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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Whimsical Bohemian Rose Necklace

It’s been awhile since I made a piece that was reflective of the whimsical bohemian style that I started with when I first began making jewelry- so I thought it was time to get back to my roots. I started making this necklace with no particular design in mind- I just knew that I wanted to make something whimsical, bohemian- maybe even incorporate a woodlands theme. The green and peach beads definitely came together with the rose, the swallow, charm, the antique brass branch/leaf connectors, and the filigree pendant on which I mounted the rose. I kept the necklace short, because I envisioned it work with a v-neck or resting just on the collarbone. My lovely roommate graciously lent me her collarbone to gauge the length, and after seeing it on her, I think that I accomplished my goal of going back to my bohemian roots- and, also, I reallllyyyy loved the way it looked on her:

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Turquoise and Jasper Turtle Cuff Bracelet & Soldering

This turquoise and jasper turtle cuff bracelet was a custom order for a friend who liked the look of my other turtle cuff bracelet (the one with jasper and green tube beads), but wanted to switch the green tube beads to turquoise ones. I love these turquoise tube beads so I was excited to incorporate them into this project. While making this particular bracelet, I had an advantage- SOLDERING. Last time I had trouble securing the turtle to the bracelet because it only had a loop behind its head, and to make it stay without flopping around, it really needed to have a ring in its belly as well.  I’ve been wanting to learn how to solder for some time; I wanted to learn how to fuse the backs of bracelets, rings, etc., to make sure that they really last. I bought a soldering iron last week, and after much practice, I finally learned. The turtle is really a pendant made for a necklace, and with this particular bracelet, I was able to solder on a ring to create a button-like appearance on the back of the turtle. Knowing how to solder is a great way to transform a piece of metal jewelry/jewelry supply and make it stronger, or obviously, held together better. After soldering the ring to the turtle’s belly, I had the 2nd loop or anchor I needed to solidly attach the turtle to the bracelet.  I loved making this item, learning new techniques, anddddd I love how these cuff bracelets look when used to accent an outfit!

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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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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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Custom Ordered Turquoise Tube Triple Wrap Bracelet

I recently received a custom order for 3 wrap bracelets, and I was verrrry excited to try out the first bracelet in the order, the triple wrap bracelet, with my new turquoise tube beads. I love the way this style bracelet look with the round/spherical beads, and also with the cones, but the evenness of the tube beads to me just looks extremely cool. The three wraps just line up so nicely next to each other on my wrist. This lakeshore lavaliere triple wrap turquoise tube bead bracelet is made with brown silk thread and brown suede cord….

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and is topped off with an antique gold button for the clasp/closure. After making this one, I decided I am definitely going to purchase more tube beads in different colors- so let me know if you have any requests for colors! Now I have to go back to making the other 2 bracelets from this order!

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Silver& Green Cameo Necklace

This silver and green cameo was a custom order, and  I think the way the tarnished silver and the green look together is a great color combination that I will definitely attempt to use more often in future pieces. I added some beading and I also made wire designs to look like flowers to give this piece a fun twist.  I realized when making this necklace just how much I love cameos, and how have not done enough pieces with them recently. Point of the story: there will more where this came from!

Hope you like it!

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Dyed Turquoise Beaded Necklace

Yesterday I realized I hadn’t added anything to the lakeshore lavaliere fall line recently, so I decided to go hunting for more beads that reflect the colors of fall. I found these amazing dyed turquoise orange stone beads, (which are similar to the ones I used previously in the lakeshore lavaliere Turquoise Drop Triple Chain necklace) and had to have them:

 

Real turquoise is hard to come by right now, and fairly expensive, so when I saw these beads I really just had to have them. I love the earthy feel they have and the way the orange swirls with the other colors. These beads just remind me of the wide variety of oranges, browns, tans, etc. that the leaves change in the fall- and those are my favorite colors! I will definitely create more pieces with the rest of these beads, but there aren’t many of them and I can’t buy more because they are no longer available, so these pieces will really be one=of-a-kind.  I’ll have more necklaces and accessories to post later today, so check back later for more new pieces!

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Wrap Bracelet & Wrap Bracelet with a Twist

Wrap bracelets are still incredibly popular, and I’ve been getting a lot of custom orders for them in many different colors. I love making them because even though the design is the same, each one becomes unique just by changing the color of the leather cord, the beads, or even the clasp.

I’ve even been wearing them everywhere- but, although I love how they look when accenting an outfit for a normal day, the leather cord look doesn’t exactly go with dressier outfits, and I need an elegant bracelet for an upcoming event. So, I decided to try using the same design as the traditional wrap bracelet, but substituted a gold chain and gold wire for the usual leather cord and silk thread. This was the result:

 

 

 

I made one final change to the traditional design, adding a gold flower toggle clasp for an elegant finish.

It turned out to be the perfect accent to a black cocktail dress!

If you like the red bead wrap bracelet with the gold chain & flower toggle clasp, you can click the pictures to access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online store! If you’d like a different color bead, or a silver chain, just specify at checkout and I can make the substitutions.

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