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

 

To access the above listings in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop….. Just Click the Pictures!

OR

Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere to browse the different shop sections/ inquire about a custom order:If you have any questions, or would like to make a request for a custom order while browsing the lakeshore lavaliere  online shop,  Etsy convo me by clicking ‘contact’on the left hand side of the page

For other Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Feel Free to Contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Follow lakeshore lavaliere here or on Twitter & Pinterest for more information about upcoming events, tutorials, & new pieces!

Monogrammed Hand Stamped Bridesmaid Bracelet

The metal stamping tools have finally arrived! This bracelet is part of a custom order for a group of bridesmaid bracelets with the first and last initial of each girl hand stamped into a silver blank used as a button/bead like closure for each bracelet. I’m so excited to finally be able to offer personalized hand stamped jewelry pieces, and the bracelet pictured below is the first of several orders I will be posting pictures of this week:

These monogrammed wrap bracelets are available with a variety of colors of leather cord, silk thread, beads, and blanks (these come in silver and gold)- & are not just for bridesmaids!

– Other fonts available

– Lowercase letters available

To access this listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop, just click the pictures!

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go to: etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com 

Thanks for reading & check back this week for more pieces with hand stamped initials, letters, & words.

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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Turtle Cuff Bracelet

I’m not going to lie- I made this turtle cuff bracelet with green tube beads & jasper round beads for myself. I wear a ton of earth tones in all seasons, and when these beads came in, I fell in love with the way the greens of the tube beads accented the brown swirls of the jasper beads. I knew I wanted to make a piece that incorporated  both, so I decided to bring them together in this 4 layer cuff bracelet.

I’m kind of obsessed with cuff bracelets right now & I’ll definitely be making more in a variety of different colors- so look out for upcoming posts with pictures of new cuff bracelets and other pieces!

Replicas of this bracelet are available for purchase in the lakeshore lavaliere online shop- to access the listings, just click the pictures!

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For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com 

Custom Ordered Bridesmaid Bracelets

I’m so excited to say that I just got another custom order for bridesmaid bracelets! The white pearls, white leather, and white silk thread all come together to make a bracelet that would contrast beautifully with any color bridesmaid dress (and that could be worn even after the wedding is over!).  I can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

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Go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders don’t hesitate to contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Bridesmaid Gift Bracelets

Picture of Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Bracelets Courtesy of Tejani Jewelry at tejanijewelry.com

It is a wedding tradition for the bride to give the bridesmaids a gift to say thanks for everything they do to help prepare for the wedding. I’ve seen people give little keepsakes, heard of people giving magazine subscriptions, a t-shirt, or various other personalized gifts. My favorite gift idea that I’ve ever seen is a piece of jewelry for all of the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding. I mean a bridesmaid t-shirt is cute, but a piece of jewelry that can be worn again and again (I think) is a much better way to say thank-you! So, that’s why I was excited to get a custom order to try my hand at making lakeshore lavaliere bridesmaid bracelets for the girls to wear on the day of the wedding:

The white leather makes for an elegant twist on the wrap bracelet and perfectly complements the glass pearls. (Freshwater pearls also available). I was thinking of ordering a different charm as the clasp/closure for the bracelet, like a wedding bells charm, or a champagne glass charm, or even something like a bow or a dove. Thoughts??

To access the listing in the online store just click the pictures- or go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com 

Wrap Bracelets

Wrap Bracelets are in right now, and I’ve been seeing them all over the place in every color bead/stone and leather/suede cord imaginable. I have seen them in single wrap, double, and more. Over the weekend I decided to try my hand at making them, and here are a few of the ones that I’ve made so far:

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Hope you like them!
All 4 bracelets are now available on etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

Just click the pictures to access their listings in my online store!
For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com