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7July

<16th July - Summer Night Artisan Market

Explore a variety of artisan stalls, whilst enjoying the stunning surroundings of the Palazzo Parisio Gardens.  Joins Sat 16 July, from 6-11pm.

 

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29April

<7th May - QSI Spring Fair

Coming up next weekend!   Lots of fun and things to do for everyone,  artisan products and goodies...And you will surely find the right gift for Mother's Day  too :)

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30March

<8th & 9th April - Spring Artisan Market

Don't miss our next artisan market!

 

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17November

Attard Christmas Fest - 18th December

This will probably be our last event for the festive season, and it promises to be a fun filled day!  A great opportunity to buy your last minute Christmas gifts and enjoy the festive atmosphere. 

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16November

Natalis Notabilis - 3rd & 4th December

Firecrafted will be part of this event.   Our stall will be open from 8th to 10th Dec.

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16November

3RD & 4TH December

Malta Artisan Markets - 2016 Christmas Edition

And the countdown begins... Just over 2 weeks to go to the Malta Artisan Markets Christmas edition at Magazino Hall ~ 50+ artisans & crafters, Christmas treats & homemade food & delicacies, kids entertainment, live music...

And of course We Will Be There ! :)

 

 

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22May

Don't miss this event!  A weekend of fun at the St George Corinthia to welcome the summer season and which promises to be very exciting and eventful.  We will be part of the Malta Artisan Market, there on Sat 28th and Sun 29th May.  Full programme can be viewed here.

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29November


We will be part of this too ...Buy your Christmas gifts and help the Kilimanjaro Challenge! 

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14November

Firecrafted will be at The Perfect Christmas Gift Fair.  Organised by the Corinthia Palace Hotel, in support of Beyond the Moon Foundation, this year the fair will be held at San Anton Palace.  

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14November


For lovers of art, crafts and homemade food, don't miss the great Malta Artisan Christmas Market.



Meet your friends and family and buy your original handmade Christmas gifts. And why not? Have lunch or tea in a lovely Christmas Atmosphere and make a day out of if.  HAPPY CHRISTMAS  SHOPPING! :)

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8April


Patches Spring Fair this weekend @ the Magazino, Valletta Waterfront.  Meet us at our stall! 


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28February

Firecrafted will be present at Malta Artisan Markets' first event for 2015...the Easter Market will be held at the Phoenicia Hotel's Grand Ballroom.  Check out the details.... 

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14February


Pressed Flower Heart Necklace

I know, it has been a long silence, and I really have no valid excuses.  But today I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  Of course love, in whatever form, is not only for today to show. We just want one day a year in which we make more of an effort to actually let the ones so dear to us know how much we love them.  

May you all feel specially loved today :)

(scroll down to my post from last year for some history/legend about St Valentine)    

AND.. it is also Carnival Weekend!  The weather is sooo gloomy and grey so we could do with all the lovely colour and loads of fun!  What costume are you wearing?  Let us know :)


       
               Cute :)                                      I can never get enough of the Venetian costumes!

Hope the weekend is great for all of you!  

Silvana xx  


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5January

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15December

< Christmas at The Wignacourt

Our last Christmas event for this year will be at the Wignacourt Museum, in Rabat. The fair will be open on the 20th Dec from 10.00 to 16.00.  Join us for that last minute little something special :)






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15December

The Malta Crafts Council will be organising a Maltese Artisan Christmas Fair in Jean De Valette Square Valletta running from the 17th to the 20th Dec.  Firecrafted will be there on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th, from 9am to 7pm.




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18November



For the first time, we will be holding a Christmas Open Studio, and we will be available for a whole long weekend!

5th - 8th Dec
11am to 5pm
@ Waveline flt 4, Tower Road, St Paul's Bay

Please email info@firecrafted.com,  or call 79353748 to reserve your preferred time....and for directions.

Join our Facebook event for more details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/741415015913558/

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7November

< Malta Artisan Market Christmas Fair - 13th-14th Dec

We will be a the Malta Artisan Market Christmas Fair at the Phoenicia, check out the details below.  The perfect opportunity to get all those fabulous handmade gifts for all your friends and family!


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31October

We are in the midst of the increasingly popular feast of Halloween, with a full weekend of  fun, costumes and parties.  And one of the most popular face makeup is the sugar skull.    Ever thought how this originated?  


