If you like wool and you like jewelry, you might like these:
You can find all of the above woolly, bobbly jewelry at Ollies Woollies.
Even though some people might think that wool is itchy and scratchy, fulled products are usually pretty soft. (I know from experience!) According to crafter/shop owner Catherine Svensson, this is no exception! There is no wire in any of her work, either — just pure wool, so nothing will poke you.
I really like the branch-like look of many of the necklaces — it makes for a showstopper piece of jewelry and a conversation starter. There are also lots of flower motifs. And lots of big, bright colorful things. So if you’re a fan of any of the above, do check it out.
Just ’cause it’s Lent doesn’t mean you have to give up good style or cool jewelry. How about these from Good Friday Designs?
It’s a Mary Poppins charm necklace. Love the umbrella.
Rebecca is the gal behind Good Friday, and she’s a member of the Sacramento Craft Mafia.
Many of her pieces have a vintage flavor (such as the blue necklace above). She finds some great stuff and turns it into cute jewelry. She also carries many themed charm necklaces, including a great All Souls’ Day one that has a big ol’ skull and crossbones.
She’s got a funky style, and if you like that, you should probably go check it out.
Sometimes, you’re just looking for that perfect jewelry accent to go with your casual wear. Nothing super blingy and super shiny. Maybe something cute but low-key.
How about a pretty art wood/decoupage necklace?
You’ll find these and a lot more at Earth Expressions. The pendants are decoupaged onto wood and coated with resin to make them shiny and durable. A whole range of designs can be found in the shop, from Japanese papers (like this pretty blue floral pendant) to animal and bird motifs and even skulls.
Even the boxes the pendants come in are pretty! (If you click on a pendant listing, you will see a picture of the box.)
You even get a choice of stringing material — leather, organza ribbon, satin or suede leather cord — so you can nail down the look you want.
There are also copper wire jewelry pieces in the shop if you want something that’s not just square. Like this flower:
Does even looking at food make you really hungry? Do you crave the food you see?
If one of the above situations describes you to a tee, you could be in trouble if you had some of this jewelry:
This awesome (and pretty realistic) food jewelry is from Robin’s Jewelry Box. Robin works magic with polymer clay, resin and a few molds. The results are cute … and mouth-watering.
And of course, there’s another bonus — these goodies are calorie-free! So if you’re all fooded out for the holidays, get your fill with this jewelry. Robin’s shop has all kinds of food for whatever hunger you’ve got. Just don’t become so hungry you eat the pendant.
Oh, and she’s got rings, too — this coffee ring is perfect for the java lover in your life … and there’s no caffeine to keep you up at weird hours.
When you were a kid, did you ever try to catch a butterfly? They’re fragile, beautiful creatures. I was never fortunate enough to catch and hold on to a butterfly for a long time, but if you love them and all their beauty, you should check these out:
These are real butterflies preserved using soldering and stained glass techniques, from neile‘s Etsy shop. No butterflies are killed for these necklaces! So you can wear them guilt-free. And turn a lot of heads with one of these stunning pieces.
There are several different kinds of butterflies, from monarchs to other colorful varieties, from whole butterflies to single wings. There are also other glass items in the shop, like this pretty box you can keep some jewelry in:
Check it out!
Bend it, shape it, twist it — anyway you play with it, wire can do some pretty amazing things. Combine with pretty stones and you get some pretty sweet jewelry like this:
These pieces are the work of Cari Taylor at Wired Originals. Cari is a self-taught jewelry designer from Colorado. She uses sterling silver and precious gemstones in her work, as well as a variety of techniques. The flower pendant is a freeform wire piece, while the bracelet is wire crochet.
You’ll also find earrings and rings at Wired Originals, so you can have an entire twisty, shiny collection!
Roses are red, but they’re silver too:
This necklace from Jessica at San Francisco-based Future Momo is made with the aforementioned silver flowers and garnets. Simple and lovely, and would add an elegant touch to that kickin’ cocktail party your friends will throw to celebrate the end of summer.
Simple and lovely would describe just about all the jewelry at Future Momo, as Jessica combines gold or silver with semi-precious stones and gems for that right touch of color.
And just in case you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for in the shop, you could always get something custom-made at Future Momo! But chances are, you’ll find something to fit your taste.
You may have heard of Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty, which seeks to promote girls’ self-esteem and break the twisted stereotypes of beauty that pervade our society.
Alison over at jewelry shop Midnight Firefly began donating 10 percent of her sales to the Campaign For Real Beauty back in May, and big kudos to her for contributing to a very worthy cause.
In the meantime, you can feel beautiful wearing some of her pieces, which use precious stones and gems for a sleek look that will add some color to your wardrobe. Some pieces are bold and chunky, others simple but still eye-catching.
Try this necklace on for size:
As an added bonus, Midnight Firefly is currently having a big ol’ sale — 30 percent off all items!
