Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The two necklaces I'm posting are from my own stash (ones that I'm unwilling to part with!), mainly to use as a base for other, similar designs with different stones. The top necklace is Botswana Agate, the second necklace is Banded Agate with one pearl, and the earrings are Aqua Chalcedony with pearls. Those I can make plenty of before running out (also in red)!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
This is, thus far, the best photo of the bride's necklace that I've been able to get a hold of. I believe there will be more to come. Thanks for the picture, Denise!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
A childhood friend of Raj, who has turned into a friend of mine, got married this past summer, and asked me to design the jewellery for her wedding party, as well as her mother, grandmother, and future mother-in-law. It was a wonderful creative endeavour, with a request to make each necklace unique, fitting certain specifications with colour and neckline and style. What resulted was the what you see above.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I've had these gorgeous Chocolate Jasper rondelles from Turquoise Magpie for a few months now, and I wanted to make something more dramatic with them than just a rustic setting. I finally found my inspiration in a box of faceted Czech glass beads!
I recently got a shipment of incredibly beautiful faceted gems (thank you, Marilyn and Ranjan!) that I've been playing with, and enjoying the inspiration that comes with new colours and cuts of stones. You've seen a few already (the peridot and citrine pieces), and here are some more. One is Rose Quartz with Rhodolite Garnet rondelles, the other is Ametrine with Amethyst rondelles.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Well, I've been somewhat busy, but unable to post any new work, due to problems with my camera. I finally borrowed my darling fiancee's and so here are some new earrings:
The first is Kyanite with faceted Citrine rondelles, the second a cluster of fuschia pearls, and the third is faceted Carnelian globes with Citrine rondelles clustered at the top.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I'm experimenting with some new work involving weaving and wrapping sterling silver and tiny faceted gemstones. It's a popular style, but one I haven't really tried yet. This is my first freeform attempt, made with sterling silver and pink tourmaline. My darling partner had nicknamed it "shrimpy" and it's kind of stuck.
So there's a bead store in Oakville that helps women in Uganda out of poverty (and the rock quarries they would normally find work in), by directing the women in terms of styles and colours, and then purchasing the paper beads they make for resale. The benefits are three-fold: first, we get to help women who would otherwise be working very dangerous, low-paying jobs to be creative and independent; second, they recycle old newspapers and magazines, and we all know how awesome recycling is; third, they are so pretty and unusual, and practically NO ONE will be wearing the same thing! The first uses amethyst and sterling with Czech seed beads, and the second uses natural turquoise chips from Turquoise Magpie and silver Delica beads.
I have had these moonstone teardrops in my stash since early fall, and didn't quite know what to do with them...until they found themselves beneath a necklace I had started with the copper daises and green seed beads! I saw the combination and decided to run with it.
Get ready for a series of new posts! I haven't photographed any of my new work in AGES, and I'm finally beginning to catch up. I've been working as an extra on the show Raj is producing for Showcase, and that means lots of time WAITING. Bring along some beads, wire and tools and that equals lots of time for making JEWELLERY! Here are a few pairs of earrings I cooked up yesterday on set. The silver ones are sterling, and the golden ones are 24k gold-plated. Enjoy!
My favourite pianist that I work with just recently found out that I make jewellery (I'm not sure how it took so long to tell her, but it did!), and quickly commissioned an order as a birthday present for a mutual colleague in the music world, actually my singing teacher! The catch? Her ears aren't pierced. So I found a great pair of sterling silver clip-ons, and together we came up with the colours and stones, and this was what I came up with. The big stone is Kyanite, and the smallers ones are Aquamarine and Goshenite.
She's getting them today! I hope she likes them.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Last summer, I had some friends, who were getting married, put a whole lotta faith in my design skills. Three different women asked me to custom design jewellery to give as gifts for their bridesmaids, for wearing in the bridal party. I thought I'd show them here as an example of another group of styles I've delved into. The large clear crystal focals in the lower two pictures are both Swarovski, as are the crystals clustered above them. The first necklace is made of various semi-precious stones (citrine, tigereye, carnelian, rutilated quartz) and glass beads. Each necklace was custom created to match the bridesmaids' dresses and the bridal party's colours, and each had matching earrings.