     


It is part of the Day of the Dead celebrations in central and southern Mexico. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday of All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours.  On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. In most villages, beautiful altars, called ofrendas, are made in each home. 


     

They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers, mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and in particular sugar skull sweets are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls are purchased at open-air markets set up for the event..  

   

Day of the Dead is a very expensive holiday for these self-sufficient, rural based, indigenous families. Many spend over two month's income to honor their dead relatives. They believe that happy spirits will provide protection, good luck and wisdom to their families. Ofrenda building keeps the family close. 

    

On the afternoon of Nov. 2, the festivities are taken to the cemetery. People clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones. Tradition keeps the village close. 

Enjoy a spooky weekend!


Silvana



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27October




Come and find a handmade gift for all your friends and family, under one roof!  
Patches Christmas Fair will happen on Sunday 30th of November @ Magazzino, on the Valletta Waterfront, starting from 12.00.

Firecrafted is preparing new jewellery, and accessories ;)  which will be available for this event.  Mark your diaries!



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30September



Yey! We are ONE year old today!  Feeling very excited :D  Am thankful for the past year.  It's been a hard but eventful year. Looking forward to more work, inspiration and, with the help of our fans, more success.

THANK YOU ALL xx


Silvana



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  • Rita Cremona30 September 2014 13:23

    Lovely and unique jewellery The pendent of the competition is light blue

  • Silvana02 October 2014 22:18

    Thank you Rita :)

25September



We are almost 1yr old!  Have you entered our contest yet?  You should.  You can win a pretty bronze necklace which has been created just for the occasion.  And yes a crystal will be added, but you have to guess it's colour to get a chance to win.  Well, it's just a bit of fun and suspense. In reality you can consider this a sneak peek, as you will probably see more of this kind of work in the coming months. Hope you enjoy it :)   Here's the link to enter the contest  http://a.pgtb.me/3zRrnl  Good luck!


Silvana

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  • Rita Cremona30 September 2014 13:25

    Light blue , I really like , well done

  • Silvana02 October 2014 22:20

    Thank you Rita! Continue to follow us, there will be more of this kind of work.

19September

We will be at the Malta Comics Expo, happening at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, between 31st Oct and 2nd Nov - Halloween weekend!  Expect some themed jewellery for the occasion :)


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12August


Fine Jewellery Shopper Flock Online

Hello dear friends!  We are right in the middle of summer and I hope you are all enjoying some well deserved holidays! :)  
 

Today I just thought I'd share with you this recent article from The Wall Street Journal - link.  According to this write-up more people are resorting to shopping online, even when it comes to fine jewellery, sometimes for purchases amounting to quite a few thousands.

The article goes on to list a number of big jewellery brands, who are seeing increased online sales, but what about the small artisan jeweler?  Most artists, offer the facility of buying their handmade pieces online, through their own websites, like Firecrafted :).  But what's more, they also offer that personalised service, no big jewellery company will be able to offer it's clients.  To start off, you can rest assured of very limited number of makes of each item, and sometimes total uniqueness.  You will always be able to contact the artist directly and discuss details, until you are happy and confident that your wishes will be met.  

I will certainly be happy to help you, any time!  And I will not be charging a fortune ;)

Hope you're having a great day!


Silvana
 



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22July

 Come and join us for a lovely evening in this beautiful garden setting!

     
                                                                                                                                                                                   

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5July



Firecrafted is happy to be part of Patches Summer Fair 2014.   Join us on Sunday 27th July, at the Upper Barrakka Gardens from 4.30pm onwards, you're in for a great evening!   Buy colourful and creative objects from the artists themselves, let the kids be involved in crafts workshops, stroll around and take in the atmosphere in a pleasant setting and let yourselves be entertained by live music, while sampling some of the artisan food and goodies.  And of course visit Firecrafted's stand, where we will be happy to help you choose some great jewellery to wear this summer.  We are looking forward to a fantastic evening!  Are you?

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2July

<10-20th July - Il-Fiera il-Kbira


                                         


10th - 20th July, 6.30pm to 11.00 pm, MonteKristo Estates, Siggiewi

If you want to experience the atmosphere of a true fair, then be sure not to miss this year’s edition of Il-Fiera l-Kbira.  Located in the centre of the island, the MonteKristo Estates is the ideal venue to fuse the traditional trade fair values of spotting a good bargain with a fun day out with your family and friends.

