Art-to-Wear Jewelry . . . By Kariann PriceFacebook


I love to bring vintage, found objects and seaglass to life.  Whether it's a custom piece, something new that inspired me to create or something recently sold, I will bring to you a bit of a story about each.  

Adjustments are usually free of charge (only shipping will apply).  If you are not in love with your jewelry, I will honor an exchange for another piece of equal or greater value up to one month from the date you received your piece(s).  You can also request a jewelry credit so you can take your time selecting another piece.
 
Shipping is FREE!!!   Your jewelry will be shipped in a beautiful gold or silver leaf box with silver elastic bow -- perfect for gift giving!


Victorian Buckle, Antique Revival Necklace

Apr 15 2014
Another Downton Abbey wannabe enters stage left as an upcycled Shoe Buckle from the bygone Victorian Era. It is paired with a more recent rhinestone-edged gold-tone collar that measures approximately 17 inches. This adorns in a way that is Gatsbyesque to the core.
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Seaglass, Art Glass and Negative Ion Swirl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Mar 31 2014
This Vintage Mosaic piece holds my usual sea foam seaglass and a few other glass pieces culled from recycled jewelry. I envisioned a floating menagerie atop a healing spiral that when worn generates negative ions that attack free radicals and promotes healing and a general feeling of well being. I have tested this and whether you care to understand or not, at least you will share in the beauty of upcycling and art! This piece is hung from a vintage silver chain of your length choice. The wire I hand wrap is non-tarnishing silver art wire. This piece was created with love, healing and beauty in mind.
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Healing Turquoise Sea Glass, Beach Gem, Necklace

Mar 23 2014
This turquoise colored sea glass piece was such an eye catcher, that the beach receded from view and all I could think of was making it the star of my next Art Jewelry Beach Gem Collection. I also saw an opportunity to put into this piece a healing Negative Ion spiral, that when worn, sends loving and healing chi to the lucky lady who aspires to beauty and health. Do you see the spiral that mimics the inside of a conch shell? This, along with the tumbling curly q's lend the look of nature and whimsy. This piece is hung from a silver vintage chain whose length is your choice! The pendant measures approximately 1.5 inches in circumference and is artfully wrapped in non-tarnishing, silver coated, healing copper wire for additional health bennies!
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Oscar Orchid, Vintage Lace Necklace

Mar 10 2014
While watching the 2014 Oscars, I gathered a grouping of #vintage_once_clip_on_earrings for a walk to Vintage Lace Heaven. I removed their earring backs and began weaving the non-tarnishing silver wire into the lace design you see here. This piece is adjustable to your lovely measurements. Let me know the length that best suits you. The metal enameled orchid sits at the center, flanked by two daisies. The butter yellow thermoset on each end lends warmth to this glamorous piece.
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Princess Isis Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Mar 01 2014
If Princess Isis, the Goddess of Motherhood, Magic and Fertility were to gather a crowd in a present day reality TV show, she might be seen wearing a mystical piece such as this Vintage Mosaic. This piece includes nature, past and present in the form of amber and seafoam seaglass, one once hoop earring, and many vintage glass beads in the mix. And since you may need to appease your inner Princess, this piece is available to purchase. Just name the length of your vintage chain. I worked with silver non-tarnishing art wire to weave all pieces together. This pendant pops in color, dimension and intrigue.
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Whirling Windows, Pearls & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Feb 13 2014
This piece is long ago sold, but deserved a return engagement. I was feeling it for the vintage enameled squares so I began to build around the large piece with 12 kt gold-filled wire in varying gauges. As is typical, I'd grabbed pieces that might enhance the original design. Here I selected a lightly frosted seafoam sea glass sliver, wrapped and angled it with pearls and faceted vintage crystals which I floated nearby. The shape came on organically with two dangles in the form of a smaller green square and one of the faceted crystals. Let me know if you'd love one of your own one-of-a-kind similar to this one but with your colors and elements in mind!
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Donna's Downton Abbey, Vintage Revival Lariat

Feb 04 2014
Donna brought in another pair of her mother's Vintage Clip-On Earrings. This pair incorporated a rich maroon thread woven into two flowers whose petals were lined in silver. I removed the clip-on backings and placed them on an alternating gold tone strand of bar and chain. At the bottom of each lariat end are clusters of pearls, swarovski crystals and vintage sterling and gold swirl beads. Donna will be able to move the chain up or down making it a versatile piece for her next outfit purchase. This piece suits Donna who is a huge Downton Abbey fan!
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Donna's Downton Abbey, Vintage Revival Lariat

Feb 02 2014
Donna brought in another pair of her mother's Vintage Clip-On Earrings. This pair incorporated a rich maroon thread woven into two flowers whose petals were lined in silver. I removed the clip-on backings and placed them on an alternating gold tone strand of bar and chain. At the bottom of each lariat end are clusters of pearls, swarovski crystals and vintage sterling and gold swirl beads. Donna will be able to move the chain up or down making it a versatile piece for her next outfit purchase. This piece suits Donna who is a huge Downton Abbey fan!
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Pocahontas By the Sea, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 28 2014
I grew up near the Jamestown Settlement where Pocahontas began her enchanted rise to fame. While still in braids and moccasins, I envisioned her wearing this seaglass on seaglass creation while first saving John Smith from a beheading and then wooing John Rolfe into marriage. The acrylic "leaves" cascade below the seaglass creating an air of the organic, Do you feel like an Indian princess in the making? If you do, complete your fantasy with this art-to-wear Beach Gem!
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Donna's Barbados, Beach Gem Bracelet

Jan 20 2014
I had created a similar bracelet for Donna, had previously had me create a bracelet using a leather cuff and her seaglass finds from her annual trips to Barbados. During her last vacation, while on a dive excursion, it was lost. But all was not lost. Donna brought to me more of her seaglass collection so that I could recreate her bracelet. This time she needed me to create the leather cuff. I braided Deer skin leather and sealed the ends. To avoid another loss, we decided a lobster claw closure would be best. She had also found a coral piece which I used as the center of all her seaglass pieces. And like before, I matched up each piece with its own pearl. This all, just in time for her next trip back to the island of Barbados!
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Filigreed Onyx on Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 13 2014
Silver filigreed flames give an etched look to this lovely Seafoam Seaglass drop. The teardrop onyx eye gives a splash of color that allows this nature-meets-vintage pendant to compliment any outfit. Are you feeling daring, beach baby or Casbah -- no worries since this art to wear necklace serves all those moods!
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I Heart 2014, Beach Gem Collection

Dec 31 2013
Happy New Year to everyone! This sea foam seaglass piece looks forward to sailing into 2014 one day on one lucky lady's neck. Two simple forms come together as nature and nurture or sea glass hugged by a simple silver heart. Their striking juxtaposition will capture every eye and heart!
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Joanne's Boxer, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 13 2013
When Joanne saw what I created from Cathy's collection of vintage Boxer pins, she did not hesitate to share that she wished she had a Boxer pin to have me create something for her, too. Cathy never forgot her friend's wish & secretly left a vintage sterling Boxers pin to create into the Vintage Mosaic pendant you see here. She shared her gratitude here: Hi Kariann-----Thank you so much----you far exceeded my expectations! Your creations are awesome works of art! -- and Joanne's piece---well, what can I say???? You went above and beyond (what happened to two beads????). I can not wait to give it to her; she is going to be blown away! To that, I say Yippee!!!
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Leather & Feathers on Fire, Vintage Revival Lady Pin

Dec 02 2013
Ronnie is loyal to her collection of vintage jewelry. She comes from a time when business required pantsuits and when accessories were de rigueur. Her Lady in Hat pin was missing a few of her own accessories and the pin-back, so Ronnie brought her in for a fashion correction. I took into consideration Ronnie's orange/ red hair and sought a glass square of the same color for a bold touch to her collar. The fuschia feathers were a must as were the addition of Swarovski crystals. Now both this lady and Ronnie can step out in fine fashion, no matter the era!
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Mermaid and Her Celestial Throne

Nov 22 2013
Not only is this mermaid far from home, but she is looking down from the stars and a full moon from where she sits. On this special night, a comet offers a spray of light in vintage blue and green rhinestones which was once a clip-on earring. I painted the moon and stars in powder blue, then finished with a high gloss resin. Do you see yourself in this lovely mythical creature? If so, she is ready to represent you and your journey into a world beyond.
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Citrine Sunburst, Gem Revival Necklace

Nov 17 2013
Tom wanted me to pay attention to what his girlfriend, Mary, was drawn to when she visited. He wanted to surprise her with those choices for her upcoming birthday and for xmas. I shared another idea which was to create a necklace and earring set that would complete her mother's Citrine Sunburst ring. Here is the necklace creation. I created the sunburst frame from 18 gauge sterling wire. Next stop -- her earrings
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Hot Pink Hoop, Seaglass Pottery & Austrian Crystal, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Nov 11 2013
I love lassoing many elements that seem like unlikely pairs but surprise us when they are bound as one. The piece that was the impetus for this Vintage Mosaic was the blue sea glass pottery chunk. The hot pink once-earring hoop gave a contrasting one-two punch with shape and color. A seafoam sea glass triangle softens the center and adds to this layered composition. And a matte gold, windowed hoop serves as a backdrop that expands on the circle frame theme while Austrian crystals and a drop rhinestone charm adds sparkle and color here and there. This pendant is hung from a chain of approximately 16 inches.
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Mary's Custom Citrine Sunburst, Gem Revival Ring

Nov 06 2013
Tom wanted to surprise his girlfriend, Mary, with her mom's ring. The original citrine stone had fallen out and the ring was bent. I showed him my gem collection and he selected a 15 carat cushion cut Citrine. Once I rounded out the sterling and placed the stone, I created a thin gauged weave that tied the stone into the sunburst design, so there would never be a chance of falling out again. Mary let me know what a surprise it was to receive her mom's ring back and with the added design. Check back for the surprise pendant Tom is having me create for Mary, to go with this ring!
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Pumpkin, Leaves & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 27 2013
With Treat of Treat 'round the bend, leaves are all a flame in color up & down the Connecticut coast and seaglass refuses to stop their arrival near my front door. I love to gather disparate pieces that long to come together in color and form. Here is a pumpkin-colored once-earring hoop circa 1970, a few art glass amber leaves and beads and a sea foam sea glass piece brought together with silver art wire. For an added bit of whimsy I strung along a coiled spring wire. This pretty in a Pumpkin-Patch sort-of-way necklace is available for the picking! It is hung from a multi-strand of silver tiger wire measuring approximately 16 inches.
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A Bouquet of Daisies & Butterfly, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 20 2013
Even though fall leaves are peaking, a few flowers want to plead their case and with them, the occasional butterfly. The inspiration for this piece was the bouquet of daisies in a rainbow assortment of colors. I then chose this seafoam sea glass piece as its pillow and the rhinestone belt buckle half for a piece d' resistance frame. It's off-kilter position lends a whimsical perspective while the butterfly brings nature that much closer. I placed a once-earring hoop with an open center as the backdrop. It brings a cohesiveness in design to the mix. This pendant measures approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and is hung from a double strand of tiger wire chain. So step into the garden in the middle of fall for a bit!
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Diamond and Blue Sapphire, 14 KT White Gold, Gem Revival Pendant

Oct 07 2013
Noreen wanted to enjoy an antique diamond and blue sapphire ring, but as a pendant. She also loved my wire woven designs so she brought in her ring and had me transform it into the art jewelry pendant you see here. It is very delicate and balanced with a lot of open work between the wire, keeping the design light and airy and a beautiful setting for the circa 1930's centerpiece. So if you have a cherished ring that doesn't fit, think of letting me convert it into a piece of art jewelry that you will wear and pass along to your loved ones.
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Unicorn, Sea Slate & Full Moon, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Sep 29 2013
Imagine a world where the sky is perpetually blue, and one could encounter magical objects along your journey. This Vintage Mosaic evokes these images in aurora borealis stained glass pink, a rhinestone pave ball as the full moon and a cube of purple glass floating above a Unicorn of turquoise and silver. I connected all with varied gauges of silver wire and finished this story in a hand-formed teardrop frame. The turquoise back is a once-post earring, now no longer orphaned but part of an art jewelry design. This piece is sold!
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Seafoam & Swirls, Beach Gem Necklace

Sep 23 2013
Do you feel like jumping into a pool of seafoam bliss? Here's your chance with this piece of seaglass in all its liquid, frosted & bubbly essence. The wire wrap adds to the idea of vines hit by the sunlight from above, now casting a glow as if movement could be captured in the depths of the sea. This Beach Gem pendant is hung from a multi-tiger wire strand of approximately 16 inches in length. Let me know if you need a different length!
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Seafoam on Blue Seaglass Tile, Beach Gem Collection

Sep 19 2013
These two seaglass pieces give such a pretty contrast of seafoam against blue and triangle on square. They needed no embellishment other than a simple double silver tone tiger wire chain of approximately 16 inches. Take a walk on the wild seaglass side with this adornment leading the way!
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Sterling Silver Victorian Salt Spoon, Vintage Revival Earrings

Sep 12 2013
Mary & her daughter, Meg, "sifted" through my collection of Victorian salt spoons. These miniature antique beauties offered balance while playing to Mary's whimsical side. In order to preserve the intricate design from top to bottom, I connected two silver bales using resin that acts as a clear type of cement base. Meg also has her own set of Salt Spoon Earrings!
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Turquoise in Bezel Set 14 KT Gold Swirl Necklace

Sep 07 2013
This once-ring now plays its melody close to the heart of its next proud owner. Its notes are reflected in the colors of the richest sky -- Turquoise. 14 KT gold surrounds and plays second string as a whimsical bale with a swirl finish. The stone measures approximately 1.5 x 1 inches.
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Rob's Surprise Birthday Rubies on Seaglass Earring for Debbie

Aug 20 2013
You might recall a ruby on Seaglass pendant Rob had me create for his girlfriend, Debbie. The wire wrap design of 14 kt solid gold held a beautiful ruby in place, coupled with a sea glass piece picked by Debbie. Rob recently had me create this set of Ruby on Seaglass earrings, also in solid 14 kt gold setting. Debbie was truly caught by surprise when she opened this gift on her birthday -- Yay! Please click on the item link to sea her necklace.
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Seaglass and Daisy Drop, Beach Gem Charm Necklace

Aug 16 2013
This teensy frosted ice seaglass triangle didn't think that size mattered when it came to partnering up with this sweet daisy. This combination of sea and garden does nature proud while making a delicate statement in the charm necklace genre. Come over to my boutique and be the first to try on the latest of my art jewelry creations! It is hung from a silver tone, bar-chain vintage necklace of approximately 16 inches.
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Tortoise Frame & Rhinstone Fan, Vintage Revival Necklace

Aug 07 2013
Two disparate pieces come together in the form of a faux tortoise frame and amber & clear rhinestones from a once clip-on earring, circa 1940. This adorable earthy piece of bling measures approximately 2 x 1 inches. There is no need to beat this tortoise to the finish line, since you are already there while wearing it!
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Circa 1950's Purple Flower Passion on Garden, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 23 2013
This Purple rhinestone floral and leaf pin of the '50's begged for a contemporary setting. Simply placed within the open work of a new flower relief garden on silver tone hoop brings out the best in both pieces. This acts as both pin and pendant and is hung from a 16 inch silver chain. Pendant measures approximately 2.5 by 1.5 inches. If you are a modern girl with a passion for the past then wearing this piece will represent all that you are!
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The Gatsby Collection's, Ribbons, Flowers & Rhinestones Necklace

Jul 18 2013
This is the first in my Gatsby Collection. My extensive gathering of rhinestone, orphan, Clip-on earrings from the Victorian era to the 1950's allow me brush strokes that are full of glamour, glitter and gloss! A Bow, leaves and flowers come together in this asymmetrical and balanced design. A faceted Square Swarovski Rhinestone choker also from the 1950's caresses this bouquet of rhinestones from above, completing what will be one stellar bride's forever Gatsby piece!
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Art Glass & Onyx Beaded & Woven Hoops, Vintage Revival Earrings

Jul 15 2013
Alex had presented Lori w/ Swarovski Hoop Earrings from my Gem Revival Earring collection. And after seeing her reaction he knew that he wanted me to create another large hoop earring set that would sweep her off her feet. He spotted the blue & white swirl art glass beaded choker and from that I created these hoop earrings. Click on the item link to see the entire set.
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Rob's Shark's Tooth, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 12 2013
Rob was given this Shark's Tooth as a gift. He wanted to wear it as a pendant so I created a simple gold-filled twist wrap. Check out Rob sporting not just his Big Bubba's BBQ t-shirt, but his brand new bling that won't bite back!
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Coral Floral Crystals & Cube, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jul 10 2013
This Coral Mosaic started with a pretty coral & pearl beaded chain of twisted strands. That inspiration found me pulling pieces together that would complement it. What I brought together are a mix of amber seaglass, coral open-work bead, swarovski crystal cube, stained glass and enamel flower pansies in peach and coral. An open petal gold tone flower peeks from below. All elements are brought together with gold art wire and enveloped within an oval curly cue frame. This piece is sold.
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Palm Tree Bliss Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 04 2013
This once clip-on Earring served a lovely lady back in the day when clip-ons reigned. And now it has been given a new lease on life in a more up front & center way as a necklace. I created the bale and removed the earring back. With a dash of 24 kt gold leaf here and there, she is ready for her entrance once again. Are you ready to take that next step with her?
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Blue Daisy Burst in Filligree Teardrop, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 24 2013
I've been wearing this piece all week. It's bold, fun and a mix of vintage and modern all at once. This also speaks to the boho side of you. Comfy and lightweight it's anything but a lightweight in the style department. It stands out just the way you want to, elegant and funky -- yay!
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Bubble Gum Blast, Vintage Revival Necklace -- SOLD

Jun 21 2013
This explosion of color comes in four flavors of yummy bubble gum meant for your eyes and wardrobe only. The blast comes in the form of a splattered enamel backdrop in green, red and yellow that was once a circa '70's earring part. It is split in the middle with one side concave & the other protruding. The Gum drops fall freely for pleasing movement from silver stems. This piece was sold!
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Donna's Filigree Flower & Swarovski Brooch

Jun 16 2013
I know Donna's love for Victorian jewelry is only equaled by her love of Swarovski crystals. So once again I combined the two. This Floral filigree in brass will become a pin that she can choose to wear with her favorite business suit jacket or on a beaded necklace of the same color. The contrast of earth tones with sparkly crystals in a rainbow array of colors is stunning and so Donna!
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Antique Amethyst & Pearl Daisy, Vintage Revival Pendant

Jun 10 2013
Mary brought in her grandmother's amethyst and pearl earring hoping I could turn it into something a ten year old would wear. It would be her gift as part of a wedding party. Mary had seen my Confection Collection and felt that I could weave daisy petals as a surround for the 1930's once screw back earring. This is the result.
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Sunken Treasure, Da Vinci Charm Necklace -- SOLD!

Jun 07 2013
Ancient coins and silver ingots swing side by side a Seafoam bound treasure chest with untold fortunes within. A solo fish swims front and center. Can you spot the hand-cut stained glass pieces? This multi-level charm necklace is sold!
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Bugs, Leaves & a Lemon Drop, Vintage Lace Necklace -- SOLD!

Jun 04 2013

This sticky lemon drop found its way to the park where bugs abound and leaves offer shade. I love how vivid certain creatures in nature are. Here the contrast of reds, greens & black complement a centerpiece of sunlight concentrated in a simple circle. This piece is sold
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Peach, Plum & Rhinestone, Vintage Revival Lariat

Jun 02 2013
Take this lariat from the art show to the rodeo, it is that versatile and that spectacular. No one will call you a wallflower when you accessorize with this boot stompin' necklace. To mix things up I replaced a filigreed rhinestone dangle with a contemporary purple button with a double row of square rhinestones.
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Angel, Pearl & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 31 2013
An angel takes flight in each of us. We are full of beauty and wisdom just waiting to be tapped into. I see that come to form in this pendant. It carries the wisdom of an angel, Swarovski crystals & a pearl that represent light and purity and a seaglass piece that is nature's way of turning something tossed away into something beautiful. The lessons here are that we should not take anything or anyone for granted since we're on the same journey of discovery and love. Someone felt the same way as this piece is sold!
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Bit of Blue Sky, Da Vinci Earrings

May 28 2013
These tiny windows create the illusion of a bit of clear aqua sky dangling sweetly about you. I hand cut and beveled these squares and turned them on their end so you see a diamond shape of sky with wisps of clouds. This is one of my favorite jewelry colors. Is it yours?
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Peace Dove, Seaglass & Crysoprase Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

May 23 2013
I've been so busy displaying my latest antique and vintage jewelry acquisitions that I had an itching to drop what I was doing and create. I concentrated on color first while picking from shapes and sizes that would come together in a neat little package. What was important to me this time was the open wire work and whirly gigs, so once I wrapped each piece the frame construction was all that was left. It was there that I created a play of loops, swirls and a tear drop shape. This is a terrific summertime piece.
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Donna's Filigree Swarovski Dotted, Vintage Revival Bracelet

May 19 2013
Donna loves to dress up her Victorian Jewelry acquired from my recent estate finds. It's not hard to guess what's on her mind since she adores Swarovski crystals in all forms. Here, I kept it simple, just five alternating Swarovski crystals in aurora borealis each blinking from their own oval. I replaced the orignal plain clasp with one that sports three Swarovski crystals. Please click on the item link to see the two pieces in Donna's collection that came to life from my studio!
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Parade of Pearls on Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

May 17 2013
As is often the case, I will dive into a newly acquired estate of antique and vintage jewelry and stop mid-stride when a piece inspires me. The piece here turned out to be a circa 1940's once clip-on earring orphan. It's wreath of pearls in shades of grey and olive burst forth in grape like clusters and are set off by open leaves in gold straddling four brilliant rhinestones. Movement comes in the form of a trio of teardrop shaped pearls below. I gifted this orphan together with an irregular and nicely frosted ice seaglass. The non-tarnishing silver art wire both serves to bring the two together and create a frame that is loopy and whimsical. This Beach Gem pendant is hung from a silver tone chain of 16 inches.
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Lemon & Lime Be Mine, Da Vinci Earrings -- SOLD

May 15 2013
You can take this pair of Lemon & Lime stained glass, Chandelier Earrings wherever you want to show your best moves. Micro-chains meet with glass & wood beads like a belly dancer's best friend. They offer movement before hand cut and beveled stained glass in the color of lemon and lime. The contrast of gold hoop with the soothing coolness of glass makes the one-of-a-kind art jewelry that is both fun and stunning. This pair is sold
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Lisa's Blueberry Wonder in Leather & Flower, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 13 2013
Lisa walked into my boutique in search of a Mother's Day gift. After many exclamations about the multitude of choices and her clear excitement about discovering my shop, she switched courses and left with two Vintage Lace Necklaces for herself. She realized too that she already owned several of my art jewelry piece she had received as gifts. This is the first of her choices . . .Silver Art wire is hand woven in Kariann's delicate teardrop design. This lovely, adjustable choker goes from 15 - 18 inches, so let this Blueberry wonder in Leather & Floral buttons, earrings & pin share the spotlight with your favorite button-down in any color or a turtleneck to keep the chill away. Goes great with Teal or any blue!
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Brilliant Blue Rhinestone & Cluster Crystal, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 10 2013
Are you looking for a way to walk the red carpet? Look no further since whether you are or not, you will feel you have arrived wearing this stunning and light filled Vintage Revival Necklace! This is no ordinary upcycled bauble with its brilliant sky blue Austrian Crystal Cluster & Rhinestone Earrings, all circa 1950, competing for center stage. All are cold connected with silver wire and hung from a vintage silver linked chain measuring approximately 15 - 17 inches.
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Maureen's Robin's Egg Blue, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 06 2013
Maureen had been visiting for adjustments to her Mother-of-the-Bride Vintage Revival Oscar Necklace. While there she was distracted to the point of needing to return for a separate visit to search for something that would strike her eye. On this next visit she proudly showed me pictures of a Robin's nest and the vivid blue eggs that lay there. So when she spotted this Vintage Lace, she knew it was waiting for her arrival. Do click on the item link to see Maureen modeling her Robin's Egg Blue,
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Pomegranate Rosary Beads, Vintage Revival Necklaces

May 03 2013
Dale is always on the lookout for something new & unusual. Her love of that & the beauty & meaning of Rosary Beads drew her toward an antique strand in striking pomegranate faceted glass and silver. She wanted to make it into art jewelry and that is what you see here -- two necklaces displaying the cross with three of the pomegranate beads and a Charm dangling with two more of the pink beads below the Mary pendant. Dale knows how to stand out in a crowd!
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Galactic Candy, Confection Collection Earrings

Apr 29 2013
If I could put a candy store in a pair of earrings, this would be what it looks like. I can taste butterscotch, Jelly Bean Cotton Candy, Spearmint & Rootbeer here. What do you think of when you see them? Even better, be the candy store girl & make these yours!
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Ice & Amber Seaglass, Beach Gem Bracelet

Apr 26 2013
This chunky seaglass bracelet offers both the warmth of amber in all its frosted glory and the cool light of ice, all tumbled by the waves of the Maine coast. I wrapped each piece with thick gauge sterling silver wire. The end links were also formed by hand & knotted for permanence. This is a very comfortable bracelet meant to be worn whenever you need a reminder of ocean breezes & sand between your toes.
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Emerald Sea Glass, Beach Gem Earrings

Apr 22 2013
These emerald seaglass pieces swam in the Long Island Sound pictured behind them. During their tenure in the waves they became perfectly frosted & shaped into triangles. I wrapped non-tarnishing gold art wire in order to cage this set & provide a bale for the earring setting. This pair is sold!
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Cameos, MOP & Brooch, Vintage Lace Necklace

Apr 16 2013
Mother of Pearl & Cameos play well together in this "sandbox" that is my Vintage Lace Necklace collection. Stepping into the mix are faux onyx & marcasite and black lacquered & rhinestone buttons. But to clarify things for you, think my hand woven lace in place of sand and you have an art-to-wear piece that brings back once-neglected and vintage buttons and a brooch. This piece is sold!
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Turqouise Sky & Copper Earth Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 14 2013
Look up, look down, however you view this stained glass earring set, they reflect the earth & sky in colors that pop & please. And that beauty is reflected on their owner as this pair is sold!
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Carrot & Lime Cocktail, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 04 2013
Take a sliver of carrot, mix in a slurry of lime,toss in some sea slate & rhinestones to keep this piece from being sipped into oblivion & you have this lovely Vintage Mosaic. I created an apple frame with lots of wave action. It measures approximately 2.5 inches in circumference and hangs from an approximately 16 inch chain.
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Carrot & Lime Cocktail, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 04 2013
Take a sliver of carrot, mix in a slurry of lime,toss in some sea slate & rhinestones to keep this piece from being sipped into oblivion & you have this lovely Vintage Mosaic. I created an apple frame with lots of wave action. It measures approximately 2.5 inches in circumference and hangs from an approximately 16 inch chain.
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Judy's Royal Blue & Gold Wiggles, Beach Gem Ring

Mar 26 2013
Judy popped into the boutique for her first stroll when she spotted this Royal Blue "Sea Glass" ring. With a few adjustmemts, it was hers. I had shaped this seaglass piece into it's triangle form and wrapped it in gold non-tarnishing art wire. Judy loved that the ring doesn't turn or spin since it has three wire levels in the wrap. Next stop, a pair of seaglass earrings to match!
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Cathy's Boxer, Vintage Lace Necklace

Mar 22 2013
Cathy loves animals & paints them for a living. She especially loves Boxer dogs & had acquired a large pin collection that she brought into my boutique. I showed her several pieces from my Vintage Lace collection which she agreed would be the best form and backdrop for the Boxers. Her favorite colors & gems included garnet, all things camouflage, tiger's eye & onyx, which I included these colors & gems in each of the dog collars. I can't wait to photograph her wearing her first of my pieces.
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Starfish, Seaglass & Sun Shine, Beach Gem Necklace

Mar 20 2013
This starfish once lived as a charm on a sea-themed bracelet. Now it resides front & center with back up vocals from a seafoam seaglass & a vintage gold disc. The off-center rhinestone peeks from behind the seaglass's missing corner and winks with its starfish rhinestone sibling. Are you ready to wink your love of the sea while wearing this Beach Gem Necklace?
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Donna's Bar & Chain, Gem Revival Earrings

Mar 18 2013
I love mixing different elements & aiming for movement. This pair of earrings mixes it up with pearls, Swarovski crystals & gold twisted bar & micro-chains. The best thing for Donna is that this pair will suit two of her Vintage Revival Necklaces. Please click on the item link to view one of her Vintage Revival Necklaces!
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Annie's MOP Cufflinks & Heart Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Mar 17 2013
I want to thank Annie for not only having such healing hands but also for her huge heart. She had been trying to get to my boutique for a long time & this week came through for her. Well, Annie was serious about getting some shopping done! She selected jewelry for her friends from both my vintage and art jewelry collections. This piece presented here is to be hers. I can say that her heart is every bit as big & chockfull of love & goodies as this one is. . .I started with a huge heart shell in silver metal & filled the void with Mother-of-pearl cufflinks, stained glass, faceted crystal, chain & acrylic metalized charm beads. All were made to "float" with the silver art wire design holding all in place with drama & aesthetics in mind. Everyday will be Valentine's Day when Annie wears this heart on the outside!
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Fun, Chunky & Charming, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 14 2013
I was feeling like a burst of color the day I started this piece, so I collected enough colorful vintage charms & played mix & match until it all fell into place. This piece will enhance many of your outfits and bring all eyes to you. It's such a happy, fun piece and one that can be yours!
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Joanne's Art Nouveau Locket, Confection Collection Splash

Mar 11 2013
Joanne's locket dates back to the Art Nouveau era & had once belonged to her mother-in-law. She was accustomed to her jewelry presenting with a splash & so we decided to enhance her locket with just that. I hand wove the gold art wire into petals that would sit at different heights and each hold its own Swarovski crystal. In order to keep the wire work from overwhelming this already amazing piece, I permanently resined the design to the back. When it was completed, I hung it from a double strand of gold tiger wire with garnet Swarovski crystals at the center. I can't wait to show it to her!
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Donna's Filigree Drop, Vintage Revival Earrings

Mar 08 2013
Donna loved her Antique Revival Filigree Pin with Swarovski crystal charms so much that she wanted earrings to complement it. After an extensive search through hundreds of antique pieces for the right filigree, I found three miniatures that you see dangling from the center filigree petal. I used the same Swarovski dangles in three places as in the pin and draped micro chain for movement and to provide a counterpoint to the triangle cone shape above. Please click on the item link to view her Antique Revival pin.
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Aqua Mosaic Locket, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 06 2013
This beautiful locket comes from a bygone era. It was missing its cameo face so I took the liberty to give it a mosaic face of aqua stained glass and glass beads. For contrast, I resined two of the stained glass squares. The locket measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches in diameter & is hung from a vintage gold tone chain of approximately 22 inches. This one-of-a-kind art jewelry locket is ready to welcome pictures of your loved ones.
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Daisies, Seaglass & Sterling Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 04 2013
This bouquet started out with a sea foam seaglass piece & two blue enamel leafed daisies with pearls; and ended in a heart. Three separate vintage once earrings found their way into the composition as backdrop, gold contrast & sterling heart frame. And if you look closely you'll see that a heart does complete this bouquet. All pieces were wrapped in gold & silver non-tarnishing art wire. A blue catseye bead is set below to give balance to the blue daisies above. This art jewelry piece hangs from a sterling silver ball bead chain of 16 inches. Did you ever wish your heart was as happy as a daisy or two? Well now it can be. See this art to wear piece in my boutique!
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Sue's Lavender Heart & Blue Sky, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Mar 01 2013
Sue & her husband Michael visited my shop for the first time today. This was her fourth attempt to visit after first peeking into my boutique window & liking what she saw. The boutique was closed during my trip to California. I loved hearing both their enthusiastic comments about my art jewelry pieces. After narrowing her choices down to four Vintage Mosaic pieces, this Lavender Heart & Blue Sky Necklace won her heart in the end. And she's already selected her next art jewelry purchase!
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Liz's Springtime Da Vinci Fun Necklace

Feb 27 2013
Groundhog's day has come & gone & depending on where the celebration took place this little critter gave early spring a thumbs up & down. So here's my solution & one that Liz is now enjoying -- a necklace that brings it on no matter the prediction. Wherever Liz wears her necklace she is bound to bring sunshine & springtime into the room. Look closely & you'll see a burst of color brought on in the form of hand cut & bezeled stained glass, sea glass in emerald & ice & a multitude of vintage glass & lucite beads, as well as buttons in the mix. I also combined gold on a silver bead ball chain to make this piece all the more versatile.
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Art Deco Cameo & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Pin

Feb 12 2013
My palette began with a vintage rhinestone watch reminiscent of the Art Deco Era. I chose to strike the clock and give it a face that is a mix of pearls, crystals and a miniature cameo. The baby blues & pearly white contrast softly against the setting of rhinestones and a rippled stained glass mirror piece cut & beveled into a triangle. Striking as the original pin-watch was, it now is all the more imposing in a collage of all things beautiful and altogether different. This piece is sold.
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Victorian Winter's Leaf & Floral, Vintage Revival Pin

Feb 10 2013
This silver filigree leaf & flower pin arrived in a lot of Victorian jewelry. By the time Donna spotted it, it was part of a Vintage Revival Necklace. She wanted to know if it would be possible to remove the pin from my previous creation to which I said, why not? So in its third incarnation, it remains mostly in its original form with the addition of Swarovski dangles that rotate with the pin and act as points of light. Donna is now awaiting earrings to accompany this piece.
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Ice Seaglass & Crystals in Teardrop, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 08 2013
This pendant is a freeform composition of seaglass & rhinestones in the most vivid faceted colors. The setting is a whirlwind of gold non-tarnishing art wire. Lots of negative space offers contrast to the intensity of color & composition. This piece is sold.
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Donna's Swarovski, Vintage Revival Necklace, Bracelet & Earring Set

Feb 05 2013
Ever since Donna caught sight of my antique Swarovski Crystal Lot, she could not stop thinking about them and the many jewelry possibilities that kept entering her dreams. When she saw this set from afar, she was bedazzled. These crystals far outshine their photo here and the colors are vivid while remaining elegant and one-of-kind. The Necklace strand is approximately 34 inches. I resined each crystal in place and alternated the loops so that no matter how the chain turns, bling is bound to catch the light in all its Swarovski brilliance!
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Celtic Knot on Teardrop & Etched Brass, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 03 2013
Keeping this Celtic Knot simple & Classic was the key when I had in hand a once-earring teardrop dangle and an etched brass rectangle for the backdrop. The contrast is lovely and striking, but not as lovely as when being worn by you, its next owner!?
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Winged Aqua, Vintage Lace Necklace

Feb 01 2013
I picture the owner of this Winged Warrior exhibiting lots of pride of ownership as they feel one with the wind that keeps their wings aloft. Three once clip-on-earrings now present as feathers in flight with a hint of aqua for the sky to which they soar. I hand-wove Silver non-tarnishing art wire into a comfortable lace design that can be molded to one's neckline. It is adjustable from 15 - 17 inches in length. Are you that Princess Warrior seeking a treasure that speaks of passion, boldness & beauty when worn?
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Amber, Pearls & Tulip, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 29 2013
This tiny pendant is loaded with the warmth of Amber & two freshwater pearls sprinkled around an antique tulip. The fan backing is also vintage and measures approximately 1 x 1 inch. Resin keeps all these beauties unencumbered and permanently in place. This pendant is hung from a 16 inch double strand of silver tiger wire.
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Seaglass Pie in the Sky Blue with Pearls, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 27 2013
This little sky blue sea glass piece had its corner missing and thus beckoned an addition of something tiny & related. These two vintage faux pearls fit the bill, and when I resined them to a silver back with filigree top, I thought "oh how cute". Then my eyes locked on this blue & grey striped hoop which compelled me to let it be the surround for my new seaglass pendant. Its circumference is approximately 2.5 inches & is hung from a double strand of silver tiger wire, adjustable from 16 - 18 inches. To be one with the sea & sky or not to be -- that is no longer the question when you could wear this piece for any occasion! Is this one for you?
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Sunburst with Key Lime Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 25 2013
This Key Lime sea glass jelly bean is to be worn & admired only. Now in the midst of a resined vintage teardrop & Sunburst hoop, this sea glass wonder rolled around in the deep until it lay on the sands of Shell Beach in front of my home. It's rare to spot this color, especially in such a cute frosted shape that looks good enough to eat! The pendant measures approximately 2 inches in circumference and hangs from a double silver tiger wire of approximately 16 inches.
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Mermaid, Starfish & Seahorse on Pearls, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 22 2013
This montage is a celebration of what lays beneath the ocean waves. I've taken an original composition of pearls that were clustered in a pendant with brass leaves & added aquatic life and a turquoise bead. This piece is light & comfortable while drawing the eye to the irresistible pull of the sea and the life it heralds far below. This piece is perfect in a layered effect with long vintage gold or silver chains for that boho beneath the sea look!
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I Dream of Jeannie's Bottle in Vintage Faux Pearls & Rhinestones on Aqua, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 20 2013
I had cut & beveled this vivid aqua stained glass piece & set it aside for a time when something caught my eye as a beautiful fit. So when I acquired an antique lot this once screw back earring presented itself as the one. I intertwined gold non-tarnishing art wire in order to bring the two pieces permanently together. The final look reminds me of Jeannie's bottle from my favorite childhood sitcom, I Dream Of Jeannie. Her bottle seemed like the perfect place to escape to. I placed this bauble on a vintage faux pearl strand of approximately 16 inches. So here's your chance to escape into your very own bottle.
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Three Pearls, Teardrop & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 16 2013
This lovely teardrop encapsulates two Freshwater pearls found in their oyster shell by its owner. She'd always wanted to create around these pearls and when she saw several of my designs, her next decision was shape. This tear drop resulted with another gem from the sea in the form of a seafoam sea glass piece. I used silver non-tarnshing art wire for the frame and wraps along with a sprinkling of Swarovski crystals.
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Pink Palace & Icicle Candy, Da Vinci Earrings

Jan 11 2013
You might recall a post where I spoke of Gary who came into my boutique in search of an art jewelry piece for his wife, Sharon. A week later, he brought her back from their home in Virginia. She got to choose her favorite which turned out to be the "Pink & Turquoise Heart, Vintage Mosaic Necklace". And before they said their farewells, Gary asked me to create earrings that would compliment Sharon's necklace. These Pink Palace & Icicle Candy, Stained Glass Da Vinci Earrings are now home with Sharon & Gary. I thank Gary's brother, Bob, for recommending my boutique to Gary, who with Sharon is an art jewelry lover!
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Ruby on Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 09 2013
Rob walked into my boutique and proclaimed that he was smitten with Debbie. He had a plan to bring her into the shop and we would both pay close attention to anything that grabbed her attention. He wanted to surprise her later with something I would create for her. Well, as the occasion unfolded it was very clear what Debbie loved and that was Rubies and Gold. She selected a two carat ruby that I would cage in 14 kt gold wire and for backdrop this frosted ice sea glass piece. Now Debbie will wear her Beach Gem Necklace always & on their frequent rides on their horses, Sonny & Ember!
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Victorian Felt Brooch on Seed Bead, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 07 2013
Donna discovered this Victorian embroidered Felt and Gold Thread Brooch among my recent antique treasure acquisitions. We discussed ways to change it up and originally planned to create a bracelet using a Victorian watch band until Donna spotted this matte gold seed bead multi-chain necklace from the 1990's. She was taken with the combination so I wove the brooch permanently to the necklace. I also created a double strand of gold vintage chains with garnet Swarovski bi-cone crystals dangling well below this piece. I can't wait to show Donna her latest set of Art Jewelry!
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Victorian Felt Pin on Seed Beach, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 07 2013

Donna discovered this Victorian embroidered Felt and Gold Thread Brooch among my recent antique treasure acquisitions. We discussed ways to change it up and originally planned to create a bracelet using a Victorian watch band until Donna spotted this matte gold seed bead multi-chain necklace from the 1990's. She was taken with the combination so I wove the brooch permanently to the necklace. I also created a double strand of gold vintage chains with garnet Swarovski bi-cone crystals dangling well below this piece. I can't wait to show Donna her latest set of Art Jewelry!
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Emerald Sea Glass Bottle Top & CZ, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 03 2013
It's a rare day when one finds an emerald bottle top Sea Glass and even more rare to find one that is tossed into a symmetrical & perfectly frosted rectangle. This tiny piece measures approximately 1.3 x 1 inch. I added contrast in the form of a sparkly CZ gem. The double silver bale is hand formed & will accept all chains. I've hung it on a 16 - 17.5 inch adjustable silver snake chain.
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Turqouise Dove, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 01 2013
My wish is to bring in the New Year with peace, love & an earth that is bountiful & saved for all. The ice seaglass represents our thoughtful actions for our planet, while the turquoise dove stands for peace and love. This nature pendant measures approximately 1 x 1 inches & is hung from a snake chain adjustable from 16 - 17.5 inches. Be thoughtful & fashionable at once with this petite seaglass necklace.
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Chloe's TinkerBell & Daisy, Da Vinci Necklace

Dec 29 2012
Chloe & her sister had made it clear that they loved visiting my boutique, so when they were in school their mom & dad snuck in for a custom design session. They wanted to surprise their daughters with their first piece of art jewelry. Both girls love Tinker Bell & flowers, so I created a charm necklace depicting both. Chloe's is hung here in front of an aqua, aurora borealis stained glass piece in turquoise & hung from a satin necklace cord. Her sister's is hung from an ice seaglass piece. I can't wait to show you both of them modeling their art jewelry!
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Icicle, Pearl & Moonstone, Skating Pond, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Dec 27 2012
Sometimes shapes begin to take on a form that bring to mind the seasons, a temperature or just a look that says "see me, feel me" as in Tommy, the musical. This piece evokes all that in the form of winter, coolness & longing to be touched & worn. There is a single earring orphan that offers an open swirl of cool metal below in contrast to the soft coolness of a pearl, moonstone nuggets & Austrian crystals. This is an arty form of a skating pond in my mind. What do you think? You can contemplate this question while wearing this piece that is hung on a double silver strand of soft tiger wire adjustable from approximately 16 - 17 inches in length.
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Celtic Knot on Sea Glass Tile, Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 21 2012
This ice blue tile floated about on surf & sand until it landed not far from my doorstep. It's a little rough around the edges with a frosted patina brought on by its travels beneath the waters of the Long Island Sound. I kept her simple and flattered with this pretty Celtic Knot charm. It is hung from a double strand of soft tiger wire in silver measuring approximately 16 - 17.5 inches, adjustable.
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Kidney Transplant, Celebration Da Vinci Necklace

Dec 19 2012
Anne was back, this time in search of a perfect gift for a friend who is about to receive her long-awaited kidney transplant. We discussed options that would be representative, pretty and delicate as a pendant symbol of her new kidney and hope for a renewed life of freedom and health. I hand-cut & beveled a pink aurora borealis stained glass piece into a kidney shape and for a splash of bling, I created a bale with Swarovski bi-cone crystal in AB pink. I feel honored to be able to create this piece for her friend!
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Celtic Knot on Seafoam Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 17 2012
Mary Beth stepped into my boutique for the first time after she saw my sign for Sea Glass. She was in search of an x'mas gift for one of her daughters. When she spotted this Celtic Knot piece, she shared how this daughter's life revolved around everything Irish, down to every last detail of her wedding. And since she also loved the color green, this piece was a wrap. . . . I "floated" the Celtic knot onto the Seaglass with a permanent resin base, and to soften the triangle, created a looped open wire surround that culminated in the top bale. This seafoam color really lets the light shine through, lending to it a beneath the sun-kissed sea look!
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Petrified Wood Cufflinks, Gem & Vintage Revival Cufflinks

Dec 15 2012
Peggy & Tony came in with a box of petrified wood they found during their travels. They wanted to create something for their Son-in-law who pretty much has everything. He works on Wall Street & wears suits, so they thought of having cuff-links made with their collection of Petrified wood. And since I love a challenge, I agreed to do this. Well. . . After failed attempts to cut into the harder than rock - wood, I took a sledge hammer to the pieces out on the sidewalk. Please click of the item link to see the raw P. wood. I finally had cut several small pieces that I would begin to diamond cut with a dremel into oval cabachons that would fit on the vintage gold cuff-links you see here. Prior to the final resin finish, I edged each piece with 12 Kt gold filled twisted wire for a bezeled look. Tony & Peg can't wait to give their son-in-law his Xmas gift.
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Turquoise & Sea Glass, Gem Revival & Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 12 2012
John's daughter told him he should visit my shop when in search of his wife's Christmas gift. So he did just that today & was happy to find the perfect gift for his wife in under ten minutes. He said she loved turquoise so I pointed him in this direction. . . . A semi-precious gem of the earth meets that of the sea in a frosted seaglass piece. I washed both in resin for a permanent wave-washed look and to secure them together for always. Before John left, he said, "I'll be back!"
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Seafoam Seaglass at Sunset, Beach Gem Earrings

Dec 10 2012
Mark makes it in every holiday season to find something special for his wife. This year he chose this pair of seafoam sea glass earrings that are depicted over the waters where they tossed & tumbled until they arrived at their distinct shapes and frosted patinas. This picture was taken in front of my home with the sun setting across the Long Island Sound at Shell Beach. I am blessed to have so many of my clients, like Mark, return every year for that special something, for that special someone! Happy Holidays, everyone!!!
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Sharon's Pink & Turquoise Heart, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 09 2012
I knew Gary would be bringing his wife, Sharon, back for a visit this week. They live in my home state of Virginia. I created two pieces with Gary's comments in mind. When Sharon saw this, after several others being considered, her mind was made up. I started with two stained glass pieces which I hand-cut & beveled for soft edges. Silver, non-tarnishing artisan wire embraces each piece that includes several turquoise & Swarovski crystal beads &, finally, a circa 1930's acrylic miniature pink button. The heart shape came inadvertantly at the very end because of the two loops that frame the piece from above and a pointed bottom loop, as well as the pointed aurora borealis stained glass piece from below. Please click on the item link to view Sharon modeling her piece. Stay tuned for custom earrings that will compliment this piece!
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Dragonfly, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 06 2012
Nature & Upcycle lovers take note. See that twisted silver frame? It once hung as a hoop earring. It now sits atop another once-earring that now serves as a textured lattice backing for this lovely dragonfly. Her movements straddle this dot of blue that is a vintage Austrian crystal. This pendant measures approximately 1.5 inches in circumference & is hung from a double strand of silver tiger wire adjustable from approximately 15.5 - 17 inches.
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Peek-a-Boo Blue, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 04 2012
I love the idea of taking a once earring that is missing its mate & making goodness out of it, once again. The goodness comes in the form of liquid powder blue cabachons with a resin glow, while the open work lends to the airiness of the design. This open work pendant measures approximately 2 x 2 inches & is hung from a double strand of soft steel & nylon tiger wire, adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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Seaglass Puddle Magic, Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 01 2012
This puddle has so much confetti color beneath a just wave-washed beach look. Gems from the sea come in the form of two emerald sea glass pieces, a spiral shell & nuggets of amber tossed on a vintage silver round piece whose micro holes lend a porous dimension. The wet puddle look comes from a resin that I used to set all pieces permanently in place. Finally, I placed a softly hammered gold hoop for a frame of reference. This Beach Gem necklace is hung from approximately a 15.5 - 17 inch adjustable chain in gold tiger wire.
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Amber & Seaglass Puddle, Beach Gem Necklace

Nov 29 2012
Two vintage jewelry orphans in the form of a hammered silver square & silver hoop come together as a frame and backdrop for what I call a puddle of amber & seaglass. These are tiny nuggets, keeping this piece at an adorable size of approximately 1 x 1 inch. Resin serves to keep the amber & seaglass appearing wet as in a beach puddle. This piece is meant to be worn everyday whether in your bikini or blue jeans!
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Aqua & Ice Seaglass, Beach Gem Earrings

Nov 26 2012
These twins are identical except for their cool frosted color. Their shapes mirror one another while their contrasting colors offer whimsy. I picked these off of Shell Beach in front of my home and wrapped them in silver non-tarnishing art wire. The length is approximately 1.5 inches long from the bottom of the ear wire.
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Aqua Stained Glass, Pearls & Chrysoprase, Da Vinci Earrings

Nov 19 2012
Maxine wanted her daughter to have a pair of earrings that would compliment her Contemporary Mosaic Necklace (click on the item link to see it). I cut to boomerang shaped pieces from aqua stained glass. After softening the edges, I cradled each piece in gold art wire. A pearl was tied into the design & for a little green counterpoint to the same in the necklace, I dangled green crysoprase beads from below each. This piece is sold.
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Amber, Pearls & Austrian Crystals, Gem Mosaic Necklace

Nov 17 2012
This burst of flower petals holds sway over a parade of gems, crystals and hand-cut & beveled stained glass in turquoise & cola brown. Amber nuggets & pearls shake things up a bit, while lime Austrian crystals wink neon in color. The negative space within each petal offers a softness to this playful frame. This piece is sold.
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Maxine's Aqua & Lime Green & Pearl Necklace for her Daughter, Contemporary Mosaic

Nov 14 2012
Maxine's daughter loves aquas & greens. This is the third set of jewelry that she will be giving to a family member. I hand cut and beveled the stained glass, and strung two turquoise squares, a pearl, a cat's eye bead & more. With all the components at the ready, I began wrapping the two glass pieces and then winding all the rest into their respective places in the sun as you see here. This mix is very three dimensional and with a nice balance of negative space created by the floral petal looping effect of the outer frame. The pendant measures approximately 2 inches in circumference and hangs from a double strand of gold tiger wire. Open the item link to see her accompanying Da Vinci & Gem Revival Earrings.
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Simple Seaglass Swirl in Royal Blue Nugget, Beach Gem Necklace

Nov 12 2012
This Royal Blue seaglass nugget kept on winking its presence until I brought it front and center on a simple silver-toned swirl charm. Its resin base keeps it in place without the need for wire and allows for this frosted beauty to shine in a free floating pose. This pendant is hung from a double silver crimped tiger wire of approximately 16 - 18 inches and itself measures approximately 1.5 x 1 inch.
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Jen, Richie & Sammy Baby's, Beach Gem Mosaic Necklace

Nov 08 2012
Sammy will soon be cuddling with mommy & daddy in person! There is lots of love surrounding this family with many anticipating Sammy's arrival! Predicted is his full head of hair, depicted here in tawny faux pearls, because both his mom & dad sport the same! This is a gift for Jen, a dear friend and lovely, caring person who will be an amazing mommy to Sammy. I'm so happy for them & can't wait for the news of Sammy's arrival. I love you guys!!!
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Maxine's Eye Popping Pearl, Quartz & Orange Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Nov 06 2012
Maxine paid close attention to her daughter-in-law's color preferences. And since she loves amber, Maxine chose these art glass pieces with a blue seaglass piece for contrast. I added two freshwater pearls, a quartz and a faceted lime Austrian crystal for fun. All are wrapped in sterling silver wire of varying gauges. Please click on the item link to see the matching earrings.
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Steampunk Seaglass, Amber & Moonstone, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 31 2012
With Hurricane Sandy behind us and clean up ahead, time does not stand still unless one looks into this Vintage Mosaic Art-to-Wear Necklace. I've gathered a tumble of tiny elements from seafoam seaglass tossed in the rough surf of the Long Island Sound, Amber & Moonstone. And to offer definition and whimsy, I set them all in a little teardrop silver frame and added miniature watch parts around the edges and in the center. Resin holds everything in place leaving this pendant to measure approximately 2 x 1 inch. It is hung from a double strand of silver tiger wire adjustable from approximately 15 - 18 inches.
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Calm in the Midst of a Storm, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 29 2012
These two ice seaglass pieces know the tossing of the Long Island Sound since that is where they developed their frosted beauty. Well, I rescued them before Hurricane Sandy and now they present a calm beauty beside a Peridot nugget & aqua art glass ovals. I've staged each piece within silver open work teardrops that were resined to a solid silver teardrop backdrop. This pendant measures approximately 2 x 1 inch and is hung from a double silver tiger wire strand adjustable from 15 - 17 inches. Wear this art-to-wear jewelry piece with the knowledge that calm and beauty are within your reach forever!
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Rhonda's gift of Grandma's Watch, Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 25 2012
Rhonda saw her piece 1/4 way through. I'm surprising her on Facebook with this post, now that it is completed. She intends to surprise her daughter with this so I won't go into the details, except to share that this watch belonged to Rhonda's grandmother. It is a 14 kt Bulova with diamonds in an exquisite leaf design. I've added an unaltered ice seaglass piece that resembles a snowboard, her daughter's favorite blue color in stained glass and tiny bi-cone Swarovski crystals and more in Aurora Borealis for a little sparkle. All are lovingly wrapped in silver non-tarnishing art wire with a loopy rectangle frame. It is hung from a double silver tiger wire strand adjustable from 15.5 - 18 inches.
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Seaglass on Crysoprase, Pearl & Moonstone, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 23 2012
Gems come softly when in the form of a Champagne Pearl, Olive Green Crysoprase. I placed an ice seaglass piece over the rectangle crysoprase and embellished it with twirled, braided silver art wire. This pendant is hung from a sterling silver chain that ends in alternating moonstone nuggets. This necklace measures approximately 18 inches. This Beach Gem piece is the perfect representation of what the earth and the sea offer in glowing gems.
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A Grandaughter's Birthday Gift, Pastel & Pearl Seaglass, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Oct 21 2012
Maxine came into my boutique & announced that she'd been searching for me since viewing her friend, Jeanette's numerous art jewelry pieces from my various collections. After dropping off a Pearl necklace repair & her first tour of my boutique, she was back on Friday to place custom orders for her family members. This is the first. She shared that her granddaughter loves pastel colors, so she selected the seaglass & stained glass pieces here. She also loved my oval shaped Mosaics & requested that all the pieces follow suit. I included a warm freshwater pearl for glowing contrast. Each piece was gift wrapped in non-tarnishing silver art wire and framed in a twirly organic oval frame. I've left enough negative space to create the effect of lightness and balance. This piece is hung from double strand of wiggle tiger wire, adjustable from 15 - 17 inches.
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Seaglass Peas in Teardrop Pod, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 18 2012
I love coming up with new ways to create art jewelry. This time I wanted to combine these tiny frosted seaglass pieces in baby blue & ice without the use of wire. While I knew resin would do the trick, I did not want to overwhelm the piece with too much material. So, in order to "lock" in the seaglass, I selected silver balls in varying sizes that would hold the resin & the outer tear drop frame together with the seaglass. The frame was once an earring dangle & now serves to lend beauty and protection to the previously sea faring gems within. It measures approximately 2 x 1 inch & is hung from a double silver tiger wire chain that is adjustable from 14 - 17 inches.
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Nancy's Seafoam Bottle Top, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 16 2012
Nancy found a dozen pieces of frosted seaglass on one beach walk. This was the richest of all the seafoams. I knew with its missing edge and bottle top etching, combined with the rich seafoam color, that I would be able to create an art-to-wear pendant that would be both striking and aesthetically pleasing. Roiling waves are represented in that missing corner with twirled silver art wire as well as in the middle. Please click on the item description link to see Nancy wearing her Beach Gem Necklace!
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Donna's Victorian Scalloped Berry Spoon, Vintage Revival Cuff

Oct 14 2012
I love working a functional and sculptural utensil such as this antique brass berry spoon into a shape that allows it to be worn beautifully & comfortably on the wrist. Donna eyed this piece and mentioned how a bit of sparkle would be a nice addition. I'd just acquired a thousand piece lot of vintage Swarovski Rhinestones, which Donna proceeded to wade through. She selected these two lemon Swarovski gems which I permanently attached with resin. This piece will add to Donna's extensive collection of my Victoriana art jewelry.
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Donna's Carnival Glass Button, Vintage Revival Lariat

Oct 11 2012
There is a Depression Glass tray of antique buttons at the front of my boutique. Donna, as many others have, takes a seat to wade through the colorful & multi-textured buttons. This is the first of three buttons that will become a part of her art jewelry collection. I created clusters of royal & zircon blue Swarovski bi-cone beads. Once the lariat is pulled tight, two clusters will surround the button for an accent of color that complements the blue beneath the button's glass. A similar cluster dances below a filigree gold bead at the very end of Donna's lariat.
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Swan & Crystal, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 09 2012
When I received my latest auction win of vintage jewelry, I stopped everything to begin tinkering with four bracelets -- two tennis & two gold linked. They were destined to become part of an intertwining river that leads to a single Sky Blue, Rhinestone-encrusted Swan. If you look closely you will see the criss-cross of wire work that keeps the rhinestones and gold bracelets from falling away. This exquisite Vintage Revival piece is adjustable from 15 - 19 inches in length. Do dare to dream of wearing this most elegant of creatures about you. She will leave onlookers astonished at the simplicity and charm-like setting below the streamlined opulence of gold and crystals above!
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CC's Art Deco & Bike Chains, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 07 2012
Alex saw me wearing this latest creation and knew that CC would love it. She loves her jewelry to make a statement and so he purchased it on the spot. This once orphan earring is turned on its head for a change of pace and look. It originally played the role of a post earring with the drape falling in three fluid strands. In my upcycled design, I wanted to offer negative space while creating several windows from the thick chain strands. Once I reconfigured the shape, I kept it in place with silver bars and clam shell beads. The choker slid through the top chain loops and would keep the design high above the cleavage. This dramatic design falls to 3 x 2 inches.
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Mystical Flapper Girl, Vintage Revival Pin

