Friday, April 30, 2010

Disc Earrings Come Full Circle from the Gorjana Reidel Collection

Today I am in love with Gorjana Jewelry

Well mainly her earrings!

These sophisticated designs are created by Yugoslavian-born jewelry designer Gorjana Reidel.

These lovely shiny discs should adorn my lobes :) 

Launch in 2004, the Gorjana Jewelry Collection has been a regular on the glossy pages of Lucky Mag and InStyle and favored by celebs such a Paris Hilton and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Visit their website

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Edward finally Sparkles Bella with an Engagement Ring

From the world of teen vampires and all that Twilight rage, comes top-notched jewelry to take your Edward fever to the next level, the new brand of moneysucking merchandise introduces Bella's Engagement Ring. This Twilight-inspired oval ring is encrusted with 13 diamonds and 14K yellow gold, handcrafted by master artisans and diamond setters.

Bella's Genuine Engagement Ring

Personally, I find this finger bling just too big and gaudy for delicate hands like uh- Kirsten Stewart's. Then again, its Bella. So does it matter if the ring looks like some flashy vegas gambler's bling? or that it cost $1,979? Aaah such ode to fandom.

But knockoffs are on sale for 14-year-olds on a weekly allowance. See faux Bella's Fashion Engagement Ring for $35!

So you can still sparkle with Edward Cullen!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Alkemie Jewelry: Forged from Nature

Alkemie Jewelry is pioneered by LA-based husband and wife designing duo- Ashley Lowengrub & Dara Gerson. 

Many of the metal pieces are inspired by their real-world encounters with nature.

Alkemie Jewelry will always be known for its skillful play on texture.

My favorite cuff: A starfish hanging on your wrist for dear life

Whimsical designs are forged from 100% reclaimed metals. Alkemie Jewelry is eco-friendly and socially responsible.

Please visit for more of their fabulous designs.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Things to Consider When Making Your Handmade Jewelry Pieces

Making your own jewelry can be incredibly easy and fun. And making great looking pieces by hand are not entirely hinge on buying the most exquisite or priciest beads.

In creating pieces, you can keep the following in mind:

Consider geometry. Would square shaped glass stones go well with wooden felt balls? Would the thin rice beads emphasize my bold and large cabonchons? Glass beads are great for bead embroidery and creating large intricate shapes by following patterns and using stitch techniques like peyote and right angle.

Cerulean Sunset by Belinda Saville

Circle Pattern Bracelet by ForbesFarm

Consider Color. Experiment with palettes, try to mix and match, group beads in same color families or string together those of great contrast. Like any artist working with different mediums, one rule rings true and universal. The use of Color, manipulating tones and gradiations is essential. How you put colors together has a great impact on your work. So at best, study and tinker with swatches. A great resource for color ideas, go to Colourlovers. I have been using this site since my agency days.

A colorful geometric pattern bracelet by BeadsForever

Learn to layer or cluster. If you like eclectic jewelry pieces, creating the extra strands will give you the extra Ooomph. You can also cluster beads into attractive little bundles. Some create special knotted areas or pendants embellish with smaller beadwork.

Fringe by TheJadeDog (She is one of the best out there I feel so sad she put down her blog)

Add something personal. Found objects can spice up things like a piece of wood from a part of your house or a seashell you found on your honeymoon on beach. These can make nice charms or trinkets, simply drill holes in them or glue them to a hook.

Floral fabrics, beads and lace on a necklace by Aysetugrul

Never be afraid to experiment. You can always unsnap, unhook or snip off whatever mistakes you make. It is in making these mistakes that you develop your artisan's eye.

A quirky 3 peas in a pod pair of earrings by HeartinHawaii

Have fun! Your craft should never feel like a chore, it should relaxed you, give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you interested into doing more.

Patricia Tager Bracelet


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