cuernavacajewelry #stanhoperosary #vintagemexicanjewelry #oceanjasper #dragonsbreath
Those young skeleton gentlemen inspired these earrings. Black and bone with a pop of color! #dayofthedeadjewelry #dayofthedeadearrings #diadelosmuertos #caballeros #audreyfearrings #audreyf #tophat #skull #thecuriousbead
This is the black skunk bead version of the red ones I posted yesterday. I like the earrings but may love the photo even more. The skullies are cozying up to a carved antique mirror back. #skullearrings #molars #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #audreyfearrings #audreyf #thecuriousbead #tradebeads #eyebeads #skunkbeads
Love the rich autumnal hues of this vintage carnelian necklace. The stones are gorgeous, the construction is on the primitive side. Available at the Curious Bead on Etsy. #carneliannecklace #vintagecarnelian #indiacarnelian #thecuriousbead
Antique carved jade pendant and old chalcedony beads from China. The carved centerpiece is beautifully carved, quiet and perfect. #thecuriousbead #carvedjade #chalcedonybeads #chinesebeads #chinesenecklace #antiquechinese
Fantastic steel skull wall piece made by #metallogix. One eye is drawn on with pencil and the other eye is made of felted wool. The skull measures 26" by 18". Thank you Joel, Frank and Tim!! #dayofthedead #skull #skeleton #transformation ##diadelosmuertos #thecuriousbead
Little clay skulls paired up with abalone, labradorite and gorgeous antique dragons breath links salvaged from a bracelet. #skullearring #dragonsbreath #abaloneshelljewelry #abaloneshell #skull #dayofthedeadjewelry #audreyf #audreyfearrings #thecuriousbead
Antique sacred heart and holy trinity clover pin. Enamel on brass. Just over one inch long. New in the shop today. #thecuriousbead #sacredheart #antiquesacredheart #antiquecloverjewelry #religiouspin #antiquereligious
Dia de los Muertos is a  celebration of life. From an early age children in Mexico and Latin American countries are taught not to fear death so that they may appreciate and embrace life. I found this masterpiece of sculpted and painted clay in Guanajuato, Mexico. Wonderful that a macabre skull is crawling with humorous cartoon like insects. Signed by the artist! #diadelosmuertos #skullart #skullsculpture #thewormscrawlin #allsoulsday #aztecs #mesoamerica #folkart #guanajuato #thecuriousbead #dayofthedead
Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life. From an early age children in Mexico and Latin American countries are taught not to fear death so that they may appreciate and embrace life. I found this masterpiece of sculpted and painted clay in Guanajuato, Mexico. Wonderful that a macabre skull is crawling with humorous cartoon like insects. Signed by the artist! #diadelosmuertos  #skullart  #skullsculpture  #thewormscrawlin  #allsoulsday  #aztecs  #mesoamerica  #folkart  #guanajuato  #thecuriousbead  #dayofthedead 
Spending a rainy afternoon putting together earrings with ceramic Day of the Dead beads from Peru. Inexpensive little skulls, catrinas, hands, teeth and top hatted calacas. The larger carved skulls are from Nepal. The winged locket is a piece I found in Mexico a couple of years ago and finally think I know what to do with.  The piece of poem inside is a clipping from the New Yorker I have had since 2004. A Jack Gilbert poem titled "By Small and Small:Midnight to 4A.M." #tooth #skullearrings #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #catrina #jackgilbert #wingedlocket #audreyf #thecuriousbead #allsoulsday
Spending a rainy afternoon putting together earrings with ceramic Day of the Dead beads from Peru. Inexpensive little skulls, catrinas, hands, teeth and top hatted calacas. The larger carved skulls are from Nepal. The winged locket is a piece I found in Mexico a couple of years ago and finally think I know what to do with. The piece of poem inside is a clipping from the New Yorker I have had since 2004. A Jack Gilbert poem titled "By Small and Small:Midnight to 4A.M." #tooth  #skullearrings  #diadelosmuertos  #dayofthedead  #catrina  #jackgilbert  #wingedlocket  #audreyf  #thecuriousbead  #allsoulsday 
A trio of personal favorites. Carved pearl ring by Shinji Nakaba, cast sterling double skull ring and a super sized carved agate and lava stone skull ring. #shinjinakaba #carvedpearl #pearlskull #doubleskullring #stoneskullring #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #allsoulsday #thecuriousbead #skulls #calaca
