Saturday, June 09, 2012

Year of Jewelry: Diamond Chain Earrings

I LOVE these earrings.  Perfect for summer - they have amazonite hexagon shaped beads surrounded by labradorite.  All wires and chain is sterling silver.  The blue flash of the labradorite really shows off the milky blue of the amazonite.

And just for a little variation, I also made a similar pair using gold filled wire and chain and gorgeous aqua blue chalcedony coins in the center.  These earrings feel more dressed up, but still have that summer vibe.  Let the beach parties and backyard BBQ's begin.  I'm ready!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Year of Jewelry Week 11: Silver Spiral Earrings

More earrings! I thought these earrings would be perfect for everyday wear.  They are a little heavy for my old ears - but still very comfortable.  Made from sterling silver filled wire, they are about 2 inches long.  The frames of last weeks earrings were originally made for these spirals - but they didn't fit right.    It's nice that I was able to still use the components and make some great earrings!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Year of Jewelry (YOJ) Week 10: Silver Waterfall Earrings

These earrings are incredibly glamorous, but they are very comfortable to wear.  They are over 2 inches long, but very lightweight.  To make them, sterling silver frames are hand wrapped with coated labradorite faceted rondelles on thin sterling silver wire.  The coating on the labradorite makes them reflect the light like crazy - and they still have that beautiful blue flash that labradorite is know for.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

YOJ 9: Leaf Shape Earrings with Gemstones

This week's Year of Jewelry (YOJ) project is a pair of leaf shaped earrings with citrine (pale yellow) and carnelian (amber colored) beads.  They are on handmade ear wires and about 3 inches long.  Very stunning!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

YOJ 8: Chunky Turquoise Necklace

I love this necklace!  It is chunky and heavy and looks fabulous on!  There is so much turquoise, it looks like it cost a fortune (but it didn't!).  It is about 18 inches long with a 2 inch extender chain and a pretty piece of red coral on the extender.  There are also small sterling silver spacers between the turquoise slices and a silver hook clasp.  


Saturday, May 05, 2012

YOJ 7: Ombre Amethyst Earrings

This week's pair of earrings is very special.  I made them for a jewelry maker in Rochester NY as part of a Spring Earring Swap.  I haven't received my earrings yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  It's always nice to meet a new jewelry maker and share your passion.
These earrings are GF wire and shaded amethyst with small round pearls.  They are about 2 inches long.  I really love the way they came out and will definitely make a pair of these for myself.  They are delicate and dressy, but also will look great with jeans.  A little bollywood, but not over the top (if I do say so myself!).  Please check out my new friend Kim's website at and her etsy store at  and tell Kim that I say hi!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

YOJ6: Gemstone Flower Earrings

These earrings are so sweet and sparkly.  The flower petals are made with labradorite with a special coating that makes them extra reflective.  The center of the flower is a bright aqua apatite.  I have never seen a stone this bright color before.  There are also some nice purple amethyst - all wrapped on sterling silver wire and swaying from secure sterling silver lever backs.