Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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I've been in crazy-woman-jewelry-making-mode the last few days. I LOVE that mode!
The piece in the photos above and below is one of my favorite pieces ever. It's the French souvenir heart that does it for me. It's a pinwheel (pincushion). It's made of mother of pearl and salmon colored velvet. Very rare and soooo special!
I made the earrings below with gemstones I found at the gem and jewelry show in Baltimore last week. The gemstones include aquamarines, rubies, labradorites and pink tourmaline. I loved them combined with all the rhinestones. Festive, don't you think?!
Then, I started my Holiday Line. I LOVE working on my Holiday Line. I save pieces all year long, just so I can make some wonderful Christmas jewelry, very unlike the Christmas jewelry our mothers used to wear....
The holly locket came from France. Holly and mistletoe grow all over France.
I paired the holly locket with a sweet bird and tree medal, also from France. It reminds me of "a partridge in a pear tree!"
This necklace has two strands of gorgeous pyrite (fool's gold) beads, and one sterling chain.
The earrings below are also part of my Holiday Line. These wonderful Christmas trees were part of an antique candle clip used on a Christmas tree. One of the trees still has a bit of wax on the back from where the candle dripped many many years ago. I thought about cleaning it off, but couldn't bring myself to do it!
The necklace below is another from my Holiday Line. The reindeer came from an archeological dig in Europe.
I've made a chain for him with garnets and crystal quartz beads and some pyrite too.
All jewelry can be found here: www.frenchsentiments.etsy.com.
Hope you're all having a great week!
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