The Top Jewels that Sparkled in Cannes, 2017

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The Cannes Film Festival is arguably one of the best showcases for the top international jewelry houses to showcase their finest and brightest gems and designs for the world to see.

This 12-day festival brings out the most exceptional designs and creations from the likes of Chopard to Harry Winston.

It’s where you can see leading ladies like Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain as well as ingénues like Dakota Fanning and Rihanna parading down the red carpet in the latest couture gowns and decadent jewels.

Here are the best jewels from the most revered jewelry houses that were showcased on the festival’s red carpet.

CHOPARD:

The jewelry house has a deep history with the Festival as it’s been the official partner and designer of the coveted Palme d’Or trophy awarded to the most critically-acclaimed movie. This year, the buzz on the red carpet was their collaboration with music super-star Rihanna.

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Singer Rihanna wore emerald, rock crystal quartz and diamond earrings, a black nephrite and diamond bracelet with a 31.95-carat emerald, three emerald and diamond rings and a floral bracelet set with diamonds, all from the Rihanna Loves Chopard High Jewellery collection, at the premiere of the movie ‘Okja’.

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Model Adriana Lima wore a diamond bib by Chopard at the screening of the film ‘Loveless’.

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Actress Miriam Odemba wore a titanium and white gold necklace with kunzites, beryls, tanzanites and diamonds, and matching earrings, from the Red Carpet collection by Chopard.

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Karolina Kurkova wore a sapphire and diamond necklace from the High Jewellery Collection from Chopard at the premiere of ‘Based on a True Story’.

Actress Juliette Binoche wore platinum and diamond earrings by Chopard.

Actress Elizabeth Olsen wore diamond flower stud earrings by Chopard. We simply adore the placement of these earrings.

de GRISOGONO

This jewelry house showcased some of the best and boldest designs to hit the red carpet with their use of brilliant colored stones.

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Model Hailey Baldwin wore stunning drop earrings set with white and brown diamonds, and edged with citrine briolettes.

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Model Jenaye Noah wore a pair of exquisite de Grisogono chandelier earrings that glowed with oval-cut citrines from their Melody of Colours collection. A perfect compliment to her vibrant blue gown.

BVLGARI

This iconic jewelry house showcased their classic Serpenti jewelry and picked up major press when actress and model Emily Ratajkowski was photographed wearing their pieces both on the red carpet and on her personal Instagram.

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Model Bella Hadid wore a Bulgari High Jewellery Serpenti necklace and bracelet in white gold.

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Model and Actress Emily Ratajkowski combined two Bulgari necklaces, one comprised of pearls, rubellites and diamonds from the High Jewelry Collection and the other pendant necklace made with diamonds, emerald and rubies.

BOUCHERON

The design house had some of the most striking statement-making pieces to hit the red carpet at Cannes. Actress Salma Hayek’s necklace rendered us both breathless and speechless!

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Actress Salma Hayek wore the Baïkal necklace with a 78.33-carat Santa Maria aquamarine, moonstones, Akoya pearls and diamonds from the new Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection by Boucheron

Model Laetitia Casta paired the Lumière de Nuit diamond and pearl earrings from Boucheron’s Hiver Impérial High Jewellery collection with her gown at the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories in Cannes

De Beers

The classic diamond jewelry house is known for their slogan “a diamond is forever” .This year, Chinese movie actress and taste maker Fan Bingbing embodies the classic elegance of Hollywood that the brand is synonymous with as she modelled a coveted collection of jewels from the house.

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Fan Bingbing wore the Arpeggia five-line earrings, bracelet and Aria ring at the ‘Amant Double’ premiere.

Piaget

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At the closing of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, actress Jessica Chastain, Piaget’s International Brand ambassador since 2015, paired her show-stopping gown with earrings in white gold set with diamonds from Piaget’s new High Jewellery collection Sunlight Journey.

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Model CoCo Rocha wore earrings in white gold set with diamonds, blue sapphires and black opal from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Another noteworthy mention is model Naomi Campbell’s earrings, necklace, ring and cuff in white gold set with emeralds and diamonds from the new High Jewellery Collection Sunlight Journey.