Oct 04 2012
This girl takes the treasures of the sea to heart and hat. Her headpiece is made out of a carved mother-of-pearl shell topped with an acrylic starfish a spiral conch and more. Her hair is micro beads in a woven art deco design with the colors of lavender and turquoise that flatter her flapper style. She's meditating for the moment about how great her life is and how she gets to dress each day with a style that suits her whimsical personality and the fun that follows her every day of her life.
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Aqua & Peridot Green, Confection Collection Owl

Oct 01 2012
This little owl is ready for the Casbah or a luxurious lakeside resort where she can strut and pose. I remember walking into Villa 'D Este on Lake Como, Italy with sand buckets, sandals and two little girls & their daddy in tow. Had I been as decked out as this Confection Owl, I would have more blended in. As it was, we more than survived a long stay surrounded by the high fashion crowd and Hollywood stars. This owl reminds me of all that Glitterati, since she is equally decked out with gems that dangle and move with every breath. I wove gold non-tarnishing art wire into a lace design which now serves as this owls surround. Rather than weaving beads in and out, I created various charms out of art glass beads in more aqua and peridot, then placed them strategically for a balance of light and color. This pendant measures approximately three by 2 inches and is hung from a electroplated gold chain approximately 14 - 18 inches, adjustable in length.
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Connie's Confection Collection Tiger's Eye & Swarovski Crystal Owl

Sep 28 2012
Up for Connie's consideration is this artfully cute and clever owl. She is surrounded by my Confection lace design in non-tarnishing gold art wire and kissed by nuggets of tiger's eye and topaz Swarovski bi-cone crystals. This wide eye'd owl measures approximately 3 x 2 inches and is hung from a four strand of soft draped, sturdy tiger wire in gold and copper. She is complimented by cluster topaz faceted crystal earrings, also available!
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Donna's Victorian Salt Spoon & Swarovski Crystal, Vintage Revival Necklace

Sep 26 2012
Once I placed my latest antique collection of Victoriana in a dainty Sherry crystal glass, everyone wanted to play. They were salt spoons from another era, each with intricate detail. Donna selected this Victorian salt spoon. We agreed that it should be kept in its original form, but with a hint of bling. Enter Swarovski bicone & dangle crystals, which I placed in the center of the spoon. The bowl reflection adds to its glow and glitter. This will add to Donna's extensive Vintage Revival Collection.
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Kelly's Vintage Mosaic Angel Necklace

Sep 24 2012
This angel has wings of Stained glass in textured mirror and her heart is of a mint colored freshwater pearl. Her celestial body is of a blue gray marble. I've framed her with a once silver hoop earring. She now flies with Kelly who began her journey with this angel the night of the Somewhat Off The Wall Fine Art Show and Benefit for the Greater Council for the Arts, New Haven. See Kelly model her angel by clicking on the Item Description button.
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Laurie's Pearlescent Button & Floral Rhinestone Wreath, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 21 2012
Today was Laurie's first visit to my boutique. It was also her first foray into art jewelry. This was not indicative of the interest she gave to trying on many of my pieces. She ended up selecting this Vintage Lace Necklace, a Vintage Mosaic Necklace and an Honora Pearl & Leather slide Necklace. She also added a Vintage Cloud to her Wishlist. This Vintage Lace is handwoven non-tarnishing silver art wire with Vintage 1940's pearlescent buttons and a rhinestone floral wreath as the centerpiece. The colors flattered Laurie's complexion and skin tone. She left trying to not look around anymore, since there were many more pieces she wanted to try on. I'm always excited to meet new clients and see their enthusiasm for my work. Yeah! . . .Please click on the item description to see her other art jewelry choice.
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Carol's Harlequin Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 19 2012
Carol had visited the shop but found it closed twice. She'd had her eye out for this Harlequin Vintage Lace Necklace after seeing it in the window. Today, she saw my flag up & ran to get five scarves that represent the colors she wears often. They were a vivid, royal blue, fuscia/ purple, orange, turquoise, and green. When she held each up to this piece, they each found a color from one of more of the pieces that were all once-enamel earrings from the 70's & 80's. But Carol was not done with her search. She left with four Vintage Lace Necklaces, perfect timing, since she is leaving on one of her many whirlwind tours around the world! Click on item description to all four of her Vintage Lace Necklaces!
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Past, Present & Future Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Sep 16 2012
Drew stopped into the boutique in search of a gift for his girlfriend. I let him know that this Eternity Beach Gem Necklace, depicting the Past, Present & Future in sparkly rhinestones on Seaglass was hot off the press. He looked no further as this was the one. Pictured with this piece are seaglass earrings in a free form wrap of non-tarnishing silver art wire.
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Carnelian & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Mirror Necklace

Sep 13 2012
Orange you pretty in Carnelian & Freshwater Pearl? This hand cut & beveled stained glass mirror shimmers like the sun on waves. Contrasting that with an orange sherbet pearl atop a carnelian bead is like the warmth of the sun against the cool shimmer of the sea. Lots of negative space is broken by soft curls of silver, non-tarnishing art wire. It ties each piece together while offering a frame that is hand-woven not shaken or stirred. I created a double strand of wiggle tiger wire as a chain that allows this mosaic to shine while complimenting its wiggles and curves of this Vintage Mosaic pendant. This piece measures approximately 1.5 x 1 inch and is hung from a tiger wire soft chain of 15.5 - 18 inches.
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Phyllis' Seafoam Beach Gem Earrings

Sep 11 2012
Phyllis ran into my boutique after seeing my sign for Seaglass Jewelry. I have to say that that seems to be the biggest draw, that and the sign that advertises 1000's of Jewelry Choices! When Phyllis saw this pair, she thought they'd be the perfect gift for her friend. I wrapped these etched seafoam pieces in silver art wire. One of the pieces was part of a bottle top softened by the waves. The other was close in shape with striations that allow light to reflect through their imperfect cracks. They measure approximately 1 x 1 inch each.
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Lynn's Emerald & Royal Blue Seaglass, Beach Gem Ring

Sep 09 2012
Lynn stopped in while her guy friends shared a brew at the Red House restaurant bar. This being her first time, she spun in many directions, trying this ring on, grabbing a pair of Swarovski dangle earrings & an Austrian Crystal stretch bracelet. All looked fabulous against her tan & before a brew could be drunk, she had me wrapping all but the ring, which I adjusted for a comfy fit as she was going to wear it out. "I'll be back!", she exclaimed as she left with her package of goodies. This beach gem ring wraps in silver two seaglass pieces in emerald & royal blue. They stand proud and ready for all to admire as Lynn proudly wears her newly acquired seaglass art jewelry out & about for her weekend jaunts through Connecticut's towns and villages.
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Butterflies, Daisy & Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Sep 08 2012

Butterflies and a daisy have found their way to the ocean by way of an ice sea glass piece in seafoam green. The shabby chic daisy sits high with three free floating butterflies dangling from a petal. The daisy is lightly wire wrapped to the seaglass while the butterflies offer movement below. The seaglass measures approximately 1.5 x 1 inch.
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Maureen's Vintage Revival Watch Fob, Lariat Necklace

Sep 05 2012
During Maureen's stint as a magazine editor at Country Living for Conde 'Nast publications, she acquired some art jewelry charm bracelets that were being featured in an issue. She decided that they were too chunky for her but loved the colors and elements such as brass & faux pearl beads, buttons and crystal charms. When she'd received several custom seaglass gifts her husband had me create for her, she finally made the trip in to meet me & check out the boutique. Soon after going through my collections in person and on the website, she chose four of my collections whose designs she wanted for her own. She left me the chunky bracelets and an antique brass watch fob necklace to work with. Here is the second of her pieces, the Vintage Revival Watch Fob, Lariat Necklace.
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Bride's Sunflower on Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Sep 03 2012
Jen will be Maid of Honor at her bestfriend's wedding this Saturday. She wanted to give her Hemp-wearing friend something to remember she & her special day by. The theme of the wedding was Sunflowers & Ferns, so she agreed that a sunflower on seaglass would be perfect for her. Here it is!
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Rich's Found Objects Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Aug 30 2012
Rich shared his love of Metal Detecting as a hobby. By day he is an engineer, by night & during off hours, a sleuth of treasures lost & soon to be found. His tour of my boutique solidified his decision to have me create using some of his findings. He brought in a bag of goodies from oxidized coins to sterling silver jewelry and sea glass. Rich wanted to give his girlfriend an art jewelry gift during their get away on Block Island this weekend. I first caged a royal blue seaglass piece, then began to see what pieces fit with it. It turned out to be yellow & ice seaglass, a sterling ring which I coiled and placed before an oxidized antique coin and a royal blue faceted bead as the final counterpoint to the blue seaglass. All were wrapped in non-tarnishing silver art wire, and then framed loosely in thicker gauge art wire. The pendant is hung from a sterling chain Rich found.
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CZ on Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Aug 28 2012
I kept it simple with this perfectly frosted Ice Seaglass piece. A CZ in sterling silver bezel dangles front and center. It's the wink of faceted sparkles that contrasts perfectly with the frosted seaglass surface. This piece is hung from a sterling plated snake chain adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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Fifty Shades of Summer, Da Vinci, Vintage Revival Necklace

Aug 23 2012
No really, this summer is smoldering with the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey. So when Donna asked me to create her chunky Da Vinci Vintage Revival necklace using buttons, seashells, seaglass and more there was no mistaking the colors of summer that compared to that smoldering summer hit title. And here you see her summer confetti concoction of Fifty Shades of Summer to behold & for her to enjoy for every season and especially every summer henceforth!
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Lucky Wishbone & Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Aug 19 2012
Who has not tugged at either end of the wishbone hoping to get the wish at the end? This Beach gem necklace comes together as that forever symbol of childhood play mixed with hope & dreams. A frosted seaglass found its new home nestled in the arms of this vintange gold tone Wishbone charm. Its perch is made permanent with three dabs of resin, silently making this a looking glass wishbone of sorts. The charms textured front is met with the soft contours and frosted surface of the seaglass and in total measures approximately 2.5 x 1 inch in size. It will be hung from a gold tone chain of approximately 16 inches or whatever length you prefer.
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Seaglass Pottery Bird of a Feather, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Aug 17 2012

This little bird once made a statement on a plate. It's since migrated to starring role in my Vintage Mosaic Necklace as a singular pottery shard among other curiosities. The button cufflink in grey holds a black chain of approximately 16 inches at the helm. Black and white play against silver in the form of glass and wood beads, an acrylic and rhinestone hoop and an even more curious acrylic and metal spinning button down below. I've framed it all in non-tarnishing silver art wire. This piece makes its statement within a 3 x 2 inch frame.
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Galactic Tiger, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Aug 15 2012
This Tiger made its way into my Galactic Mosaic Necklace because it is destined to be a birthday gift for one who feels she is best represented by this large feline of the wild. I look forward to one day meeting her. In the meantime, she will receive this as a surprise from Alex. This mosaic started with Stained glass in orange and Blue which I cut and beveled. The galactic tumble begins when I toss in crystals and silver hoops and with the placement of the glass in odd angles. Now Miss Tiger leaps out from this bundle of energy, with some of her own. Alex knows better than to harness this, he just wants her to know how much he appreciates the Tiger in her!
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Nancy's Bright Lights & Big City, Vintage Lace Necklace

Aug 12 2012
Nancy & her friends each took turns trying on and finding just the right Vintage Lace Necklace for themselves. This was Nancy's choice. Her megawatt smile matches the brilliance of the pave rhinestone vintage earrings now set in this Vintage Lace design. To complete this piece I framed each side with matte gold globe once-clip on earrings and the front center with a lighter laced gold floral & rhinestone also once-earring. I wove each piece into the lace design that allows for comfort & even distribution of weight. My lace designs are woven by hand and lay lovingly along the neckline. It is meant to be molded to your shape. Nancy sure did her part to light up the evening she shared with her friends and many others at this gallery night out!
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Sea Pebble and The Sun

Aug 10 2012
This granite colored pebble was shaped by the Long Island Sound as opposed to the Sea, but you see my meaning. The sun loves its backdrop of solid stone, reflecting its rays outward, tickling the edges of a triangle. This piece sits splendidly front and center as you make your entrance in any color attire. Black is my mode of operandi with a hint of color or just a splash of sunshine bursting forth from a beach pebble pendant such as this. It measures approximately 2 x 1 inch and is hung from a sterling plated snake chain of either 16 or 18 inches adjustable by an additional two inches.
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Rita's Three Pearls, Beach Gem Necklaces

Aug 06 2012
Rita calls her grand-daughters her three Pearls. She'd been collecting sea glass all her life and had a beautiful collection of heart shaped sea glass. Her daughter has had me create custom pieces for her and let her know I could do the same with her found seaglass treasures. We discussed the girls' personalities and ages and selected a sweet and simple wire wrap design in non-tarnishing silver art wire. Rita can't wait to surprise her granddaughters with their seaglass heart & pearl necklaces while on their vacation at the Grand Canyon.
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Starfish On Heart Seaglass for Mother of the Groom, Beach Gem Necklace

Aug 03 2012
Ed was getting married in a couple of days & wanted to give his mom a gift for his special day. He brought in this heart shaped seafoam seaglass piece to discuss design options. Since his mom is very petite, we decided on keeping it simple. He thought it perfect to add the pewter starfish you see here. I let Ed know that just applying a bit of mineral oil or vaseline will keep the seaglass looking wet & luminous. He plans on bringing more of seaglass finds in -- next time for him!
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Marcia's Vintage Lace Necklace

Jul 31 2012
Marcia and Paul come to my boutique each year on their wedding anniversary. He loves helping her make decisions about her next jewelry purchases. This piece started with the Carnival Glass Vintage button, once part of a salesman sample. She saw another necklace awaiting its owner that was edged in seed bead loops and teardrop Czech crystals and wanted to incorporate that into her next vintage lace. Royal Navy Blue crystals are interspersed with lavender seed beads in looped stitch. The Glass button reflects both those colors along with an iridescent sheen. I feel so fortunate to be part of this couple's very special day!
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MaryAnne's Mermaid on Seafoam Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 29 2012
Maryanne walked into my boutique ready to be enchanted by a seaglass piece. She didn't realize that she'd be able to find her very own Seaglass treasure and a way to make it her very own. Another search brought her to this little mermaid in contemplation. It wasn't long before the fulfillment of her wish was envisioned and turned into this piece before you now.
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Emerald Seaglass & Paua Shell, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 26 2012
What do you see when you view this geometric seaglass pendant? I see a person stirring a pot, while other times, I see a mix of shapes and color that simply draw the eye. Roped links were given a resin soak and adhered to the back of this emerald seaglass piece. The final touch was adding this vintage Paua shell in paddle bezel set. It hangs from the top bale and gives a streamlined vertical drop look and a nice balance to the roped links. This piece measures approximately 2.5 x 1/2 inch and is hung from an adjustable sterling plated snake chain 16 - 18 inches in length.
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Seahorse & Starfish, Vintage Revival Earrings

Jul 24 2012
These seahorses have found a new home away from a charm necklace circa 1980. This pair will complete a custom set for Allison, whose Sanddollar & Seahorse necklace is also complete. Take a peek by clicking on the item description to see the set together. I wove peridot and teal Swarovski bi-cone crystals into the Seahorse in order to bring the two pieces into a color as well as an ocean theme.
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Surf's up Seashell on Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 22 2012
This Seafoam seaglass piece took a dip in the Long Island Sound and then a bit of a resin soak, so the look is wet & wonderful. And paired with another beauty born of the sea, this art-to-wear pendant will enhance all your ensembles, whether you're headed for the beach or the board room!
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Chunky Charm Heart locket, Coin and Crystal Ball, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 15 2012
Liz fell in love with a chunky bracelet awaiting its owner and decided she'd love one of her own as a necklace. I gathered faux pearls, brass, lucite & crystal charms of a bygone era, added a Spanish coin, a gold spiral shell and a brass heart locket until they all fell in a lovely chunky balance of warm tones, light and shapes. This art-to-wear necklace changes its composition with every movement. And it is as comfortable and lightweight as it is fun and lyrical! The brass chain is adjustable from 17 - 18 inches in length.
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Rhapsody in Blues, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Jul 13 2012
The sea, the sky, a joyful tear laden eye meet here in this Contemporary Mosaic Necklace. A softened seafoam blue sea glass, a midnight blue stained glass rectangle and a Swarovski Crystal Heart in sky blue share in this teardrop of a shape necklace pendant. There is something so solace-seeking for me as I create with wire. Each journey results in something of a story that eventually will be told as others enjoy the varied elements come together and see into each what they will. This piece is sold!
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Bali High in Coral Red & Swarovski, Gem Revival Earrings

Jul 09 2012
I created this pair of Chandelier Gem Revival earrings to complement a vintage cloud necklace custom designed for Charlene (click on item link to see). There it a good deal of light, brilliant color and movement with this pair, perfect for her occasions on the ball room dance floor! The Bali beading and detail in silver contrasts with red Swarovski Bicone beads. Each charm dangle was created and hung to emphasize that contrast and a zig-zag pattern for more emphasis on movement.
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Popsicle Pinwheel, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 04 2012
Do you remember celebrating the 4th of July, popsicle in hand, cooling you from the summer rays and hot sand at your toes? And how about Pin wheels trying to catch at any breeze. A once-post earring acts as an open work base for glass that looks like popsicles melting in that summer sun. Bring back those memories for all who see you wearing this art-to-wear piece? It's like candy waiting to be devoured. Will you satisfy your sweet tooth?
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Birds of Paradise Fan & River over Meadow

Jul 02 2012
Have you ever felt like you belonged in another era, where, you would be casting quick glances from behind a mystical scene with a fan to unfold your daring nature. This miniature engraved fan, depicting Birds of Paradise in flight, mimics your movements as it peeks from behind a river of tangerine and a meadow of lime. An amber Swarovski cube softens the scene in contrast with a faceted full moon in Swarovski crystal. All are contained in my wrap of gold tone art wire. Micro gold beading randomly skirts the teardrop edges of this Open work and Art-to-wear Pendant. This piece is sold!
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Night Sky and a Dream, Da Vinci Necklace

Jun 29 2012

This collision of color brings to mind a pool lit from below in the midst of a star strewn & full moon night. You as the observer might want to dive into this mayhem of delight or just let this dream take you on its ride. Someone already has made the decision as she is the proud new owner of this Da Vinci Necklace. Stained glass, Swarovski crystals & freshwater pearl all orbit a backdrop of black glass and gold frame. I love the accents, twists and turns, as well as, the form wire brings to a piece. The wire wrapping was kept to a minimum so as to not compete with the many players involved.
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Pebbles & Pearl, Beach Gem Bracelet

Jun 28 2012
Who doesn't love a try at skipping stones along a waterway? These lovely brown pebbles come from a beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and bring to mind that favorite past time. They were each given a "wave" wash wrap in gold filled wire with the center pebble parading a freshwater pearl. This contrast of warm glow to soft, yet grainy beach pebble draws the eye. Each pebble is connected with a handwoven knotted link. This piece is sold.
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Sheilla & her Jester, Gem Revival Belly Button Ring

Jun 25 2012
Sheilla admired my art jewelry when I was shopping at Ikea. She later scheduled a consultation & let me know that she always wanted a belly button ring with her name & a Jester. I formed her name as if Sky writing from gold filled wire & hammered it for hardness. The jester came from hanging crystals in a whimsical fashio from varied bar lengths made of gold filled wire, also. Sheilla later let me know that this she proudly wears her Jester Jewelry on the dance floor for club nights out. I love that my art jewelry gets around, from baseball games to the dance floor!
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Steampunk Blue Sapphires & Bike Chain, Gem Revival Bracelet

Jun 23 2012

Alex had just purchased a bike chain bracelet & asked if I could add some gemstones to it. I suggested blue Sapphires in case he wanted to pair this bracelet with his NY Yankee sterling cuff with royal blue sea glass. He agreed and this is the final result. I soldered seven square blue sapphires securely with silver beads built up to protect the gems. Alex loved the bracelet & it paired beautifully with his cuff as we'd hoped. Please click on the item link to see his NY Yankee cuff!
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Victorian Wishbone, Seagkass & Waves, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 21 2012
Seaglass & waves are a natural pair. Combining those two with a Wishbone would seem a stretch, unless you are the lucky owner of my latest creation. This Wishbone was once a stick pin dating from Victorian times. I wedded the pin to aqua and lime seaglass. Both pieces sport a wash of waves created from non-tarnishing silver art wire. Once wrapped, I cradled them within the pin. The original frame was leaf-like with lime Swarovski bicone drops. I felt more substance was needed and added this faux paui teardrop as the backing. It measures approximately 2.5 x 1.5 inches & is hung from an adjustable sterling plated snake chain of 16 - 18 inches. The wishbone pin is gold and the wire silver, making this piece versatile as well as one-of-a-kind!
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Seafoam Sea Glass & Pearl, Beach Gem Ring

Jun 19 2012
Leslie wanted to surprise her daughter with this ring which she thought was a lost cause. The original gem setting next to the pearl was missing, so when Leslie saw my store sign announcing "Seaglass Jewelry" & "Art-To-Wear", she brought it in to see how I might be of help. I showed her many seaglass pieces. When she saw a rather thick seafoam piece, she asked if I could work it into her ring. I cut the piece to fit & bezeled it in securely. You can see the imperfect frosting that is common to seaglass. Its softness is also transluscent, so light reflecting across it only shows its depth. It's lovely that Leslie's daughter will have a ring that so represents the ocean depths!
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Tangerine Dream, Da Vinci Earrings

Jun 17 2012
Carolyn had selected my Vintage Mosaic Necklace in copper, orange and peach seaglass. These colors offer a vibrant palette against her elegant dark brown up-do. She took a couple of rounds around the boutique before choosing this pair of earrings with tangerine stained glass and bubble glass beads in orange, peach and lime green. I love to play with design and asymmetrical placement which you see here. This pair is now clip-on to accommodate Carolyn's needs.
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10 CT Amethyst, Gem Revival Necklace

Jun 14 2012
Dawn recently let me know that she felt an Amethyst would not only add beauty to her life, but much needed energy. I asked that she take the gem home with her to see what dreams and days are like with it nearby. When she let me know that it brought good energy, we began a discussion of design. My gem revival wrap is in argentium or non-tarnishing silver. Its depth is such that I needed to create a cradle out of heavy gauge wire so that it would not tip and a wrap that would allow it's facets and light to dance without hindrance. I can't wait for Dawn to model for me with her new Amethyst Gem Revival twinkling below that megawatt smile of hers!
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Priscilla's Hummingbird & Butterfly in Garden, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 12 2012
This Vintage Revival Necklace was waiting for just the right person to come along who loves gardening above all else. Priscilla lives and works in the midst of glorious blooms and perennials. When tending the blossoms and assisting others with what to plant in their own gardens, Priscilla noted my designs worn by her clients. So it was on her mind to have her own piece of my art jewelry until she came in to my boutique today. Here is what she selected, along with pearl drop earrings to complete her look. . . . These once earrings, pins & buttons longed to grow into something special. Here they are a garden of many delights. Jewelry orphans no more, they offer a golden light contrasting w/ black, cream, gold & rhinestone in the form of flowers and sweet butterfly & hummingbird. If you love art, a lovely garden & nature all around you, then this one-of-a-kind piece will serve you well & bring you lots of nods of appreciation from lovers of art & nature, too!
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Elizabethan Collar of Roses & Silvered Leaf, Da Vinci Collection Necklace

Jun 10 2012
Sisters, Carolyn and Liz, made a special trip from New Jersey to visit and try many of the pieces from my art jewelry collection. Actually, Carolyn, came from California by way of New Jersey and knew right away that this piece was to be hers! I gathered the originally 40 inch strand of sterling rose etched beads into an Elizabethan collar and hand knotted sterling wire to hold each gather in place. For a contrast that brings more nature into play, I attached a silvered leaf to the center rose. I hand-cut and bezeled a mirror stained glass piece and wrapped it with a bale atop so it would fall front and center of the leaf. Please click on the item link to see Carolyn modeling her new Da Vinci Rose & Leaf necklace. Her smile is testament to her love of art jewelry and all things beautiful!
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Sandollar, Seahorse, Starfish & Citrine, Gem Revival Necklace

Jun 07 2012

Allison wanted me to use her Citrine gemstone in a sea themed necklace. She loved the brass sand dollar & asked that it be plated in 18 kt gold. I would include her enameled seahorse along with a Swarovski crystal star fish that would dance opposite her stone. I wrapped the citrine in heavy gauge gold filled wire and sprinkled in green & blue Swarovski crystal, miniature bi-cones until I was satisfied that any mermaid would want this piece for herself. It will dance with Allison from the daytime into her evening, from work to play!
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Lime Rickey Seaglass & Seahorse, Beach Gem Necklace

Jun 06 2012
Perfectly frosted seaglass washed onto Shell Beach steps from my front door. Each piece arrived on a different tide in stunning lime green. I fashioned the largest piece with a pewter seahorse and finished it with a lime rickey green Swarovski bi-cone crystal. Its new owner can expect others to be green with envy! . . .click on the item link to see earrings that could complete this necklace.
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Cambria Pebbles, Beach Gem Collection

Jun 04 2012
This Beach Gem necklace is near & dear to me because at the heart of each hoop are three pebbles I found on Moonstone Beach in Cambria, CA. I was pregnant with Diana, our first baby. I didn't know it until we hit Vegas, but suspected something since I was acting strangely on this West Coast vacation. Decades later I wrapped each pebble in silver wire and placed each in a silver hoop. This piece makes me think of that special time.
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Mint Seaglass. Chains & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 02 2012
Mint seaglass takes wing as a butterfly might on a lovely summer day. I added silver micro-chains for movement and whimsy, pearls and lime green crystals for contrast, and a faux pearl vintage necklace chain as a finishing touch. This daring decolletage piece is sold!
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Dancing Queen, Vintage Revival Earrings

May 31 2012
Silver hoops encrusted with rhinestones hold their own on the dance floor, while mirror balls dangle below in the form of circa 1930's faceted crystals. Teardrop dyed mother-of-pearl discs offer a breath of color with its reflective surface. And if all that was not enough, for good measure, I added aurora borealis Swarovski cube crystals below. This pair is sold.
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Filigree & Pearls, Vintage Revival Earrings

May 30 2012
Many of my clients love my asymmetrical designs. Donna loves the surprise that unfolds with this type of creation, especially when kept delicate and with some draping involved. This pair was designed with all the above in mind and to go with her cameo and pearl, Vintage Revival Necklace, which I've also posted here (click on item link to view the necklace). The filigree eye links were taken from her antique cameo necklace and used to balance sterling micro-chain and pearls.
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Champagne & Lace, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 28 2012
It's not what you think, though you could drink in these Austrian crystals that glimmer with a hint of gold on champagne. I wove non-tarnishing silver art wire into this lace design and dangled the crystals for lovely movement. My Lace design is double woven for durability while remaining light, airy and delicate to the eye. Each crystal bead is multi-faceted and ends with a silver ball below. This necklace is adjustable from approximately 15 - 17 inches and can be molded to your frame for comfort!
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Ridged Seafoam Seaglass, Beach Gem Earrings

May 27 2012
Imagine the many trips it took to discover two ridged sea glass pieces that were similar in size and color, allowing them to sing in concert together here. I love that journey through trays and jars set in my kitchen and through my home mixing and matching for possible jewelry combinations. I loved the etchings in these two in particular. Each required a slightly different wrap, but still come together in their own quirky and lovely, lit way! These are light weight and each measure less than an inch in height and width. You'll feel the ocean breeze through your hair with this pair about you!
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Owl, Dragonflies & the Moon, Gem Revival Necklace & Earrings

May 25 2012
I love to add whimsy to already beautiful designs. Dakota had just purchased the dragonfly earrings and Owl perched on a branch pendant. She thought I could bring my asymmetrical design and a touch of light to both pieces, which I did by adding swarovski crystals for more play on light and movement. I also reversed the Dragonflies for fun. Both designs remain delicate but now seem more playful.
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Cameos, Filigree & Pearls, Vintage Revival Necklace & Gem Revival Earrings

May 23 2012
Donna loved her gift of Antique Cameo & Filigree Floral Necklace, but she thought it needed a little color & contemporary flair. After selecting sherbet-colored pearls, she changed her mind and selected more earthy & neutral-colored pearls. Once I added the pearls as separate charms Donna declared her need for earrings that matched. She loves my graduated earrings, so I kept it simple with silver micro chain while dangling three pearls each from different heights.
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Victorian Filigree Leaves & Crystal, Vintage Revival Brooch

May 22 2012
Donna fell in love with this pin from my Victorian era collection. And because I have enhanced many antique jewelry pieces for her in the past, she hoped I would add color to this one. She selected the Swarovski bicones & crystal dangle and left me to complete my work. It is hard to see, but the crystals that dot the flower are raised for added dimension.
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Mermaid Splash, Da Vinci & Vintage Revival Pin

May 21 2012
This brass Mermaid makes her entrance with a splash of aqua stained glass and eight Czech crystals of the same color. A circa 1960 pin in ball bead, gold tone, swirl design serves as a vintage backdrop to this lovely lady of the waves. This piece is sold.
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Victorian Filigree Pearl & Pomegranate Branches, Vintage Revival Brooch

May 20 2012
Donna loves antique brooches, especially when I add a contemporary twist or two to an already detailed filigree design. It was important to accent this brooch without obscuring it. If you look closely, you'll see that I created delicate brancehs that end in Pomegranate bicone Swarovski crystal beads. One singular Kernel Corn Pearl dots the center, while more Swarovski dangles blink and wink from three corners. Stay tuned for more completed works now underway for Donna!
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Royal Blue & Amber Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

May 18 2012
This was supposed to be a ring, but as it came to be, it felt more like a necklace. When Tom came to pick up the ring created for his girlfriend, he left with this piece, too. Now she will have a complete set, since she's had her bracelet since last xmas!
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Pink Tear Drops, Vintage Revival Earrings

May 17 2012
These Circa 1970's pink drops took a trip from their original form Chandelier Earrings. They add whimsy, light that is liquid and color that looks edible to liquid form contemporary hoops. This pair sold today -- yeah!
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Leaf Me Pink -- Please!, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 16 2012
Acrylic Pink Chandelier Earrings Circa 1970 winked at me each time I walked by. Today, I took some time to sprinkle its pink magic over this contemporary leaf pattern. The balance was made perfect with seed beads strung at varied heights and angles and for added movement. Stay tuned for earrings that would be a perfect complement to this Vintage Revival Necklace. This leaf pendant is hung from a sterling silver ball bead chain that is 16 inches.
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To Life, To Life, L' Chaim!, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

May 14 2012
What do you get twins for their Bat Mitzvah that is one-of-a-kind art jewelry and one-of-a-kind for each girl? This custom designed Contemporary Mosaic is one of two. One twin received this Teardrop shaped Mosaic chock-full with a freshwater pearl, Swarovski crystals, sea glass and stained glass in sky blues and ice whites. I wove and hammered this L'Chaim symbol and carried it to the front and center of this woven piece. To Life, To Life, L'Chaim is what the gifter hopes for her nieces as they celebrate their coming-of-age ritual together.
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Royal Blue & Amber Sea Glass, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

May 13 2012
Some colors speak louder together than on their own like these royal blue & amber sea glass pieces. I "gift wrapped" each piece then continued on to create a double frame. The edges run straight & curly que for a look of whimsy in a rectangle shape. I tossed in bicone royal blue and clear quartz beads for balance and added fun. This piece is sold.
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Larimar & the Crescent Moon, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 12 2012
Sterling Silver vintage once-earrings hold court in this Vintage Revival Necklace. I've created simple bales for both the full & crescent moons. A braided bezel set Larimar gem is cradled within the crescent moon. Sometimes something so simple offers both intrigue and elegance. This rare gem is only found on the island of Hispaniola in the Domican Republic. Larimar awakens feminine power and soothes the emotion. The pendant is approximately 2 inches by 1.5 inches and is hung from a double tiger wire strand adjustable from 16 - 17 inches.
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Royal Blue & Amber Sea Glass, Beach Gem Ring

May 11 2012
Tom returned to my boutique hoping to find a ring or earrings that would match the Beach Gem Bracelet he surprised her with at Christmas. He admired a Beach Gem ring but they were emerald green on blue sea glass. I offered to create a ring using the same colors as her bracelet and here is the first of two I am creating for him to consider.
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"50 Shades of Gray" Micro Chains & Mirrored Stained Glass, Da Vinci Earrings

May 10 2012
Some might say that the latest best selling trilogy,"50 Shades of Grey", offers up plenty of action by way of chains and more. I'd like to say that this Da Vinci earring creation is a reflection of that story. Slender mirrors represent the protagonist, Anastasia's subconscience, while the chains stand in as her naughtier than nice Inner Goddess. Mirrored stained glass slivers dangle between micro-chains hung at varied lengths that shimmy with every move you make. This pair is sold.
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Seaglass, Pearls & Nantucket Basket, Beach Gem Earrings

May 08 2012
Donna reserved these Vintage Nantucket Basket earrings with the intent to have me create around them. We discussed her wardrobe colors now that her new hair color is a rich brown with blonde highlights. She loves her pearls, so I made sure to include two in kernel yellow. This asymmetrical design offers up a wee bit of wire work combined with micro chain. It's all meant to be light, airy and sculpture-to-wear.
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Blackberries, Cherries & Brass, Vintage Revival Cuff

May 07 2012
Carol loved the Boho look of her Vintage Revival Necklace and wanted a cuff to complement it. She already owned the earrings that inspired the necklace. So I carried over the elements of brass & ruby red over via glass cherry flower buttons and seed beads, vintage brass balls and "bullet" beads, and added black glass beads for contrast. Now Carol's set is complete!
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Aqua Sea Glass Sphere & Happy Tear Drop, Beach Gem Necklace

May 06 2012
Imagine finding this perfectly frosted aqua sphere-shaped sea glass on rock & shell strewed sands. This little baby was just yards from my front door waiting to be discovered. It measures 1.5 inches in length and had me itching to give it its own silver wrap. It was pretty on its lonesome with its new cage surround, but needed a back to offer contrast and stability. This "happy" teardrop silver disc was a bit larger and reflected light back onto the seaglass, so I let them be wed. They are hung from a sterling plated snake chain adjustable from 16 - 18 inches. Wearing this art jewelry, Beach Gem Necklace will turn eyes to its color, light and pretty sea glass form, and You!
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Rhinestone Romance in Blue Hearts & Ruby Red, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 04 2012
These red & blue rhinestone once-earrings take shape in this Vintage Lace Necklace. Two blue hearts embrace a stunning ruby red rhinestone with crystal surround. I love the contrast of these bright colors as they each take their turn and then come together in my hand-woven design. I used gold art wire to create this lace design that grabs each earring into a structure that is comfortable and adjustable. All my Vintage Lace Necklaces can be molded to the wearer and are adjustable from 15 to 17 inches. If you're not ready to fade into the background, then let this one-of-a-kind Lace Necklace bring you to the center of everyone's vision, beautifully!
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Red, White & Blue, Sea Glass & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 03 2012
I'm hoping Susan will send me a picture of her modeling her Vintage Mosaic Necklace pictured here. She just let me know that she loves this piece for spring. Enamel earrings were all the rage in the '70's & 80's and now they make another entrance here in my Vintage Mosaic pendant. These bold colors and shapes offered many possibilities. I let the cards fall as they may, sprinkled in a large freshwater pearl, a faceted crystal & seafoam sea glass peeking from behind. Gold art wire in varied gauges meander in and around each piece ending in an apple frame. There is enough negative space to offer relief to this chock-full design. If you knew the owner you would see that she is as dynamic as her pendant!
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Hummingbird, Sea Glass & Blue Sky, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 01 2012
This tiny Hummingbird flutters with your every move as it looks past a frosted ice sea glass piece to the lavender flower below. The aqua stained glass sliver serves as the sky while this little glimpse of nature is framed & backed by a vintage silver plated hoop. The pendant measures approximately 1.5 inches in circumference and is hung from a silver multi-bead necklace chain. Come visit this little Hummingbird to see how tiny creatures can be so intriguing! This one sees the world through a lavender rhinestone eye.
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Seaglass & Sparkles, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 29 2012
Sometimes the simplest designs embody the most: elegance that sparkles and speaks to nature, as in this Beach Gem Necklace. This frosted ice triangle tossed and turned in the Long Island Sound before washing ashore on Shell Beach. I loved the imperfect edges and thought a triple CZ of square crystals would compliment it perfectly. The seaglass measures approximately 2 x 1 inches and hangs from a sterling plated snake chain that is adjustable from 16 to 18 inches.
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Princess & The Sea, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 27 2012
This circa 1950 rhinestone necklace brings the blue Caribbean Sea to its coronation. Exquisitely designed and beautiful alone, I dared to wed it to a triangle shaped stained glass piece the color blue we want to dive into. I continued the rhinestone theme with a double strand of rhinestones that dance below the glass pendant. This piece is sold.
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Swan Lake, Museum Mosaic Necklace

Apr 26 2012
I have had the fortune of living on and visiting beautiful lakes from Virginia Beach to Switzerland and Italy. It is from those travels and experiences that I was inspired to create this piece. With this Vintage Mosaic, one might see pockets of nature floating along the gentle flow of lake waters. Two swans glide toward one another with Pearls, crystals and stained glass sprinkled about them in elegant montage. Above them float bouquets of daisies set on Seaglass, champagne, ivory pearls and more crystals. The center pendant consists of Mother of Pearl, and more Swarovski crystals and pearls. All were lovingly enveloped by 14 kt gold filled wire. This piece now resides in a Westport collection, among several of my art jewelry pieces commissioned and purchased by Adrianna.
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Mint & Pink Montage of Seaglass, Enamel & Crystals, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 24 2012
This little Mosaic takes liberty with its vivid colors in mint and hot pink. I created a random, yet contained montage of vintage enamel in fan shapes, crystals and one solo seaglass in frosted mint that sit within a frame of sterling silver. The wire takes many wavy & curly que turns ending in the rectangle shape. The necklace chain was handwoven, too, of sterling silver links that were knotted to closure. This Vintage Mosaic is sold.
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Red Squares in Silver Hoops, Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 23 2012
I love earrings that dance with movement, color and contrast. These intense red squares are semi-translucent. I hand-cut and beveled each square, then gave each a "gift wrap" in non-tarnishing silver artisan wire. They hang within two silver hoops that face in different directions. These lightweight & comfortable earrings measure 1 inch in diameter at the inner hoop. Let the day in with this delightful pair of art-to-wear earrings in Flamenco red and feel like you can dance your way from morning into night.
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Yankee Blue Sea Glass & Pin Stripes, Beach Gem Cuff

Apr 21 2012
My last custom seashell cuff got lots of view time while it was being created. One admirer, Alex, loved the cuff and requested one for himself. Jordan need not worry that his would be duplicated, since all my creations are one-of-a-kind. Besides, Alex requested his cuff have sea glass, then later requested that his favorite baseball team's logo, the Yankees, be included. I found a royal blue piece of seaglass which I shaped into side bars and cut a key with this logo to fit front and center. Next I foiled the pieces into place and started soldering silver to the coppered edges. I was able to keep the seaglass open on the sides to allow for light to enter and brighten the glass. The sterling cuff was a good base for this masculine cuff. Today's win over the Boston Red Sox was 15 to nine, Go Yankees!!! Alex can't wait to attend a game with his custom Yankee Blue sea glass cuff. Alex bleeds blue!!!
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Tiger's Eye & 14 KT White Gold, Gem Revival Ring for Connie

Apr 19 2012
Connie had many opportunities to show others her Tiger's eye Mosaic Necklace where she works. As the Spa Director at Water's Edge, she enjoys dressing up & wearing jewelry that says a lot about her. She is unique and one-of-a-kind, very independent-minded and loves her art jewelry! She enjoyed the many compliments she received and hoped to have a ring to match. After some discussion, I created a design that resembles a royal crest using 14 KT white gold wire and included Tiger's Eye which is her favorite stone. Connie came fresh from a day at the beach showing her amazing tan and was the perfect model. Click on the item link to see her with her new Gem Revival Ring!
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Royal Blue Seaglass, Beach Gem Charm Necklace

Apr 18 2012
John came into my boutique hoping to capture his wife's eye color in a necklace of seaglass he would give to her as a gift. He sent me a picture of her. When I showed him this set of seaglass I'd been collecting, he knew we had a match. I wrapped each piece in gold-filled wire, created little bales and strung them evenly along a 14 KT gold filled necklace. John was very excited to see the results of his search and our collaboration and couldn't wait to give this gift to his wife.
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Sold, Key Lime Sea Glass on Sea Shell, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 17 2012
Wendy is graduating from Nursing school soon and needed to accessorize her outfit. Her dress had lots of coral, orange and accents in lime green. She already had lime green earrings. When her boyfriend pointed to this Beach Gem Necklace she knew her search was over. Her dress also has accents in white, so this Key Lime seaglass over creamy white seashell was a perfect complement to her dress. I found both the seaglass & seashell in the shapes you see here. The seaglass has a pretty frosted surface and a bright lime green color. I wove silver, nontarnishing art wire in an open surround design, allowing light to reach the glass from all sides. Congratulations to Wendy on her upcoming graduation!
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Triangles, Circle & Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 16 2012
Matte gold & shiny silver sandwich frosted seaglass in the most alluring way. This trinity offers lots of movement and versatility, so go ahead and take this to the dance floor or for cocktails. I love the juxtaposition of angles and round edges, varying textures and materials. This eye catcher measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches and is hung from a sterling plated snake chain that is adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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A gift of Shooting Stars & the Moon, Vintage Revival Pin

Apr 15 2012
Think of that lucky moment in time when you are witness to the rare & glorious phenomenon of shooting stars sending their celestial & fiery message across the sky. Then think of this as a person whose name is the same and the person who is sharing this gift as represented by the moon. Altogether this art jewelry piece represents their friendship and the light that surrounds them. I rescued a circa 1950 once earring and resurrected it on a circle pin of the same time period. From the spray of brilliant rhinestones I soldered tiny silver stars, facing each one in slightly different directions and at different heights. From one star I hung the crescent moon. What a thoughtful & meaningful gift from one friend to another that will be long cherished & enjoyed!
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Circa 1950 Rhinestone Pink Petals & Pearl, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 13 2012
I can't say no to a lot of vintage Rhinestones that are now jewelry orphans, missing their match as once clip-on earrings. This pink spray of rhinestones was among one of those lots, originally destined to become part of a bride's crown. It measures approximately 1.5 x 1 inch. Its beauty stands on its own merits so I kept it simple as a pendant. It is hung on a chain of 18 inches. I paired the Pink Rhinestone Petals with a Pink freshwater pearl that also stands alone from another gold tone micro link of approximately 24 inches. Two lovely necklaces in one for that lover of all things pink. Is that person you???
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Pink As Can Be, Swarovski & Rhinestones, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 12 2012
Alex wanted something to dazzle his date on their third date. We knew her favorite color is pink so when I showed him this circa 1950 once-clip-on earring and the Aurora Borealis Pink Swarovski Bi-cones, he gave the nod. Today, he all but fell down when he came to pick up this piece. The crystals were strung on a gold 7 strand tiger wire and finished with magnet closures.
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Dolphin's Dance & Caribbean Blue Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 11 2012
This delicious blue makes me want to float forever beneath a Caribbean sky. There is a lovely contrast of frosted seaglass tile as backdrop to a faceted crystal that dangles above a Dolphin in mid-air. These trinkets measure approximately 1 square inch and hang from a 16 inch silver plated chain that meets at a thicker circle. This sea glass was plucked from Shell Beach whose many surf-tossed treasures come from the Long Island Sound.
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Woof, I'm Too Cool, Doggy Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 10 2012
You too can be cool by association, when you show your dog gone loyalty! This doggy is living the life and staying cool behind her shades. Take this doggy for a walk and you will gather a crowd of dog & sea glass lovers both. This Long Island-tossed sea glass is seafoam blue and serves as a pretty backdrop for this happy-go-lucky pup. You'll be able to adjust this sterling plated snake chain from 16 to 18 inches.
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Pink Cotton Candy Clouds, Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 09 2012
Dale loved the attention she received from her Aqua Angled Da Vinci Earrings and wanted to expand this look in other colors. I brought out tray after tray of stained glass in different colors, textures and opacity. It was important that the glass allow light to travel through it, so we stayed with partial opacity to clear. This is one of three sets, the other two in Lemon Sunshine & Aurora Borealis Crytal. This set makes me think of pink clouds & cotton candy. Dale has been mixing & matching her sets bringing fun into her day and to all those who spend time with her!
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Unisex Tiger's Eye Upcycled Cufflink, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 08 2012
This once wrap-around cufflink features a genuine Tiger's Eye gemstone, bezel set in matte gold tone frame. The cufflink backing was removed and the mesh wrapped around to become a permanent bale that is perfect for an omega choker or most other necklace chains. It is hung from a 19 inch black leather chain with sterling silver spring clasp. The square measures approximately 1x1 inch. This unisex pendant is stunning in a compact, streamlined design and will be appreciated by all.
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Blue Moon Glow Upcycled Cufflink, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 06 2012
Madmen never looked so swank as in this Circa 1950 cufflink now upcycled into a classic pendant. The blue moonglow cabachon sits handsomely in a twist rope style frame and beneath a quality silver mesh wrap-around that now acts as the pendant bale. It hangs from a 19 inch black leather cord with lobster claw clasp. The pendant measures approximately 2 x 1 inch.
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Pretty in Pink & Seaglass Slipper, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 05 2012
If you're looking for a tiny slipper amidst the seaglass and pink treasures, your search will bring you to the center where a bit of lime lingers along with the pink. I added a bouquet of pink & baby blue at the top and a frosted seaglass in ice white to the center. But let's not be fooled, this is all about the pink and one lucky lady who loves pink will be receiving this as a cheer up gift. This piece is sold.
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Cinnabar & Pomegranate, Confection Collection Cuff

Apr 04 2012
Working this piece was like being one with the waves and a picket fence all at once. This piece really did flow and weave itself until I had on my wrist the most comfortable cuff that could be molded, lengthened or shortened at will. I had a glass full of vintage glass art beads in pomegranate and some beautifully etched Cinnabar beads to work with. My intent was to create a wide cuff that could be paired with the Cinnabar & Coral Vintage Cloud Necklace, both created with Charlene in mind, who requested a set in red and silver. This cuff measures seven inches & closes with a toggle. Its fluidity makes it very lightweight & comfortable.
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Custom Coral, Cinnabar & Red Daisy, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Apr 03 2012
This Vintage Cloud takes its lipstick red seriously with a Cinnabar carved flower, art glass daisy, Swarovski bicone crystals & Coral beads. These most vibrant reds are made more intense by the silver matte, diamond cut & pewter beads in the cloud design. Faceted light sparkles in charm form from a circa 1940 crystal bead. This cloud can be crinkled in your hand and will bounce back to its art-to-wear form. It is hung from a silver double tiger wire necklace which is adjustable from approximately 16 - 18 inches.
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Buddha on Flying Carpet, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 02 2012
Buddha sits in repose on a Circa 1950 Rhinestone once-clip on earring that now acts as a Magical Flying Carpet. The rhinestones blink back in Iridescent Blues & Greens and are prong set for lasting beauty. I love the simplicity of something so full of meaning and whimsy. You too can take your Buddha on a magical journey and layer it with all you favorite necklaces!
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Girl on a Swing & Emerald Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 01 2012
We should all feel like a "Girl on a Swing" -- carefree and with a softened, frosted emerald seaglass piece as her nature's gemstone backdrop. This piece measures approximately the size of a nickel and is hung from a sterling plated snake chain adjustable from 16 - 18 inches. When you wear this piece, you let in a little breeze, a lot of sunshine and a world of smiles from all around directed your way!
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Springtime & Blue Sky, Vintage Lace Necklace

Mar 29 2012
Alex loves to shop early for his gifts. His thought on this day was for his mother and what to surprise her with on Mother's Day. This will be her first in my Vintage Lace Collection. . . . This silver Vintage Lace has a Spring bouquet front & center in the form of a Circa 1950 enamel & rhinestone bloom that was once a clip-on earring. The lace is handwoven from non-tarnishing silver artisan wire and offers on two sides a bit of blue sky & green buds in the form of Swarovski bicone crystals. These accent the bouquet in the most delicate & light-filled way. This Vintage Lace is Sold.
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Confetti Art Glass, Asymmetrical Vintage Revival Earrings

Mar 28 2012
Who doesn't love a confetti strewn parade? And just like this Asymmetrical pair of art glass, art-to-wear earrings, you can be the center of all that attention, without waiting in line! Walking into a room, with these earrings framing you, will bring on smiles from anyone looking your way. . . .These art glass beads come from several vintage earrings pairs & necklaces and take shape within a swirl of brass wire. The mix of black, peach, orange & red make for a very happy block party where everyone is invited! Length is approximately two inches from bottom of the ear wire and they are not heavy to the ear. Great movement with this dancing pair!
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Larimar & Seaglass, Beach Gem Collection

Mar 26 2012
Wedding these two precious pieces of stone and glass came naturally. Larimar is one of those semi-precious gems discovered from one mine in the Caribbean. It is said to awaken feminine power and soothe the emotions and is a pretty representation of the sea and sky. This frosted ice sea glass piece carries its own unique energy after having been tumbled in the Long Island Sound for ages. Its asymmetrical shape lends character and draws the eye to its softened and frosted edges. The slender silvertone hoop offers a frame that brings it all together, while allowing for a freedom of movement that lends to its charm allure. The diameter of the hoop is slightly larger than a quarter while the chain is a sterling plated snake chain that's adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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Dolphin and Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Mar 25 2012
This dolphin is grabbing all the attention with its leap out of the water and up to where a tiny, frosted ice sea glass piece lingers above the waves. A silver toned twist hoop frames them both to a size smaller than a quarter in diameter and is hung from a sterling plated snake chain adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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Mermaid & the Full Moon's Seaglass Glow, Beach Gem Necklace

Mar 23 2012
This frosted ice seaglass piece offers its light to the moon that cradles this lovely Mermaid. It measures approximately the size of a quarter & hangs from a sterling plated snake chain adjustable from 16 - 18 inches. So if you feel as if your essence is sometimes that of a mermaid contemplating the full moon and the tides that bring in lovely, frosted seaglass to shore as this was, then look no further! 'Tis yours for the taking.
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Seaglass, Seashell & Starfish, Beach Gem Charm Necklace

Mar 22 2012
Nothing brings back the feeling of sand between your toes and the waves lapping nearby like a bit of the sea in treasures dangling at your decolletage. This trio of seafoam seaglass, spiral seashell & pewter starfish are framed by a matte silver oval hoop measuring the length of approximately two quarters. This ocean treasure charm trio is hung from a sterling plated snake chain adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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Shooting Star over the Moon, Vintage Revival Pin

Mar 21 2012
My search for a shooting star ended with vintage rhinestones in blue & ice iridescent colors. I soldered this once-clip on earring to a Circa 1960's circle pin that represents the full moon. To fully bring on the essence of this mystical and rare occurrence, I also soldered silver stars to the tail end of the shooting star and hung the final star from the first three. This star adds reflective light that catches it with every move it makes.
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Antique Pin & Royal Blue Swarovski, Vintage Lace Necklace

Mar 19 2012
This Vintage Lace design is a departure from my usual where I tie in multiple once-earrings & pins. The centerpiece here is an antique pin in silver that shares a bling mentality of long ago with encrusted rhinestones in crystal and Zircon blue. To set it off, I created a three tier of tiger wire with royal Zircon Blue Swarovski bicone crystals in the center strand. Two bicones are woven into each end where the lace design meets the tiered strands. This Russian inspired beauty is adjustable from 16 - 19 inches and is as comfortable on as if you have on just your birthday suit! Some of my clients would take this piece out for a stroll in blue jeans & tee to high Tea at the Waldorf Astoria. Will you be the one & only to do as you please in this one-of-a-kind royal Vintage Lace?
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Whirling Dervish Vintage Revival Earrings

Mar 17 2012
Diandra loved her "Filigree, Flower & Garnet, Vintage Revival Necklace" and hoped that I could create earrings to compliment it. With the necklace in front of me, I selected crystals and enamel charms that might be a part of my next creation. It is always important to Diandra that her earrings be asymmetrical and beautifully balanced. I hand-formed the gold artisan wire into swirls of varied heights and levels and proceeded to hang the charms for best effect. The finale reminds me of the Whirling Dervishes and their dance made famous in Istanbul. Diandra loves her new set!
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Birthday Wish Emerald & Ice, Beach Gem Necklace

Mar 15 2012
Jaime came in a month ago to decide on her top three for her wish list. Her birthday was coming up and she knew her husband would be stopping in for her gift. Unfortunately or fortunately, her top two had already sold. Because she had her heart really set on #1, I insisted on creating that piece with her choice of seaglass. She selected the two you see here and let me create a waves-washing-over-seaglass design using non-tarnishing artisan wire in silver. Click on item description to see Jaime modeling her Art-To-Wear Beach Gem piece & Birthday Gift from her husband, Chad!
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Dirty Martini in Cuff-link, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 13 2012
Mad Men would clamor for the attention this little Cocktail hour necklace will bring to you. At the bottom & floating near the top are two olives in the form of a rhinestone imbedded in a silver bezeled, once-Cufflink and an art glass bead that dangles below a clear crystal bead. I enjoy form and function and the evolution that can sometimes come from both. Here, one-half of a cufflink pair is turned into a lovely pendant where geometry meets color and whimsy. So whether you are a tee-totaler or a martini connoisseur, enjoy this Dirty Martini straight up and at your decolletage for all eyes to enjoy!
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5 Carat Amethyst, Gem Revival Necklace

Mar 11 2012
Bill came to my boutique with this Amethyst gem hoping to have it placed in a unique setting. He'd purchased it on a trip to Brazil. I showed him several pieces from my Gem Revival Collection, which he loved and selected for the setting/ design. I started with the back of the gem, cradling it in a loop using 14 kt gold-filled wire that would keep it from falling to one side when worn, then I brought the wire around to create loops that would secure the stone along several of the edges going back and forth from one corner to the next until the entire design was complete. The asymmetry lends to the unique aspect while the open weave design allows for the light to reach all facets and show the gem to its best advantage.
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Daisy Bouquet, Roman Coins & Once Earrings, Vintage Revival Cuff

Mar 09 2012
I am intrigued by shapes and designs that were once part of an earring pair and now lie in my once-forgotten orphan earring drawers. They distract me, get me to set them aside and keep them in mind for a project such as this one. I love how versatile the combination of gold and silver, antique and retro makes this a one-of-a-kind & very sculptural art-piece-to-wear! It is comfortable and hypoallergenic. The silver solder I used to marry the various components to the once-hoop earring/ cuff is lead free and includes sterling which contributes to the shine. I feel like Wonder Woman when my wrists are adorned with this and another from the Vintage Revival Cuff collection. And so can you!
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Royal Red, Black & Gold Confection Collection Bracelet

Mar 07 2012
This wide bracelet displays the richness of reds, gold and contrasting black in the form of glass seed and art beads. Each circle consists of beads strategically strung on gold art wire and formed into stepping stones to the next until a full circle is met in a lovely and comfortable bracelet. Charlene was looking for a set of jewelry that would compliment her custom made Sari for an upcoming Ball. So with those colors in mind, I set forth to create a set for her consideration. With the advantages of social media & email we are able to communicate, Charlene in Sri Lanka & me here in Connecticut, until we arrive at her expectations & hopefully something that she will enjoy & cherish for this ball & many more to come!
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Sold, Cool Blue & Bold Gold, Da Vinci Earrings

Mar 05 2012
If you're wondering what it would be like to capture the prettiest sky blue and wear it, this was my vision of that in a pair of earrings. I hand cut & beveled liquid light blue stained glass into rectangles, placed gold filigree drop earrings with blue faceted cabachon in front of each stained glass window and wrapped them together with gold non-tarnishing art wire. There is movement and, with these colors, lively light.
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Lucky 8 Earrings, Vintage Revival Cuff Bracelet

Mar 03 2012
I'd been itching to get this piece started. So after two days of meeting, greeting, and selling in my boutique I finally had a respite where I could heat the soldering iron and begin to heat/ sculpt this art to wear wrap cuff. I worked with a collection of 3/4 inch post earrings circa 1960 with similar thickness and varied designs. It was best aesthetically balanced with some space between each piece. Eight is considered a very auspicious number in certain cultures, so it is with this cuff that you can expect good energy to happen. It is able to be stretched & tightened to fit every time you are ready to give your wrist a bit of daring and individual artfulness! And it is very comfortable, too. I love how it combines well with other cuffs or bracelets and also stands alone elegantly. The slight angle of this type of adornment adds to its intrigue.
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Filigree, Flower & Garnet, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 02 2012
Diandra was given this filigree & garnet as a pin by a dear friend. She longed to wear it as a pendant. I showed her this Czech & Swarovski Crystal necklace and she agreed that the two went well together. I created a gold spiral at the center of the crystal chain as a pretty anchor for the pendant-to-be. Next I removed the pin backing, sanded for smoothness and created a bale which I centered on the necklace. The new garnet pendant now swings freely while light reflects off the many crystal facets in colors that range from garnet to peridot to gold & lemon. This mix make Diandra's new Vintage Revival necklace a versatile addition to her growing collection of my art jewelry!
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Sold, Sapphire Blue & Emerald Green Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Mar 01 2012
Fred stopped into my boutique for the first time & exclaimed "wow, there are thousands of jewelry choices here!" We chatted & made a tour of seaglass necklaces for his wife's birthday tomorrow. This is the piece he selected. . . These softly frosted seaglass pieces in Sapphire Blue & Emerald Green make a perfect layered pair. They are cold connected with a silver art wire which becomes part of the design while functioning as a cage. I added an infinity swirl where there is a missing corner in the green seaglass piece. The pendant is approximately 2 x 1.5 inches and is hung from a double strand of soft tiger wire with a magnet closure. The necklace chain was 15.5 inches, but I created a 22 inch chain to more suit Fred's wife's preference in chain length.
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Wampum on Sterling Cuff, Beach Gem Bracelet

Feb 29 2012

Jordan had been collecting wampum shells for many years and hoped to have them placed in a cuff that he could wear from work to play.  These white and purple buttons were made from the quahog, or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam.  Each shell was given its shape and a rivet in the center for effect, then soldered to the sterling cuff which had been measured to fit Jordan beforehand. The first thought that came to Jordan's mind was that it was of Medieval times. I let him know that I envisioned King Neptune entering his sea cave to fetch not only his scepter but his cuff which had formed from seashells fossilized into the cave and removed and shaped to adorn his wrist.  If you look closely you'll see the effects that might have been water traversing the surrounding silver "stone' for hundreds of years.
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Oscar's Ice Blue Rhinestone, Vintage Lace Necklace

Feb 27 2012
Oscar inspired Vintage Lace Necklace. . . .When I created this piece, I was not far from the red carpet the week that Hollywood Blvd. was cordoned off for the Oscars. I've been invited to several red carpet events as an artisan contributing to the stars' gift baskets, Oscar & Grammys included! Do you see this piece on a stars decolletage in their full length gown, or do you see it on you? This Vintage Lace is created with antique Rhinestone once-clip on earrings circa 1950. Every rhinestone is prong set and exudes an iridescent blue that I can only describe as the most beautiful blue twinkling a hundred-fold. Non-tarnishing silver art wire is woven by hand into a lace design that is meant to conform to the wearer's neckline for comfort and beauty. The wire design wraps its arms in an organic pattern around each piece, bringing the contemporary to the aged. It measures 15 to an adjustable 17 inches. So whether you received an Oscar nod or you are ready to bring this sparkle to your wedding day or just want to bring bling to your blue jean day, grab her while you can!
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Alicia's Silver & Pearl Vintage Lace Necklace

Feb 26 2012
Alicia was looking forward to attending her friend's wedding and needed the perfect jewelry to complete her outfit. She was a fellow artist at the gallery that once represented our art where she had admired this Vintage Lace Necklace. She tried it on along with this pair of Da Vinci earrings in mirrored stained glass hanging from vintage silver & gold post earrings and knew she had accomplished her mission. I was so glad that she modeled them for me. Don't you think she looks great in her art jewelry?! Alicia & I own the first of two of the art galleries in Deep River, CT and hope that others will follow!
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Pirates of the Carribean Seagull's Bird's Eye View, Vintage Mosaic Necklace SOLD

Feb 21 2012
This seagull soars over a sea glass & pebble strewn beach, much like the one in front of my house and at Terranea Resort where we reside for the week. I've added a brass & silver floral accent & wavy stained glass, and created an apple shape frame with curly Q's. This final element represents the roiling surf that carries all found objects to the shore. The difference here than at home is that this shoreline is often met with staggering cliffs where Pelicans soar in pairs. It is also here where many movies from the Pirates of the Carribean to Charlie's Angels were filmed. For Neil & I it's a chance to be near our girls, take inspiration from nature for my future art jewelry pieces and make important business connections with the company that is seeking to include my art jewelry in future Oscar & Grammy gift baskets. This Vintage Mosaic was hand-forged & wrapped in sterling silver which wraps its arms around seaglass, beach pebble & a sterling seagull. This piece is sold.
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Iridescent Blue & Etched Glass Buttons, Vintage Lace Necklace

Feb 19 2012
I'm excited that Alan is making it an annual tradition to purchase one of my art jewelry creations for his wife's birthday gift. Last year he selected a necklace from my gem revival collection and this year this Vintage Lace Necklace woven with silver, non-tarnishing art wire and vintage etched glass buttons in iridescent blue & crystal clear. I look forward to her coming over to model for me! I weave the "lace" collar by hand and incorporate the buttons as the design approaches the center. There is no glue or soldering used here and the design is meant to be molded to the adorned person's contours for comfort and beauty.
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Leaves, Swirls & Butterfly Vintage Revival Bracelet

Feb 16 2012
I hadn't picked up a soldering iron since creating my life-size sculpture gallery pieces. Then one recent commissioned project required heat, and I've not been able to stop since then. I forgot how much fun this technique is. This open wire cuff longed for an artful finish which I took relish with as I waded through my drawers filled with once-earring pieces both clip on & post. The two leaves were given a leather look bonded on all sides with a brass bezel. I added the butterfly as a counterpoint to the leaves and the swirl & outer 3-D pieces are just fun. The cuff is able to be opened wider or squeezed for a snug fit.
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Black & White, Da Vinci Necklace

Feb 15 2012
Rectangle windows of stained glass in liquid black and etched crystal star from top to bottom in this hand cut and wrapped art jewelry piece. Each piece was cut & beveled for soft edges. I chose to wrap each piece in sterling silver rather than solder the edges. This design allows for the most light to reflect on & through each piece of stained glass. The center piece is a combination of both glass colors. As with all my art jewelry pieces, there is a great deal of versatility making it possible to wear all day and into a special eventing out! If you love to wear black or even that plain white tee, this piece would be a crowning finish.
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My Heart Beats in Red, Gem Revival Necklace

Feb 14 2012
This little Swarovski Bi-cone Heart sought a home and found one with this red & Black glass Bead necklace. Even so, it needed a little bit of swagger which I gave it with this flat, faceted red glass bead strung with six pewter bottle bottom beads. Both charms move independently of each other adding a swing and swagger for those who love Valentine's Day the year round! It closes at approximately 17 inches with a silver toggle clasp.
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Pearl & Swarovski, Gem Revival Necklace

Feb 13 2012
Jane had selected this Swarovski & Art Glass Earring set and hoped for a delicate necklace to match as a gift for her sister. She was upset that she could not find something among the thousands of jewelry pieces on display. I reassured her that I could create something for her so we started looking at various pearls & Swarovski crystals. This pendant is the result of that discussion. It is very sweet & delicate and Jane was thrilled that she could be a part of creating something for her sister
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Buttons & Bubble Gum, Vintage Revival Earrings

Feb 11 2012
This piece is a continuation of the last blog post where I talk about Maureen's decision to alter her art jewelry bracelets into several of my collection designs. This Buttons & Bubble Gum earring set will be a fun accompaniment to her Vintage Revival Necklace posted previously. The buttons are vintage as are the beads which remind me of bubble gum. There is lots of movement here and a very playful look with the buttons prominent in the mix. Let me know if you need some of your jewelry to be updated or recreated into art jewelry!
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Art Jewelry Bracelet Upcycled to Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 09 2012
Maureen's husband had been reminding her that she should check out my boutique. He'd already had me create custom Beach Gem jewelry for her using seaglass they both found on their strolls along the beach. She finally made it in and after her initial stroll thought that I might be able to create sets of art jewelry from two art jewelry bracelets. She'd purchased them from a designer who was being featured in Country Living Magazine, where she worked. They turned out to be too bulky, but chock full of beautiful vintage buttons, beads and charms in the colors she loves. After going through my online gallery, she selected four collections that she loved. Here, I feature the necklace from the Vintage Revival Collection. Tomorrow's blog will feature the matching earrings.
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Kariann Price Designs Boutique!

