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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 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.
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:
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 🙂
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 🙂
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!
In one occasion, I made this pair of earrings:
(White turquoise drops, midnight black Austrian crystals, wrapped in sterling silver wire)
Separately, I also made this pendant:
(White turquoise drops wrapped in 10k solid gold wire)
Upon seeing these two, a client wanted the design of the earrings but with solid gold wire instead of sterling silver, so that it would match the pendant.
This pair is a bit heavy (well, for me, that is) so instead of the lever back, I suggested that we use earring posts. This is how it came out:
(with 10k solid gold wire and 14k solid gold ear posts)
And this is how it was packaged:
(wrapped in golden bronze organza ribbon in my signature mother of pearl jewelry box)
Recently, there was another request for a customized item.
I posted this on etsy. It is made with golden citrine Austrian crystals wrapped in stainless steel wire.
The request was to use sterling silver instead of stainless steel.
It’s always a delight whenever I get requests to customize a design because its sort of a challenge specially when the client is very specific with what she/he wants.