Harry Winston

Known as the “jeweler to the stars” and Nicole Kidman’s ‘go to’ jeweler, Harry Winston notably had Nicole Kidman wear his jewelry on the red carpet. Best bet as she had the most films to debut on the Cannes Red Carpet this year.

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Nicole Kidman wore Secret Cluster diamond earrings, Sunflower ring and diamond bracelet by Harry Winston at ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ premiere.

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Yellow and White Haldi Flower Jewelry

Here is a flower jewelry set that I made after a long time. Its quite a departure from my usual sets as its soft, sweet and elegant with pastel yellows and offwhite.In a culturally vibrant and diverse country as India, color and its multitude of expressions is what holds together the contrasting outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions.

Here is a flower jewelry set that I made after a long time. Its quite a departure from my usual sets as its soft, sweet and elegant with pastel yellows and offwhite.
In a culturally vibrant and diverse country as India, color and its multitude of expressions is what holds together the contrasting outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions. Color and its symbolism stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion (Saffron, white, green), politics (red, black, saffron), or festivals (multi colors). Color is entwined with Culture here and is an integral part of the rituals and traditions.
Colors like red, maroon, bright or golden yellow and green are used the most during celebrations – festivals and weddings alike. Bright, deep or dark colors are usually preferred and the only exception to that is the use of light yellow. Bright yellow is related to the intellect and is supposed to help keep you calm and cool during stressful yet auspicious occasions like weddings. It is also denotes purity, fertility and prosperity.

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Light or pale yellow considered pale or sickly by western standards is considered to be the color of sanctity, optimism and cheer here. As white is considered inauspicious, during weddings white fabrics and clothes are dipped in turmeric water which results in them becoming a light yellow color and in a lot of communities (esp in south India) these dip-dyed clothes are worn as the bridal attire during weddings. As turmeric is a known antiseptic, a fabric dipped in turmeric is considered to be a symbol of a protection barrier or threshold that keeps out evil eyes and negative vibrations.

haldi yellow flower haath phool

This is very interesting because apart from the yellowed white fabrics (dyed as described above) washed clothes or fabrics are considered impure and are hence not worn by the bride or groom during the wedding. Strangely, silk is the only fabric that is considered to be pure even when its not washed. Talking about wedding traditions I wrote about the Haldi or Pithi ceremony in one of my old flower jewelry posts. In the south Turmeric paste is applied to strings tied on the hand and the Thirumangalyam to emphasise not just the moralities of chastity and purity but also celebrate the fertility of a woman

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This set in yellow and offwhite contains a simple choker, a long raanihaar, a tikka, earrings and haath phool. It would be interesting to see how this bride styles her look with my jewelry.
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Online Jewelry making classes

I was talking to my friend and fellow blogger a few days back regarding her Europe travels and she remarked that she had only travelled to all those places as she was already stationed abroad and that it requires dedication to travel to another country (and continent) just to learn a skill and better yourself. She, ofcourse was referring to my latest USA travel to attend Beadfest Workshops

I was talking to my friend and fellow blogger a few days back regarding her Europe travels and she remarked that she had only travelled to all those places as she was already stationed abroad and that it requires dedication to travel to another country (and continent) just to learn a skill and better yourself. She, ofcourse was referring to my latest USA travel to attend Beadfest Workshops. Some people might consider me lucky but only I know the hurdles that I had to cross and planning and work that I had to do (and still doing) to make the trip happen.
Many have also written to me asking if I could teach them enamelling or Precious metal clay that I learnt there. As a full time design educator, I am not someone who takes teaching lightly and without really practicing what I had learnt ( I mean I just did it once in a few hours time!) and experimenting with different techniques I cannot teach them.
But this Diwali, we are all indeed lucky. You and me can take any class we want, from world class instructors in the comfort of our our own homes for just $20 at Craftsy. Post contains affiliate links

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Yes you heard it right! Craftsy is now having a mega sale on its classes – you can learn anything from water color painting to how to sew a bra or how to solder metal for $20 starting today till Monday. Isn’t this a great Diwali bonus?
The best part about craftsy classes is, once you buy a class, it never expires. So you can watch the demo over and over again or go back to it and watch a particular step if you ever get a doubt which is not possible in a live class which far outweighs the other benefits

 

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I do agree that not everything can be learnt online, in a asynchronous platform. As jewelry being a touchy feely subject you might think that learning online might not work out for you. This issue can be simply solved by picking classes and techniques that can easily be learnt online. Here is a handy guide aka cheat sheet to help you figure that out.

