Jewelry Collection Stories: Danielle of @jasmyntea

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This month’s Jewelry Collection Story comes from a favorite Instagram collector of mine and it’s not because we share the same name, although that helps 😉 It is because Danielle’s style and curation of such a fine collection is unlike any other! She has a fierce eye for what she loves and I’ve been wanting to know her story for quite awhile now. We finally got her story (she is a busy San Francisco dweller, with a full-time job that doesn’t involve jewelry) and she has provided some amazing photos of her personal collection. Let’s dive into her story!

“I have always been a collector. Whether it was collecting vintage jewelry, or vintage clothing, or books on costume and fashion. I’m always looking for unique items that speak to me in some way. I first fell in love with jewelry when I was about 12 and would ride my bike to the thrift store to look for treasures. I always liked vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry and scarves. Old pieces have stories within them. And I always liked to imagine the travels the pieces went through before I became their custodian.

My mother does not really wear much jewelry. Most of the jewelry she wears, except her wedding band, was probably given to her by her sisters or her daughters. She has very few pieces, so I didn’t really grow up surrounded by jewelry. I didn’t know one of my grandmothers as they both passed away before I was born. But I do wear her gold framed glasses from the 1940s every day as my own eyeglasses. I love this connection with my past. My other grandmother didn’t really have much affinity for jewelry either. So I’m not really sure where my love of jewelry and antiques comes from–but I can tell you that I’m obsessed 🙂

When I first started collecting jewelry in high school I liked vintage brooches and small enamel pins. This was what I could afford to purchase. From vintage pins, I branched out to vintage sterling. I always loved going to antique stores and hunting for unusual, inexpensive pieces. My early collection included David Anderson Norwegian pins and bracelets, sterling charm bracelets, bakelite bangles, and funky long beads to layer. I always liked layering, mixing and creating a story with my jewelry. As my style evolved I also liked to support local jewelry artists, so I would go to fairs and stores that sold the work of local jewelry artists and try to pick pieces I liked. My modern collection is made of up certain designers – Marla Aaron, Judy Geib, Gabriela Kiss, Louison Rare and Fine (GemstoneGypsy), Jean Jean Vintage, Gillian Conroy, Variance Objects, Dahlia Khanner, Alberian and Aulde, Amali Jewelry and local San Francisco artists Betsy Barron and Alix Bluh. I tend to gravitate towards jewelry artists versus major designer jewelry. Although one of the first pieces I completely coveted when I was 16 was Tiffany’s Elsa Perreti sterling bean necklace.

In the recent years I have gravitated towards building my antique collection. I love to go to antique fairs and shows, stop in small antique shops when I travel and I follow many antique jewelry sellers on IG. If you are curious, my first IG discovery was Erie Basin and my early purchases were a Toi et Moi Victorian diamond ring and a French link bracelet that many people have asked if they could purchase from me. Finding the antique jewelry community on IG has been very meaningful to me. I feel like I’ve found a crew of fellow jewelry enthusiasts that I can geek out about Georgian jewels, or old cut diamonds, or how to style antique and modern jewelry together. Before IG I never really participated in social media. Finding the IG community of jewelry lovers has been a nice addition in my life, so I don’t drive my husband and sons nuts with my jewelry interests. I’ve also enjoyed meeting fellow IG collectors on my travels.

I can’t really categorize what I collect, because I look for unusual pieces or pieces that resonate for me in some way. I feel like I am the custodian of the pieces I collect. I can’t always articulate why I fall in love with pieces. Sometimes the piece feels sentimental, sometimes the piece will fill an aspect of my collection that I need for a look I’m striving for. On a broad level, I like Georgian and Victorian jewelry. And then I like modern pieces that provide contrast for the more sweet/sentimental antique pieces. I love to mix antique and modern pieces together. Probably my favorite thing to mix are Marla Aaron locks with my antique necklaces, charms and brooches. Mixing and styling jewelry is a creative outlet for me. It’s self-expression—what I’m trying to put out there on a given day. I mix everything: yellow, rose, green gold, platinum and silver. On most days I have on five types of metal. I actually tend to prefer wearing mixed metals versus monochromatic styling. Although sometimes I like to do all gold or all silver or all one kind of gemstone.