Feb 08 2012
This is one one thousandth of what is in my boutique. I love hearing the reaction of people who enter for the first time. And I'd love to hear yours. I have openly displayed art jewelry and antique jewelry from Victorian to retro; and beneath the glass: diamonds, gold, emeralds & more fine jewelry. Everyone loves to have their custom made designs and all the attention I give them. I don't charge for consultations. So bring in your cherished pieces that need a more contemporary and or unique setting and I'll work hard to make your wishes come true! Kariann
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Valentine's Swarovski Heart, Gem Revival Earrings

Feb 07 2012
Joan did not find the perfect Valentine's day earrings after her stroll through my shop, so we discussed my creating them for her. She loved the tiny bicone Swarovski red crystals & let me have at it. These were formed on a 26 gauge wire allowing me to create a shape as close to a heart as possible. Joan will model her new heart earrings beautifully with her short cropped hair and lovely smile!
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Grandma's Once Earring, Vintage Revival Ring

Feb 07 2012
Angela & her sister were given their grandma's jewelry to choose from by their Aunt Karen. Karen let them know that I'd be able to create art jewelry from their choices, using their hopes & ideas for a new design. This filigree silver circle was one of a pair of clip on earrings circa 1950. Angela wanted to wear it as a ring. I was able to solder it to an adjustable vintage ring setting giving it a breath of elegance and simplicity while making it comfortable in a strong setting.
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Grandma's Once Earring, Vintage Revival Ring

Feb 06 2012
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Circa 1950 Rhinestone Flower, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 05 2012
This is the second of Delilah's sweet picks from my newly acquired Rhinestone orphan collection. Once a clip-on earring, this baby will now dress Delilah front and center as a sweet pendant. And knowing her, she will layer it with other art jewelry & vintage pieces. I removed the original earring backing, sanded with a fine bit then soldered a loop atop for a bale. It will hang from any number of Delilah's chains.
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Olive Garden Beneath Moon-Lit Buttons, Vintage Revival Earrings

Feb 04 2012
These buttons come from another time. And they still shine as brilliantly today as when first introduced circa 1960. They now share light with the garden below whose seeds have sprouted the prettiest combination of olive faceted teardrop & lilac & peridot floral beads. There is a lot of movement, color & light from this pair that measures approximately two inches from the bottom of the shepard's hook. No matter if you have a lions mane or a pixie cut, this pair will have all eyes turned your way!
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Circa 1950 Rhinestone Fruit Basket, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 03 2012
This fruit basket bore its gifts originally in the 1950's and in concert with its other missing clip-on earring half. I was fortunate to receive an amazing lot of rhinestone pieces from that era. They were collected by the previous owner's dad who was intent on using some of them for a crown for his daughter's wedding. The bride, forty years later, found the lot & brought them to me. . . . Later, Delilah stopped into my boutique for a first peek & pick of the lot. This is the first of many I'll be transforming into art jewelry for her. We both loved the opalescent look of some of the rhinestones, combined with iridescent ones. The vivid aqua & keylime beads perked up the basket even more. I removed the clip on component and soldered two gold key rings in back, then used a fine bit for sanding prior to gold leafing. I then strung iridescent seed beads for a necklace chain that she'll be able to remove & replace with others. So from 1950's to 2012 and from once clip-on earring to pendant, this piece keeps on ticking and giving pleasure!
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Tom's Leo the Lion, Vintage Revival Pendant

Feb 02 2012
When Tom stepped into the shop, he was taken aback by the amount of jewelry on display. After a good tour, he settled on a sterling ring and this Leo the Lion pendant. It is a vintage piece that originally sported a door knocker handle which he had me remove. Because this left two gaping holes, I suggested inserting two gold balls which would create the fierce look of the lion baring his teeth. This was the first of several jewelry soldering projects for me. Although I'm excited to add this technique to my jewelry making, I had experience soldering stained glass & drift wood when creating large scale sculpture. Soldering jewelry requires a different sort of finesse. I forgot how much fun it was!
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Snow White's Mirror, Da Vinci Earrings

Feb 01 2012
If Snow White ever wished for a mirror, it would not be in the same way as her step-mother. Where her wicked and jealous step-mother sought answers to her never ending vanity, Snow White would want to reflect the world she saw through a prism of little squares in the form of textured mirror stained glass. She had so many interesting friends to share her inner and outer beauty and love for art jewelry with, namely those famous seven dwarfs. And so can you!
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Lavender, Lemons & Grapes, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 31 2012
This Vine bears some sweet fruit in the form of hand cut & beveled stained glass in textured, wavy lavender and lemonade yellow. The two faceted glass beads on yellow are purple grapes sending a sweet message of contrast and cuteness. I added a pair of once-post earrings of cranberry on yellow w/ sprinkles of gold dust for varied shape and texture as they are vintage enamel. The pendant is another story with the same theme, dangling as a rectangle of shapes, negative space and gold link chains. The backing is an enamel squiggle of yellows. This is yet another Willy Wonka-ish confection of mine from the Da Vinci Collection. It is sold.
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Rock the Aqua Casbah, Da Vinci Earrings

Jan 30 2012
Part of going gold for Dale was adding this very bohemian pair of Da Vinci Earrings with Aqua stained glass woven in. It offers a second tier of color that shows the little windows that peek from behind. This pair is very comfy & lightweight and will move with Dale's every step, whether on her way to teaching her Pilates class, on the job brightening the halls of Middlesex Hospital or along the shores of her favorite beach in Madison!
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Mustard Seed, Star & Healing Hand, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Jan 29 2012
Dee's custom charm necklace shows each in a horizontal rather than the typical vertical line. Silver spacer beads offer a pretty solution to allowing the charms to star in their own personal space while mingling, dancing and catching, then holding an appreciative eye. This piece is strung from a gold ball bead chain of 30 inches and will be layered with other necklaces. It was also important for Dee to be able to remove and interchange the charms. She will be adding to her vintage charm collection with this piece in mind.
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Sun Masquerade, Vintage Revival Pin

Jan 28 2012
Dale brought in her latest pin acquisition for a new makeover. I had a dramatic piece to work with, so embellishing her would be a matter of which direction to take. I arranged a triple strand of Aurora Borealis flat faced beads along her face and dripped random beads in lucite pink and gold. To add one change of pace I gave her hat an orange faceted glass bead with the crystal bead. She shows only half her face, but reveals enough emotion to assure you that she will return to brighten mamy more days to come. Now she will brighten Dale's days to come beautifully!
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Cascading Candy, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 27 2012
This bib necklace came straight out of Rock Candy heaven. Willy Wonka 3 could audition this piece of eye candy for its art-candy-to-wear plot. A lollipop stick of an Aurora Borealis stained glass piece fronts more glass bead candy in lime, lemonade and caramel sherbet. The gold bead dangles are not chocolate on the inside, but just as delectable all the same. No need to run for the dentist after your sweet tooth is satisfied here, just be aware that other mouths will water as you model this sweet art jewelry statement necklace that delights, moves and offers a sprinkle to what is sure to be an icecream cone of a day!
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Mermaid's Throne, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 26 2012
A Mermaid's home is her throne. She lives in a world of wonder to most of us, and sometimes she rises to take a peak at our world. This pendant shows her rising above the waves with a cave's stone pebble wall to her back. The brass scroll backdrop mimics the waves that caress her, but takes on a more floral design that is a part of the world lesser known to her. Swarovski crystal drops offer light coming off the waves and the earthly floral design. The outer pendant is approximately 3 inches in circumference and is hung from a double strand tiger wire in silver and gold at 16 inches adjustable to 18 inches. If you love the aura & beauty of mermaids and a statement piece that is light and lovely, then take this mermaid to your heart.
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Chocolate Mint & Rhinestones in the Round, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 24 2012
I loved the incongruity of this seafoam seaglass piece. Its missing corner left me room to play and so I cradled it in a rhinestone encrusted hoop & dressed her with a mint pearl with sterling bead dangles front & center. A favorite color combination of mine is mint on chocolate. I'd already hand cut & beveled a rootbeer etched stained glass piece. So combining them was a pretty fit. One more silver once earring hoop acts as the base and outer frame. This Vintage Mosaic hangs from a gold tone chain that adjusts from 16 - 18 inches, while the mosaic measures approx. 2.5 inches in circumference. Your friends will not only admire this yummy piece, but may want a taste -- which I would advise against! It's a lovely art jewelry piece that shows well from day time casual to night on the town elegance!
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Roped Ruby Rhinestones, Vintage Revival Earrings

Jan 23 2012
This bouquet takes a turn for the pretty. Originally circa 1940 clip-on earrings, I kept it simple and converted them to contemporary shepard's hook earrings. If you love your ruby red roped into a wheat harvest setting, then this pair is perfect.
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Diamond Earring, Gem Revival Ring

Jan 22 2012
Dale brought in all her diamond jewelry for me to work into Art-To-Wear. If you look closely you'll see a heart of diamonds set in 14 kt gold. Dale loves to mix her gold and silver jewelry, so I used a textured sterling silver wire to create the effect of vines reaching around to hug her once diamond earring. She loves her new/old art jewelry ring and wears it next to her new Emerald & Diamond engagement ring. Stay tuned for her Diamond Heart Gem Revival Necklace, which I'll be creating soon!
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Buddha & the Wisdom of Red, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 20 2012
Buddha & I spent the day together as I built this temple. As is the way of Buddha, less is more. So I struggled a bit to add then take away that which was not necessary. . . Red is significant to the Buddha Aesthetic -- it is the color of passion, transmuted to discriminating wisdom. Red dangles in Aurora Borealis splendor in a tiny vintage rhinestone above Buddha, while red glass beads sprinkle seeds of wisdom and passion braided throughout the tiger wire design. Little silver Bali bead dangles lend their silver bell-like points of light and movement for a very wise and pretty Vintage Revival Necklace. . . .I added a picture of my Da Vinci earrings in red stained glass floating in two silver hoops. Please click on the item tab to see more. This pair would be a perfect compliment to this Buddha Revival Necklace.
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Custom Copper Renoir, Vintage Revival Earrings

Jan 19 2012
If this pair of Vintage Revival Earrings reminds you of something, it might be that you remember Karen's Renoir upcycled necklace and bracelet. To see them again, click on the item tab. I had set these two Renoir links aside in case Karen wanted to create this pair and indeed she did. I added brass ball charms since the necklace also is composed of a mix of brass and copper. This pair moves beautifully and will complete Karen's art-to-wear set. . . Unless a ring is in the offing . . .
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Sandollar, Starfish & Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 18 2012
There is something special we all feel when we discover nature's gems washed up on the shore. Often times it looks like a palate that you want to keep in place forever. This piece is reminiscent of just that moment -- a snapshot of treasures lying at ones feet, but in your reality is forever yours to wear as you go about your day. I used a brass sand dollar as the backdrop for a lovely seaglass softened by the LI Sound. A pewter starfish lays opposite; and for that sparkle of sea & sky I centered an aurora borealis cube Swarovski crystal in aqua. Each piece was meant to fall as charms, but I preferred to keep each separate & in its place of permanence by casually connecting them via silver artisan wire to the sand dollar. Now they are yours to share with everyone who walks into your path, shoreline or other!
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Subway Tokens & Swarovski, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Jan 17 2012
Anais picked up her Vintage Revival Bracelet just in time for her trip to Italy. Upon her return, she brought it in for a complimentary "tune up". She said she wore it all the time because it is absolutely her favorite art jewelry piece. The real charmer in this "timeless gem are the two antique subway tokens that are meant to mingle among multi-colored Swarovski bi-cone crystals in what was once a watch piece. The bracelet is composed of carnelian, adventurine and other semi-precious gems.
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Custom Steampunk Vintage Revival Earrings

Jan 15 2012
The clocks have stopped ticking, but their faces still speak volumes in this custom Vintage Revival Earring pair. It took two retro watches, two brass stars and multiple faceted glass drops to create Dale's Steampunk earrings. This pair is a perfect compliment to her first Steampunk Vintage Revival Necklace. Click on the item description to see her necklace.
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Cherry Blossom Buttons & Charms, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Jan 13 2012
Antique Glass buttons are hard to find and miniature ones even more so. So having them in triplicate makes this delicate Vintage Cloud Necklace special. Wisps of gold tiger wire offer multiple frames for the cherry red buttons and gold filigree beads. For balance I added pomegranate glass beads along the wire and as charm dangles. Two strands of gold tiger wire complete the necklace at a length of 16 inches adjustable to 18 inches with lobster clasp closure. The pendant is approximately 2 x 1.5 inches. It can be crumpled in your hand and will still bounce back to its original form, such is the flexibility of the wire & my Cloud design. Admiring nods will come your way for this light and airy Cloud in stunning reds and gold!
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Buddha at Sunset, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 12 2012
Grace kept this Buddha a secret for her daughter who she knew admired its repose while visiting my boutique. It was given to her for xmas. This Buddha sits contentedly with the setting sun behind and the ethereal light giving off life-giving energy all around him. It's almost as if he is floating in mid-air. I've complimented the red in the vintage Czech glass button with cherry glass beads that hang from the ball bead chain. This spirited piece offers both grace and whimsy for Meghan!
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Steampunk Leaf on Leaf, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 10 2012
This crinkled gold backdrop transformed into a leaf and then into a stage for a watch movement, a triangle stained glass beveled mirror, an eternity swirl and a green glass leaf. This steampunk piece gets the wire-wrapped treatment in silver as all pieces come together. No wind will blow this one away, since it already got away. This piece is sold.
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Steampunk, Stars & Seagull, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 09 2012
This Vintage Mosaic Necklace is the beginning of Dale's collection in gold tones. Up until now her selections have been primarily in silvers or with a mix of metals. Her new engagement ring is gold, so now she plans to expand her collection around this special occasion and most special symbol of her life ahead. This piece includes a shooting star among a constellation of fun and warm colored beads in amber. The silver artisan wire and mirrored stained glass add a contrasting coolness while the watch movement with ruby inset is both warm and cold. The textured gold backdrop reflects all that stands before it. This piece begs one to stop and ponder all the elements from time standing still to the light represented in the mirrored pieces and stars.
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Rhinestone Rain & Amethyst, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 08 2012
A double strand of blue rhinstones set in a single strand of chain sets the tone for this Vintage Revival Necklace. I love juxtaposing differing elements that after a good deal of trial and error come together as a balanced and one-of-a-kind whole. The vintage parts date circa 1950 - 1960 and include a vibrant polished amethyst that dangles front and center with a royal blue faceted glass teardrop and a contemporary bronze Austrian crystal drop. This piece is elegant, streamlined and whimsical and ready to wear with your favorite evening jacket & blouse, a dress that begs for a tad bit more or just your pajama jeans & tee.
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Sally's Emerald Isle Sea Glass, Beach Gem Earrings

Jan 06 2012
Sally came in for her sister's gift which were cobalt blue Sea Glass earrings. She liked them so much that she wanted a pair for herself in Emerald Green. This pair are close in shape and frosted surface. I created a cage for each in silver artisan wire. Can't wait to show them to her!
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Key to my Heart, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 05 2012
Charms are back, especially when they can symbolize what is close to your heart. In this case the heart is the subject and the key opens all its possibilities. The teardrop glass faceted Aqua drop represents all the romantic walks by the ocean and the memories of each one. And all together they represent a romantic note that never ends. Take this heart to your heart and feel the never ending beat of vintage finding meaning in this Art Jewelry setting. The vintage chain measures approximately 16 inches.
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Tree Leaf Treasures, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 04 2012
I often rework treasured vintage jewelry into contemporary designs. Here, I did just the opposite. I started with a contemporary Leaf necklace in brass/ gold tones and added various vintage elements from Ruby rhinestone dangles to gold leafed keys. Black once-earring charms added a third color dimension and a richness that complemented the reds & golds. Are you the perfect forest Nymph ready to walk nature's runway with the perfect art-to-wear Vintage Revival Necklace -- Tree Leaf Treasures? This necklace is adjustable for 16 - 18 inches.
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Sapphire Blue & Aqua Sea & Sky, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 03 2012
This Da Vinci necklace went through several incarnations until its swimming finish. The mermaid wearing this piece is Stacey. She tried it on and refused to take it off, even for gift wrapping. I first met Stacy at the West Hartford Art & Craft show where she purchased a much simpler Da Vinci necklace in Amber stained glass. Stacey travels the world, so I'm always flattered when she gets excited about my latest collections. I hand-cut & beveled the Sapphire Blue & aqua stained glass, wrapped each piece in silver artisan wire and connected them to a variety of vintage beads from foiled art glass sea foam to silver bali style. The aqua triangle is set against an etched silver piece that keeps the aqua "lit" from behind. And now Stacey will do the same for her newest piece of my art-to-wear jewelry.
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Orange & Lime Sherbet, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 01 2012
This necklace selection was a slight departure for Jeanette. Her previous purchases were all in earth tones, but always with a bit of orange. She loves the attention her art jewelry brings her at her weekly Bridge game and wanted to show and tell something different. I hand cut & bevel stained glass in sherbet lime & orange, selected this matte antique gold leafed oval and peach beaded hoops. All are wrapped with gold artisan wire. To show a play on contrast and add movement, I dangled same color faceted glass beads from micro chain front and center. There are two windows of interest here, lots of contrasting elements and light. Such a happy piece to bring to her next Bridge game!
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Blue Sky, Clouds & Aqua rain, Da Vinci Necklace

Dec 30 2011
Open sky with wisps of clouds as seen from above allows a peak of the ocean below. And suspended from its creative center is a single aqua raindrop caged in gold artisan wire. I feel the day brighten with the energy of this piece and I hope its owner feels the same way.
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Copper & Art Glass Statement, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Dec 29 2011
Peg grabbed this statement bracelet off the display and declared "I would wear this!" This piece is an ambitious art jewelry statement in natural coppers that take the shape of pillows formed from hardware piping, part of a dream catcher pendant and one once-clip on earring that was all swirls. Each lays on its own bed of peach art glass in stepping stone manner that connect, one to the other, with hand-formed key ring loops also in copper. Peg will wear this bracelet in a cuff like manner so adjustments were needed. I paid close attention to the comfort of the piece so that although it is weighty, Peg will not feel uncomfortable. She will turn eyes her way with this art to wear jewelry statement!
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Seaglass in Shell & Blue Pool, Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 28 2011
What could be a better backdrop for a frosted Ice Seaglass piece than a gold seashell frame? And what could be prettier than that seaglass piece topped with a tiny pool of deep blue in the form of a vintage rhinestone also in gold frame. The artisan wire wrap and 16 inch snake chain are silver and with the gold shell frame, this piece is versatile as well as beautiful!
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Copper, Circles & Squiggles, Da Vinci Necklace

Dec 27 2011
Colors, shapes and light make up our horizon as well as the immediate beauty around us. This piece is meant to capture a little of each in the pretty contrast of turquoise stained glass in triangle shapes to the hammered copper concentric circles that cradle them. There is much lovely movement, as well, depicting the wind when still and in the midst of a calm storm. The aqua glass teardrop bead with eternity swirl adds that last bit of fun. This piece is sold.
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Heart of Stone, Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 27 2011
In the center of this perfectly round and softened sea pebble is a heart as simple as the day is long. The tint of green does not represent envy, but hints instead at how fertile the imagination when given heart and the right inspiration. I find inspiration in so many things and am often stopped in my tracks as I go about my day when I spot things the do just that. This piece kept simple is hung from a complementary chain of soft tiger wire studded occasionally with gun metal & stone edged beads. It is approximately 16 inches long. The pebble measures approximately one inch in circumference.
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Imperial Purple & Etched Gold, Da Vinci Earrings

Dec 24 2011
Sue does all her Christmas shopping on Xmas Eve. This year was no different when she came in for several purchases. Her sister will be the lucky recipient of these beveled mirror stained glass earrings. The vintage gold etched and purple rhinestone above the mirrors add an elegant and royal purpose and yet, this pair can be worn with casual attire as your heart desires. I look forward to seeing Sue again next Xmas Eve & all other times in between!
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Custom Bling Corner Blues & Merry Cherries, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 22 2011
Sharon ordered a similar piece online in blues & greens only to find out it had already sold. When I offered to create another, yet one-of-a-kind, she asked that I replace the green "bubbles" with red. I hand cut & beveled the mirror textured stained glass piece, wove in more stained glass in powder and azure blue, a vintage corner rhinestone from a previous frame, and sprinkled in some turquoise & glass seed red & Swarovski bi-cone red beads. The frame is a none to random weave of curly ques and circles. This will be a Christmas gift for her mother.
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Royal Blue & Amber Sea Glass, Beach Gem Bracelet

Dec 21 2011
Tom came into my boutique for a Christmas gift for his girlfriend. He spotted this Beach Gem Bracelet and immediately took a loving to it for her. I started creating jewelry in Maine, where I began collecting Sea Glass. Here seaglass in Amber & Royal Blue offer such pretty contrast, while sterling silver wire wraps these little gifts & connects each piece by handwoven links.
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Shooting Star over the Moon, Vintage Revival Pin

Dec 20 2011
This silver meteor shower is captured in a vintage pin with a faux pearl representing the lustrous full moon. For a splash of color, I wove Swarovski bi-cone crystals in the star's ray petals. For movement and to carry the theme of a shower of stars, I added three charm dangles, the crescent moon and two more stars of different textures and simple design. This pin awaits its new owner!
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Stunning Silver, Feathers & Pearl, Vintage Lace Necklace

Dec 19 2011
This piece was purchased by a couple for one lucky mom. When I asked what it was about the piece that helped them make the decision, they shared that it was something they envisioned her wearing. Since I had not met her, I envisioned a woman who resonated a bold persona and loved attention. I wove by hand silver artisan wire in a lace design until the beginning of the design which incorporates once-single-earring pieces. The center focal point is a once clip-on earring that makes me think of a feather head dress worn by a female warrior. One freshwater pearl & a multiple of aqua czech crystals bring color and lustre to the otherwise cold metal composition. Lightweight and comfortable, their mom only need concern herself with what to wear with her new gift.
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Lunch at the Ritz Angel Fish & Tropical Beneath the Sea Stained Glass, Da Vinci Necklace

Dec 18 2011
This retro Angel Fish was created circa 1980 by Lunch at the Ritz's Esme Hecht and Zander Elliott. It is 24 KT gold finished with Austrian crystals dangling below. The contrast of bright tropical yellows with rhinestones & enamel swirls against the backdrop of Caribbean Blue stained glass is an attention grabber. I hung all pieces from a faux pearl and gold-tone caged necklace circa 1970 in keeping with the Under-the-Sea theme. My necklaces average 15 - 17 inches in length. Please share any preferences you may have as adjustments are free of charge!
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Confetti Burst of Color, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 17 2011
Claudine began collecting my jewelry before my studio moved to the boutique. Her knowing smile reflects her pride of ownership for this latest piece, a Vintage Mosaic that is an explosion of color married to a pendant that equals it in light as reflected through two ice seaglass pieces, a large faceted lemon art glass bead, a kernel corn freshwater pearl & more. The wire used is 12 kt gold filled wire mixed with sterling silver that all serve as swirls of energy.
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Seashells & Pearls from Daughter to Mother, Gem Revival Earrings

Dec 16 2011
Donna works hard & long hours so when she takes a break it's usually on a tropical beach where she might find a seashell or two. She brought some of those seashells in for a new jewelry project. This pair of earrings will be a gift for Donna's mother who will be taking a cruise around the Caribbean Islands. She wanted her to be able to sport earrings that reflect the island mystique. The spiral seashell was very tiny and resistant to drilling but drill I did so I could gold leaf each and hang them as charms. Finishing this seashore palette are four tiny freshwater pearls, a gold leafed pewter starfish and finally the spiral seashell also gold leafed. I hope Donna's mother will model them for me.
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Amethyst, Seaglass & Heart Locket Beach Gem Pendant

Dec 15 2011
Next time you see this piece, it will be the center of its own Vintage Lace Necklace. Eileen was in to pick up her latest custom Vintage Lace Emerald piece when she spotted this pin/ pendant. She turned it on its tummy for a peek at how it might look surrounded by silver lace. So stay tuned for more on her next custom piece!
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Aqua & Zircon Blue Minaret on Seaglass, Beach Gem Mosaic

Dec 14 2011
Tina took advantage of my Wish Book. A few weeks later her husband & kids came in to fulfill that Wish. I'd written specifics about the necklace she fell in love with. That necklace had since sold, but I was able to reassure Tom, her husband, that I would create a one-of-a-kind Beach Gem necklace with argentium sterling as its wrap and Swarovski bi-cone crystals in Aqua & Zircon colors. I can't wait to show this to Jeff & their kids.

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Second Earth and Galaxy, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Dec 14 2011
This Vintage Cloud honors the recent find of a second Earth that circles its own sun-like star and may have its own life forms. It also comes closer to the ideal stated in the song "Camelot" in that "the climate must be perfect all the year". Its average temperature is a lovely 72 degrees. We've just got to find a way of getting there. In the meantime, one can be a part of this celestial discovery by owning and wearing this Vintage Cloud. The tiger wire is silver. It is soft and strong. The entire pendant can be crumpled in a hand and will bounce back to its original shape. Although the overall size is approximately 2.5 x 2 inches and hung from a braided tiger wire strand in silver, its focal points bring the eye to a piece that is light, airy. The necklace measures 15 - 18 inches.
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Polka dot Turquoise Enamel & Ceramic, Vintage Lace Necklace

Dec 13 2011
Jonathan stayed within his usual under five minutes to find his girlfriend a necklace unlike any she has. This is not always an easy task because of the literally thousands of jewelry choices in my boutique. He spotted this Turquoise, Silver & Polka dot dressed Vintage Lace Necklace and stopped his search. I shared with Jonathan how I weave silver artisan wire into this lace design then begin to include each once-earring until they are part of what I arrived at here. I added the silver ball dangle for movement and a softening of the entire design. The lace can be molded to fit comfortably about the neck. This design offers an even distribution of weight because of the lace surround. Each piece is lightweight & comfortable while making a unique statement that flatters.
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Cameo, Diamond & Pearl in the Rough, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 12 2011
One could say that this little lady with her Diamond and Pearl leads a life of intrigue. She's depicted in the mist of an artful storm where seaglass converges with Triple eye art glass charms, a Swarovski cube crystal, a grade A Pearl and lots of gold and silver swirls interwoven and connecting her story. Make of it what you will, but it's all laid out for you to ponder. Is she conquering her fears and going boldly about her business or does she have not a care in the world and thus nothing to stop her, not even this whirlwind of activity around her? The new owner certainly found her intriguing enough! Stay tuned for more drama in pieces to come.
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Good Luck Elephant, Royal Red & Gold Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Dec 09 2011
My charm necklaces often find themselves chock-full of vintage goodies revived from once-earrings of all circa. The star of this Royal Red Boho Statement piece is the Cloisenne styled Elephant with its trunk up. Its baby is just above, also with good luck trunk up. The energy of red also brings an allure to this art jewelry necklace with a variety of materials from rhinestones in Circa 1950 Brass floral once screw back to enamel once-earrings. The gold accents come in the form of tassels, a starfish & clam shell, a miniature conch, and more graphically defined charms. Altogether, this themed necklace longs to be seen and escorted by a lover of art and whimsy! Are you just that person?
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Daisies & Dew Drops Beneath Blue Sky, Vintage Revival Earrings

Dec 08 2011
These tiny chandelier earrings were created as a potential part of a set to the Vintage Cloud Necklace (pictured in the item link). I selected pieces from three other vintage & contemporary earrings. The Blue sky is represented by two tiny glass seed beads. And beneath the blue sky are the daisies in silver and Olive acrylic faceted teardrops. This pair makes a delicate, daisy statement.
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Seafoam Seaglass. Pebble & Waves, Beach Gem Ring

Dec 07 2011
This Beach Gem creation is a commissioned piece for Suzie who spotted another similar ring in my boutique and hoped to have it made in sterling silver for her daughter. I use no glue or soldering in my pieces, so there is a need to be all the more creative. My answer is with the use of wire which comes in sterling silver, gold and non-tarnishing copper that is plated & sealed with enamel. The wire acts as the waves while keeping the seaglass secure to its pebble base. Please click on the item link for more angles.
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Hearts & Clover Charmed All Over, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 06 2011
I have a drawers filled with vintage charms of various colors. All these charms came from my charms-in-black lot. It's like therapy for me as I wade through these pre-sorted vintage treasures and place them in an art-to-wear piece in the making. The theme, other than the color black that most of us love, is hearts sprinkled here and there. One outstanding Club/ clover also carries the heart symbol on one of its sleeves, I mean leaves. It's little red heart jumps out as the only one in this color. Other enamel & open work pieces in black and gold play against or with the hearts in a whimsical fashion. I used a medium-sized cable link in brushed gold plate and the necklace is adjustable from 16 - 18 inches. If you love to charm your friends and acquaintances, this is a perfect art jewelry statement with which to do so, whether in jeans and a tee or that favorite little black dress!
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Stars, Rain & the Galaxy, Vintage Revival Pin

Dec 05 2011
This commissioned piece is for a very special person whose symbols -- stars & rain -- hold significant meaning for her. The circa '50's circle pin acts as base to the swirl symbol, representing the energy around us charged with the elements of fire (stars) & water (falling rain in the form of cascading rhinestones). Now completed, I see the whole of the universe represented here in one pretty pin. What do you envision?
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Pearls, Pebble & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 03 2011
Heidi's eyes are reflected in the olive pearl and round faceted Austrian crystal front and center. This mosaic is a constellation of a rough-hewn beach pebble surrounded by the flying objects of ice seaglass, freshwater pearls in olive and ivory and several faceted crystals & a lime jello shot glass cube bead. The loopy strokes, framing and lacing organically through and around the piece are various gauges of round and twisted sterling silver. Heidi drove from Westport to my boutique in Deep River to have me make her earrings to match.
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Charm me, "Love Me" & my Doggy Bone, Vintage Lace Necklace

Dec 02 2011
Whoever said accessories should be serious hasn't been to my boutique. I'm all about whimsy and fun while keeping the aesthetic balanced and versatile. I looked forward to seeing who would fall in love with this Vintage Lace created with freshwater pearls, multiple random charms of mixed metal & shapes and two symbols that stand on their own merit -- the doggy bone and the "Love me" charms. Elizabeth purchased this piece on her first visit and totally rocked the piece as she modeled for me. The lace is hand-woven and conforms to the neckline. It is adjustable from 15 - 18 inches. After I created the collar, I wove freshwater pearls into the teardrop loops to add a luminosity that only pearls can. Together this piece speaks to both a "hardware" and cocktail party elegant look, making it versatile and lovely.
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Beach Baby Leather, Seaglass & Pearls, Beach Gem Bracelet

Dec 01 2011
Donna flies to Barbados this Friday. Along with several Christmas jewelry gift projects, she hoped I could create this Beach Gem bracelet in time. The soft leather bracelet was an earlier island vacation purchase. She also brought in the freshwater pearls and amber seaglass which she also found while on one of her island jaunts. She needed this piece to be her beach-side staple, so it needed to be able to be worn while swimming, sunning & sipping her share of Pina Coladas! I used 14 kt rose gold-filled wire to create pearl charms and a sturdy cage for the seaglass. I kept most of the wire hidden when creating a bail that connects the charms to the leather bracelet. This art jewelry bracelet is both masculine and feminine, tough and elegant, matte and gloss. While I'm sad to see this one part I'm excited to have Donna model her latest piece for me.
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Rhinestones, Hoops & Chains, Custom Vintage Revival Earrings

Nov 30 2011
Bill changed it up this year. He'd been coming in with seaglass he & his wife found, to have me create a pendant out of of them for the past four Christmases. This year he selected earrings from my Vintage Collection & this Vintage Revival piece created with his wife in mind. Contemporary hoops and chains are combined with rhinestones set in black which I culled from a circa '60's choker. New and old come together beautifully and ready for their New Year's Eve celebration.
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Mother of Pearl, Rhinestone & Scrolled Milk Glass Microbead, Vintage Revival Ring

Nov 29 2011
Come in to touch, see & try on this adjustable Vintage Revival Ring created around this circa '50s Mother of Pearl & Rhinestone cuff-link. It serves as center to a Milk Glass Microbead Spiraled into an open ring design. The band is woven from silver art wire and continues onto the focal pieces. Art plus vintage equals whimsy & fun!
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Mermaid's Tears, Seaglass & Beach Pebbles, Beach Gem Earrings

Nov 28 2011
Don't throw rocks at me, unless it's to make this kind of statement. The journey for this pair started in the ocean where the pebbles and seaglass were tossed along the waves until they found their way onto the shoreline. I spotted these treasures in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This pair is sold.
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Going Green, Da Vinci Necklace

Nov 27 2011
Going Green never looked so beautiful. Quite simply, this stained glass statement is hand-cut & beveled into a tiny 1 x 1 inch square, "gift wrapped" in gold art wire and given an added enamel rhinestone charm pointing to your heart. So if you think the grass is greener elsewhere, make it not so while you own and wear this with any outfit from leggings, skirt & layered top to little black dress for the evening. Its gold tone vintage chain measures approximately 16 inches.
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Brass Filigree and Lime Stained Glass, Da Vinci Collection

Nov 27 2011
I'm thinking that the person who purchased this Da Vinci pair in brass filigree, wed to electric lime stained glass, is someone who loves to dance in soft multiple layers of colorful scarves and lots of bangles on her wrist. That's only a guess, but it's fun to wonder what my jewelry is up to after the sale. I had hand cut & beveled the glass for soft edges and delicate curves, then wrapped in silver wire the pair to the filigree brass design. The combo of silver & brass make this piece versatile and even more of a surprise than at original glance.
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Queen of the Nile, Egyptian Vintage Mosaic Choker

Nov 25 2011
Marilyn loves her pieces to stand out. Her first commissioned piece was the Butterfly Vintage from the Museum Mosaic collection. Now back for another, she went the way of Cleopatra's look. This piece is really not about complexity, but a collection of a few striking vintage pieces strategically placed for contrast and effect. Faux pearls mix with tiny rhinestones that all spill into an open worked leaf center. Beneath that I placed a contrasting frosted sea glass and Swarovski cube crystal. To further draw the eye outward, I set all within a larger bright gold "x" filigree pin. The Queen of the Nile and Marilyn would have left it at that, but I saw the perfect choker again styled toward the Egyptian period that served as the base and final touch for what Marilyn will proudly call her own!
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Daisy, Chains, Seaglass & Pearls, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Nov 24 2011
Bondage never looked so pretty, especially since the chains are part of a framing effect. Little windows offer up seaglass in turquoise & ice white, faceted crystals in clear and lemon, kernal corn & pearlescent freshwater pearls. The same chain extends up into the necklace. Daisies dot the frame and bring it from simply round to multi-textured & art-to-wear floral. This piece is sold.
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Mother of Pearl & Acrylic Floral, Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 23 2011
For Maura, this Vintage Lace was paired perfectly with Da Vinci earrings in stained glass of the same royal blue & murano white. The top milky roses are a vintage once-earring set carved from Mother of Pearl. The Blue & White maze earrings in acrylic was the perfect punch of color contrast with all the white. The center acrylic & rhinestone orchid is met with an art glass bead char in more royal blue. My vintage lace is handwoven for beauty and comfort and conforms to any neckline while keeping the weight off the neck. This design makes all the pieces fit & feel as if they are floating as they catch the eye in an alluring manner.
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Bohemian Rhapsody, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 22 2011
This delicate soft wire necklace was the result of crimping tiger wire so that the effect was one of whimsy and very one-of-a-kind. The alternating up & down loops lent to its allure, but adding brass discs and aqua glass beads as charms brought the intrigue of a belly dancer displaying her moves in a room full of admirers. This piece was sold to one of those admirers!
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Make Mine a Key Lime Kool-Aid & Egg White Martini Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Nov 20 2011
You guessed it, I love my martinis so when I can I'll reference my pieces accordingly. I think of this piece as pre-shaken, ready to mix and pour. The ingredients are Seaglass in ice & emerald green & royal blue, freshwater pearl, moonstone beach pebble. Add to that some art glass beads and shake it all up with silver art wire in varied gauges hand forged to wrap each ingredient and finally frame the whole. This piece is consumed/ sold! Bottoms up to the lucky owner!!!
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Tangerine Sky in Copper Hoop, Da Vinci Necklace

Nov 19 2011
On some days the sky just after sunset is awash in shades of orange. This piece is a sliver of those moments captured in stained glass which I hand cut & bevel. I love the action of shapes and lines so I placed a gold rectangle frame over the sky and a squiggle of gold art wire at its center to tickle the eye. The copper circle offers more contrast and play. I hung this fiery bit of sky on a copper chain with toggle closure. It is approximately 16 inches. This lovely Stained Glass pendant is for all seasons!
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Rosary Revisited, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 19 2011
Dale was given this rosary from her dear friend, Grace. We discussed her desire to have it made into two necklaces for a layering effect. The crucifix and three pomegranate glass beads were removed and given a new setting along gold and silver strands of tiger wire. A Congee symbol of "peace" was dangled along with two of the remaining pomegranate beads for a charm effect. Dale loved the multitude of compliments she received when wearing her first art jewelry Rosary Necklace, so was very excited to add to this collection.
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Princess Brilliant Cut Amethyst & Pearl on a Vine, Gem/ Vintage Revival Pin/ Necklace

Nov 17 2011
I beheld this 4 carat Princess cut Amethyst with Brilliant facets after having just acquired a good many precious & semi-precious gemstones. I couldn't wait to work one into one of my designs. I did the usual walk-about my boutique until I spotted this leaf-on-vine pin with real pearl. The amethyst nestled nicely within one of the vine curly ques. I wanted to show as much of the gem as possible so used a thin gauge of 14 kt gold-filled wire that secured it to the pin in vine-like fashion. This Pendant can be used as a pin as well. I love a piece that is versatile, beautiful & artful! It measures approximately 2.5 x 2.5 inches & is hung from a vintage 18 inch 12 kt gold filled chain. The brilliance of the stone is complemented by the pearl & gold leaf on vine. It is even more versatile when hung from the chain since it looks great hanging upside down, as well. This is a great all day into a glamour event night piece!
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Seafoam Seaglass & Abalone, Vintage Revival Sterling Cuff

Nov 16 2011
This Mexico Sterling cuff offered the possibility of play by replacing the missing abalone disc with charms. From thousands of choices and even more combinations, I settled on this seafoam seaglass in my handwoven cage design coupled with a foiled pottery bead in olive & seafoam silver. These two pair nicely with the three abalone discs bezel set in this vintage sterling cuff signed Mexico. If you are feeling breezy, beachy and balmy, this Vintage Revival cuff is a perfect fit!
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Royal Purple, Pearl & Floral, Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 15 2011

This Vintage Lace grows into the gold & rhinestone once-earrings as a vine longs for something beautiful to cling to. Its center floral & rhinestone once-pin is joined with once clip-on earrings in rectangle lavender glass, lustre pearl & glass flowers, and finally topped on each side with once-clip-ons in brilliant gold texture with triangle purple rhinestones. This one chockfull of lovelies is sold.
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Black Bar Cufflinks & Enamel Earrings, Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 14 2011
My twist on this Vintage Lace design is the use of Black art wire. I use my typical hand weave lace design that eventually meets with the varied earrings & cuff-link pieces. All are woven into the design from behind with only the hint of lace peeking through until the top of the V where the lace begins and ends at the closure. Gold, pearls and and open circle at center parade along while the onyx bar cufflinks offer a stylish gasp mid-way. This piece is sold.
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Custom Design, Beggar's Beads, Vintage Mosaic Necklace for Jeanette

Nov 13 2011
Jeanette's first from my collections was the Apple Mosaic. This piece came to be after we discussed the colors she loves. She is always drawn to earth tones. I showed her the Beggar's beads of chrysoprase, carnelian and other semi-precious gems, which jump-started the mosaic pendant. I selected a seashell seaglass, cherry art glass beads and a moonstone in green all wedded with gold-filled wire in round and twisted gauges. Jeanette loved this piece so much that we did another one-of-a-kind soon after!
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Simply Seaglass & Turquoise Rhinestone, Beach Gem Necklace

Nov 12 2011
This very delicate turquoise rhinestone drop caught my eye today. Paired with a frosted seaglass piece, I began to weave with 26 gauge silver and 22 gauge gold art wire. The contrast of silver to gold in varied gauges gives the eye more to take in. I used the empty corner to incorporate the eternity swirl that is contiguous to the peek-a-boo gold wire on the opposite upper corner. There is no glue or soldering in my technique, only cold-connecting with wire caging and wrap. This 1.5 x 1.5 beach gem pendant hangs from a sterling plated snake chain adjustable from 16 - 18 inches. Be ready to dazzle with this dainty Seaglass piece!
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Sold, Caribbean Blue Seaglass & Hoop, Beach Gem Necklace

Nov 11 2011
This ice seaglass triangle doesn't melt in its Tropical surroundings. It's made to feel right at home with a Bird of Paradise drink in your hand, sand in your toes and the lapping waves of the Caribbean inches away. Don't wait to grab this piece 'cause I see this one being whisked away quickly. And Robin did just that today! How could she not, her eyes are the same color blue & big, too!
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Custom for Karen, Flower Garden, Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 10 2011
Karen selected from her Grandma's jewelry the center Floral pin and ceramic rose and gold etched floral once-earring sets with the hopes that they would become an ensemble in her very own Vintage Lace Necklace. Karen owns many of my designs, but this is her first in the Vintage Lace Collection. I can't wait for her to try it on!
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Sold, Frosted Cobalt Stained Glass. Da Vinci Earrings

Nov 09 2011
On those occasions when the frost hits the windows, something pretty happens. Look closely at these little windows to see a representation of that crystallization. I wrapped each hand-cut stained glass piece in silver art wire while making a lovely contrast to the cobalt rectangles. Little bicone Swarovski crystals in lemon dangle from below.
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Seaglass, Amethyst & Heart Locket, Gem Revival Necklace, Pin

Nov 08 2011
Saturn is about to become a prominent planet in my Hindu astrological chart. So it's natural for me to gravitate toward gemstones that represent it. All the dark gems, such as Blue Sapphire and purple gems such as these Amethyst nuggets carry the energy of this hard-working planet. Here, the nuggets wrap a loving and light-filled wreath around a beautifully frosted seaglass piece. I've taken advantage of the empty corner of a contemporary purple rhinestone & acrylic pin. The window serves as the entry for all the pieces mentioned. To soften and offer movement and interest, I added a tiny silver heart locket; and above the nuggets an enamel thunderbolt symbol in purple. This piece can be worn as a pin or pendant. It measures approximately 2.5 x 1.5 inches and hangs from a 16 inch silver snake chain adjustable to 18 inches.
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Sold, Bowtie Rhinestone Blues, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Nov 07 2011
Sometimes no rhyme or reason can bring on something untamed and pretty all the same. A frosted ice seaglass piece serves as a softened rough & tumble backdrop to the glitz and glamour of a circa 1950's rhinestone spray that was once upon-a-time a clip-on earring. Next stop the hammered bowtie and gold art wire hand-formed into curvi-linear shapes and eternity swirl. Two random faceted blue crystals play into the design in a winking from the sidelines way. Altogether a random delight of the Rhinestone Blues.
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Vanilla Garden & Blue Sky, Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 04 2011
This lovely Vintage Lace brightens all outfits and any occasion. Once clip on & post earrings come together in a streamlined garden of vanilla fusion. Rhinestones in a gold plate swirl design provide sparkle while the dot of blue crystal front & center brings the sky forth in a single burst of turquoise. The lace design is hand wrought and will conform to your neckline offering comfort & versatility. Length is adjustable from 15 - 19 inches.
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Larimar, Gem Revival Necklace

Nov 03 2011
Bobby overheard his wife talking about the magic of the gemstone, Larimar. He loved to surprise her with gifts, especially art jewelry which she dearly loves. He selected this center stone for this Gem Revival design. And he's been back for more designs since! Larimar contains the blue hues of the caribbean sea where it is found on the island of Hispaniola. It is known for awakening feminine power and soothing the emotions.
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Kim's Custom Vintage Lace & Mosaic Necklace with Tiger's Eye & Swarovski Crystals

Nov 02 2011
When I think of Kim, I think of several things: her expertise as a Karate Master, her love of food & her glorious mane of hair which is complemented by this copper, tiger's eye & Swarovski crystal Vintage Lace & Mosaic. This necklace is completed by the Confection collection/ Galactic Ball earring set with the same details. Kim lives her life in bold, energetic strokes and her jewelry reflects that! Please click on the item detail to see her custom earrings.
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Taj Tower on Mirror Stained Glass, Da Vinci Collection

Nov 01 2011
Whether in a Bedoin tent courting a Maha Rajah or as your own boss wearing exactly what suits you, this Mirror Stained glass pendant will not be ignored. A filigree and red rhinestone detail is wedded to the stained glass that lies beneath with an intricate wrap of gold art wire. Light reflects from the many facets of textured mirror as well as the beads and rhinestones. It measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches and is hung from a 16 inch chain.
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Caryl's Aladdin's Lamp & Sand Dollar, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 31 2011
Caryl stopped in on Saturday before I got to the boutique. While she waited, her window shopping led her to my Aladdin's Lamp Vintage Revival Necklace. She already owns a pair of my asymmetrical earrings in the same brass metal and red rhinestones, so she knew this was a match made in Alibaba's cave. She will be the one to wear this Aladdin's Lamp Vintage Revival Necklace & be transported to a Turkish bazaar. Each Brass & copper piece has its own character. A prosperity Feng Shui coin & ruby rhinestones share this stage with cable chains & a tiny elephant. A totally bohemian package!
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Scarlet Red Flamenco, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Oct 30 2011
I originally created this bracelet with the Floral red scarlet rhinestone piece as the focus. As I created the lace cuff, I realized the need to add more to balance the filigree & richness of the floral piece. I wove vintage gold tone chains and added brass bead detail and kernel yellow freshwater pearls. This cuff measures approximately seven inches and closes with a vintage press clamp finding. It is comfortable and lightweight. If you are ready to be front and center with your art jewelry, just as a flamenco dancer desires when taking to the stage, then this cuff will do you that honor.
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Cherry Red Stained Glass Chandelier, Da Vinci Collection Earrings

Oct 29 2011
Chandelier earrings bring the party to your day, especially with a burst of cherry red in stained glass which I hand-cut & beveled into little rectangles. Gold art wire wraps arms around each piece like little presents waiting to be discovered. A center teardrop Czech glass bead is surrounded by acrylic faceted and bicone burgundy beads. Lightweight & color rich, you will not fail to stun.
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Vintage Revival Necklace & Earrings with Confection Collection Heart Cuff

Oct 27 2011
Here's what I help folks do when they step into my boutique to find the perfect jewelry ensemble for their occasion. I literally have thousands of jewelry choices that include vintage, my art jewelry & estate pieces, so there is no problem finding combinations. The only problem comes in choosing! But it's a good problem to have. Click on item link to see more pics!
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Salt & Pepper, Crystals and Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 26 2011
It's that time of year and the colors on the leaves are changing. The one thing that does not change is the love of wearing the flattering color black. And lately I've been getting requests for jewelry that is black with some bling. Hidden is a hematite donut that starts off the entire piece. As with most pieces, I let one piece lead to the next while I wire wrap each piece until there is part of a whole. The final step is the hand weave of heavy gauge silver wire into a free form oval. Within this frame is ice seaglass, an agate in black and white, circa 30's Austrian crystals, Swarovski crystals and pewter detail beads. The pendant measures approximately 2 inches by 1.5 inches and is hung from a 16 inch sterling silver chain.
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Seaglass, Sea Shell, Pearl & Rhinestone, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 25 2011
How does a teardrop fall from heaven? With all the elements that we love from Sea glass & Sea shell to Grade A Freshwater Pearl, vintage rhinestone bead and finally to a circa '1930's Austrian crystal bead. Once I had all wrapped in place with 26 guage silver wire, I created the tear drop frame in 18 guage silver wire to bring together a teardrop worthy of a journey from the heavens. The pendant measures approximately 2.5 inches long by 1.5 inches wide. The bale is large enough to switch different chains in & out. This Vintage Mosaic piece will come on a 16 inch sterling chain.
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Emerald Green Seaglass & Art Deco Puai, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 23 2011
Matching this micro-beaded chain with this emerald green sea glass was easy. And so was the decision to add the art deco detail with MOP center. I kept the silver wire wrap simple so that the sea glass & pendant would shine through. The necklace is adjustable from 15 inches to 18 inches. You don't have to love green or seaglass to fall in love with this piece!
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Custom Design, 1.5 carat Emerald Cut Citrine, Gem Revival Pendant