How to Pick Jewelry making classes online

1. Material Availability – Pick a class where the materials are easily available to you (locally) or that use materials in stock as you need to be able to practise the skill that you just learned. For E.g – Take a Creative wire jewelry class if you already have base metal or artistic wire and required tools with you
2. Technique Up gradation A new or advanced technique class where you have experience with the material For e.g A Metal Form folding class will help advance your sheet metal skills, A Resin casing and sculpting class will help you further polish your resin jewelry making skills

cheat sheet on how to pick a online class

3. Learning tips and tricks To get guidance from a master – to learn tips and tricks of the trade. If you are self taught in soldering, then taking a course like Soldering Success in Every Scenario will equip you with tips and tricks that you would take years to learn by yourself.
4. International Exposure Pick a class which is not taught locally in your state or country. Believe me, it is much easier (and cheaper) to import materials and try out a technique taught online rather than flying to another country to try learning it, especially if you are not sure if you are going to practice it professionally after learning it. It is almost impossible to find a tutor to teach Torch fired Enamelling in India but it can be easily learnt online.

Pin or print out the above cheat sheet on how to pick a online class and use it as a guide whenever you are faced with a dilemma. Remember to never let your age, health or financial issues come in the way of your learning to be the best that you can be. Whether you are looking to add a new skill to your repertoire or pursue a new hobby, I hope that craftsy’s classes give you the best that you are looking for.


I hope you found it interesting. Wishing you all a very very Happy Diwali. May this festival of Lights with your lives with happiness and prosperity Cheers

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Festive 2016 collection

Sayuri has been known for its thematic well planned seasonal collections but it always wasn’t the case.

Sayuri has been known for its thematic well planned seasonal collections but it always wasn’t the case. When I started Sayuri in 2008, I wasn’t trying to cater to a particular audience who like thematic pieces, I was attempting to strike a chord with every woman who wanted something unique and special, something that she would not find anywhere. So I made ranges of jewelry – pieces to fit every style, every color and every price point. Eight years later, life has come a full circle for me and here is a Festive collection that is literally a collection of random thoughts, concepts, and designs.
Presenting pieces from the Festive 2016 collection that are in shades or blue and pink. I’ll post the remaining designs in a following post.

Festive 2016 collection

Unique, handmade colorful beaded necklaces with a variety of interesting mixed media pendants.

Vibrant Lotus Necklace – A long statement necklace with a Lotus paper and resin pendant and multicolored beads
Luminescent sea – Inspired by the frothy sea waters and floating algae the beaded necklace of glass and howlite beads come with a shimmery mixed media pendant.

Beach sparkle necklace – Silk cord necklace with glass beads and a silver foil – paper pendant set in resin
At Indian beaches you can see a rare sight – of women dressed up in silks, flowers and in their finest jewels (particularly during festivals) as opposed to being in quick drying beachwear as in other countries. My necklace though made in traditional blues and greens of the beach theme have elements like silk cord, rhinestones and metal foil to as an ode to this interesting fashion adaptation that is based on a social agenda of looking your best when you go out with your family.

Colors pops – Looped beaded necklace in bright colors with brass links. Picture a Saturday evening at the beach during sunset – its cool, a bit crowded and completely colorful with an energetic vibe. Colorful umbrellas, balloons, cotton candy stalls, and kites dot the beach completely replacing the brown and blue color spectrum with lots of vibrant colors.

Reflections Dew Drop: Icy blue crystal necklace with a Silver foil pendant that has a matt blue patina on it. For added interest I have used silver foil glass beads and silver crystals along with purple glass beads and a double sided purple and green matt crystal bead. The necklace has a lot of intrinsic shine but without that blingly over the top rhinestone type of shine.

