Tag Archives: handmade jewelry

Re-Worked Pieces

A client came to me with a box full of semi-precious stone nuggets, i.e., onyx, lapis lazuli, strawberry quartz.  Apparently, the client’s pieces fell all apart and she did not know what to do with the un-strung pieces considering their various shapes.  Design ideas started rambling in my head and with each idea I started getting excited.  After a few days of thinking I finally decided on the design for 2 of them.

And viola!

Stay tuned for the 3rd and final re-worked piece 🙂

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Rings

As I’ve mentioned before, I am thinking of starting on working with rings.

That was the first and only ring I’ve made until a few weeks ago when a client requested a ring to match the set of Filigree set she was ordering.  I got excited, composed myself (which took about a week), then started to work on her ring.

The result:

As you can see, the band, without the pearl attached is quite pretty by itself!  Now, this I will definitely make one for me 🙂

Oh, did I mention that the client loved the Alexandrite ring that she ordered one for herself as well?  Here is hers:

I think that this band in filigree setting will also look good with semi precious gemstones 🙂

email me at thedesigner@classicsparklers.com

Spheres

The request:  Full nest setting.  Round. Clear center.

The dilemma: Full nest setting is hard to do because of the shape especially if there’s nothing inside it.  It had to be a perfect circle.

The result:

That is the reason why I love collaborating with clients.  The exchange of ideas give me a certain high.  Its the interchange of thoughts in the design process that keeps me energized and inspired.

Do you have something you want me to work on or make for you?  Send me your thoughts at thedesigner@classicsparklers.com

A Little Story of BEFORE & AFTER

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The Opera

The request:  Opera-length necklace adorned with sapphire and peridot quartz birthstones of the Floral Retreat Collection.

The materials:  Natural pyrite, 14k gold chain and wire, sapphire and quartz briolettes AND hours and hours of weaving, crocheting etc.

The result:

36-inch necklace detachable to form 2 strands with 2 detachable pendants. This is keeping in line with ClassicSparklers’ philosophy of versatility in each piece bring you more value for your money 🙂

This piece was about a month and a half in the making.  Our first opera length necklace.  When it comes to design and execution challenges such as this, we really take our time in making them.  Thus, you are assured of high quality bridge jewelry that is a wearable work of art.

Gold prices are still increasing, so if you’d like me to create something like this for you, send an email at thedesigner@classicsparklers.com or leave a message in facebook.

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

The Things I Do for the Things I Love to Do

Stayed up ’til 4am this morning.  If the husband did not convince (read: force) me to go to bed, I’d be probably wake up until now.

Nevertheless, I surprisingly woke up after 5 hours without feeling any grogginess and finally completed the new set of orders 🙂

Here they are for your viewing pleasure:

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….

 

 

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.