Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show 2017

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Taking on the Las Vegas Antique Show with Becca of BCE Jewelry, with Lenore Dailey at her booth and we ran into Sheri & Trina of Metier

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Both pieces here (left & right) are from DK Bressler and both are more than meets the eye: the dragonfly is En Tremblant and the diamond brooch can convert into other pieces of jewelry

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Two gorgeous booth photos, the left is Platt Boutique Jewelry and the right I cannot remember for the life of me!

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I loved these three rings from Excalibur Jewelry, especially the open metal work on the pointer, & the right photo features an incredible Lightning Ridge Opal set in a turn-of-the-century ring from M&C Stevens

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This large pendant/medallion made me smile, from Platt Boutique Jewelry and the photo on the right are my three favorites from Jacob’s Estate Jewelry

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Lenore Dailey’s booth is just jaw-dropping in its own right, so I always take a photo of it every year — the photo on the right is an incredible ring box full of the most beautiful pieces from Simon Teakle

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I think Blue Topaz gets a bad rap–this bracelet is crazy gorgeous, from Clayton Antiques and the photo on the right features a museum-worthy suite of early Victorian jewelry

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I always have to stop and stare at the crowns I see at the show! The right photo features some of the best rings I saw throughout the entire show–these three, from Under the Crown. Favorite stack ever.

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Always a sucker for hearts, I loved this opal brooch from DK Bressler and the photo on the right features three light blue enamel bracelets from Keyamour. Once in a lifetime shot right there!

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I love to see what Joden has and this time around this necklace caught my eye–from the black enamel to the mega gemstones, wow! The photo on the right is a ring tray seen at Mary Ann-tiques

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The combo of moonstone + rubies is so good, I think that is why I loved this bracelet from Mary Ann-tiques so much. Also this tortoise shell butterfly brooch–wow, so unique and all handcrafted. This one belongs to Platt Boutique Jewelry.

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A box of goodies found at Lucy Verity … the photo on the right are my favorites from Mary Ann-tiques, some rectangles and ovals!

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Sapphire stack from Excalibur Jewelry and the jewelry box on the right was seen at Lucy Verity–that snake bracelet is to die for and unfortunately a little too big on my wrist.

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Last photos come from Excalibur–clusters of sapphire and diamonds, which create this amazing bracelet…and the photo on the right are my favorites from Craig Evan Small.

I’ve always associated the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show with The Paris hotel, however this was the first year in a very long time that that particular location was changed. This year’s show was located at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I didn’t know what to expect at all and actually didn’t even know where the convention center was located in regards to where everything else is until the day of the show! To my surprise, I enjoyed the change–but I also will be happy when the show returns to The Paris next year. I attended on opening day and then again the following day, covering as much as I could on day one and attempting to pick up where I left off the next day. I had good company on the second day–Katie of Vada Jewelry (like last year) and Becca of BCE Jewelry who had never attended before! It was cool to see someone experience the show for the first time and she walked away with an awesome diamond cluster ring.

For some reason the reoccurring theme for me this year was large, circular pendants aka medallions. It seemed like every booth I visited, I spotted one or was attracted to one. I like how with every show, I’m not sure what I’m going to find or what I will be drawn to…it is always something different. I brought home a really cool medallion zodiac pendant, which I will share in another post! I also brought back nearly ten pieces to sell for @shopGEMGOSSIP, some of which have already sold but you can certainly browse what is still available.

From the gorgeous diamond crowns I spotted at several booths, to lots of diamond cocktail rings, there was some major selections going on at this show. Lots of buyers were going full force and commenting on what a great show it was. I noticed an up tick in traffic flow up and down the aisles and saw a lot of buying happening.

As always, I have the best time roaming the aisles, running into people I know and chatting with my favorite dealers. It is fun catching up with everyone and I can’t believe this was my sixth year attending the show. And even after six years, I still relish in finding awesome pieces and the thrill of the hunt definitely still lives on at these shows. I hope that never changes!

Thanks for another great year, Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show…can’t wait until next year!

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Laura of Maejean Vintage

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Continuing on from yesterday’s Jewelry Collection Story, today we are peeking inside the personal jewelry box of Laura–the other half of Maejean Vintage. Just like her sister, Laura has a love for sentimental and family heirloom pieces. She also added a very important piece into her collection last fall–an engagement ring! And just as expected, it is stunning in every way possible.

