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Wedding Jewellery

Just before Christmas, someone at work asked me if I made wedding jewellery – having never made anything specifically bridal before, I hedged my bets with a non-committal “of course” ūüôā¬† So the last month has been spent searching through the internet, books and my limited imagination to get ideas for wedding jewellery.

The result was a Tiara, necklace and bracelet that I think are not too bad for first efforts.  The Tiara has a fairy queen type feel to it, whereas the necklace and bracelet have a winter wedding aura.

The soft toys in the photo’s¬†don’t have names, but they both do things; the cat meows when you pull its tail (I do not condone pulling a live cats tail, mine would definitely withdraw my privileges to live in its house!)¬†¬†and the dog walks, barks and does backwards somersaults – just my little stress release thing, and anyway they look cute…….

Seed Pearl Coil bracelet Gold & Silver coil necklace

 
The great thing about wedding jewellery is finding the romance is the wire, gemstones and design of the piece.  I went for the idea of the fairy tale princess, and felt that white pearl, crystal and a combination of gold and silver would be fabulous for Cinderella and her contemporaries.  I would love to do a commission for wedding jewellery, matching the colour scheme, the dreams and hopes of the happy couple and my imagination, and feel that I have some way to making the day magical for the bride and groom.
 

Pearl & Crystal Tiara
I have worn the Tiara twice since I made it; firstly on New Years eve at a Royal themed party and just last weekend at a Royal Golden Jubilee themed charity Aerobathon.  Yes, you read that correctly Рtwo hours of Salsa, Zumba and Aerobics in a Tiara, I have such an exciting life!
 
Let me know what you think, perhaps about the jewellery or the toys:)
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Pretty in Pink

I have been busy making jewellery with my Gizmo (jewellery makers will know what this wonderful gadget is and how it makes life so much easier).  I am still working on more elaborate designs and will post some soon, but please take a look at one of my first attempts.

This has been made with pink glass pearls, acrylic bicones and cubes and glass hearts.  The beads are set on silver plated headpins and rolled to give a coil effect setting, with occasional spirals to compliment and contrast the rest of the focal bead setting.  Then this piece is attached to bright pink coils for the choker, set with a handmade clasp in matching pink wire.Glass & Acrylic beads in shades of Pink with bright pink coil choker

I have also made a blue version with blue banded Agate, blue Quartz, Labrodorite and Pyrite, it is so comfortable to wear and I love the bright blue wire contrasting with the gemstones.  The blue shiller on Labrodorite make this a perfect partner for blue gemstones and I just love the gem anyway.

Gemstones and wire            I sold the pink choker, but the person wanted the centre piece on cord which I did in a slip knot to fit everyone.  This left me with the coil choker; from which I have made a necklace of pink dyed Imperial Jasper, Pyrite flowers and small multi coloured Quartz drops. I have given this necklace a long pendant/dangle of gemstones which completely changes the coils from a choker to an elegant if dramatic necklace.

Please do not be shy to comment on the jewellery or blog РI can only get better with constructive feedback.

First Commissions

I was thrilled when a colleague asked me to make two necklaces, one each for her and her daughter-in-law; then when I sat down to start my first commission the reality and enormity of the responsibility came flooding at me.

I had made a multi-strand chain/charm necklace for myself (see below) and my colleague asked for one in gold-plated chain, and as her daughter-in-law’s birthday is looming she wanted me to make a necklace that was “chunky and sophisticated”.¬† It’s funny how all inspiration falls away from you when face with the momentous first commission, I couldn’t even think where I would get the chain from (even though there is a very good Bead Shop in the town I live in).¬† So days passed with my head feeling like candy floss, until I forgot about my new challenge during a particularly busy day.¬† Later that evening the creative juices flowed and although the results are quite conservative in design I am very pleased with them.

Today I present the two necklaces to my colleague and hope that she likes them too. I will obviously keep you posted.

Gold plated three chain necklace with faux pearl and Swarovski crystal My multi strand chain necklace

Sardonyx Hearts, Moonstone, Onyx and White Quartz

 

 

Unakite

Green Aventurine and UnakiteThis is one of my favourite gemstones of the moment, the natural combination of greens and pinks in this stone  just lifts my heart.  Because of this I wanted to share this little known gemstone with you.  Some information about the gem can be found below, and although I do not profess to know anything about the mystical and healing properties of crystals and gems I find it fascinating and know that many people are firm believers.  I hope you enjoy finding out about this beautiful gemstone.

The picture on the right is one of my necklaces made from Green Aventurine and Unakite – I love to wear it.

What is UnaKite and Where is it found?

First discovered in the United States in the Unakas mountains of North Carolina, unakite is an altered granite composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote, and generally colorless quartz. It exists in various shades of green and pink and is usually mottled in appearance. In good quality unakite is considered a semiprecious stone, will take a good polish and is often used in jewelry and other lapidary work such as eggs, spheres and other carvings like animals. It is also referred to as epidotized granite. In some of the Blue Ridge occurrences an epidotized augen gneiss is present exhibiting foliation structures.

Unakite can be found as pebbles and cobbles from glacial drift in the beach rock on the shores of Lake Superior. It occurs in Virginia where it is found in the river valleys after having been washed down from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unakite is not limited to the United States, and is reported from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil, and China as well as the United States. Some material labeled unakite lacks the quartz and is more properly epidosite. (from Wikipedia)

Mystical properties of UnaKite

We often think of the emotions as originating and residing in the heart, but another place where they live, often imprisoned, is in the solar plexus. As young children, discouraged away from the full expression of our emotions, we learn that shallow breathing helps us not to feel as much. Thus, the repression of feeling can become automatic, and life, while perhaps less painful, also has less joy.

While rhodochrosite is the primary stone for assisting one in consciously learning to breathe deeply again, unakite can be very helpful in the steady release of feelings long held in. An opaque coral and olive-green stone (two colors associated with the solar plexus), it consists of three minerals: feldspar, epidote, and quartz.

Feldspar takes a number of forms (moonstone is one) In general, it helps one to detach from old ways of doing things, thus permitting creativity to flower. It also assists in self-awareness and self-love.

Epidote enhances one’s perceptions, encourages participation with others, and is also an aid to self-esteem.

Quartz, among its many attributes, is the primary stone used for dissolving energy blockages.

When one is supported by deepened self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-awareness, it is easier to allow old feelings to arise so that they may be released.

Unakite lends another element to self-awareness. In working with this stone people have noticed that they were able to go deeper than the physical symptoms of an illness and understanding the mental and emotional sources for it. It is also believed to help release conditions that have been inhibiting personal growth. (from Rainbow Crystal.com)

Unakite is said to be of benefit to the female reproductive system and during pregnancy. It is also said to provide support to those recovering from a major illness or convalescing . Placing Unakite in a room, either as a large piece or as several small tumble stones in a bowl, is said to bring in a gentle calming energy. Unakite is believed to be helpful in reducing the effects of electromagnetic smog. For this reason it can be beneficial to place a piece on top of, or near, the television set.  (from Crystal Well Being .co.uk)

September Designs

  My skills at photographing Jewellery  leave something to be desired, but I have caught to essense of this Necklace and Earring set.   The movement and sparkle of this Haematite & Crystal set is wonderful, and makes it a joy to wear.

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