Oct 21 2011
Robin loved my free-form Gem Revival designs and remembered to bring in her loose Emerald cut Citrine passed down to her by her aunt. She agreed to an organic wire wrap in non-tarnishing Argentium Sterling Silver with a bale that would be large enough to switch varied chains through. Note the tilt to the gem. I intended this as a way to let whimsy have her way. The curly q's are pretty and act to keep the citrine secure. What started out as a teardrop ended becoming a free-form oval. I can't wait to show Robin her Gem Revival piece!
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Waves over Sea Slate, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 20 2011
Robin loved her sister, Meredith's, Sea Slate choker and wanted her very own. This stone is a little smaller and with its own set of wave action. Instead of a hand-formed twisted wire choker, I hung Robin's pendant from a sterling wire with nylon overlay. Stay tuned for Robin's custom Gem Revival Citrine in the next blog post.
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Leprechaun's Lovely Emerald Strand & Rhinestone Flower, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 19 2011
From Motown to Lawrence Welk, women could be seen wearing their three strands of crystals and waist cinched dresses. This Lovely emerald aurora borealis strand comes from one of those that dates to circa 1950's. I added brass bar links to make the necklace one that could be slipped over your head. The gold tone & rhinestone floret accents this piece off center. Do layer this necklace as I have. Please click on the item tab to see the layered look!
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Four Seasons & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 18 2011
The title "Four Seasons" summed up this Vintage Mosaic piece since, while my husband saw summer and winter, I saw fall and spring. I began with an antique brass key, a frosted ice seaglass piece and a vintage leaf sculpture of coiled and spun wire. To fill negative space I utilized the springtime floral rhinestone, gold tone flower and a circa 1930's crystal bead. All are wrapped with silver art wire and as a finished pendant hung from a vintage faux pearl and brass chain. Do you love your seasons? I know I do and that is why I live in Connecticut where all four seasons bestow their glory, as in this Mosaic.
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Sea Glass & Star of David, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 17 2011
This constellation of frosted sea glass, Swarovski crystals and 14 kt gold wire evolved around a 14 kt gold Star of David. I was wearing this while walking down a staircase at Water's Edge where we were celebrating my daughter's birthday. A woman stopped to ask where I got the necklace. I told her I created it. She was intrigued and wanted to buy it on the spot. This was one of many pieces sold while wearing it. She went back to her home in the south with her very own Vintage Mosaic Necklace.
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Adrianna's Custom Treble Clef and Sea Glass, Beach Gem Bracelet

Oct 16 2011
Adrianna did not look like she had seven children, she did look like she loved her art jewelry and over the years of attending the Westport Arts & Craft show, she accumulated many of my pieces. This Treble Clef and Sea Glass bracelet was one she commissioned as a gift for her musical daughter. I alternated treble clef charms with ice seaglass wrapped into a charm configuration.
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Star Rain, Vintage Revival Earrings

Oct 14 2011
I rummaged through hundreds of vintage parts and designs for something that would represent rain. Barbara hoped I would be able to create something that depicted the symbols of rain and stars. I used a multi-rhinestone bracelet, cutting it in equal lengths. Next I spotted these tiny stars, one with its own rhinestone center and placed them strategically for an asymmetrical look. These are a gift for someone dear to her.
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Celestial New Year's Eve, Vintage Revival Earrings

Oct 13 2011
You don't need a New Year's Eve celebration to rock this pair, just your need to let your disco a go go! This pair uses silver filigree balls as stand ins for the disco mirror ball, varied shapes for fun and stars & moon to bring the night sky into the party. . . Click on the item button to see me modeling this pair!
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Memories are Made of This, Shirley's Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 12 2011
Shirley was one of my first customers when I opened my boutique five years ago in Deep River. She loved the timeless gem mosaic in the store window and hoped to have something similar created with her mother's timepiece. On her most recent visit we discussed her third custom pendant which includes her mother's Elgin watch face, her own wrapped seaglass, and pearls she wore at the age of seven at her aunt's wedding. Shirley is nearing her eighth decade so these pieces date to antiquity. I used a vintage heart pin to frame her pieces in her favorite shape. All pieces were cold-connected using silver art wire. And now you see what are her dearest memories all in a pendant she can wear and share with others. Memories are Made of This is the first thing that comes to mind for her custom Vintage Mosaic Necklace, since all pieces carry so much meaning for her. I can't wait to show it to her!
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Renoir Revisited & Copper Flower, Vintage Revival Collection

Oct 11 2011
Two blog posts ago, I shared Karen's customized Vintage Revival Necklace. I replaced the satin ribbon chain with copper Renoir squares. Several squares were left and begging to become a bracelet. I found this copper flower with crystal detail. I connected the flower to four of the remaining squares and ended with a copper toggle closure. This piece is up for Karen'a consideration, since she hoped to have a parure set of jewelry with her original copper necklace. See the next picture to see the two paired together.
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Carrot and Lime Jello Shots, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace, Sold

Oct 10 2011
Do you see what I see? This Contemporary Mosaic necklace looks like a carrot stick accompanying square Lime Jello Shots. The teetering position of one shot evokes the whimsy of this piece made a bit more blingy by the triple rhinestone center. Mirrored & clear rippled stained glass offer the art element. I've wrapped all in sterling silver twisted and round wire of varying guages. This piece is sold.
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Art Deco Copper & Brass Buttons & Floral, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 09 2011
Karen spotted this Vintage Revival Necklace and a Renoir Copper collar side by side. She pulled both aside and asked if they could be combined. The Renoir collar replaces the satin ribbon. Here is the original blog post: It doesn't happen often enough, but as I was FINALLY cleaning up after hundreds of project designs, and as I was putting parts back in their places, I beheld a set of brass art deco style vintage earrings. I eyed my dremel & STOPPED what I was doing. Started drilling for potential necklace connections. Then spotted an antique copper flower relief button for which I created bales top & bottom. To my right among my collection of chains, I grabbed the large brass loops. The set up was there and when I tried it on, I realized embellishments were needed to bring out the earthy contrast, so I added Swarovski Aurora Borealis dangles, more brass painted beads & some satin voile which I wove in & out of the chain. The brown satin tie chain dressed this art jewelry piece up a bit. Now it was ready for your eyes! If you look closely, you'll see the extra copper beads sprinkled here & there for a tiny bit of added sparkle. This looks very Earthy Tuxedo to me & it is adjustable by tie back from approximately 15 - 18 inches.
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Powder Pink & Blue Stained Glass, Da Vinci Necklace

Oct 07 2011
So many points of interest attract the eye, from the teardrop Austrian crystals to the "gift wrapped" pink on blue stained glass to the vintage faux pink pearls that complete the necklace chain. The pendant is a repeat of materials above, but in different shapes and more random placements. The once-clip on faux pearl & pink center earring adds whimsy to a piece already oozing in whimsical musicality. Do you agree? This piece is sold.
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Bejeweled Driftwood Dancer, Sculpture

Oct 06 2011
My backyard was testament to my love of driftwood and all things left ashore. I find shapes in everything. One day I hauled in pieces of driftwood to see what might take shape. Here what I originally envisioned became a dancer in a copper wire tutu, bejeweled in brass and copper chains. Her extension reaches skyward with her flowing cape, made from driftwood and more brass chain . Stained glass in pink, purple and krinkled glass lend form to her tutu and pointed leg. This sculpture is life-size.
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Key to my Heart & Pinecone on Braided Chains, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 05 2011
Bold and flirty go hand in hand with this Revival piece. Vintage chains galore offer chunky & small links in varied gold tones. This very rich montage ends with a tassle bead look, and charms that dangle while offering balance and whimsy. Charms come in the form of a pine cone needle, a key to my heart, an acrylic tear drop in brass and finally a caged ball dangle. So if you, too, are feeling bold and flirty, picture this statement necklace, that reflects just that, around you. This necklace is adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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Pink Star Sapphire, Gem Revival Necklace

Oct 04 2011
This 1.5 carat Pink Star Sapphire came from a vintage 14 kt gold link bracelet. It is loupe clean and with six distinct rays. I use no solder or glue to place this gem, only a free form design of Argentium or non-tarnishing sterling silver. The loops offer little windows to the gem beneath while securing the stone in place. This gem is tilted for best effect and hung from a sterling silver chain of 16 inches.
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Emerald Seaglass & Pearls, Beach Gem Earrings

Oct 03 2011
These emerald seaglass earrings capture the light of the Emerald Isles. For a hint of movement and more than a hint of pretty, I added two freshwater pearl dangles. They are hung from leverback earring wires. This pair is sold.
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Shattered Dreams, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 01 2011
When I started this piece the song, Shattered Dreams, by Johnny Hates Jazz was playing. Could this title have influenced me to create as I did? Think of a dream that is a combination of day residue and add a twist of stained glass in amber and seafoam, a triangle eternity swirl, turqouise, copper & metal beads and you have a piece rich in color and loaded with meaning meant to be interpreted by the onlooker. The angular presentation of all the pieces makes this piece very multi-dimensional. I used a silver art wire wrap as minimally as possible since there are so many competing elements. So if you're feeling like a tiny bundle of energy (this measures approximately two inches in circumference) this piece will reflect that. This bold piece hangs from an adjustable 16 - 18 inch snake chain.
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Bridal Confection Collection Cameo

Sep 30 2011
This is the second of Suzanne's cameos. The previous blog post described her motivation for having me create around her Grandma's cameos. It was important to her to feature the filigree work. I worked the wire design, Swarovski crystals and Pearls as accents to the filigree surround. Silver art wire plays light contrast to the copper/ brass frame. I chose taupe freshwater pearls of varied sizes and shapes and intermingled them with Champagne Swarovski bi-cone crystals. Two Chanton Swarovski crystals dangle for movement and to capture light. Suzanne will surprise her daughter at the bridal shower and let her choose which she will wear as she walks down the aisle. Suzanne will wear the other Confection Cameo as Mother of the Bride.
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Bride's Cameo, Confection Collection Necklace

Sep 29 2011
Suzanne had seen her co-worker, Donna's, Confection Collection Cameos and had since been thinking of having her grandma's cameos similarly redesigned into one-of-a-kind art jewelry. Her daughter's wedding is upcoming, so she thought it would be special for she and her daughter to where the cameos in a new design. This cameo is for her daughter. The framework accents and complements the tones of the shell cameo made in Italy. I loosely wove gold and silver art wire while incorporating pearlescent, bicone Swarovski crystals and two pearls. . . . Stay tuned for the mother of the bride's own Cameo confection!
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Amber & Ice Seaglass, Pearl & Austrian Crystal, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Sep 28 2011
I walked into Maureen's herbery wearing this Contemporary Mosaic. She took note as I was purchasing some of her fabulous herb plants and asked where I got this. When I told her I create these little art-to-wear necklaces crafted with seaglass, gems and crystals, she let me know that she wanted one of her own. . . . I wrapped each of the seaglass pieces in gold-filled wire, experimented with placement and when content, created a frame of heavier gauge gold-filled wire. The next frame is a twisted g-f wire with additional loops that act as churning wave action off to one corner. The freshwater pearl & Austrian crystal reside in opposite corners and help to bring all pieces front and center as one artistic whole. I continued the art energy with hand-formed gold filled links all the way around the chain. This piece is sold and not long after, Maureen got her very own Contemporary Mosaic!
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Meredith's Waves over Sea Slate, Beach Gem Choker

Sep 27 2011
This is Meredith's favorite piece from her collection of my designs. I've seen her walk into my boutique with pig tails, blue jeans and this art jewelry piece around her neck. I created the pendant with silver art wire. The cage began with a triple strand of wire that would begin to frame the piece. I continued with some wave action, similar to what took place before I picked this stone up from a beach in Scarborough, Maine. Because of its oblong shape, a choker seemed fitting. I twisted to 22 guage silver wire and attached findings for closure. . . . Meredeth's sister Robin loves this piece so much, that she has now commissioned me to complete her very own Beach Gem Necklace.
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Seashells & Swarovski Champagne Crystals, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 26 2011
Today's fall weather here in Connecticut felt more like a sweltering summer day. So I'm in the mood for seashells & a touch of elegance which I present to you in the form of this Vintage Lace Necklace. Indian Summer never felt of looked so good! This piece is sold.
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Japanese Bicone Valve, Beach Gem Pendant

Sep 25 2011
Dale's own Japanese Shell made into a pendant was so appreciated that the friend who gave the shell to her asked to have one made for her. I had to take into consideration the fragile hinge connecting the valves. The "waves" you see swelling over all pieces are really silver art wire, which I hand-forged for security as well as beauty She also longed to have the closed shell in white connected. I added the glass seed beads for contrast and because it is a color she wears oftern. Now she will be able to wear her found object from the sea always.
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Lynn's Jade Butterfly Wing

Sep 23 2011
Lynn cherished this Jade Butterfly ring/ pendant given to her by her husband. So when the wing broke she was saddened. Her husband said it was no big deal, but Lynn was upset about not being able to wear it. Coworkers told her that I do repairs & restoration work on costume & fine jewelry. We discussed possible ways of giving this butterfly a whole wing. Here is Lynn's butterfly with a new wing in argentium sterling silver.
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Red Art Glass & Pearls, Beach Gem Bracelet

Sep 22 2011
Red sea glass is very hard to find. When I spotted these red art glass pieces, I couldn't resist wrapping them in gold filled wire. Pearls and czech crystals lend beautiful contrast to these frosted pieces. The extender links were knotted by hand. This piece is sold.
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Icebox & Pearl, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Sep 20 2011
I love the coolness of this Contemporary Mosaic. Two contrasting pieces of sea glass overlap. One is less mature while the other is frosted. Their irregular shapes are flattered by a handwoven frame made of sterling silver. I added a grade A freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystals in a random fashion. The chain links are also handwoven and made of sterling silver. This piece is sold.
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Swarovski Starfish on Beach Pebble, Vintage Revival Necklace

Sep 19 2011
What do you get when you combine a circa '60's black lacquer & goldtoned hoops, a beach pebble and a Swarovski starfish? Art Jewelry that speaks volumes about the balance of elements and the beauty that it implies. This bold statement piece measures approximately 3.5 inches in circumference. The grey pebble brings this stellar piece back down to earth. The Swarovski starfish takes it to the sea. I extended the art into the chain which measures 16 - 18 inches and is complosed of black suede & goldtone ball-bearing vintage chain. Where will you take this piece?
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Two Fish at Waves Edge, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 16 2011
We love to imagine the loveliness of things beneath the water's surface. Here, two fish dance among the waves. The olive complexion of this piece is from enamel work in the once-earrings that are the fish and waves. Brass also plays prominently. I finished the centerpiece ends with hammered, open work discs, also once-earrings. A faceted chrysoprase bead dangles front and center with an eternity design. This aquatic Vintage Lace is sold.
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Repost of Theresa's Dancing Elephant with Trunk Up, Da Vinci Necklace

Sep 15 2011
Theresa is now under the Big tent of this Good Luck Elephant's Three Ring Circus setting! Balancing herself on a yellow hand-cut & beveled stained glass, atop a faceted gold crystal bead, she is as entertaining as any piece of art jewelry can be. The orange/ red stained glass is the appropriate dramatic back drop for this joyful conversation starter. All are woven in gold art wire & hung from a vintage oval ball bead chain adjustable from approximately 16 - 17 inches. No need to reserve her seat now that Theresa is center stage with this one-of-a-kind Da Vinci creation!
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Olive Pearls & Seaglass, Beach Gem Earrings

Sep 14 2011
There is something charming about work that is created using seaglass tended by the garden of rocks and shells at the seafloor. These two pieces are irregular in shape and harken back to Medieval times when full-bodied outfits required a simpler accessory such as these Beach Gem beauties. What makes these seem centuries old is the wire-wrap design around the pearls that eventually meet on four sides. This pair is sold.
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Doggie Tug of War, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Sep 13 2011
What brings this pendant to the party is a Tug-of-War between two cuties. This represents present day for me, since my Bernese Mountain Puppy, Sabrina, loves to play tug-of-war with her friend, Ellie, a Golden Retriever. They play among seaglass for real & in the pendant. Play takes place on Shell Beach where seaglass makes a regular appearance. I added Swarovski & Czech crystal, a kernal colored freshwater pearl and combined all with my "gift wrap" of art wire. Amber & Ice seaglass offer lovely contrast for this classic pose captured for all time. Woof!
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Custom Lipstick Red Leaves & Rhinestones, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 12 2011
I love how the silver lace offers bright contrast to the lipstick red vintage rhinestone & leaf centerpiece. Here, simple is better and lends itself to elegance. Czech crystals in cherry & garnet red add accent to this streamlined design. This piece was a custom design.
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Turquoise Coconut & Enameled Disc, Beach Gem Necklace

Sep 11 2011
Waves lick & lap over a lovely array of vintage and seaglass pieces. I love the randomness of the water's edge. High tide is ever-changing leaving treasures of seaweed, seaglass and coral at will. Here, the rollicking tide carries with it three lovelies that make me think of summer. Stacie has added this Beach Gem necklace to her vast collection of my art jewelry designs! She models this in my entryway gallery.
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Earth & Ice Teardrop, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Sep 11 2011
Laura entered my boutique on a mission. She hoped to find earrings to go with a necklace her husband gave her for a wedding she was attending this Saturday. After her initial tour and after spotting this Earth & Ice Vintage Mosaic Necklace, she decided to go for a Parure set . Her eyes locked on my 1930's Watermelon Tourmaline Rhinestone Confection Collection Cuff which she had to have. To complete her look, she purchased a 14 KT gold chandelier earring set. Her warm color tones are very flattered by the earth colors of sea pebble, gold hammered leaf and contrasting ice seaglass, all combined in this Mosaic Necklace with gold filled wire of varying gauges. Laura is excited to show off her new art jewelry!
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Dawn's Custom Amethyst, Hematite & Carnelian, Gem Revival Earrings

Sep 09 2011
Dawn loves to wear her jewelry in sets. She is a Parure girl. She presented me with this asymmetrical necklace of Amethyst, Hematite & Carnelian and, of course, longed to have earrings made to match. I created charm dangles of each gem in varied lengths. The silver hoop helps to define them and draw the eye near. Dawn will need to model yet another of her custom creations for my blog!
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Black, White & Bling, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Sep 08 2011
I needed something to pick up my all black outfit. Rather than "shop" my boutique I decided to gather pieces that moved me and would help complete my attire. Stained glass slivers in textured mirror and black swirl started a flicker that, when combined with the rhinestone and crystal teardrop, excited me. The addition of a large potato pearl and bicone & faceted Swarovski crystals seemed to finish the picture. But it really wasn't completed until I topped or, rather, framed the piece with a contemporary hammered silver hoop. This piece measures approximately 2.5 inches in circumference. It is hung from a 17 inch sterling slide and can be switched out to another chain as preferred. As with all my art jewelry, this piece can be worn with blue jeans & T, or to the ball!
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Sold! Scuba Green Da Vinci Earrings

Sep 07 2011
Roger entered my boutique in search of something for his wife. He was careful to find something she would love, not something he took a liking to for her. "She loves to wear earrings leaning to avant garde" This is the pair he thought she would love . . . Blog: When I say Scuba, I mean the deepest depths of the ocean green. This stained glass is hand cut & beveled to frosted edges, so try as you might, there is no danger along these softened edges. I wrapped silver art wire so that the result of most of my Da Vinci earrings are that of little gift wrapped presents. Here the glass & wood bead dangle move w/ a tiny silver puffed heart & a bar & eternity dangle. I'd be caught wearing these from blue jeans to mini skirt & leggings everyday!
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Custom Emerald & Ice Rhinestone, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 07 2011
Eileen fell in love with this Emerald Rhinestone Monet Necklace. But when she wore it, the rhinestones would fall forward and face downward. We'd solved a similar problem with another of her vintage necklaces, so this Monet received the same remedy and a very pretty one at that. I wove by hand the lace out of non-tarnishing silver art wire, then secured each rhinestone to the lace. We agreed that the silver wire would make the piece "pop" in contrast with the emerald & ice rhinestones. Eileen adds this to her growing collection of Vintage Lace necklaces.
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Key Lime & Caribbean Blue Two Tier, Da Vinci Earrings

Sep 06 2011
You can say your favorite color to wear is black -- as is mine, but only 'cause you're going to punch that basic up with color. Which means you can take an accessory to the limit when it comes to colors & shapes. Give the eye something to dwell on as in this showstopper pair of stained glass two tier in rectangle & tear drop shapes. I hand cut & beveled the edges, then wrapped them in gold, non-tarnishing art wire. This pair is sold. Maybe you'll spot her owner wearing them from a block away!
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Dawn's Crystal Quartz Art Deco, Gem Revival Necklace

Sep 05 2011
I held this 4 carat quartz gem in my hand and felt it would be well suited to an intriguing geometric setting. I wrapped the gem in sterling silver and set it gently within a vintage sterling Art Deco frame. Dawn spotted this Gem Revival piece in my storefront window, tried it on and had to have it. She says that she wears this piece often. I say that it is as striking as its owner!
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Copper Warrior, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Sep 04 2011
We need to let the warrior get the better of our inner selves every now and then. When I unleashed mine, this bracelet came to form. Peach art glass present themselves with rough edges and as chunky backdrops to hand-formed copper pillows, constructed from piping. Other odd copper pieces find their way as hand-formed copper links bring all pieces together. This bracelet measures approximately 7.5 inches and is adjustable. Each glass piece brings heft, so this is ideal for a lover of statement jewelry. Perfect for your next gallery outing!
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Goddess Isis, Ice & Pearls, Beach Gem Necklace

Sep 03 2011
The Goddess Isis represents Simplicity, Justice & Protection. This Ice seaglass set behind a gold tone, filigreed necklace is as solid as a dagger and therefore represents Protection, while the Grade A Pearls represent Simplity. The scroll-work medallions in the necklace chain act on behalf of the intricacies of Justice. Goddess Isis would be enhanced with this piece. Instead, it protects and enhances the life of its new owner!
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Seashells, Baubles & Seaglass, Beach Gem Collection

Sep 02 2011
Can't you see yourself strolling a windswept beach with this pair framing your face? These earrings sport a lot of goodies, from scallop shells to glass bead baubles to the piece d' resistance, two triangle shaped seaglass pieces. This pair is sold
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Post Hurricane Irene, Seaweed & Coral & other Aquatics in my Front Yard, Da Vinci Necklace

Sep 01 2011
I'm reviving this piece, though it's long sold. It makes me think of all the "treasures" left in my yard after the Long Island Sound made its way to my home & neighborhood. What was left after the waters receded were lots of seaweed, coral and a fish here and there. My three month old Berner puppy, Sabrina, stops to inspect every piece and I had to snatch a dead fish from her before it was too late! This piece is composed of new gunmetal chain & discs that represent coral, seafoam stained glass acting as the seaweed and a little fishy hanging on front and center. We survived Tropical Storm Irene and hope you did too!
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Seeking Safe Harbor From the Storm, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Aug 27 2011
I thought this deserved a repost, since many of us on the East Coast will be seeking safe harbor during the storm. This Spanish Galleon has shipped out to sea where there is only the calm of a full moon, by way of an antique Crystal. The wave that backs it is only for aesthetics and not a representation of possible storm surges expected up & down the Coast. The amber seaglass piece represents the beauty that lays beneath the ocean surface, waiting for that perfect wave to wash it ashore. I will think of everyone's safety during this ongoing threat. Stay safe, everyone!
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Stained Glass Chandelier, Da Vinci Earrings

Aug 25 2011
Kelly is full of energy. When not fulfilling her role in her high intensity job, she likes to let her hair down & shimmy. This Chandelier Earring set reminded her of her desire to escape every now & then. I hand-cut & beveled cream colored aurora borealis stained glass to fit in the arms of the descending microchains. They reflect the rhinestones & beading below.
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Sold, One Blue Speck Among Once Earrings, Vintage Lace Necklace

Aug 23 2011
The freedom of mixing and matching followed by constructing the pieces into something beautiful and art-to-wear is my pleasure everyday. I am blessed to have so many of you cheering me on and wearing my creations. Thank you! This piece is just one of those whose pieces were once-earrings. Some were orphans and some were pairs, but they played wonderfully together until they became one.
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Aqua Stained Glass, Da Vinci Earrings

Aug 22 2011
These little windows offer a glimpse into the wearer's creative soul. I've kept this design all about the glass -- simple & like little presents waiting to be opened. My wire wrap design allows for the most entry of light. The pieces were hand-cut & beveled for soft edges. These 3/4 square inch squares are sold to Julie.
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Antique Rhinestone Brooches, Vintage Revival Lariat

Aug 21 2011
Maureen thought she was finished shopping when she spotted this Vintage Revival Lariat on my mannequin. She'd accomplished her mission of finding the perfect necklace and earrings for the Diamond & Denim benefit that evening but she'd not put away her eye for the majestic. With all the rhinestones sending out "love me" sparkle and winks her way, it was almost impossible to pass up. Please click on the item link to see detail shots & a photogem of Maureen wearing her new antique Vintage Revival Lariat.
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Mommy-To-Be Melissa's Heart on Bubble Red, Beach Gem Necklace

Aug 20 2011
Eric has the most extensive & prized sea glass collection picked from the beach across from my home. We are often in competition for choice pieces. Well, he got to the ice, heart shaped & red bubble triangle sea glass pieces first. To be fair, he had a four year jump on my husband, Neil, & I. I digress. Eric called to let me know he wanted to give his daughter a sea glass necklace. She selected these pieces and Eric commissioned me to complete her gift. This is his third. I used non-tarnishing Argentium sterling silver for the wrap and kept it all very simple, secure and about the seaglass; after all, heart-shaped sea glass is very hard to find!. I can't wait to show it to him.
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Purple Moon & Amethyst, Gem Revival Necklace

Aug 18 2011
I wasn't sure if this lavender piece was glass or amethyst. It tested as amethyst. I searched and found the "purple moon", lavender glass beads & pink seed beads among other goodies that might complete its look. I used a sterling plated wire with a rose gold wash for the wrap. I could have left the wrap naked, but kept at it until you see this pendant in all its pink & purple haze glory. The pendant measures approximately 2 x 1 inch & hangs from a 16 inch sterling plated snake chain, adjustable to 18 inches. The large bale allows for a switch of chains.
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Black Tie Swarovski Crystal, Confection Collection Earrings

Aug 17 2011
Up do or hair sweeping your shoulders -- both work with this pair of hand-formed lassos strung with tiny Aurora Borealis bi-cone crystals & Black-faceted Swarovski crystals. They dangle elegantly and are perfectly poised to dance with your favorite little black dress. Earrings measure approximately two inches from the bottom of the Shepard's hook earwire.
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Antique Sterling Hawk & Alexandrite, Vintage Revival Necklace

Aug 16 2011
Rob & Theresa stopped by to pick up a jewelry repair. When Rob showed interest in a mood changer wolf pendant, I pointed out the Egyptian Hawk & Alexandrite, Vintage Revival Necklace. Once he tried it on, that was it. There was no way it was coming off! Both the chain & Hawk are antique sterling. I gave the Alexandrite a wrap in sterling silver for strength and a more masculine look, then dressed the hawk with it as its pendant. This special piece now resides next to Rob's first purchase at my shop -- the turquoise studded bear claw!
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Custom Vintage Mosaic Necklace for Sybil

Aug 15 2011
Sybil wanted this art jewelry piece to go with many of her outfits with black playing a large role in her wardrobe. She also hoped to bring in some bling with this chosen 1940's faceted teardrop crystal. I positioned it in front of the black stained glass sliver. The open worked black bead also captured her attention and lent good contrast to the other elements with its matte filigreed finish. Swarovski crystals in clear & black aurora borealis added the final touch where negative space filled this circular mosaic design. Now Sybil needs to give her final stamp of approval!
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Custom Lavender Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Aug 14 2011
Dale brought in a bag of her favorite seaglass pieces. I told her how rare this piece was because of its lavender color and bottle neck shape. This helped her to decide to have me create a Beach Gem necklace using this as her first of many custom designs. I used silver art wire, a vintage "disco ball" charm and hung it from a necklace of amethyst-colored chips and beads. I love how the angle of the pendant shows arms waving and waiting to give a hug, similar to Dale's loving nature!
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Orphan Earring No More, Star Vintage Revival Earrings

Aug 12 2011
I often receive requests to rescue jewelry orphans, such as in this case. Dale had lost her cherished simple star earring mate and requested that I make her whole again. I took apart another necklace and earring in order to gather balancing and opposing elements. The purple, blue and gold stars were added along with Swarovski crystal dangles for that added oomph! Dale fully expects to find the mate, now that she has this Revival set. She said, that's just the way things are!
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Liquid Blue Chandelier, Vintage Revival Earrings

Aug 11 2011
There is no mistaking a girl who wants to dance when she steps out with this pair of Chandelier earrings lighting the way. I hand-cut & beveled for soft edges this Caribbean Liquid Blue stained glass into daring triangle shapes. They are coupled with brass links and teardrop charms straight out of the Casbah. This pair measures 2.5 inches from the ear wire & feels comfortable in weight and size.
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SOLD to Wade! Gold Leaf, Sea Glass, Butterflies & Pearls, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Aug 10 2011
Wade came into my boutique trying to make as little noise as possible. He was among many woman browsing through my gallery of art jewelry. When I asked if I could help him, he said he was just looking. After a half hour, I rounded back to him. He had my full attention as he had selected several of my designs with an ocean theme of with a lot of blue. Next he rounded to my window display so as not to miss a thing. He narrowed it down to this lovely Vintage Mosaic and added Circa 1930's rhinestone earrings of the same color. His wife will be the recipient of these well-thought out gifts. It is her birthday. . . My Vintage Mosaic Designs tend to be chock-full of lovelies & here is no exception. My inspiration was the aqua sea glass found on the beach in front of my home! It's absolutely the prettiest and only seaglass in this blue that I've ever seen. It is the same color as the enamel Cloisenne backing. Butterflies come in the form of a tiny MOP in teal & silver; & in abstract in gold tone & rhinestone with a large pearl. To play off that, I included two faux pearls set in place and a spray of double faux pearl dangles to soften the gold leaf pattern. This piece comes together with silver, non-tarnishing art wire and gold details, making this a versatile piece. The chain is a triple gold, soft tiger wire, adjustable from approximately 16 - 18 inches. This stunning piece will take you through all seasons! Pendant measures approximately 2.5 x 2 inches. The cloisenne back shows an oriental motif in gold & black when the piece is reversed.
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Greek Isle & Aegean Blue Sea, Da Vinci Necklace

Aug 09 2011
I wore this piece on our trip to Athens & Santorini, Greece. I thought it fitting, since the stained glass, which I had cut & beveled, was the same blue as the Aegean Sea. I took a dive off a Pirate ship into that Sea, but spared the necklace the dip. The necklace I was wearing did not fare so well, since I swam toward a sulfur spring, which made it rust. After the inaugural trip through Greece, this set was sold.
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Turquoise Lift off, Da Vinci Collection

Aug 08 2011
I love to play with shapes, angles and spaces. I started with two hand-cut & beveled stained glass pieces in mint and seafoam and tied them into a contemporary triangle piece that held a mint faceted glass bead at the bottom. For movement and to soften the overall effect, I added mint freshwater pearls, tiny silver dangles and more mint colored beads down the center. Without wishing it, this piece looks like a Space Ship ready for Blast off. This piece has been sold.
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Custom Sanddollar & Pearls, Vintage Mosaic Bracelet

Aug 07 2011
Now Donna's Seashell Summer Parure is complete. I refashioned these vintage bar links from a necklace and placed the same pearls & gold faceted glass beads in her necklace & earrings as charm dangles along the bracelet. The main attraction is the sand dollar, which Donna had selected for this piece. I can't wait to show it to her! Please click on the item link to see the necklace & earrings.
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Custom Pearl, Swarovski & Gun Metal Crystal, Confection Collection Earrings

Aug 06 2011
Donna had selected a cameo pendant from my Vintage Cloud Collection. She loves her jewelry in sets, so she asked that I create an earring with similar colors & gems. The "main" event dangles from the bottom of a long gun metal micro-chain. The cameo is hematite black while its surround includes all the bead elements pictured here. I wanted to create a twist on this design which came in the form of bent silver art wire, centered to dangle above the body of gems. I see a wishbone here, do you? Please click on the item link to also view the Vintage Cloud Cameo.
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Mother Of Pearl Feather & Lasso, Vintage Revival Earrings

Aug 05 2011
These mother of pearl, carved Feathers share a depth of luminosity common to the pearl. I wanted to contrast them with more movement and color. I hand-formed tight lassos and for color tied in black iridescent glass tube beads. These little beauties love to move and measure approximately two inches from the bottom of the ear wire.
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Mercy Center Teal Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Aug 04 2011
Dale spotted my Beach Gem piece and longed to have her own seaglass placed in a similar art jewelry setting. Glad to honor her wish, I replaced the original seafoam seaglass with a rare Teal-colored seaglass that she found at the Mercy Center Beach in Madison, CT where she provides teaching, inservices and more. I can't wait to show this piece to her!
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Baby Blue Flower & Cube, Confection Collection Earrings

Aug 03 2011
This is my newest design from the Confection Earring Collection. Very simple and flattering, this pair dangles to 1.5 inches from the shepard's hook. Silver art wire is shaped into a tie like configuration with tiny glass flowers & cubes in the babiest blue finishing each of the ends.
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Pearls, Seaglass & Swarovski, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Aug 02 2011
This is one of my first Contemporary Mosaic creations. I worked in various gauges of sterling silver wire, not worrying too much about conforming to angles, in fact it borders on messy, but is pretty nonetheless. The contrast of royal blue seaglass and pink crystals with white freshwater pearl leaves a very vivid picture. As with my early Mosaics, the necklace chain is hand=forged into bar segments. This piece is sold.
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Kramer Gold Link & Contemporary Beads, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Aug 01 2011
Some would say that this Kramer Vintage bracelet had lots going for it in its original form. I was looking for a bracelet idea that would suit the last of Devon's Bridesmaids. Brittany is tall and very much of the Hippie Chic style. I loved the opportunity to take something old & funky for her & add a new twist in the form of midnight blue glass beads strung up the center. I hope I get a great pic of all Devon's bridesmaids in their Midnight Blue gowns & funky one-of-a-kind Vintage Revival Bracelets.
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Bridesmaid's Confection Collection Ladder Cuff

Jul 31 2011
I love creating a variation of an original design. It puts a different spin on something already fun. In this case, I was creating for Bride-To-Be Devon, another one-of-a-kind bracelet cuff for her Bridesmaid who she describes as athletic & a little funky. The variation to my original Confection Collection Cuff design is in the way I created a "ladder" edge. It's purpose is to bring all the winding "river" design together so that it becomes more of a structured whole. This cuff will be able to conform to the wrist, be comfortable and make this Bridesmaid stand out with a fabulously sweet & one-of-a-kind arty look. This will be against a backdrop of a Midnight Blue streamlined gown of with a long chiffon back sash that drapes over the shoulder, falling to the floor (or floating in the breeze).
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Time Will Tell, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jul 29 2011
This is really about how the passage of time can travel beautifully alongside ice & royal blue seaglass, Swarovski crystals and a solo freshwater pearl. I caged or strung each piece into a not-so-random whole & created a teardrop frame for a pretty finish in gold filled wire. The necklace chain was handwoven into squiggly bars, also made of gold filled wire. This piece is sold.
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She Sells Seashells, Pearls & Crystals, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 28 2011
Donna does not sell seashells, but she loves wearing them, especially after she selected these, lined in 18 ct gold leaf, along with freshwater kernel corn pearls & gold faceted crystals. I made some earrings to go with the necklace, in case she wants to make it a set. This custom piece is perfect for all her summertime outings!
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Triple Goddess, Wolf in Garden, Vintage Revival Pendant

Jul 27 2011
Barbara knew my work from a dear friend who owns hundreds of my art jewelry pieces. She let me know what was important to her and asked that I create a pendant with certain colors in mind. The symbol of the Triple Goddess or Triple Moon represents the New Moon or Maiden, the Full Moon or Mother and the Waning moon or Crone. I began with two sterling Taxco Crecent Moons with abalone and in my search found a 1930's aurora borealis floral carnival glass button that would represent the Mother moon. These I wired together from behind. Next I attached a pewter wolf and antique rhinestone flowers which would act as its garden collar. A triplicate of eternity symbols backs the entire piece. This art jewelry piece measures approximately 4 x 2 inches.
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A Mermaid's Kiss, An Icecream Cone & Chocolate Kiss, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 26 2011
This Beach Gem piece is so yummy, you'll want to savor every lick or rather eyeful! We know what a Hershey's Kiss can do once torn out of its signature foil wrap & popped into your awaiting palate, and we know what each lick of an ice cream cone does for your tummy, but we can only guess as to what I call a Mermaid's Kiss which I created out of a frosted tiny seafoam seaglass piece. It is wrapped in silver art jewelry wire and acts as the third treat to this art jewelry piece. Will you be the one to make all mouths water when they see you wearing her? The sterling plated snake chain measures 16 - 18 inches adjustable.
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Awareness Ribbon & Seafoam Seaglass Necklace

Jul 25 2011
Let your devotion shine with this Awareness Ribbon & Seafoam Seaglass Necklace. It only takes your heart & a love for the organic beauty of a piece of seaglass tossed to frosty perfection to make this yours. The seaglass measures one inch in length while the chain measures approximately 15 inches.
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Emerald Green Seaglass & Crystals in Charm Basket, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 25 2011
This tiny emerald green seaglass finds its way into a gold-toned cage with Swarovski crystals. There is movement from within as this charm dangles free from a contemporary gold-toned hoop. This pendant measures 1.5 inches and hangs from a box chain at approximately 15 inches. Its bail allows for the changing out of chains.
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Bridesmaid's Fun & Funky Vintage Revival Bracelet

Jul 23 2011
Out of the five bridesmaid's in Devon's wedding party, this one is described as fun, fun, fun. I hand formed wire which had been prestrung with a selected assortment of gold & blue pool beds and eddies that make it appear to have little stepping stones along the way. Varied blues will accent the midnight blue gowns they will be wearing and, of course, this piece will be able to be worn beyond Devon's special day.
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Butterfly and Seaglass in Flight, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 22 2011
I spotted & loved the simple open work of this butterfly while in the midst of a jewelry project. I had been working on caging five frosted and tiny pieces of seaglass in amber, emerald green, seafoam & ice. Each pendant would have been lovely left to star in its own drama, but I was too tempted to wed them. The five pieces are all caged in a gold tone wire and a geometric frame. Now this butterfly carries with it art-to-wear both from its winged beauty and from the structural tumble of seaglass below. The pendant measures approximately 3 x 2 inches & hangs from a 16 inch gold tone chain.
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Bridesmaid's Blue Wave Confection Collection Cuff

Jul 21 2011
This bridesmaid is funky but not too funky. I began to weave gold art wire as if I were aiming toward my Vintage Lace Necklace design. I doubled the length over & began to weave in preselected glass beads in blue and gold. Part of this weave would secure the lace into a more structured cuff while alternately grabbing and weaving in the beads. The Bridesmaids' dresses are a midnight blue, so the assortment of colors plays off that base. Each bracelet is custom maid according to their personalities.
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Copper Cuff & Bubble Glass, Da Vinci Bracelet

Jul 20 2011
I love the opportunities vintage jewelry gives me, such as this circa 1970's cuff, which showed some age and, therefore, character. It was the perfect stage for this hand-cut & beveled amber stained glass piece. This window of bubbles took on new meaning when wedded to the cuff with non-tarnishing copper wire. It now adorns someone's wrist. This piece is sold.
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Maid of Honor's Confection Collection Bracelet

Jul 19 2011
Devon's Maid of Honor is her sister, Ashley. As she described her the one thing that stood out was that Ashley loves her bling! I selected blue art glass beads with a trail of gold, royal blue Swarovski bi-cone beads & aurora borealis ice Czech crystals. I wove them into my Confection Collection design & secured all the links with etched brass rings from a circa 1950's chain. Be on the lookout for four more custom bracelets for Devon's bridesmaids, each based on their personalities.
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Purple Passion, Flower Fashion, Vintage Lace Necklace

Jul 18 2011
I was picking through my purples one day when a garden path of these once-post-earrings revealed themselves. I placed a once-flower pin with rhinestone front and center. This handwoven design floats on the adorned, making it lightweight, balanced & comfortable. It is also adjustable, as I include an extender chain. Length is approximately 16 - 18 inches.
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1.5 carat Emerald Cut Aquamarine in Teardrop, Gem Revival Necklace

Jul 17 2011
I cannot keep these in the shop! Another one . . . SOLD!
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Mint Glass, Alexis Bittar Upcycled, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 17 2011
Sandy and her friend made a beeline for my boutique after discovering it on the internet. This began Sandy's hunt and modeling session as she tried on numerous art jewelry necklaces and shopped for Christmas gifts. She selected this Mint art glass, Vintage Revival Necklace. I placed a signed Alexis Bittar art glass, once post earring in the center divide, along with two mint faux pearls & two lime faceted crystals. For movement and added allure, I wove in silver micro chains that dangle seductively below the piece, which Sandy loved about her first art jewelry acquisition.
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Green Grass & Aqua Pool, Beach Gem Bracelet

Jul 15 2011
These little stepping stones are the prettiest of seaglass in the colors of fresh mown lawn & pretty blue sky. Sterling silver wrapped little presents are linked by hand knotted doubled loops & a hammer-hardened hook closure. This cool little Beach Gem Bracelet is sold.
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Aquamarine on Seashell, Gem Revival Necklace

Jul 14 2011
Rob owned a loose Aquamarine gem & hoped to have it made into an art jewelry piece for his daughter-in-law. I wrapped it in sterling silver, then wed it to a triangle shaped seashell of pure white for beautiful and clean contrast. This piece measures approximately 1.5 inches by 1 inch. This was one of my first attempts at wrapping a tiny gemstone -- this was 1.5 carats in size. Rob was pleased that he could give an art jewelry gift, especially since he is an artist & gallery owner, himself. I was honored he had asked me to do this for him. We have worked on numerous art jewelry projects since!
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Dale's Seashell from Japan, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 13 2011
Dale receives gifts from friends all the time. This was part of a seashell from a friend's travels in Japan. Dale selected various charms which added an Asian touch and left me to construct it into a cohesive and artful whole. I hand wrought gold art wire into several tiers that would hold the charms in varied angles and leave lots of the shell's beauty evident. To soften and add structure, I looped wire around the contours of the shell, leaving slight curves of negative space for a bit of allure. I can't wait to show it to her!
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Blue Curacao on Ice Seaglass, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Jul 12 2011
This Contemporary Mosaic Necklace is a cool drink that goes down like a Blue Curacao Martini. I started with cool mint blue & ice seaglass pieces wrapped in sterling wire. Instead of a cherry, I mixed in a freshwater pearl and more cubes in the form of Czech crystals in darker & lighter shades of blue. Twisted sterling wire in heavier gauge runs like a river in and around to create pockets of negative space and finally a rectangle art frame. Hand woven sterling bars act as the chain, bringing the eye to this art form from top to bottom. This piece is sold.
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Donna's Cameo's Eye for Pearls & Crystals, Vintage Revival Necklace & Earrings

Jul 11 2011
This is but a few of Donna's cameos which she entrusted me to bring to new life. They'd all been sitting pretty, but sad in a drawer. We discussed the colors she often wore which I included in the form of freshwater pearls and Swarovski Crystals. I created a framed whimsical swirl of gold filled wire in varying gauges around each of the Cameos. Woven into the second layer of swirls were the crystals and pearls. Two of the crystals were left to dangle for movement and light. The earrings were once-clip ons that received the same treatment as their sister Cameo pendant. I hung them from 1.5 inches of gold filled antique style chain that would suit Donna's Egyptian style haircut and length. She wears her Demi-parure set of Vintage Revival Cameos often!
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Moonstone Beach Pebbles and Waves, Beach Gem Choker

Jul 11 2011
These pebbles are 28 years old, I know because I was pregnant with my first daughter, Diana, when I picked them up from Moonstone Beach in Cambria, California. She is now 27 and visiting Guatemala to learn Spanish & see more of the world as I and her father were back then. I didn't know I was pregnant at the time, I just knew that I was behaving strangely on this vacation. I thought the tiny Triple AAA rated motor inn opposite the Moonstone Beach was everything and more, while the Beverly Hills Hotel & the Polo lounge left much to be desired. . . . I digress -- I'm so glad I collected the beautiful pebbles from that day, so I could be brought back to the time when I was expecting my first. I created each pebble with a cage design that mimics waves washing over each, while sitting in its own little pool. This piece is sold.
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Custom Bridal Waterfall, Gem Revival Earrings

Jul 09 2011
Devon's gown is champagne in color with a plunging neckline. This is the first of her parure or matching set of art jewelry. When I first saw her gown, I immediately thought that a Waterfall of Swarovski Crystals in a similar Champagne color would be a perfect compliment. Each earring consists of 17 crystals that dangle at different lengths from gold micro-chains. It's movement is liquid and it measures approximately three inches from top of the leverback to the bottom crystal. This length is good for Devon, since she is tall and svelte. I look forward to seeing what she thinks when she tries them on for the first time.
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Garnet & Quartz Talisman on Aqua Stained Glass, Da Vinci Necklace

Jul 08 2011
The original Quartz & Garnet talisman held its own intrigue, but I wanted to take it further. This hand cut aqua stained glass piece provided a hugging curve at top & bottom. I wire wrapped the two together then added an oval loop for negative space & added dimension. This talisman is made all the more powerful in design alone, so much so that it's found a new home. This art jewelry piece is sold.
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Lynn's Jade Cuff, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Jul 07 2011
Lynn did not want to tell her mom that her gift of a Jade cuff had broken, so she kept it hidden. But her mom never forgot & often asked why she never wore it. When she learned that I specialized in repairing and working with "orphan" or broken costume and fine jewelry, she brought her Jade piece in and we began to discuss her needs. She wanted the design overlay to be simple. I reset the two pieces and for reinforcement designed 14 KT gold-filled twisted wire in 22 guage in a pattern of three lines, three times. This would bring her unlimited potential according to Tarot wisdom. "The meaning of Three is about the union of two parts to create a unique whole. That point of union forms the fruit of knowledge -it is our access point to unlimited potential." When she saw her repaired & redesigned cuff with its new special meaning, she was ecstatic & couldn't wait to wear it when meeting her mother.
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Sunshine, Marigolds & Thermoset, Vintage Lace Necklace

Jul 06 2011
Be prepared to feel as if a burst of sunshine has filled the room when this Vintage Lace enters. All the pieces were once-earrings circa 1940's - 1950's. Front & center is a bit of garden with a yellow kernel freshwater pearl, brass leaves & thermoset flowers in pale yellow. Next are two confetti acrylic sunburst yellow once clip-ons followed by two Marigolds & finally two chevron style, thermoset, rhinestone pieces that add a bit of geometry to this garden in the Sun! I used non-tarnishing gold art wire that is laced by hand from back to front where each strand meets the march of yellows. This piece is sold.
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Petal Pink 1950's Enamel Flower & Once Earrings, Vintage Lace Necklace

Jul 05 2011
This Petal Pink flower once adorned many a blouse & sweater. It's age makes it an antique but now in its present setting it is made contemporary and one-of-a-kind. I surrounded the blossom with pink once-post earrings. The end earrings offer a break in the solid pink pattern with an opening within a swirl design that is a similar dark pink to what is found in five of the petals. I used silver art wire to build the Vintage Lace design, then carefully secure each earring & the flower brooch into its predetermined place. This art jewelry piece now resides in Florida with its owner.
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Circa 1950's Rhinestone Once Clip On, Vintage Revival Earrings

Jul 04 2011
These circa 1950's once-clip on earrings were perfect for Meredith, except that she, like most, could not wear clip ons. So I sheared off the backing and created a bail after caging each earring without hindering the rhinestones. Now Meredith can add sparkle to her days & nights with this Vintage Revival Earring set hung from shepard's hooks.
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Jeannie in a Bottle 1.5 carat Citrine in Teardrop, Gem Revival Necklace

Jul 03 2011
This Jeannie in a Bottle is really a 1.5 carat lovely lemon, gold oval Citrine.  Its beautiful facets peek from behind a soft swirl of Argentium non-tarnishing Sterling Silver wire. As its title predicts, it is captured like a Jeannie in a Bottle -- beauty that can't escape, but can be viewed for from all sides. The teardrop shape is organically woven by hand & hardened into place by tool manipulation. No heat or glue is used, only cold-connecting technique. It is hung from a sterling silver 16 inch chain which can be switched out from the good sized bail.
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1.5 carat Emerald Cut Aquamarine in Teardrop, Gem Revival Necklace

Jul 01 2011
Do look closely to see that this Aquamarine is given a teardrop cage that is in keeping with my no soldering or glue technique.  I've created a three tier system of shapes in which to hold this gem in place and from there, I created loops and more lines until there was a snug & safe fit.  The metal is Argentium or non-tarnishing Sterling Silver.  I kept one side semi-open for intrigue.  Light is able to traverse through this gem and the facets are beautifully visible, as well.  This approximately 1 x 1 inch pendant hangs from a 16 inch sterling chain that can easily be switched out for another due to the large bail.
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Fourth of July, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Jun 30 2011
The Fourth of July weekend has already begun and I've the perfect Contemporary Mosaic with which to wave it in. The red art glass piece has its own stripe and is surrounded by more red, white & blue. Art & patriotism go hand in hand here, displayed within a hand-forged rectangle of round sterling silver wire. I've tossed in a mix of twisted & finer gauge sterling which help to cage & weave more crystals, a pearl & a turquoise oval bead. Someone is ready to celebrate fireworks in full fashion with this Mosaic sported front and center. This piece has been sold.
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Amber Seaglass & Pearls on Thermoset & Rhinestones, Beach Gem Bracelet

Jun 29 2011
When you save lives as an ER physician day in & day out, there should be time for dressing up & going out. Marsha honors both. She enjoys her art as a quilter as well. I've created many art jewelry pieces for her after meeting her at an Arts & Crafts show. She had purchased this piece along with another Vintage Mosaic necklace. And her quilts are works of art which I love to give as gifts!
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Cleopatra's Pearls on Olive Leaf & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 28 2011
Cleopatra's collection is growing with this Vintage Mosaic collar. But in reality the Empress can only look on as her modern day counterpart purchased this for her own art jewelry collection. The art deco style collar set the pace for what was to follow. I wrapped in gold art wire two softened sea glass pieces, layered them with an open work gold circle & an Olive Leaf, Pearl & Rhinestone brooch. For final touches I added two faceted Swarovski crystals. I recently read the historical fiction, Cleopatra's Daughter, so this blog piece is timely for me. Her cherished piece, given to her by her Queen mother before her death, was a necklace of cultured pearls worth a king's ransom, & which she gave up in order to buy a slave her freedom. Will this piece find its own history?
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Cranberry & Ice on Ice Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jun 27 2011
Sometimes keeping things simple is important. The only clutter here is in the swirl of gold art wire in one upper corner. I started by caging both seaglass pieces, keeping the center open for two kernel colored freshwater pearls & aurora borealis Swarovski cube crystals -- "the ice". I shaped a simple square frame to complete this Contemporary Mosaic. This piece is sold.
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Butterfly in Orange Grove, Vintage Lace Necklace

Jun 25 2011
Deborah spotted this Butterfly Vintage Lace in my Store Window display as she was leaving & made a bee-line back to try it on & make a quick purchase. She loved the faceted orange crystals & mix of pearl & blues in crystal and antique milk glass. All were wired into once-earrings & the center circle pin for a punch of color, in this case the colors or an orange grove under a blue sky. One flower & one butterfly reign front and center, just the way Deborah feels when she wears this piece at work & for play!
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Masquerade Parade, Vintage Revival Earrings

Jun 24 2011
Dale had been collecting various vintage charms when visiting my boutique. She wanted me to create asymmetrical earrings and now that summer has arrived, it was time. I needed to hang the various pieces in such a way that none would be hindered, so I selected two light-weight, open worked metal forms in a flower and teardrop shape. I also wanted to ensure a balance to the end result. Two masks, rhinestone eyeglasses, flowers & elegant gloved hands with rings drape elegantly & strategically. Note the eye peeking through one lens, while the hand plays peek-a-boo when all parts are moving. Dale would have her own chock-full album if she'd let me photograph her. But, alas, she walked away wearing her new "Masquerade Parade", Vintage Revival Earrings and accompanying necklace without a pose.
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Bubbles & Waves in Copper Aquarium, Vintage Mosaic Pin

Jun 23 2011
A copper enameled pin serves as a swirling backdrop for a fish exploring the depths of its ocean. I carried the aquatic theme into the copper frame where waves & swirls coexist with Czech faceted crystals & a hand cut & beveled lime swirl stained glass. Wear this as a pin or a pendant. It measures approximately 2.5 x 1.5 inches.
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Groom's Hawk, Alexandrite, Locket & 14 KT Crown, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 22 2011
Nicky & Stephen will be walking down the aisle to share their wedding vows soon. You may recall Nicky's necklace with Eternity Circle of Diamonds, Feathers & Dream catcher. She wanted me to create something for Stephen that would represent his special traits & include his birthstone, Alexandrite. I selected an antique Egyptian Hawk in sterling silver, wrapped the Alexandrite in its original setting for added security with sterling silver wire and a more masculine look. Now the Hawk sports this gem as well as a 14 KT antique crown and sceptor & a brass locket which will hold a picture of the Nicky & Stephen. Nicky calls Stephen her King. And I know her as the Queen of all she surveys!
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Black & Crystal Butterfly & Flower, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 21 2011
This tiny patch of a garden is busy being host to a rhinestone butterfly & daisy. The invitation called for black tie or no tie. I hand-cut & beveled a black stained glass sliver to give emphasis to the tuxedo theme. Each piece is caged in non-tarnishing silver art wire. The circle is actually a collection of loops, swirls and negative space that lovingly tends to its guests. A 1930's aurora borealis faceted Austrian crystal peeks from behind the butterfly. This art jewelry pendant is hung from a braided black tiger wire necklace that is adjustable from 16 - 18 inches.
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Lime Seaglass, Jelly Beans & Copper, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Jun 20 2011
This whirlygig art jewelry mosaic is a window of surprises from a caged key-lime seaglass piece to a coconut jelly bean art glass bead. I tossed in several other glass beads in greens & amber & hand-woven eternity swirls to soften the array of twisted wire. Copper wire bars were bent and alternated with double loops in the chain, making this a one-of-a-kind necklace from top to bottom. This piece has been sold.
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Liquid Amber, Pearls & Rhinestone Chandelier, Vintage Revival Earrings

Jun 19 2011
This Chandelier is a pretty mix of Amber stained glass cut into a sliver and two faux pearls cascading from a micro-chain of gold links. Dainty rhinestones from above add that extra bling. This art jewelry pair is sold.
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Grecian Maze & Assymetrical Aqua, Da Vinci Earrings

Jun 18 2011
I could get lost on a Greek Isle, my favorite being Santorini where I dove into the Agean Sea from a once pirate ship. These earrings bring me back to the islands winding maze of white washed & lime steps leading up and down gorgeous cliffs filled with fragrant blossoms, crowd filled restaurants, shops and inns. The blue of the Agean is reflected in the aqua of these earrings. I hand cut stained glass into complimentary shapes of triangle and oval. I caged each in gold art wire & dangled them from vintage hammered gold maze post earrings. You will feel the wind of the sea below with these earrings as your guide. This pair measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches.
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Seabrick & Pearls, Seaglass & Swaroski Crystals, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 17 2011
At the very bottom of the ocean lay a sea brick, as it does at the very bottom of my Vintage Mosaic design. It's soft surface and coloring set the tone for complementary vintage satin and open worked acrylic floral beads in peach. Softened ice seaglass is sprinkled in along with grade A freshwater pearls, cube & faceted round aurora borealis crystals. Each cage design and hand knotted loop is completed with 12 KT Gold filled wire, both smooth and twisted. Each piece measures approximately 1.5 x 1 inches. This piece is meant for that special occasion or event when nothing less than one-of-a-kind and beautiful is required. It measures approximately 16 inches and is adjustable to 18 inches.
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Custom Diamond Dreamcatcher and Feather, Vintage Revival Bridal Necklace

Jun 16 2011
This custom creation is for Nicky, who will be wearing this as she walks down the aisle to be married to Stephen. We discussed symbols that she loved and gave meaning to her life. She loves dream catchers and diamonds, so I brought the two together. There is a bitty spider spinning a sterling web where, as legend shares, all bad energy will be caught & trapped while all that is good will flow through the circle. This one is an Eternity circle filled with pave diamonds which will magnify the good energy. I created a "river" of amber that will represent all the honey or sweetness that will flow throughout their lives together. The microphone represents Nicky's passion for music and her singing career, while the two feathers represent their love gently touching and sharing all dreams that come to pass. Note that Stephen's feather, which is the brown one rests behind the web meaning he has got her back, while the turquoise feather which is Nicky's receives the good energy coming through the circle. This necklace is still in the works until it meets with the bride's full approval!
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Royal Blue Seaglass, Beach Gem Earrings

