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Mughal Princess

The request: re-work the  client’s freshwater pearl earring and pendant.  Use sterling silver.

The dilemma: how?

The solution:

Make my mark with the J.Pedreria Collection’s signature nest setting.  Add a little sparkle with a diamond cubic zirconia ear stud in bezel setting.  It came out like this:

Looks nice.  Sparkly.  Elegant. Classic. 

But remember, ClassicSparklers is all about versatility and creativity.  Stopping here cannot and does not put those two principles into place. 

How about if we add some tassels?

Wow.  The execution is perfect and the earrings become ostentatiously beautiful and glamorous!

But you can’t and do not use this kind of earring to the work place right? I do not think this will go well with a suit. 

So let’s make it more versatile: MAKE THE TASSELS DETACHABLE!!

What about the pendant?

I decided to just add the nest setting. 

When you have an ornate earring, the necklace should be very simple. Amp it up but do not create a confusion between your neckline and/or your ears/head. 

Besides, you can remove both tassels of each earring and add them to the pendant, and VIOLA!

I must admit that this was a very very very very challenging piece. 

For the tassels I used beautiful Israelicut white topaz from India, silver pyrite also from India and Swarovski crystals.  I also made a nice bead cap.  All other components are sterling silver.

I plan to make more pieces like this in the future. 

If you want to have one customized for you (something to wear for the holidays perhaps? *wink*), leave a comment or send me a message here.

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Thank You!

Popular online blog, Kikay Exchange recently made a very wonderful feature of ClassicSparklers.

The blog chronicles kikay*  finds presented in a well-targeted, well explained content that is delivered in a fun and simple tone. It is the go-to blog if you want to know more about the latest trends and unique discoveries.

Thank you to Jill and the whole Kikay Exchange team!

Read it all here.

*Filipino slang for ‘sassy’, ‘fashionable, ‘stylish’

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….

 

 

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 🙂

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 🙂

Emerald Lane

I’ve mentioned before that I started with ornate headbands.  I have moved on to other items now but my love for making these works of art has not changed.  While I love making these beauties, the cost, time and materials makes me create them only if requested. 

Last weekend I received a message about a soon to be bride wanting to buy my ornate emerald headband.  Remember that these are custom pieces, thus, those in my store are there for illustration purposes. This means that once an order is placed, that is the time I will only make them.

Behold Angela’s headband!  Made from mother of pearl flowers, jade and adventurine nuggets, majorica pearls and Austrian crystal.  All of these are wire wrapped in high quality stainless steel wire.

I’d love to make one for you too, on your special day 🙂

For custom orders, please click here 🙂

The Classic Pearl

I’ve always considered the Pearl to be the most elegant and classic piece to work with.  That is the reason why I always name my pieces “The Classic Pearl”.  Pearls are timeless and versatile.  They can be worn during any occasion without the wearer looking over accessorized or under accessorized.

I first started using pearls last year.  Specifically, I opted for the freshwater pearl because it was much cheaper than the South Sea pearls.  I started off with simple designs to test the market and they were a hit! I decided on the regular wire wrap because aside from it being easy to construct, I believed that it was simple and elegant enough to match the focal piece, which is the pearl.

Fast forward to today.

The royal wedding draws near and the internet is flooded with photos of the royal couple, particularly the soon to be princess, Kate Middleton.  During one of my surfing, I found several photos which took my breath away.  The earrings she wore often were an uncanny resemblance to the classic pearl earrings I made last year!! Not only that, she wore another pair of earrings that was also similar to the citrine earrings also from the same collection!!

No, my friends, I did not make those that she was wearing (although I wish that one day she will carry one of my pieces…:). In my excitement, I have made a collage that emphasizes what I have just said.

Here is a photo of the faceted Austrian crystal earrings in citrine gold wire wrapped in sterling silver and another one wire wrapped in argentium wire:

Here is the collage/the photos of “The Classic Pearl” earrings made from freshwater pearls wire wrapped in 10k solid gold wire:

photos courtesy of lifetimetv.com

These two earrings were from my 2010 Collection.  I still make them now although I have upgraded into South Sea shell pearls.

For those who would like to request a custom item, please leave me a message here.

All About Diamonds

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Image via Wikipedia

But not The diamonds.  I’m referring to my current obsession with Herkimer diamonds.

Herkimer diamonds is the generic term for double terminated crystal quartz that were first discovered among the exposed outcrops of clolostone located in Herkimer, New York.  The stone’s diamond-shaped appearance are natural faces.  This means that the facets appear to have been cut but in reality, the facets were made by nature itself.  This becomes possible with a high percentage of the stone’s unimpeded growth.

In the next post, I will show you photos of what these diamonds look like and how I have interpreted them and incorporated them in my designs.

Stay tuned!


All About Pearls

Not just any other pearl, but the actual pearls I use in my 2011 Collection.

This is a new year and a new year entails new discoveries.  Late last year I discovered what will constitute my pearl collection for 2011: South Sea Shell Pearls.

Little is known about this variety of pearls and so I will share a little of what I have found out:

South Sea Shell pearls are the by-products of the REAL South Sea Pearls.  By this, it means that the shell of the clams producing these beauties are cut and pulverized or powdered and shaped to form a perfect round pearl.  Successive layers are added over and over again mimicking the process of how natural pearls are created.

The effect is practically a flawfless and perfect shaped pearl!

BENEFITS

When creating pearl jewelry, I prefer to up the ante and use these kinds of pearls.  They are unique and perfect and their quality is superb with the same feel and weight as the real South Sea pearls!

While considered man-made (although some real South Sea pearls are made from a nucleus inserted by man in the oyster to form the pearl), these pearls are not synthetic and neither are they made from wax or glass.

In my next post, I will be showing you what I was able to create using these beauties 🙂