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Inspirations 3

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What Inspires Me

The rainbow……

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Sunlight & dew drops…..

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and most of all….

LOVE….


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Getting To Know the Brand (Part 1 of 2)

A lot of things come into consideration when making jewelry.  For me, I’d like to call my craft “artisan handmade”. 

According to wikipedia, an artisan is someone who is involved in a skilled trade, esp. one that involves making things by hand.  On the other hand, merriam webster defines it as one that produces something in limited quantities often using traditional methods.

The word “handmade”, meanwhile, simply means what it is: Made or prepared by hand rather than by machine.

Jewelry making IS a skilled trade. Many jewelers undergo extensive education abroad just to be in the business but with the technology today, i.e., the internet, getting the right kind of knowledge, training, and know how will be as good.  This especially holds true for small scale jewelry or accessory business that hold office at home or employ less or no employees at all.  They mostly to their creations by hand and by themselves.  Thus, handmade.  They are artisans in their own way because, let’s face it, it takes more than just buying the materials to create something one of a kind and beautiful.  The trade involves more know how than you imagine it because research and product development also come into play.  Handmade jewelry artisans have to evolve themselves together with the times.  They also have to know what’s in and what’s not.  They have to know fashion as well. 

That goes without saying that they need to comply with every fashion prediction out there.  That is exactly what being handmade means.  Owning a small artisan business is about trends but not necessarily following them.  It’s all about applying what your instinct tells you and what the materials dictate in the design process.

I once came across an article that said, “Artisan jewelry is an entirely different category. It’s made to last. The materials are high quality. The designs are original and not often repeated.

I agree that artisan jewelry are made to last.

I agree that materials are of high quality because the artisan, the maker himself, personally chooses the materials he wants to work with. 

I agree that artisan jewelry is one of a kind.  They are customized in their own way.  They are made only in limited quantities or not even.

Combine these principles with handmade jewelry and you get the best fusion of all jewelry making techniques. 

While they are mostly the same is all aspects, I believe that handmade jewelry brings in more attention to detail.

These are what ClassicSparklers is all about. 

to be continued….

 

 

A Very Productive Weekend

My sister needed a gift for her boyfriend’s sister.  She requested me to make something for her.  I was not satisfied with just one, instead, I made these new earring pieces now available at my store:

Cinderella Sparkle earrings

Midnight Tears

Fire Tree

As you all are aware of by now, gold prices have gone up.  The price for these items are based on the old gold prices (read: very affordable).  When my stock runs up, I have no choice but to increase the price of my new items as well. 

So what are you waiting for? 🙂

New Listings

Birthday celebrations and a hectic work schedule has taken me off this blog for some time now.  This week we are celebrating a long weekend: 4 days of no work! First, there’s the real weekend, Saturday and Sunday, and then August 29 we will be celebrating our National Hero’s Day and another national holiday on the 30th to mark the end of Ramadan.

Because of this, I started to keep busy again with these new listings now posted in my shop:

VAMPIRE: Very dainty natural red coral beads and a large faceted Austrian crystal briolette all wrapped in 14k gold

MERMAID: An ethereal mix of turquoise, chalcedony and freshwater pearls wire wrapped in 14k gold.  They hang from gorgeous baby blue cubic zirconia in 14k bezel setting.

ENCHANTING FOREST: deep green jasper embraced in 14k gold and hangs from midnight faceted Austrian crystals.

RUBY: Are you the type who love changing your jewelry according to what you wear?  This this design is the right one for you! Red rubellite natural gemstones in 14k gold.

A New Challenge

The Request:  Sparkly bib necklace

The client wanted one that was sparkly and had a garden them.  Not green but colorful.  Now, it is a common thing to think about Swarovski crystals when you say “sparkly” right?  But I did not want to be ordinary but wanted this project to be extraordinary! 

I could not work with diamonds because the client had a budget as well.  So why not Russian diamonds?

 

Not quite. 

But almost there 🙂

Some Custom Orders

One thing I like about custom orders is the liberality and the extent of creativeness I can do with a piece 🙂

Here are a few requests I have recently made:

If you’d like me to create something magical for you too, do let me know 🙂

Bordeaux

The latest object of attention of Neiman Marcus‘ Senior Accessories Editor,  Roopal Patel are fabulous bordeaux items. 

I have always loved this color.  Most of the time, however, I’d forget its name and would just describe it as dark red or the color of wine.  I think it’s a safe bet if you want to wear something within the family of the color red but are not daring enough to do so or if it does not fit your skin complexion.

Upon browsing through all of Ms. Patel’s bordeaux choices, I can’t help but realize that the color can and does resemble that of garnet!  Garnet has a deep dark red color which is sometimes difficult to photograph.  I have spent hours trying to get the right hues of the color come out.  Most of the time, I’d wait for different times of the day just to get that perfect shot. 

I am not a professional photographer but I do know how to balance light or ISO settings.  Most of the time I will use macro shots.  But thanks to my trusty Canon G10, which was a gift from my dad, I was able to capture these wonderful shots of garnet:


The necklace in the first photo is available here.

The one in the second photo was a custom request for a garnet necklace and earring set, garnet being her birth month.

What JJ Used Today

.…my own champagne South Sea shell pearl nest setting earrings.  I was finishing orders this weekend and loved the combination of the light golden peach color of my new set of pearls that I finally made one for myself! 🙂 

The soft golden glow of the South Sea shell pearl and the stark contrast of the nest setting gives this piece an elegant and contemporary feel.  The size (10mm) is just right for the setting and the style of the ear nut backing are perfect for its size.

Hmmm. Not quite clear yet.

How about this one:

Love it?

Order now 🙂

Oh! And I wore my Everyday South Sea shell pearl necklace.  Not too matchy-matchy but just right.

What’s in Store

Now that Angela’s bridal headpiece is on its way, I have yet to decide what my next collection will be.  Apart from the customized orders I have already pending on my desk, I was able to find time to conceptualize 3 new collections.  The only problem is, I now don’t know which to set up first:

The Web Series

Twilight Collection

or

The Filigree Collection

What do you think?