I’m sentimental when it comes to jewelry. I always wear a Marla Aaron lock which to me symbolizes to hold fast to what’s important. I once did post on IG about how my modern jewelry spirit animal is my engraved Marla Aaron lock that has all family initials hidden within the engraved design. If I had to pick an antique spirit animal it would probably either be antique chains or signet rings. My thorn necklace (by Gillian Conroy) symbolizes that life has thorns to deal with but I am strong enough to weather the thorns. My hand bloodstone signet ring from Metier with the word “confido,” which means trust, reminds me to trust myself. And then on any given day, my other jewelry represents other items of importance to me or things I’m trying to stay centered about. My Mizpah ring from TheOneILoveNYC is for my husband and me, and my Souvenir bangle from Lucy Verity hasn’t left my wrist since I got it last year – I look down and remember. My Lenore heart rings: to remember love, my signets: to remember the people who are important to me, my memento mori ring from Nvitblanche: to remember to live in the moment, my ruby locket from Circa 1700 has diamonds in it from my mother-in-law in the amount of Pi carats (ok I’m a definite geek). Recently my husband and I gave each other Gabriela Kiss eye rings to symbolize us watching over each other.

You may wonder what pieces I am on the hunt for next. I try to keep an open mind when I am hunting for jewelry, because you never know what you might find. I always ask myself does this resonate for me, will I really wear it and reach for this piece everyday? I like to purchase pieces that I will wear, I don’t like for jewelry to just sit in my jewelry box. I don’t necessarily keep a running wish list. Although at the beginning of 2016 I did an IG jewelry wishlist post and when I look back on it now, I did end up collecting some of the items on my wishlist during 2016, (like my French cut eternity band from Platt Boutique Jewelry). Right now I’m coveting high carat gold items – 22K gold bands (I just got one from Metier) and poesy rings, a Georgian memento mori ring and chains, always more chains. Recently, I’ve been loving layering a lot of gold watch chains.

In closing, almost every piece I wear holds meaning for me of something I want to remember or a story I want to tell that day with my jewelry. Jewelry wearing and styling is my personal storytelling.”

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Q & A with Mother/Daughter Duo of Charmco

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There are quite a few jewelry businesses that feature mother-daughter duos in this industry. Each one having a story rich in passion, a love for what they’re doing AND for one another, and above all, a special bond you truly can’t have with anyone else. Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and jewelry is a wonderful and powerful gift to give any mother–but a charm that has significance and meaning, one that connects you two together will make her heart sing! Even better if you get that charm from Charmco, a mother-daughter run business that has been deeply connected to charms and promotes this in every way possible! After hearing their story, you’ll not only want to start your own charm collection (if you haven’t already), but also buy your mom a personalized charm for her to unwrap on Mother’s Day!

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It started with my grandma Boomie’s charm bracelet. I remember when she would visit my sister and I would go over each and every charm and beg her to tell us what they were and she would have fun telling us stories. My mother inherited the bracelet and decided to use a few of these special charms to build a bracelet for us. ​She searched for the rest of the charms to make the bracelets meaningful to us; I lived in NYC and worked in communications while my sister was working on a farm in Bali so you can imagine how different the bracelets could be! It was hard to find great charms to add so it took quite a while. When she gifted us the bracelets, needless to say we were both blown away! Wherever I wore my charm bracelet it seemed to spark a conversation- I even remember showing my charms to a stranger on the subway and going over what each little treasure meant to me. My mother had always been a collector of vintage and antique jewelry and I loved the idea of starting a business where we could help people find great charms so we launched C.H.A.R.M, an acronym for “Charms Have A Real Meaning”. An awesome name for our company but not a great one for a web based retailer so a few years later we became Charmco.