A girl in Catrina costume waiting her turn to compete in a Dia de los Muertos contest in Guanajuato Mexico. Note the Mexican marigolds known as the flowers of the dead. It is thought that the pungent odor helps to attract and guide the souls of the deceased.  #catrina #catrinas #diadelosmuertos #guanajuato #skeleton #allsoulsday #thecuriousbead #skull #dayofthedead #marigold #cempasuchil #flowerofthedead
This necklace showcases an amazing sterling bead by #annechoi featuring a #sugarskull with the phrase "Until death it is all life" from Cervantes. Paired up this beauty with antique carved coral beads and bone beads from China. Even the cord is antique! #thecuriousbead #audreyforcier #carvedcoral #carvedbone #antiquechinesebead #chinesecoral #dayofthedead #cervantes #skull #skullbead
Mexican folk art painted clay figurine. This palm sized Day of the Dead tribute to Frida Kahlo seamlessly melds Aztec and Spanish Colonial influences. #diadelosmuertos #fridakahlo #callalily #skull #mexicanfolkart #folkart #dayofthedead #allsoulsday #thecuriousbead
New earrings! Dreamy abalone, beautifully carved bone skulls and ceramic tooth beads from Peru. The shell is exceptionally iridescent, even in poor light. #diadelosmuertos #skullearrings #audreyf #carvedboneskull #dayofthedead #abaloneearrings #abalone #iridescence #thecuriousbead #toothfairy
Skull necklace I made 15 years ago. No one wanted to buy it. Kinda glad, quite like it!! #diadelosmuertos #skullnecklace #calacas #audreyforcier #thecuriousbead #carvedskull #dayofthedead
Wonderful earrings made by Gabriel Anaya In Guanajuato. The bones are so delicate but detailed and the tiny jump rings are all soldered. Dia de los Muertos starts on October 31 and ends on November 2. I will be posting a piece commemorating this reflective season every day until Nov 2. #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #gabrielanaya #skeletonearrings #calaca #skullearrings #thecuriousbead
Sterling wrapped pendant features a spectacular slab of spectral blue flash moonstone, chunk of peridot and an excellent Herkimer diamond. A very cool find from the Herkimer Diamond show this past July. The fellow I bought this from said that this was a piece he had found at a flea market and kept for a few years. I think I had better let it go before I "lose" it in my chest of curiosities. Listing this beaut in the shop tomorrow. #moonstone #flashymoonstone #adularescence #herkimerdiamond #rawperidot #wirewrappedminerals #thecuriousbead #
Sterling wrapped pendant features a spectacular slab of spectral blue flash moonstone, chunk of peridot and an excellent Herkimer diamond. A very cool find from the Herkimer Diamond show this past July. The fellow I bought this from said that this was a piece he had found at a flea market and kept for a few years. I think I had better let it go before I "lose" it in my chest of curiosities. Listing this beaut in the shop tomorrow. #moonstone  #flashymoonstone  #adularescence  #herkimerdiamond  #rawperidot  #wirewrappedminerals  #thecuriousbead  #
Interesting vintage brass skulls I found on a necklace with tiny bone beads. They are paired up with antique African brass beads and vintage beads inlaid with turquoise chips. Just added to my little collection of skull earrings at audreyf on Etsy. #vintageskulls #skullearrings #audreyforcier #audreyf #diadelosmuertos #thecuriousbead #audreyfetsy
A few years ago I found this Victorian mourning fan. It had a few broken ribs and the moire silk was damaged beyond repair. As you can see the carved and lacquered ribs were too beautiful to not repurpose. This pair is accented with sterling filigree flowers. Available at audreyf on Etsy. #mourningearrings #victorianearrings #carvedlacquer #audreyforcier #thecuriousbead #mourning #antiquefan #mourningfan
Got to spend time with the super talented John Finch last week. This is a big lapis I cabbed up years ago. John made the coolest scalloped and riveted setting for it about 5 years ago. Finally getting some beads on it because my nature abhors a vacuum. #johnfinchsantafe #lapislazuli #lapis #thecuriousbead #copperjewelry #copperpendant
Love these vintage enamel on metal clowns. Today they go from clowns to earrings! #vintageclowns #antiqueclown #audreyfearrings #coulrophobia #thecuriousbead
