Warm Weather Jewelry

Despite being a solid 18 degrees outside in lovely Chicago, 2 days ago was the first official day of spring. So, in order to keep my sanity in a city that more closely resembles a tundra than any beautiful image of greenery and flowers and growth that the word ‘spring’ conjures up in the mind, I have chosen to engage in something called ‘reality control’ (George Orwell’s 1984, anyone?) and try to force myself to see the beautiful reds of the flowers, green of the trees, blues of the lovely ever frigid lake Michigan (which I maintain looks just gray when it’s cold outside, but, okay, reality control). In order to maintain that mindset during this period where the trees look like something out of a bombed out post-Apocalyptic world and the only green I see while running down the lake shore path is provided by Whole Foods bags caught on the spidery branch fingers of the very barren trees, I have decided to surround myself with the warm weather colors by infusing my outfits-and especially my accessories, with them like these coral, turquoise, and green jade necklaces below. If the red, turquoise, and green weren’t bright enough to help me think warm weather thoughts, I complete each of them using sunny bright yellow gold brass chains and findings with a satin gold finish.

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New Bohemian Wrap Bracelets

I don’t know what it is about tropical climates that makes me want to make wrap bracelets, but last week I was in Florida, and since there is nothing to do at night for people under 100 years old, several of my nights were spent making new wrap bracelets. I decided to make a few of them longer than the 3 wraps that I previously had done, and with the others, I decided to play around with the boilerplate version of the wrap bracelet by alternating between different sizes and shapes of the beads from wrap to wrap. I know that wrap bracelets are fairly popular, and I wanted to make the lakeshore lavaliere wrap bracelets completely unique– different than the other ones out there!

50 Shades of Green 5x Wrap Bracelet 

  • This bracelet alternates between a variety of different gemstones (jasper, agate, aventurine, jade, unakite), fading from sequence to sequence with different shades of greens. There is also some brown tiger’s eye gemstone and red jasper threaded in to break up the greens and add a pop of color. This is the longest wrap bracelet I have ever made, and because of its length, it doubles as an long beaded necklace that looks awesome paired with a simpler gold chain necklace. 

50 Shades of Green 5x Ombre Wrap Bracelet

Obsidian & Purple Jade Triple Wrap Bracelet 

  • This bracelet has 3 wraps, the 1st and 3rd of which are divided equally in half between two colors. The first wrap is divided between a sequence of faceted white jasper beads and a sequence of violet jasper beads. The third wrap is 1/2 faceted deep purple jade and 1/2 light purple jade. These two layers add a shock of color, and frame a solid layer of larger deep black obsidian cube beads. I love the purple black and white color combination- this bracelet really stands out!

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Elephant Blue Jade Gemstone Double Wrap Bracelet

  • Here I used a larger size bead (8mm) for both wraps than what I usually use (~6mm), and is a great simple piece for when you don’t want a wider bracelet on your wrist. Woven in amongst the sky blue jade beads, is a pattern of beautiful silver pewter pewter beads culminating in the adorable silver pewter elephant button closure, that both highlights the blue of the gemstones, and adds unique variation to break up the continuous stream of blue. 
  • Style Tip: Wear a double wrap bracelet stacked with other bangles to add that extra pop of color!

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Green Lemon Jade & Jasper Gemstone 4x Wrap Bracelet

  • This quadruple wrap bracelet features 4 layers of green lemon jade gemstone beads between layers of black greek leather cord, the first and 4th of which are 6mm, and the 2nd and 3rd of which are 8mm gemstone beads. The vivid combination of silver and lemon jade green beads starkly contrast with the shock of black provided by the leather cord.When worn, the 1st and 4th layers frame the 2nd and 3rd layers and place the focus on those center two wraps, which are raised due to being slightly larger in size. When looking at the bracelet on your wrist, the combination of 6mm and 8mm beads makes the bracelet seem like an autostereogram (one of those optical illusion pictures that once you stare at for a while, creates the illusion that it is 3D), even though it really is 3D to begin with. The lemon jade beads are accented by patterns of different silver pewter spacer beads, ending with a silver tree of life button closure. It is the 2nd longest wrap bracelet I have ever made!

