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Silk and Art Glass Necklace Handcrafted in Costa Rica, 'Sunset's Fire'

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Silk and Art Glass Necklace Handcrafted in Costa Rica, 'Sunset's Fire'

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Iridescent silk in a red and orange ombre hosts a dramatic piece of art glass. Reclaiming discarded bits of stained glass, Gerty Schlager fuses it into original jewelry. A deep red pendant centers the matte and glossy ribbon, and the necklace ties with a cord at the desired length.

The artisan advises storing the necklace flat so as not to wrinkle the silk.

Made in Guatemala

  • 100% silk ribbon, fused glass pendant, cotton thread, polyester cord
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Promotes recycling and reduces waste
  • Features a tie closure
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  • 26 grams
  • 0.91 oz
  • 50.8 cm min L - x 71.12 cm max L x 3 cm W
  • 20" min L - x 28" max L x 1.2" W
  • Pendant(s): 5.5 cm L x 3 cm W
  • Pendant(s): 2.2" L x 1.2" W
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Gerty Schlager

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Gerty Schlager from Central America.

 

Meet the Artist

Gerty Schlager

Gerty Schlager

"I hope that in my jewelry, you can see a part of me, of my life, of Costa Rica and of an art created with love and dedication."

"I'm a Costa Rican woman who crafts of handmade jewelry. Friends say I'm full of life, creative, responsible and... perseverant. I've been developing my abilities in all my artistic expression to create unique designs that are harmonious and beautiful.

"I graduated in advertising design from the University of Costa Rica School of Fine Arts and pursued my career for several years. Colored glass always fascinated me. From the time I was a child, I observed the stained glass windows in churches, and the way that light gave them life and the colors reflected on the floor were magical for me.

"All my life, I've liked doing things with my hands, but I had to work in an administrative job for economic stability for my children. It was a job I was very grateful for, but it was not creative and I didn't feel fulfilled.

"Some time later I met a stained glass master and... I fell in love! With the teacher, and with the glass with which he worked — its colors, textures and transparencies.The stained glass master, who is now my husband, taught me the technique of mosaic and the basics for melting it for jewelry. There has been a lot of experimentation and practice to learn to know the different glasses, the theme of design, composition and color.

"I started experimenting with vitrofusion, with small pieces that turned out to be real jewels when coming out of the kiln. That was where it started — my manual skills, my experience in some techniques, my training in design — it all came together and resulted in my passion for artisan jewelry.

"This is an art that fascinates me. One of the best moments is when I open the kiln and can see the final result. For these designs, I use glass recovered from a stained glass workshop, pieces that are too small for that use, but that have been preserved for their beauty and value. I call it 'rescued glass' because, by melting it and using it in the creation of jewelry, I give it a new life as a second opportunity in the form of beautiful jewels that embellish, animate and cheer those who wear them.

"It is very complex work, but I have learned a lot. When working, the glasses that are combined must be compatible with each other, so that there is no difference in the melting and dilation points, to avoid tension that could cause a piece to crack.

"I craft all my designs with a lot of discipline, patience and a good dose of optimism and hope, hoping to fulfill the expectations of my clients. It fills me with satisfaction to be able to continue with this exciting art that has been of great help for my family. I plan to continue working to perfect my technique, reflecting all the ideas I have and that I've been planning. I hope that in my jewelry, you can see a part of me, of my life, of Costa Rica and of an art created with love and dedication."

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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BUST / CHEST

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WAIST

Measure around the smallest part of the waist keeping the tape measure comfortably loose. Most garments use the low waist measurement noted below.

LOW WAIST

Measure around the body approximately 1.5" below the natural waist (above). This is the area where most pants and skirts actually fit.

HIPS

Standing with your heels together, measure around the fullest part of the body approx 7"-8" below the waist.

NECK

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SLEEVE

Bend elbow slightly and starting at the center back of the neck, measure across the shoulder, to the elbow and down to the wrist.

INSEAM

Our standard inseam length for women is 32" and 34" for men; however inseam measurements will vary slightly by style.

 

Belts with buckles are measured in inches that correspond to a waist size however, most people do not wear belts on the waist, they wear them closer to the hips. A buckle belt measurement is take from the end of the "pin" of the buckle to the middle hole on the belt. Generally there are 5 holes for size adjustment, with a 1" space between each, so the middle hole will the be average size of the belt.

For at tie belt (no buckle) measure the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This again is the medium size of the belt.

For a soft fabric tie belt it can be called "1 size fits most" and the entire length of the belt should be measured and listed.

See buckle/tie belt size standards below.

WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

Lay sash/tie out flat away from the garment and measure from end to end.

Belt with buckle

Measure from the end of the pin of the buckle (where it touches the buckle) to the middle hole.

Belt without buckle

Measure from the belt portion end to end and half of the tie portion. This is will give you the medium size of the belt.

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