The grounds also allow for ample parking facilities and include a 3000sqm Luna Park and Fun City, a large animal park, horse jumping shows, wine tasting experiences, a cultural museum of Old Transport and much more.

Firecrafted will be present at this event on 3 evenings -  12th, 16th & 17th July. We will be happy to meet with you all at our stand.  Come and join in the fun!                                            

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6May


We'll be at this fair too :)  Join us!


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6May

Look for the Firecrafted stand a this great show!  Gaze in awe at the hundreds of stunning flower arrangements all made with care, creativity and passion. and visit some 30 artisans who will be show casing their work. This is truly an unmissable show.



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6May

Firecrafted will be part of the next Malta Artisan Fair happening in Gozo on 10th May.  Check out the details.



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22March

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Look for the Firecrafted stall at the Malta Artisan Easter Fair


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13March


The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace created by Cartier in 1933.  Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace is considered to be the single most important Jadeite piece of jewellery in the world to date.  It is made of 27 large Jadeite beads of a magnificent green colour.  Commissioned by the Hutton family, Cartier had designed and incorporated an Art Deco ruby and diamond clasp and the necklace was then given to Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton by her father, on the occasion of her marriage to Georgian Prince Alexis Mdivani.  She first wore it at her 21st birthday party.  One of the richest women in the world, at the time, she was know for her love of jewellery, and particularly Jadeite, her lavish lifestyle, but also for her beauty and elegance.


Prince Alexis Mdivani of Georgia and Barbara Hutton on their wedding day in 1933.

   
Barbara Hutton in 1933 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, wearing her jadeite necklace.


The origin of this necklace is unfortunately unknown, however considering it's extreme translucency, exact matching of colour of all the beads and the gigantic proportions, its most likely provenance is that of the Qing Dynasty of the 18th century, where jadeite necklaces of this most revered oriental stone in particular were worn by emperors and senior officials.  Moreover, as a result of political instability in the 19th century, many treasures were removed from court and transformed into various jewellery, some of which found their way to Europe.   


Court Necklace with Green Jadeite Beads Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

To give you an idea of the great worth of this necklace, in order to produce a necklace of  homogeneous colour, the beads need to be carved from the same boulder and usually a number up to 3 times what is required are produced, in order to choose the beads that are best suited.  Normally necklace beads are 8 - 10 mm in diameter.  The beads making up the Hutton-Mdivani necklace range from 19.20 to 15.40 mm in diameter.  



Sotheby's Hong Kong has now revealed that the Hutton-Mdivani Necklace will be sold at an auction to take place on April 7th, during it's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale.  This is the third time that this necklace will be auctioned.  After remaining in the Hutton family for 5 decades, it was first sold at auction in 1988 for US$2 million and then 6 years later in 1944, when it doubled it's price to US$4.2 million.  On April 7th, 2014 Sotheby's is expecting it to fetch US$12.8 million!

A number of jewellery connoisseurs will surely be looking forward to Spring this year!    


Silvana


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14February




So today is the long awaited St Valentine's Day, especially for the ladies, I would say!  We all love feeling special today, but do we all know anything about the origins of this annual commemoration of love?  Actually there is nothing of certainty around this feast, but nonetheless here is what we find told. 




St Valentine’s Day has its roots in Roman times and the festival of Lupercalia, a fertility festival, which was annually celebrated on 15th  February.  It was then Pope Gelasius I, in around 496 AD, who recast this pagan feast and claimed February 14th as feast day for St Valentine.  

The problem is that it is not clear which St Valentine this Pope wished to honour, since it seems that there were at least three early Christian saints that went by that name.  The most probable is a priest, around whom a number of legends are told. One legend tells that Emperor Claudius II prohibited marriage for young men, believing that bachelors made better soldiers.  Valentine continued to secretly celebrate marriages, until he was caught and imprisoned. 



Yet another story narrates that this priest had attracted the disfavour of Emperor Claudius II and was jailed.  While he was in prison, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and before being put to death, he wrote a letter to her and signed it “from your Valentine”.
  