So how do you like these pieces? yes, some of them were made for various challenges (ABS, BNB – “The day at the beach”, etc,.) and with certain tweaks, I thought that they would all fit in.
They are all available for sale, please email me to buy

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Gem Gossip Visits Shamila Fine Jewelry in Seattle, WA

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While a majority of my Seattle #JewelryRoadTrip was spent in the downtown area of Seattle, I was able to change the scene up a bit with my next visit. Shamila Fine Jewelry has called Seattle home for several years, with a private design studio tucked away in Fremont–an artsy district, where the views are captivating and the inspiration is flowing. For Shamlia, her extensive travels and worldwide thinking have shaped her collections and it is no surprise that she has clients that live all over the globe. Her customers end up being collectors and obsessed with her pieces, with the first purchase never being the last! I’ve met Shamila at tradeshows in the past but had only seen a couple pieces of her work at a time – she always wears her gold stacking rings or a cocktail rutilated quartz ring. I was so excited to not only get the chance to see her collection in its entirety, but to also catch up for more than just a few minutes with this warm-hearted soul. She is one of those types of people that you want to be around, with a contagious positive spirit!

Shamila’s background is quite interesting, she was born and raised in Tanzania, then moved to Canada as a teenager where she had the opportunity to live in both Toronto and in Vancouver, and has since called Seattle home. This however, was not before spending an exciting year living in the West Indies, where a work assignment with the UN and the WHO sent her to the Island where wonders never cease – St.Lucia! She has lived in many parts of the world, as she describes herself as “comfortable out of her comfort zone.” Her studies brought her to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Affairs. In 2009 she apprenticed for many weeks in Instanbul where she learned from the best. Seattle has been a great place to call home for Shamila, as an easy gateway for her jetset life, ideal food destination for her foodie habit, and the weather pairs perfectly with her obsession with shirt dresses!

For Shamila, designing jewelry began as a hobby about 14 years ago when she first moved to Seattle. It started off with beads from a local bead store and when that didn’t satisfy her, she began looking for bigger and better. Shamila’s drive lead her to seek out rare stones, like specially Labradorite from Madagascar. Her hobby continually grew and brought her more and more happiness than she ever thought. Keyword here is hobby, so still this wasn’t a full-time thing for her. Alas, she was at a crossroads where many passionate people find themselves—choosing what you love vs. being realistic and sticking with her day job, she vividly remembers what made her decide to put everything on the line with jewelry. She says that choosing jewelry would be, “A career that would allow me to travel the world, to find beauty in the often overlooked, to make deep and lasting connections with those I worked with, while being able to give back on many different levels.” That was it—she was choosing jewelry, and yes, this decision came right at the brink of the recession. But she was ready for the challenge and it was the best decision she has ever made.

Inspiration abounds for Shamila when designing jewelry. She says, “When I am designing pieces I am thinking about who is going to wear them, sometimes the clients are such muses, especially when they are collectors, you get to know what they love and like. Quality is of utmost importance. I like to offer luxury in the details. The weight of the piece, the curvature of the shank, the subtle polish of the metal, the way the stones are cut, and how the light reflects off of them.” Design ideas pop into her head frequently, without warning. Travel is a huge inspiration, although there is a time and a place for these ideas. There is an art to holding onto inspirations and releasing them when they are ready. I think Shamila has mastered this, especially when she says, “Creating is not linear to me. It is like a careful yet chaotic orbit of paths; I just do what feels right for the stone and for the experience I am having at that point in my life.” All her designs are proudly handmade in Seattle. Having everything created locally is extremely important to Shamila and her objective, as well as keeping everything as ethically sourced as possible.

One thing I love so much about her designs is how she showcases the gemstone’s beauty above all else. A rutilated quartz is poised gracefully within a setting, while a labradorite is captured ideally to show off its unique labradorescence. Shamila loves using gems that are specially cut, which takes her collections to a whole new level.

Speaking of specially cut gemstones, her carved citrine and amethyst minaret stacking rings are what dreams are made of! A week later and I’m still thinking about them. If you’re unfamiliar with what a minaret is, it is found in Islamic architecture and is a distinctive feature, where prayer is called out–oftentimes similar to a tower. Shamila’s Lokum Lale Luxe collection features these minaret carved gemstones in different styles, not just rings! I’m wearing a few in the photos above, like the lariat necklaces and dangle earrings. I especially love the variety of gemstones that this carving style comes in–like Pyrite?! So amazing to see pyrite not only used in fine jewelry but carved into a shape like that. Other stones besides the citrine and amethyst include lapis, turquoise, black spinel, lemon quartz, London blue topaz, smokey quartz, chalcedony, rose quartz, carnelian, rock crystal quartz and green onyx.

