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Happy Valentine’s Day!

How did your day go?

The hubs and I spent it at home.  Yes, it was just another day at work for us and school day for the little one but we went home early and spent more time together.  The little one gave us a card they did at school while the hubs gave me this:

The people at work wore something red but I didn’t and wore my usual blackoffice suit.  I didn’t even think of wearing any red accessory.  My boss noticed this and I realized, maybe I should have worn something to commemorate the event?

For those in the same situation, here are a few things available in my shop:

24k vermeil filigree ear studs, handmade discs, Swarovski crystals

Austrian crystals, red coral, 14k gold

Garnet ear studs, carnelian, 14k gold

Red coral beads, handmade 14k gold discs

Carnelian, orange jade, 14k gold

red turquoise, 14k gold

Rubellite, red tuquoise, 14k gold

Red coral, sterling silver

Red turquoise, garnets, sterling silver

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!!!

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As Worn…..

Atty. T.M. wears her 14k gold cuff adorned with grossular garnets, Swarovski crystals and rice pearls.

Atty. R.D. wears her “Diamonds & Pearls” necklace as described here.

Two lovely clients loving their pieces 🙂

These are bespoke orders.  If you want me to create one for you too, do send us an email at thedesigner@classicsparklers.com

Everyday Necklaces

I like pairing my jewelry with the clothes I wear everyday. 

Well, not exactly pairing per se.  I just like wearing accessories to complete the whole ensemble.  They may not be in the same color family or theme but they should at least complement or highlight the look I am going for.

However, one cannot buy every and all kinds of jewelry! And knowing us, girls, with the way we love buying clothes, there should at least be that versatile piece of accessory to fit all kinds of look.

This dilemma can only be solved by affordable but elegant and timeless pieces that you can change everyday! 

Thus, I created the “Everyday”  Necklace. 

Wear it with your business suit, your casual outfit, or even your evening dress.  Pair it with a collared top and jeans during dress down days.  The versatility of the necklaces are enhanced by their unique designs.  Subtle but creative.  Semi precious gemstones, South Sea shell pearls, freshwater pearls, faceted Austrian crystals and more wire wrapped in 14k gold filled (rolled gold).  They hang from dainty chains that glimmer as they “disappear” into your skin.  A little twist and a little turn here or there, wait for the chain to catch the light and give out that sparkle.

The J. Pedreria for ClassicSparklers Everyday Necklace Collection is now available here.

Now for some eye candy 🙂

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 🙂

Custom Work

One thing that always gets me excited with this little business endeavor of mine is when a client requests for something I have not done before, meaning: custom work. 

This always presents as a challenge to me because I get to be creative as much as I can without sacrificing the idea or theme that the client wants.  Most of the time, the request will just be a vague as asking for a specific stone, like garnet to represent her birth month, which is January.  With all the exchange of conversations we’ve had over the internet, emails, mostly, I had to make a necklace and earring set using garnet gemstones.

When I make custom work, I always put into consideration what the personality of the client is.  Expect me to always ask:

1.  What is it for or where will it be used?

2.  When do you want it done?

3. Any other special consideration?

After taking all these into consideration, of course, I will have to end up with a design that will also include my signature nest setting.  I will check my inventory to see if I have all the materials.  If not, I will visit my supplier the following weekend.  Otherwise, the creativity begins. 

During the process, my original idea will evolve.  Most of the time I will not stick to my original design but instead, I will make it better!  I think that’s where creativity is best measured.  It is the ability to innovate and create something while in the middle of trying to meet all the specifics.  In the end, I will be happy with the result, and the client happier than I.

So, anyway, here is one of my custom work

Garnet.  Nest setting. Necklace and earring set. Perfect!

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!

The Gift

Sometime ago I made these:

Focal rainbow jasper beads measuring 18mm and wrapped them with 10k solid gold wire.  The earhook was likewise handmade and handtwisted.  To give it an edge, I coiled its ends to form the hoop where I could insert the jasper beads.  The outcome of the piece looked like a small gift.  Thus the name.

Later on, a client sent me a message and asked if I could make one for her using sterling silver.  She wanted a pendant instead of a pair of earrings.  The challenge was creating the coil that gave its character.  After a few nights of recreating the design in my head, I came up with a final piece I truly truly am proud of:

Coming soon

It’s a lazy, quiet Sunday morning.  I’m done with the household chores,  have given the little one his bath, and now we sit side by side as I listen to him read his books.  I, on the other hand, have my coffee mug at my side as I go through hundreds of photos I’ve taken the past few days of new pieces that I’ll be posting over the next few weeks.  However, excitements get me as I can’t wait to share with you what’s in store.  🙂

So, just for you, loyal readers, you get a sneak peek of up and coming pieces from me 🙂

“Kaleidoscope”

Except for the “Kaleidoscope” necklace, everything here has not yet been posted.  Should you be interested in one, please do drop me a message either here or send me a convo here 🙂

The color for 2010: Turquoise

I have always been fascinated with this gemstone and if I remember correctly, it was the first gemstone I ever worked with!

The ancient Egyptians used turquoise in jewelry. It’s color ranges from greenish-blue or pale sky blue. The name means “Turkish stone” as it came to Europe by way of Turkey. Turquoise was mined more than 6,000 years ago in Sinai and is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was also known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures.

If given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home.

This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it.  It takes on the characteristics of the owner.

The baghag, one of my daily blog reads, said that turquoise is the color for 2010.  And thus, in honor of this beautiful stone, I’d like to share with you a few creations.  Enjoy!