However, it is more likely that he died refusing to renounce his faith!

It would be nice to celebrate this day as a feast of love in every form, for sweethearts, parents, children, pets :) ... don't you think?  Make each member of your family feel special today ♥

Happy St Valentine's Day to All! 

Silvana             x♥


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14February



And since I showed you the work in progress, here's now the finished project.  Well until the next make-over ;)

Silvana

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7February

Hello Friends!  Hope you are all well.

It's been a while since I posted here and I have been busy.  Right now I'm carrying out some improvements to the workshop and getting ready for new projects. 


This is the present state, but it will soon look much better, I promise!




In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying My Vintage Valentine collection.  Gentlemen, remember that there are only a few days left to get a gift for your Lovely.  Ladies now is the time to drop hints  ;) 

Silvana 




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31January

COME AND JOIN US THIS SUNDAY. We will be at Villa Francia, Lija for this great event, which will include artisan stalls, apart from Maltese food and sweets with a citrus twist, exhibitions and various other activities.



The Citrus & Harvest Festival is being organised in collaboration with the Ħal Lija Local Council and will be held at Villa Francia on Sunday 2nd February.

This is the first time that such a festival is taking place at Villa Francia, the Prime Minister's official residence, considered to be of national heritage.

The proceeds generated by the Citrus & Harvest Festival will be donated to Dar il-Kaptan, which provides a wide range of specialised and Respite Care service to people with special needs and their families. 

A contribution will also be donated to the Lija Parish Church as is the traditional norm.

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7January

<2014!

Happy New Year to All!  I hope you had lovely Christmas holidays surrounded by the people who are most important to you, and that your 2014 started with a bang!...a positive one obviously!  

We have had a much welcome break over the holidays and have recharged our batteries, ready for a year of new jewellery making :)  



I started my 2014 working year with a re-organisation of the workshop!  Always nice to start work with a tidy workbench...how long it will stay that way is another matter ;) 

Lots of ideas brewing for the coming months, so stay tuned.  If you don't want to miss out on new collections or promotions we have in store, you can also subscribe to our e-flyer and we will send you a note right to your inbox.  Simply fill in the subscription boxes found throughout our website.  Here's one here.

Happy 2014!

Silvana

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23December

We are almost there and the big day is just 2 sleeps (or more like 1 1/4 for some) away!  Well wishing, cosy feeling, hugs and kisses, presents given and received, and then a toast to everyone's health and happiness.  

During the last week most of us have started on the Christmas food path, with staff parties and friends and family gatherings, all in preparation for this moment, when we all sit at the table for the biggest meal of the year!  I love all the magic and warm feeling of this day, when a little baby arrived to bring light and hope to the world.

Anyway you may celebrate, here's wishing you all a lovely time with your loved ones, whilst sparing a special thought to those who, for different circumstances, may not be experiencing such warmth this Christmas ♥  xxx



Silvana

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16December

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Sunday Times of Malta 1 Dec 2013

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13December

As of today there are 12 days left to Christmas! Yay! :)    But I may have news for you. These are not the 12 days of Christmas.  I must confess that until recently I thought so too and I dare say I am not the only one.  How many times have we seen the 12 days of Christmas advertised and blogged about as starting on the 13th of December?  And by the way, partridges, pear trees, hens and maids have nothing to do with it.


                                     


We are still in Advent, today is actually the feast of St Lucy and it is not the first day of Christmas, because the first day of Christmas is 25th December.  Yes, the 12 days start on Christmas Day and run through to the 5th of January, eve of Epiphany.  This day celebrates Christ's coming for all nations, represented by the 3 kings who arrive bearing gifts for baby Jesus.  In some cultures, gifts are not opened on Christmas day, but on Epiphany.  Kind of makes sense no?  So Christmas is not just the 25th of December, but the whole period to the day when Christ is 'revealed' to the world. 
 

            

So on December 26th, when Christmas day has passed, presents have been given and received, banquets have been prepared and eaten and some of us are ready to take down the Christmas tree, just remember that Christmas has in fact just begun!  


Silvana

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30November

Why do we buy handmade?  There's a lot to be said about this, and I think that everyone does it for different reasons.  