Another collection that blew me away, Shamila’s stacking rings made of specially cut gemstones–round and square checkerboard, honeycomb and rosecut faceted stones. Pops of color are huge for accessorizing and these rings are ideal to pull off some colorful looks. These rings are the kind you just can’t have one of, so the more the merrier. I’ve stacked several in the photos above. They are so fun to wear and have a loyal, local collector base! Want something unique and gets people wondering, “What kind of gemstone is that?!” Then you HAVE to check out her Flèches d’Amour collection which uses rutilated quartz and rutilated topaz. Not many gemstones feature inclusions that make them even more beautiful than they already are! These gemstones are so unique and Shamila does a great job of enhancing their beauty!

I want to thank Shamila for welcoming me into her design studio and allowing me to learn about her as a designer, while experiencing her jewelry first-hand. I hope you are now familiar with her work if you weren’t already–and if you’d like to get a chance to see her designs in person yourself, she has many upcoming shows where she exhibits. Like this Saturday & Sunday in Glencoe, IL at the Glencoe Festival of Art…as well as August 13th & 14th in Los Gatos, CA at Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes. Be sure to continually check back on the EVENTS page of her website or sign up for her jewel-laden newsletter to know before anyone else! More dates, especially during the holidays, will be announced soon.

>> If you’re interested in any of the pieces shown, please contact Shamila.

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Gold Necklaces: All that glitters makes you bold – a guest post

The ever sparkling, ever glittering Gold Jewellery never seems to go out of fashion.

The ever sparkling, ever glittering Gold Jewellery never seems to go out of fashion. No matter what age or era you belong to, Gold Jewellery is here to stay!
Gold jewellery and women have forever had an amazing bond. This is the only true love affair women have had and it keeps growing stronger with time. And because of the tradition, diversity and craftsmanship Indian jewellery is appreciated not only in India, but all over the world.
Several festivals like Akshay Triti and Diwali are celebrated in India by buying gold or gold jewellery.
It is the symbol of wealth, status, love, feminism and elegance having its own value in different phases of a women’s life.



Never to disappoint you with its radiance, gold jewellery makes the best accessory for your every outfit. Known since time immemorial for its craftsmanship and designs worldwide, Indian Gold jewellery has always dazzled the womenfolk with its charm and elegance. There’s a wide variety and designs of ornaments to choose from when buying gold jewellery right from bangles, rings, earring, waist bands, nose rings and necklaces. This wide variety available in the market today makes it the most desired among all other jewellery. Quite versatile due its composition, gold is malleable and hard, both at the same time. So, just don’t think twice before buying a gold jewellery piece.

Short, long, simple! Gold neckpieces comes in all shapes and sizes. Here is a quick guide of styles in trend to make your choices a bit easier.

Gold Necklace Trends
Stacked/Multi-Chained Gold Necklace: Lately, layering has been very popular. Multi chain necklaces can always make a style statement with its different forms. Some have multiple pendants, some are plain and some are studded with uncut stones. Pair them up with almost anything for a classy sassy look.


Chokers: Short and snug, these necklaces hug your neck. Bringing back the 90’s trend, chokers are bold yet graceful. Whether vintage and modern in design, the choker necklaces always bring out the best in you. Flaunt it either with beautiful dresses that have a scoop neck, V neck or go strapless and increase your fashion-quotient. Combine with sarees for a royal ethnic look.


Pendant Necklaces: Gold pendants are one of the most attractive and popular piece of jewellery. No matter how big or tiny these necklaces are they always make a statement. Pendants can be little charms or huge stones. They can be monogrammed pendants or classic, vintage or ethnic jewellery.

Circles : No doubt jewellery plays a very important role while you are going out and during special occasions but it can also give you good vibes. Circular jewellery is very popular this season as one of the defining trends. The circle, signifies endless love and life therefore, circular jewellery is the perfect way to celebrate a special day.