If you’re new to Gem Gossip, you may have missed my visit to the Maejean Vintage offices in Pennsylvania in July of 2015. No worries, I’ve got the link for you right here — so make sure you read it or revisit it; it’s a must-see!

We hope you enjoy a look at Laura’s collection and if you missed yesterday’s post, here is the link to her sister Amanda’s collection story.

Laura’s Collection:

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Above: Laura’s engagement ring! It took almost two years of searching until we found my dream ring. With being in the industry myself, I couldn’t let him purchase a ring at normal retail prices. We ended up getting an amazing deal on it! Marty proposed to me on my 30th birthday, September 22nd 2016, before leaving for our beach trip.

From a very young age, I was completely enthralled with jewelry; It’s hard to recall back to a time I was not collecting it! When I was a little four month old baby, the first thing I “reached for” was my Mom-mom’s vintage 14k gold garnet cluster ring, which she often wore. When our Mom-mom passed away, I inherited the sentimental ring around 10 years old. Also around this age, my grandmother (on my father’s side) gave me a 14k gold sapphire ring for Christmas. Since then, I have been officially hooked on jewelry and have been collecting for two solid decades! (Guess I am giving away that I have hit the age 30 milestone!)

I am a huge fan of filigree designs in jewelry. The ornate scrolling metal work gets me every time! Lately I have been on the hunt for special figural animal jewelry that speaks to me. I am hoping to add a special antique fox and / or dog design ring to my collection soon!

Vintage jewelry is my passion because of its beauty, history, sentimental value, and craftsmanship. The history of vintage jewelry is so fascinating – from the design periods, symbolism, provenance, and decoding maker’s marks.

I love to pick up special vintage jewelry wherever I go! Whenever I travel to a different area for any occasion, I absolutely have to check out the coin shops, antique malls, auctions, and flea markets. Each marketplace has its own special perks. There’s the thrill of bidding at auction, excitement of finding a valuable piece for a few dollars at a market, and the satisfaction of “saving” a piece destined to be melted down for its precious metal at a coin shop.

My family heirloom jewelry is all extremely special to me! Interestingly enough, some of the jewelry passed down to me has unknown origins. Part of the collection was given to me by an unknown family member when I was extremely young to “play” with. We believe the family member must have thought the pieces were all costume jewelry, without value. I am extremely thankful that I somehow managed to safely keep these pieces over the decades. As I gained more knowledge of antique jewelry years later, I realized the pieces were mostly fine antique jewelry including 10k rose gold Victorian Era jewels!

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Top 5 jewelry trends of 2015 – a compilation

As the wheel of fashion rotates, it spins offs interesting components which mutate into specific directions when they adapt to changing socio-cultural-environmental scenarios. As 2015 is coming to an end (how did it go so fast?) here is a compilation of few such directions or trends, inspirations, materials and colors that were all the rage in 2015.1

As the wheel of fashion rotates, it spins offs interesting components which mutate into specific directions when they adapt to changing socio-cultural-environmental scenarios. As 2015 is coming to an end (how did it go so fast?) here is a compilation of few such directions or trends, inspirations, materials and colors that were all the rage in 2015.


1. Night Light
Forecasted trend for Spring summer 2015
Imagine standing at a busy road intersection at night, watching street lights, outdoor and indoor lighting of glass walled building filtering into the street and merging with vehicular light. After a point it all sort of fades in creating a soft buzz or hums that is constantly morphing into vivid colors and patterns before transcending into soft hues and painterly swirls. Such a visual illusion was a major direction in terms of color and pattern selection for jewellery in 2015. Dull emeralds and lavendars would pair up with striking yellows and grays producing an eclectic effect. Purples in various shades were seen as a continuation from 2014’s radiant orchid. Seed bead jewellery either bead woven or embroidered were seen dominating the wedding and evening wear market with coated or foiled crystals and rhinestones taking the center stage.