Some of us feel a sense of community and friendship when they buy directly from the person who has made the object of their purchase. I think many who have experienced this will tell you that it is a good feeling to meet the hands that have created your gift. Think of how cool it would be if you met your favourite artist, designer or author.  It's kind of like that, but on a smaller scale.

Some are after the quality of handmade goods and perhaps even see it as a way to silently protest against the low quality, cheaper mass produced alternative.  Artists have pride in their work and build things to last and the "how cheaply can I produce this" mentality has not place in their workshop. What's more you don't have to pay the cashier, the management, the supplier, the manufacturer, the designer, because all that work is done by one person.

Some do it as part of their practice to spend more carefully, almost with a sense of respect, on things that have more value, rather than on what our society of commercialism tells us we have to have.

Some love the creativity and genuineness of handmade objects.  Even the materials are hand picked by an individual, and which big manufacturing company can provide you with a customised version of their produce to your desired, size, colour and shape?

Some buy handmade as a way of helping the environment.  Yes, handmade goods (especially if made locally) are not produced in polluting factories and shipped half way around the world.  So opting for handmade can really reduce your carbon footprint.

Some are happy to support artists and artisans in their community or beyond, while at the same time enjoy the search for little treasures.

Some like it "just because".

And some for all the above reasons.

Whatever your reason, your support for the dream of a creative individual, vs support for the mass production market, means a lot to the creative community around the world.



This year choose one of the local Christmas fairs and do your shopping all at once, just like at the big department store, as such fairs offer a great variety of gifts. And if you are more inclined to stay at home, many artists and artisans also offer online shopping.

Check out all the Christmas activities Firecrafted will be present at  http://www.firecrafted.com/Event

Silvana

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29November

Remember I showed you this picture a couple of weeks ago?




This is the finished work.  Check out the whole collection.



And if you like it, why not tell a friend? :)

You can even subscribe and get to know of further collections and promotions.


Silvana

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22November

                                            



During the late 19th century, jewellery like these was quite the rage.  Rings, pins and earrings carried the face of a monkey carved in labradorite stone.  It's blue colour gave it a mystique air and the eyes, often of rose cut diamonds, added intrigue to the curious expression on the monkey's face.


                                          


Slightly strange, but equally beautiful pieces, especially when one looks at the detail in the carvings.

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15November

You may personally view and purchase your Christmas gifts at the various Christmas events Firecrafted will be present at.  Pencil the dates in your diary to plan your shopping.  Apart from our exclusive jewellery, you are sure to find a handmade gift for everyone!  
 

★ Firecrafted will be at the Patches Christmas Fair

Sunday 1st December from 1pm to 8pm

Join us for this exciting Xmas edition with over 60 stalls showcasing unique handmade creations.
 



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★ Firecrafted will be part of the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa’s Christmas Fair

Saturday 7th December from 11.00 to 19.00 hours
Sunday 8th December from 10.00 to 18.00 hours    



THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS FAIR 

The Corinthia Palace, Attard will be alive with the delightful sounds and scrumptious smells of this special season for their Perfect Christmas Gift Fair.

There will be various stalls including exclusive brands, as well as a number of artisans selling arts and crafts, a flower arranging competition, Christmas floral demonstration (by booking) and Christmas cooking demonstration (by booking).

 The fair will also include an Art Exhibition featuring Works of Art by Ray Piscopo, Ceramic Sculptures by George Muscat and Photographs by Mary Attard. Plus.


Enjoy festive treats made by the Corinthia’s talented team of chefs, as well as vibrant entertainment throughout the weekend.

A Playmobil fun area and face painters will keep the children entertained throughout the event. 

ALL THIS WILL BE IN AID OF THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY BEYOND THE MOON.

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★ Firecrafted will be present at the Malta Artisan Christmas Fair

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December

Join us at the annual Malta Artisan Christmas Fair in the stunning Grand Ballroom at the Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana.






This is a family-friendly event, including authentic arts and crafts and mouth watering home made food, live music and kids activities. So come make a day of it buying original Christmas presents followed by a delicious lunch or tea in a lovely Christmas atmosphere. 

Look forward to seeing you there!

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15November

One of the earliest metal jewellery we have evidence of in history is made from bronze.  This metal had many uses in ancient communities. It was attractive, had a warm colour and it could be polished to a high shine and reflectivity.  In fact the first mirrors were made of bronze.



