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22/08/2017 - 07:00hs

Jewelry with stones from Sahara on show in Minas Gerais

Over 500 items including necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets built by students from a school created with Brazilian cooperation in Algeria are featured at the FIEMG gallery and at mine Mina Du Veloso, in Ouro Preto.

São Paulo – Over 500 Algerian jewelry items made with stones from the Sahara Desert are on display at the gallery of the Federation of Industries of the State of Minas Gerais (FIEMG) and at mine Mina Du Veloso, both in the city of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais.

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The featured items are on sale

The jewelry were crafted by students in a jewelry school established in Tamanrasset, Algeria, with input from the Brazilian Gems and Jewels Association (Abragem) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).

Abragem chairman Harilton Vasconcelos said the pieces, which include necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, were built with Algerian silver and stones from the Sahara Desert. Some also include African ebony wood.

“All items were produced by the project’s Algerian students, most of whom are Tuaregs from Tamanrasset, a desert in southern Algeria,” explains Vasconcelos. Also featured in the showing are book markers, typical Algerian outfits and pictures made with desert sand.

The exhibit is part of the actions of an Algerian mission to Brazil, designed to complement the students’ jewelry-making training at the Federal Institute of Minas Gerais (IFMG), also located in Ouro Preto.

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The handiwork of students from Tamanrasset

The FIEMG exhibit opened on August 17. Some 50 items are on show, and patrons can make reservations to purchase at the end of the showing. The exhibit at Mina Du Veloso began on Sunday, August 19, and features a bigger number of items, which are available for purchase on the spot. Both shows will continue until August 26.

The jewelry display is the result of long-standing cooperation work between Brazil and the Algerian government. The work began in 2007, as Algerians became familiar with Brazilian jewelry-making. After that, Brazilians travelled to Algeria to provide training and establish the school.

Courses started being offered in Algeria in 2015, and 80 students have graduated so far. The school is set in the Tamanrasset Handicraft House, and it covers every stage of the craft, from cutting and casting to design. The project’s partner in Algeria is the Tamanrasset Handicraft Chamber (CAM, in the French acronym).

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Traditional attire is also on show

The Algerians will be in training in Minas Gerais until the end of this week. According to Vasconcelos, the experience is being very fruitful. “At the IFMG, which has welcomed the project, enthusiasm is running high. It’s a beautiful thing to see, all the students and the Brazilian teachers working in the classroom. Dedication and joy,” Abragem’s chairman relates.

Vasconcelos tells that Algerians are loving Brazil, and that the caring, warm welcome they had has really added to the cooperation work. “Ouro Preto is a place blessed by nature, it’s beauty is spellbinding, everywhere you look you see a picturesque scene,” he told ANBA.

Abragem’s chairman explains that the delegation’s coordinators were shown around jewelry plant Manoel Bernardes, in Belo Horizonte, via an action organized by FIEMG and by Sindijoias/Alomig, the Minas Gerais industry union/association.

Vasconcelos also points out that the project relies on the partnership of ABC, an agency of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, the Algerian Ministry of Tourism and Handicraft (MTA, in the French acronym), the CAM, the Embassy of Brazil in Algeria and the Embassy of Algeria in Brazil.

The exhibits are open to the public and free of charge. The FIEMG gallery is part of its Culture and Tourism Center in Ouro Preto, one of the state’s biggest tourist spots.

Quick facts:

Algerian Jewelry Exhibit
August 17 to 26, 2017
9am to 6pm
FIEMG: Galeria B, Praça Tiradentes, 04 – Centro – Ouro Preto - MG
Mina Du Veloso: Rua Platina, 34 – Veloso – Ouro Preto – MG
Free admission

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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