Sunday, September 18, 2016

Turquoise and Navy Blue Beaded Handmade Gold-Filled Dangle Earrings

Exotic turquoise and navy blue beaded gold earrings bring to mind the mystery and beauty of ancient Persian jewelry. Intricate beaded earring links from Zola Elements were used as the focal. These wonderfully embellished links are gold-plated inverted teardrops. The outer edge and center are embellished with small turquoise resin beads. The center inverted teardrop is embellished with navy blue resin beads. Attached to the bottom of the beaded link, I hand-wrapped turquoise blue enameled gold beads with small gold-plated corrugated beads. These dangling links will add a delightful swinging movement to the earrings. I created a second wrapped link using another of the turquoise enameled beads which is attached to the top of the Zola teardrop. 


For the ear wire I selected 14k gold-filled ear wires which I embellished with more of the small gold-plated corrugated metal beads. These ear wires are produced in the United States by TierraCast. TierraCast is renowned for the quality of their jewelry findings and for their guarantee that their components are 100% lead free. Gold-filled products are a mechanical compositions of thin karat gold layers and base metal cores. The use of heat and pressure bonds the gold karat layer to the base. Gold-filled wire products are manufactured to federal standards, marked and sold accordingly. Ear wires can be made with 14/20 gold-filled wire, which is an abbreviation for their gold content by weight. 14/20 gold-filled wire is composed of a base metal (bronze) wire core and mechanically clad with a tube of 14k gold that is 1/20th (by weight) of the total weight.

The overall length of these earrings is approximately 2 3/4 inches or 6.98 centimeters in length from the tops of the gold-filled ear wires to the bottom of the lowest turquoise enameled bead. As an added bonus, I will include a pair of complimentary rubber earring guards to protect your earrings from loss. The earrings will also come packaged in an organza pouch. Perfect for storage or gift giving. When cleaning, use peroxide for the ear wires but do not immerse the beaded links as it may cause discoloration. You can gently polish with a jewelers cloth.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Valentine Red and White Sweetheart Superduo Beadwoven Cuff Bracelet with Heart Toggle

Sweethearts everywhere will love this Valentine inspired BOHO beadwoven cuff bracelet.  A mix of Japanese superduos in matte velvety finishes of cherry red and chalk white.  To add just a hint of shine there are small TOHO Japanese silver-lined crystal seed beads outlining the outer edge.

 For the closure I used an antique silver jubilee toggle style closure from TierraCast. The toggle has a lovely swirling heart shape and the toggle bar curves inward to securely hold the bracelet on your wrist.  TierraCast products are produced in the United States and have a reputation for high-quality jewelry findings. 

This bracelet is 7 1/2 inches or 190 mm in length which is perfect for an average 7 to 7 1/4 inch wrist. Make sure you measure to ensure a good fit. Measure your wrist by using a flexible measuring tape, measure just above (towards elbow) the wrist bone, then add 1/4" to 1 " (1/2" is average) depending on how tight you like your bracelets to fit. That is the size bracelet you would wear. These bracelets cannot be re-sized.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rudraksha, Blue Turquoise, Camel Jasper and Carnelian Mala Prayer Bracelet

Cool blue chalk turquoise stones really pop against the rudraksha and camel jasper beads. This BOHO trendy mala bracelet is alive with colors and texture. To begin I selected a guru center bead carved from carnelian. On each side I spaced rudraksha beads with their beautifully warm reddish brown shades. They also add a lot of texture and interest to the bracelet. Beige came jasper beads are added in-between the rudraksha beads. For a pop of bright color, I selected blue chalk turquoise beads. Chalk turquoise is a form of natural turquoise that has a white chalk-like consistency. It has the same chemical composition as turquoise, only without the copper. It is actually copper minerals that give turquoise it's beautiful blue color. The chalk turquoise is stabilized and color enhanced to be used in jewelry. To finish off the mala bracelet I selected a silk copper colored tassel. The bracelet has been double strung using gold colored stretch cord. Since stretch cord is used, this bracelet is a one-size fits all. 