As can be imagined bronze articles and especially jewellery were a coveted possession of the nobility of the time.  With the exception of mirrors, which were a great luxury, the metal was, however, a commodity accessible to most people.  It was a soft enough metal to work, but was also considered durable.



Bronze was also in greater supply than other precious metals.  Today this is also true, however, modern day mining processes have made other metals like gold and silver fairly inexpensive to produce and so bronze is no longer the primary metal for jewellery making.  

Notwithstanding, bronze today is still popular, even if for different reasons.  It's colour and hues have a unmatched warmth and style that even blends of gold cannot match.  It can be polished to a lovely shine and bronze lends itself well to the style of jewellery which reminds one of the beautiful Etruscan, Babylonian or Egyptian jewels which have adorned royals and nobles.




This style of jewellery has found new life in modernised styles which are much sought after by those wanting a different look from their peers.




Browse through our Etruria Bronze Collection for some inspiration :)

Have a great weekend!

Silvana

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12November


So it seems winter has finally made a comeback, with plenty of rain and cooler temperatures.  And in the workshop we are roughing things up!


This tool is usually used to smooth out edges, but this time the rougher the better :)


Mm...taking shape, although an uneven one :)   Look out for the final results soon!

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1November

Today we remember loved ones who have departed this world, to what we all hope, a better place.  We mourn their departure, we keep objects, pictures and mementos, less we ever forget what their presence in our lives has meant.

In older days one form of manifestation of mourning and remembrance of loved ones was mourning jewellery.  Mourning jewellery has been produced for over two thousand years, however, it reached it's popularity peak in the second half of the 19th century, during England's Victorian era.  In 1861 Queen Victoria lost both her mother and husband, Prince Albert.  When her husband passed away she went into deep mourning which lasted all through the remainder of her life.  It is said that she wore a piece of jewellery, which included Prince Albert's hair, every day after his death, and because of Queen Victoria's influence, this fashion of wearing mourning jewellery gained rapidly popularity, causing a revival that lasted until the end of the century, with Queen Victoria's passing in 1901.




The material most associated with mourning jewellery is Jet, which is fossilised coal, and resembles black glass. At one time jet mourning jewellery was the only ornament women in mourning were allowed to wear.  Later jewellery including other materials, like gold and human hair were included in the wardrobe. 



Hair art was very popular in Victorian times and a gesture meant to keep a loved one close, turning into an art practiced by many.  Departed loved one's hair was weaved and knotted into designs to be incorporated in jewellery, and especially brooches.  However, necklaces, bracelets and rings were also very common in the later part of the century.

                                   


After Queen Victoria's death, and the beginning of the Edwardian period, the world seemed to come out of morning, as fashion changed and was no longer dictated by the strict rules of Victorian etiquette. 

And that's your piece of jewellery history connected with today's All Souls remembrance. 


Silvana

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1November



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29October

Started the morning with a cup of coffee and an easy job.  Making tiny headpins for tiny pearls :)






Now off for more engaging work!

Hope your morning has been productive but running smooth!  Tell us how it's going :)


Silvana

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27October




Come and join us at the lovely Palazzo De Piro for some serious shopping, yummy food, fantastic views over the Mdina bastions and great time for all the family.  Over the weekend there will be fun workshops for both kids and adults which include card making, filigree making and weaving on a loom! 

Of course don't forget to look for the Firecrafted stall!  Our current discount of 15% on your purchase will apply throughout the fair too!

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24October


Few things bring a smile to my face better than a statement ring, a sleek pair of earrings, a wow necklace or dainty bracelet.  You too?  One thing for sure, whether it's a diamond necklace or a cheap bracelet from the local market, fake or real, jewellery lifts the spirit.  It can also lift someone's gaze your way, so knowing how best to wear your jewellery is essential.  A colourful necklace or bold earrings could be just the right thing to turn an outfit from ordinary to outstanding.



Keep it Chic
Loading on jewellery is at times exciting and will give a stylish look to an otherwise ordinary dress.  But know when to stop. A load of necklaces means you need to think minimal when it comes to matching earrings.  A great statement necklace can draw attention, but added chandelier earrings will leave a person not knowing where to focus.  If you have already a lot going on with your dress, opt for a simple piece.  Often, in this case, forgoing a necklace for a nice pair of drop earrings, sets the right tone and can be very effective.