Jun 15 2011
These two well-matched royal blue seaglass pieces arrived on a Maine beach, both prettily frosted and imperfect triangles whose fate was to be paired as earrings and adorn a lucky owner. This pair is doing just that as they have been swept up for someone's personal collection.
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Emerald Green Rhinestone Flower, Beach Gem Necklace

Jun 14 2011
Don't be fooled by this tiny sea pebble. It has taken on all the glamour of a sparkly vintage rhinestone in emerald green. Caged by gold art wire that mimics waves lapping with the coming in of the tide, this art jewelry piece has found a home.
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Vintage Lapis Lazuli & Seaglass Bottle Bottom Blue, Beach Gem Necklace

Jun 13 2011
This piece is long sold but resurfaces to have its little story told. Seaglass bottle bottoms are hard to find, especially in this distinct cobalt blue. It cried for a piece to mirror and enhance it, so I selected a vintage Lapis Lazuli costume pendant from the 1950's to grace its center. The pendant only measured 1.5 inches in circumference and I loved that this piece could be worn from day into evening. The faux pearls & Fleur de lis look gave it some majesty in this most organic of settings. I could have named it Bullseye blue but the bottle bottom took precedence.
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Pretty as a Picture Seaglass, Swarovski Heart & Pearl, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Jun 12 2011
Imperfect, frosted seaglass is a set up for perfect whimsy. Amber seaglass is etched with tiny ridges and layered over a square, frosted ice seaglass piece; creating a window within a window. 14 kt gold-filled wire is twisted, curled and given sharp corners to evoke a frame that tickles its parts. This piece is sold.
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Beach Gem Buddha Necklace

Jun 11 2011
This happy Buddha is lit from behind by a softened seafoam seaglass piece. I caged both pieces together with non-tarnishing, silver art jewelry wire. An intense red glass bead dangles from below while the pendant hangs from a red micro-bead necklace chain. This piece belongs to Dawn who now sports it as her facebook profile pic.
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Splash of Spring Flower Power & Pearl, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 10 2011
This once turquoise enamel flower pin from the 1950's brings us into spring with a splash of triangle hand-cut stained glass in lime green & aqua. One lovely grade A freshwater pearl peeks through a copper window, along with Austrian crystals in teardrop lime, aqua & clear. Copper wire in heavy gauge is liberally sprinkled for a dash of cayenne color. I removed the original pin backing & hung this Forever Flower from a copper chain adjustable from 14.5 - 17 inches. This bold bloom measures close to three inches in circumference and will add nature to your spring and summer wardrobe!
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Purple Heart, Aqua Leaves & Crystal, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 09 2011
Spring is eternal in this art jewelry piece. A vintage cloud blue enamel disc serves as a circle backdrop to an open weave silver art wire design and a montage of beauties. A softened purple art glass piece is kissed by a purple heart with aqua leaf enamel overlay. The aqua & aurora borealis faceted Austrian crystals lend light and beauty while the Swarovski crystal cube & purple glass cube dangle from below. The pendant measures approximately 2 inches in circumference & is hung from a 16 inch silver chain.
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Once Diamond Earring, Gem Revival Necklace

Jun 08 2011
Jim wasn't sure I'd remember my first jewelry project with his wife, Ali. I did, especially since hers was my first wedding custom jewelry design project. I designed her bridesmaids' jewelry. Now Jim & Ali have a baby and Ali just graduated with her Masters degree. Jim wanted to give Ali a gift for her recent accomplishment, so he brought in this diamond stud earring with the knowledge that I love creating around jewelry orphans. This stud's mate was lost & never found. Ali loves flowers & turquoise, so I used turquoise beads that would compliment the 1/4 carat diamond and created a flower wrap design using non-tarnishing Argentium Sterling Silver. The pendant measures approximately one inch in circumference and hangs from a 16 inch sterling chain.
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10 KT & Argentium Sterling Lassoed Garnet Hearts, Gem Revival Earrings

Jun 07 2011
Sue had received her Lassoed Garnet Heart Pendant from her husband, Alex, over the Christmas holiday. Alex wanted to complete her set with a surprise for her birthday. She loves the dainty look, rubies & garnets & sterling. I removed the gold post & created a simple teardrop frame around each garnet, and a bail. These gems are hung from a sterling leverback wire for added security. And, wouldn't you know, Alex has planned ahead for Sue's next christmas's gem, already!
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Michelle's Giggly Squiggly Da Vinci Earrings

Jun 06 2011
Michelle's personality so fit this pair of Squiggly Brass & Stained Glass Da Vinci Earrings that she could not stop giggling when she proclaimed them to be hers & modeled for me. I captured her in her state of art jewelry ecstasy. This hammered brass vintage pair of earrings inspired me to add a gentle touch of color. I hand cut & beveled slivers of lemon & mint stained glass and wrapped brass wire in a squiggly design. Altogether this design was destined to tickle & they did just that with Michelle!
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Queen Isabella Ruby Red Da Vinci Earrings

Jun 05 2011
Don't forget your crowned jewels on those days when you feel like a Queen. Hand-cut Ruby Red stained glass with softened edges is juxtaposed with filigree gold toned posts. This Da Vinci earring set offers a picture that would make Isabella of Spain look every bit the Queen. It measures approximately 2 inches from the post.
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Copper, Amber & Tiger's Eye, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 05 2011
Are you into earth tones, tear drops or tiger's eye? This Vintage Mosaic steps up to the plate on all those counts and looks lovely no matter your hair or eye color. Copper warms whiled the amber stained glass excites. I hand cut the glass into a squiggly sliver & layered an artistic coil of copper wire laced with tiger's eye, amber and Swarovski bi-cone beads. All are lovingly framed by a copper teardrop hoop, which measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches and is hung from a triple strand of copper tiger wire of 18 inches.
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Tuxedo Black & White on Seashell & Flower, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 03 2011
This little montage of seashell, rhinestone flower & black filigree & glass beads packs its little punch in a tiny 1.5 x 1 inch frame. I started with the seashell & began to create a simple wrap of non-tarnishing silver art wire that wound its way into the frame. I added black beading here & there to add contrast & drama and the rhinestone flower for its light & shape. There is lots of negative space in between the looping wire. This art jewelry pendant is hung from a triple braided chain of black tiger wire measuring approximately 15.5 - 18 inches adjustable.
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Marci's Santa, Strawberry, Starfish, Sanddollar & Seaglass, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Jun 03 2011
Marci admired her friend, Robin's, Confection Collection Cuff commemorating her father. Her cuff was created using her dad's dog tag & symbols of things he loved. Marci wanted to remember her father in a necklace that she would wear often. He loved Santas, strawberries & the beach. She shared his own engraved necklace charm & her cross & bible charms. We tossed in seaglass which I wire wrapped into charms, more beads in sky blue and a sand dollar & starfish. The 19 & 36 inch strands are made of braided tiger wire. I'm so fortunate to bring joy to so many who long to remember their loved ones in a custom art jewelry piece, such as Marci's!
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Once Victorian Rhinestone Shoe Clips, Vintage Revival Earrings for Mother of the Bride

Jun 01 2011
Nancy looked forward to being the Mother-of-the-Bride soon. Her daughter's wedding would be held in a castle setting dating to the Victorian period, so she wanted her jewelry to be from that time. She was astonished to find that I could convert the rhinestone shoe clips she found among my Victoriana Collection into post earrings. To make her foray on the dance floor sparkle a bit more, I added four Swarovski crystal dangles between the post & the clip. She was more than excited when she tried her earrings on and shared that she'd find many occasions in which to enjoy wearing them after she & her daughter's special day.
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Blue Clay Swirl, Acrylic & Pewter Bead, Confection Collection Bracelet

May 31 2011
This maze within a maze plays with a variety of pewter, acrylic art & baked clay beads in blue & silver. The outer maze is one heavy gauge silver non-tarnishing art wire that grabs beads in a not-so-random pattern. The inner maze is all about the pattern in the baked clay bead, which offers an eye-catching break in the strand. This bracelet wraps comfortably around the wrist & can take the beating that is typical of wrist accessories. This sold piece is going to one lucky high-school grad!
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Emerald Seaglass & Circa 1940's Art Glass Crystals, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 30 2011
These emerald seaglass pieces were softened by the contrasting and lovely antique art glass crystals from the 1940's. Their facets are imperfect revealing their art glass origins. Art is about individuality after all as opposed to machine made & cookie cutter perfect. The brushstrokes of emerald green & pinkish red against crystal clear make this composition with the emerald seaglass all the more about color. Charms come in many packages, and these come as gems from the sea and from the past. This piece is sold.
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Custom Design Silver Open Work Flower, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 29 2011
Eileen wanted a Vintage Lace that would become part of her summertime staple. Her clients look to her for examples of how to accessorize and coordinate outfits, so it's extra special to have her collection of art jewelry reflect her style and love for dressing up & down. She had envisioned this vintage Open Work flower in my Vintage Lace design. I added her silver bi-cone Swarovski crystals to each of the lower loops, alternating the crystal pattern with the foiled pattern. The neutral & stunning silver color will go with any of her outfits while its open lace design is perfect for the warmer days we can look forward to now that spring has arrived & summertime is around the bend!
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20 Carat Quartz Crystal, Gem Revival Necklace

May 28 2011
This cushion cut Quartz Crystal pendant is not for the faint of heart, but rather for the "Bring It On" type. It measures approximately 20 carats in weight & is cold connect mounted to this silver over brass vintage once earring in filigree style. I needed a mount that would allow the gem to lay flat on the adorned. This piece served its purpose & beautifully at that. As is typical of my Gem Revival pieces, there is no glue or soldering -- just a wire wrap of non-tarnishing silver art wire that allows the gem's facets and beauty to shine through & through. I created a 16 inch double strand of silver tiger wire from which to hang. This art jewelry pendant measures approximately 1.5 inches from the bail & is one inch from face to base. It is a lovely lot of light & significant in size. No satellite required to pick up the signals of this beauty!
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Mother of the Bride, Rhinestone Daisy Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 27 2011
Jennifer's daughter is just about ready for her wedding day, but Jennifer had one more accessory to complete for her Mother-of-the-Bride gown. She brought in her Floor length taupe gown with silver bugle bead top and the hair accessories. We originally planned on a custom piece based on a Mirror textured stained glass piece with a garnet/ citrine in sterling charm pendant until she saw this Vintage Mosaic on a bust. All that was needed were two more Swarovski crystals to add that extra pizazz. She was all smiles when she left, having completed yet another thing on her vast check-off list!
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Once Diamond Engagement Ring, Gem Revival Necklace

May 26 2011
Bobbi-Jo came in bearing her .50 carat diamond engagement ring. She had moved on from that relationship & wanted to create a diamond pendant for her daughter's graduation gift. I removed the diamond from its setting and created a tear-drop cage design out of Argentium Sterling Silver wire. This design allows for light to best enter the diamond and reveal its facets. There is new life to this diamond, both in design and the life it will see when its proud new owner will be attending College!
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Seaglass Cat's Eye Marble in Nantucket Ivory Scrimshaw Basket, Beach Gem Necklace

May 25 2011
Three years of walks on Shell Beach have resulted in a bountiful weekly harvest of beautiful, frosted seaglass. But the piece d' resistance had not presented itself until recently when this frosted seafoam-blue cat's eye marble winked from its perch among seashells, pebbles & sand. So what to do with this gem of the sea that is so hard to find? When I placed it in this vintage Nantucket Basket, a love match was made. The lid, which is an ivory scrimshaw of a clipper, rests permanently on the marble. A vintage brass S link chain wraps its arms around the marble, where it meets the basket. The marble eye stands from the center upright offering a mysterious flame from within. I applied an 18 kt Gold Leaf over the basket for a lovely matte & brightening effect. Please click on the "item" link to see this piece from front & back & for the beautiful details. The pendant hangs from a 12 KT gold-filled vintage chain of approximately 15.5 - 18 inches adjustable.
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Galactic Basket of Seaglass, Sunshine, Starfish & Pearl, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 24 2011
This little galactic, spiral basket kept peeking out at me, beckoning to be part of a new creation. I selected four frosted seaglass pieces in ice, seafoam, emerald & amber for starters. Next, there were spaces perfect for completing with light-filled Austrian crystals and a freshwater peach pearl. A Swarovski starfish crystal in aurora borealis adds a whimsical focal point, along with the smiley face sun. This contemporary vintage revival pendant is hung from a silver tone cobra necklace of 15.5 - 18 inches.
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Electric Aqua & Silver Charms, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 23 2011
There is something Electric about this piece. OK, it's not plugged in, but looks it with all the light that seems to reflect through the aqua and from the silver beading & charms. I wove the lace using non-tarnishing silver art wire, interlaced the aqua beads into each loop, then hung a playful & eclectic mix of charms. This playful piece that dances and stops traffic is sold.
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Braided Coral, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 22 2011
Gloria loved her coral necklace, but it needed a few tweaks to make it perfect. I love it when people are inspired to go back into their jewelry boxes & drawers to seek out pieces that might become part of an art jewelry project or repair as she did here. And by using her old jewelry, this creative process helps our mission to keep the earth Green. Gloria hoped to "fatten" her strand & turn it into a twisted design that would hold. I added a vintage coral acrylic strand, repaired/ restrung a broken strand & braided all for this final effect. We made it to fit her at 16 inches.
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Dove, Butterfly, Star & Rhinestone Flower, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

May 21 2011
People often come into my boutique & begin to reminisce about jewelry from their childhood & adolescence. And sometimes they see the charms and pendants that I display by theme and start to see possibilities. And since the charm bracelet seems to have been replaced by the charm necklace, I've been playing with different ways to present these little presents. I braided silver tiger wire & began attaching various pieces at even intervals. I played with both color, theme and size until this pretty mix came to be. Lots of dangle, movement, mix of metals & color make this my first Vintage Charm Revival using this braided chain design. This is the first in a series to come. It measures approximately 15.5 - 18 inches adjustable.
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Seashell on Seaslate, Beach Gem Necklace

May 20 2011
The ocean offers so much that inspires us to create. Here, two examples come together as art-to-wear. As a child I remember putting my ear to the conch shell that decorated a shelf in the living room. There was always an echo that I was told came from the sea it once belonged to. Here that conch is portrayed with a piece of slate I picked up from the shore. I loved the contrast of gray to gold & simple to sculptural. The gold art wire cages both together while acting as waves washing over the edges. This sea lover's pendant is hung from a vintage goldtone chain approximately 24 inches. Please share your length preference if you would like it shorter or longer. There is no extra charge for alteration.
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Zircon Blue & White Confection Collection Cameo

May 19 2011
Cameos have made their comeback, at least in my boutique. I love putting my spin on this most traditional of jewelry art forms. This pony-tailed lady depicts another era while the surrounding Confection Design brings her into present day. I hand-wove non-tarnishing silver art wire into tiny loops, wedded the design to the cameo while creating the frame. And for the final touch of light and color, I wove in aurora borealis, Swarovski bi-cone crystals in zircon blue & ice. She measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches and is hung from an antique style sterling silver chain of 16 inches.
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Heart on Circle Pin, Pearls & Stained Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 18 2011
I'm not a baker, but I felt like one as I layered this jewelry cupcake. The sprinkles consist of silver bali beads, Swarovski bi-cone crystals and pearls. For Icing I chose two stained glass pieces which I hand-cut & beveled into slivers. The aqua sliver dips past the top heart shaped layer & into the bottom circle pin that dates from the 1950's. For an unexpected twist, I let the white icing in the form of glass peek from two sides of the bottom. The final bake happened with wire taking the place of flour and my tools acting in the place of heat. Your decolletage is the perfect window from which to entice all who pass by! Whether you are part of the latest cupcake craze or not, this art jewelry pendant, hung from a 16 inch sterling silver chain will make your mouth water.
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Brass Hammered Circles & Minty Delights in Pink & Lime, Da Vinci Earrings

May 17 2011
Contemporary brass hammered hoops frame hand-cut & beveled stained glass in mint pink & lime green. I take a different approach from most artists who typically solder stained glass edges. Instead, I gift wrap" each piece in art, sterling or gold filled wire. This delectable earring set is sold.
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Red Daisy & Stained Glass, Da Vinci Earrings

May 16 2011
I hope everything's coming up daisies where you are! Spring is here & our gardens are getting their share of seasonal showers. I picked these red daisies for the heat of the sun they impart. And to spread that warmth I hand-cut & beveled flaming, red stained glass slivers and created a bail from which to dangle and dance from the daisies. So if you're ready to tango with the allure of something red, something spring and something art jewelry, then here is your pair!
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Blue Milk Glass, Peachy Pie & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 15 2011
There is no starring role here. Each piece strikes its own singular pose adding color and contrast within a hand-formed rectangle frame. Three blue milk glass beads once enlivened a 1930's necklace chain while the Austrian faceted crystals bring a contemporary glimmer. An acrylic peach faceted once earring and grade A freshwater pearl add a softness in contrast to the hand-cut & beveled aqua stained glass piece tucked into the lower quadrant. This pendant of approximately 2 x 1.5 inches is hung from a 16 inch sterling silver chain.
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Charms for Twins, Jenna & Erin, Vintage Revival Necklaces

May 14 2011
Jean wanted to help take her twins' minds off her upcoming surgery, so she planned a surprise gift for each of them. They'd been coming in to select their teachers' gifts every year and now the surprise will be on them. These second graders are exacting in their preferences. Jenna loves peace signs, flowers, stars, hearts & butterflies; while Erin loves pansies, suns, smiley faces, hearts, art & all things old. Can you tell which necklace belongs to which girl? Jean & I spent nearly an hour searching through hundreds of pendants & charms in order to find the right pieces that balanced in size & color. I can't wait to share a photo of the girls wearing their pieces!!!
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Royal Blue Seaglass in Teardrop, Beach Gem Necklace

May 13 2011
Another beauty rolled onto the sands of Shell Beach. This royal blue triangle seaglass piece was surrounded by seashells that had been accumulating in front of the seawall steps from my home. They will crest to several feet high before the beach gets swept clean again. I kept the wrap of non-tarnishing silver art wire clean & elegant -- in step with the simple teardrop pendant. Pendant measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches. It is hung from a double strand of soft draping silver tiger wire measuring approximately 15.5 - 18 inches.
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12 KT Gold Filled Leaves, Mother of Pearl, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 12 2011
Marsha called me this morning to make an appointment. She was passing through on her way from Massachusetts to visit her family in Pennsylvania. She said she had been on my website & was captivated by many of the pieces. This Vintage Lace caught her eye because of its uniqueness and because she wears these colors all the time. When she tried it on, I could see why she did. The browns, beige, silvers & golds flattered her skin tone & hair color. With her new Art Jewelry piece on, she set off for the rest of her trip newly bedecked & with the prettiest smile! . . Please click on the item link to see Marsha wearing her necklace.
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Waterfall of Rhinestones, Chains, Keylime, & MOP, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 11 2011
This necklace is a result of my entering sandboxes of greens, purples, blues & rhinestones. The truth -- I keep collections of random & orphaned charms in drawers, sectioned by color & type. I was so happy that my toes might as well have been in the sand, while my fingers plunged into one treasure chest of fun after another. Aside from the pretty colors, what makes this Vintage Revival Necklace stand out are the rhinestone drops. The other point of interest is the varied lengths of each charm or chain. Take yourself to a party or to the ballpark with this piece on! The chain is sterling silver plated & is adjustable from approximately 16 - 20 inches.
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Thermoset Grey, Purple Cameo & Art Glass, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 10 2011
John had been taking his daily walk past my boutique window for two years. One day he stepped in and let me know he'd like to purchase something from the window. I thought that since he'd not been in until now that he would direct me to one of the more conservative Vintage Necklaces. I was pleasantly surprised when he pointed to this Vintage Revival Art Jewelry Necklace. It was to be a surprise gift for his wife of sixty plus years. These are the best surprises! John has become a regular now and stops in often to see if I'm staying out of trouble, to which I say, how about you? You staying out of trouble? Absolutely not, he says.
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Bird's Nest of Treasures, Pearl, Seaslate, & Crystal, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 09 2011
This little bird feathered its nest with treasures it eyed from above. Can you imagine that each of these objects caught its eye when searching about for food & nesting ware? I love bringing nature into my designs. Here we see a mix of red & lavender hand cut & beveled stained glass, a triangle sea slate pebble, a large freshwater pearl and crystal & marcasite style hoop & bead. The tangle of silver art wire contributes to the nest construction, along with the double twisted once-hoop earrings that act as the border. This pendant of approximately two inches in circumference is hung from a 16 inch sterling silver chain not pictured here. The bail is large enough to allow for a switch of chains. This pendant is a lovely way of showing your love of nature and art!
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Galactic Rings, Spirals & Hoops, Vintage Revival Earrings

May 08 2011
A mix of contemporary & vintage hoops, & spirals in gold tones, mix with a brass colored bar drop that finishes in a lovely cluster of warm orange & olive-colored acrylic beads. This construction makes me think of new planets aligning in a very artful manner. All pieces dance and mingle and fall at a length of approximately 3 inches from the earwire. This pair is great for all day wear -- very comfortable & spirited. A great set to wear on the dance floor, too!
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Under the Sea Starfish, Dolphin, Seahorse & Seaglass, Beach Gem Choker

May 07 2011
Show your love for all things Under-the-Sea with this fun charm, choker piece. Blue acrylic & silver beads act as bubble-like spacers on the choker, while charms dangle below in the form of caged ice seaglass, sunfish, dolphin, starfish, sanddollar, spiral conch & seahorse. The choker is an open back that stays comfortably around your neck.
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Tangerine Stained Glass & Hoops, Da Vinci Earrings

May 06 2011
Whether you're dancing with the stars or just wanting to add a dash of spice to your look, this Da Vinci Earring pair is the way to go. I hand-cut tangerine stained glass, beveled it for soft edges, then wrapped them in gold art wire. In keeping with my love for asymmetry, I placed the acrylic bead cluster at opposite heights. The teardrop hoops with glass deep tangerine & pomegranate red beads provide a light & dramatic frame. There is a lot of movement, so be ready to catch a few eyes staring your way. They measure approximately 2 x 1.5 inches from the bottom of the earwire.
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Moonlit Crystals on Seafoam Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

May 05 2011
Seaglass need not be perfect to be pretty, in fact, it's the imperfections or pitting that brings on the frosted look that "Mermaid Tears" or seaglass is known for. This piece has the frosted beauty and a missing edge, which gave me the opportunity to complete it with a weaving in of silver art wire, moonstone crystals & bali silver beads. This pendant measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches & is hung from a 16 inch sterling silver chain. This once-below-the-ocean wonder now brings beauty to the surface as art jewelry. It is perfect for any time of day and any outfit. Is it perfect for you or someone you love?
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Byzantine Filigree, Pearls & Swarovski Crystal, Vintage Revival Bracelet

May 04 2011
This bracelet was created with two necklaces in mind that Karen had chosen for a day & night wedding respectively. I'm all about cost savings, so I began creating while viewing both necklaces side by side. The olive freshwater pearls are the color of her dress, while the filigreed beads play in each of the necklaces. What's really nice is that this bracelet is full of movement, so when the receptions turn up the music, this bracelet will get down with Karen's dance moves. It's also very light & comfortable to wear. Click on the item link to view the necklaces
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Karen's Coronation Vintage Revival Necklace

May 03 2011
Karen was on a mission. She had two weddings she'll be attending this summer, this one being an evening event. She'd already settled on another piece for the day wedding and this piece was perfect for a dressier event, where jewels befitting a queen would compliment her shirred, satin, fitted dress in olive green and her beautiful red hair. I switched the original lime green Austrian teardrop crystal with olive Swarovski, faceted crystals & olive freshwater pearls. Now Karen could rejoice in knowing she'll stand out artfully & regally among the wedding attendees. Next post will show her custom Vintage Revival Bracelet created to complete both her daytime & evening jewelry sets.
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Buddha in Sunset and Multi-chain, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 30 2011
Buddha only seems majestic in pose because of the rays of sun and the window of water behind. I created the backdrop from a 1930's Czech button. To carry this into art, I searched for a balance of chains in vintage pearls, gold brass bars and silver ball bead in circle chain. The rich burgundy red voile ties in with the Swarovski bicone crystal of the same color and that in the antique art glass button. Pendant measures approximately 1 1/4 inch in circumference & the chain measures approximately 16 - 18 inches adjustable. Namaste!
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Holly's Grandma's Pearl in Gold Nest, Gem Revival Ring

Apr 30 2011
Holly hoped to have her grandma's pearl made into a ring. She loved my seaglass wire wrap ring designs & asked me to create a surprise for her. I used a 14 kt gold filled twisted wire to create three branches around her finger. This wire is one piece that wraps into a nest that cradles the pearl. There is no bead entry to grab the pearl and I used no glue, just the wrap that keeps it tucked in & protected. I opened the top cover & left it as a seperate design element to the side. This emphasizes the hidden treasure lurking from within.
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Orange Slice in Enamel Teardrop, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 30 2011
You'll break a tooth if you think this slice of orange is edible. Someone thought it was & is now sharing it with everyone who she keeps company with. I loved the original art enamel piece in bright enamel orange & yellow and longed to add my touch to it. My next stop was my stack of stained glass where I spotted the perfect orange piece. After cutting & beveling for soft edges, I wrapped a simple, linear cage in gold art wire and hung it from within. Please share your thoughts on this art jewelry piece!
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Antique Rhinestone Pins & Starfish, Vintage Revival Lariat

Apr 29 2011
There is nothing more flattering than an accessory that lengthens & slims while showing off your bling side. The bling comes in the form of antique rhinestone pins, one in wreath form, one a rectangle window; and falling at waist level, one that is in pave rhinestone button form. As it twirls, a once clip-on rhinestone, waterfall earring winks back with another starfish tagging along. Three Starfish in varied shapes bring the beach to the ball. This art jewelry piece is a classic example of fancy meets fun, so go ahead & finish your look for events that take you from day into evening. The lariat is adjustable from choker to approximately 27 inches in length.
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Custom Design for Cindy, Antique MOP Cameo, Confection Collection Necklace

Apr 28 2011
Cindy owns many of my designs, but this is her first from the Confection Collection. She has owned this cameo for over twenty years, and since taking note of the various designs in which I've framed many cameos, wanted to have me design one for her. We walked around viewing those on display from cameos in Vintage Cloud to another like this Confection Cameo, which she decided on. Because she would be adding this to her business wardrobe, she selected neutral colors that would enhance the cameo and go with everything. I wove by hand the frame, then wove in freshwater pearls and aurora borealis bi-cone Swarovski crystals. The design covers a chip at the top and leaves the MOP back revealed. This pendant is hung from a sterling chain.
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Sweet Cobalt Seaglass in Silver Cage, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 27 2011
I want to say that this piece is newly born. Well if you really want to know, it washed up on a stormy day this week along with a couple of other beauties you've seen recently posted. I'd been carrying it around & decided it was time for it to strike a sweet pose in a very simple and curvilinear cage. This art jewelry pendant measures approximately 2 x 1 inches & is hung from a double silver tiger wire of 16 inches, adjustable to 18. It is currently starring as one of my headliners in my boutique window, in case you want to take a peek at any hour of the day!
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Crystal Chandelier Prism & Hand-forged choker, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 26 2011
This lovely weighted and multi-faceted teardrop crystal enhanced a room as part of the chandelier it hung from. From a once grander purpose to this more whimsical one, I wanted to bring attention to its singular beauty. Now it stars in its own story and makes the leading lady that wears it feel that she is by association quite unique and at least as lovely. I hand-forged heavy gauge silver over copper art wire into this zig zag choker. It lays comfortably on the neckline & molds to your contours. I love that it can be dressed up or down & brings to life any color that is worn. The faux pearls lend contrast to the light & facets below & the linear curves above. Wear this to an art gallery outing or the bagel shop for your first cup of Joe in the am, and know that only you will own this one-of-a-kind Vintage Revival Necklace.
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Rhinestone Heart on Sea Slate Pebble & Pearl, Beach Gem, Necklace

Apr 25 2011
I suppose the tomboy in me counts for something. I'll pick up a pebble & want to do something about it. Since I'm no good at skimming stones off the water's surface, I choose to turn it into something pretty. Here I used varied gauge silver art wire to cage and then frame all pieces. The rhinestone heart serves to soften & romance the stone, while the large freshwater pearl sits front and center with its luster drawing the eye from one detail to the next. This piece is sold.
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Liquid Aqua Stained Glass & Princess Gems, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 24 2011
If a mermaid were to attend her coronation, she would be crowned wearing only this Liquid Aqua Vintage Revival Necklace. It would float along in her splendor and the liquid aqua stained glass pendant on a vintage, princess rhinestone strand would be the one solid reminder of her moment. This coronation piece has sold.
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Fanciful Feather & Acrylic Aqua, Microchain Vintage Revival Earrings

Apr 24 2011
If you have lots of hair that competes with your accessories or just want to be framed by the softest of feathers with the prettiest aqua faceted teardrop acrylic drops, then take these to the sky. This daring duo takes flight at approximately four inches. Whether you're feeling a little boho, vamp or a step above the crowd, this Vintage Revival Earring pair is a crowd pleaser!
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Cobalt Seaglass & Pansy, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 22 2011
This teeny triangle of cobalt seaglass washed up this week from the Long Island Sound onto Shell Beach. I fell in love at first site & knew I'd create something lovely with it. So when this sweet charm of Pansies found its way into my palm , I knew it would complete the newly found seaglass that thought itself lovely au naturale. Well, I couldn't let it have its way and this is the result. To bring out the intense blue in both pieces, I created a soft, looping frame in silver, non-tarnishing art wire. The wrap is kept open so the beauty of the pansy & seaglass are revealed. The pendant is hung from a sterling chain not pictured here. It is 16 inches in length. Any chain can be used since the bail is large enough for a switch to another that may be preferred. If you are feeling the blush of spring and the pulse of an ocean wave, it need not be just a dream, but a reality that is yours.
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Black & Silver Daisy, Microchains & Charms, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 21 2011
This contemporary micro chain necklace offers a tattered look that is chic & eye-catching. The micro-chains are a mix of link styles and fall randomly at varied lengths. I took the Black-petaled Daisy with center rhinestone, clipped off the screwback earring and brought it front and center of the necklace. In keeping with the random look, I selected varied black charms that both complimented and balanced this asymmetrical necklace. It measures from approximately 15 to an extendable 18 inches.
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Black Hollyhocks on Seafoam Seaglass Fresh of the Beach, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 20 2011
This piece of seafoam seaglass could not be missed. It had just washed up on the beach & my hubby was doing his post-run walk with Eric, another Seaglass hunter. Fortunately for me, Neil struck fast for the quick pick. Another reason this piece stands out, aside from its amazing color is its size at approximately 3 & 1/4 x 1.5 inches long & wide. I wanted to play up contrast with this choice of a 1940's once-earring Hollyhock in brass & matte black enamel. The center rhinestones are pave & match the seafoam color of the seaglass. For added versatility, I wrapped both pieces in a silver art wire. This size pendant is perfect for a long necklace chain so I hung it from a vintage gold/ silver rope that measures 28 inches. The pendant bail is large enough to allow for a switch of chains to shorter as preferred. It's also great for layering on more chains. If you click on the item link, I'm pictured showing how attractive it hangs long.
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Royal Purple Rhinestone on Brass, Amethyst & Pearls, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 19 2011
The color purple, worn by the Royals of Medieval Europe, is represented here by the Amethyst strung between Freshwater Pearls; and a 1950's once earring rhinestone in brass setting, featured as the pendant. I removed the clip on backing, sanded any rough edges and created a permanent bail that hangs from the strand of white & purple/grey pearls & amethyst above. But don't let the royal color purple stop you from pairing this long strand with your favorite jeans & T-shirt. You can be boho or elegant in black dress, take your pick. This strand measures approximately 23 inches and closes with a sterling silver lobster clasp.
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Seaweed Basket of Seaglass, Freshwater Pearl & Pebble, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 18 2011
Sometimes things get tossed by the waves until they find themselves in an artful tangle. Here, the fine gauged gold-filled wire, combined with the heavier gauge gathers a royal blue seaglass, a freshwater pearl, an aqua glass cube & an ocean strewn pebble in a freeform cage that mimics a seaweed's embrace. This piece is sold, but do let me know if I can create your very own Mosaic in your favorite colors & with objects you adore!
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MOP Cufflinks, Buttons & Art Glass, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Apr 17 2011
I love all things that speak of bygone times and art forms. Here we have this in triplicate as shown by buttons & Mother of Pearl Cufflinks from the 1930's & '40s & more contemporary Fused Art Glass Buttons. They are all strung to form a pretty bracelet that will stop & stun those who happen upon your wrist! It closes with silver toggles and offers versatility with its multi-colored metals in brass, silver and the amber fused glass. It measures approximately 7.5 inches in length.
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Cufflink Orphan in Brass Frame, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 17 2011
This brass and silver toned cufflink lost its mate, but serves a pretty purpose, nonetheless. Small as it may be, measuring approximately 1.5 x 1 inch, its linear contrasts offer the eye a pleasing effect. Not only will people stop to wonder about this little trinket about your neck, they will think of you as very clever in bringing back the lost art form of the cufflink in an art jewelry setting! I have secured the cufflink within a rectangle brass frame so that it is a single dangle. It's hung from a leather cord of approximately 16 inches. Please let me know if you require a different kind of chain or length. Adjustments are complimentary.
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Sky Blue Daisy on Mirror Stained Glass in Hoop, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 15 2011
We so want to experience blue sky & the flowers of Spring; and so did I as I created this Vintage Revival Necklace out of an Epoxy Sky Blue Daisy w/ Rhinestone, Mirrored stained glass which I hand cut & beveled, and a hoop that shined up to reveal a wee bit of undulation on its surface. Let the sun shine on this piece and it will reward you with the warmth of those rays right back 'atcha! The pendant measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches & is hung from a double silver tiger wire chain of about 16 - 18 inches. Think Spring!!!
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Yin Yang on Mirrored Stained Glass, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 14 2011
This little square of liquid sunshine was hand cut & beveled from mirrored stained glass. It measures about one inch and offers a window to the balance of nature as represented in this Yin Yang symbol. It is composed of dyed Paui in pink & natural aqua & green. I've hung this art jewelry symbol from a black glass beaded necklace that measures approximately 18 inches. The bail is large enough to allow for different chains to be switched in & out. This little package packs a punch in meaning, color and light!
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Earthy Tuxedo Brass, Copper Button & Satin, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 13 2011
It doesn't happen often enough, but as I was FINALLY cleaning up after hundreds of project designs, and as I was putting parts back in their places, I beheld a set of brass art deco style vintage earrings. I eyed my dremel & STOPPED what I was doing. Started drilling for potential necklace connections. Then spotted an antique copper flower relief button for which I created bales top & bottom. To my right among my collection of chains, I grabbed the large brass loops. The set up was there and when I tried it on, I realized embellishments were needed to bring out the earthy contrast, so I added Swarovski Aurora Borealis dangles, more brass painted beads & some satin voile which I wove in & out of the chain. The brown satin tie chain dressed this art jewelry piece up a bit. Now it was ready for your eyes! If you look closely, you'll see the extra copper beads sprinkled here & there for a tiny bit of added sparkle. This looks very Earthy Tuxedo to me & it is adjustable by tie back from approximately 15 - 18 inches.
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Caribbean Blue Seaglass & Hoop, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 12 2011
This ice seaglass triangle doesn't melt in its Tropical surroundings. It's made to feel right at home with a Bird of Paradise drink in your hand, sand in your toes and the lapping waves of the Caribbean inches away. Don't wait to grab this piece 'cause I see this one being whisked away quickly.
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Lollipops, Flowers & Butterflies, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 11 2011
Spring has sprung and this piece has come out of Dale's chest of treasures to celebrate in this rite. Likewise, I am sharing a bit of spring, too, and bringing it back to my blog, as this stained glass & charm piece represents the hope & joy that springs eternal in all of us. If you could wear sunshine in an array of colors & creatures, it would take shape as this Da Vinci Necklace with hand-cut & beveled stained glass, vintage & new acrylic & glass charms & crystals. That is what Dale requested when she saw another of my Da Vinci Necklaces. This is so fitting for her, because her personality is sunshine itself. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Chocolate Drizzle on Mango Swirl with Amber Seaglass, Beach Gem

Apr 10 2011
In this day of Cupcake and Wedding Cake Wars I present my version of a tasty treat in the form of art-to-wear. Someone might want to lick the chocolate drizzle from your Vintage Mango Resin Swirl, but will stop just in time to admire the dainty triangle seaglass in amber, wrapped in copper. This approximately 2 1/4 inch in circumference pendant is hung from an antiqued copper curb chain that is adjustable from about 14 - 18 inches. Please click on the "item" link to see the necklace without the chocolate drizzle, making this a Reversible, two-in-one necklace.
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Grandma's Sweater Pin, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 09 2011
This is another of Angela's picks from her grandma's jewelry box -- a vintage triple chain sweater pin that she wanted to wear as a necklace. Very basic changes were needed to make it work. I removed the pin backs and created gold bales for the chain connections, then attached the vintage chain at the length that most suited Angela. I love how the form of this now necklace makes me think of a beautiful vessel. What does this art jewelry piece make you think of?
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Mom & Dad's Cufflinks, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 08 2011
If you've been reading about Michelle and Angela's custom designs, created from their grandma's jewelry, then know that this piece is related. Their Aunt Karen planned this visit after they chose the pieces that would become contemporized in an art jewelry setting. Karen also selected pieces from her mother's jewelry box. She found cuff links that belonged to her mother & father. She longed to have a something of theirs brought together. I removed the cufflink toggles, drilled holes and brought them together in a simple charm drop. The top link, which was worn by her dad, is brass with a constellation of stars. The silver cufflink was her mom's. Now she will be able to wear their energy embodied in this stunning and simple Vintage Revival Art Jewelry pendant.
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Sea Glass Brick & Grandma's Royal Crest Filigree, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 07 2011
If this art jewelry piece looks familiar, it's because the filigree piece is the other half of an earring set that was blogged in her sister, Michelle's piece on April 2nd. Angela chose for her background this softened sea glass brick. It presented a challenge and opportunity with its asymmetrical shape. The opportunity presented in the addition of pewter beads wired into the "empty" corner. The result is whimsical in a royal and sea-strewn way. . . .Please click on the link to view its sister piece!
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Cherry Blossom Flower Tree & Swarovski Crystal Dew Drops, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 06 2011
If you visit my boutique this week, I will be wearing this piece. This nod to nature makes me feel lit from within! . . . Usually one would need to not blink in order to appreciate the en masse bloom of the Cherry Blossom Tree. Its fleeting beauty is captured here and will never fade. To contrast the snowy blossoms, I created dangles from multi-faceted Swarovski crystals in blue and aurora borealis clear. While the flowers are stationary, the charm dangles move and shimmer. This piece is as light and airy as it is artful and nature-to-wear. Its necklace chain is adjustable from approximately 15 inches for a lovely choker look to 18 inches. The branches are firm, but soft as they lay lovingly along your neckline. This statement piece leaves you feeling like you're wearing a feather on a chain.
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Starfish, Pave Ball & Stained Glass En Hoop, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 05 2011
Blue is the color of the day, while an elegantly limbed Starfish reigns supreme. Many elements take their rightful place in this coterie, particularly a rhinestone Pave ball in varied blues and a single faux pearl. A triple play of hand-cut and beveled stained glass slivers in aqua, peach and wavy clear serve as additional background and all are framed by a contemporary once-earring hoop. The top, center rhinestone is a pretty deep, powder blue attached to the created bale. The common element that brings all together is the thin gauged silver art wire, handwoven to cage & consolidate the pieces into a sculptural whole. This art jewelry piece will bring summer into your every day!!!
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Custom Redesign of Paula's Pearl Necklace & Sterling Bracelet, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 04 2011
This is the second of Paula's custom demi-parure designs with one more in the works. She kept in mind what I shared about reviving pieces that you own and love but for some reason are not wearing. We sorted through her necklaces and bracelets and for this piece decided to deconstruct the eyelet filigree bracelet into three strands with an added pearl dangle to each. They were hung in symmetrical fashion from her pearl and sterling necklace, which I shortened. I used the remaining pearls and eyelet links to create two set of earrings that she could interchange when wearing this necklace. . . .Do you have something you'd like to have me redesign for you?
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Tropical Turquoise & Ocean Waves, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 03 2011
This very summery pendant was exactly what Marlisa was looking for when she entered my boutique yesterday. Spring had just arrived, but the fundraising event for the Green Street Art Center at Wesleyan University, was scheduled for this coming Friday. She was instrumental in its coming together. Its theme was tropical, so Marlisa had her eye out for an art jewelry piece that reflected the colors of the Caribbean. She found this Vintage Mosaic Pendant and knew it was perfect for her gala outfit! I hand-cut a sliver of turquoise and a whimsical opaque & wavy rectangle of stained glass, then "gift wrapped" them in silver art wire. I tried something different in the squared off once-earring which served as the frame and continued to complete the negative space with some modern charms in silver and more aqua & turquoise czech crystals. Marlisa had the biggest smile on her face as she radiated her excitement of the night to come and her new art jewelry necklace that would take her artfully into the big fundraiser event and beyond!
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Custom Design of Grandma's Silver Post Earrings, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 02 2011
This is the third of Michelle's custom designs, this time using her Grandma's once post earrings. Keeping it simple was important, since there is so much texture & shine in the original design. I created bales and semi-rivets that would allow the two pieces to dangle and move independent of one another. Michelle selected the Turquoise & Purple Acrylic beads which I hung as charm dangles. They also move freely, making this pendant a dancer and a looker! Michelle looks forward to completing her daily work attire with this vintage piece made contemporary and one-of-a-kind!
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Custom Design of Grandma's Filigree Pendant on Agate, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 02 2011
This is the second of Michelle's custom creations using her grandmother's vintage filigreed pendant. She selected this agate stone to serve as its backdrop. I created a simple wire connect that serves the purpose of keeping the two pieces secure to one another. The stone & its pattern give the piece a ready-to-wear look for everyday, while the combination creates an art jewelry effect that is stunning for an evening of gallery hopping!
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Upcycled Cloisonne & Enameled Brass Flowers & Cameo, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 31 2011
Gwen & Charlie stopped into my boutique for the first time.  Charlie sat on the cushy leather stool & watched as Gwen made a few discoveries.  She pointed out this Enameled Brass & Cloisonne Flower & Cameo Vintage Revival Necklace as being Charlie's observations did not go without action.  A few days later he stopped in with their two daughters to purchase the piece Gwen was so excited about.  They would surprise her with it on her birthday. The older daughter shared that her mom is one of the hardest people to buy a gift for and Tom seconded that with "and that's why we're here!"  . . . . I do not hesitate to bring into my art jewelry, bracelets & necklaces that look time-worn.  They give me the chance to upcycle and create a piece that holds the character and history of time.  I carried the floral theme throughout with black enameled brass and cloisonne in black, red & pink.  The faux pearls are antique and translucent, since their original coating has also been worn.  The layers of varied chain links, one with satin thread, help to balance the width with the brass flower bracelet opposite.  I added a cameo for an added touch of magic.
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Custom Design Heart Shaped Yellow Jasper, Gem Revival Necklace

Mar 30 2011
This Heart-shaped yellow jasper made its appearance in my boutique with its owner, Kathy. Her husband had given her this loose semi-precious gemstone and she didn't know what to do with it. We discussed the possible ways of making it into a pendant and she agreed to a simple wrap that would show off the beautiful patterns and colors. I used sterling silver for the wrap. One side of the cage design reveals an artful linear triangle shape and the other side a more whimsical art cage design. Kathy need never worry that her stone will fall out, as the cage is protective as well as beautiful. This art jewelry pendant is hung from a double silver soft, durable tiger wire that doesn't compete with the heart. Click on the item link to see both sides! . . . I would love to create for you. Let me know if you have something sentimental that you've wanted in a jewelry piece.
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Mother's Day Mauve Cameo, Confection Collection Necklace

Mar 29 2011
Alex had just been in to discuss his wife's next custom garnet Gem Revival Earring set. This time he wanted to set something beautiful aside for his mom for Mother's Day. He selected this Confection Collection Cameo for her! . . . This Celluloid relief cameo circa 1950's is set in a hand-woven design of non-tarnishing silver art wire. Sky blue Swarovski Bi-cone crystals are woven into the design to enhance both her beauty & the frame. It is hung from a sterling ball/ bead chain of 16 inches. . . .I will create your very own one-of-a-kind cameo in various art jewelry settings, too!
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Cufflinks & MOP, Vintage Lace Necklace

Mar 28 2011
Cindy had told her family that her favorite boutique was mine, so they purchased a gift certificate for her the previous xmas. She was in on Saturday to cash in & this is what she chose. She travels for business a lot and wanted a statement accessory that would go with her suits. This Vintage Lace had just the right amount of black, which plays prominently in her wardrobe. Here is the previous blog entry: I absolutely love the idea of cufflinks as decorative accents for my Vintage Lace design. Since it's hard to find cool cufflinks that are suitably sized for this purpose, the few that I've created have all sold. This Lace necklace utilizes vintage cufflinks whose materials range from gold & silver tone to Mother of Pearl and Beveled Art Glass. My Lace design is woven by hand and is comfortable as it can conform to your neck & decolletage. It is closed via toggle clasp and measures about 17 inches. This handsome, sculptural and vintage-made-modern art jewelry piece will bring her lots of attention during her travels.
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Pamela modeling Birds of a Feather, Vintage Revival Earrings

Mar 27 2011
Here is my daughter, Pamela, modeling my Birds of a Feather, Vintage Revival Earrings. This was an actual modeling session, so I'm cheating by stealing this one! She and her friends are into feather earrings and all things funky & dangly. If you've been watching American Idol lately, you'll see the same on one of the judges, Steven Tyler. He wears multiple feather earrings, some down below his shoulders. Actually he wears more jewelry than J Lo & Paula Abdul combined! So I digress. Please click on the item link to see more pairs of my feather, Vintage Revival Earring Sets.
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Custom Design, Rosary Beads & Grandma's Leaf Brooch, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 27 2011
Karen and her nieces rummaged through grandma's jewelry box, selecting pieces that could become part of an art jewelry creation. This piece is the first to come out of our collaboration. Michelle loved the Autumn Leaf Vintage Revival Necklace and hoped that I could replace the original antique leaf with the leaf brooch that belonged to her grandmother. She also selected pearls that were originally from a vintage rosary, to replace the original rhinestone chain link. Please click on the item link to see the original necklace. This Vintage Revival Necklace is a distillation of two necklaces, one bracelet & one brooch. Soft curves and the open leaf design in the Leaf brooch & brass chain lend contrast to the pearl strand, making asymmetry and antique pose as art & glam respectively. . . .Do you have a favorite and cherished jewelry piece that you hoped could be given a new life?
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Custom Design, Once Earrings, Foiled Glass Bead, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Mar 26 2011
Paula's first spin around my boutique set her lightbulb to blinking when she realized that what I was creating in the art jewelry before her, I could do for her, using her cherished vintage costume jewelry. She couldn't part with certain pieces, but could not wear them in their original form, ie, clip on earrings. I've since completed several necklace & bracelets for her, this being one. The centerpiece is a once-clip-on earring in brushed silver. After understanding that Paula wears a lot of black, I added an inner border of beads in gold and black. The next pieces are the foiled art glass, followed by another pair of once-earrings in black glass with artful gold swirls. Here I had to create a wrap using silver art wire, that plays throughout the bracelet. The closure is with a toggle clasp. Paula is excited to be able to wear this, along with her other pieces on her new job!
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Custom Design, Galactic Ball, Gem Revival Earrings

Mar 24 2011
Dawn was heartbroken when she lost her first pair of earrings, similar to this Galactic Ball Earring set. So I started to create a new set, but with a different spin! I used 22 gauge bright silver art wire. This design required working from the inside out. I first created a sort of whirly gig design, consisting of multiple hand wrought swirls that make up the inner layer. The swirls that take many turns and create multiple pockets allowed for the next layer of orange/ red Swarovski and Czech crystals, which I wove into the design. The final layer consists of a looser circular weave that creates many "windows" to the sprinkle of color within. Click into this blog item to see Dawn's happy smile as she models her brand new pair of Gem Revival Earrings!
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Custom Design Ladybug & Dragonfly, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 23 2011
I love it when something minimalist turns out pretty, as in this circa 1940's Czech carnival glass button depicting a flutter of dragonflies. It is topped by a vintage faceted bicone Austrian crystal, an art glass lady bug in lollipop red & three bali spacer beads. It takes some finagling to get a button to act like a pendant. A rigging of art wire and a few end cap findings helped. After that, just some inspiration by a few lovely things added up to this Vintage Revival Pendant. This was a custom design for Dale, who plans on combining it with other jewelry for a layered look!
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Custom White Topaz & EMF Disc, Gem Revival Necklace

Mar 22 2011
Grace had been searching for a stone that would impart good energy and one that would protect her from harmful electro-magnetic frequencies that come from anything from our computers to plug in and battery operated appliances. She had been wearing the blue EMF disc and wanted to combine it with the 2.5 carat loose gem White Topaz she selected for from my gem collection. She had taken it home, slept with it near her and come back knowing that she would benefit not only from its beauty, but also from the energy it gave her in the way of good dreams and feelings. My job was to cage it in an elegant, simple and comfortable wrap of non-tarnishing Argentium Sterling Silver. There is no soldering in my designs. Instead, I wrap the wire in such a way that allows for the most light to enter and reflect upon beautiful facets, while attention is paid to stabilizing the stone so it rests flat. I removed the EMF disc from its original bead design and created the simple bale that would attach to the bottom of the sterling wrap. Both the Topaz and Disc move freely and prettily as well as sharing their protective energies. . . .Please allow me to create your very own Gem Revival piece!
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Guinevere's Pebbles, Beach Gem Bracelet

Mar 21 2011
I love the mystery of Camelot's Guinevere and often refer to her when it comes to my art jewelry. Do you agree that these pebbles would look lovely against her flowing robes? When caged in elegant design, they speak to a time long ago and far away, but in reality belong to someone in present time. Each stone was smoothed from tossing along the ocean bottom and found during my searches along Maine's coastal shores. Sterling silver wire was wrapped to contrast each piece for style and comfort.
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Emerald Isle Seaglass, Beach Gem Ring

Mar 20 2011
This little frosted seaglass holds the richness of a Green Emerald Isle. I kept the wrap simple in sterling silver wire and custom fit the three wrap band to its owner's ring size. The three bands provide an organic look like branches winding around in river fashion, but also serve the purpose of keeping the ring stabilized. . . . Do you have a treasured seaglass piece that you've wanted to wear as a ring or pendant? Let me know & I'll create one out of your treasured piece, with your colors & style in mind!
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Brass & Silver Dolphins on Mirror Stained Glass, Da Vinci Earrings

Mar 19 2011
This post follows my Dolphin & Swarovoski Starfish Pendant post. They would make a perfect set! I hand-cut & beveled soft edges from mirror, textured stained glass, then "gift wrapped them in gold art wire. Two tiny bales hold leaping Dolphins whose jewelry hangs from dorsal fins in the form of sparkling Swarovski crystal dangles. This pair measures approximately two inches from the bottom of the silver earring hook. It is as comfortable as it is eyecatching! Do you have a Dolphin story to share here?
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Dophin & Swarovski Starfish, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 18 2011
This most graceful of mammals is also one of the smartest. Pictured here in mid-air, its copper charm is captured with a backdrop that is a rhinestone encrusted silver-plated flat circle. A tiny Swarovski crystal dangles from its dorsal fin, while a Starfish Swarovski & vintage 1930's faceted round crystals dance below. I hung this sparkling nature pendant from a quadruple tiger wire in copper, silver and gold tones. It's adjustable from 15.5 to 17 inches. You will bring a smile to all onlookers when you share this aquatic art pendant from your decolletage! The pendant circle is 1.5 inches in circumference.
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Saint Patrick's Day, Four Leaf Art Clover, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 17 2011
Happy Saint Patties Day Everyone! I created my own little lucky Four Leaf Clover and presented it within this silver and black bicone necklace chain. The four sterling silver wrap leaves are filled with kelly green cats eye, jade and silver filigree beads. The chain is approximately 18 inches in length and closes with a lobster clasp. You can wear green everyday and feel lucky, too; and, of course, remain confident that there will be no other clover like it the world over!
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Ocean Waves on Seafoam Seaglass and Pebble, Beach Gem Ring

Mar 16 2011
I love stacking like a chef. Instead of edibles, I use goodies tossed in the ocean, ready to catch your eye on a pebble platter. Silver art wire flows over this seafoam seaglass and pebble like waves. It continues its wrap in whimsical loops, circles and the frame that holds it all together. Its four ring wrap is adjustable, so let me know your ring size. Please click on the link for a side view! If you are ready to catch the wave, then this is the one! Please let me know if you have a piece of seaglass you'd like for me to create within your own custom art jewelry piece!!!
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Zircon Blue Weiss, Kramer & Etched Glass Cameo, Vintage Lace Necklace

Mar 15 2011
I am more than flattered when other jewelers come to me to create for them. Eileen is one, however, she shies away from wire work. She fell in love with my Vintage Lace design and has quite a collection of my pre-made and custom pieces. This piece is her latest. She'd been holding on to both vintage Weiss & Kramer earring sets until she located the perfect centerpiece. She did that in my boutique with this vintage rhinestone encrusted and glass etched cameo. The blue glass is a perfect compliment to the zircon colors in her earrings. After hand-forging the lace design and incorporating the centerpieces, I wove zircon blue Swarovski bi-cone crytals into the lace loops. . . . This handwoven design floats on the adorned, making it lightweight, balanced & comfortable. It is also adjustable, as I include an extender chain. . . . This art jewelry piece is sold, but do let me know if I can create one for you in colors that you love and, if you like, with a theme in mind. Garden, kitties, ocean . . . my boutique has got it all, ready to be made just for you!
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Mother of the Bride Pearl & Swarovski Crystal, Vintage Revival Earrings

Mar 14 2011
Joanne was now preparing for her daughter's wedding. I'd already completed her jewelry for her son's prior wedding. She brought in her silk dress and hoped I could create around a pair of earrings she owned and loved. She wanted to be able to wear it in its original form, as well as, with some new gems that would match her dress. I created a removeable bale that allowed Joanne to wear the earrings with or w/o the Swarovski cube, bicone and freshwater pearl drops. Click on the link to see the custom necklace I created for her, as well!
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Dragonfly, Seaglass & Crystal, Day of Nature, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 13 2011
This openwork pendant is a circle of nature's delights, from a vintage enamel & silverplate Dragonfly, to a softened sea glass sliver, to the light that reflects from the multi-facets of a 1930's faceted crystal bead & the square contemporary bezel set crystal at 12 o'clock. All pieces were lovingly connected with silver art wire. I felt like a seamstress weaving all the components together into this lovely art jewelry circle pendant that measures approximately 2 inches in diameter. The outer gold tone hoop is a twist of heavy gauge and lends lovely contrast to the solid silver swirl that plays its tune at 7 o'clock. I love how layering causes the whole to be full of action and interplay. The bale is hand formed and large enough for most any chain that you may own! It will arrive with a vintage silver-tone chain of approximately 16 inches.
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Three Bridesmaids Bracelets, One Funky, One Preppy, One Petite, Vintage Revival Bracelets

Mar 10 2011
Sarah wanted her bridesmaids to wear pearls and she wanted them to have something that suited their personalities. Her Maid of Honor was tall and had a Hippie Chic sensibility. Her second bridesmaid was a Prepster and her third was Petite and full of fun energy. Their dresses were Pink & Brown, while Sarah's wedding gown was ivory white. For the Hipster, I included Swarovski crystal buttons & bicones in amber in a clover like design. Ivory pearls in varied sizes, more amber & pink art glass beads and tiger's eye completed all three. This bride had one less worry with her bridesmaids now ready to walk down the aisle wearing their custom Vintage Revival bracelets. Click on the link to see all three!
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Cleopatra's Pebbles, Vintage Revival Necklace

Mar 10 2011
This relic of the past is not really from Cleopatra's jewelry trove, but I do picture it completing one of her silk-belted sheaths. The gold plated, multi-link choker dates from the 1950's and is in mint condition. I added movement to this already fluid piece with the use of caged chocolate sea pebbles and an aurora borealis peach stained glass piece. Two vintage filigree beads & one teardrop in gold tone dangle alongside the pebbles and below the stained glass charm. It measures approximately 16 inches and can be added to in length -- just let me know your preference. If you are ready to unleash your inner Cleopatra, then begin here!
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Moon on Water and Sterling Waves, Da Vinci Necklace

