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Rita Okrent Necklace Design Sketch – 2018 Inspiration!

Rita Okrent Necklace Design Sketch – 2018 Inspiration!

Rita’s design skills were beyond the appreciation of the non-artisans in the family, like me. When I saw Rita design her necklaces, I noticed her laying out her design elements at her workspace, but really did not absorb the complexity and sophistication of her planning and work. Only much later could I appreciate how much she taught herself and learned how to do in the pre-Internet pioneering days of her career as a ethnic jewelry designer and dealer.

In going through some old family and business papers, I found this page of planning and design for a coral necklace of Rita’s. I wanted to share it ¬†- for inspiration to us all – for things we can learn and do in our own designs and endeavors.

Happy 2018 and much love and best wishes to all.

Jocelyne Okrent
The Rita Okrent Collection

Rita Okrent Necklace Design Sketch

Rita Okrent Necklace Design Sketch

Old Tribal Silver Treasures from the Middle East – Rita Okrent Collection Travels 2017

Old Tribal Silver Treasures from the Middle East – Rita Okrent Collection Travels 2017

After having spent many hours researching Rita’s collection of old Bedouin,Yemeni and Egyptian silver beads, pendants, jewelry and textiles, I recently had the opportunity to visit some of the places my mother, Rita Okrent, would frequent to acquire the old silver treasures in the Collection. I tried my hand at negotiating with and buying fromContinue Reading

Yemeni, Bedouin and Jewish Silversmithing and Craftsmanship – Some Reference Articles

Yemeni, Bedouin and Jewish Silversmithing and Craftsmanship – Some Reference Articles

In researching Rita’s collection of Yemeni and Bedouin silver pendants, beads and textiles from her trips to Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, we found some fascinating reference articles on Yemeni Jewish silversmithing that we wanted to share with our customers! We find this an especially interesting subject given the current preference ofContinue Reading

New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection

New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection

African Trade beads, faux amber and fabulous old silver pendants are newly listed at the Rita Okrent Collection! Come visit our New Listings section often to find more newly posted treasures from Rita’s collection! Thanks for shopping with us!             ]        

Ancient Islamic and Roman-Era Glass Beads from the Rita Okrent Collection

Ancient Islamic and Roman-Era Glass Beads from the Rita Okrent Collection

Come visit our Ancient Glass Beads collection to see the many beautiful and magical ancient beads at RitaOkrent.com!¬† Rita’s collection of Roman Era, Early Islamic and Jatim beads include trailed, combed, folded and eye beads from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Java, Indonesia and all over the Middle East. Rita acquired them over 30 years agoContinue Reading

New Listings for September at RitaOkrent.com

New Listings for September at RitaOkrent.com

Come visit our New Listings section to find more newly posted treasures from Rita’s collection!  

What’s New at RitaOkrent.com

What’s New at RitaOkrent.com

News from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com – a quick update on the website: Stop by and shop in our NEW Bracelets and Rings section! This section is currently visible by clicking on the link at the menu at the bottom of the page once you’ve clicked on the home page to enter theContinue Reading

Thank You to Our Customers and Friends from the Rita Okrent Collection

Thank You to Our Customers and Friends from the Rita Okrent Collection

A BIG THANK YOU to our very loyal, kind and patient customers from around the world, for your support and continued business these past 2 years. As many long-time customers know, Rita’s husband and my father, David Okrent, passed away in December 2012 after a brief illness. Since then, I have been taking care ofContinue Reading

Rita Okrent Necklaces – A History of Design in Photos from the Rita Okrent Collection – Part 1

Rita Okrent Necklaces – A History of Design in Photos from the Rita Okrent Collection – Part 1

  Join us in celebrating¬†Rita’s design aesthetic and expertise in tribal, ethnic and traditional beads and pendants with some recently found photos of Rita’s one-of-a-kind original design necklaces. Rita designed hundreds of necklaces during her career, a portion of which are still showcased in our Necklace Gallery section at RitaOkrent.com.   Here are just aContinue Reading

More New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com

More New Listings from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com

Come visit our New Items section to find more newly posted treasures from Rita’s collection!        

Welcome to the blog from the Rita Okrent Collection at RitaOkrent.com!

For our customers, new and returning, thank you for visiting! Come back often to find new posts highlighting ancient, antique and vintage beads and pendants in Rita’s collection, updates to the RitaOkrent.com website, bead culture around the world, and the history and traditions behind the treasures in Rita’s collection. We will also be posting about our customers and their creations, one of our favorite subjects! Let us know if you’d like to contribute an article or show off your creations designed using components from Rita’s collection. We’d love to have you join us!

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