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Turquoise Tube Bead & Faceted Tiger’s Eye Gemstone 3x Wrap Bracelet

  • This triple wrap bracelet features two layers of faceted tiger’s eye gemstone beads framing an eye catching & contrasting layer framing a bold turquoise tube bead center wrap. I love how the brown faceted tiger’s eye round beads frame & accent the turquoise tube beads, it really causes the turquoise to stand out (which I love because turquoise is my favorite gemstone to work with and my favorite color.)IMG_0145

 

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Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) Hand Stamped Necklace

Que Será, Será has always been a favorite song of mine, mainly because I think that que será será, or, in English, whatever will be, will be, is a nice mantra to have during stressful times & something to remind ourselves of when we are anxious about what the future holds. This antique gold necklace has 3 gold tone metal blanks that I hand-stamped with the individual (lowercase, but uppercase are available as well) letters & then applied with an oxidizing agent to darken the impressions. Reading about different metalsmiths’ & jewelry makers’ metal stamping methods has definitely shown me that everyone has their own technique to stamp the letters straight and space them evenly (the path to finding my own technique was paved with many metal blanks full of crooked/sloping/slanted letters) and I think I finally developed mine making this particular necklace (now I can’t stop metal stamping!). To add more color and to give the necklace a slightly bohemian vibe, I accented each stamped metal piece with gold and turquoise beads:

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**I will put up more hand stamped jewelry pieces within the next few days. I will also be hunting for more quotes or words to incorporate into new pieces. I’d love any suggestions you may have!

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Woven Yellow Baby Headband with White Flowers

This baby/toddler headband was a custom order- which left me free to get creative in the design process! The headband is made of yellow ribbon that I wove together to create the braided look, and embellished with white flowers, pearls, and antique gold accents like the cute little hearts outside the line of flowers. This headband came out having a whimsical, flower-child-like vibe- which is exactly what I like ; ) – and I just loved making it. In the back, the headband has 3 gold tone buttons that fit into braided & flowered button holes, so that it can be adjusted for 3 different sizes. Honestly, I think the back might be my favorite part.

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Flower Cabochon Filigree Ring

 

Resin cabochons, like the aqua flower cabochon on this ring, make for beautiful decorative additions to a piece of jewelry. I’ve seen them used in many different ways, like these earrings & barrettes below:

and I thought that a resin flower cabochon would look great as part of a large statement ring. I used an antique gold  filigree base and a decorative antique gold bezel to really accent and make the aqua flower cabochon pop:

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Alice in Wonderland Turquoise & Black Cuff Bracelet

This whimsical cuff bracelet was inspired by my FAVORITE book when I was a little girl- Alice in Wonderland. I spent weeks wandering around my yard looking hoping to find rabbit holes to fall down or a talking disappearing cat hanging out in one of our trees after I first read about Alice’s adventures. I was always my mother’s daughter however, and did not search for anything labeled ‘drink me’ or ‘eat me’ as she had me convinced that the candy was probably poisoned. So, my first thought upon finding any such bottles or cakes that appeared to help me get into Wonderland would have been that they placed in my yard solely to serve some nefarious purpose. (You have to admit that, outside of Lewis Carroll’s imagination, bottles left out labeled ‘drink me’ & cakes labeled ‘eat me’ probbbbabbblyy aren’t there to aid anyone in any fairy-tale adventures…) But, that’s neither here nor there….I digress. I never encountered any rabbit hole portals to any fairy-tale lands, nor did I encounter a fat grinning philosophizing cat- but I still love the story. The often nonsensical fantasy will always have a special place in my heart- which is why I had to have the pendant(s) depicting Alice with the Cheshire Cat as he sits in his tree. When I started making this cuff bracelet, the specific shade of the turquoise reminded me of an Alice in Wonderland costume I once wore (okay more than once), and I realized that the Alice in Wonderland themed pendant would complete this piece:

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Flower Pendant Filigree Ring

This flower pendant filigree ring was a custom order to make a necklace pendant into a ring. The back of the pendant came to a point in the middle, so in order to attach the pendant to the filigree ring base I had to file the back down into a flat surface. Using a special adhesive and extra wire, I attached the flower pendant to the filigree base. To finish, I applied a patina solution to create the greenish aged look.


Repurposing the materials to create this ring was such a fun & challenging project!

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Red Beaded Cuff Bracelet

This bracelet was part of a custom order for a bracelet that let me ‘make whatever- just with red.’ This style incorporates the idea of a wrap bracelet with the beading and leather cord, but the beaded rows are woven together so that the bracelet, like a cuff, only wraps around your wrist once. Cuff bracelets like this one have a wide and dramatic look that can be created to mirror many different styles-the lakeshore lavaliere one pictured below has a cross between bohemian and vintage look:

 

 

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