Showing posts with label Gold. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gold. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Last Week's Roundup

Here are two new necklaces available now...

World Traveler I - Sold

I've named this necklace World Traveler I because it reminds me of something someone might put together after a trip to India and Western or Northern Africa, perhaps. It represents a mix of cultures with its Banjara tribal coin pendant (dated 1974) and rust-colored carved horn beads (that bring West Africa to mind).

Rich red and warm gold wood beads balance the composition and earthy, turquoise and brown ceramic beads break up the red tones in the piece. This necklace would be lovely on someone with a warm or neutral complexion, and would be a striking piece on someone with pink or cool undertones.

To keep the necklace light, yet still make a dramatic statement, the top half is antiqued brass chain. I've added a brass clasp I hand formed and hammered and a tiny white-banded red agate to finish off the chain. The necklace is 18 1/2" (47cm) long including the clasp. The large bone beads are 3/4" (20mm) diameter and the coin pendant is just under an inch in diameter (24mm).

See the pictures for close-ups of both sides of the coin and the clasp.

  The Banjara are nomadic tribal peoples of India (sometimes called the gypsies of India). You can read more about them and their culture on Wikipedia or many other sources.

 Azure - $50.00 

 I love this necklace! Each one of dark blue druzy agate stones are a work of art. The labradorite tubes are framed between tiny mustard-hued delica seed beads; these along with the hammered solid copper chain and add a complimentary color note to the composition.

The copper chain is continuous (~14in/35.5cm) and the asymmetrical clasp adds interest. I hand formed and hammered the copper clasp especially for this design. Another touch of color is found in the aquamarine silkon cording the stones are strung on. This cord is strong and I've reinforced the knots with jeweler's glue.

The copper will take on a natural patina, or you can polish it with a gentle cloth. The chain has a slight patina already, so if you want the color to be more penny-like, you can polish it up (or ask me to do this before I ship it to you.)

The necklace is 19 3/8" (49cm) total. The blue druzy stones are 9/16" (14mm) in diameter. The labradorite dangles are 5/8" (16mm) long.


Friday, November 23, 2012

New Items, Raw Showcase Update, & Small Business Saturday

At my RAW Artist Pre-Showcase Photoshoot
 Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday! My life as a grad student continues to take precedence over updating this blog! But, if you're a fan on Facebook, you know that I've posted a few items over the last month and that I had a wonderful time at the Raw Artists' Showcase back in October. Tomorrow, 11/24, is Small Business Saturday, but but please remember to support small businesses year-round! As ya'll know, I'm a one-lady outfit: I imagine, design, create, photograph, and write about every item you'll find in my Etsy shop in the midst of my life as a graduate student.

 So, here's what's new:



Starry Night




Two items that may look familiar, but they've been revamped a little bit:

Lillian II

Red Flowers in Snow

Here are a few shots from Provocations, the RAW Artists Showcase held at Solas in Raleigh, NC back in October:

With Thanks to Berkowitz Photography
With Thanks to Berkowitz Photography
With Thanks to Heather Branstetter
With Thanks to Heather Branstetter
With Thanks to Berkowitz Photography
With Thanks to Berkowitz Photography

Here are a few quick pics of items that sold at the RAW showcase:




And one more from the photoshoot:

My Raw Profile - Picture by Berkowitz Photography

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Listings!

Dear Friends and Fans,

My move was exhausting and it's been a while since I've posted any pieces.  But, I've been thinking and dreaming up designs the whole time!  I'm working on three custom orders and I just made two one-of-a-kind bracelets, both made with parts from a vintage necklace, which are available on Etsy.  The first bracelet is another piece in my Teagan collection and the second bracelet is my first "reinvention" piece.  Read in depth about the second bracelet, largely composed of vintage necklace pieces, here on my blog.

Etsy links:

I'm looking forward to a holiday season full of creating!  I'll be running special promotions beginning this weekend through December.  Check my Etsy store Banner, located on the main shop page, for details.

Warm regards,

Believe Bracelet - Upcycled- Reinvented

I loved photographing this bracelet.  The soft colors and texture are captured perfectly!

This bracelet is my first "reinvented" piece. Almost all of its components are from a vintage necklace at least 20 years old. The original necklace was in near perfect condition and had little to no signs of wear. The only problem was that the design was quite outdated.

The focal pieces was the foundation of the design.

This one-of-a-kind bracelet is composed around a vintage, sapphire blue Lucite and brass focal piece. This piece was not original to the necklace and is old new stock in perfect condition. The lovely and realistic faux components, lustrous pearls, tiger's eye, and faceted smokey quartz, create a classic feel to this bracelet, which would be a perfect Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, or Kwanzaa present for a mom, beloved mother-in-law, or cherished grandmother. It also make a great piece for holiday dinners and parties.

I love the soft effect here.
(In fact, the pieces are so realistic, the seller I purchased the original necklace from said she couldn't say for sure if the tiger's eye and smokey quartz were real or faux!)

This bracelet looks nothing like the original necklace, which had red Lucite accents and dated gold links.

The clasp, extender chain, and wire wrap detail are all vintage pieces in amazing condition. The "believe" charm and rhinestone detail near the clasp are new components that capture the spirit of this piece that I envision as believing in the potential to create and reinvent beauty in the world.

The charm adds a touch of newness to old beauty.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Coming Soon...

Coming to this week...
with details and additional pictures available here at my blog

The Rachel Necklace


Pink Lantern Earrings

Both are one-of-a-kind!

Monday, May 23, 2011

*SOLD* Lillian I Necklace

This necklace is a part of my Lillian series, which is inspired by exquisite purple and gold Thai Water Lilies.  Lillian I is elegant and unique.  Each faceted amethyst stone is unique and varies from deep violet to translucent lilac.  Some stones have distinctive striations.  Fourteen faceted beads heavily plated with 22 karat gold add a touch of grace to the necklace. Finished with an antiqued gold flower clasp, Lillian I will bring you many compliments. This necklace is of moderate-weight  and is 17" long, 18" long including clasp, with individual stones approximately 1/2" wide and 3/4" long. Buy it on Etsy!