Neck Bling
Layering necklaces of different lengths can look festive, but keep it to a few strands so each necklace can be evidenced, while being a part of the whole effect.  A bold necklace or wide choker should be your only statement piece while an open neckline will highlight a delicate pendant.  



Do you like what you see?
Earrings are probably the favourite jewellery accessory of most.  Whether you prefer studs earrings, or wear dangly drops any day, earrings will make a big different to your appearance.  True, earrings can be relatively small compared to our other accessories, but they are also in the direct line of vision of anyone you are talking to, and therefore you should consider your choice of earrings carefully.
Stud earrings are perfect if you like that bit of glitz and you are not one to change frequently, Diamond stud are of course the ultimate, but gold and silver work just as well.  Dainty drop earrings will give you that elegant but not so conservative look. They can be quite fun and a good way to add just the right drop of colour.  If you like them big, then chandelier earrings is what will make your heart sing.  Careful though, they may not be the right choice if you do not have the neck for them!



Put a ring on it!
Yes, but you don't have to have an expensive rock for an eye-catching ring.  There is a choice for everyone's tastes and budget, from the thinest silver band to the exotic gem ring. People wearing rings, especially bold ones, seem to make a bigger impression when talking with the hands...we Mediterraneans know something about that :)  
An XL size ring is a great accent to your party dress.  Try it at day time with basics too.  Are you loving the stackable rings? Choose flat sided rings, some with tiny pretty single gems and designs that can be twisted around to fit into each other.  These are a great way to swap around and invent a different look, and a nice treat when you add a new one, now and again.
Don't load every finger, with chunky cocktail rings, one per hand is best.  If you like to wear multiples, two smaller rings per hand are just right.  Remember, rings do attract attention to your hands, so your finger nails need to be well groomed.



Wrist accents
Bracelets are all about giving that extra edge to your outfit.  Whether you stack them, choose a wide cuff or a simple chain, bracelets give personality to your style.  A cool way to wear and make the most of your bracelets, is to stack them. Match shades of the same colour or even mix different material.  This can give it a rich look, however, limit to two types and be careful not to go so far as to jingle everywhere you go. Sporting lots of bracelets calls for bear arms, so wear them with short or 3/4 sleeves.  This works well too if you opt for a cuff, but in this case, cuffs can also look chic slid over long-sleeve knits. 



Jewellery is a very personal accessory and at times very meaningful, like engagement rings or family heirlooms or simply a gift from a friend you cherish. But with jewellery you can also express your passion and let your spirit show through.  Some people don't leave the house without loading on necklaces and you never see them without their favorite stack of rings.  For others, simple stud earrings will do.  Whatever your jewellery preference, it is all about adding joy and fun to your look.  So enjoy it!


Silvana



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19October




Stary, stary morn!  :)   Happy Weekend!

Silvana

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17October

I had the name - Firecrafted.  Now, I thought, if I'm gong to do this I was going to do it right. I wanted a great looking website and good branding, and in this I was helped by Andre and Gilbert Vancell.  They were the ones to outline the look of the website and design our snazzy logo :)  The guys did a great job don't you think?  And to think that Andre was also in the midst of preparations for this wedding day!

Bringing all my wishes and design to life in a website, was left in the hands of our web developer Daniel Vella. Daniel did a very good job and I must say, I can be very demanding!

Strike a pose!

The idea of a photo shoot came to me while discussing with Daniel how we would create the website.   A photo shoot for my jewellery.  That was a great and exciting idea! So I got in touch with my brother Val, packed all my necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, and left for LONDON!  I had already planned a short trip to London town, with my friend Annabelle, for a long awaited MUSE concert (oh that was amazing!), and with the help of my Londoner brother and a bunch of friends, organising a photo shoot during that time, was easy peasy.

We had a 1 day shoot and it was both hard work and great fun! Even the weather collaborated.  It had been the usual dreary weather in London and we weren't hoping for much. But that day, lo and behold, we woke up to a still-a-bit-chilly-but-bright-sunny day :)  Make-up, hair & styling, jewellery, and coffee to keep us going.


 Look up ~ hold it ~ that's it ~ SNAP!


