Friday, July 11, 2008

Sprite's Touch Copper Necklace

I didn't know it, but it turns out Sprites have a purpose in mythology besides frolicking and looking cute. Apparently they're the ones in charge of painting the leaves in autumn all those gorgeous reds, oranges, yellows and browns. So when I finally found this grape leaf in copper, and saw the finished result, I did a bit of research and came up with this title. Once again, I love this necklace. I suppose it'd be silly if I didn't, after working on it for as long as I did. ;)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Dionysus' Grape Leaf Necklace

These Pewter Grape Leaf Toggles are very detailed and I love using them in my Necklaces. Once again it can be used as the focal point, or worn behind the neck or to the side for three different looks. Dionysus was the ancient Greek god of Wine, and the color reminds me of a pewter goblet a king might drink from.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Viking Princess Sterling Necklace

This is a delicate necklace appropriate for nearly any setting. I really like these little sterling silver tubes and love pairing them with Swarovski crystals. I titled the necklace Viking Princess because the Vikings often used silver in their jewelry, as well as crystal and amethyst.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Love of Artemis Amethyst Necklace

This beautiful amethyst net necklace was inspired by ancient times.
Artemis was my favorite Greek goddess while I was growing up because she was one of the first feminists. She was her own woman, a hunter, intelligent and beautiful. The Greek myth surrounding Amethyst is really interesting. The story goes that a beautiful young woman on her way to worship at a temple of Artemis (also called Diana) got in the way of a drunk and angry God, Dionysus. Artemis saw that her disciple was in danger, and turned her into a glittering quartz statue. At the sight of this crystalline woman, Dionysus wept tears of wine, staining the quartz purple. And so was Amethyst created.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Philosopher's Stone Copper Necklace

With this necklace I finally found copper rondelle spacers and beads, and paired them with my one of my favorite pearls, these coppery peacock pearls (a few of them have a touch of green to them which looks great now, and will be perfect if the copper ever oxidizes). The decorative copper toggle clasp makes a great focal point, or can be worn as usual behind the neck for an elegant and almost formal look.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Silver Dipped Rose Leaf Necklace

This is a fairly long necklace made with Labradorite (one of my favorite gems), silver freshwater pearls, sterling silver tubes and seed beads. Whoever came up with the idea of taking dried leaves and electroforming them with precious metals should be commended. It's absolutely gorgeous, especially in person where you can really make out every vein in the leaf. And strong!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fabergé Egg of Life Necklace

I created this necklace a few months ago and misplaced the images in my computer. Well, I finally found them and posted the necklace! I love the pendant, it really reminds me of Fabergé Eggs (which I was privileged to see in California Exhibit a few years ago). As soon as I got this pendant from my supplier, she informed me that they'd been discontinued, so I couldn't get any more. So this is it! Absolutely unique due to the fact that I'll never be able to make another! ;)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Escape of the Seahorse

I made two more historically accurate necklaces yesterday (I was excited and had the supplies on hand), but the weather has been too dark to take pictures. So instead I went back to a necklace I made a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to listing on etsy. It's a Glass Seahorse pendant I got in Maui, and Labradorite and Freshwater Pearls :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Historically Accurate Jewelry

I've been meaning to create a historic jewelry piece for a while. Well, I found this gorgeous portrait of Elizabeth Brydges, Queen Elizabeth's handmaiden, dated 1589. After doing a lot of research, I recreated it!

Something that bugs me about the SCA is that most people are all about being historically accurate down to the hat and shoes, but forget about the jewelry. Historic Reenactors wear no jewelry, wear modern jewelry, or wear indian tribal jewelry no matter what they're wearing. So finally here's a piece of jewelry that actually compliments a person's garb :) (TMI about the SCA?)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Gold Dipped Rose Leaf Necklace

Just in time for Valentine's Day, this a real Rose Leaf that's been dried, then dipped in 24k gold. I used my favorite 6mm gold freshwater Pearls, 4mm bronze freshwater pearls, and sublte yet elegant 6mm pale gold translucent Czech faceted beads. I really love this necklace, and debated whether or not to put it up for sale. Buy I'm determined not to hoard the things I love the most, so here it is for you!