Mar 09 2011
Focus, if you will, on the necklace whose faces reflect the light of the moon and the waves in both stained glass and one sterling centerpiece. I hand cut & beveled rectangle and one inverted shape and brought them together with sterling silver and silver art wire. Several of the pieces are layered one atop another, creating depth and a contrast in shapes and varied blues. I entered into the mix blue glass beads as a way of interrupting the solidity of the piece. The sterling wave both dresses up and makes playful this Da Vinci necklace. It measures approximately 16 inches. Think of yourself completing your look with that of a night sky, lit up by a full moon whose rays reflect a million gems on an ocean surface.
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Seaglass Pottery Shard in Hoop, Beach Gem Necklace

Mar 08 2011
I love the softness etched into this cranberry seaglass pottery shard. I was climbing a tiny sand dune on the way to the sea wall in front of my home when I spotted this piece at my feet. They are hard to find and I've never seen another since. I presented this piece in my usual cage design and dangled it from a once-earring hoop. The pendant is hung from a strand with mauve Cat's eye beads strung at intervals from a sterling snake chain. It is about 16 inches in length. Do you see the waves washing over this pottery shard?
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Flowers & Crystal, Vintage Revival Earrings

Mar 07 2011
This Vintage Cloud Earring set was created to go with the pictured Cloud necklace. In keeping with the softness of the pendant, I used flexible tiger wire to connect the beads. Vintage acrylic flowers & glass and crystal beads in blue and lavender appear to float in mid air. The asymmetrical design offers fun relief with a little change up in the direction and placement of the focal beads. This custom set now adorns a happy owner!
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Swarovski Crystal Hoops, Gem Revival Earrings

Mar 06 2011
This custom request came from Dale. She wanted to have a set of earrings that would go with all of her jewelry, but especially with her Skunk Vintage Revival Necklace and another pendant created with the same crystals as seen here. They measure approximately 1.5 inches in circumference. Dale walked out of my boutique wearing both this Gem Revival earring set and her Skunk Vintage Mosaic pendant. Do you agree with how lovely these earrings sparkle!
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Donna's Custom Demi Parure, Vintage Revival Set

Mar 04 2011
Donna spotted this circa 30/ 40's Glass Cameo in Lipstick Red w/ filigree frame. She left me to create a bracelet for her with this as the centerpiece. I began with a braided gold mesh vintage chain which I cut, leaving enough layered chain for both the bracelet and necklace. I hand cut & beveled a mirror red stained glass piece into the triangle that became the pendant. It is draped from the braided mesh necklace which I had reconstructed. For finish, I added a topaz Swarovski bicone crystal charm. The earrings are created out of more Swarovski in lipstick red & topaz, and a yellow freshwater pearl. This set will carry Donna from her work day into an evening of cocktails & dining out with friends.
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Symbolic Skunk, Hoops & Swarovski Crystals, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Mar 03 2011
Dale's custom design request began with this sterling silver skunk charm. We set out to collaborate on a design unlike anything she owns. I brought out a drawer of multi-textured & tinted clear stained glass. Dale selected this deep wave piece, which I hand cut & beveled to fit into this Vintage Mosaic design. I overlayed the hoops & angled the stained glass sliver in, through & over the hoops. I created a criss-cross weave in silver art wire over both hoops and added a sprinkle of Swarovski crystals in varied shapes and colors. The skunk plays front and just off-center with the stained glass as the backdrop. I look forward to hearing about the meaning of this symbol for Dale. What do you think of this art jewelry piece?
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Antique Skeleton Keys & Amber Drop, Vintage Revival Earrings

Mar 02 2011
There is so much mystery to keys. What portals were opened by them and who once held them in order to make entry? The skeleton key is sculptural and ancient and here portrays a beauty that is both historic and playful. Amber nuggets were strung in threes and dangle at just the right angles that create the illusion of one dancing with the other. They are warm and translucent in contrast to the keys' pewter metal and solid form. And together they do art jewelry proud!
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Seaglass, Hope, Faith, Heal, Pray, Beach Gem Necklace

Mar 01 2011
This affirmation pendant speaks to the spiritual and the beach lover in all of us. I wrapped a triangle amber seaglass piece in silver art wire and connected it to the acrylic affirmation hoop. From there, I continued upward to create the bale. All these words hold meaning for the person who now owns it. I hope it has brought them a sense of peace and beauty!
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Seaglass, Heart, Moon & Pearls, Beach Gem Earrings

Feb 28 2011
There is nothing here that doesn't shine, from the luminous freshwater pearls to the aqua sea glass pieces which I've joined with hearts & moons in sterling silver. When the planets align, this kind of wonder is what happens. Sadly there is only one of its kind & it is sold.
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Goldfinch, Pearls & Krementz Pin, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 27 2011
This Goldfinch represents the wings of a loved one whose spirit is held dear by his sister, Nancy. She longed for an art jewelry piece that is delicate, sparkly and symbolic. I sought out a circle pin and found just the one in this antique Krementz gold-filled pin. Its sculptural lines and etched leaves hold three cultured pearls and three zircon rhinestone crystals. Its remaining negative space begged for the majesty of this gentle bird, which I framed in non-tarnishing Argentium sterling silver wire. The final touches came in another circle shape created from forged sterling and the tiny amber charm which dangles freely and also holds special meaning to Nancy. Thank you, Nancy, for allowing me to bring the memory of your brother back in a beautiful way!
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Dolphins' Dance, Da Vinci Earrings

Feb 26 2011
The setting sun's rays turn warm in color as they reflect upon a darkening sky and the ocean below, as seen in these amber stained glass pieces. They were hand-cut & beveled, then "gift wrapped in coppery gold art wire. Beneath this glass ocean is a pair of Dolphins that rejoice the changing sky. These earrings fall to approximately two inches below the ear wire. They are light in weight & comfortable to wear. You too can swim alongside the dolphins!
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Windy City Leaf, Pearls & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Feb 25 2011
A pretty fall leaf survived the winter with a little bit of frosting at its stem. A tumble of wind brought with it some softly frosted seaglass, Swarovski cube & faceted round crystals & taupe & ivory freshwater pearls. The swirl came in the form of gold-filled wire in varying gauges. Asymmetry plays a role here, especially since the wind brought this all together. Its arty side made sure that all fell into place with just the right amount of negative space and whimsy! This piece has found a home with a very lovely person named Anita.
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Little Windows & A Pearl, Da Vinci Necklaces

Feb 24 2011
These tiny windows are inside-out! There is no frame, just some stained glass which I hand cut & beveled for soft edges. Donna was on her way to her tropical island vacay and hoped to expand her red on grey stained glass Da Vinci necklace. She brought in two dresses and her bathing suit which we put up against shards and sheets of stained glass to find a perfect match in colors. She wanted to be able to interchange the bottom tier, so I added a 14 kt gold spring clasp that is itty bitty. The black glass with pearl dangle is the constant, while the turquoise, another black and the red on grey pieces are the dancers that take their turns below, depending on Donna's outfit. These shapes are each less than an inch in height, so are delicate little packages. They were "gift wrapped" in gold filled wire.
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Black & Blue & Pretty Too! Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 23 2011
A once Powder Blue enamel Leaf Bracelet decided on a new identity when meeting up with a vintage glass beaded necklace in black and the same powder blue. I carried the last leaf link into the pendant design and coupled it with a once-earring in black & blue enamel surrounding a rhinestone floret. For good measure, a tiny cage of faceted crystals dangles just below. This one-of-a-kind and whimsical art jewelry piece has found a home.
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Full Moon & Three Stars Bohemian Rhapsody, Vintage Revival Earrings

Feb 22 2011
On their own, this pair of full moons with a constellation of three rhinestone stars is pretty, and with a triangle and circle at their backs, and lots of playful dangles, they become a song. It's like an orchestra of instruments never heard together, now harmonizing as a Bohemian Rhapsody. This pair measures approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the ear wire. The mix of metals in silver and brass color make this pair versatile and fun!
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Seashells, Starfish & Sanddollar on the Beach, Vintage Lace Necklace

Feb 21 2011
When we discover a seashell or sand dollar on the seashore, it is like an ocean treasure chest allowing us a peek at its bounty! I began setting aside vintage earring pieces with an underwater theme in hopes of recreating that feeling. I grabbed each piece where the lace ends and continued adding more shells until this composition was completed. . . . This Vintage Lace design is handwoven from non-tarnishing gold art wire. It floats on the adorned & molds comfortably to your contours, so can be worn in comfort & with beauty in mind! . . .This art jwelry piece is sold.
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Wedding Flowers, Bows & Pearls, Vintage Lace Necklace

Feb 20 2011
Every Bride wants to shine on her Wedding day. Pearls, flowers & sequined bows add not only that one-of-a-kind shimmer, but also a touch of vintage in an art jewelry setting. A range of white, from ivory faux pearl to soft lucite petals and crystal clear, faceted beads come together with my silver lace design. It is handwoven from non-tarnishing silver art wire. This design floats on the adorned & molds comfortably to your contours! So wear it in comfort & with beauty in mind! A glorious addition to the beautiful bride's ensemble and her perfect day!
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Seaglass, Pearls & Swarovski Heart in Sterling Window, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Feb 20 2011
Sometimes a jumble of pretty things cannot help but turn out even prettier together. This jumble is made up of a hand-cut & beveled pink stained glass, baby blue & ice seaglass, grade A Freshwater Pearl, a Swarovski heart crystal and more. I've gift wrapped or strung each piece with twisted or rounded sterling silver wire, then created the rectangular frame that captures it all. This glowing art jewelry canvas is sold.
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Keyhole to the Carribean, Da Vinci Necklace

Feb 18 2011
This elegant stained glass pendant can bring warm breezes and thoughts of the most azure of oceans to mind. Stacie was searching for this and something striking when perusing through my art jewelry displays. Upon creating, I was taken by the simple oval, textured frame and thought how lovely this azure glass would look in contrast to it. I hand cut and beveled the edges, "gift wrapped" with gold art wire & secured top and bottom to the gold hoop. The negative space between the two offer relief from such solid elements. The art jewelry pendant measures approximately 2 x 1 inches. Stacie has since purchase many of my art jewelry pieces from different collections!
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Moon & Sun, Hoops & Star, Vintage Revival Earrings

Feb 17 2011
This Vintage Revival piece commemorates our recent discovery of new planets and star signs. We may never know what really lies beyond our horizon, but this artist can imagine in tiny strokes and with odd jewelry orphans, what that galaxy can look like. I've placed silver & gold-tone hoops before a mix of brass and silver toned dangles. The warmth and sharp angles of the hammered brass against the fine guage of the silver hoops sets the right atmospheric stage for the silver moon and amethyst glass star. The mix of beads act as new planets orbiting at different heights. The complimentary earring contrasts with silver dangles, a blazing sun charm and a few new planets of its own. Gold hammered & smooth hoops in teardrop & circle shape provide juxtaposition that is fun and airy.. . . Show off your appreciation of our ever-evolving galaxy with this lightweight & asymmetrical art jewelry pair!
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Opposites Attract in Plum, Hoops & Chains, Vintage Revival Earrings

Feb 16 2011
When opposing pieces play nice together, the senses are fooled into believing that the world has a place for everything, and everyone, for that matter. These asymmetrical chandelier earrings enchant with plum beading in varied sizes & shapes. The scroll and wire work come from jewelry earring orphans that I've found a new home for here! . . The chandelier drapes to about 2 inches from the bottom of the ear wire. They are very lightweight & offer lots of movement, as you move!
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Rock the Casbah, Funky Filigree, Vintage Revival Chandelier Earrings

Feb 15 2011
How could you not Rock the Casbah with this funky teardrop filigree pair of chandelier earrings as part of your ensemble! This lightweight pair measures approximately 1.5 inches from the bottom of the earwire by 1 inch wide. The multi-tiered inner sanctum moves in acrylic crystal clear drops on one side and multi-brass hoops on the other. You will keep them guessing as you sway this way and that, and toss your hair to give a glimpse of the fun and mystery that you and this asymmetrical art jewelry design dare to offer.
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I Heart in Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace . . .Happy Valentines Day, Everyone!!!!

Feb 14 2011
Romi brought in a bag of seaglass pieces he & Lynn found on their treasured seashore walks together. He wanted to surprise her with a few necklaces that I could create for her out of some of the seaglass he selected. This seafoam piece was on its way to a heart shape, so to complete his mission for her, I hand-forged a heart out of 14 KT gold filled wire and continued it into a cage design that left the seaglass exposed. This simple design allowed for a reveal of the frosted surface, which came to be over decades of being tossed along the ocean floor. I love to be on the receiving end of a request to create something that is being given out of love. Because I get this request so often, I get to live Valentines Day more often than most! Happy Valentines Day everyone!!!
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Red Heart of Hearts, Da Vinci Necklace

Feb 13 2011
I wanted to repost this piece 'cause, as Kimberly just reminded me, it is a perfect representation of Valentine's Day. . . . Michael wanted to shout out his love to his wife with a custom designed necklace. He counted out the hearts that had meaning to their life and had me create away. I hand-cut a mirrored red stained glass into this heart shape, beveled the edges and framed it several times over with 14 KT gold-filled wire. I forged six hearts from twisted gold-filled wire and connected this river of love front & center. Can you see the hearts' mirrored reflection in the glass? It is symbolic for multiplying the love that is felt with this very special & heartfelt gift. . . . And with this piece, I send you my love on this very special day.
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Glass Opal & rhinestone Burst on Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Feb 13 2011
This splash of 1950's faux Opals & rhinestones wanted to belong, so I invited them to the seafoam seaglass party that is framed in silver art wire in a tear drop shape setting. There is lots of negative space that artfully breathes life into this Mermaid Tear & faux gem design. Let your love for the ocean & all things pretty show with this Beach Gem adorning your art jewelry loving self! The pendant measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches & hangs from a 16 inch chain that can be interchanged with other favorites of yours!
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Goldfinch in Amber with Skeleton Key Charm, Vintage Revival Lariat

Feb 11 2011
Nancy hoped to commemorate her brother's free spirit in a Vintage Revival design, represented by the goldfinch. The amber gemstone played an important role, as this gem represents his wife, who now protects the memory and spirit of her husband, Nancy's brother, Roy. The goldfinch was a vintage brooch. I created a surround with large amber wrapped in gold-filled wire that were once part of a vintage bracelet. To further soften the pendant, I strung amber nuggets and looped them artfully to one side. The silver hoop brings all elements together as it provides another perch for the goldfinch. A vintage silver chain adjusts as a lariat from behind the pendant. It also has an easy closure at the top with a magnet clasp. Using it is optional, since the lariat can be opened wide enough to slip overhead. The antique skeleton key dangles below, alongside a large amber bead with amber cluster charms. This piece holds great meaning for Nancy and her family. It will represent Roy's free spirit and the love that his wife and sister carry for him, with them, always.
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Waxing Moon, Star & Confetti, Vintage Revival Earrings

Feb 10 2011
This Vintage Revival Earring pair celebrates the stars with a confetti open work design sprinkled along pewter waxing moons and an explosion of light & playful elements in the form of aurora borealis crystals, silver squiggles & a star charm. The moons measure approximately 2 inches in circumference. Are you as playful as this art-to-wear pair?
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Smiling Moon at Star, Vintage Revival Asymmetrical Earrings

Feb 09 2011
This smiling Moon looks to the star for wisdom. While the moon is hard at work moving the earth's tides and providing us with a reflection of the sun's light at night, here it takes its respite among a background that is both playful and artistic. These moons were once post earrings. I cold connected them to a brass open work charm and an enamel painted triangle charm. An acrylic heart and bicone crystal hanging from a long stemmed flower complete this asymmetrical art jewelry design. Do you believe in the wisdom of the Moon and Stars? The earrings measure approximately 2.5 inches from the bottom of the ear wire and are very light & comfortable. There is a mix of metals, gold & silver, making this piece versatile and fun art-to-wear jewelry!
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14 KT Gold & Azurite Ring, Gem Revival Necklace

Feb 08 2011
When Marsha viewed her Azurite pendant in 14 KT Cage with Chamsa Charm, I showed her the piece of Azurite that remained. She hoped that I could create a ring out of it. The ring is forged from an 18 gauge 14 KT yellow gold wire. From that, I created a base from twisted 14 KT gold filled wire which would serve as a perch for the stone. I began to cautiously bend the soft twisted wire around the Azurite until a protective cage was formed. The band was created so that it can be worn on different fingers comfortably. Marsha's healing stone set is complete now!
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Antique Skeleton Key & Upcycled Earrings, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 07 2011
The spark that launched this Vintage Revival piece lay in the blue acrylic once-earrings that hang to each side. The softness of the bubble glass chain are in cool contrast to the geometric pattern that the triangle shapes create. I reconstructed the chain from an original 40 inch vintage strand into two layers. Two more earring pieces lay in opposing direction atop one another, while an antique skeleton key that opened many doors to a Victorian Era past resides front & center. The overall effect is sculptural and completely upcycled! You'll unlock inquiring minds, too, when wearing this art-to-wear piece! It is adjustable from approximately 16 - 18 inches in length.
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Seafoam Seaglass, Amethyst & Jade in Teardrop Frame, Beach Gem Earrings

Feb 06 2011
Cynthia had been checking out my website & was intrigued enough to make the trip in from Westchester, NY by way of her second home in Mystic, CT. OK, my boutique is somewhere in between. After getting to know her art jewelry desires and the Beach Gem pendant she admired, this is the set I created for her. Both seafoam seaglass pieces came from the beach in front of my home. Tossed by the waves of the Long Island Sound, they are softly frosted and a nice match. Cynthia selected amethyst chips in place of a dyed blue jade bead. I created the two charm dangles and hung them from the top of the seaglass wire wrap. Then I hand formed the teardrop frame & created a coil design to strengthen and provide interesting detail to it. Each earring measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches from the bottom of the ear wire. They are light in weight and comfortable to wear.
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Dragonfly on Faceted Chandelier Prism, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 05 2011
I keep running into dragonflies lately, not like the field full of them when I lived in Maine, but when I do rounds in my boutique in search of the next thing that inspires me. This delicate creature in sterling silver is made even lovelier with the prism of light beneath it in the form of a chandelier drop. Both were pretty together but insisted on the something more to complete it. This contemporary silver matte oval hoop lent itself to the perfect backdrop, defining the entire piece with elegant simplicity. What I shared in an earlier post applies here, too -- the dragonfly holds many meanings to many cultures and the one that strikes me the most is the one that represents transformation: the discovery of one's needs, hopes, wants & desires & the going forth to seek it all. This lovely art jewelry pendant will constantly reflect back to you its meaning in the most lovely of ways!
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Flower Bomb, Vintage Revival Necklace

Feb 04 2011
This Vintage Revival Necklace is a tribute to my newest scent, "Flower Bomb"and the need to defrost from the harshest winter here in Connecticut. I gathered several 1950's enamel pins and began arranging them into a bouquet of sorts. Instead of a vase, I selected a vintage bubble glass necklace, shortened it and began composing with the flowers, a brass chain & one turquoise glass bead that dangles in counterpoint to the blue flower opposite it. This art jewelry garden doesn't need watering or weeding, just a desire to sprinkle beauty here and there!
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Tiered Hoops with Speckled Blue Bead,Vintage Revival Earrings

Feb 03 2011
I love working with jewelry orphans.  I dove into my drawer of hoop earrings without their mate & began to mix & match & create into this art jewelry set. Hoop earrings times two, sprinkled with one blue speckled bead, frame you in pretty, vintage, moving art-to-wear. Varied vintage hoops in silverplate dance to near two inches below the ear wire creating a balanced, asymmetrical look. This art jewelry set goes with any outfit from your favorite jeans at the corner coffee shop to a little black dress at an art gallery show! Dazzle from day into night!!!
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Dragonfly on Glass Button & Beads, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Feb 02 2011
If you carry out the meaning of the Dragonflies represented on this vintage Czech button, you would be making an effort to express your hopes, dreams, needs and wishes. And if you do this while wearing this Vintage Cloud necklace, it would be with art, wisdom & beauty in mind. Tiger wire (multiple steel wires with enamel coating)  is the perfect backdrop for sculpting & grabbing fun & varied objects, such as the Vintage Czech button in carnival glass, a contemporary red enamel hoop, dots of turquoise blue beads & a red acrylic matte button.  Look no further if it's wisdom, enlightenment & art you seek!
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Quartz Crystal & Garnet in Bezel on Aqua, Da Vinci Necklace

Feb 01 2011
Always one to take it up a notch, I felt the near perfection of this quartz & garnet in bezel set pendant was ready for action. I hand-cut & beveled an aqua stained glass piece into a shape that would take the original form into stained glass territory. The sterling silver wire cages and connects glass to the upper pendant, then winds its way into a journey-to-the-center design toward the bottom of the crystal. Negative space is brought into background with the addition of an oval hoop. I connected the pendant to a retro stainless steel snake chain for finish. This piece was sold in an art gallery show. Please share your thoughts on this art jewelry piece!
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Reversible Lariat with Varied Links, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 31 2011
Not only do I love jewelry that is varied and one of a kind, but even more, art jewelry that is playful & full of lovely surprises. This lariat was intended to fulfill those requirements. I started with a Brighton style bracelet whose rhinestone hearts have seen better days & now will see more. It connects from behind with a strong pewter magnet to a braided rope link that was a part of a vintage necklace. More varied links extend from the rope chain to the reversible charm. Either side of the charm dangle is striking. One side is a silver hammered hoop, while the reverse is an open work design in a soft gold tone. The lariat chain is adjustable from choker to 24 inches, depending on the top worn. Are you into fun, pretty & playful . . . ?
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Ice & Aqua Seaglass on Acrylic Seafoam Hoop, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 30 2011
These caged ice & aqua seaglass pieces were set in a free form design of silver art wire and finished with several journey-to-the-center swirls. As lovely as it was, I loved how the backing seafoam hoop brought with it a touch of whimsy & sophistication. And hung from this strand of contemporary heavy gauge hoop chain it is only missing its new owner. You! The pendant measures approximately 1.5 - 2 inches in circumference. The chain is adjustable from 16 - 17 inches.
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Discipline, Strength & Dragon, Vintage Cloud Necklace, Revised

Jan 30 2011
Kim just shared a picture in Facebook with her wearing her Dragon Vintage Cloud Necklace. This is the revised version of her original "Discipline, Strength & Dragon Cloud" piece. She asked that I replace the dragon symbol with Congee lettering representing the dragon. I adjusted the soft wire loops to create free-form circles, added Swarovski drop crystals & voila, Kim wears it often & beautifully. She is a Sensei Karate instructor, so the symbolism is so fitting for her.
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Fairy, Mermaid, Pearl Garden, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 28 2011
Julia came into my boutique with her son, Jonathan, and pointed to this Vintage Revival Necklace in the window display. She tried it on over her black jersey top and announced "Happy Valentines Day to ME!". Her last purchase was a Vintage Mosaic Necklace that she'd also seen in the window. When she saw her reflection in the mirror today, her face lit up with the magic that dances along the multiple strands in the form of a mermaid and a fairy, surrounded by vintage circa '30's glass pearls in soft satin cream and gunmetal/ pewter charms, rhinestones, & crystals. All dangle from the softest of tiger wire in an assymetrical & balanced art-to-wear creation. This art jewelry piece will now dangle from a very delighted Julia!
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Sapphire Blue Seaglass in Hoop Earring, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 27 2011
This pretty sapphire blue seaglass piece was pretty just lying on the sand. Of course I could not just leave it to be washed out into the Long Island Sound again -- it needed no more nurturing by the waves & sea floor. I thought a new setting, this time in a deep set once-earring hoop, would show it to its best advantage and I could spin my usual wire cage & design around it. First I kept the seaglass cage simple, then to keep it in place, I extended the silver art wire to the hoop. The spiral loop design grabs the seaglass from the bottom. I finished it with two tiny circles on each side & two levels of wire that close out the top of the hoop where it meets the bale. This futuristic-looking pendant is approximately 1.5 inch in circumference. Your look, whether in blue jeans or evening attire will be complete and stunning with this Art Jewelry piece!
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Sunburst Prism on Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 26 2011
Today's treasure hunt brought me to this frosted ice seaglass piece, next stop a sunshine yellow quartz prism and to bring it all together a not-so-vintage silver-plated copper hoop. The seaglass cage design reached out to harness the prism and then the hoop. I love the freedom of wire and the often resulting pictures of nature that ensue. Here, loopy waves envelope the hoop bringing movement to this art jewelry piece. And just for fun, I dotted the inner design with silver balls. The pendant measures about 2 inches in circumference. Mermaid tears never looked so elegant!
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Art Deco Mother of Pearl Belt Buckles & Buttons, Vintage Lace Collection

Jan 25 2011
Once belt buckles from the 1930's, these antique Mother of Pearl pieces are a statement from the Art Deco period. The luminosity of MOP combined with vintage acrylic buttons in pale pink make this collar stunning ready-to-wear from an art gallery reception to opening day at Yankee stadium. I hand forged the collar from silver non-tarnishing art wire, then cold connect each piece to the crafted collar. No glue or soldering is used here. This design floats on the collarbone and is adjustable in length and comfortable to wear.
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Buddha, Peace Sign, Ball Bead Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 24 2011
Dawn just posted her Facebook profile picture wearing her Vintage Revival Necklace -- this Buddha, Peace Sign & Ball Bead Art Jewelry Piece. I was surprised & excited to see it on her & her once again doing my jewelry major justice on Facebook. Thank you Dawn! I was inspired to begin this piece when I acquired this retro hammered aluminum hoop chain. I wound a vintage ball bead chain in and out of the hammered hoops. Later, I wound wire & turquoise beads to secure both chains in place and to add color. To compliment & finish the piece, I hung a silver peace sign, vintage Buddha, turquoise charm and some ball bearing beads to bring the look of the pendant & necklace chain together. What do you think of this fun & funky piece?
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Phoenix, Starfish, Feather & Skeleton Key, Vintage Revival Lariat

Jan 23 2011
In Feng Shui, the Phoenix symbol brings fame, recognition & wealth. This pewter Phoenix soars among a symbol of the sea, the starfish, an antique skeleton key and a pewter feather. The lariat vintage rope chain is adjustable from choker to 21 inches in length, making this a most versatile piece. It's beauty is only surpassed by its uniqueness. . . .Maureen recently added this lariat to her art jewelry collection.
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Dogtag & Yellow Ribbon Citrine, Gem Revival Cuff

Jan 21 2011
Victoria had been longing to wear her husband's dogtag, but wanted it to be comfortable and artistic. She owns several pieces from my Vintage Mosaic collection and wanted me to incorporate my organic wire work. I used Argentium Sterling Silver in a 24 guage wire, to cage the dogtag and attach it to her Pandora cuff. She chose a 3 carat oval citrine from my gem collection, which would represent her "yellow ribbon" while her husband is on his second tour of duty first in Iraq, then in Afganistan. I originally designed a confection cuff for the dogtag, but changed it to the Pandora Cuff, since Victoria would be wearing it everyday and at work. I wrapped the lemon citrine in an open work organic weave. It dangles from the side so as not to cover her husband's ID info. Victoria can't wait to show Michael her Gem Revival cuff that represents her love for him & missing him!
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I Heart in Sterling, Rhinestones & Chains, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 19 2011
Art Jewelry is close to my heart & this heart is what I think mine would look like in metal, rhinestones & chains. I love how funky things can get when disparate parts are brought together. The rhinestone pieces are vintage, while the chains are the new item on the block that provide movement and a dash of excitement. The Pendant is approximately 1.5 x 1.5 inches & is hung from a silver chain of about 16 inches. Does your heart beat for this art jewelry piece, too?
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Bottleneck Seaglass & Sapphire Blue Shard, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 18 2011
This ice seaglass piece is a lovely frosted white. It's like a snow queen with a cape, but really was originally a bottleneck that took its present form from being tumbled in the Long Island Sound for forever. This bottleneck's curve was too shallow to create my usual angel design. But this sapphire blue seaglass shard was a perfect fit & offered beautiful contrast and a start for my typical organic wire wrap design. The loops and angles are all dictated by the shapes & crevices of the seaglass. There's lots of negative space and whimsy in this cage and frame design. The pendant measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches & is hung froma 16 inch double, soft tiger wire necklace chain. This piece is reversible, as you can see in the second photo!
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Peace Sign on Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 18 2011
A Peace Sign is a thing of beauty with so much meaning, and coupled with these seaglass pieces in ice and amber, it is an organic statement. I wrapped all the pieces in silver art wire and added a pewter bead where there is a missing corner, as is so often the case with seaglass. This art jewelry pendant is hung from a double strand of silver tiger wire of approximately 16 inches. The framed pendant is about 1.5 x 1.5 inches. Are you ready to peace out with the ocean's gems close to your heart?
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Gem Revival Neckace, Sweet Citrine Dream

Jan 16 2011
A gem a day will satisfy any art jewelry sweet tooth. I satisfied my daily need with this eight carat oval Citrine gemstone. It has wonderful golden clarity and beautiful facets. I kept the front cage design and wrap open and loopy, creating many soft turns reminiscent of the highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms of the Art Nouveau period. The wire wrap consists of a 22 gauge, non-tarnishing Argentium Sterling Silver. I use no glue or soldering, but on organic wire wrap design that keeps this deep gem level and raised and allows for light to enter and the facets to shine. It is hung from a 16 inch sterling box chain.
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Sapphire Blue & Emerald Green Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 16 2011
These softly frosted seaglass pieces in Sapphire Blue & Emerald Green make a perfect layered pair. They are cold connected with a silver art wire which becomes part of the design while functioning as a cage. I added an infinity swirl where there is a missing corner in the green seaglass piece. The pendant is approximately 2 x 1.5 inches and is hung from a double strand of soft tiger wire with a magnet closure. The necklace chain is about 15.5 inches. Please let me know if you prefer a different length chain.
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Crescent Moon with a Twist of Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 14 2011
This is one of those art jewelry creations that took on its own life with a mix of very different elements that happen to look nice when combined. I started out with a client's crescent moon piece, added sea glass in pink and art glass in aqua, a quartz crystal bead and the sliver of stained glass in lime green. What makes this piece interesting to me is the cage of silver art wire that resembles waves crashing over the seaglass pieces, mixed with the thick 18 gauge gold art wire which I looped in & around the pendant. The very simple act of adding a vintage silver hoop as a center backing and the large silver coiled split links provided additional intrigue. There ends up being a good deal of action in this once-lonely, but smiling moon! . . .Please share your thoughts on this piece!
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Steampunk, Sword, Star & Horseshoe, Theatre Mask, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 13 2011
Art Jewelry can be full of magic, history & symbolism. And it can be fun & whimsical as in most steampunk art pieces. This example is chock-full of once-moving watch gears, a watch face that once told time for someone, a theatrical face that is full of laughter and finally by the rhinestone symbols of sword, horseshoe & star. I added a sliver of stained glass in royal blue and a chocolate glass bead for color and entwined gold art wire for unity of pieces and to add my signature organic wire work that makes its way according to the pieces that dictate it. . . . What do you think of this Steampunk piece?
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Rhinestone, Faceted Glass & Braided Gold Mesh, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jan 12 2011
Three is a good number in Feng Shui & here in this necklace made of three vintage bracelets. The triple row rhinestone bracelet in silver surround is combined with a wide gold serpentine and a braided gold mesh bracelet. For added pizazz, I connected faceted glass in bezeled links. The final outcome is a handsome combination of metals, sparkle and textures. No need to layer, since that is already done for you, but, as in this pic, there is room for that added simple gemstone pendant. I'm the first to say that more is not always better, but this is an exception. Bring it on, if you're ready to catch everyone's eye with your individuality and love for art jewelry glamour!
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Wolf Howling at the Moon, Vintage Mosaic Pendant

Jan 11 2011
Dale brought in this "Wolf howling at the moon pin" in hopes that I could bring a little something more to it. She wanted to keep it clean & without color. I did my usual walk-about my boutique in search of something that would add a little more in the way of movement. When I spotted this vintage rhinestone "S" pin, the wind came to mind. I had hand-cut & beveled this clear aurora borealis stained glass piece into a sliver & set it at an angle to the moon. The now "windy" pin found its home above the howling wolf with the rhinestones acting as brilliant stars. The odd juxtaposition of both pieces, above & behind the moon pendant added dimension, texture & light to Dale's original pendant. I kept the wire wrap design hidden, in order to let the three pieces dominate. This also kept the design clean & simple, per Dale's request. She now wears her piece proudly and among other jewelry which she loves to layer!
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Emerald Cut Lemon Citrine in Sterling Wire Wrap, Gem Revival Necklace

Jan 10 2011
The holiday shopping season left my Gem Revival collection almost bare, so here is one of the first in this year's collection. This nearly 15 carat Emerald cut Lemon Citrine is clean and a pretty lemon shade as can be seen here in my open cage design of thick Argentium Sterling Silver, which is non-tarnishing. Because of the depth of the stone, I created a build that would keep the stone level, while allowing for the greatest amount of light to enter & facets to shine. This very simple design suits the size of the gemstone, keeping it front and center, secured and something to be worn for all occasions. It is hung from a 16 inch sterling box chain.
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Opal Talisman on Beach Slate, Vintage Gem Revival Necklace

Jan 09 2011
Michael longed to have a talisman close to his heart that represented the energy around him and his work as founder of the ECCoLoV Earth Wellness Center. My goal was to incorporate a gemstone into the art jewelry piece whose energy was positively felt by Michael. I sent him home to live & sleep with the opal. If his dreams were good, then this would indicate that the opal was a good stone for him. Michael made several changes prior to completion. The last was to add a symbolic medal given to him by his mother. As with most of my custom art jewelry creations, there is a great deal of collaboration as I get to know the owner. This important piece is an excellent example with Michael having researched and brought with him much needed ideas. His ECCoLoV Earth Wellness Center explores, through individual and group work, processes for deepening awareness, strengthening vision and creating beauty. I hope that his new talisman helps to bring him this kind of exploration!
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Peach & Pearl Martini, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

Jan 08 2011
Call me a mixologist of sorts. Ice & peach seaglass set a cool stage for this martini-in-name-only. All pieces are "gift wrapped", then combined with additional sterling silver wire in multiple gauges, within a free-form rectangular frame. Crystals in Key lime & ice bicone flank a grade A freshwater pearl at the center of this Mosaic piece. I hand-forged & knotted loops to create an art jewelry necklace from top to bottom. . . .This has long since sold.
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Seaglass, Pearl & Conch, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jan 07 2011
She sells seashells & hunts for seaglass by the seashore, then takes them & puts them together with crystals, pearls & a vintage copper & enameled conch. OK, so maybe not in that order, but you get the picture. I did find these seaglass pieces on a Maine seashore & wrapped each one in sterling silver wire, then again in concert with other pieces until I had a medley of three. This piece was sold at a Chelsea art gallery showing.
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Filigreed Poolside in Aqua & Brass, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 06 2011
With this art jewelry piece, I'm brought to a scene that is poolside beneath a Mediterranean sky. The water looks tempting, but is only a mirage. I placed a hand-cut & beveled stained glass piece in aqua behind a surround of a vintage brass filigreed frame studded with points of turquoise beads. Castanets and a vivid Sea-green gown would befit this piece -- then again, so would blue jeans & a cute T!
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Candy Colored Curves & Designer Dress, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 05 2011
Something slinky & yummy as candy will never fail to catch the eye. This aqua stained glass piece resembles the way we should feel about ourselves: irresistible & playful! Vivid aqua stained glass was hand-cut & beveled into soft curves & made to resemble a dress that flatters. I added micro chains with tiny bead dangles in the colors of candy that resemble the cluster of vintage acrylic beads in the tiger wire chain above, which measures approximately 16 - 18 inches, adjustable. So if you're feeling extra spicy and daring, you'll want to step out in this little Da Vinci number!
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Red Daisy in Blue Jeans, Vintage Lace Necklace

Jan 04 2011
Of Joanne's collection of my Vintage Lace Necklaces, this is her favorite. . . Enamel flower pins & brooches were en vogue in the 1950's & '60's. This Red Daisy pin from that era now resides in a contemporary design as the centerpiece to this Vintage Lace. To provide a vivid & playful contrast, I combined acrylic and bakelite buttons from the same time in blue denim, sherbert pink & rasberry colors. I wove by hand silver art wire into this single row loop/ lace design, which meets with the objects that would become a part of the weave. This design floats on the adorned and can be molded to a comfortable fit.
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Aquamarine in Sterling Silver, Gem Revival Ring

Jan 03 2011
Donna had been in search of a large Aquamarine stone when she found this 3 carat loose gem in my shop. She loved my organic wire wrap weave & set me "loose" to create a ring for her. As with stones with depth, this design necessitated a cradle that would protect the gem, while setting it level. I used one contiguous sterling silver wire to create both the cage and the four band ring. The end result blossomed into a flower design with open weave petals allowing for light to enter and the facets to shine. I've since created earrings and a necklace to complete Donna's set.
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Royal Blue Seaglass on Chocolate Pebble, Beach Gem Necklace

Jan 02 2011
Sometimes simple is better. The Chocolate pebble was the perfect backdrop for the intense color and beauty of this royal blue seaglass. Here, both beach gems are wedded with silver art wire in a symmetrical cold connected design. It is hung from a double silver tiger wire necklace that is adjustable from about 16 - 18 inches (not shown in pic). This art jewelry pendant will bring you praise & attention from lovers of seaglass & treasure hunters everywhere!
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Springtime in Rasberry & Lime Sorbet, Da Vinci Necklace

Jan 01 2011
When I started creating art jewelry, one of my first mediums was sea glass, which I searched for on coast of Maine. I quickly realized that I longed to add color & variety to my creations, so I began to incorporate stained glass. I was able to create shapes & soften/ bevel the edges. Now I had every color & texture beneath the rainbow with which to work. . . . Here, the colors come from a sorbet palette of raspberry & lime. I added a vintage enameled chrysanthemum, Austrian crystals & art glass beads, all wrapped in sterling silver wire. The pendant is a hand-forged sterling wire rectangle frame softened by the yellow/ lime squiggle of glass with a backdrop of negative space and raspberry stained glass. Altogether, the look on the adorned is that of Springtime at its peak. The pendant measures approximately 2.5 x 2 inches, while the chain length is about 15 inches, adjustable to about 17 inches.
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Copper & Gold Hoops & Chain, Vintage Revival Earrings

Dec 31 2010
Maureen was visiting family in town (she works in the fashion industry in Manhattan) when she popped into my boutique yesterday. She said she is always in search of jewelry that is so different. She only had a few minutes to shop before her ride back to the city. A quick whirlwind tour and she'd narrowed her purchases down to this Vintage Revival Earring piece & several others. . . . So many of us love our hoop earrings. Well, I multiplied that love times three using vintage gold plated & copper hoops and added a sprinkle of vintage gold chain. If you're like me, and love to be seen because of your jewelry, then you'll love the nods this Asymmetrical set of vintage hoops brings you! The lowest hoop hangs about 2.5 inches from the bottom of the earwire, while the chain extends to about 4 inches in length.
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Bridal Bouquet Around You, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 30 2010
This bouquet was caught by Deborah!  She'll wear this art jewelry piece to work, her son's games or to the grocery.  I know, because this is about her thirtieth piece from my collections! . . . . Something borrowed and never blue, this Vintage Revival collection comes in the form of multiple rhinestone chains, faux pearls, pave rhinestone charm & gold toned bar link cable chains.  All come together as does a bridal bouquet -- just the thing to make the bride be her best on her special day.  Want to feel like that always???
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Copper & Sterling Earrings & Beads, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 29 2010
There is no end to the fun when sorting through vintage odds & ends that were once-earrings, and beads removed from their former necklaces. As is often the case, I'll begin a composition in this way -- setting pieces side-by-side until something takes form in the way of a necklace or other art-to-wear piece. In order to break up all the silver, I added a bit of aqua in beads toward the center. This piece is full of geometric patterns & negative space, making for an intriguing art jewelry necklace that will never be duplicated!
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Blue Topaz in Sterling, Gem Revival Pendant

Dec 28 2010
David came by on Christmas Eve in hopes of finding that special gift for his girlfriend. Unfortunately I was closed early :(. He returned today to find that he could still find something since, although Christmas had passed, Lori's birthday had arrived! He selected her birthstone, Blue Topaz that you see here. . . . I've given this almost 2 carat Blue Topaz the royal treatment in sterling silver. My wire design takes on its own flair as the stone dictates which direction I take. To keep the back from wobbling, I build a base & throughout the wrap, assure that light is able to compliment every facet. This is a lovely Topaz that sparkles in any light & will make your eyes twinkle in like! Those who catch a glimpse of you will not miss your Gem Revival art-to-wear creation. It is heavenly!
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Hamsa & Azurite in 14 KT Gold Cage, Gem Revival Necklace

Dec 27 2010
Marsha selected both the Azurite & Hamsa for their beauty and protective qualities. I secured this 14 KT gold Hamsa charm and twisted, heavy guage wire to complete her art jewelry pendant. The 14 KT wire was originally designed as a choker. I refashioned it into a cage design to protect the Azurite. The face of the pendant left room for the Hamsa to dangle in contrast to the highly textured Azurite. Both the symbol and the stone will carry not only protection for Marsha, but beauty that is both artful and majestic!
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Seaglass Marble, Beach Gem Collection

Dec 26 2010
Bill has been bringing in his found seaglass pieces for several years, for design consultations that would culminate in beautiful pendants for his wife, Judy. He found this seaglass marble at Block Island. I created a simple cage surround in Argentium Sterling Silver, which is non-tarnishing. This is art jewelry in its simplest and most organic form. My goal was to keep the marble protected and beautifully balanced with simple lines, so the marble remains the focal point.
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Murano White Stained Glass, Pearls & Swarovski Crystal, Da Vinci Necklace

Dec 26 2010
Sue Ellen chose this Art Jewelry necklace from my Da Vinci Collection for her sister's Christmas gift. The story is, her sister wants some glamour in her life. She is a school teacher who lives in a town where nothing really happens. So Sue Ellen thought this would be a perfect gift for her to open & enjoy throughout the year & especially when she wants to add spark to her day or night. . . . I hand cut & beveled stained glass that has a "Murano" glass effect, and wrapped each piece in heavy gauge gold-filled wire. The leaf trellis pin is a vintage piece which I repurposed into a pendant and added grade A freshwater pearls & Swarovski crystal gems to. This is another art jewelry piece that could most certainly complete a Tudor Queen's wardrobe!
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Chain Link Framed Beach Gem Pebble & Seaglass Necklace

Dec 24 2010
I love the Tudor period when art jewelry reigned supreme. This piece would be more likely worn by a maiden in more modest attire. It would show her love of the earth and the sea with its pure gems of beach pebble & a soft royal blue seaglass piece strewn onto the sand, awaiting a new life eternal as displayed here. The silver link chain surround brings to mind the chain mail commonly used in armor. And, now that I think of it, this piece could represent a shield in organic form. It hangs from a vintage chain, approximately 16 inches, that alternates micro-serpentine chain & the same multi-link used in the pendant. So be ready to feel both beautiful & armed for anything that comes your way with this piece around you!
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Pearls on Leaf, Seaglass & Swarovski Crystals, Apple Vintage Mosaic

Dec 23 2010
The pair of faux pearls cradled in a golden sheath of leaves came from a circa 1950 necklace. I loved the sculptural simplicity they conveyed, so I brought them together with a lovely frosted ice seaglass piece plucked from my beach off the Long Island Sound. The faceted Swarovski crystals add light and more elegance to this Apple shaped Vintage Mosaic. It measures approximately 1.75 inches in diameter. All pieces were cold connected with gold art wire, then fitted within the silver-toned hoop. This art jewelry piece hangs from a silver-toned thin & sturdy cobra chain of approximately 16 inches.
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Turquoise Turtle, Ruby Cufflink & Carousel Pendant, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 22 2010
Art Jewelry comes in as many forms as there are ideas, hopes & dreams. Kitty & Amy wanted to create a necklace that would represent their friend's passions & loves. They walked around my boutique picking up trinkets that made them think of her. I selected the cube chalk turquoise beads to incorporate in the necklace & to help bring it all together. The gold art wire design around the cufflink served the purpose of creating a bale for connecting, as well as, balancing it in size with the turtle. The carousel pendant includes rhinestones that match the ruby glass cufflink & the turquoise in the turtle. I love the combination of these once disparate pieces. They so belong, now!
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Turquoise Bead Cluster on Ice Seaglass, Beach Gem Collection

Dec 21 2010
This softly frosted ice seaglass piece lays in lovely contrast to a dainty cluster of turquoise chalk beads. I've created a soft wire wrap in silver art wire which, in the front creates a sweet oval frame. The pendant measures approximately 1.5 x 1 inch and is hung from a thin silver plate cobra chain of approximately 16 inches. If the sea & sky are what you long for, then this Beach Gem will fulfill your art jewelry wish.
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Daisy, Buttons & Beads, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Dec 20 2010
This daisy's center rhinestone is peridot in color and its petals, as reflected in the vintage acrylic beads, are lemon. I've contrasted all this sunshine with a shimmery matte green vintage button & bead. My Vintage Cloud design utilizes tiger wire to frame and create loops that softly wind their way in and out of the focal points of interest. For those who want to venture into statement jewelry, but shy away from chunky, this is the perfect middle. Although the design is delicate looking, it is sturdy -- if this pendant is crumpled, it will bounce right back into form. This lovely floral & button piece will draw the attention of art jewelry lovers everywhere.
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Flower, Hummingbird & Butterfly in Gold & Rhinestone Garden, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 19 2010
These once earrings, pins & buttons longed to grow into something special. Here they are a garden of many delights. Jewelry orphans no more, they offer a golden light contrasting w/ black, cream, gold & rhinestone in the form of flowers and sweet butterfly & hummingbird. If you love art, a lovely garden & nature all around you, then this one-of-a-kind piece will serve you well & bring you lots of nods of appreciation from lovers of art & nature, too!
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Flower & Swarovski Crystal Buttons, Vintage Lace Necklace

Dec 19 2010
Dave had been maneuvering his girlfriend away from my boutique so that he'd be the first to discover my art jewelry and surprise her with his choices. This Vintage Lace is one of two he selected, both complete with matching earrings. . . . . I love the combination of Blues & Browns & found a beautiful combination of these colors in these acrylic powder blue once earrings & Swarovski crystal faceted buttons. The silver backdrop of art wire & once earring flowers, leaf & half globes add a festive flair. So if you're ready to take on the town in as elegant and artful a pose as this, then be sure you step out with my most recent Vintage Lace creation. . . Kariann's vintage lace design is handwoven from silver art wire. This design floats on the adorned & molds comfortably to your contours! So wear it in comfort & with beauty in mind!
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Writer's Quill, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 19 2010
Susan wanted to hit another one out of the park with her next gift to her daughter who has loved every piece from my boutique so far. This gift will hold extra significance since it will represent her daughter's move from home to college. Susan shared that Liza's passion is writing and her plan is to major in journalism. I had repurposed a quill pen pin into a charm pendant, which Susan thought was perfect for Liza. In order to give a little pizazz and add to its design, I selected this art deco style vintage pair of earrings & repurposed them here. What do you think?
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Chartreuse Sea Glass, Garnet, Ruby & Pearls, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 17 2010
Deborah had been purchasing vintage jewelry from my boutique. She had been warming up to some of my art jewelry designs & decided one day to bring in her fine jewelry given to her that belonged to her mom. Problem was, she did not wear any of it. She hoped that I could recreate a piece for her out of these sentimental gems which included 14 kt Marquise cut Ruby ring, Garnet earrings and a strand of Pearls. She chose the Chartreuse sea glass piece and sterling silver for the wire medium. I cut the ring band and twisted it so that it could become a delicate addition to the composition. All pieces were wrapped in the loose swirl of sterling silver wire in 22 and 26 gauge thickness. The teardrop shape accommodated all the elements while keeping with an elegant overall look. . . . What do you think?
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Bullseye Aqua & Sea Foam Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 16 2010
Glennette came to my shop after seeing my website & my jewelry on their owners at the Water's Edge Spa in Westbrook, CT. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia & planned the trip to my shop when back in CT. When she tried this Beach Gem Necklace on, it was a clear choice. It was as if she had dressed for it. The patterns and colors on her outfit so complimented the necklace that her decision was made. . . . This sweet Beach Gem is lovely with blue jeans or perfect for your casual night out on the town. The bullseye art glass bead complements the sea foam colored sea glass for a playful combination. With this one, everyone will want what you have!
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Smiley Face, Peace Sign & Flower, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 15 2010
One lucky Flower Child will be receiving this Vintage Revival Necklace for Christmas! These vintage earrings and pendants have been repurposed into a necklace chain that will make any grey day go away and memories of "make love not war" resurface. Necklace is adjustable from approximately 16 - 22 inches.
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Mermaid & Seaglass at High Tide, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 14 2010
This Mermaid is full of emotion during the moon's high tide. She pauses among the waves of sterling silver wire and a wall of Ice Sea glass & aqua stained glass that surround her. I use no glue or soldering in my designs, rather a free form design with wire that wraps & cages each piece, and becomes its own story, in this case the waves that swirl around a mermaid full of longing.
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Tuxedo Cufflinks in Emerald, Sapphire & Mother of Pearl, Vintage Lace Necklace

Dec 13 2010
Emerald & Sapphire Glass cabachon cufflinks mix with gold, silver, brass and Mother of Pearl cufflinks. These vintage accessories all were regular party-goers and office staples once-upon-a-time. Now they are beautiful relics of the past brought into the present in the form of Sculpture-to-Wear. The mix of colors and textures will make any outfit, from jeans to evening wear a stunning ensemble. My Vintage Lace design is handwoven from non-tarnishing silver art wire. This design floats on the adorned & molds comfortably to your contours! So wear it in comfort & with beauty in mind! It measures approximately 15 - 18 inches with extender chain for added versatility.
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Garden of Crystals & Flowers on Stained Glass Trellis, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 12 2010
This garden is lit from within and full of surprises, from the floral crystals to the trellis made of hand cut & beveled stained glass in aurora borealis pink, moss green and textured mirror. This all began from a vintage pin of crystals, now repurposed into a pendant and tended onto the art trellis of glass. The final piece de resistance is the caged crystals hung from below. This airy trinket moves and catches the light from above and beyond. The overall twinkling effect is as lovely as a dew-filled garden in May and longs to adorn a lover of gardens and all things of nature and art!!! Pendant measures approximately 2.5 x 2.5 inches & hangs from a double strand of tiger wire about 16 inches with strong magnet closure.
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Swan in Sea Glass & Crystals, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 11 2010
This lovely swan has taken on the colors of the sea and sky. Seafoam sea glass poses below a wing of hand carved & beveled stain glass in aqua. I repurposed the original vintage swan from a pin and began to add color, with the intention of keeping the beauty of the swan's form. Four smaller and one large faceted crystal bring light to this regal bird. She is hung from a double strand of Tiger wire in gold and silver tone, adjustable from approximately 16 - 18 inches.
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Rhinestone, Seaglass Dove & Pebble, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 10 2010
Art and nature gave "wing" to this dove which represents love and peace. A beautiful sea glass piece in aqua is paired with a wing of stained glass; and to complete the composition, I backed additional layers of sea pebble, Austrian faceted crystals and a faux flower pearl with a rhinestone frame. This pendant measures approximately 2.5 x 2 inches & hangs from a vintage silvertone chain of about 16 inches.
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Sea Glass, Pearl & Quartz Crystal, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Dec 09 2010
Maureen just added this Vintage Mosaic Apple to her jewelry collection which includes several Vintage Clouds, many Vintage Revivals and Beach Gem Necklace sets. I created earrings in gun metal & cream faux pearl to compliment this freshwater pearl, quartz & ice seaglass Apple Mosaic and to begin her set. Maureen shared that she now plans her wardrobe and daily outfits around her jewelry. Pretty cool!!!
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Dragon, Fairies & the Crab, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 08 2010
Kitty asked that I create a charm pendant from the symbols that represent her passions and essence. Part of my goal was to keep all symbols evident and the construction aesthetically balanced and pleasing. The final effect is a lovely medallion look, although all the parts are moving.
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Cufflinks & MOP, Vintage Lace Necklace

Dec 07 2010
I absolutely love the idea of cufflinks as decorative accents for my Vintage Lace design. Since it's hard to find cool cufflinks that are suitably sized for this purpose, the few that I've created have all sold. This Lace necklace utilizes vintage cufflinks whose materials range from gold & silver tone to Mother of Pearl and Beveled Art Glass. My Lace design is woven by hand and is comfortable as it can conform to your neck & decolletage. It is closed via toggle clasp and measures about 17 inches. I can change it to adjustable from 15 - 18 if preferred, with lobster clasp closure. This smart, handsome, sculptural and vintage-made-modern art jewelry piece will have all your friends in awe!
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Carnelian Hart & Agate Strand, Gem Revival Necklace

Dec 06 2010
This necklace is a cornucopia of agate stones and vintage metal beads. I scooped up semi-precious stones that reflect this harvest time of the year. I wanted to create something different, along the lines of my mosaic collection. The difference here is that the mosaic design is concentrated in the necklace strand rather than my usual pendant design. Because there is so much abundance of color and texture in the chain, I kept the pendant simple by caging a carnelian heart very loosely with copper art wire, the same wire used in the necklace strand. It's thin which allows for some structure to the chain, and flexibility at the same time. This piece was snatched up by a Kathy. . . .Please share your thoughts on this fun and one-of-a-kind creation and, of course, let me know if I can create your very own ooak necklace!!!!
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Crystal Ball, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 05 2010
In the middle of a treasure trove of antique and vintage jewelry pieces was this crystal globe. I paired it with a sparkling chain of glass beads in white and crystal. This hung for a short time in my front window display, reflecting all the light of day and the mystery of its own history. It is now its new owner's favorite piece that she hopes to pair with many of her other jewels, all symbolic and beautiful.
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Metal Hearts, Hoops & Feathers, Vintage Revival Earrings

Dec 04 2010
John came into my shop hoping to secure a candy cane. He soon discovered that the candy canes he saw me toting were merely decoration for my new street sign. Lucky for his girlfriend, though, since John decided to take a look around. He selected this Vintage Revival Earring set for her. . . . These asymmetrical earrings strike a stunning pose against any color hair. Hammered silver hearts are the common element and a bright backdrop to hoops that dangle alongside metal feathers. These measure approximately 2.5 inches from the bottom of the shepard's hook earwire. I have a full head of dark hair that competes with most earrings, however, this daring pair is no wallflower -- rather, it is like having a moving canvas of lovely light complementing your every mood!
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Baby Blue Bouquet, Brass & Crystal strands, Vintage Revival Necklace

Dec 04 2010
What could be more fun than throwing a bouquet? Easy, wearing one that accents your own baby blues or your love of all thing blue such as the sea & sky. Combine that bouquet with varied lengths of brass bar chain and throw in a dash of faceted crystal in round & bicone, with you as the purveyor of all this beauty, and you are the life of any party! Necklace is adjustable, but please let me know your ideal length. All pieces are vintage or antique in age. Don't be too late for this party! Order now & receive it in time for the holidays!
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Donna's Barbados Da Vinci Necklace

Dec 04 2010
This is one of the designs Donna had in mind for me to create. She wanted me to bring new life to the multi-strand of gold seed beads. I created a Harlequin design using her strand of black bicone crystal beads & a strand of satin rope. In order to keep the shape & design, I secured the bicone & satin strands with a gold loop. Finally, I created a double strand of gold & black organza which could be shortened or lengthened by simply pulling them through a tightened hoop. This is one of her many pieces which I created in time for her Barbados trip. Bon Voyage, Donna!
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Garnet Stained Glass, Sterling, Rhinestone & Pearls, Da Vinci Earrings

Dec 02 2010
This is the Da Vinci Earring set which I selected to complete a gift set. Jon chose the Beach Gem Necklace from the previously blog listing. The common elements are the Garnet in the Necklace whose rich red is reflected in the stained glass & enamel on sterling design. The triangle shapes come into play in both necklace & earrings and, finally, I added four oval freshwater pearls, which is a common gem found in the pendant design. Jon let me know that the earrings were what he was hoping for!
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Goddeess Garnet & Pearl on Seashell & Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Dec 01 2010
Jonathan ran into my boutique & broke his own record time of selecting a necklace and earrings that would flatter and compliment his girlfriend. He left me to create the earrings based on this Beach Gem Necklace, which he purchased. The next post will showcase the earrings from my Da Vinci collection & which will pair beautifully with this Garnet & Pearl Beach Gem Necklace described here. . . These two triangle beach gems were tossed onto my beach after a tremendous storm. The garnet & pearl in sterling bezel set is an earring orphan. I kept this open caged design simple and without a frame because the shapes & frosted nature of this seafoam sea glass offered plenty of intrigue & stately beauty without the need for a lot of fuss. I see Morgaine of the fairies, from the time of Merlin & King Arthur, wearing this Beach Gem one-of-a-kind piece!
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Teardrop, Lucite & Leaf, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 30 2010
This lovely leaf in teardrop design is a statement in Sculpture-To-Wear using Vintage jewelry orphans that are from the 1960's & 70's. Each part moves and dances with you, while keeping with the essential shape and design. This pendant glows from a combination of the lucite beads and bright gold plate of the swirled & leaf drops. All are hung from a thick rope gold plate chain that dates from 1970's. Please let me know if you prefer a different chain length or design, as I can custom alter free of charge. This stunning design is lovely when worn with an open decolletage top or dress and is aching to step out into your every day from noon'til night.
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Red Cherry, Mint & Gold Confection Collection Earrings

