These tiles are replicas of 17th century tiles found in an inner atrium of the Monastery of Alcobaça. The top tiles are from a very old building in the Ribeira area of Porto. The bottom tiles are from the Convent of Christ cloister. 16th century Camellia tiles.
These earrings are very lightweight. The posts are silver plated, but not the entire earring. They are almost 3" long and will come in a gift box.
To my dismay, many old buildings have fallen in disrepair and this is an attempt to preserve a little of the patrimony of Portugal before it's too late.
Alcobaça is a middle sized town located in the West Region of Portugal, 100 km north of Lisbon. Its foundation dates back to the Moors. Then in the 12th century the first king of Portugal donated lands to the Cistercian Order, to build a Monastery here and start farming the lands. The Saint Mary Monastery is classified today by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site and is also one of the New Seven Portuguese Wonders.
Nowadays, Alcobaça is the second most important Municipality in the region. Its population mainly works in the industrial sector, especially in ceramics, while the service sector and agriculture and farming also have significance.
Alcobaça has a long tradition in ceramic crafts that began with the “barristas” monks in the 17th - 18th century. At the end of the 19th century, the first ceramic factories were opened, some of which still operate today.
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All my tiles are replicas made of polymer clay where the image actually becomes part of the clay through baking. No glue is used in the process. The pieces become waterproof and scratch resistant. Due to the handmade and hand shaped nature of each tile, slight variations will occur, as no two pieces are alike.
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