Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gemstone Bracelets

Today was definitely a bracelet kind of day.  I tend to be a collector of semi-precious stones, and as I was trying to organize my collection I decided it was time to do something useful with them.  
After all, beauty is useful.

Below is a funky charm bracelet including faceted smoky quartz, blue opal, sunstone, a juicy faceted ruby, two kyanite rondells, and another faceted smoky quartz.  The attachments are adorned with seed beads.

Next, is a beautiful triple-strand bracelet made of faceted labradorite, pearls, and various silver beads.

And finally, my favorite!  A lovely mix of aquamarine, citrine, 
natural turquoise, and apatite.

i love you - Pierced Heart Ruby & Pearl Bracelet

I'm getting ready for a mini show in the beginning of November and am putting together samples to display and take orders from.  I've had this lovely hunk of silver cut and shaped, sitting on my workbench just waiting for the perfect thought or quote.  It all started with the heart.  This piece of silver just needed a pierced heart to start things off . . .

The silver is hand cut, shaped, stamped, oxidized, and polished.  Three beautiful strands of wire-wrapped pearls are finished off with a precious faceted ruby (it's real, girls!), and they wrap around to clasp the pierced heart.

I just might be wearing this today (and tomorrow . . . )!

Friday, October 25, 2013

They That Wait Upon the Lord . . .

My friend, Michele, needed an inspirational necklace for her friend who is in the battle of her life with breast cancer.  We talked about different ideas that would reflect the strength and faith that her friend has shown (and needed) while enduring this trial.  In searching for just the right sentiment, we came across this beautiful blessing in Isaiah:
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; 
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Established Wedding Necklace

Karen asked me to make this wedding necklace as a bridal gift for a special friend.  The larger disc shows the bride and groom's initials along with their last name and their "established" date.  The companion charm says "San Diego Temple" to remind the bride of their special day and the amazing place where they got married and sealed together forever.

You can learn more about this special temple here, and you can read a little about eternal marriage here, and here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Want to play catch . . . up?

Goodness, Gracious!  It's been a crazy, busy whirlwind these past several months!  I am finally back to work in my studio and it feels good!  But before I post any new projects I need to catch up on a couple of really fun ones that I did this past summer.  The first one is a wedding necklace that my friend, Paula, asked me to make.  It is so sweet!  It shows the bride and groom's initials and their "established" date - the date of their wedding!  This is a really fun 3-piece charm collection that hangs nicely and will be a lovely reminder for the bride of their special day.

The next one was requested by Vanessa.  This is a mother's necklace that includes the receiver's boys' names and a circle love charm with a precious pearl.  It is timeless and classy!

Stay tuned . . . I hope to be posting all kinds of goodies in the coming weeks!