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.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
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 $160
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
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 $270
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
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.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Whispered Leaves $95
Today's handmade jewelry pick is this hand-pierced pendant from Pirates Dream. Made from the bowl of an antique spoon, the entire design is cut out by hand using a small hand saw. Quite a feat, especially on a curved surface. This piece is very nicely crafted and the delicacy of the leaves and roots is just beautiful.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Woven Wire Cross $30
I've been looking at a lot of wire jewelry today. I'm always impressed with the variety of forms and designs people can develop from a linear material. For instance, this cross by Zoraida is both substantial and delicate, and very well crafted. This is a very unique take on such a tradition jewelry type.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Today we have another piece of ceramic jewelry- this one is from Alyssa Ettinger Designs. I love the delicate modeling of this piece and the way the pure white porcelain shows through the delicate lavender glaze. ( It's also available in other colors) This piece is cast from an antique glass tile, which gives it that historical charm I love, yet simple enough for everyday wear.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I've been working on enameling tonight and it inspired me to feature some of my favorite enamel jewelry. This handmade silver and enamel cloissone necklace from Agora Art is just gorgeous. I'm a big fan of the coral red and aqua blue color scheme, and I love that the artist here is using a very traditional techinque to produce a fresh and modern design.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Fabric Cuff $92
Here's something a little different again for today's jewelry pick: a hand embroidered linen cuff from Waterrose. This cuff is evocative of the delicate handwork on historical clothing. I love the muted color pallette and the textures of the linen and fine hand embroidery- a lovely and interesting accessory.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Today's pick is this great filigree owl pendant from Annabel Alleyne. I have to say this just might be the most unique and truly handmade owl pendant on etsy! I love the idea of using the labradorite stones for the eyes- very evocative of the flash of light from an animal's eyes in the dark. I also have a real appreciation for the kind of intricate handwork that goes into making filigree jewelry.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Rainbow Moonstone Ring $148
Today's jewelry pick if from one of my most window-shopped etsy shops. This gorgeous moonstone, sterling silver and 18k gold ring by Jill Anish is just to die for. The blue flash of the moonstone with the gold setting is lovely, and I like the mixture of metals in the ring. The stone itself is just beautiful, interesting and natural, not too perfect. The tasteful setting really sets off the stone nicely and lets it take center stage.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Goddess Necklace $100
Today's pick is this really unique and finely crafted macrame necklace from Mama Earth Creations. What looks like woven seed beads is actually hundreds of tiny knots worked in a multi-colored pattern. I'm really impressed with the workmanship here and of course I love the turquoise, brown and cream color scheme.
I spaced on my handmade jewelry post yesterday, so we'll do two today to make up for it! First I have a cool, asymmetrical bahaus-inspired recycled wood necklace from Uncommonly Beautiful. I'm always impressed with jewelers who do assymetry well- so much more difficult than a symmetrical design. I also love the color scheme here. It does a good job of balancing the bright colors with the neutrals.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Chunky Bangle $39.95
Here's something a little different for today's handmade jewelry pick: this sweet bangle bracelet from Oscar and Matilda is made with printed fabric sealed in resin . I love the soft translucence of the fabric in the clear resin, and the cute floral pattern is sweet and old-fashioned.