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We started traveling and educating ourselves and collecting and by Spring 2002, we began to work with private clients in NYC by appointment to make custom charm bracelets. Soon after that we developed our first website. It was an informational site which had a questionnaire in a pdf form that was downloaded by customers with questions that were supposed to reveal their true charm nature! We had piles of forms come in and we would build a sampling of their bracelet based on the answers. We were sending charm bracelet all over the US and were featured in a variety of popular magazines and had a great word of mouth business. We started doing trunk shows at Bergdorf Goodman and for about 3 years we sold through Bergdorfs, Neiman Marcus and Fragments showroom and to a variety of boutiques. We moved our focus online in 2005 with an ecommerce site and now Charmco is home to over 700 collection charms all made in NYC, more than 1000 vintage charms, charm bracelets and necklaces to mix and match.

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A charm bracelet or charm necklace is so personal, it tells your story, your travels and your loves– all around. It’s a piece of jewelry that’s classic so it avoids being on trend one season and out the next. It can be passed down from one generation to the next and get transformed into the next person’s wearable life story. The charms I have from my Grandmother are some of my most precious. Charm gifting, in itself, becomes a tradition. We have mothers, husbands, daughters, sisters, friends, grandmothers returning every year on the dot for another charm for their bracelet. Charm bracelets, unlike any other jewelry is a growing reflection of one’s life.

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Some of our all time favorites are also some of the most popular charms. My absolute favorite is our Custom Calendar; a charm where your special date is marked with a Diamond and which is entirely bespoke. Other classics are an engraved monogram disc, retro baby booties that can be engraved with a birth date or a name ​and famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, which we make 4 different ways. Our all time most popular category is travel; a classic charm bracelet theme. ​New styles people are loving include our new martini glass with a Diamond olive and our elephant mom and baby charm. The martini glass is classic and has a fun diamond olive spark to it and the elephant mom and baby gets an “aww” from everyone when they see the mom carrying the little baby with her trunk.

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We see more symbolic charms like unicorns and lightning bolts rising in popularity. The infinity symbol is a charm that’s popular at the moment and I think it’s a concept charm that people embrace right now.

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Lisa:

The charm bracelet that inspired our business has evolved through the years. I have custom calendars for each of my two daughter’s birthdays. I paired them with a mini vintage rooster and rat charm to mark their Chinese Zodiac for our three years in Hong Kong. One of my favorite charms is a movable roulette wheel with a little bead that moves with a shake and lands on a winning number. I still test my luck! I also have always cherished my devil that pops out of the martini shaker. I do like a good dry vodka martini! I’ve just started building a separate travel charm necklace and my favorite piece on this necklace isn’t the most “fantastic” charm but it means a lot to me. It’s a golden mountain range of Crested Butte Colorado where I got engaged to my husband. The day I found that charm, I also learned I was pregnant with my first daughter Audrey, so it has super special meaning!

Leslie:

I tend to think in themes and Diamonds are my birthstone. One of my favorite charm bracelets is packed with Diamond charms I have collected over the years. The light bulb charm literally “lights” up with all my good ideas! My Sputnik bracelet features five vintage gem-filled Sputniks inspired by the 1950’s space satellite. My main charm bracelet is like a short bio of my life with quirks and all. I have a vintage crystal photo globe charm with a photo of my ex husband (father to my daughters) on one side and my husband of the past 35 years on the other! I also have a vintage troll doll, which represents my era that I love and a taxi meter that rotates from vacant to occupied to forever – A classic love charm.

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Top-left: Lisa’s Travel Necklace — Top-right: Leslie’s Sputnik charm bracelet

Bottom-left: Lisa’s main charm bracelet — Bottom-right: Leslie’s main charm bracelet

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Metal Cloud Earrings

I have a confession to make – “I am crazy about clouds and I love taking pictures of the sky!” If I could photograph anything I wanted to, I would probably photograph clouds.

