Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In Fall Effect - Fall Line Now Available!

The last week has been a busy one. I've been spending my time getting everything together for the Fall Collection, and I'm happy to announce that it is now available online. This season, I focused on showcasing gemstones that possess particularly unique cuts or qualities.

Take these beautiful long and lean onyx drop earrings, for example. I found them at the Tuscon Gem Show this year, and immediately loved their uniquely long length (about 1" long) and their super chic, slender shape. From your favorite little black dress to a more casual look of jeans and a cute top, they'll work with just about anything.

This cool tourmalinated quartz necklace is another favorite from my fall collection. I was lucky enough to find these absolutely gorgeous, very large (approx 1") faceted tourmalinated quartz drops at a local supplier, and "wrapped" the top in sterling silver rope. Then I paired the roped drop with some very cool heavy chain. It's difficult to see the chain detail, but each link has a beautiful fine texture to it. I have one of these necklaces myself, and it's such a versatile piece. I get compliments on it all the time! Oh, I guess I should note that there is only one left.

To see more of my favorite fall looks, check out my Seasonal Style Guide for Fall 2008.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Going Green

I had the pleasure of finding some beautiful chrysoprase beads recently at one of my favorite bead shops here in Phoenix. This gem in particular can be hard to find, so I was quite happy to come across such lovely specimens. These graduated nuggets were really an amazing find. They are so smooth to the touch and are of great quality. And let's not forget the tell tale bright electric green hue, which I absolutely love.

A quick tip about this stone; despite its bright and vivacious color, it is surprisingly versatile. I've found that it works well on many skin tones, so I was very pleased to have the chance to work with it again. I have always heard that this stone stimulates creativity, and I have to say I think that is true. After my purchase, I happily brought them back to my studio and experimented a bit. Check out the results below:

First up we have the necklace. I paired gems with vermeil beads I acquired at the Tucson Gem Show this year and I finished the design off with a textured vermeil toggle clasp. The pairing of these decadent stones with gold is just so gorgeous that I opted for gold again in my next piece.

Here, we have an endlessly chic bracelet. I offset the chrysoprase with textured diamond and circle links and added a large lobster style clasp. The large stone in the middle is a very pure green, with hardly any surface inclusions. Seriously, these stones are just decadent!

As always, you can find each item on my web site. In general, everything in my shop is produced in very limited quantities, but these pieces in particular are a little different. Since I only was able to purchase a single strand of these beads, these items are distinctly one-of-a-kind.

Translation: If you love it, don't wait! I don't think they'll be around too long.

On the off chance that they are around for a while, well then, I'll just have to make room in my personal stash ;)