Nov 28 2010
These little Confection Collection treats are perfect for merry-making this holiday season. Spun in silver art wire & filled with matte gold beads, candy-colored red & a bit of mint glass bead; you'll feel that you are ready to bring a spark of cheer to your every festive occasion. And to top that, you'll be the only one to own this one-of-a-kind earring set. Let your season begin in style!!!
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Aqua Orchid Petals, Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 26 2010
Sometimes I'll get in that greenhouse mode & decide to grow a flower out of my many vintage earring orphans. This piece is composed of earrings with matches which allowed me to create a more symmetrical look. I filled in the empty spaces with bicone aqua glass beads, which all point to the center floral composition, an orchid the color of the sea & sky. It blossoms from a once pin, now repurposed & taking center stage in a very different role. My hand wrought Vintage Lace design finishes the earring strand, giving this a filigreed design that is comfortable & adjustable from approximately 15 - 18 inches. Please let me know if you care for a different length. Adjustments are free of charge!!! This piece is a stunner & will bring you raves from both botanical and art jewelry lovers who are fortunate to happen upon you!
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Rhinestone Corner & the Blues & Bubbles, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Nov 25 2010
This little Vintage Mosaic is full of whimsy & charm. I started with a corner rhinestone frame, added a trio of stained glass in aqua, carribean blue & textured mirror to create a Picasso-like art in frame that should be worn. An open filigree frame in swirls make this a tempting rectangle chock full of surprises that call both to a winter wonderland and the colors of a tropical sea. Small turquoise beads and faceted crystal in olive add to the allure. So, if you want to be a part of a tantalizing package, here is your chance! The approximately 2 x 1.5 inch pendant is hung from a double silver tiger wire of about 15 - 16 inches. Please let me know if you would prefer a different length (free of charge)!
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Alicia's Contemporary Teardrop Mosaic Necklace

Nov 22 2010
This was Alicia's first choice when deciding between many of my collections. I began by wrapping in Sterling Silver a seafoam seaglass piece and juxtaposing Swarovski crystals in bi-cone blue, faceted aurora borealis cube & round beads. I kept the frame simple in a teardrop shape & added a few swirls while keeping a balance of negative space throughout. The final touch was an amber Austrian teardrop crystal. . . . You, too, can have a one-of-a-kind Mosaic. I'd love to create for you, too!!!
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Alicia's Rhinestone Flower on Aqua Raft, Da Vinci Necklace

Nov 21 2010
Alicia could not make a decision when selecting from four pieces, so she purchased them all. This was one of her choices . . . how sweet & simply elegant does this necklace count the ways. A seafoam center rhinestone flower sits atop its raft of aqua stained glass. The wavy ocean below is at its most serene. Can you lay back & relax like this flower, taking in the beautiful sky above?
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Butterflies Love Bling, Too!, Vintage Revival Earrings

Nov 20 2010
These butterflies are curious to see what the gold, hammered vintage windows are about. They are attracted to the contrast of negative space within rich gold squares that boast a pebbled design. Both butterflies dance separately from the squares, which are not for the lighthearted due to their size & weight. So if you love a stunning design, with the prettiest vintage butterflies dancing before a magical stage, and you don't mind some heft, then this asymmetrical earring set is for you!
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2.5 Carat Amethyst, Gem Revival Necklace

Nov 19 2010
Alex brought in his girlfriend to see what she'd like for Christmas. She was very shy, so I pointed out a Peridot & Blue Topaz from my Gem Revival Collection. Both she & Alex loved the gems' delicate wrap design in sterling silver. They next selected this 2.5 carat Amethyst from my extensive collection of loose gemstones. The aim was to keep the design simple, while letting the gem take front & center stage. When I wrap a gem, I take into consideration the depth of the stone, among other things. This amethyst back was pointed, so I built a teardrop that would cradle the gem so it would lay flat when worn. From there I constructed a larger teardrop shape that would encase the front. I use no soldering or glue, but a contiguous wire wrap & design that allows for the most light to reflect through the gem & its facets. . . . I would love to create a Gem Revival Necklace with your favorite gem or birthstone for you!
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Lilacs, Fan & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Nov 18 2010
This little window was bare except for the gold pot, which was an opportunity to go shopping (in my boutique, of course!). I found the perfect combination of flowers, seaglass and a fan. I "planted" a vintage lilac pin, whose backing I removed; and set an ice seaglass piece as a backdrop. The fan offered a cute counterbalance to a trio of black aurora borealis Austrian crystals and the lovely lilacs. The final touch was a lilac Swarovski bi-cone crystal. All the pieces were wrapped into the composition with jeweler's bronze wire. This pretty window measures approximately 2 by 1.5 inches and is hung from a triple gold tiger wire of about 15 inches and finished with a gold magnet connector. Your garden of art requires no weeding or water, just a love of jewelry that is unique and one-of-a-kind!
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Donna's Barbados Da Vinci Necklace

Nov 17 2010
Donna's Da Vinci Collection has expanded alongside her wardrobe. In anticipation of her next trip to Barbados, she purchased additional dresses & bathing suits. One of her dresses is a flowing silk in reds & grays. With her dress in hand, I carried over sheets & cut pieces of stained glass to locate a perfect match. I hand cut & beveled the selected pieces and added a trio of gray quartz crystal chips for lovely contrast. All were wrapped in gold filled wire and hung from a tiger wire chain of gold & silver. . . .I'd love to create a Da Vinci piece for you from my huge collection of stained glass in many colors, textures & levels of transparency!
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Andrea's 19th Century Jade & 14 KT Gold Cuff, Vintage Revival Collection

Nov 16 2010
Andrea came into my boutique with her husband and reminded me that she was first in three years ago when I first opened. She brought in her highly prized & valuable 19th Century Mutton Fat Jade Bracelet. Having seen my wire work, she felt that I might be able to create a protective sculptural cage for her cuff, which had broken in half. For contrast I mixed Argentium sterling silver, which is non-tarnishing; a 14 KT gold heavy gauge wire and vintage sterling silver round beads. Not only did Andrea love her new cuff, but she felt comforted that if it fell again, there would be a greatly reduced chance of breakage. . . .I love bringing cherished pieces back to life, whether broken, outdated or missing its match! Bring yours in & we will create around your color & style preferences!
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Cleopatra's Brass & Baby Blue Dangle, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 16 2010
Cleopatra would have loved wearing this Vintage Revival Necklace with her draped attire & even more if Blue stretch Jeans were a part of her day! The earthy patina of this antique brass collar allows for all day wear, while the crystal dangles beneath acrylic faceted baby blue beads offer an elegant shimmy & shake. The blue once-clip-on earring was repurposed to take center stage. If there is a belly dancer dying to make her entrance, then this necklace was made for you!
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Lori's Custom Peapod Earrings, Vintage Revival Collection

Nov 14 2010
Lori had been searching for a pair of earrings to match her Jade Pendant for a long time. She brought it in so we could begin to design around it if something could not be found. We walked around my boutique & spotted a pair of earrings that reflected the flowery, petal-like motif surrounding the Jade cabachons. I then began showing Lori vintage beads removed from once-necklace & bracelets. She chose the glass beads you see here, since their match in color was very close to her jade. I used argentium sterling silver to hand forge the peapod/ petal design which would cradle the larger bead. Now Lori has earrings made just for her & which compliment her pendant perfectly!. . Please let me know if I can complete a set for you, too!
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Butterfly & Flower, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 14 2010
How to dress up an already sculptural vintage link necklace? Just wait & maybe it will grow a flower, and just maybe a butterfly will enter this ornamental garden for a rest. Then I will come along and freeze this moment in time so that it can be worn proudly & shared with all who do a double take at the owner who clearly has a love of nature and all things beautiful! And then you come along and say -- wait, that owner is me!!!
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Little Birdie on a Branch, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 12 2010
This little Birdie can fly, but likes his view from among vintage brass chains and a vintage wooden & milk glass bead strand. As a peek-a-boo counterpoint, I placed a 1920's Mother of Pearl belt buckle on opposite strands. This Vintage Revival Piece can be worn with jeans and into the night when out for an adventure in any attire!
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Snow Queen's Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 11 2010
It's not quite winter, thank goodness, but here is a lovely reminder of the beauty of winter's colors when in full blossom. A vintage strand of alternating faux pearls & crystals bordered by filigreed end caps continue their effect into the pendant. As with all snow drifts this piece extends its winter wonderland with three droplets of creamy snowball pearls that point to the frozen landscape of three filigreed leaves & one flower that refuses to wilt. The silver piece once served as a lovely pin. Altogether, this one-of-a-kind necklace will look fabulous in any season and especially in that dress that's looking for that extra bit of sparkle & bliss!
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Leaf Me Be, Vintage Revival Asymmetrical Necklace

Nov 10 2010
This Vintage Revival Necklace is a distillation of two necklaces, one bracelet & one brooch. Art Deco angles and circles in the Leaf brooch & brass chain lend contrast to the faux pearl & rhinestone bracelet, making asymmetry and antique pose as art & glam respectively. The antique leaf has been much loved with the odd rhinestone replaced by gold leafing, adding to its age and character. Let the art lover turned leaf peeper in you out with this piece!
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Red, Blue & Brass Flamenco, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 09 2010
Throw in some brass & copper chain, flaming red flowers & beads, an exquisite open work plaque, and you'd better have a big enough dance floor for all the action this piece is ready to give. All these parts are vintage or antique, so carry their own bit of history into this Vintage Revival Necklace. Are you ready to Tango or Flamenco???
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Heavy Metal Elegance, Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 08 2010
Combining power & beauty doesn't always require power tools or a facelift. Instead, I went for the softer approach by bringing once earrings, which brought the element of nuts & bolts, rivets and the drilled look into my Vintage Lace Design. To soften the overall effect I added dyed baby blue jade & pearls to the center earring. . . . This handwoven design floats on the adorned, making it lightweight, balanced & comfortable. It is also adjustable, as I include an extender chain. . . . This beauty is sold, but do let me know if I can create one for you in colors that you love and, if you like, with a theme in mind. Garden, kitties, ocean . . . my boutique has got it all, ready to be made just for you!
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Curly Cue, Mirror Da Vinci Earrings

Nov 07 2010
I combined whimsical post earrings with my stained glass mirror pieces to create fun, fandangled, yet elegant statement earrings. They are in keeping with my asymmetrical, while balanced look. . . .These are sold, but do let me know if I can create a one-of-a-kind set of earrings just for you, using stained glass for starters!
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Annalisa's Onyx & 24 KT Gold Leafed Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 06 2010
Annalisa cherished this Onyx cabachon, but did not know what to do with it. She chose my Vintage Lace design in which to complete it. I created a simple cage in which to hold it & wove it into my handwoven lace design. This design floats on the adorned, making it lightweight, balanced & comfortable. It is also adjustable, as I include an extender chain. . . . This beauty is sold, but do let me know if I can create one for you in colors that you love and, if you like, with a theme in mind. Garden, kitties, ocean . . . my boutique has got it all, ready to be made just for you!
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Modern Yin & Yang, Vintage Revival Asymmetrical Earrings

Nov 05 2010
Which one is Yin & which one is Yang? This asymmetrical pair come together as the universe intended -- OK, that's a pretty grand statement for a pair of earrings, but doesn't everything around us carry a certain kind of energy? So I'm sticking with my statement. Regardless, you can wear anything & be the ultimate in modeling art-to-wear with this lightweight, whimsical creation. There is lots of movement, especially with all the spinning parts in gold & silver below. People will reflect on your piece as well as from the mirror like gold disc that is the common element. Do dare in life & do buy this pair to get that dare going! They are fun & so will you be when you take them for a spin!!!!
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Thaia's Custom Vintage Lace Necklace

Nov 04 2010
Thaia's friends wondered why she went so far from home to buy her jewelry. She let them know that this is not your ordinary jewelry store! On her third visit, she brought in her dress whose colors & patterns splashed in the vivid blues & greens you see here. She had chosen the Vintage Lace Collection from which to begin her design. I pulled from plates, jars & glasses of beads until I spotted these gold foiled glass & Austrian crystal beads. They were woven into the hand-wrought lace design. This design floats on the adorned, making it lightweight & balanced. It is also adjustable, as I include an extender chain. . . . This beauty is sold, but do let me know if I can create one for you in colors that you love and, if you like, with a theme in mind. Garden, kitties, ocean . . . my boutique has got it all, ready to be made just for you!
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Rhinestone Bridal Charm, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 03 2010
Exquisite, daring and One-of-a-Kind all describe this sculpted collar, created out of non-tarnishing aluminum 16 guage wire. It connects in front where a clever hook/ bale meet with a 1940's rhinestone pendant drop, repurposed from a clip on earring. Perfect for the Bride as she takes those precious steps down the aisle and perfect for every evening, thereafter!
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Convertible Brass, Gold & Silver Beads & Chain, Vintage Revival Necklace

Nov 02 2010
Old chains are so often neglected and tossed. These are the very things I search for and breath new life into. Here is an eclectic, yet balanced, mix of gold, brass and silver multi-textured chains & beads, which is convertible from necklace to multi-layered bracelet with toggle closure. Have you been looking for a versatile piece that can be worn from day into evening? Look no further, this multi-strand one-of-a-kind piece is all that and more, just like you!
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Copper & Gold Hoops & Chain, Vintage Revival Earrings

Nov 01 2010
So many of us love our hoop earrings. Well, I multiplied that love times three using vintage gold plated & copper hoops and added a sprinkle of vintage gold chain. If you're like me, and love to be seen because of your jewelry, then you'll love the nods this Asymmetrical set of vintage hoops brings you! The lowest hoop hangs about 2.5 inches from the bottom of the earwire, while the chain extends to about 4 inches in length.
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Creamy Orchid, Chrysanthemum & Button, Vintage Lace Necklace

Oct 31 2010
We typically need color & nature in our lives to remind us that life is rich & beautiful. This Vintage Lace is mild in the color sense, but abounds with the beauty of vintage acrylic buttons and flowers that were once-pins and earrings. They rest on my handwoven lace design that allows for lots of goodies, while keeping everything in place and with comfort in mind. This design floats on the adorned, making it lightweight & balanced. It is also adjustable, as I include an extender chain. . . . This beauty is sold, but do let me know if I can create one for you in colors that you love and, if you like, with a theme in mind. Garden, kitties, ocean . . . my boutique has got it all, ready to be made just for you!
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Debbie's Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 30 2010
Debbie brought two of her co-workers and a bag-full of seaglass she had collected into my shop. She left with two custom orders from my Beach Gem collection underway. This Beach Gem Necklace is constructed with ice & seafoam sea glass, caged by Argentium Sterling Silver, which is non-tarnishing. The handformed eternity scroll completes the slight negative space to the right. These pieces glow from all the frosting gained by being tossed around the ocean floor. I can't wait to show her her pieces. . . . Please let me know if I can create your own Beach Gem necklace from yours or my collection of sea glass!
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Whimsical Confetti, Vintage Revival Earrings

Oct 30 2010
This carousel of color makes me think of confetti exploding on the scene. I had wonderful material to work with in four vintage earring sets. So you see I'm not afraid to pull apart what others would find already mint. The mix takes place on varied levels while the pink enamel square is the one common factor keeping the composition balanced. We could all use a splash of fun and here, that would be contagious as others take a peek and then a double-take at you!
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Heart, Windows & Baby Blue Lucite, Vintage Revival Earrings

Oct 28 2010
They say that our eyes are the windows to our souls; well here is a set of windows that are the soul of this Vintage Revival Asymmetrical Earring set. I played with varied & similar shapes in beads & window charms to keep it whimsical & balanced. There is a lot of dance to this very lightweight design. Several long strands of serpentine chain dangle from behind to lend added depth & dimension. Length is about 3 inches from the bottom of the earwire. This pair will delight all and bring you lots of admirers!
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Leaf & Fan Lariat, Vintage Revival Collection

Oct 28 2010
This sculptural lariat starts with a vintage leaf brooch which I repurposed into a pendant. The 28 inch vintage goldtoned chain connects permanently to the top of the leaf branch and passes through the open work of one of the leaves. This chain adjusts from choker length to about 28 inches. The bottom charm is a vintage goldplated fan with faux onyx cabachon. I've hung a large acrylic "onyx" bead behind the fan, so whichever way it turns, there is beauty. I love the elegance and simplicity that this combination affords. It will bring all eyes to you!
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Bat Mitzvah Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 26 2010
This was a custom design for Alie, who was celebrating her Batmitzvah. I handforged the initials & layered them atop a kelly green sea glass piece & that atop a triangle seashell. . . .I'd love to create your very own personalized Beach Gem necklace. Just let me know your favorite seaglass colors, silver vs gold wire & your initials for starters. . .
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Vintage Daisy & Pearl Necklace, Kariann's Budget Collection!

Oct 25 2010
This is the first piece listed in my newest & most Budget-Friendly collection. All pieces will be priced to sell, so check back often! I love discovering & repurposing Vintage pins, earrings & more into sweet, yet elegant pendant/ necklaces. This delicate vintage daisy was once a pin. It reflects light from its shiny petals & the faux pearl. The daisy's circumference measures 1 inch &, with stem, 2 inches in length. I removed the pin backing and created a wire wrapped bale from behind. The vintage gold plated chain measures 18 inches in length & closes with a spring clasp. It will make you and everyone around you smile -- and, so should the price!
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Phoenix, Starfish, Feather & Skeleton Key, Vintage Revival Lariat

Oct 25 2010
In Feng Shui, the Phoenix symbol brings fame, recognition & wealth. This pewter Phoenix soars among a symbol of the sea, the starfish, an antique skeleton key and a pewter feather. The lariat vintage rope chain is adjustable from choker to 21 inches in length, making this a most versatile piece. It's beauty is only surpassed by its uniqueness.
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Sand Dollar & Pearl, Vintage Revival Lariat

Oct 24 2010
I love the versatility of a lariat and how, by virtue of its mechanics, your creativity can have your running around a shop full of thousands of vintage pieces for just the right combination of moving parts. This piece began with this brass sand dollar & took me to my drawer-full of earring orphans for the open worked gold hoop & the flexibar, brass dangle. For a nice finish, I created a grade A freshwater pearl dangle & attached all to a 19 inch vintage gold-tone chain. It is adjustable from choker length to 19 inches, while the sand dollar measures 1.5 inches in circumference. The modern brass bars will not pass through the open work hoop until you are ready to put it on. This seashore-inspired lariat will make you one with the seagulls & the tumbling waves.
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Charoite & Copper Chandelier, Gem Revival Necklace

Oct 22 2010
Some things just come together so beautifully, as in this Vintage Revival Necklace. I repurposed this chandelier copper & Lucite dangle earring into a backing for the Charoite Gemstone. The Charoite stone works with the Indigo and violet chakras and opens the heart. It also aids in faster healing. The Lavender voile & cord necklace chain measures approximately 16 inches and is adjustable to 18 inches.
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Kramer "Opal", Vintage Lace Necklace

Oct 21 2010
Eileen loves her vintage collection of Kramer, Weiss, Coro & Juliana pieces. She & so many others have discovered that I love to create around existing vintage, antique & fine gem pieces, whether they are orphan or in mint condition. This Kramer choker was mint, but required an adjustment in length, since Eileen did not want to wear it as a choker. At the longer length, the faux opals were no longer balanced, so I created a lace design to back it & keep the opals facing forward. The lace design allowed for various bales, which were used to dangle tanzanite-colored Swarovski crystal elements. . . Please let me create around your cherished & beautiful, but outdated, orphaned or broken vintage pieces. I love giving old things new life!
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Oct 20 2010

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Tribal Feather, Amber & Brass, Vintage Revival Earrings

Oct 20 2010
I took my Asymmetrical design a step up & gave this one wings -- well almost. These feathers in aqua, tan & brown lend an amazing backdrop of stunning color & texture. The chandelier drops in amber glass & micro-chains are mated for a whimsical effect. There is a Talisman energy and appearance to this pair, so no matter where you are making your entrance, you will feel empowered & glamorous with every step & smile!
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Hard Candy Spaceship, Vintage Revival Asymmetrical Earrings

Oct 19 2010
Leave the Gingerbread Houses to the less adventurous & book your passage on this candy-colored spaceship instead. This towering sugar-high is chock full of acrylic jewelry lifesavers, discs & beads. This lightweight Asymmetrical Vintage Revival Earring set measures approximately 2 1/4 inches from the earwire. Go yummy & go for it!
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Sterling Leaf, Stained Glass & Pebble, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 18 2010
This stunning mosaic includes a sterling split leaf, a slate beach pebble, two swarovski aurora borealis faceted crystal beads & more. I love the tumbled effect that the two stained glass slivers give when passing through the leaf. The checkered lavender, enameled once-earring peeks out from behind. There are little bits of negative space, but not much, since this piece insisted that more is better! The pendant measures approximately 2.5 inches in circumference & hangs from a costume retro silver-toned chain, adjustable from approximately 16 - 18 inches.
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Copper Pillow on Art & Sea Glass, Beach Gem Bracelet

Oct 17 2010
We are surrounded by an amazing palate of color, especially from the sea & sky which serve as inspiration for this bracelet. Each piece is wrapped solo or with another in contrasting blue. The copper wire & pillow represent earth energy, while making the various blues stand out. Because of the width of each piece, I created double bales. All loops & findings were hand-forged for comfort & beauty. Claudine, who loves fashion & art, added this piece to her growing collection. . . Please let me know if I can create your very own, using sea glass from your collection or mine!
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Filigreed Seashell & Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 16 2010
I love manipulating wire into something beautiful and lasting. This is the second of my pieces using aluminum metal. It lends a bright silver look that does not tarnish and is hypoallergenic. Each link is approximately once inch, full of twists & turns that lend to the look of lace. Initially, three links became a triangle that was so delicate and pretty that I was compelled to find elements that would compliment the design. The seafoam seaglass and seashell were the right size and a lovely contrast together, so I caged them while keeping the design simple so it wouldn't compete with the filigree link design. I then carried the filigree into the chain, so this entire piece is hand-forged from top to bottom! It is approximately 16 - 17 inches. This is reminiscent of work created in the Edwardian & Art Nouveau period,when designs went from the mourning jewelry of the Victorian period to intricate and ornate. Add the element of Mermaid tears and seashell and you have something that is one-of-a-kind and statement in its most delicate of forms!
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Antique Skeleton Key, Starfish & Pearls, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 15 2010
I love the sculptural aspect of antique keys. This pewter skeleton key dates back from early colonial America to the 1940's, when the pin tumbler lock took over. For lighter contrast & a touch of aquatic whimsy, I added pewter starfish and hung all from a double strand, retro bar/ link chain with faux pearl dangles. The overall effect is delicate, while making a statement.
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Seafoam Sea Glass in Teardrop and Pearls, Beach Gem Earrings

Oct 14 2010
These Mermaid Tears are seafoam in color and beautifully frosted from being tossed along the floor of the Long Island Sound. The beach where they were found goes through many changes -- from sandy to pebbly to full of shells and everything in between, which all play a role in giving sea glass their beauty. I caged these in 14 kt gold filled wire & framed them in vintage teardrop shape hoops with a faux pearl strand below. They are lightweight & beautiful -- perfect for that stroll on a moonlit beach!
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Vintage & Seaglass Garden of Delights, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 14 2010
This Museum Mosaic began with a hammered vintage gold pin that grew into a garden of pearls reaching for the sky, stained glass in royal blue, pink & seaglass. A rhinestone pave & pearl pin reaches high from the back. All come together with gold non-tarnishing art wire for a most stunning & statement effect, especially when hung from this circa '60's double looped necklace. . . .This piece is long gone, but do let me know if I can create your very own garden of delights.
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Beneath the Waves, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 12 2010
Claudine counts this as one of many of my designs in her collection. The light that reflects through these Seafoam art glass pieces give one the illusion of being in the ocean, beneath the surface, while looking up toward the light. I brought the earthy copper element to this piece with the use of non-tarnishing copper wire, while caging & then creating the twisted bar chain. Cooler than pearls, and more luminous, these caged stones are beautiful and without peer. . . . I'd love to create something similar and one-of-a-kind for you!!!!
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Healing Heart on Hand, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 11 2010
Rob's wife is a Reiki specialist. He did not think that she would like a statement jewelry piece that was chock full of goodies, but the symbolism of healing hand with hearts hit close to her own heart and so this piece was gift wrapped for her. Sea glass, stained glass in lavender & clear rectangle with waves are layered with a freshwater pearl, aurora borealis & cube crystals, a pewter hand with heart and finally a pink enamel once-earring, heart. I created a simple rectangle frame & softened the composition with swirling eternity symbolism, hand-forged from non-tarnishing silver art wire. It measures 2 x 1.5 inches. . . .Please let me know if I can create a custom piece that represents something close to your heart!
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Kariann in her Boutique

Oct 10 2010
Hi, I wanted to say hi from my boutique in Deep River. I love to share my latest creations with you from my blog, but even more so in person. First time visitors almost always arrive at the word "Wow" when they step into the tiniest of jewelry boutiques. They are responding to the floor-to-ceiling displays of art jewelry, seaglass, fine gems, vintage & antique jewelry. I get a giggle from most when I tell them that they will surely drop something (because of the way I layer displays), but not to worry, because in my shop, it is good luck! I also insist on "playing" with the jewelry. It's just not meant to be behind glass, so I have most of it at the ready for those who want to get up close & personal. I also share that "if it isn't here, I'll create to your heart's desire!" It's been over three years since I opened the doors, so, a heartfelt "Thank You!" for returning to see what's new and what you might have missed the last time and, especially for keeping me busy filling your custom orders & replenishing sold pieces!!!
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Three Pearls on Filigree Coin & Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 09 2010
This frosted, sea glass piece begged for a showcase home; so, in keeping with my motto: let's make a beautiful thing even better, this filigreed vintage necklace was wedded to the no longer lonely sea glass. I added three freshwater pearls, which offer a different kind of luminosity from the sea glass. I picture a priestess, of the legendary Mists of Avalon, wearing this most beautiful talisman from the sea!
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Coppers, Browns, Metals & Threads, Vintage Revival Asymmetrical Earrings

Oct 08 2010
Dale was looking for earrings for fall that say, "you will never see another me!".  She waded through several drawers of "jewelry orphans" and left me with a tiny pile of parts, some of which came together in this Vintage Revival Earring design.  The swirl brass piece is reflected in the opposite earring in repeated tear drop shapes that shift in space with movement.  I aimed for contrast & balance of colors, shapes & metals so that, while each earring is different, they speak volumes to each other.   . . .I later added red & grey Swarovski crystal drops, in order to bring this piece together with her Beach Gem Buddha necklace. this item

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2.5 Carat White Topaz, Gem Revival Collection

Oct 07 2010
Paul, our Deep River Constable, kept seeing lots of women entering my boutique and leaving with that tell-tale white & blue gift bag. He'd say, gee, it's too bad my wife doesn't wear jewelry. Well, one day, curiosity got the better of him & he dared enter my tiny shop, filled with shoppers & to the gills with art, vintage and antique jewelry. When I pointed out the tiniest of gems in Peridot & Blue Topaz from my Gem Revival collection, he said -- "My wife would love that". This is the result of Paul's design session, a two carat white topaz, in my hand-woven, filigree design of non-tarnishing Argentium Sterling Silver wire. The photo does not photograph the clarity & beauty of the topaz, but the cage design tells the story. My aim is to allow for the most light into the gem, a clean & beautiful design from all sides, and comfort. Paul gave his wife her Anniversary gift early and is happy to share that she loved it and that he will be back for more!
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Marcasite & MOP Sterling Lady in Hat, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Oct 06 2010
This lovely lady is surrounded by Sterling Silver, faceted crystals, seaglass and her own thoughts. She is dressed en Vogue, so if looks could kill, better not look this lady in the eye. This art-to-wear pendant is a free-form cage of sterling silver wire measuring approximately 2.5 inches in circumference. It is hung from a sterling choker, also hand-forged and adjustable from approximately 15 - 18 inches. Though this piece is statement and a stunner, the streamlined choker brings it down a notch for those days when you want to wear that white tee over your jeans & that one piece that brings it on. Otherwise, she will match your stride in that little black dress!
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Twins, Theatre & Tennis, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Oct 05 2010
Susan had another dear friend whose birthday was coming up. This friend has two sets of twins, owns a theatre company, loves her homes in Southhampton & the Big Apple, dogs, traveling & tennis. What Susan says she loves about my shop is that she can find just about everything & more when searching for pieces that represent her friends' passions. She has all of Manhattan to shop, but waits to come to me to find vintage charms such as what are in this necklace. I am flattered that she, who used to shop at & design for Bergdorf Goodman's, allows me to create for her. . . . Please let me create something for you, too!
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Three Beach Pebble, Beach Gem Necklace

Oct 04 2010
Take a shaker, toss in some vintage multi-strand chains, two pretty gold textured teardrop beads and some lovely caged-in-gold beach-combed pebbles and you have a lovely statement piece that is both organic and elegant. Stroll the Aegean shoreline (my favorite is in Greece's Santorini) with this peeking from your decolletage and you will be as captivating as any mermaid out of water -- or in! This piece is sold, so do let me know if you'd like something similar and as unique as you are.
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Baby Blue Bouquet of Daisies, Vintage Lace Necklace

Oct 03 2010
This bouquet has already been caught. Its new owner was captivated by the simplicity of a single, delicate bouquet that serves as centerpiece to my handwoven design that defines my Vintage Lace Collection. Often, I'll create a garden of delights, but here, I stayed with the singular once-clip-on earring. This design floats on the neck and is adjustable from approximately 15 - 18 inches. Please let me know if I can create one for you!
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Mermaid & Seashell, Vintage Revival Necklace

Oct 03 2010
This Mermaid longs for a glimpse of the mysteries that lie above the ocean's surface. She waits for a full silver moon to take away any apprehension. Her only wish is that she find a home with you and be taken out to survey wherever you may take her. The full moon is a vintage once-pin by Trifari. I added a pretty spiral seashell gilded in gold, as well as, two aqua Swarovski crystals. Her adventure begins with you!
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Textured Mirror & Turquoise, Vintage Lace Necklace

Oct 01 2010
Want just a bit of Lace & Intrigue? Stop right here and try this one on for size. The bit of Lace comes in the form of non-tarnishing silver art wire which I hand forged. It floats along your neck line & can be conformed to you, as if you were the mold that made it happen in the first place. I hand-cut & beveled this rectangle mirror, created a simple "gift wrap" cage & further enhanced its geometric statement with turquoise, silver beads & vintage hoop dangles. This necklace is adjustable from approximately 15 - 18 inches. The Vintage Lace design is so comfortable that you'll forget you're wearing it, until someone stops to gawk at your one-of-a-kind Kariann Price design!
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Vintage Mosaic You Tube Video!

Sep 30 2010
Welcome to my first You Tube Video! Please let me know what you think & do share it with others! I'll be creating more which will represent the other collections. Enjoy!!!
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Monet Scalloped Collar, Keys & Pearls, Vintage Revival Collection

Sep 30 2010
This vintage Monet collar is a sculptural beauty, with its once glossy gold-tone now a bit time-worn. Well, no matter, since now it is perfectly wedded to antique keys which have also let people into a by-gone era. I dangled faux cream pearls for a softening effect & a strand of similarly matched, but smaller faux pearls as a second layer from the upper side of each collar end. The gold tassel finishes this statement piece with a soft sway of movement and elegance. I see this piece greeting art gallery goers with the boldest and most unique of statements!
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Rhinestone Shooting Star, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 29 2010
Think I'm gonna wear my bling with my blue jeans. This piece begs to be shown off in all its bejeweled simplicity. And these days its about our individuality and playfulness -- all day long. There are no rules -- except to break them. Of course it never hurts to have that little black dress at the ready, too! Handwoven with non-tarnishing silver art wire, and incorporating vintage once clip-on rhinestone earrings from the '60's, this piece floats upon your neck and is adjustable from approximately 15 - 18 inches.
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Turquoise & Peach Charms, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 28 2010
This design is as much about the "lace", which I form by hand, as the charms. The double teardrop shaped loops create the illusion of lace and is the essential element for this collection. Each piece is made unique because of the vintage objects, buttons or beads I select for the composition. Peach glass and turquoise beads offer lots of movement & pretty contrast. . . This one is sold, but do let me know if I can create a one-of-a-kind Vintage Lace Necklace for you!
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Poodle Skirt Buttons, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 27 2010
I envision bobby socks, letter sweaters & poodle skirts when I see this Vintage Lace Necklace created out of circa 1950's acrylic buttons. The confetti cream & yellow buttons combined with eyelet black & cream buttons are finished with non-tarnishing silver art wire in my handwoven lace design. This one-of-a-kind piece is adjustable from approximately 15 - 17 inches. It floats and conforms to you and creates a casual elegant & artistic look.
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Checkered Flag Buttons, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 27 2010
This Vintage Lace has already crossed the finish line with its owner sporting Checkered Flag Buttons in black & white. This piece was snatched from the original owner by yet another fan -- so it was sold twice -- on the condition that another black & white one-of-a-kind Vintage Lace replace the first! Note the matching Button earrings in the next photo.
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Big Blue & Yellow Polka Dot Daisy, Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 26 2010
As if it wasn't enough that this gorgeous blue daisy had bright yellow polka dots, I accented its center with a matching yellow bead, topped with another aqua glass bead. The slinky wire design encircling the center further takes this art to wear piece into bold & funky land! The Lace design was perfect for bringing this flower front and center on you, but made even better with vintage azure glass buttons. If you love growing your flower beds with bold, bright & big in mind, then you'll strut down any garden path with the knowledge that you would be sporting just the thing you love! Try this on for size & see smiles broaden as you walk on by.
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Emerald Isle Fishbowl, Vintage Revival Necklace

Sep 24 2010
I am in love with anything Emerald Green. This art glass necklace begged to have its story told by way of this little brass fish & scallop shell charm. Both dangle from minimally sculpted gold art wire that creates the illusion of the underwater current. The backdrop of emerald green glass with gold clouds offers a bit of the mystery that is beneath a glassy ocean. I framed this scene with a once earring that houses acrylic green faceted beads. Onlookers will first be drawn to the liquid green color and then in awe of the under-the-sea story. But really, they will be captivated by you!
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"Hematite"" Glass Cameo, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Sep 24 2010
This lovely Glass Cameo reflects her lovely profile from a grey/ black glass setting, similar to that of hematite. She is surrounded by Swarovski faceted, aurora borealis crystals & freshwater pearls. There is a lovely purple hue winking from the black beading, so the focal points are dynamic & lovely. The sculputural design is largely due to the soft silver tiger wire, which floats and holds all elements in place with strategically placed crimp beads. These also add dots of light. Finally, I constructed a double tiger wire chain that extends the art upward. It is adjustable from approximately 15 - 17 inches. Pendant is approximately 1.5 inches in circumference. It is light, airy & stunning!
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14 KT Cameo & Pearls, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Sep 22 2010
Renee joined the "Epiphany" club as she realized that my pieces include things similar to what her grandmother wore & which she now owns. Her excitement manifested into her searching through her grandma's jewelry & then bringing in this 14 KT white gold Cameo from Italy. Next I had her select from trays of pearls & Swarovski crystals & choosing the size that she would enjoy wearing. You see the final result here. . . . Next up -- her mother's custom Cloud!
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Gold Leaf, Sea Glass, Butterflies & Pearls, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Sep 21 2010
My Vintage Mosaic Designs tend to be chock-full of lovelies & here is no exception. My inspiration was the aqua sea glass found on the beach in front of my home! It's absolutely the prettiest and only seaglass in this blue that I've ever seen. It is the same color as the enamel Cloisenne backing. Butterflies come in the form of a tiny MOP in teal & silver; & in abstract in gold tone & rhinestone with a large pearl. To play off that, I included two faux pearls set in place and a spray of double faux pearl dangles to soften the gold leaf pattern. This piece comes together with silver, non-tarnishing art wire and gold details, making this a versatile piece. The chain is a triple gold, soft tiger wire, adjustable from approximately 16 - 18 inches. This stunning piece will take you through all seasons! Pendant measures approximately 2.5 x 2 inches. The cloisenne back shows an oriental motif in gold & black when the piece is reversed.
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Lovely Ladies Clown Faces, Vintage Revival Collection, revised!

Sep 20 2010
This piece is an example of collaboration with my clients! Dale loved the original "Lovely Ladies", but hoped to have a little more. I located vintage enamel on copper triangles & recycled them here. Now our Lovely Ladies are outfitted with their own Tudor style hats. . . . Do see the original "Lovely Ladies" in the August 31 post!
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Turquoise Bi-cone Semi-Circle, Love Knot & Rectangle, Vintage Revival Earrings

Sep 19 2010
I do love to play with pretty things. This light & airy Vintage Revival piece consists of a half-circle of brilliant turquoise glass bi-cone beads & pewter-finished love knots. Both move gently within an open rectangle silver frame. This exciting combination of geometric forms measures approximately 2.5 inches from the ear wire by 1 inch. There is no doubt that this one-of-a-kind creation will draw all eyes to you!
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Copper, Silver & Baby Blue Hoops & Angles, Vintage Revival Earrings

Sep 18 2010
I am totally guilty when it comes to taking three pair of perfectly beautiful earrings & turning them into one! I'm also guilty for mixing things up as you see here. This pair of Vintage Revival Earrings is an Asymmetrical pair that offers surprise & balance. A copper/ silver hoop; a twisted wire hoop, further twisted into a spiral on one side; and a baby blue enamel squared hoop all fall into their playful place. Do you love to play -- of course you do, so here is a chance to take the lead & your own stage in hand!
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Amber Waterfall Stained Glass & Microchains, Da Vinci Necklace

Sep 17 2010
John is that rare guy who can strike up a conversation, do the scan of literally thousands of jewelry designs & hit on exactly the one piece he decides to purchase for his girlfriend. He did allow me to show him earrings that might become part of a set. In this case, he chose vintage acrylic fall leaves that hang gracefully from yellow seed bead branches. This Da Vinci piece executes with a lot of movement from the draped micro-chains to the triangle open filigreed pendant, which is home to the amber, rippled stained glass sliver. Amber beads accent alongside what I call the amber water fall. . . . Please let me know if I can create something similar, yet one-of-a-kind for you!
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Antique Keys to the Treasure Within, Vintage Revival Necklace

Sep 16 2010
Wonder what treasure lies behind each door opened by each key? This is the mystery that adorns you when you wear this Vintage Revival Necklace created from keys, some a century old. These sculptural and once utilitarian objects are also symbols of opening one's heart to the diamond within. You can be your own treasure with this necklace at your beck and call! Earth topaz acrylic & faux pearl beads dangle and lend a soft contrast. I hand twisted & formed the silver choker, which conforms to you. It is adjustable from 15 to 18 inches & can be adjusted to your preference. Just let me know if you need more extender.
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Ivory Tusk, Cupid & Golf, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Sep 15 2010
What do you give a friend who has everything? Susan knows -- a custom , personalized Vintage Revival Charm Necklace that represents her passions & hobbies. This world traveler loves tennis, golf, playing bridge, the Big Apple, kitty cats and her home in Southhampton. Susan also thought this "World's Greatest Sweetheart" trophy was perfect. I gold-leafed over the original sterling finish to bring it in synch with the other gold charms. . . . If you'd love a personalized Vintage Charm Necklace, I'd love to create it for you. Just let me know about your passions, hobbies, yourself & we'll go from there!
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Fall Leaf in Silver, Starfish & Crystal, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Sep 14 2010
Sometimes a perfectly beautiful Leaf pin can become a perfectly beautiful pendant with added details. I followed the curve of the leaf with silver wire in a looping swirl pattern. To give it a beachy twist, I hung a silver starfish & for good measure a Swarovski crystal dangle. This fallen leaf is just in time for the season. Leaf peeping is just around the corner!!!
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Amber & Seafoam Stained Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Sep 12 2010
This lovely rectangle lady struts confidantly while singing to Helen Reddy's tune, "I am Woman, Hear Me Roar!". Her waist is cinched in a tad while her buxom, in amber stained glass & the MOP disc below remain true to her full-figured form. The slender seafoam stained glass sliver represents the ideal, but who really cares. If you also dance to her tune,then try her on for size. She could be yours! . . . This two by one inch Mosaic pendant is composed of a few contrasting elements. Stained glass in amber & sea foam were cut & beveled into the shapes here. Each was wrapped then brought together within the rectangle frame. With open space to fill, I added several MOP & bead pieces.
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Diane's Grape Vine Vintage Lace Necklace

Sep 10 2010
Diane strolled quickly into the boutique hoping to leave some work for the print press next door. Like most, she could not just leave -- she, along with two other shoppers did the tour of this tiny space with thousands of choices. She was immediately struck by this Vintage Lace Necklace & found vintage gold filled teardrop with rhinestone earrings to complement it! . . . Gold copper wire laced by Kariann's hand weaves in purple Czech crystals & a lovely vintage Czech carnival glass button as its focal piece. So comfortable & adjustable. You'll feel like strolling through a Vineyard at Sunset in flowing attire with this singular beauty!
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Amber & Moonstone on Heart, Gem Revival Collection

Sep 09 2010
The contrast of warm & earthy amber to cool moonstone offers the loveliest of energies to this filigree, vintage heart. All you have to do is know that you carry the image of love & our innermost passions, the earth & the sky close to your very own heart!
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Metal Hearts, Hoops & Feathers, Vintage Revival Earrings

Sep 08 2010
These asymmetrical earrings strike a stunning pose against any color hair. Hammered silver hearts are the common element and a bright backdrop to hoops that dangle alongside metal feathers. These measure approximately 2.5 inches from the bottom of the shepard's hook earwire. I have a full head of dark hair that competes with most earrings, however, this daring pair is no wallflower -- rather, it is like having a moving canvas of lovely light complementing your every mood!
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Art Deco in Brass, Blue & Black, Vintage Lace Collection

Sep 07 2010
I was driven to create this piece once I had what amounted to a little collection of earrings & one pin that all shared one thing -- bold patterns that reflect the elegant Art Deco era. This piece is stunning when attending an art gallery opening or when just feeling like dressing up your denim & t-shirt! I hand-forge gold art wire into an attractive collar and begin to "weave" in the earring & pin pieces until all simply float together as one lovely whole. This design rests lightly along the neckline & collarbone. Bold, striking & comfortable are the key words here. This statement piece will take you everywhere & in any number of outfits!!!
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Galactic Blue & Orange, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Sep 06 2010
Even more shapes than a galaxy offers, this structurally daring art-to-wear piece composed of stained glass, metal hoops & Czech crystals in silver, cobalt blue & intense orange, takes the celestial cake! Does it meet your palate requirements? If so, grab this stellar star for your very own!
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Cameo & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Sep 05 2010
I'm always surprised to see brick with such soft edges when tossed onto the shoreline. This piece had its own distinct shape & so inspired me to begin a design around it. This lovely cameo w/ rust background & braided oval frame offered the perfect contrast & compliment, along with the ice sea glass. The frame is an 18 gauge copper wire hand-formed into a rectangle without much fuss. Jennifer had admired it from the sidewalk display window & was so delighted when her boyfriend surprised her with it. . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Teardrop Brass & Mirror Stained Glass, Da Vinci Collection

Sep 04 2010
Making a statement has never felt sexier than with this Da Vinci Necklace striking a pose at your decolletage! Each piece moves with you, from the lightweight teardrop brass discs to the rectangle, hand-cut & beveled mirror stained glass front & center. For added measure I dangled two Swarovski cube crystals below. So whether you love the catwalk or the reflection of a disco ball, all eyes will be on you!
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Star of David & Amber, Vntage Mosaic Collection

Sep 03 2010
This center Star of David does a bit of peeking from behind a larger hand-forged Star of David. Both bring the eye into this piece on one of many levels. For whimsy I filled the remaining pockets with amber, blue milk glass, circa 1940's crystal in milk blue acrylic buttons & Swarovski cube crystal. Peeking from behind is an amber sea glass piece. A hammered silver hoop gathers all for one circle of art-to-wear that only one can own.
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Shield on Heart, 3 carat Diamond & Platinum Ring, Gem Revival Collection

Sep 02 2010
Connie brought in her Platinum & Diamond Ring, with the hope that I could design a wide surround in my distinct free-form filigree wrap. She wanted to change the energy of the ring now that her life is moving forward toward strength, independence & happiness. The second phase of the design was a heart that included tiger's eye, which Connie selected. The last phase is the shield design that is often seen in family royal crests. The wire wrap is a mix of solid white gold and argentium sterling silver. . . . So, ladies, do not return that ring -- it's yours to do with what you will -- let me create a design that will help you find joy and strength and new beginnings. . . For Connie, her happy beginning has arrived. She will be wearing this ring the next time she sees her new true love!
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Galaxy & Stars Assymetrical, Custom Vintage Revival Earrings

Sep 01 2010
These earrings represent our night sky with a bit of twilight blue; bold, dancing stars & the galaxy's all-encompassing energy. Dale was delighted to see how these turned out. She had selected various jewelry orphan pieces from my vast collection & asked me to make them into funky, fun earrings. They suited her fun-loving, healing nature & looked fabulous with her blonde hair & big smile setting the stage! She will be wearing these at many a business meeting. . . Please let me know if I can create something similar, and one-of-a-kind for you!
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Lovely Ladies Clown Faces, Vintage Revival Collection

Aug 31 2010
Dale spotted these Lovely Ladies & wished to transform them from the original simple post earring to something more sculptural. I created a bale and framed the face with silver art wire. From the chin I dangled Swarovski bi-cone crystals in blue & black, pink & red, to bring out the painted lady colors. These lipstick reds will never smudge, so Dale won't ever have to worry when she greets her friends with her usual hugs & kisses!
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Red Cherry, Mint & Gold Confection Collection Earrings

Aug 30 2010
These little packages make me think of a Willy Wonka treat. Glass gum drop beads in Red Cherry, gilded chocolate & effervescent mint offer a trio of edible color! You will make mouths water when you sport these one-of-a-kind confections!
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Red Carpet Necklace, Who Needs a Dress? Vintage Mosaic Collection

Aug 29 2010
This Red Carpet-No-Dress-Required necklace is from my Gallery Vintage Mosaic Collection. Actually, this combines most of my collections with stained glass (Da Vinci C.), Sea Glass (Beach Gem C.), Vintage Necklace Chain & Heart Once Pin (Vintage Revival C.). But who's keeping score? This is just a stunner for any red carpet & is so seriously Statement that only the most basic column drape of a dress is needed, if any at all! Are you watching the 2010 pre-emmy Red Carpet shows? Doesn't Eva Longoria need to cover her naked decolletage with this piece? Well, it's too late, since it's taken. . . .Please let me know if I can "dress" you for your next Red Carpet event? Oh, by the way, my daughter, Pamela, has done Red Carpets all week & is now at a pre-Emmy Champagne/ Caviar party. Oh the life!
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Rhinestone Dragonfly & Sea glass, Vintage Beach Gem Revival Necklace

Aug 28 2010
This vintage Dragonfly flew once as a pin and now flies freely as a pendant. The ice seaglass offers a muted light from its perch below. The contrast of air creature & water gem is as beautiful as sparkling rain just before a rainbow. This Dragonfly's age shows with a dropped rhinestone. It is not noticeable, but, as with recycled found objects, care should be taken with this creature of the garden. Chain is approximately 18 inches long. Please let me know if you'd like a different length. Adjustments are free of charge.
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Frosted Sea Glass & Starfish, Beach Gem Bracelet

Aug 27 2010
Mermaid's tears have never been so happy. Each ice sea glass piece has been tossed around the bottom of Maine's ocean floor and now shows a brilliant frosted surface that begs light to enter and illuminate from within. I created a free-form waves-washing-over design while caging each piece with 24 gauge gold filled wire & added a vintage "Lunch at the Ritz", 24 kt electroplated starfish with Austrian crystal at the center. Adjustable from approximately 6 1/2 - 7 inches. An absolute beauty that will fill your day with light & thoughts of beach treasure hunts! Original price $279, now reduced to $239.
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Sea Slate & Ice Sea Glass, Beach Gem Collection

Aug 26 2010
Neil came into my boutique hoping to purchase jewelry that would represent his love for his wife. After viewing several collections & realizing that she loved collecting sea glass, Neil brought in all of her collection. He chose several pieces for me to work into a design for him, including this sea slate & ice sea glass. I used argentium (non-tarnishing) sterling silver to cage the two together. I do not use glue or solder in my designs, so it was important to keep the pieces intact and aesthetically pleasing & artful. Neil wore this piece home yesterday, along with another seaglass piece which I worked into his keychain. . . . Please let me know if I can create something beautiful out of your sea glass, or mine!
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Lemon Squares in Silver Hoops, Da Vinci Collection Earrings

Aug 25 2010
These little lemon square windows were hand-cut & beveled from stained glass, then wrapped like little presents in silver, non-tarnishing art wire. Movement & a mix of shapes & layers keep this Da Vinci design full of light & play. There is nothing so fabulous as being the beam of light in the center of any room. So plan on just that when you don this pair in any outfit!!!
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Copper Filigree, CZ & Swarovski Crystal, Confection Collection Earrings

Aug 24 2010
Every now & then I get brave & dare to design earrings which require a great deal of attention to duplication (not in the factory sense, but in hand-woven filigree design). And as in this case, the result is worth the effort. Dawn now models this pair beautifully, I hope on many occasions! The Swarovski bi-cone crystals & dangling Cubic Zirconia in square & circle shapes shimmy & shimmer with Dawn's every step!
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Sheilla's Jester, Confection Collection Belly Button Charm

Aug 23 2010
I met Sheilla at Ikea when checking out. She commented on my jewelry & from there we stayed in touch. She loves to dance & longed for a belly button charm that could dance with her. We discussed & I created her name in free-form -- dangling from the Jester's grasp. . . . I love "wire writing", and have had the pleasure of completing many custom requests for names & sayings. Please let me know if I can create the same for you in a one-of-a-kind design!
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Sea Glass & Black Eye Suzies, Vintage Mosaic Pin

Aug 22 2010
I'm reviving this in blog land, 'cause it's perfect for that fall scarf or jacket, & especially for that cute little hat that keeps falling leaves away. . . I love taking something already elegant & enchanting, & making it into something all the more unique & eye-catching. In this case, Black Eye Suzies caught my eye & had me cutting & beveling stained glass in teal & amber, as well as sea glass for adding & enhancing. This little lovely measures approx. 2 inches by 1.5 inches. Do consider yourself on the sunnier side of fall with this vintage revival art gem accessorizing your every move!
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Sun & Sea Glass, Beach Gem Collection

Aug 22 2010
With the days of summer quickly slipping by, this piece represents how those moments of toes-in-the-sand & face-to-the-sky can be kept close to your heart year-round. I created a free-form surround in heavy gauge gold art wire around an eye-shaped ice sea glass piece. The sun fit jubilantly over with another splash wrap of wire & a few eternity scrolls for good measure, especially where negative space remained. The chain consists of hand-twisted art wire configured into separate bar links. Its overall look is bold as the sun & light-filled as the sky. . . Please let me know if I can create an art piece around sea glass & the sun for you!!!
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Kim's Galactic Ball Earrings, Confection Collection

Aug 20 2010
This is Kim's third pair from the Galactic Ball, Confection Collection. Her first pair was part of a set with tiger eye & Swarovski crystals. The second are what we call her summer "jump-in-the-pool" earrings, 'cause that's exactly what she did! They are in blue & clear glass. This time, Kim wanted a pair to go with her outfits in her favorite color -- black. She also loves things that sparkle, so there was no sparing the Swarovski crystals in bicones, round & cube faceted aurora borealis. The circumference of each is approx 2 inches, perfect for standing out with her long hair!
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Copper, Art & Sea Glass, Beach Gem Collection

Aug 19 2010
Fall is just around the bend, calling for the color of changing leaves in copper & brilliant oranges in your wardrobe. Orange art glass mimics nature's ocean gems, but in a color that is rarely seen. Ice white sea glass offers a cool contrast, while quartz crystals & hand-turned copper charms dangle below. Each chain link is also hand-turned & creates a chain that contributes to the overall sculptural effect. This Beach Gem Necklace is perfect for leaf peeping in style!!!
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Turquoise & Sterling Wrap, Gem Revival Ring

Aug 18 2010
Arlene had been searching for a turquoise ring for a long time. She selected this turquoise piece & let me create a ring around it with my typical free-form design. She purchased a bracelet from my vintage revival collection to complete her set. . . Please let me know if I can create a custom ring for you!
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Karen's Cross & Seashell for Michelle, Beach Gem Collection

Aug 17 2010
Karen wanted to give her friend, Michelle, a gift from my Beach Gem Collection. She brought in this seashell & her cross. I caged the shell with the swirl of ocean waves in mind. The waves also served the purpose of filling in the uneven edge of the shell. I love working with imperfect shapes because I get inspired to be inventive when working the non-conforming shape into the design. I created a bale for the cross to dangle from & finished with a 15.5 inch adjustable triple braided silver tiger wire. Karen can't wait to give this gift to her friend!!!
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Glamorous Sea Pebble & Swarovski Crystal Starfish, Beach Gem Collection

Aug 16 2010
I love combining nature's gems with vintage pieces who long to be brought back front & center. This substantial black enameled & gold double hoop is weighted for movement & balance. I created an adjustable 15 - 17 inch black suede & gold ball bearing chain to compliment the starring pendant. The Swarovski Starfish crystal offers a bit of glimmer to this already stunning one-of-a-kind statement piece. If you love to show your love for vintage & art jewelry, this is the piece to accompany you anywhere!
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Fashionable Fish & Sea Glass, Beach Gem Collection

Aug 16 2010
These two pairs of once-earrings were the inspiration for this bold & aquatic-themed Beach Gem Necklace. The fish are enamel painted on wood or metal. The upper Flounder type tropical fish appear neon with aqua dots & bright lavender fins against a black body of scales. The lower Angel Fish look like they will come together to kiss. They, too, look designer with similar lavender & black, but this time in stripes. The underwater theme is made more prominent w/ a center large Freshwater Pearl dangle, while each of the four pendants sports ice-frosted sea glass & rippled clear stained glass from behind. The chain is adjustable from approximately 15 - 19 inches. Please let me know any preferences in length. Silver art wire is simply caged to bring all pieces together in a dramatic fashion. If you love the sea, nature & sea glass, this piece will make you feel quite at home in the most elegant & whimsical way. No one else will ever own a piece such as this!
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Swarovski Crystals & Pearls, Vintage Lace Collection

Aug 14 2010
Joanne came to me two years ago when her son was getting married. She had me create this Vintage Lace Necklace with the Champagne color of her dress in mind. She brought it into my boutique & we measured so that it would fall to best advantage. The dress had a high boat neck type collar. I created a double layer of lace for a more stunning filigree effect. . . Her daughter is getting married this month, so Joanne had a terrific idea. Aside from her pre-wedding dinner jewelry set which I created for her, she saw that this Vintage Lace could star in a second wedding. Her dress is purple, so I added Amethyst Swarovski bicone crystals & voila, the versatility of this piece lives on! . . . Please let me know if I can do something like this for you, using exactly the colors that you love to wear!!!
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Passionate Red & Earthy Metal, Da Vinci Collection

Aug 13 2010
This combination of intense-red, hand-cut & beveled stained glass, with a coppery/ brass satin finished metal hoop, balances glass with metal & the heat of passion with grounded earth. Copper squiggles offer movement from below the hoop disc. Both are combined with a wrap of silver & brass art wire which are non-tarnishing. Pendant is hung from a quadruple tiger wire in brass finish. Pendant length is approx. 2 x 1 inch. If you're wanting passion in your life, then this red & coppery Da Vinci Necklace will get things off to a heated start, as all eyes will be on you!
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Geogalactic Aqua & Lime & Pearl with Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Collection

Aug 13 2010
Dale loved this piece & had me convert it into a pin so she could wear it both as a pin & a pendant. These colors remind me of summer. A trio of stained glass pieces in aqua, lime & clear are juxtaposed with seaglass, freshwater pearl, quartz & faceted lime crystal & vintage silver hoops. Please let me know if I can create something similar for you in colors & vintage pieces of your choice!
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Lavender, Pebble & Leaf, Vintage Mosaic Collection

Aug 11 2010
If you love Statement Jewelry that enters each room with a bang, this is your piece. Circumference equals approximately two inches. The center split leaf is sterling with a hand cut & beveled stained glass sliver in Lavender entering & exiting, then angling with a mirror stained glass sliver. Two Swarovski crystal faceted beads, a square eternity swirl, turquoise & silver beads & vintage checkered once earring complete this piece with a sea slate peeking from behind. It is hung from a silver costume smooth linked chain.
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Pebble & Pearl in Heart, Beach Gem collection