 

2. Industrial
Forecasted trend for summer 2015
Architecture and geometry were other strong influences especially in the precious metal segment. The pieces were bold, streamlined with emphasis on exacting standards of quality. With the jewellery brands boldly taking the stepping forward with 3D printing, piping lines, construction pillars and axis lines were key inspirations for statement making jewellery. Raw uncut gems fused with unconventional materials like piping or rubber tubing resulted in the category of Industrial chic jewellery.
The popularity of paper jewellery in the east led to origami being a big influence in the west. These simple paper folds were replicated in metal, resin, clay and other unconventional materials leading to jewellery and accessories that almost look like structural art installations.
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Engagement Rings You Won’t Say No To at Marisa Perry in NYC

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Hey New Yorkers, I’ve found your ideal spot for engagement ring shopping that measures up to everything you’ve been wanting. The sweet spot is called Marisa Perry and this atelier has just moved into the ideally romantic meatpacking district (I say this sitting from my office in Nashville, only to have visited NYC a handful of times, but the meatpacking district gave me all the feels). After ten years setting up shop in the heart of Soho, this move has provided the husband and wife team with a new location, new look and improved store layout, not to mention much more space. And yes, it is only one block east of Christian Louboutin! 😉 Their new Forevermark diamonds mini boutique is something really special, where Marisa Perry can provide customers with gorgeous, rare and ethically sourced diamonds that are certified and responsible.

Custom engagement ring creation is one aspect Marisa Perry excels at and each and every client that has experienced this first-hand will be the first to tell you! Their hands-on approach and letting the customer get fully involved has proven to be both memorable and enjoyable. I’ve read so many testimonials from Marisa Perry and it becomes apparent that customer satisfaction is extremely high, along with their excellent customer service and friendly staff. Marisa says, “People come in wearing work out clothes, have a coffee or a drink, bring along their dogs, pop in, relax and look at settings and stones. We talk them through the process and are with them every step of the way. The store has a beautiful feeling and decor, but the staff is relaxed and casual, and we try to make everyone feel at home. No stuffy behind the counter sales people. Just us, working with customers, trying to help everyone make the right decisions for themselves!”

Enthusiasm is shown for the new location, but most importantly what is being sold at Marisa Perry–the jewels! The product remains top priority and providing classics as well as cutting edge is something they strive for. Marisa’s husband designs new settings on a daily basis, always creating something ahead of the game and continually listening to what people are wanting. Marisa adds, “We have the best metal workers and setters in the United States making our jewelry! Our main micro-pave setter has created and set the incredible collection for Harry Winston, as well as Leviev and other brands whose prices command the absolute best workmanship.” I love how every piece is created in NYC, as their aim is to provide the best custom fine jewelry all within their own city.

Have you been obsessing over thin micro-pave bands?! This is their specialty! The demand for a thin wedding band and a thin engagement setting is high, but finding what one is picturing in their head can be a challenge! Marisa Perry knows exactly what you’re wanting! They also cater to other trends that seem to be in demand as well, like oval and emerald cut diamonds, rose gold, halo settings, large carat diamonds, and solitaire settings. I’m excited about their vintage and antique section, which I think is awesome that they have! Not too many stores have vintage, and it is refreshing to learn that it is one of Marisa’s passions!

Be sure to stop by Marisa Perry if you’re in the NYC meatpacking district! I can’t wait to visit the next time I’m in town! (I’ll be sure to give you all a full report, in the meantime–enjoy these gorgeous shots provided by Marisa Perry)

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Leslie Hindman Auction Has Some of the Prettiest Rings Ever! December 6 & 7, 2015

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Are you a ring junkie like myself?! Well look no further for your holiday wish list because the upcoming Important Jewelry sale at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has some of the prettiest pieces I’ve seen, ever! The Chicago-based auction house has been gearing up for this two-day sale that includes over 1,000 lots of jewelry and gemstones. The sale begins at noon on Sunday, December 6th and continues the following day for the second half, beginning at 10am CST. As most conoisseurs are eyeing up the three main themed arenas that have sprung up while putting this auction together (colored stones, signed jewelry and rare diamonds), I’ve put my own spin on the sale, because what else would I look for other than rings?! Bold Art Deco diamond stunners, flashy opal decadance, and a Georgian enamel and garnet ring fit for a queen. Take a look at my favorites!