Multi strand necklaces: one of the most popular jewellery trends, this wedding season, the look of a multi strand necklace can also be achieved through layering. Here Layering jewellery means wearing multiples of the same kind of jewellery (e.g multiple single strand dowry beaded necklaces) at the same time apart from sporting grand multistranded pieces.

Beholding the traditions and culture in its designs, gold jewellery is the best preserver of traditions. Celebrate this timeless style with a gold necklace this season and add shine to your wardrobe.

Author Bio: Shilpi Kapoor, is a fashion designer who loves doing analysis on latest trends on designer jewellery and provides her views. She has written several articles focusing on diamond, jadaau polki and gold jewellery. She also writes for Hazoorilal Jewellers who specialise in Gold Jewellery.

Images Courtesy: Hazoorilal Jewellers

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DIY Rhinestone disk earrings

Hello everyone, Wishing you all a very very happy New year.Keeping up with the JOS New year Tradition here is a tutorial as the first post of the year. I feel that every new year is like a second chance

Hello everyone, Wishing you all a very very happy New year.

Keeping up with the JOS New year Tradition here is a tutorial as the first post of the year. I feel that every new year is like a second chance. It gives us the opportunity to learn something new and make ourselves better. Whilst a tutorial might not help in soul cleansing, it is indeed wonderful to learn how to make a beautiful object. Don’t you think so?

In this post, I am going to be showing you how to make your very own sparkly “Rhinestone disk earrings”. In the west the holiday season might have concluded with New year day, but in India, it still continues with a harvest festival (known as Pongal, sankranthi or Bihu) coming up. So bling is still very much in. Without much ado here is the tutorial. The Original idea of using Aluminium foil to create jewelry must be credited to the late Aileen of Aileen’s Tacky glue.

DIY Rhinestone disk earrings

 

DIY Rhinestone disk earrings tutorial


Materials:

1. Cardboard
2. Aluminium foil
3. Acrylic paints (Purple, magenta, gold, black)
4. Paint brush
5. Modpodge
6. Purple rhinestone chain
7. Pearl Rhinestone chain
8. Violet ball chain
9. Eyepins – 2
10. Ear hooks (use readymade or make your own with wire)

Method:
1. Cut cardboard into 2 circles; Mine are about an inch

2. Tear some aluminium foil, cruh it and glue on the cardboard (on both sides) using mod podge or any clear glue. Inset an eyepin with the loop on top into the disc while its drying; you can do it during step 4 also Let it dry for 20 minutes
3. Dab paint on the discs, use black for shadows, gold for highlights. Leave the disc unpainted in parts if you want a “white highlight”
4. Once dry, seal with 2 coats of mod podge. Let it dry for 20 minutes and then seal the back.
5. Glue the pearl rhinestone chain on the circumference of the discs and the purple one inside. Finish by gluing the ball chain
6. Let it dry again and add ear hooks to the discs. You could also make your own earhooks with wire using a step pliers
#Optional Step: Mix liquid epoxy resin as per manufactures instructions and coat the front and back of the earrings with it. Dry and cure for 72 hours before adding the ear hooks.

Your extremely light weight, blingly rhinestone disk earrings are now ready to wear and Enjoy!

DIY Rhinestone disk earrings
 

In the spirit of full disclosure, I originally made these earrings to go with grand statement necklace for a client in the middle of 2015 to match with her somewhat muted silk saree. The colors were difficult – a double shade of dull purple and dull greenish gold with a hint of magenta and had huge flowers (thread zari work) on the body and pallu. My client wanted something grand but not too loud to go with this saree and I spent a lot of scratching my head for a design. Finally borrowing an idea from my Paprika collection I made a set. I fell in love with the earrings so much, that I made myself a pair later and it is a head turner whenever I wear it.

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If you follow the tutorial and make variations of these earrings, please send me a pic. I would love to share them on my facebook page

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Jasmine jewellery for weddings

November is peak wedding season for Indians so my last couple of months were spent creating multiple wedding jewelry sets. Jasmine seemed to be the order of the day, particularly a hit in the USA and so I made 2 sets for two NRI brides in the US.Jasmine is a flower that is well known for its beauty and fragrance.

