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. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Whispered Leaves by Pirates Dream

Image of Whispered Leaves

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 by Zoraida

Woven Wire Cross

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

Lovely Bird Tile Pendant by Alyssa Ettinger Designs

Porcelain Pendant--Lovely Bird Tile

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

Flor Cloisonne Enamel Necklace by Agora Art

Flor - cloisonne enamel necklace

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 by Waterrose

Hand Embroidery : Fabric Cuff Hand Embroidered Linen Jacobean Purple Spring Tulips Embroidery tagt team

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

Sterling Silver Labradorite Owl Pendant by Annabel Alleyne

Handmade Sterling Silver Labradorite Owl Pendant

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

Rose Cut Rainbow Moonstone Ring by Jill Anish

Rose Cut Rainbow Moonstone Ring - 18k Gold and Sterling
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 by Mama Earth Creations

Goddess necklace - cavandoli macrame

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. 

Etched Tile Bahaus Necklace by Uncommonly Beautiful

Image of Etched tile bauhaus drop necklace

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 by Oscar and Matilda

Image of Chunky Bangle Medium SW#25

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.