I have a confession to make – “I am crazy about clouds and I love taking pictures of the sky!” If I could photograph anything I wanted to, I would probably photograph clouds. For me there is no “ordinary” cloud – every cloud is special and beautiful in its own way. I have pissed off many with this compulsion of mine, to stop, admire, and photograph clouds even when I am in the middle of something important. From dates to functions, from roadtrips to photoshoots – none have been spared. So to hear Keith Christiansen, a curator at the MET museum speak about his attachment for clouds was very satisfying.

Photographs taken at New York City, Udaipur and Chennai

At one point he explains why he takes pictures of clouds and the sky – “it is not a record of a place that I have been too but rather an emotion that I felt standing there and looking at it.” I do not think that I can summarise my feelings for the sky and clouds any better than how Keith feels.
Many, Many artists have taken inspiration from clouds, from Sunrise and sunset skies to fuel their imagination. Next only to flowers, I consider the ever changing nature of clouds as the universal definition of strong inspirational direction.
This Month’s we’re all ears challenge is all about Weather – wind patterns, clouds and rain and as inspiration Erin had provided us with Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses that I had posted in the September ABS challenge here

I had great plans for all sorts of earrings when I started writing this post a week back and was then struck down by 102 deg fever. But I have made 2 pairs at the last moment. One is a direct realisation of cloud earring showcasing deep dark booming clouds and the other is a more stylised version of cloud movement in the evening just before the golden hour. The long stud meant to be worn as evening or party wear. Both are studs and are made of brass – brass flower stamping blanks (cut into the cloud shape) and brass wire. I have used my new texture hammer from Parawire to add interest to both pieces. I somehow like the texture on the wire better, what do you guys think?

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I have blinged up both earrings with swarovski crystals and lots of pearls. I also like how the loreals in the first earrings move a lot without making much sound, an attribute I prefer in my earrings. On hindsight, I think I should have not wrapped such heavy pearls to the earrings. As it quite long and tilts to the side (as per the design) it feels even more heavy. But it would be nice to wear it on an evening out and be the cynosure of all eyes. That’s it for this reveal folks and as I close I am going to leave you with more cloud pictures I took in the last few years all over the world.
Photographs taken at Chennai, Kathmandu, New Jersey, and Philadephia

I just realised that even though my inspiration pictures are colorful, vibrant with a happy vibe my designs are dull and melancholic, maybe reflecting my current state of mind and body. Maybe looking at all the beady baubles that the other participants made would cheer me up so I am off to visit the challenge reveal page. Why don’t you all join me ?

I hope you found it interesting
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Beadfest Summer 2016 – a retrospection

Beadfest Fall is almost upon us (from October 13-16th 2016) at Tacoma but I realise that I am yet to write about my experiences at Beadfest Summer 2016. The last month has been pretty exacting – I have been extremely sick yet was working full time.

Beadfest Fall is almost upon us (from October 13-16th 2016) at Tacoma but I realise that I am yet to write about my experiences at Beadfest Summer 2016. The last month has been pretty exacting – I have been extremely sick yet was working full time. I was the organiser of a 2 week long event with competitions and ceremonies at work and then came the navaratri display. But slowly I am getting a handle on things so without much ado here are the highlights of my beadfest workshop experience – well in two quick successive posts. Beadfest Summer 2016 happened at Oaks, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. From King of Prussia (where I stayed at) I had to go through the valley Forge park to get to Audoban and Oaks. The first morning I was pretty scared, for the route looked like a hill station roa d- completely green and devoid of houses or stores for a few miles but then slowly I began to enjoy it for it is impossible to find such beautiful trails in Chennai. So coming back to the workshops – I had such fantastic learning and so many experiences in four days that I cannot do it justice by by cramming it all into one post. Hence in this post I am going to only talk about the first two workshops.