So a sale and a good cause — you can’t ask for a better reason to shop.
Quick! When you think of porcelain, what do you think of? Really, really old china? A wedding gift you need to give someone? Pale white figurines in a curio cabinet (or your parents’ shelf)?
Now, would you think of this?
This is a lovely pendant from Chinook Jewelry. High fired porcelain. It’s only one of a myriad (and fun!) collection of ceramic pendants that are all handmade. Pendants are in several categories, from Modern Art (which is where the heart pendant was found) to a Seashore collection to a Things With Wings collection (which has some very nice bees, by the way). There are a wide range of styles and all colorful and pretty indeed.
There is even a bead section, filled with porcelain beads … it’s a veritable flower garden, too!
No boring bone-colored ceramic here!
And just when you thought the pendants were cool enough, there’s also some awesome finished jewelry pieces as well. Like this:
That above is the Fallen Leaves necklace. The leaf is in gold plated with copper. Still a long ways from fall, but it’s pretty nonetheless.
I’ve always had an interest in beadwork and weaving, though my dexterity is questionable and it’s highly doubtful that I will ever produce anything that looks like this:
(On the right is a necklace called Ice Maiden, which features a woven spiral. At left is Dancing Butterflies, featuring a beautiful flock of butterflies.)
Where to find such delights, you ask? Why, they’re at Erthe Fae Designs!
Erthe Fae Designs is run by AJ Reardon in Tucson, Arizona. AJ is inspired by myths, folklore and nature, and much of that is reflected in the accoutrements (like the butterflies), the bold earthy colors and the designs of her jewelry. Those photos above don’t do it justice. The chokers and collars are seriously a must-see and offer a great glimpse of her intricate work.
And, if you hop over before June 15th, you can get free shipping! That’s the sale part!
Erthe Fae Designs will also have another sale around the 4th of July … to keep abreast of new projects and potential sale info, check out AJ’s blog.
Looking for something fun, big and cool to wear around your neck? Maybe you should try this:
Or maybe this:
(Apporpriately called the Bold Statement Necklace.)
These creations are from Yvette Designs, a jewelry maker based in Louisiana. Yvette’s jewelry is bold and chunky, utilizing eye-catching pendants as centerpieces. (Like the awesome purple heart in the Heart Wings Chain necklace.)
All these designs are one of a kind, so if you see something you like, you’d better snap it up!
Couldn’t resist seeking out more flowers:
These beautiful silver pieces are from Heather Grandmont Jewelry. Heather has a background in metalsmithing and a love of clean, contemporary design. It’s reflected in all her pieces. Just about all of Heather’s pieces are made of sterling silver, and some feature gems or pearls. Really simple, but elegant nonetheless.
And even if flowers aren’t your thing, there are some other great pieces on her site. The piece on her front page — it’s called “Fly With Me” — features a pair of wings and is pretty interesting indeed.
Sorry for the mini hiatus (been sick, out of town, busy at craft shows, not attached to my computer, etc.), but I am back with some very nice jewelry:
This swirly delight is from Leah at Michon. I met Leah at the Pleasanton Craft Mafia’s Art & Craft show last weekend in Pleasanton. She was my booth neighbor. I enjoyed her pieces so much that I bought one! It’s swirly and silvery and pearly too.
Anyhow, Leah not only turns out some nice silver work — from pendants to earrings to bracelets — she also makes some really nice resin necklaces. The resin jewelry sometimes has copper forms in it (like a seashell-shaped thing you can view on her site), to acrylic paint (her husband is a painter) to one cool one that had a piece of a tree branch and crushed eyeshadow in the background (which I can’t find a picture of on her site).
There is some innovative stuff on Leah’s site, so do check it out. Unfortunately, what’s available for sale online isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, but she does provide a list of Bay Area places you can buy her stuff. She will also be at Maven Craft Fair in San Francisco on May 12, so you can see her there.
It’s almost spring, and I’m sure the wedding scene will start to pick up once the weather gets warmer.
If you’re a bride, or you know a bride or bridesmaid, maybe you should take a look at these:
These stunning piece were found on Etsy at micheledawn’s store. She is a jewelry maker based in the UK.
There was a lot of really intricate work in her shop — even a few tiaras! — and definitely worth checking out if you need some really special stuff.
(Is that even a word? Whatever.)
When I was a grade-school Catholic schoolgirl, we had an assignment in class one day to make a rosary. We could make it out of whatever we wanted. My mom helped me knot a piece of string into a rosary, and I made the cross out of a couple of toothpicks. Said rosary is nowhere near as stunning as this one:
You can find this beautiful piece (and more) at Rosaries and Jewelry by Laura — who happens to be one of the advertisers here on indie*galore.
It’s not just rosaries at Laura’s site. She makes some other beautiful jewelry, like this colorful necklace:
Go on over and take a look.