First half: Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Lot 19: Pristine condition and gorgeous enamel/gemstone combination, this Georgian ring may date back to the 1800s, but its wear and tear is minimal. In the center is an octagonal cabochon garnet and dispersed rose cut diamonds. The ring is a size 7 1/2, with white, blue and gold enameling throughout. Estimate: $800-1,2000

Lot 33: This black opal ring caught my attention right away–the vibrant play-of-color is undeniable, practically every color of the rainbow is shown. It is no wonder the high quality of this piece because it is signed Tiffany & Co. It also features six Old European cut diamonds and is a size 6. Property of a private collector. Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Lot 60: Eye-popping platinum, diamond and sapphire ring with a geometric style featuring calibre cut gemstones. The different tones of sapphire are played up here to their advantage, using the lighter and darker to create a pattern. The center diamond is approximately 1.25 carats, set in a milgrain bezel mounting. Such a gorgeous ring! Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Lot 71: Such a fine and fun example of the power enamel can have on a piece of jewelry–white enamel accents the design work on this particular ring, a color not often used solely alone, often being paired with other colors or used sparingly as an accent. The central cabochon cut sapphire is glowing amongst the concentric circles of rose cut diamonds and white enamel. What a striking piece! Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Lot 82: Another Art Deco geometric stunner–this one features calibre cut emeralds and onyx, along with an insane old cushion cut diamond in the center that is approximately 2.37 carats! I love the black and green combination, along with the design–this is such a special ring. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Lot 121: This elongated Art Deco ring is set with one central Old European cut diamond, flanked North-South by square step cut sapphires, all surrounded by a rectangle of smaller Old European cut diamonds. My favorite part is the open metal-work on the shoulders of the piece–very simple lines, very 1920s. Love it. Estimate: $800-1,200

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The second half: Monday, December 7th, 2015

Lot 633: Maybe because this ring reminds me of my “something blue” that I wore on my wedding day, I love this one just as much! Set with a heart-shaped aquamarine in the center surrounded by white and colored diamonds (most likely irradiated to enhance their color), the ring is done in platinum and 18k gold. Let’s embrace hearts! Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Lot 763: A cute serpent ring done in 14k yellow gold with lime green and black enameling. The snake’s eyes are rubies and an opal is set in its head. Such an electric piece! Estimate: $150-250

Lot 859: A tablet of onyx never looked so sharp! A halo of diamonds surrounds the black onyx and set on a really unique shank. Done in yellow gold and ready to wear! Estimate: $200-300

Lot 908: Amethyst–a stone that I need more of in my personal collection, this just may be it! The oval cut amethyst is surrounded by two rows of diamonds in a two-tone setting with a large cocktail feel. Estimate: $400-600

Lot 951: Another vintage ring, this time an all-diamond look! The shape of this ring is so sweet, featuring a central Old European cut diamond that measures approximately 0.81 carats surrounded by various sized round brilliant and single cut diamonds. Would love to see this paired with other antique and vintage rings, or even stacked! Estimate: $800-1,200

Lot 999: A beautiful oval of diamonds and sapphires creates this Art Deco ring done in platinum. I could see this being someone’s “something blue” on their wedding day. Dainty yet bold at the same time, this will truly be one of those rings you treasure forever. Estimate: $300-500

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Craig Evan Small Engagement Rings

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At Gem Gossip, we are kicking off the month of August with this special feature! This entire month, the best engagement rings will be featured, with the hashtag #30daysofEngagementRings and we will be searching out the best of the best out there right now! Our go-to favorite spot for antique engagement rings in LA is Craig Evan Small, located on North La Cienega Blvd, with hundreds and hundreds of stunning options. I handpicked five of my favorites, each with something special about each one–so whether you like classic styles or something more uncoventional, I’ve got you covered!

The experience of opening up a package with five different engagement rings was pretty intense. For once I had to put my own engagement ring aside and wonder what it would be like to start over and imagine myself with different options. Wearing them on my ring finger was also an interesting experience, espcially after wearing the same one for over 2.5 years. Each one felt memorable on my finger for different reasons and I truly believe any of these five options would make an extraordinary engagement ring that will be treasured for years to come! For the photoshoot, we played with a few different flower combinations and two dresses, keeping a Pacific Northwest, outdoors vibe. This aesthetic is definitely beautiful in so many ways and although I’ve never visited that part of the country, it has me wanting to badly.

The allure of a vintage or antique engagement ring is one that can be best explained by those who own one. These rings are extremely well-made, often times made solely by hand, even the diamonds are usually cut by hand (if it is an all-original piece). We showcase one antique engagement ring from the Victorian Era, which can be easily spotted even by a novice collector. The yellow gold setting mixed with the chunky Old Mine cut diamonds are an easy giveaway. The cluster style makes it so unique–no other engaged woman is going to have this ring! I like that.