Crackle Enamel necklace by sayuri


Day 1: Celestial Fusion
I couldn’t have asked for a better class to start my beadfest experience or a better teacher than Jean Van Brederode of Charmed I’m Sure Studio. Jean was very sweet and patient and her work with both Crackle Enamel and stamped solder was fantastic and very inspiring. Including me there were only five of us in the class so we got to learn and experiment a lot. At first, we learnt was to create the back piece for prong setting – cutting the plate and wire, making the bail and soldering them together using sheet solder which was all very new for me.

Then we domed another disc and enamelled it in layers. I was working with full dedication at great speed (inspite of cutting my thumb in the first 10 minutes) until I spilled a load of enamel powder on my disc and panicked. Jean calmed me down and helped me streamline it. I did a couple of firing adding colors each time that I had a fabulous piece in the end that I set and wore it immediately. I then made another piece to practice – this time using black crackle enamel.
Crackle Enamel necklace by sayuri

Some instructors do not like to part with extra supplies but Jean encouraged us to make as many pieces as we wanted in the 7-hour class which was so refreshing. I made three extra discs and 2 sets of earring charms. I also tried counter enamelling. In the Beadfest site this class was referred to as “Kiln enamelling” which troubled me as I wanted to learn torch enamelling (something that I could do at home) but it turned out to be torch enamelling only. Jean had brought a kiln but we never used it.

black Crackle Enamel by sayuri
Using black Crackle Enamel
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Beadfest beads

Hello folks, thanks for all the comments on Facebook, Instagram, blog and mail asking about my well being. I am truly grateful for your love and affection

Hello folks, thanks for all the comments on Facebook, Instagram, blog and mail asking about my well being. I am truly grateful for your love and affection. As my trip was very short (11 + 1 extra day due to time difference it was very hectic. Out of the 12 days, I spent 4 days travelling, 4 days at beadfest and 4 days sightseeing, apart from being sick for 9 of them (and still am with a horrible cold that refuses to go). But I don’t want to keep you guys waiting to hear about my adventures, and so, here is a short post on the beautiful beads that I saw at Beadfest Summer 2016, held at Oaks near Philadelphia, United states of America, between the 17th-21st of August (expo from 19th to21st)

This was my first time at Beadfest and first time in USA so before my Travel I had this question on my mind – what to buy at Beadfest? Why, Beads, ofcourse, people said, as it is literally in the name BEAD FEST”. I saw beads, a great variety of them and went around photographing quite a lot as well. Beads were available in every color, shape, size and material possible. It was like an exotic treasure filled cave.
Friends, who saw my instagram posts asked me if I bought them all, Sadly my answer is no. I visually feasted on them, but I didn’t buy any as most beads were from India or China and are available here at atleast half their respective fest prices and I was on a teeny weeny budget. But they were beautiful to see, and wonderful to touch and feel. Here are some of the bead pictures


Semi Precious Beads
I think there was enough Lapis Lazuli there to buy a small house in the countryside. Wonderfully blue and beautifully streaked, lapis was available in every shape possible – coins, nuggets, teardrops, rounds, and cabochons.

 

There was no dearth of semi precious beads like carnelian and agate either. I found lots of large agate slices in pastel colors and druzy agates in candy shades. Again just with regard to price (without thinking about quality) these were higher in price compared to even American web stores like Firemountaingems, beadaholique or even Autnie’s beads (which I consider slightly pricey). But they were extremely yummy to look at.


Pearls and MOP
There were 3-4 types of pearls available – real fresh water pearls, synthetic pearls, Shell pearls, and Swarovski pearls. Most of the pearls were from China or were being sold by Chinese vendors.

The MOP connectors were fascinating and they reminded me of the printed shell buttons that I used in my Valentine showers of love button necklace tutorial here

Glass
Most glass beads were Artisan made Lampwork beads or seed beads. I know that manufactured or recycled glass beads are not easily available in America, but I was surprised to see that the Indian vendors not carry them as well. I hope they do realise the opportunity and fill in the gap soon. The following picture was taken on Friday, when the expo was relatively free, I couldn’t take any pictures on the weekend as the lampwork booths and by extension the expo was quite packed with people.