November is peak wedding season for Indians so my last couple of months were spent creating multiple wedding jewelry sets. Jasmine seemed to be the order of the day, particularly a hit in the USA and so I made 2 sets for two NRI brides in the US.
Jasmine is a flower that is well known for its beauty and fragrance. In Indian jasmine flowers are the most preferred flowers for adornment during weddings and festivals. It is customary in most traditional households to gift jasmine flower strands to guests (women) who visit their houses when they leave and also for the guests to gift them to their hostess when they arrive. In olden days when royals visited each other they would bring “gold” jewelry or coins as gifts but as it is not possible to gift gold to everybody, we give flowers. There is even a saying for it in Tamil “Pon veikara edathila poova vai” which when translated means, where you cannot offer gold you offer (jasmine) flowers.

Jasmine jewellery for weddings
Jasmine flower jewelry set 1 with yellow, orange and green accents. Comprises of Haath phool, tikka and ear studs

The scent of Jasmine flowers are said to help in releasing endorphins that make us feel good. Jasmine tea supposedly calms the nerves and is helpful in reducing stress. On the flip side there are many people who are allergic to the scent and quite often it triggers migraines.
Jasmine flowers are usually the first choice for garlands that are offered to Gods and goddess as their white color is associated with purity and spirituality. But not many follow the tradition, as jasmine flowers are quite expensive to buy. When I was a kid we had a jasmine shrub (Jasminum sambac -Madurai Malli), and a jasmine (Mullai – Jasmine auriculatum) creeper at my house from which my father would pluck flowers every morning while he chanted slokas and would offer them to the deities. Sadly, living in an apartment means that you have to make do with either being dependent on local florist or with artificial flowers.

Jasmine jewellery for weddings
Jasmine flower jewelry set 2 with yellow, orange and gold accents. Comprises of necklace, Haath phool, tikka and earrings with ear chain and armlet
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DIY silk Thread jewelry

When you create a design with silk—whether it is in the form of fibre, yarn or fabric—it elevates the status of the product making it unique, exclusive and worthy of the person using the product.

When you create a design with silk—whether it is in the form of fibre, yarn or fabric—it elevates the status of the product making it unique, exclusive and worthy of the person using the product. That’s why silk crafts are crowd pleasers.
“Silk” as a material is associated with prosperity, newness and purity in India . It is the material of choice during festivals and celebrations. Silk thread however, is the commercial name for Viscose – polyester embroidery thread as I discussed before in my silk thread jewelry post earlier. In the last year, the popularity of Silk thread jewelry have gone up steadily in India and I have made quite a few pieces myself. Here are 2 such designs along with DIY tutorials (originally written for and published in the favecrafts blog) for you. For Silk cord based OOAK jewelry, Take a look at my Romani range

DIY silk thread earrings

Inspired by the Argentinian Tango–a sensual ballroom dance in which synchronized movements are used to convey romance and intimacy–these tango earrings scream oomph and flair. The Tango is all about connection; there is an element of togetherness even in separation. In these earrings, you can note that though they are two different discs, they connected by wire providing a sense of continuity and fluidity. Saree ribbon and silk thread jewelry is all the rage now, making these silk thread earrings a must-have for your wardrobe.

DIY silk Thread jewelry
DIY silk thread Necklace

This Silk Cord Necklace is interchangeable and can be customized to particular outfits by adding or subtracting rings from the cord. Being a bold, tribal style statement necklace, it goes very well with simple solid colored shirts, tunics or dresses. The client whom I made this for, matched it with a variety of soft sarees. It makes a great gift, as the receiver can mix and match it as they like. My Instagram Followers would surely recognise these. Not yet found me on Instagram? Look for @jewelsofsayuri

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Six reasons we are not making money selling jewelry

How many of you (jewelry makers & sellers) have had great success selling jewelry this year?I do understand that success is very subjective term – so lets say success means good profits.

How many of you (jewelry makers & sellers) have had great success selling jewelry this year?
I do understand that success is very subjective term – so lets say success means good profits. From what I have been hearing in jewelry circles, friends, forums – both locally and internationally and going through my own accounts I can safely say that currently not many sellers are making great profits; some people are just breaking even, some havent sold anything this summer.

“This calls to question, reasons, why we aren’t making as much MONEY as we would like to make ”

This article in a funny, slightly sarcastic style attempts to take a hard look at the factors affecting jewelry sales and why we are not making as much money as we would like to make and if possible, how to rectify it. Read on!