We also have one engagement ring featured that is from the Edwardian Era–a time that spanned from the turn-of-the-century until the late 1910s. This time period is characterized by ultra feminine styles, lots of diamonds and intricate metal work. Platinum was a newly discovered metal and was beginning to be used in the designs of this time, at first only topped on yellow gold and then at the very end of the era solely on its own. The domed shape of this ring draws many woman to this style–it is easy to wear and fits comfortably.

The milgrain details and filigree style is characteristic of the Art Deco period, which spans from 1920-1935. These sought-after rings were a flapper girl’s dream, set with Old Mine cut or Old European cut diamonds. Toward the end of this time period, geometric styles and adding colored gemstones to the all-white look mixed it up a bit and was very popular. Calibre cut rubies, sapphires and emeralds were a favorite and there is a great example of this with the sapphire detail in one of the five in this shoot! The other two styles seen in the photoshoot are from the Art Deco Era, including a geometric boxy style which looks as though the center diamond should be square, but it is a round Old European cut diamond. The other is a very classic, almost solitaire Old European cut diamond, which is flanked by a few diamonds on the side.

Rings featured:

18k yellow gold Victorian clover/cluster ring set with three Old Mine cut diamonds, totaling approx. 3.00 carats, size 6.25, Price: $11,000

Platinum Edwardian domed ring featuring a 1.23 ct Old European cut diamond, totaling approx. 1.76 ctw, size 4.75, Price $11,750

Platinum/14k yellow gold 1.25 ct center Old Mine cut diamond flanked by three diamonds on each side, size 5.75, Price: $10,200

Platinum Art Deco boxy-look ring set with 0.86 ct center surrounded by diamonds, Price: SOLD

>> Similar style: Art Deco engagement ring with 1.53 ct center surrounded by diamonds Price: $15,000

Platinum Art Deco ring featuring 1.40 ct center diamond with calibre cut sapphire accents, size 6, Price: $13,500

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Romani II Thread and Metal jewelry

In my last post on Romani- Gypsy Inspired jewelry, I wrote about how I was Inspired by the names of Romani gypies (and their meanings), to create a line of bohemian jewelry, that is unique and truly special. Containing handmade cords and unique metal components that are hand made by me each piece is eclectic and full of flavour.

In my last post on Romani- Gypsy Inspired jewelry, I wrote about how I was Inspired by the names of Romani gypies (and their meanings), to create a line of bohemian jewelry, that is unique and truly special. Containing handmade cords and unique metal components that are hand made by me each piece is eclectic and full of flavour.
This collection at the outset might not resemble one that was inspired by gypsies. Why? Gypsies, are generally associated with beads that they string and trade as it is an easy to carry commodity for them particularly when they are travelling. Seldom are they associated yarn or metal. But I chose to make this connection, because the extreme characters of the materials in comparison showcased the eclectic nature of the Gypsies better than beads. There is also another reason for doing so; a more selfish one. One I will reveal in my next post on Romani.

Here are the next five pieces from the line in this short post as I have been a little lost lately, first with travelling, then work, training and most of getting literally baked and dehydrated due to hot hot sun.
Lyuba – means to love. My Facebook fans would have seen this one on the header. It is a Beaded silk cord choker with a woven metal component wired with beautiful red paper roses; reminiscent of new found love. Inspired by all the Floral jewelry that I made for weddings. Sold

Nuri – Means Gypsy. Nuri was a big time experiment. I flame painted the sheet, drew on it, enamelled the piece and watched it change, morph and grow through these experiments and finally coated it with resin to preserve all my trials. This pendant with the cord was a perfect match to my emotions and personality while making it – so complex with lots of layers, each adding, contributing to the whole.

I had originally Made this necklace with black and blue cords to bring out these accent colors from the pendant. But a client who saw it, wanted me to add copper beads to match with her wardrobe better. I oblidged and changed it to its gold and copper avatar as you can see in the last picture.

Luminista & Luminita – A little Light. Braided metal component in silver tone with a handmade royal blue cord. A diamond glass bead with a aurora Borealis finish adds a little sparkle The braids are sealed to prevent tarnish.

A variation of the above using a braided metal component in gold tone with a handmade emerald green cord.