 

Resin and Acrylic
Beadfest has something for everyone in terms of beads. While I saw individual beads being sold $12-$20, I also saw bunches of $3-$5 resin and acrylic beads and loads 1 dollar crystal strands.

 
 

I saw lots of different types of beads from across the world – African discs, Tibetan turquoise, Nepal cabs, beetle wings, and Afghan Coins. I recognised a majority of those materials I have come across them in Neena Shilvocks’s Caprilicious Jewellery blogposts previously. Oh Neena! You should have been there, you could have gotten all your favourite stuff at one place 🙂

Cabochons
There were multiple vendors selling Cabochons, but this particular booth was captivating as it had a huge wall of cabs. This image only shows a portion of their display which by itself is drool worthy.


Apart from these types of beads, there are also wooden beads and disks, enamelled beads, metal beads, and Polymer clay beads. If you are in America then beadfest is one of the best places to buy beads for the variety is just fantastic. A really big crowd comes out just to shop for beads at the expo. On Sunday afternoon, I saw and heard so many Indians (Tamil, Kannada and Hindi was spoken freely) that I felt that I was in Alwarpet or RA Puram in Chennai than in Oaks, Pennsylvania. South Indians are obsessed about quality and value and the fact that they were out there, shopping in large numbers only goes to show the quality of merchandise that was being showcased and sold there.

So what did I buy if not beads? To find out the answer to that question tune in later in the week to see my USA supplies haul.
PS: I have a small Giveaway upcoming for Readers in India – Stay tuned!!
I hope you found it interesting
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How to make Jhumka earrings

I like doing simple projects on lazy Sunday afternoons that keep me occupied for an hour or two just after my lunch.

I like doing simple projects on lazy Sunday afternoons that keep me occupied for an hour or two just after my lunch. One such afternoon, I stumbled upon some white silk thread jhumka bases I had bought and wondered if I could use them for something else other than Silk Thread jhumkas. My eyes then slowly wandered to the top shelf of my craft materials cupboard where I keep all my paints and glitter and that was when I knew what I wanted to do with them – make light weight glitter jhumka earrings

DIY Glitter Jhumka Earrings Tutorial
DIY Glitter Jhumka Earrings Tutorial

Materials
– 1 pair jhumka base (acrylic hemispherical dome) – any size
– Silver spray acrylic paint
– Mod Podge sparkle (referred to as MP)
– Iced enamel – Silver Inclusion
– Iced Enamels – Relique Glitz Silver
– silver tone eye pins – 2
– silver tone ear hook – 2
– 10mm Silver crystal Rondells – 2
2 mm Silver crystal Rondells – 2
– Round Faux pearls -2
– 2mm glue on clear rhinestones

Tools – Paint brush, Nose pliers, wire cutter


Method
1. Spray paint both the top and the inside of the jhumka bases ( I have used medium size) with silver paint. If you do not have spray paint use can use acrylic paint from a bottle. Spraying is easier. Do 2 coats and let it dry between each coat and between spraying the top and the bottom. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
2. Apply a coat of modpodge to the inside of the domes to seal the paint and let it dry once again.

DIY Glitter Jhumka Earrings Tutorial
3. Apply a liberal coat of MP on the top of the base with a brush and sprinkle Iced enamel – Silver Inclusion glitter on it. You can use any Silver glitter, I used Silver inclusion as that was what I had in hand. Blow slightly on the glitter so that it sticks on to the MP and add more MP at this stage followed by a sprinkling of the Relique Glitz Silver. Let it dry.
I have used two different silver glitters here for added depth and dimension (and as I find the regular shiny glitter earrings somewhat tacky). Here the glitz silver is white and reflects a lot of light while the inclusions is a gray silver with a lot of depth. I have used MP sparkle to intensify the shine, you could use the matt version if you want less shine.Yes, the earrings do look much better in person and there are not very glittery.
4. Once they are half dry (slightly tacky to touch) add more MP and glue the rhinestones on. Let it dry completely.
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Assembling
1. To a silver tone headpin, add a pearl bead (for weight) and put add the dome on it.
2. Add the larger crystal bead followed by the 2mm bead and using your nose pliers create a loop and Add ear hooks before you close
DIY Glitter Jhumka Earrings Tutorial

