|尺寸||3 × 1.5 cm|
The teardrop shape recalls both the joys and sorrows of our lives, often transformed by the love of God. The beautiful harmony of the white mother-of-pearl and the aqua shades of the abalone shell remind us of God’s presence in all the shades of emotion that we experience.
The making of jewellery and decorative items from Mother of Pearl is perhaps Bethlehem’s oldest and most established industry. The practice supposedly came to Bethlehem in the 15th century with the arrival of Franciscan friars. Locals soon mastered the art and made a modest living selling handmade items to the many pilgrims who streamed into Bethlehem.
Traditionally, the sea shells and abalone were brought in from the Port of Aqaba on the Red Sea but now they are imported from Australia, California, New Zealand, and Brazil. Palestinian Christians, particularly the Zoughbi family in Bethlehem, have often received international recognition for their mastery of this art form.
The history of Mother of Pearl carving in Palestine was featured in published in the May 2007 issue of .