 

Fluturi – Butterfly. As soon as I took the cord out from Nuri, A butterfly design in blue magically appeared in my mind. I found an UFO – A handcut and hand painted copper butterfly I had made a while ago. I added a black stone focal, silver crystals and a shell bead and soon Flututri was born. Being an elegant piece ( with a 2.5″ butterfly) and Black and blue adjustable tie up cords, it is Perfect for pairing with Cotton clothes, particularly cotton sarees this summer

Excepting 1 & 2 the other three pieces are available for sale. For Pricing and order mail me at [email protected](dot)com. Romani is a fast growing line, expect to see more pieces soon 🙂

Before I wrap up for the day, I want to take a minute to thank you for all the love and positive comments that I got in my last Romani post. It is indeed rare for an observer and a creator to feel the same things while looking at a design. I feel privileged to have that connect with you all and I hope that I’ll continue to have it in the future.
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Romani – Gypsy inspired mixed media Jewelry

Imagine a land, not very far far away.

Imagine a land, not very far far away. The sky is painted a reddish orange as the sun sets close to a grassland marketplace. Laughter bubbles up in the air as beautiful gypsies trade bead, baubles and interesting stories with one another. Fires are lit as the camp prepares for the night, children run around playing around the musical tableau set by some old wise men. As the music strums through, these bewitching Romani gypsies wearing beads, cords and hand forged metal, dance twirling their underskirts completely enchanting the crowd gathered at the marketplace.

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Inspired by each one of these gypsies (and their names) I present a collection of beautiful jewelry made of hand forged metal components, braided cords and beads that are bohemian, with a deep rooted ethnic flavour. I present “Romani” designed as ever to please your soul. Here are the first five pieces from Romani.All of the following pieces are available for sale; please mail me to buy.

 

Zeita – Means Goddess. this necklace comprises of a handcut ruffled and textured brass pendant that is flame painted and treated with patina inks to produce an unique effect. It is augmented by the prong set glass focal at the center that is framed with pearl-stone chain. This necklace is fit for a Goddess with the pendant having a garland of ‘x’s and ‘o’s as a sort of an offering, a dedication. The neck cords are made of cotton cord in bright yellow and bottle green and can be knotted at the back making the necklace adjustable
* Update: There are many comments on this post where people have talked about the “Magical power” symbolised by the Zeita necklace. To be frank, I felt it too while making it and hunted a while for the perfect name for this piece. This necklace originally started off as a contemporary piece made of cord and a hammered pendant, but it felt deeply lacking and somehow adding The eye with the yellow stone, seemed to breathe life into the piece. May be I have read too many Nora Roberts’ books or I was a mystical Gypsy in my past birth, but Zeita speaks to me. I am glad that it speaks to you too

Mirela – Mirela means to admire. This Mixed metal bohemian necklace has been made using handmade, textured and oxidised copper and brass components stacked on top of one another and riveted. The handmade beaded cords and rustic clasp adds to its charm

Mirosi – means to savour . Savour the delights of this mixed media beaded necklace created using handcut metal, specially made shimmering enamel resin focal, braided cord and looped beads. The gold flecks in the cab along with the crystal beads and dichroic resin drop makes this a sparkling addition to your wardrobe. The necklace is slightly asymmetrical with opening in the front. Expect a tutorial for this necklace soon, on the IceResin blog

 

Lumina – Lumina referes to ‘a source of light’ often meaning bright or brilliant. This Extremely Light weight necklace comprises of a Handwoven patinated copper pendant with a verdigris finish and is looped together with magnesite and cedarwood beads. Designed to look like a “woven silk Kottadi saree” (Saree with metallic thread checks) with a bejewelled border and a brilliant rhinestone drop.
 


Andree – Meaning warrior – warrior style Goddess Necklace made with Hammered brass bib, a wire wrapped square lava bead and genuine sheep leather
 

 

These were the first few pieces from Romani; More are yet to come. How do you like them and which one is your favourite? Would you wear metal and thread together in such a bohemian style?
Stay tuned to read more about them piece by piece in the upcoming posts or hop to my facebook page Sayuri to see the entire collection together

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Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet – Book Review

After the review of Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping & Twining with Fiber & Metal by Mary Hettmansperger, I wanted to bring you the Review of another Fabulous book by her – Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet. This time I bring you a structured (and honest) review that will answer the main questions that you might have about this bookBook Details:Title: Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry Author:Mary HettmanspergerPublisher: Sterling (31 July 2008) Bead Shelf Necklace What is this Book about?This book is about a free spirited approach to metal jewelry making and relies on cold connection techniques – i.e Riveting, using nuts, screws, weaving, wrapping to create jewelry.

