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My Favorite new stone, Kyanite!

by geisha on Jun.01, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

I recently have been getting more and more into semi-precious stones. While browsing a little shop downtown Spokane, I cam across a stone I had never used before, Kyanite. It is instantly my new favorite. It is iridescent like labradorite, but in a vibrant pale blue color. I have been searching the web for wholesale Kyanite ever since! I used long teardrops to make these beautiful earrings. A simple wire-wrap job and sterling silver earring wires complete the look. Sometimes when you have a piece of stone so pretty, simplicity is best!Shimmering Slate Earrings

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Owl Obsession

by geisha on Apr.17, 2010, under News & Events

Anytime I find an owl bead, I have to buy it! I don’t know where the obsession came from, but I just love owls! They remind me of the 1970’s and my grandparents basement, that is, well, stuck in the 1970’s! They just have a very retro quality, especially when you find owl beads with big exaggerated eyes. I have made several pairs of owl earrings in my days, people either love them or hate them. Here is a pair I did with they lovely colorful enameled beads.

Hooots Earrings

Enamel beads paired with swarovski briolettes and gold findings

And here is another page I did with brown czech glass owl beads that have a gold finish on them to emphasize the details of the beads.

Hooters Earrings

Brown owl beads with gold embellishment and super sparkly faceted gold glass beads

You never know where you will find your next owls beads. I have found them at pawn shops, thrift stores and antique stores. (And well of course in the funky bead stores) Well, I hope you enjoy owls as much as I do!

If you like these designs, you can see more at my shop at

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Found Beads! What to do with all those darn random beads!

by geisha on Apr.08, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making

The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

From wooden leaf beads to vintage lucite beads

Recently, I was on a long earring making kick. I made like 30 pairs in month and one day I just needed to switch it up. I began to search the bottom of my bead drawers to see what was down there. If you are a beader, you know what I mean. Sometimes you will finish a project and have two of a certain bead left. After time, this can add up until suddenly my OCD kicks in and I just must re-organize everthing! So what to do with all the random beads? I decided to group them all into color categories. Browns, blues, greens and yellow. Looking over my brown pile, I realized I had some pretty cool beads there. I’m glad I didn’t just decide to throw them out one day in order to keep the bottom of my beading drawers clean! I used all of those beads to create a long, like over 4 1/2 ft long, necklace that can be worn doubled or trippled around your neck. I used a black cotton stringing cord and seperated each bead with a knot. The result is a bunch of random beads that come together to make one cohesive looking necklace. The beads are very varied. There are shell beads, bone beads, wooden shapes in different finishes, blown glass, vintage lucite beads from some old costume jewelry, brass and antique copper findings, and faceted fire-polished glass beads.

The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

The thing that I really like about this necklace is that all the beads are in the same color pallete, but they are very different shapes, textures and finishes. So I hope I have inspired all to keep those random beads and make something great with them! To check out the necklace feel free to visit my etsy store and convo me with any questions! –

The Jungle Mixed Media Necklace

Keep those random beads!

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Going Green with Jewelry – your views?

by JewelStruck on Oct.27, 2009, under Jewelry Trends

Global warming has garnered a lot of public attention in recent years. With the rise in fuel prices and economic crisis people are now concerned on how they are spending their money. Changes in climate has further added to the cause now people are becoming more environmentally aware.  I wanted to explore various ways by which we can – Go Green with Jewelry.

The basic principle of resource conservation, which is governed by 3 R’s rule is valid with Jewelry as well –  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Instead of using metals which are mined, its better to use eco-friendly alternatives. Recycled and found objects have also gained popularity recently.

Other than use of clay, granite, bamboo and ivory to make Jewelry.. a few natural products can be used via woven jewelry like cotton, hemp, wool, shells etc. Although these items are not as glittery as gold and silver, they can still be very beautiful replacements.

Even if you plan to buy gold or silver Jewelry – you should be able to trace the origin of the product. Many companies are offering certified warranties, so that you know where each part of the jewelry came from, and how it was made.  Has the profit made from the diamond in the engagement ring you are about to buy been used to fund rebel military operations? To ensure they are not, you can now purchase certified “non-conflict” stones.

So, how are you ‘Going Green with Jewelry’?

Would love to know your thoughts on the same. Please comment in case you think I’ve left out something !!

Picture credit :-  hafsteinnjuliusson – Growing Jewelry

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Vintage with Swarovski Elements

by kultalilja on Oct.22, 2009, under Handmade Jewelry

Vintage pendant

Vintage pendant

Finally I received Vintage items that I’ve so long waited. As soon as I saw those fabulous jewelry findings, I got thrilled to create new jewelry. The very first was a few earrings (I will definitely post photos of collections later) and when I saw this magnificent pendant, I decided to create a simple but beautiful necklace with it. Pendant is Trinity Brass antiqued gold and it is hanging on antiqued brass chain. I attached to chain sparkling Swarovski beads.

It’s so enjoyable to create sparkling vintage jewelry, at least as enjoyable as to wear them! You can find me at –

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