She watches over my work table. Sort of. Has to turn away from the perpetual giant mess. I try to placate her with some of the wonderful pieces I have collected from friends and fab makers and of course curious finds. #studios #wip #robinrichardsjewelry #terezao #skull #thecuriousbead #tradebeadsnecklace #owl
Oh ya! Love this long and curvy 1960s turquoise and sterling Navajo ring. Size 5.75 Just listed at theCuriousBead on Etsy. #pawnturquoisering #vintageturquoise #rockabillystyle #fredharvey #navajoring #oldturquoisejewelry #bigturqoiserings #thecuriousbead #audreyforcier #thecuriousbeadetsy
Crescent moons ring the center dome on this antique Italian coral and silver brooch. Big and beautiful and well made! 1930s Florence. #crescentmoon #crescent #eclipsejewelry #coralpin #antiquecoral #islamjewelry #mosquebrooch #thecuriousbead #antiqueitalianjewelry #olditaliansilver
Good looking vintage agate and sterling silver pin. The moody landscape agate may be petrified wood. The initials RE are lightly inscribed on the reverse. #fredharveypin #fredharvey #agate #agatepin #agatesilver #petrifiedwood #thecuriousbead #vintagesouthwestern #rockabillystyle
Rangoli is a folk art practiced in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The art form is an expression of artistic vision through the joyful use of color. Beautiful designs are created in courtyards and on floors to celebrate special occasions. This vintage set of powders has never been opened. Just listed at #thecuriousbead #rangoli #rangoliart #vintageartsupplies
Rangoli is a folk art practiced in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The art form is an expression of artistic vision through the joyful use of color. Beautiful designs are created in courtyards and on floors to celebrate special occasions. This vintage set of powders has never been opened. Just listed at #thecuriousbead  #rangoli  #rangoliart  #vintageartsupplies 
Seahorses are the only fish with a neck and the ONLY species on earth in which the male gives birth. They also have prehensile tails. Wear your love for these magical creatures with these 1950's Mexican sterling and abalone earrings. Available at audreyf on Etsy. #seahorse #vintageseahorsejewelry #vintageseahorse #silverseahorse #seahorseearrings #audreyf #thecuriousbead
Old angel skin coral heisi and large red corn kernel shaped coral bead necklace. The necklace broke quite sometime ago. I enlarged the holes (with my moto-tool)so I could restring with a doubled length of upholstery thread. I debated on thread color. Decided on black. Love the orange, white and black combo. Hopi Clown Kachina colors. #santodomingonecklace #coralheishi #angelskincoral #angelskinnecklace #vintagesantodomingo #redcoral #thecuriousbead #koshare
Dremel Moto-Tool. Bought this work horse at a hardware store in Chicago in 1991. Have never cleaned or oiled or changed any parts. Works like a champ!! #dremel #dremeldrill #mototool #oldtools #thecuriousbead #drill
Gorgeous antique black coral and sterling bangle from China. The coral branch is extra wide and the inner circumference is about 8 inches. #antiqueblackcoral #branchcoral #chinesecoral #antiquebangles #blackcoral #thecuriousbead #decocoral #
Leo thinks I should wear my #vintage 1920s brass, coral and mummy beads necklace today, the one I purchased from the @thecuriousbead. Leo is my #guru 💗

#leo #shihtzusofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #thecuriousbead
"Lightning strikes maybe once maybe twice oh and it lights up the night" #stevienicks #gypsy #lightningbolts #lightningring #thecuriousbead #vintagelightning #vintagemexicansterling
Love waking up to birdsong! Vintage sterling bird earrings from Mexico paired up with early 1900s enamel beads from China. Hatched this morning and just listed in my Etsy earring shop audreyf. #mexicansterling #antiquechineseenamel #audreyfetsy #birdearrings #audreyforcier #sterlingbirds #thecuriousbead #chinesecloisonne
Zuni snake eyes bright blue turquoise pendant and earrings. #fourwinds #fourdirections #snakeeyes #zunijewelry #zunipetitpoint #vintageturquoise #thecuriousbead
Happy May Day!! Exquisitely carved mother of pearl Victorian pendant. #antiqueheart #victorianheart #carvedheart #thecuriousbead 
#shootingstars #victorianjewelry #motherofpearl #motherofpearljewelry
Collectible 1930's turquoise Zuni petit point bar pin. No such thing as too much good old turquoise. #zunipetitpoint #zunijewelry #oldpawnturquoise #newmexicoturquoise #fredharvey #thecuriousbead