Rudraksha: is a divine seed worn by mankind for good health, religious attainment through Japa (Power) and Shakti and for fearless life. It is said that rudraksha seeds, combined with other stones create different power combinations. 

Carnelian: are stones of action, that will give you the courage and confidence to move forward on a new path in life. Like most orange stones, Carnelian is a stone of the sacral chakra.

Camel jasper: is believed to be the stone of choice when it comes to connecting with past times and the energies of nature, so it is used both in work connected with past lives and contacting nature spirits. It is thought to harmonize energies both inside the wearers body and between the wearer and his surroundings. It is used to improve the skill of visualization.
Turquoise (chalk): is connected with the fifth chakra. It is held to be a stone of straight, honest communication.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Rudraksha, autumn jasper, Peach Aventurine Mala Bracelet

Warm autumn shades are displayed in this handmade stretch mala bracelet. The main guru bead in this mala bracelet is carved green jasper which has an earthy olive green tone. Faceted autumn jasper beads are added and I adore the multiple shades of color within these natural gemstones. You will find green, orange, red, brown, black and cream colors. I also added light red aventurine gemstones. My favorite part of this mala bracelet is the burnt orange rudraksha seeds. These seeds are a unique addition with their wonderful texture. The bracelet is strung on gold double stretch cord which makes it easy for anyone to wear. 
Autumn Hued Mala Bracelet 

Earthy and natural rudraksha seed beads.  It is said that rudraksha seeds, combined with other stones create different power combinations. 
Autumn jasper: is used to balance the four lowest chakras. It is believed to calm the mind, to clear rational processes and to protect from rashness.
Peach aventurine: is connected to the second chakra. It is seen as helping in shyness and anxiety. Peach aventurine promotes a healthily self-critical inner dialogue. It is believed to increase intuition, independence and decisiveness, thereby increasing ones leadership abilities.
Green jasper is seen to increase self-confidence and joy of life.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Candy Canes in a Bottle Earrings

Fun candy canes in a bottle earrings to wear to all your upcoming holiday parties.  Sterling silver ear wires and rubber clutch included to prevent earring loss.
Candy Canes in a Bottle Sterling Silver Earrings

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Black Agate and Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Black Agate and Swarovski Crystal Necklace Exquisitely faceted AAA black agate has been cut in a honeycomb fashion to add more fascinating reflections of light. These AAA black agates are graduated in size from front to back. To add an heirloom vintage feel I used genuine Swarovski 5000 rose Austrian crystal rounds. In between the Swarovski crystals I placed intriguing vintage rose lampwork. The lampwork looks as if it has captured a beautiful vintage rose, frozen in time. Spaced around the black agates you will find scalloped gunmetal bead caps and gunmetal corrugated metal beads. The necklace has been finished off with corrugated gunmetal rondelles and gunmetal wire guards. The wire guards are to ensure longevity and prevent wear on the beading wire. The closure is an ornately detailed TierraCast classic gunmetal toggle. The necklace is 18 inches in length and will come with a complimentary jewelry pouch for storage. BONUS: I will also include a matching pair of simple earrings to complete your set. The earrings will have hypoallergenic gunmetal leverbacks. Agate derives its name from the river Achates in Sicily. Greek philosophy described this gem as early as 300 B.C. It was the stone of warriors in ancient times. The famous ancient Egyptian scarabs are made of agate. Agates come in many forms and colors and are among the earliest stones used for healing and bringing good luck. Materials: *Black agate honeycomb faceted rounds 15mm to 8mm in size. *8x10mm vintage rose faceted lampwork glass beads *6mm Swarovski 5000 rose crystal rounds *15mm TierraCast gunmetal classic toggle *6mm gunmetal scalloped bead caps *4mm corrugated gunmetal beads