Rachel   Love this pose!


Macie

It was an amazing day, with professional people and great team work!

Photography - Edgar Brambis, Edgar Brambis Photography
Make-Up - Graziella Vella, Graziella Vella Make-Up Artist 
Hair&Styling - Val Mallia, fasion & hair stylist
Models: Rachel, Macie

And I got to have my picture taken too! :)

We were all very happy with the results of the day, although of course there was still all the editing to do, but for the day it was done and we all deserved a dinner! :)




Silvana

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12October

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I hadn't been to Mdina in quite a while, so since I was nearby yesterday, I decided to tour the streets of the Silent City, which,on this Friday morning was like a buzzing hive full of tourist bees and not so silent!



Typical Mdina Street, when you're lucky to get a shot while no one was passing through.







I was lucky enough that the vintage cars participating in the Mdina Grand Prix were on display!


Love these!


Must have been a really sleek car to own at the time.  


Some participants got into the vintage spirit with their attire too :)




And a shot of the view from Mdina before going to lunch :)





Enjoy the weekend, especially if you're going to the Mdina Grand Prix! :)

Silvana

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10October





So, I had decided that I wanted to go ahead with turning my jewellery design and making, into my own business. Since it was going to be mostly online, a great website was the first step in the process. This may not have been so easy and even overwhelming.  I, however, feel blessed that I had a lot of help from my family and friends  ♥  But, first things first, I had to find a good name.

It all started last Christmas afternoon.  After lunch, I got my brothers and sister, in-laws, nephews, nieces and anyone present who wanted to join in, all with me pouring over our laptops and tablets and researching ideas and possibilities for a name for my jewellery website.  In the meantime we were not missing out on any of mum's famous Christmas sweets of course, and the newly opened bottle of port did not last beyond that evening.  The eating and drinking was the easy part, finding a name that fitted was a different matter. It had to have a meaning and a connection to handmade jewellery and it had to be unique, and preferably with a .com domain available.  By evening the enthusiasm had somewhat subsided and the party had dwindled to just myself and my younger brother.  We were about to call it a day too, without having achieved much, when my brother left the room for a minute.  Suddenly he hurried back, made right for his tablet, typed something and exclaimed "I have it!".

You must know that during the process of  working my silver and bronze jewellery, I fire my pieces in a kiln.  Therefore marrying these two aspects of handcrafting and firing, FIRECRAFTED.com was created on Christmas day 2012 :)   ....thank you Val (genius little brother) xx


Silvana

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  • Val Mallia17 October 2013 19:40

    ...after many a port!

7October

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Good Monday Morning!  Coffee and early start in the workshop with some sanding to do.  Hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for the week ahead!  :)


Silvana

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3October

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Sketching - new collection idea taking shape :) 

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30September




I must confess I am really happy!  After so many months of preparation and anticipation, the time to launch our Firecrafted website has finally arrived and we have pressed the GO button.  I hope you have had the time to browse through my designs and like what you see :)  I would be happy to know what you think and whether you already have a favorite piece. 
Perhaps because I am a creative being, I am also very much a do it yourself person and am happiest when I am doing things in my own way. It was therefore not easy to have others create the website and wait patiently for each development step.  But I also had a team of professional people who's aim was to produce the best possible result...and it was well worth the wait!  But more about the process in next posts....
First blog posts can be a bit ackward, you don't want to say too much, or too little, so I just want to add that from time to time I will be posting here some of my thoughts and let you know what I'm up to with  my designs and work.  Oh! and feel free to comment and ask questions, it would be nice to have a little chat :)

Silvana

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17August


The creative force is unstoppable. It is a force of humanity, of inspiration and dedication. It is universal. This summer you are invited to celebrate “The Story of the Creative”. If you are in New York City between now and the 10th Sept 2013, then you could see images of some of Silvana’s designs at See Me’s exhibition, named The Story of the Creative. See Me presents a selection of its members, representing over 100 different nations. This exquisite collection of work features a diverse range of mediums, styles, influences, and inspirations and is housed in one of the most exquisite venues in New York City. Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street, New York NY, 10002

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/jhfft
See.Me is an international community of over 700,000 artists, sharing and celebrating what they love. You may view and support Silvana’s work here at See Me.

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