After the review of Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping & Twining with Fiber & Metal by Mary Hettmansperger, I wanted to bring you the Review of another Fabulous book by her – Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet. This time I bring you a structured (and honest) review that will answer the main questions that you might have about this book


Book Details:
Title: Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry
Author:Mary Hettmansperger
Publisher: Sterling (31 July 2008)

Bead Shelf Necklace

What is this Book about?
This book is about a free spirited approach to metal jewelry making and relies on cold connection techniques – i.e Riveting, using nuts, screws, weaving, wrapping to create jewelry. It includes techniques from basketry, textile weaving, smithy with some wire work thrown in.

woven windows pin
woven windows pin
Who is this book for?

This book is for a metal work beginner who has lots of experience in making jewelry. It is meant for those who prefer a bohemian- artsy style of design rather than the clean, minimal and traditional finishes achieved by soldering. this is also great for people who dont want to get into soldering yet or for those who want to add other techniques to their repertoire. I really wish I had seen this book when I was beginning to experiment with metal 3 years back; it wouldnt have taken me so much time to get to where I am now.

Wrapped Beads Necklace


What type of projects can I find?
Metal and wire projects based on the following techniques – Wraps and folds, Commercially available cold connections, wire work and stitching. The designs are not pretty or beautiful per say but they are very rustic and often contemporary – something that you would see in a Modern gallery rather than in traditional/classical setting. However these are worth having a look at as the techniques are new and interesting and will change the way how you look at metal jewelry. Most of the projects are easy and will take between 15 mins to 1 day depending on your skill level. Though they say “cold connection” A torch is used in almost all projects to anneal the metal; If you dont have a torch use your gas stove to anneal the metal.

Book Sections – What all does this book contain?
Materials , components and tools Introduction
Basic Wire Work techniques & Cold connection Techniques
Basic Metal work Techniques

Gallery:
The gallery section includes a good range of work by various designers. These designs look fabulous, however they are complex compared to the projects in the book and dont come with instructions. I rarely read project instructions and prefer to go by the images so these are good for me. But for a book that claims to offer “cold connection solutions”, most designs in the gallery are soldered!

My Favourite projects – Bead shelf necklace, Wrapped Beads Necklace and Looped silver cone necklace

Where can I buy it?
Amazon.com; Amazon India and Flipkart (currently out of stock)

I hope you found it interesting
Cheers

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My Dear Lion – Artisan mixed media necklace

The inspiration for March ABS at the Art Bead scene blog is that of Totems. Owning to the color palette, the inspiration, somehow gave me a Fairie vibe than that of totems, but I had made an art component recently with a lion, in similar yet saturated hues, which I really loved and thought might work well for this challenge.

The inspiration for March ABS at the Art Bead scene blog is that of Totems. Owning to the color palette, the inspiration, somehow gave me a Fairie vibe than that of totems, but I had made an art component recently with a lion, in similar yet saturated hues, which I really loved and thought might work well for this challenge.

About my art components:
I had made three – 2 were experimental resin pieces where I tried including patina inks and mica inclusions withing resin creating a sort of amber/ twinkling stars look. They were made by the same marbling technique used in my Earrings challenge, but these came out very differently. These two are my support components.
Main component – Lion pendant – It is a handcut copper pendant on which I drizzled silver solder to create the lion and the stars. Later I dabbed patina inks on top to bring out the details. I have used both the blues and the ochre from the given color palette

Inspiration for my components:
I dont believe in Totems as such but I love lions and would probably pick a lion for my totem if I had too! Lord Narasimha (half man- half lion) is my favourite God, and I adore Aslan from Narnia. I think that he is the most prettiest thing on earth. I know, odd choice of words right? but hey I am crazy about him. In my component I have tried to portray the scene where Aslan climbs on top of the rocks, (stonetable??) and roars but I changed it a bit by bringing in stars and the night sky for a starry night sort of mood. Starry night by Van Gogh is one of my favourite works of art and if you look closely it conveys a meaning similar to that of the scene in the movie – There is a beacon of hope even during the darkest of nights; Even the worst of storms will pass.

Lion as my Totem:
As a totem, a lion symbolises independence and confidence which is balanced by a quiet demeanor. It also stands ability to bring about changes through creative thinking. A lion is also a symbol of leadership, home, inner strength and serenity. I hope that by creating a lion totem I am able to channel some of that peace and serenity in my life.

Inspiration for March ABS
Haida Totems by Emily Carr
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