Six reasons we aren't making money selling jewelry and how to change it

Six reasons we aren’t making money selling jewelry

and how to change it

#1: Economy – Ya ya money is tight, but economy today isnt very different from how it was 6 months back or 1 year back. Maybe, people spend more in the festive season rather than in the summer months, but does that mean that designers should scrap their summer lines and work only towards the festive season? No, we find other ways to make it work. We could run courses and teach people. We study the seasons and understand what they are are looking for in that period – Most people are vacationing in summer and are looking to buy Souvenirs, can you perhaps capture that market?

#2: Competition – too many cooks!!
Haven’t we all heard of the term, too many cooks, spoil the broth. It works well for the jewelry scene too. I remember a time when there were hardly 1-2 people in a city (in India) making good Designer costume jewelry. But now you can find one in every street. Also with the advent of Social media marketing using Facebook and instagram, Coat-Tailing happens all the time, where designers simply copy one another as soon as a style becomes a trend, thereby sending the Fashion cycle (that kept us sane all these years) for a toss. Teaching jewelry making which used to be a lucrative business a couple of years back is also on the decline due to too many folks teaching without really having any mastery over the craft. So what to do? Refer Point Three – Innovate!!

how to make innovative jewelry

#3 Lack of Innovation
3.1: Wrong products
Fashion is cyclical, meaning that what goes out of fashion today comes back once again. But that doesn’t mean that you keep selling the same product till it comes back in trend. Learn to read and understand forecasts and Keep up with the trends. Learn to separate personal likes and dislikes from your vision for the brand. If you design only based on what you like, you’ll be the only person wearing them. Understand what your clientele wants and design based on their requirements in your style. Make sure that your products are upto the mark and that the customers get a wee bit more than what they pay for. There is simply no excuse for having a bad or undesirable product.
3.2: Same old, Same old!
Yes, its good to have a unique selling proposition (USP) for your brand but it doesnt mean that you sell the same products, designs and concepts over and over again.People buy fashion products not based on needs, but wants, so boring old last season’s products drives them away. the way to create interest in your products is to constantly Innovate, make something new, original, that people cannot find elsewhere. They will come to you and buy from you. Do remember that new and unique doesn’t mean strange or weird, it still has to be desirable to your audience

how to price your jewelry

#4: Not Pricing it right
By Pricing a piece low, you can bring in a sale but it will hurt your chances in the long term. It is very difficult to reset your prices particularly when dealing with regular customers who will compare what you charged ‘last year’ or ‘two years back’ for that gorgeous piece they bough to what you charge now for a simpler design. You cannot antagonise them by arguing about branding, design, competition or inflation as they are the backbone of your business. However you must raise your prices slowly, yet steadily to make a profit. Therein lies your challenge.

#5 Wrong target market
Have you paused to consider who is your target market? Does it comprises of young stay at home moms in the age group of 25-35 or does it cater to teenagers? Is a corporate go-getter your ideal client or are you looking for potential brides to buy your jewelry? Everyone loves to design for the 18-24 segment as they are the most experimental in nature, but can they spend as much as 30 yr olds who have strong careers with good salaries? If you are stuck in this rut of not knowing who your clientele is, think again.Who said 50+ women don’t experiment? I can proudly say that a majority of my clients belong to the 40-65 age group. These are strong, gorgeous women who know what they want and don’t need permission or approval to look the way they want to. So pause for a moment and think, Who is your client?

how to sell your jewelry

#6 Last but not the least -You are not selling them! Duh!!
If you only create products and store them away safely in your cupboards, you simply will not make money. I am guilty of making this mistake as selling is not my forte. But to make money we need to sell and sell hard. Let friends and family know that you sell your designs. Keep your social media pages updated. I often get mails from readers of this blog on how to sell jewelry and where and how do I sell. There is no secret recipe my friends, I sell wherever possible, whenever possible. I have sold at trunk shows, jewelry parties, during festivals and family gatherings, at work, online, fairs and exhibitions. Sometimes I sell as lot and at other times I don’t. One simple trick I follow on social media is to write “For sale” as a caption on every piece that I have for sale. It removes ambiguity around the availability of the product and helps me sell more.

 

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