Category Archives: gemstones/semi precious stones

Inspirations 5

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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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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.

Amethyst & Silver

The request: an amethyst bead in the middle of my signature design crocheted disc.

The dilemma: use sterling silver.

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I have to admit.  I shy away from using sterling silver with my designs because cleaning sterling silver jewelry pieces need lots of attention.  A simple brushing with mild soap will not make it shine and sparkle like those in the store.  You need a sterling silver cleaning solution for this and the process of cleaning, I find really tedious.

When I make jewelry, I take into consideration the aspects of cleaning.  I want my pieces to be easy maintenance.  I want them easy to clean and store.  Most of my customers are professionals who value their time so I want to make things easy for them.  With gold, all you need is a soft bristle brush, some mild soap and water.  For brass, a lemon rinse and soft bristle brush as well.  With sterling silver, you need more than just a brush. 

But anyway, I will put aside all my apprehensions when a customer wants a sterling silver piece.  This request was full sterling silver: chain and the main focal point which was the detachable pendant.  I had to incorporate the customer’s birthstone, which is amethyst. Initially, when the piece was finished, I was not satisfied.  If you have been reading this blog since it started, you will now know that I do not sketch when I make a piece.  I will let my imagination flow and my hands do the work.  For customized pieces I will listen to what the customer wants and work from there. 

So here I am with the piece and decided to add more to the original design.  I added a border made of thicker sterling silver wire.  Slowly, the disc started to transform into a rose! The amethyst bead in the middle seemed lonely so I dispersed a couple of Alexandrite Swarovksi faceted bicone crystals around it.

The result: Fabulousity!

If you like this piece, you, too, can buy it here 🙂

What I’ve Been Up To

Sorry for the lack of post, guys! Two weeks ago way up until last weekend, you all know I joined a weddings expo.  And since it would have been my first time to join one, I had to prepare.  From the business cards to the flyers, way up to the products and accessories that would adorn my little vignette.  I can proudly say I’ve gotten lots of queries and I’m quite surprised how many couples are not aware of customized ceremony candles and wedding cords yet 🙂  Well, I’m right here if you need one 🙂 The two full days of being in the expo tired me up so much that I just plopped down in bed when I got home.  Then Monday came and it was back to work, my day job, I mean.  But that did not stop there.  The whole work week was just that: WORK.  There was so much to do and so many deadlines to meet.  I had to stay in the office later than usual and by the time I got home, all the time I had left were for my family. Now that everything’s back to normal, I’m now in my crafty creative mode, finishing some custom orders, which deserves a post of its own.  ‘Til then!

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’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?

On my desk….

….are some of the gemstones and pearls I will be using for my Christmas collection 🙂

South Sea Shell Pearls

Rock crystal quartz free form nuggets, faceted crystal rondelles, German crystals,

 

Herkimer diamonds!

Carved Blueberry quartz

Alexandrite, Denim quartz, Opalite (Tiffany Stone), Acqua quartz,

Kyanite, Yellow Opal, Black German crystal

And what I am currently working on:

Peridot crystal quartz and south sea shell pearls wire wrapped in 10k solid gold

Something new

So many things to do so little time!

Instead of backtracking my lack of posts, I’ll give you a brief overview of some of the pieces i’ve made for my winter collection.

I’ll be back in a few to post more!  stay tuned!

I can start feeling the Christmas spirit with all the greens, and reds and blues and white!