Wednesday, September 5, 2012


I really just got stated on this blog but I'm going on Hiatus for a while (not sure how long!)  I'm an elementary art teacher in my real-world life, and I was just offered an addition to my teaching schedule in the form of another school to teach at, with a whole new curriculum to plan, lessons to write, etc etc.  So now I'm teaching art at two elementary schools (each of which is a charter school with a different focus and curriculum) teaching jewelry making classes and working on my own jewelry line, and oh yeah, cleaning up after a two-year-old.  Apparently I need to give some things up, so my choices are jewelry blog and cleaning.  Problem solved.  I hope to start again when I get settled into the school year a bit! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Large Frida Collar Necklace by Sollis

Image of Large Frida collar necklace
Today's handmade jewelry pick is this knotted and beaded collar necklace from Sollis.  The combination of materials and the way they are arranged makes this piece really interesting and unique.  It's reminiscent of ancient jewelry but done in a fresh, modern way. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tanager and Pomegranate Earrings by Dawn Estin

Today's handmade jewelry pick is a pair of sterling silver/mixed media earrings from Dawn Estin.  I love the playful style of these earrings, from the sweet little bird image to the fanciful shapes of the leaves and dangles.  I like the detail of the little tabs on the setting too. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fran Bracelet by Sue Savage

Today's handmade jewelry pick is a polymer clay and sterling silver bracelet from Sue Savage.  I love that the polymer clay pieces set into the sterling silver bezels look like some kind of amazing, rare jasper.  The colors in the piece shown are gorgeous and the free-form composition of each polymer clay piece is fascinating to look at.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oval Spring Maple Ring by Ananda Khalsa

Today's piece is this lovely hand-painted silver and 22k gold ring from Ananda Khalsa.  I like the elongated oval shape of this ring, and the simplicity of the miniature painting, reminiscent of Japanese brush paintings.  The gold setting complements the green of the painting nicely. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Stone Blossom Ring by Revonav

sterling silver and 14k gold diamond ring - Stone Blossom

We have some fine jewelry today for our handmade jewelry pick.  This silver, gold, and diamond ring from Revonav is the perfect balance of clean modern design and sweet romanticism.  I love the soft treatment of the metal against the hard sparkle of the diamond.  This would be a great unique engagement ring. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace by Joanna Watracz

STERLING SILVER Wire wrapped NECKLACE - Cool Breeze for summer time

Today's pick is a gorgeous beaded wire wrapped necklace from Joanna Watracz.  I love the mix of colors and shapes in the beads- those irregular pearls are great.  What really draws my attention here though is the richness of the wirework.  I love the densitiy of the spiraling wires inside their neatly wrapped nests.