Variations:
1. Use different designs of earhooks to change the look and the length (as shown)
2. Use a different color glitter (copper or bronze would be interesting) and other coordinating beads with it
3. Instead of a Jhumka, make tassel earrings using the same idea by adding chains instead of the pearls

Now that 90’s trends like culottes, white sneakers, sailor stripes, and polyester pleated skirts are coming back with a vengeance, I am pretty sure that fine glitter earrings (Gosh I had plenty of them as a kid) are going to come back too. What do you think? Do tell me in the comments if you wear jewelry or accessories that have glitter on them and your reasons for wearing/not wearing glitter.

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Sayuri in USA

Folks who follow me on Facebook and Instagram would know that I have been in the US for the past 10 days and was fortunate enough to attend beadfest. Here are some snippets of my US travel.

Folks who follow me on Facebook and Instagram would know that I have been in the US for the past 10 days and was fortunate enough to attend beadfest. Here are some snippets of my US travel. There will be detailed posts later once I finish my impending duties and get set in my routine. Until then enjoy these pictures taken in for different states – New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Florida.

 
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Bead peeps swap and hop intro

The Bead swap and hop is here once again and my partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxeestyx- The travelling Sideshow. You might remember her as the winner of my BNB challenge on Kolam where she made an exquisite hand piece with a peacock focal.As a fellow mixed media artist specializing in artisan jewelry, I was immediately drawn to Kelly’s designs when I first spotted her work on the Bead Peeps facebook group.

The Bead swap and hop is here once again and my partner is Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxeestyx- The travelling Sideshow. You might remember her as the winner of my BNB challenge on Kolam where she made an exquisite hand piece with a peacock focal.
As a fellow mixed media artist specializing in artisan jewelry, I was immediately drawn to Kelly’s designs when I first spotted her work on the Bead Peeps facebook group. She creates one-of-a-kind pieces, often putting together varied supplies almost in a collage style showcasing a bohemian free-spirited vibe. She loves working with fibre, paper, beads and her go-to metal for jewelry seems to be copper. She also creates Eco-Couture – tops, skirts, collars, corsets with nuno felting and patchwork. Her one of kind designs can be browsed and bought at her Etsy store. She also does travelling shows and one can find updates and snippets about her latest adventures at her facebook page PyxeeStyx ~ Traveling Side Show. Here is a small sample of her eclectic work

 

 

 
Because she works with various materials – I didn’t know what would be challenging to her. But since the idea behind the swap is to get out of your comfort zone (and rise to the challenge) I decided to create a challenge by limiting the color palette. As I browsed through her FB and shop I found less of greens, blues and silver so I sent her 2 kits – one sky blue and silver and the second green and orange. The Blue set has glass beads, foil beads, granulated beads, frosted beads – All Indian specialities along with 2 focal – a jhumka tassel finding and a stone Kundan focal.



In our early discussion Kelly had said that she would like to experiment with sari fabrics so the Green set mostly comprised of Saree ribbons (fabrics – silk, spun silk, cotton ikat, and poly brocade) that I cut wide so that she could make multiple ribbons out of them. I sent 3 focals – one Chandran – half moon in kemp (temple jewelry) style and I made the second piece by wiring a green flower finding to a handmade copper amoeba base. I had forgotten all about the artisan component until the last moment and when I got my parcel from Capriliciousjewellery there was this hemispherical dome of polymer clay that would be perfect and I added it. The elephant clasp is green on one side and blue on the other to match with either of the sets. I had wanted to add more charms and bits and ends as a surprise but in my usual fashion had left them while packing 🙁