Aug 10 2010
This little Beach Gem is a slate pebble from Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The rocky shore is evident at so many of the Pine Tree state's beaches. The terrain is dramatic & offers many of the Atlantic's tumbled gems in the way of pebbles more than sea glass. To lighten the rock, I stayed with an open, sculptural design and dressed it's front face with a rhinestone heart & Freshwater Pearl. This piece sold at the Westport Art & Craft Show. . . . If you love nature, the ocean & this piece, let me create something similar, yet one-of-a-kind for you.
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Elizabethan Collar of Bali Sterling, Silvered Leaf, Da Vinci Collection

Aug 09 2010
This design is reminiscent of the Elizabethan Era where massive & ornate collars were all the rage for the royals. Here is a vintage strand of Bali sterling floral beads that originally measured 40 inches in length. I gathered up several loops & secured them in sterling wire which I hand-tied into loop knots. I added a silvered leaf and a mirror textured stained glass piece which I beveled into shape. A perfect piece for that art gallery outing, or just a night out where you intend to stand out!
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Serpent on Vine, Tiger's eye on Sea Glass, Beach Gem Collection

Aug 08 2010
This Beach Gem was purchased at the Gallery 225 in Chelsea, NY. The serpent on vine was the perfect counterpoint to the ice sea glass with tiger's eye pendant below. I love taking a vintage piece and adding my own twist. Right now I'm working on a client's platinum 2.5 carat diamond ring. She owns pieces from my vintage mosaic collection and wanted me to add my filigree design to her ring. Can't wait to show it to you!!! Let me know if I can do the same for you.
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Summer Splash Galactic, Confection Collection EArrings

Aug 08 2010
I have taken my usual Vintage Mosaic design & inverted it to create the Galactic Earring Collection. Dawn came into my shop describing a similar design in the colors she had in mind. This is a slight twist on that design, which she & Kim & others now own. This wire wrap design is more compact with art glass beads in the colors of summer caged in silver non-tarnishing art wire. The size ranges from 1 - 2 inch diameter cages in shapes from circular to teardrop. I love mix-matching colors & metals to show what surprises might reveal themselves to the observer. This pair is waiting for a summer breeze or the turn of your head to gently sway them. You choose the type of ear wire, silver or gold, leverback or shepard's hook, or even post to be hung from.
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Circa 1950's Rhinestone Flower Earrings, Vintage Revival Collection

Aug 06 2010
These antique earrings were once screwbacks. I removed the backs & created a bale atop the earrings & attached each to a shepard's hook for a nice dangle & lovely movement. If you look closely you'll see the wire cage design I blended in with the floral front so as to remain inconspicuous, while serving its purpose. . . . I've converted many of these type earrings for comfort & a contemporary look. Let me know if I can do the same for yours!
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Grace's Cross, Vintage Revival Pendant

Aug 05 2010
Grace brought in this antique sterling silver cross pendant given to her by her dad when she was ten. She hoped to have some color added so she selected Swarovski bi-cones in pinks, greens & blues for me to include in a filigree design. The outer floral petal/ crystal layer was woven in, as well an inner weave of just the Swarovski crystals.
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Gold Filled Squiggle in Black & Pink, Vintage Revival Earrings

Aug 04 2010
These delicate dangles are an elegant compliment to your day or night out in black. Pink Swarovski bi-cone crystals play next to black tube & bicone beads and 12 kt micro chains. The added eye-catcher is a twisted & squiggled gold-filled wire that ends in an eternity swirl. Each strand dances together & apart with you.
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Victorian buckle, Pearl in Filigree Flower, Vintage Revival Lariat

Aug 03 2010
Candice lives a few towns over in Guilford, CT. She recently stopped in & discovered new art & antique jewelry treasures that are now a part of her collection. This Vintage Lariat caught her eye from a very high display. She loved that it is adjustable from choker to decolletage length. It starts with a micro chain in antique style sterling silver that connects the base Victorian etched buckle & 12 KT gold-filled flower with cultured pearl. I added a teardrop faceted crystal for weight and beauty. The final dangle is a brass seashell with a lavender freshwater pearl. . . . .Please let me know what you think & do allow me to create something similar for you using treasures from your collection or mine, or both!
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Butterfly, Heart Locket & Elephant, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Aug 02 2010
This particular collection requires me to treasure hunt around my shop so that I can mix and match vintage pieces for both meaning and beauty. Here, a butterfly takes flight with a cascade to follow in the form of vintage gold heart locket, tiny starfish & trunk up elephant. Each piece falls in place with lots of room for movement. Even though each piece dances, they fall in place so that each is appreciated and not hidden. Charm pendant is hung from a vintage gold tone chain of approximately 15.5 inches. Let me know your preferred length. Adjustments are free of charge. The bale is large enough to allow for a change of chains, as well!
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Moon, Stars, Buddha & Kiss, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Aug 01 2010
Buddha sits within the arm of a sickle moon, while a smiling sun radiates its warmth nearby. This Vintage Revival Charm Necklace represents our awareness of the Universe and all that is good, including love & a single kiss. Swarovski Crystal dangles add a touch of sparkle here & there. Hung from your choice of 16 or 18 inch sterling silver snake chain.
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Pink & Black Staned Glass Little Presents, Da Vinci Collection

Jul 31 2010
Donna loves bringing in her new wardrobe pieces to coordinate with stained glass which I will create into a custom design for her. Her sun dress was black with yellow, green & pink accents. Donna selected pink & black stained glass for me to cut & bevel into little triangles as you see here. I wrapped each in my "gift wrap" design with gold-filled wire and hung them from multi-strands of black & gold tiger wire, which I created into a necklace of 15 3/4 inches. . . . I love creating custom designs using stained glass from my vast collection of colors & textures. Let me know if I can do the same for you!
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Sea Foam Sea Glass Oval, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jul 30 2010
This rare sea foam sea glass piece was once the handle of a cup. Its frosted surface glows with the aid of mirror-like scales positioned from behind. It shares it's oval frame with hand-turned eternity swirls, a MOP disc & vintage acrylic beads in complimentary vivid blue, orange & green. You select your choice of sterling silver snake chain in 16 or 18 inches.
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Circa 1960's Acrylic Pink Moonstone, Vintage Lace Necklace

Jul 30 2010
Eileen travels to my boutique from Milford, CT -- over an hour ride each way. We have a blast sorting through pieces in my shop that would embellish pieces from her antique jewelry collection. We've spent many hours laying out her vintage Kramer, Weiss & Coro pieces to discuss, coordinate & construct the new life they will each take on. Here, Eileen longed to have what she thought was a plain choker in just the right pink for her skin tone. We needed to solve several problems. In order to convert it to longer than choker length, a solution was needed to keep the center from flipping forward. I created 17 inches of my Vintage Lace design in silver non-tarnishing art wire, connected her pink choker piece, added coral/ pink vintage beads from an earring orphan and voila -- this is what I've created. Her new Vintage Lace provides a light filigree design, while acting as a stabilizing base for her choker. I will be creating two more similar Vintage Laces with other chokers from her collection, so be on the look-out for those.
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Ice Foam Sea Glass & Triangle, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jul 28 2010
This little ice foam sea glass triangle is set amongst vintage & new jewelry orphans that long to dance with your every move. The soft movement of acrylic faceted beads & circle of rhinestones is backed by a lovely silver triangle creating layers of interest from the geometric to the kinetic. Do you love to dance? Well you've met your match with this one-of-a-kind Vintage Revival meets Beach Gem Necklace. It's hung from a vintage silver mesh/ snake chain measuring approximately 16 - 17 inches.
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Lapis Lazuli on Coabalt Sea Glass, Beach Gem Collection

Jul 27 2010
This cobalt sea glass bottle bottom longed for the majestic blue of lapis lazuli. I found that in a once pin of faux pearls & lapis. Together they make for a stunning piece that could & should be worn from casual to elegant evening out on the town. . . . I love creating pieces to order. Let me know if you'd like me to create something like this one for you!
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Opal, Gem Revival Earrings

Jul 27 2010
This pair of opals are a gift for Rich's wife. Once again, in keeping with less is more and to keep the opals front & center, I created a simple symmetrical design in Argentium (non-tarnishing) sterling silver wire. This is the second custom design created for Rich, using opals his grandmother purchased in Africa in the '30's. Next will be the set of opals for his daughter, Sara. . . .I love working with anything from gemstones to found objects & orphan jewelry pieces. Let me know if I can create something out of your cherished pieces, or from my extensive collection!
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Baby Blue on Ice Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 25 2010
Before stepping out the door for my two week vacay, I scooped up some pretty sea glass from our beach treasure hunts. These came from just in front of my house. It's like they washed up to order. While on my trip, I relaxed with these pieces & created this wire wrapped Beach Gem Necklace out of non-tarnishing silver art wire. The triangle frame & filler eternity symbol brought the pieces together into a cohesive & lovely whole.
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1970's Orange & Yellow Vintage Revival Hoop Earrings

Jul 25 2010
Can you tell that I love to keep it fun. I couldn't resist combining these varied shapes & two tone colors in tangerine & butter yellow for an exciting Assymetrical design. You will bring it on when you make your entrance in these light-weight vintage circa 1970's acrylic & metal earring from my Vintage Revival Collection
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Teardrop Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jul 23 2010
Dottie longed for one of my custom Vintage Mosaic designs utilizing her charms & other vintage pieces. Originally, the apple shape I created did not suit her, so I changed the shape to the teardrop you see here. I insist on making any changes neede so that a piece will be adored & worn often!!! Please let me know if I can create something for you!
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Wedding Comb, Vintage Revival Hair Jewelry

Jul 22 2010
Susan had recently had me complete her grandmother's jet bead single earring into a set. She next brought in these two haircombs for me to create into a filigree beaded design that would bring in the colors of her dress. We selected from a variety of vintage beads from cats eye to milk glass & glass pearls, as well as a set of clip on filigree vintage earrings. I removed the original white milk glass from the earrings & replaced them w/ Swarovski crystal drops. The earring backings were removed, allowing me to wire the new earring design onto the center of the filigree wire base I created & eventually wove the bead design in & out of. This reminds me of the combs that crowned flamenco dancers. Susan wore this to a summer wedding in which this would be her crowning glory! . . .Please let me know if I can create something similar for you!!!
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Fire Opal Gem Revival Necklace

Jul 21 2010
David brought in his Opals that his grandmother had purchased in Africa in the 1930's. He had me create this pendant using sterling silver for his daughter. I will create earrings with a similar cage design for her & his wife. I kept the design open & simple so the opal would shine through. . . .Please let me know if I can create something similar out of your gemstone or from my collection. I have all gems from emeralds to amethysts to aquamarines!
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Onyx & Pearl, Gem Revival Earrings

Jul 19 2010
I'm back from vacay, so will pick up where I left off! Can't wait to show you what I created while in the Lake Massawipi region of Quebec, in the quaint little town of North Hadley! For now, here is the third of Donna's custom designs that completes her set. I selected this vintage Onyx earring, bezeled & hung within 12 kt gold filled setting, circa 1960's. The onyx rectangle mirrors the rectangle stained glass in black which I hand cut & beveled for her necklace & bracelet. I created freshwater pearl dangles which would create movement & add to the overall feminine allure. Donna has black hair which she wears in a short blunt cut that is longer from the front, so we're always careful to have the length fit her to the best advantage. When she tried them on, they were perfect! . . .I love creating custom pieces out of vintage & jewelry orphans. Please let me know when I can create your one-of-a-kind creation!!!!
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Donna's Custom Da Vinci & Gem Revival Set

Jul 16 2010
I've been enjoying a two week vacay, thus the delay in updating my blog. Here is Donna's complete set of her custom jewelry which I've recently shared info about. Next entry will be about her earrings. I love creating accompanying pieces that can be worn as a set or alone, so let me know if I can create something for you, too. I hope you've been enjoying your summer!!!
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Onyx & Pearl, Da Vinci Bracelet

Jul 11 2010
I created this bracelet for Donna using a circa 1960's Onyx & Gold-filled link bracelet. I removed two onyx links in order to accomodate a black rectangle stained glass piece I hand cut & beveled to resemble the piece in Donna's Beach Gem necklace. I also created six freshwater pearl charms to dangle from each side of the center stained glass piece & to again bring together the set. Check out my next blog entry which will be about her Gem Revival Earrings that complete the set. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact me so we can begin to work on yours using exactly the colors & elements you long for! Happy summer!!!
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Beach Pebble, Da Vinci Necklace

Jul 10 2010
Donna brought in a beach pebble her husband, David, had picked up off a local shoreline & given to her. I'd already designed a beach gem necklace from a smoothed sea shell & Donna had something in mind for this treasure. Because much of her wardrobe is black with beautiful designs, she chose a black stained glass piece for me to hand-cut & bevel into the rectangle you see here. I wrapped the stained glass, with a bale above, then wrapped the beach pebble in like gold-filled wire, from which I hung a freshwater pearl. I created a triple strand tiger wire out of black & gold strands & voile, this is the first of Donna's complete set. Look for my next blogs to check out her Da Vinci bracelet & Gem Revival Earrings that match! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact me & we can work to get something exactly to your loving!!!
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Dad's Dog Tag, Confection Collection Cuff

Jul 07 2010
Robin loved my confection cuff design & the idea that I could build one around her father's dog tag. She remembered that he loved to bring the neighborhood kids for ice cream, so I hung an ice cream cone charm. He was also a fireman, so I included a design of red seed beads & dangles, as well as, a red heart charm. . . . If you'd love to keep someone close to you with a similar design please let me know. I love collaborating & bringing to you exactly what you hope for!!!
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Powder Blue Sea Glass & Pearl, Beach Gem Necklace

Jul 07 2010
Karen brought in a powder blue sea glass piece & selected her grandmother's pearl for me to bring together in design. This free-form cage design offers a loose filigree look, while allowing the sea glass to shine. I created a bale from the pearl piece & dangled it from the center of the design. Now Karen will be able to wear something of her grandmother's that she cherishes & something she found from a recent treasure hunt on a beach! . . . If you would like something similar, please contact me. I can create from your precious find or cherished jewelry pieces or from something in my collection of sea glass & jewelry orphans.
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Seahorse, Fish & Shell Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Jul 02 2010
Susan walked into my boutique & started selecting from the Ocean Vintage Charm collection. She asked me to arrange them into a multi-charm pendant & this is it. She will be giving this as a gift to her friend. Be on the look out for more in the Vintage multi-charm pendant collection!!! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Butterfly, Buddha, Strawberry & Star, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

Jul 02 2010
This client was looking for a graduation gift & saw another Vintage Revival Charm Necklace I had created for another client. She searched through the hundreds of vintage charms arranged by theme throughout my boutique & picked these symbols that made her think of her niece. I arranged each so there was a complimentary drape. When I get back from vacay in two weeks, I will begin creating many more for this new collection . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Tropical Tangerine Seahorse, Angel Fish & Starfish, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 30 2010
I am in artist heaven when I begin digging in my collection of vintage charms, earrings & jewelry orphans. I often take apart jewelry to pull different parts together. Here, I started with vintage Lime Rickey green acrylic hoops, located a mix of gold & silver tone hoops, added the triple seahorse, fish & starfish drops & countered with like color hoop & faceted bead. The mix & blend of each earring leaves them unique, asymmetrical & balanced. These beauties are light-medium in weight. Warm up those strobe lights & hit the dance floor, or just take an exceptionally fun stroll knowing you will not be mistaken as a wall-flower -- EVER!
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Royal Blue Sea Glass, Beach Gem Necklace

Jun 30 2010
Caryl had purchased the ring & earrings in Royal Blue Sea Glass. This piece completes her set! The Swarovski bicone crystals in black & lemon dangle below for a dash of daring. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Butterflies Fly Free, Red Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Brooch

Jun 28 2010
One rare piece of red sea glass sets aside its right to shine for the two vintage butterflies in enamel, cloisenne settings. I've added the soft brilliance of quartz crystal & freshwater pearl, wrapped all in an organic design of twisted & round gold-filled wire. This brooch offers intriguing negative space to balance all the vintage elements. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Antique Rose, Da Vinci Pin

Jun 26 2010
My obsession is collecting vintage & antique jewelry & bringing them up-to-date with an interesting twist. This circa 1940's West German pin set the stage in matte black & gold trim. I hand-cut & beveled lime & powder blue aurora borealis stained glass, gift wrapped each, sprinkled in Swarovski & Czech crystals, Pearl & art glass beads for this intriguing look. John purchased this for his mother who loves pins & brooches. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Pearl & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Pin

Jun 25 2010
This free-flowing design of aqua & natural pearls, floral crystal, aqua stained glass & sea glass seem to float atop a circa 1950's circle pin. All are bound with looped gold art wire. Pin to your sweater, scarf or where ever you care to dazzle with this one-of-a-kind art pin!
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Cherry Red Leaf & Ice Sea Glass, Beach Gem Pin

Jun 23 2010
Bold Cherry red art glass beads in textured leaf & polka dot contrast brilliantly with ice sea glass found on the beach at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth Maine. The organic cage design with red art wire only adds to the turn-all-heads effect of this one-of-a-kind art to wear pin. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Fire & Ice Da Vinci Earrings

Jun 21 2010
I love combining a retro vintage element, here the coiled gold wire design & ball bearing with hand-cut & beveled mirror textured, stained glass. These are slivers that intensify the icicle effect, while above, the lapping flames of coiled wire hover dangerously close. Contrasts of hot & cold, wire & glass create an intensity that only art can define as it mimics nature. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Teardrop Amethyst, Gem Revival Pendant

Jun 20 2010
Out of the hundreds of precious & semi-precious gems in my boutique, David selected this teardrop Amethyst loose gem stone for his daughter's 16th birthday. I utilized sterling silver in creating an organically woven open cage design, which allows for light & the facets to shine through more than a bezel set would. David had already chosen to give his wife a yellow sapphire gem revival & now he was back for his daughter. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Green Quartz Emerald Cut, Gem Revival Necklace

Jun 17 2010
A beautiful, faceted gem, such as this Green Quartz should be allowed to shine. I wrap each gem with that in mind. Unlike most gold or silversmiths, I steer away from enclosing or bezel setting & opt instead to cage each gem in an open, flowing wire design. Here, I used thick gauged sterling silver twisted & round wire. It's important to secure the gem, as well as, allowing for light & all the facets to shine through. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Ruby Clusters, Gem Revival Necklace

Jun 16 2010
These faceted rubies were made delicate when designed into clusters hung from a sterling micro chain. I carried the dotted ruby design up into the triple tiger wire chain by alternating each ruby on seperate strands. Lovely & one-of-a-kind and rubies to boot! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Sterling Wave, Hematite & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 15 2010
It's so interesting to me how each piece is dictated by its components. I often have a preconceived idea of where each piece should belong, but as I build & cage, the design begins to take a shape as if it has a mind of its own. This is what I call organic designing. It is up to me in the end to assure that each piece is balanced, intriguing & not too busy. This wavy sterling sliver with hematite, swarovski crystal & freshwater pearl made way for a taller rectangle shape & frame. I hung this piece from a vintage strand of glass pearls in grey & off white, similar to the pieces in the mosaic. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Key to My Heart, Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 15 2010
This Vintage Mosaic tells a story of love's possibilities when the sea's tides bring in its treasure trove of pebble, pearl & sea glass. All are represented here in a tear drop shape of gold art wire with a mix of Swarovski cube crystals, vintage heart locket & key & an antiqued brass daisy. Two enamel once-earrings serve as lovely backdrops to this sweet pendant that measures approximately 2 x 1.5 inches. It will unlock the curiosity of whoever views you wearing this sea glass art-to-wear beauty, since you will likely be asked to share in the origins of your pendant. It is one-of-a-kind & only you will hold its magic!
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Angel Fish, Bubbles & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 13 2010
I feel as if I've built a miniature undersea world of delight, starting with this MOP Angel fish, aqua, lime & crystal glass beads & crystals, freshwater pearl, & sea glass. There is a swirl of sterling silver round & twisted wire which creates the underwater mystique. I've zig-zagged sterling into a choker for a lovely contrast & an imagining of waves above it all. This was just purchased as a gift from Karen to her dear friend Michelle, who loved this piece when she tried it on. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Cameo, Brick & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 12 2010
This softened, yet angular brick sea glass started me on the search for something copperish in color to complement it. This lovely cameo w/ rust background & braided oval frame offered contrast & compliment, along with the ice sea glass. The frame is an 18 gauge coppper wire hand-formed into a rectangle without much fuss around it. Jennifer received this surprise gift from her boyfriend, Steven. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Pretty in Teardrop Pink & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 11 2010
This teardrop is not one of sadness, but of pure happiness when looked upon. There is so much softness in this Mosaic piece because of the sea glass, natural pearl and pink vintage enamel earrings which serve as the back drop to all the elements mentioned, including two sweet hearts! The wire is sterling silver and extends up through the hand-woven bar chain. It speaks to utter femininity & boldness of statement through its artful pose . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Crashing Waves Of Blue & Silver, Apple Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 10 2010
This Vintage Mosaic is a mix of emotions from the turbulent scene of wavy & rectangular sea glass & stained glass in blues & white, to the two crystals acting as beacons of light for a wayward vessel, to the sweetheart that awaits from so far away, but so close to the heart. This lovely apple shape design will make the onlooker wander & wonder all at once. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Iridescent Fan & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 09 2010
Sometimes when you toss a few goodies together, just because, well, things turn out prettier than pretty. I picked up this sliver of ice sea glass on Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A hand-cut piece of iridescent, pink stained glass crosses over the sea glass for an added layer of pretty, along with a contemporary silver hoop w/ more pink in the form of faux cat's eye bead & a MOP sterling bezel set teardrop bead. The star, of course, is the metal fan which offers a splash of color from purple to orange. The simple, clean-lined tear drop frame brings everything together sweetly. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Opal Rhinestone Daisy & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic necklace

Jun 08 2010
This is no ordinary square, not by a mile. In this case, it's about the inner workings, composed of a rhinestone daisy at its center, some boldly geometric purple & clear faceted rhinestones, amber sea glass & one hand-cut & beveled lavender stained glass piece. There is just enough negative space to create mystery & balance. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Turquoise Teardrop, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 07 2010
This lovely teardrop makes me think of a princess atop a Santorini cliff with white chiffon blowing from her poised self, She is stunning in this majestic piece in turquoise & sea glass & so much more. There is a vintage gold filigree earring backing all that comes together up front, from stained & sea glass to Swarovski crystals & gold washed acrylic beads. Hung from turquoise & gold bead double chain, this elegance is just right for the vision on the cliff. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Green Bay Packers, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 06 2010
Dad, Tony, was on the hunt for a special Sweet Sixteen birthday gift for his daughter. When I asked about her passions & hobbies, he mentioned that her favorite team was the Green Bay Packers. I happened to have several fan pins & earrings, so he had me create a Vintage Mosaic out of the pin & I added the earrings as a gift for allowing me to create for this special occasion. In keeping with the team colors, I added green & yellow faceted glass beads & freshwater pearls for a dash of femininity & elegance. I carried the color up through the custom tiger wire necklace . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Concentric Circles & Pearls, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 05 2010
I'm no different from most artists who love to create multi-dimensional objects. In this concentric circle piece I layered vintage gold hoops &, like a cake, placed numerous goodies in between the layers for a yummy & startling effect. Two slivers of rippled stained glass in cobalt blue & aurora borealis liquid clear serve as added focal points, drawing the eye in different directions. I added brass textured beads, grade A freshwater pearls & Austrian crystals along the perimeter for an even greater mix. Overall, this piece measured 2 inches in circumference & is as exciting as any of my mosaics! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Pamela's Turquoise Kitty, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 04 2010
I love scribing with wire anything from affirmations to names. Here, we knew that Pamela is a cat lover, so this vintage kitty, circa 1950's, was a perfect dangle from her cursive name in gold art wire! Hung from a vintage metal mesh chain, this cutey cat is all about having fun & shouting out who you are with style! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Mermaid, Copper & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Jun 03 2010
The vintage copper & sterling window was my inspiration for this lovely mermaid mosaic. I gathered an ice seaglass piece for the mermaid to rest her cheek against, a sliver stained glass that represents the cool waters of the North Sea, a grade A pearl & MOP piece tucked up in the corner. Swirling gold wire wraps each piece lovingly, while a rectangle shape ultimately takes form. She is long gone but not forgotten! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Avant Garde Cameo & Pearl , Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 02 2010
This lovely cameo was the second from Donna's collection. This time, she was ready to push the boundaries of design, so I created a frame which extended with the diagonal in mind. Donna wanted me to incorporate her own pearl necklace originally strung on nylon cord. I use cream and light chocolate freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal hearts, cubes & bicones & a CZ drop for added movement. All elements climb from the pendant up through the interwoven chain design. Now Donna's cameos no longer sit in her drawer collecting dust! She allows them to shine with her on a daily basis!!!. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Cameo & Swarovski Crystal, Vintage Revival Necklace

Jun 01 2010
Donna had several cameos given to her as gifts and hoped that they could be made more unique. We discussed the colors she wears, especially since she often wears suit ensembles to work. She liked the idea of dotting the frame with Swarovski crystals and a free-flowing wire design to add whimsy to this shell-carved beauty of a cameo from Italy. I added two CZ crystals that dangle & move with her every move and hung the cameo revival from micro glass chocolate-colored beads. This is as elegant as its owner & unique, too! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Feather, Pearl, Sandollar & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic, Necklace

May 31 2010
This piece is a part of my Museum Mosaic collection. It is chock-full of goodies from a sterling feather w/ bezel set turquoise cabachon to FW pearl, quartz crystal, sea glass, pewter sandollar & more. The pendant was significant enough to not be overwhelmed by the wide brush silver link necklace chain, that is a statement in itself. The shape is my apple design. I incorporated a twisted wire hoop as the frame & cradled everything with my free-form wire design. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Teardrop Pearl, Sea glass & Swarovski Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 30 2010
Robin came into my shop with her sister Meredith, who owns many pieces from my collections. She had wanted to create a pendant out of several pearls she had purchased. Robin selected the seafoam sea glass to include in her custom piece which would be similar to one she saw in my shop window. She also selected the colors of Swarovski bicone crystals you see in the piece. Two of the pearls were not drilled so I created a cage design for them and the third I kept in front of the sea glass piece. I use no glue or soldering in my designs, only the wire wrapping of all elements into a beautiful & balanced piece, as you see here. There will never be another like it! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Skeleton & Antique Keys, Vintage Revival Choker

May 28 2010
Meredith selected these five antique keys from my jar full. Check out the rusty key on the left. It looks like it was lying on the bottom of the Titanic for eons! What treasure did it once lead to? That is the mystery of keys. I hand-braided, twisted & formed silver over copper art wire with the keys in mind. This lovely choker can be molded to fit around her comfortably! . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Amber Glow, Sea Glass & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 27 2010
After I completed this sea glass, pearl & chrysanthemum Vintage Mosaic, I felt it needed space around it to lighten it's look. This hammered hoop offered just the right amount of negative space & proportion to the piece. Once hung on this circa 1960's chain mail floret necklace chain, the overall effect is stunning! This piece sold long before I opened my store . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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My boutique at 169 Main Street, Deep River, Connecticut

May 26 2010
So come on over. I can honestly say that I have more art jewelry, vintage & estate jewelry per square foot & inch than any store in the world. I've lost count, but the jewelry is in the thousands mark. And each piece is displayed for optimal viewing. An archaeologist exclaimed that it was like being at a dig, not because she had to dig, but because there was so much in the way of antique & vintage in my art jewelry & in its original form. There's something for everyone -- I've welcomed all from kids & babies to dogs & their owners & everyone in-between. One Chocolate Lab named Coco even got her own piece of Chanel jewelry for her collar. I can't wait to meet you & show you around! The address is 169 Main Street, Deep River, CT, 06417. If you want to make sure I'm in, call my cell at 207-450-0939. All the best, Kariann
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Silver & Paui, Vintage Lace Necklace for Abby

May 25 2010
Abby came into my shop with a pretty blue dress in tow. She had several occasions, including her 10 year reunion, so she wanted a necklace & earrings to match. My teeny boutique was already bustling with customers, so Abby walked around viewing possibilities. When it was her turn, she had picked out this Vintage Lace made out of once clip on earrings with faux paui & glass dots in aqua, pink & moonstone colors. She tried it on & we held the dress up and found this suited her well. I also created earring to compliment the necklace & dress. It is a hammered swirl with little loops which I filled in with baby blue, aurora borealis bicone Swarovski beads. They don't dangle too low, so as to not compete with the Vintage Lace. She will get lots of use from these two! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Blue Topaz in Sterling, Gem Revival Pendant

May 24 2010
I've given this almost 2 carat Blue Topaz the royal treatment in sterling silver. My wire design takes on its own flair as the stone dictates which direction I take. To keep the back from wobbling, I build a base & throughout the wrap, assure that light is able to compliment every facet. This is a lovely Topaz that sparkles in any light & will make your eyes twinkle in like! Those who catch a glimpse of you will not miss your Gem Revival art-to-wear creation. It is heavenly!
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Sea Glass Teardrop & Pearls, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

May 24 2010
This was one of my first teardrop Mosaics. I typically start with pieces that catch my eye & inspire me to create. Here, an ice sea glass piece & a mauve art glass piece nod to each other, while two grade A pearls & two bulls-eye blue cube glass beads offer added focal points of luster & color. The wire is sterling silver. I created twisted bar links with interlinking loops for the chain. I loved the open design of this pendant, where lots of negative space lets each piece breath & shine. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Dichroic Glass & Filigree, Gem Revival Necklace

May 23 2010
Kim came into my boutique ready to treat herself to her Mother's Day gift. She owns & runs her own childcare center, so I'd say that a treat to her liking is well-deserved. She picked up a dichroic glass piece in colors that appealed to her -- green & lavender. Noting my wire wrap designs, she asked that I do something unique while turning this piece into a pendant. At first she wanted the wire design to be simple, so as not cover the beauty of the foiled glass work. On first viewing, she realized that she really wanted more wire work. This free-form filigree design is the result. I added an eternity symbol charm to break up the open center. She looks beautiful wearing her new Gem Revival & has already set aside an agate jaspar stone for her next custom design! . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Grandmother & Child, Turtle, Vintage Cloud Necklace

May 22 2010
Sue came into my boutique for the first time. She shared the wonder of being a grandmother for the first time and also talked about her mother who she misses dearly & whose nickname was Turtle. She already owns a Vintage Revival & Vintage Mosaic necklace & said how she was intrigued by my Vintage Cloud design, so this is the result -- her loved ones coming together in a sentimental art-to-wear piece that is perfect for summer! Her Vintage Cloud is dotted with tiny mother of pearl discs & pewter flowers, Swarovski crystal drops & a vintage silver filigree heart. The center grandmother & baby figure holds its own rhinestone. So this Cloud sparkles with light & meaning! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Pottery Sea Glass, Pearls & Swarovski, Contemporary Mosaic Necklace

May 21 2010
Pottery sea glass shards are the rarer of sea glass finds. This piece is softened & shows the layers of its origins. Its face is the creamiest of white. I used gold-filled wire designed using scroll-like swirls, not unlike the tide in an underwater cave, & an oval frame. These grade A pearls & Swarovski cube crystals lend elegance & light as a beautiful contrast to the matte surface of the pottery shard. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Communion Cross on Sea Glass, Beach Gem Neklace

May 20 2010
Two weeks ago Liz walked into my shop with the hope of finding a cross for her daughter, Emily, to commemorate her first Holy Communion. Emily is a tall nine year old who she said loves arty things. When I suggested a piece of sea glass as a backdrop for the cross, Liz picked out this sea foam-colored triangle with a missing edge to contrast with the one inch rhinestone cross. She asked that I go with an elaborate framed design & this is the result. Emily came in with her little sister to try on her Beach Gem Cross & tiger wire chain, which I custom fit to her size. I added a magnet closure that made it easy to put on & take off. This little gem looked beautiful on her & will be an everyday piece for her. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Goddess Garnet & Pearl on Seashell & Seaglass, Beach Gem Necklace

May 20 2010
These two triangle beach gems were tossed onto my beach after a tremendous storm. The garnet & pearl in sterling bezel set is an earring orphan. I kept this open caged design simple and without a frame because the shapes & frosted nature of this seafoam sea glass offered plenty of intrigue & stately beauty without the need for a lot of fuss. I see Morgaine of the fairies, from the time of Merlin & King Arthur, wearing this Beach Gem one-of-a-kind piece -- or you!
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Seafoam Sea Glass & Lipstick Red Circle, Beach Gem Necklace

May 20 2010
This perfectly frosted seafoam sea glass piece with an imperfect edge prompted this framed teardrop design in silver art wire. This once earring lipstick red, enameled hoop offers an exciting & bold direction for this Beach Gem! Perfect for you who love sea glass in a bold & beautiful setting!!!
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Discipline, Strength & Dragon, Vintage Cloud Necklace, Revised

May 17 2010
This is the revised version of the original Discipline, Strength & Dragon Cloud Necklace. Kim decided that her custom piece was too big for everyday wear. So she asked that I replace the dragon symbol with dragon lettering. I adjusted the tiger wire loops to create free-form circles, added Swarovski drop crystals & voila, Kim wears it often & beautifully. She is a Sensei Karate instructor, so the symbolism is so fitting for her. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Frosted Sea Glass & Starfish, Beach Gem Bracelet

May 16 2010
Each sea glass piece is a frosted beauty, gotten over decades of tossing at the bottom of the Maine coast. I created a free-form waves-washing-over design while caging each piece with 24 gauge gold filled wire & added a vintage Lunch at the Ritz 24 kt electroplated starfish with Austrian crystal at the center. Adjustable from approximately 6 1/2 - 7 inches. An absolute beauty that radiates light through every inch!
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Sea Pebble & Amethyst & Royal Blue Flowers, Beach Gem Necklace

May 16 2010
Just last week, after seven foot waves overtook the beach in front of my house, I found this rectangle beach pebble. It's been squared off by the tossing & turning among ocean waves. I couldn't wait to create around it. I forged a free-form cage with silver, non-tarnishing art wire & "grew" once earring orphans that represent garden beauties among the edges to soften & add a flora aspect to this art-to-wear piece. The amethyst flower contrasts richly with the royal blue rhinestone flower & silver leaf with a row of rhinestones. The piece measures approximately 2 x 3/4 inches & is hung from a vintage silver tone chain. It is absolutely stunning & comfy to wear!
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Black Onyx & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 14 2010
I was inspired to do a Vintage Mosaic piece based on the glass & onyx beaded vintage necklace. I collected a teardrop shaped onyx stone, ice sea glass & swarovski crystals & set out to create something open & airy in design. The result is this tear drop shaped Vintage Mosaic which is embellished w/ lovely linear loop-d-loops. It is as much elegant as it is whimsical! . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, u
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Sea Shell, Flower & Crystal Sterling , Vintage Revival Lariat

May 14 2010
This lariat offers many looks, as it pulls the antique style sterling chain from both sides! The detailed links keep the chain from sliding, once you've decided on the length & look for your outfit. I absolutely love when a statement piece is versatile, delicate, feminine & full of vintage found objects, and this lariat fits the bill perfectly. The flower is a 12 kt gold filled filigree design with real pearl, a faceted glass crystal dangle below & the catch is a Victorian belt buckle. The very bottom dangle is a spiral sea shell in brass with a lavender freshwater pearl dangle. I'd feel so yummy in this piece & absolutely like I could stop traffic with this as my accompaniment for the day!
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Antique keys & Circles, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 12 2010
I couldn't resist embellishing this contemporary spiral hoops design. I had just won a lot of antique keys & thought the contrast of old with contemporary would be exciting & unique. To add a touch of even more dazzle, I added Swarovski crystal drops & gold beads dotted throughout the design. This is a perfect piece for your next gallery opening!
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Hearts & Swarovski Crystal Custom Choker

May 12 2010
Bonnie longed for a choker with her five childrens' birthstones. In keeping with her budget, we selected Swarovski bi-cone crystals that represented the birthstones by color. I hand-forged four hearts, created double bales for the crystals for connecting links & added brilliant 3 mm Swarovski crystal drops for a bit of dazzle! Tiger wire in silver completes the necklace. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Dancing Queen, Aqua Vintage Revival Necklace

May 10 2010
This is a vintage charm take on a contemporary piece. I was drawn to the faceted acrylic crystal cluster necklace with a contrasting black metal chain. The possibilities for bringing an added touch of vintage here were endless. I started with black cut-out leaves that drape in a cluster or are placed solo for balance. The aqua & crystal faceted bead dangle is a nice touch, along w/ the cloisenne bead dangle. They draw the eye to varied angles & add to the charming weeping willow tree effect. Whether you're in the mood to dance the night away or just dazzle anyone before you, lead the way with this stunning art-to-wear piece!
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Star & Moon in Garden, Vintage Revival Charm Necklace

May 10 2010
The double on triple links come from a vintage bracelet. This design is made all the more intriguing with vintage glass faceted teardrops in purple & pink; pewter, brass & gold tone flowers; crystal & crysoprase like hearts, & more. The star & moon offer a touch of the mystical to this one-of-a-kind art, charm necklace. Length is approximately 15 - 17 inches adjustable.
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Temple & Leaves, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 09 2010
Front & center is this loveliest of temples which could be placed in the center of an arid desert scene or at the head of a large Colonial square. I kept the accompanying pieces bold & equally unique in pattern & design for good balance. This, too went to the home of an art lover who will wear this piece beautifully with earrings to match! . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Silver Buttons & Rhinestone, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 09 2010
Little silver buttons in rhinestones & filigree designs are the best mix of vintage all wrapped up in my Lace designs. This one's out the door on a proud & stylish owner. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Silver & Paui, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 07 2010
This Vintage Lace is all about the contrast of varied silver once clip on earrings & the occasional design in faux paui or shell in square & triple glass dots in aqua, pink & clear tones. The border earrings are a filigree cut-out design that offers a lightness to the otherwise solid earring designs. This is a stunning Vintage Lace necklace that will be exciting when worn throughout your day & into the evening -- from jeans to cocktail dress.
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Golf Clubs in Golden Garden, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 07 2010
This set of golf clubs doesn't weigh its owner down, but rather is about bringing a smile to any golfer who tees off a glance at this Vintage Lace piece. I combined gold tone once clip-on earrings in varied shapes that offer a nice contrast & setting for the Clubs & bag. The crysanthemums are a nice touch to each border. My vintage lace design is handwoven from non-tarnishing gold art wire. This design floats on the adorned & molds comfortably to your contours! So wear it in comfort & with beauty in mind! . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Cameo & Emerald Thermoset, Vintage Revival Necklace

May 06 2010
I love to mix & match chains that blend well with their opposits. Here a chunky square link necklace chain sits opposite a Thermoset bracelet in emerald & orange glass cabachons & pearls. The cameo back drop is the same orange/ peach, while the cameo relief figure is matched with the cream pearls. There is intentional mix match that comes together in the most elegant of packages. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Pearl in Sterling, Gem Revival Ring

May 05 2010
Claire longed to complete her set, which consisted of a Vintage Lace Necklace, Confection Collection Cuff & Vintage Revival Earrings. The common elements were vintage Czech glass buttons, silver art wire & the same pearl that is shown here. This organic design reminds me of willow branches gathered into a nest for its crowning pearl glory. Claire loved the simplicity & beauty of the design & will wear her complete set or Parure to her sister's wedding, as her Maid of Honor. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Citrine in Sterling, Gem Revival Necklace

May 05 2010
Debra had many citrine gemstones from which to select. I carry everything from loose emeralds to aquamarines & wrap each gem in semi-precious to 14 KT gold wire. Here, Debra preferred sterling to set off the brilliance of this pear cut 5 ct citrine gem. I kept the design open in front so as not to obscure the facets & beauty of the cut & quality. The open caged design is totally dictated by the stone, so no two are alike! Debra chose to combine gold & silver tiger wire for her chain design. I custom build chains for each piece, depending on the client's preferences. Some prefer a sterling chain, others a choker & most the tiger wire for its simplicity & lack of distraction from any pendant. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Copper, Button & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 04 2010
This lovely & airy copper framed mosaic has many focal points from the peach acrylic vintage button w/ Czech red cube crystal, freshwater pearl & copper enamel once earring holding up the rear. A solitary sliver of amber stained glass sets a corner off in a direction that says "don't forget about me!" This entire piece does not require that you shout out on its behalf -- it speaks beautifully for itself!
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Ladybug, Heart & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 04 2010
These lovely vintage enamel painted ladybugs linger & explore among many vintage elements, such as this gold & pearl chrysanthemum & glass onyx beads. Ice frosted sea glass, mirror textured & teal stained glass offer a coolness to this otherwise warm & full palate that is from my Vintage Mosaic collection. The brass ball in the lower right corner is balanced in weight & beauty by the four onyx glass & one red glass floral beads that move with the adorned. Nature is at its prettiest & most original in this one of a kind, art-to-wear piece!
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Mother of Pearl, Heart & Crystals, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 03 2010
This Vintage Mosaic is composed of a tiled pink MOP or mother of pearl backing with crystal in gold bezel heart which magnifies the tile design. Two hand cut & beveled pieces of clear & aurora borealis stained glass offer contrast & interesting focal points, while freshwater pearls & Swarovski crystals allow for negative space around their linear construction. The rectangle frame suits this eclectic mix & so did this piece its new owner . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Run for the Roses, Vintage Lace Necklace

May 03 2010
I had just created & sold my Daisy Chain & Bit of blue Sky Vintage Lace necklace & felt that another floral piece was in the offing. I hunted down all my red enamel & rhinestone roses & started playing with composition. Here is the result -- roses on a vine in the form of my Vintage Lace design. These vintage roses were once pins & brooches, now made into a regalia of what I think is my crowning glory of this collection!
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Blue Bamboo, Pearl & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

May 02 2010
This vintage, teardrop shaped turquoise enamel, painted bamboo hoop was the perfect frame for stained glass which I hand cut & beveled. These glass slivers in liquid clear & aqua w/ a cloud cast combined beautifully with a frosted ice sea glass piece, Swarovski blue heart crystal & grade a pearl. Just enough negative space lends mystery to this organic piece of art-to-wear! If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Cobalt Blue Moon & Sea Glass Apple, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 30 2010
The craters of a waxing cobalt blue moon are exemplified here among amber & ice sea glass and vintage Austrian crystals. One brass piece is tucked in behind. With all that, I love that the thick gauged gold filled wire is up front & center in loose swirls & infinity symbolism. The apple shape came about as a natural cradle for these fabulous pieces. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Agate Cathedral Window, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 30 2010
This Vintage Mosaic necklace is rich with multiple agate stones, vintage art glass & brass beads. All are hand forged & bound with copper wire. I slipped a peach piece of sea glass I found on a beach in Maine. This mosaic shape & combination of stones makes me think of a cathedral stained glass window. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours. If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Sea foam Sea glass, Beach Gem Ring

Apr 30 2010
This caged sea foam sea glass ring would present well in Gueniviere's trusseau. My organic hand-forged weave harkens back to a time when a marketplace sold wares & spices from around the globe. There are feminine twists & lots of negative space leading the eye to the next little adventure in on your journey. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Inverted Mirror & Hammered Brass, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 30 2010
I love how shapes meld into one another & sometimes leave your imagination to wander. Does this piece evoke an era gone by, such as the time of Merlin & the Mysteries? I do believe there is magic & energy in things, if you just let a piece speak to you. The magic is in how you feel when wearing your jewelry, especially if no one else in the world owns a piece like yours! Well, you're in luck, because you could be the one!!!
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Emerald Sea Glass, Beach Gem Ring

Apr 28 2010
This was one of my first sea glass ring creations. The emerald sea glass was one of the prettiest I'd found along the Maine coast in Cape Elizabeth. The wrapping was in gold art wire & kept simple, since it was all about the sea glass. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Emerald Sea glass on Aqua Stained Glass, Beach Gem Ring

Apr 28 2010
What a pretty combination this is -- emerald green sea glass on a hand-cut piece of aqua stained glass. The wire passes through the center of the sea glass in a lovely design that serves both form & function. I use no glue or soldering -- only cold connecting with gold art wire. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Ice Blue Sea Glass, Beach Gem Ring

Apr 28 2010
I couldn't resist "nesting" this light-filled piece of blue sea glass in sterling silver wire. My wraps are organic weavings, or me just following the feel of each piece telling me which direction to take in my hand-forged wire designs. The bands are often a row of three rounds of wire so that the fit on your finger is comfortable & prevents the ring from sliding around. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours
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Chandelier Mirror & Oranges Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 27 2010
Try this twist of orange on the usual chandelier earring & add hand cut & beveled, mirror-textured stained glass rectangles for a sprinkle of daring & movement, and you will be ready for any event -- from blue jeans with blousey blouse to your prettiest cocktail attire & heels!
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Bridesmaid's Pearl & Swarovski, Vintage Revival Bracelet

Apr 26 2010
A June bride wanted to give her three bridesmaids art-to-wear jewelry that represented each of their personalities. This bridesmaid was the most daring & funky of the three. Their dresses had pink & brown details & the bride loved pearls, so I incorporated vintage art glass pink beads, vintage faux glass pearls & faceted Swarovski crystal buttons. The design is an organic wrap of silver art wire that mimics four leaf clovers filled with each of the beads. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Cameo in Sterling, Vintage Revival Ring

Apr 26 2010
Donna loves her jewelry to come in parure or sets. This black vintage resin cameo completed her earrings & necklace set. I created a free-form wire wrap design that captured her cameo. It is classic & art-to-wear & something no one else will have. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Moon & Triangle Mirrors, Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 26 2010
Going with my love for whimsy, asymmetry & beauty, I paired vintage filigreed beads with mirror textured stained glass carved into a triangle & a moon. Don't you love the way they play side by side? Many folks bring in their earring orphans for me to create into asymmetrical & playful pairs. There is always balance in these mismatched pairs! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Dolphins & Stained Glass, Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 25 2010
These little liquid amber windows of stained glass offer more fun below in the form of leaping dolphins. Think of the sun setting over a tranquil sea with the sweetest of dolphins ready to break through the calm!
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Aqua & Ice Sea Glass for Anique, Beach Gem Necklace

Apr 25 2010
Anique walked into my boutique & took the tour for the first time. She stopped at this Beach Gem necklace & declared that this is what she expected to find & what she came for. She had dreamed about it. Well, now Anique wears this around her, along with a custom Beach Gem ring & cuff to match. Her next custom order is earrings which will complete the set. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Butterflies & Vines, Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 24 2010
These metal cut out butterflies are as light as a butterfly's wings. The movement they lend, along with the multiple strands of micro-chains & crystals, to the hand-cut mirror textured stained glass slivers is art mimicking nature. Jilana added this to her large collection of my designs. . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Antique Coin & Lemon Stained Glass, Da Vinci Earrings

Apr 24 2010
The mystery of where these coins have been & whose hands they've passed through brings history & infinite stories of their past to mind. But really, these old treasures are full of old world & contemporary beauty because of the pairing with two hand-cut lemon yellow stained glass pieces & bakelite like (if not the real thing) butterscotch tube beads. Coins are so popular with everyone, so it won't be long before these are snatched up!
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Butterflies & Hearts Vintage Revival Pendant

Apr 23 2010
These jewelry orphans consist of two hearts molded into a butterfly & two silver hearts linked strategically for movement & contrast against each other. The vintage acrylic teardrop bead & pink faceted glass bead create a dare to do & final touches to this free-form butterfly & heart pendant. Both gold & silver tones play, creating a versatility in form & function.
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Triangle, Mother of Pearl & Mirror, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 23 2010
This triangle mirror serves as the eye to this hoop with MOP dangles. My Da Vinci collection tends to lean toward simple angles and elegance like this piece. Hung from a thick brass snake chain, lots of vintage & new elements make for a stunning one-of-a-kind art to wear statement piece. Vintage chain is approximately 16 - 18 inches.
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Moon, Star & Heart, Vintage Mosaic Brooch

Apr 22 2010
I love combining elements that had their own existence in another jewelry life. Here, I laid a circa 1970 Moon w/ fibers & glued on art, added silver art wire while combining it to the hammered gold pin. To bring out the colors of the moon, I added a multi-dangle yellow charm, gold filigreed piece with pink/ orange faceted bead, a turquoise enamel & silver filigree ball charms. Together, these make a whimsical statement that can be worn with the colors of the rainbow in your wardrobe.
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Ladybug & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 22 2010
Eric walks the same beach as me & finds the best sea glass. These are pieces from his collection of four years. He wanted me to create something out of his seaglass for his girlfriend, Kathy. Ladybugs play a significant role in both he & Kathy's lives, so it was important that one be included in the design. We chose from hundreds of Eric's pieces & arrived at this combination. I wrapped each piece in gold filled wire and brought them together in this teardrop shaped design. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Mirror on Tear drop Brushed Brass Hoop, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 21 2010
A glint of the admirer reflects from your Da Vinci Mirror Necklace. And that is what you will have wherever you stroll -- people stopping to admire & ask you about your one-of-a-kind art jewelry. I cut & beveled this textured stained glass mirror, wrapped it in gold art wire & hung it atop a contrasting brushed brass hoop shaped in the form of a teardrop. It is absolutely stunning & measures approximately 1.5 inches x 1 inches. It is hung from a double gold tiger wire of 16 - 18 inches, adjustable.
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Squiggle & Hoop, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 21 2010
I love playing with different shapes & mediums. Here, I hand-cut & beveled a multi-toned black & clear stained glass piece to resemble a squiggle. For contrast & more whimsy, I cold connected with wire a vintage hoop w/ smoked glass faceted beads. As many of my art-to-wear pieces attest, this goes from casual jeanswear to evening gown glamour! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Sea Shell, Sea Glass & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 21 2010
This teardrop is filled with nature's keepsakes, from a grade A pearl to a gold leafed seashell. A Swarovski cube crystal tops the sea glass, while other crystals & lots of negative space work their magic between the gold art wire, which I formed into a whimsical teardrop shape. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Driftwood, Beach Pebble & Crystals, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 19 2010
A sea Captain purchased this piece for his wife. I found a driftwood branch at Fenwick beach in Old Saybrook, where Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy once strolled. I carved & reamed each piece into a bead, wrapped a beach pebble & added the sparkle of Austrian crystals in this rectangle Mosaic constructed from 12 Kt gold filled wire. . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Autumn Leaves, & Sea Glass, Vintage Mosaic

Apr 19 2010
This was my first "apple" mosaic. This apple shape embraces seafoam & ice sea glass, Swarovski aurora borealis cube crystals, vintage acrylic leaves & freshwater pearls. 12 Kt gold filled wire softens, sculpts & provides many negative spaces that balance the entire effect of this lovely autumnal "apple". . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Seahorse on Sea Glass & Pearl, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 18 2010
This lovely copper seahorse bobs up & down among a grade A pearl, Austrian & Swarovski crystals & an ice sea glass backing. All are lovingly framed by sterling silver in a tear drop frame. See the hand-forged heart? . . . Please email Kariann if you love this piece. Although each creation is one-of-a-kind, she can create something similar, with YOUR cherished piece(s) or with pieces from her collection of vintage orphans!
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Teal Cluster Earrings, Glass Button & MOP, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Apr 18 2010
Teal is such a vivid color that speaks to all things deep blue such as the infinite sea & sky. This Cloud necklace offers the loveliest focal components for the eye to linger on, from antique brass etched & teal glass button to contemporary button MOP discs & teal once cluster earring. For movement & balance to this design, I dangled a filigree brass ball from an antique micro chain. . . Kariann’s Vintage Cloud design is statement jewelry at its most delicate & sturdy! . . . . . If you dare to crumple this piece in your palm, its form will bounce right back. The quadruple tiger wire drape necklace is adjustable from 15 - 17 inches. . . Please email Kariann if you love this piece. Although each creation is one-of-a-kind, she can create something similar, with YOUR cherished piece(s) or with pieces from her collection of vintage orphans!
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Sail Into the Sunset, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 18 2010
I just love all things about nature, from it's pebbles & pearls to sea glass & all things tossed up onto the beach. Here, I've taken some of those remnants & tossed in my own extras, from the vintage charm sailboat with tropical island & sunset on its sail to the Swarovski crystal cube & bi cone glass aqua bead. This is not your ordinary teardrop, but one of beauty for all to admire on its owner . . Although this piece has sailed into someone's sunset, please email Kariann if you love this piece. Although each creation is one-of-a-kind, she can create something similar, with YOUR cherished piece(s) or with pieces from her collection of vintage orphans!
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Teardrop Moon, Star & Seaglass, Vintage Mosaic Necklace

Apr 17 2010
Kim came to my shop to discuss a custom piece. When she looked around to decide on a design collection, she realized that she already owned one of my Vintage Mosaics. This piece had been given to her by her mother! She loves the tear drop shape with sterling moon, star, amethyst & freshwater pearls. The ice sea glass back & center offers a softened contrast to the whole. Her next Mosaic design incorporated a Blue Topaz in 14 Kt gold bezel & this time the shape was a rectangle. . . .Please email Kariann if you love this piece. Although each creation is one-of-a-kind, she can create something similar, with YOUR cherished piece(s) or with pieces from her collection of vintage orphans!
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Peace Sign Under the Sea, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 17 2010
This vintage Peace Sign gives the illusion of floating on a Caribbean ocean. I hand cut & beveled this liquid aqua stained glass & cold connected it to the Peace symbol for this stunning effect. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Pretty in Pink & Blue Framed, Rippled Mirror, Da Vinci Necklace

Apr 16 2010
This is quite simply a pretty hand-cut triangle made of rippled mirror stained glass. I set it in a whirled frame design of silver art wire dotted with baby blue & pink czech crystals. This oval art piece is hung from a double strand silver tiger wire, approximately 16 - 18 inches adjustable. Expect to be stopped & admired for your love of art-to-wear!
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Moon Gazing at the Stars, Vintage Revival Earrings

Apr 16 2010
These obsidian & onyx stars play on separate galaxies, one within a moon's stone throw & the other just below a brass star. The mix of metals & charm elements offer whimsy & balanced asymmetry. . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Space Shuttle to Star & Moon, Vintage Revival Earrings

Apr 16 2010
When you get to play with fun shapes & colors all day for a living, there is nothing better!!! Here, I combined what appears to be a space shuttle pointed for take off with the a Moon dangling in clear view & squared for landing. The asymmetrical earring that complements it is a flower shape that carries two matte ball & a miniature star charm. There is a wonderful mix of metals & finishes here, so do mix & match with all your jewelry for a galactic fun time while you dress up your day!!!
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Candy Store & Stained Glass, Da Vinci necklace

Apr 14 2010
A peach stained glass piece inspired me to cut & bevel it into this shape. I added a taffy yellow vintage enamel piece & the Slurpee blue czech cube crystal for kicks. Copper wire brought all together with a tiny bit of elan, not ever wanting to be outdone, no, no, no! The above strand of art clay enameled vintage pieces consists of the same colors as my pendant creation, thus the perfect marriage. Don't depair, this yummy art-to-wear concoction could still be yours!
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Kiss Me Lipstick Red on Caramel, Da Vinci Collection

Apr 14 2010
The intensity of this red is so soft that it kisses & caresses each & every passerby that happens to lay eyes upon it. The glass beads on the multi-strand necklace mimic that of the double paned stained glass little windows merged into one w/ gold art wire. This one-of-a-kind art to wear piece is simply elegant & so very daring all at once. This describes its owner to a tee! . . . If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours. If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Dragonfly & Butterfly in Gold & Rhinestone Garden, Vintage Revival Necklace

Apr 13 2010
These once earrings, pins & buttons longed to grow into something special. Here they are a garden of many delights. Jewelry orphans no more, they offer a golden light contrasting w/ black, cream, gold & rhinestone in the form of flowers and sweet butterfly & hummingbird. If you love art, a lovely garden & nature all around you, then this one-of-a-kind piece will serve you well & bring you lots of nods of appreciation from lovers of art & nature, too!
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Discipline, Strength & Dragon, Vintage Cloud Necklace

Apr 13 2010
Kim has several custom designs from my Vintage Lace & Revival collections. She wanted her next piece to be different & a reflection of her Karate passion. She is a Sensei & totally devoted to her discipline & the art of sport. The dragon plays a large role, symbolically for her school, so she selected the dragon & the "strength" & "discipline" affirmations. I chose three stripe coral beads & combined them w/ a black satin piece to represent her belt & level of achievement. . . .Kariann’s Vintage Cloud design is statement jewelry at its most delicate & sturdy! . . . . . If you dare to crumple this piece in your palm, its form will bounce right back. The quadruple tiger wire drape necklace is adjustable from 15 - 17 inches . . .If you loved this piece, please contact Kariann to share your ideas. She will create another one-of-a-kind piece that meets your expectations, using found objects & gems that are similar to this piece from her extensive collection, or yours.
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Geometry, Metals, & Art, Vintage Revival Earrings

Apr 12 2010
I love the asymmetry of this piece, composed of multiple hoops, swirls, faceted beads & bar charms, all in varied metallic finishes. I love to incorporate jewelry orphans -- broken or missing pieces of a once beautiful whole, now come to life in what my eye sees as truly Willy Wonka whimsical & balanced. Let your mind tinkle & move with these earrings framing you!
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