Kelly sent me gorgeously packed boxes of beads (seriously the paper is GORGEOUS!) last week along with goodies like bitter chocolate, mixed tape (cds) and incense sticks. It was funny that the incense sticks are made about 2 hours from where I live, so technically I should have sent them to her 😉

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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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Gem Gossip Favorites: Earring Stacks from Iconery

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Creating an earring look is so much more than just grabbing and going. If you’ve ever tried, you know there is almost an art to it, where balance is important and symmetry is everything. To make matters even more intense, everyone’s ears and earlobes are quite different and everyone’s hair styles are too. I’ve styled three different earring stories with my personal taste, factoring in what works for me (both my hair and number of holes I have in my lobes). Iconery has a fantastic selection of earrings, especially since each one is hot and covetable at the moment. The online haven of unique jewels just launched last year and has been on my radar. Their hashtag #KeepItReal says it all–“Because life’s too short to wear fake jewelry.” Finally someone who has read my mind and gets it!! This has been my mantra since I knew the difference between the two (I would say roughly 7th grade). Iconery is also changing the game by bringing 3D printing into the mix and adding pieces they’ve designed themselves to their website. You MUST check out their site because I assure you, you will discover pieces and designers you will LOVE! Besides, the two founders, Andrea Linett and Ivka Adam, are like a Who’s Who amongst cool girl-bosses.

There truly are so many different combinations one could create using Iconery‘s inventory. So sit back and have fun picking out your next new earring look that you’ll be wearing all the time!

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The first look I’ve styled starts off with some points that I’ve learned and figured out about my personal style with earrings. The first being I love studs! Studs are extremely comfortable and since I have three holes, I can easily stack three smaller, less expensive earrings to create one big look. Another important tip is to try to create a theme–here I’ve used black diamonds as my theme. Another thing, which is probably most important and has been consistent throughout all my three looks, is to use a long or elongated earring in the first hole. With my face shape and hair style, this look has always stayed tried and true. I love the elongated look of the Elisabeth Bell Thorn earrings in 14k yellow gold. For the black diamond ensemble, I went with a simple line of black diamonds in the ear climber by Anne Sisteron paired with the Mara Carrizo Scalise diamond pave earrings.

Earrings used:

Elisabeth Bell Thorn earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $495 for a pair

Anne Sisteron black diamond ear climber in 14k yellow gold, Price: $130 for a single

Mara Carrizo Scalise diamond pave earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $540 for a pair

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My second earring look is an instant favorite! I just recently tried threader earrings for the first time and I’m completely obsessed. These gold horn and diamond threader earrings by Anne Sisteron are killer. So edgy from the get-go, the only way of making them any cooler than they are–adding a very small hoop stud, like these Luv AJ beaded hoop earrings. I’ve been on the hunt for a small pair of hoop studs after wearing a pair I stole from my mom’s jewelry box back in college that were costume jewelry that looked almost identical to these! I wore them everyday! And sometimes two is better than one, so in this case I stacked two of the same hoop earring side-by-side. Love this look.

Earrings used:

Anne Sisteron threader earrings in 14k yellow gold, Price: $545 for a pair

Luv AJ beaded hoops in 14k yellow gold, Price: $295 for a pair

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My third earring stack infuses a trend that I’ve been incorporating more and more into my look–it basically takes one ear and loads it up, leaving the other ear bare. This is what I had in mind for this third look. To accentuate the ear that is loaded with earrings, I would pin up tightly one side of my hair to show off my earring look and leave the other half long, oftentimes covering up the bare lobe. I love the juxtaposition of the long, pointed dangle of the Brady Legler pencil drop earrings done in 14k gold and diamonds, and the diamond hardware stud earrings by Anne Sisteron. Again, I’ve gone with the long earring in the first hole and two studs in the others–edgy yet sophisticated.

Earrings used:

Brady Legler Pencil Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold and diamonds, Price: $4,100 for a pair

Anne Sisteron diamond hardware studs in 14k yellow gold, Price: $310 for a pair

All earrings can be found at Iconery. This post was brought to you in collaboration with Iconery.

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