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Sunday, March 18, 2018

"The Promise" #PI - 03182018

The Promise
The Promise Of Spring  ... Love's Promise

I am often asked to make special jewelry for a Bride, 
Maid of Honor or Mother of the Bride.
I notice that many of these ladies wear a very simple dress ... to set off my work.
It is a personal joy to me ... and a challenge ... and an honor to be a part.

I am offering this beauty as an idea and as a piece itself.
Like all of my jewelry ... it is a One Of A Kind.

The classic look of White Pearls, the shine of Sterling Silver 
and the delicate beauty of a Butterfly amid her Flowers.

This lovely "Three In One" necklace and earring set features three strands of white fresh water pearls, a 2.5 inch by 2.75 inch Hill Tribe Sterling Silver Butterfly center piece, four tiny Silver Butterflies and Hill Tribe Silver Lotus Flower Buds and Spacer Beads.
Matching Bracelet.

The Butterfly stand can be warn singly ...
The two strand asymmetrical pearls are also grand by themselves ...
Or wear them all together for a very special and unique statement ...
Perfect for a Wedding when warn with a simple sheath dress 
to create a memorable look ...

 All Finding are Sterling Silver
 Set on coated high tinsel wire and secured with "Twisted Crimps"

 Pearl Strands: 20 and 21 Inches Long
Earrings Falls: 1.50 Inches

True Wearable Art
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

"Queen Of Faeries" #PI - 02252018

"Queen Of Faeries"

A Dramatic Statement of Culture - Hippie Culture
I was young during the peak of the hippie culture emergence in the early 60's onward.
My family was living in San Fransisco, CA during the "Summer Of Love".
Much of my life and style has, naturally, been influenced by this time in history.
The Avant-garde is something I embrace.

This Necklace is one of my best "Avant-garde" pieces to date.
As with all of my Jewelry Art ... this is a "One Of A Kind"

It is inspired by "Queen Of Fairies" by Arthur Rackham
(one of my favorite historic artists from the late 18oo's and early 19oo's)

From a "Junk Shop" more than 10 years ago ... in northern Oregon,
I found the Sterling Silver Butterfly that is the centerpiece of this work.

Over the past few years I searched for the smaller 
Sterling Silver Dragon Flies, Butterflies and Frogs.

On a trip to California two years ago, I found the green pearl stands that bring this 
springtime treasure to life.

Featuring five (5) stands of Green Cultured Pearls: 
Biwa, Rice, Coin, Square, Branch, Button and Potato

Hill Tribe Sterling Silver Butterflies, Dragon Flies, Frogs and Leaves
Swarovski Crystals with Jasper and Jade Beads
Sterling Silver Flowers, Spacers and Seed Beads

 All Finding are Sterling Silver
 Set on coated high tinsel wire and secured with "Twisted Crimps"

 Pearl Strands: 21 and 22 Inches Long
Earrings Falls: 2.25 Inches

Years In The Making ...True Wearable Art
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kissed By A Rose #PI - 02142018

Pearls ... Natures Original Jewels

A symbol of wealth, status and a form of currency.
Pearls have never gone out of fashion with the rich.
Even now when pearls are "cultured", or even faked in ceramic or plastic, 
the reputation of the pearl survives. 

Real Pearls are Rare, Unique and Mysteriously Beautiful.
This treasured, natural gemstone has fascinated us for centuries.

What Is A Pearl??
When a piece of grit or sand enters its shell, an oyster secretes a layer of Nacre around the irritant to protect it's living soft tissue from harm. Nacre forms a firm crystalline substance containing calcium carbonate that turns into a smooth coating building up in layers over many months and sometimes years. In time, (and with a bit of luck) a beautiful pearl can be taken from the shell without any need for polishing or finishing. The overlapping translucent layers give a pearl its shimmer, color and luster, reflecting the light through those layers.

Human's have been harvesting pearls for centuries in order to try and capture some of the beauty of nature for ourselves. The collecting of pearls is thought to have begun in ancient India among fish-eating families who fancied keeping hold of those little sea gems. Pearl fishing and culture continues in India, Persia, Japan, China, the South Seas and South America.

A necklace was originally a pagan protective device to stop the 
soul from leaving the body and flying off without you. 
Sounds like a pretty essential piece of jewelry to me ??!!

In ancient religions, pearls were symbolic of the moon and possessing magical properties. In fact, most religions make reference to pearls. Even today pearls are symbolic in Buddhist, Hindu, Hebrew, Christian and Islamic religions. 
Pearls are heavenly and pure, the symbol of perfection.

Once upon a time, the family jewels were passed down from generation to generation.
Pearls were popular and worn mostly by royalty.
Who else could afford such rare luxuries from the depths of the ocean?

In ancient Egypt, pearls were used to decorate buildings, royal clothing and even used as sarcophagus decoration. Even cosmetics were made from ground-up pearls.  This is where "Gilter" came from. The Egyptians discovered round pearls through the influence of Persia. A pearl necklace, believed to have belonged to a Persian princess, now hangs in the Louvre.

The Ancient Greeks viewed oysters and pearls as symbols of love.
Ancient Romans also adored pearls as a sign of status for both men and women. 
Both Aphrodite and Venus are said to have emerged from an oyster shell.  
In ancient China pearl jewelry represents purity in the wearer 
and pearls were (and are) used as currency.

View this link for more pearl history:

I Love Pearls
Sometimes I will buy them ... and just look at them for years,
before I use them in my jewelry.
Each pearl is an "Individual". 
Each one a "Treasure".

Even in today's world, with fine "Cultured Pearls", (we no longer wait for nature to put a "seed" into an Oyster - we do it manually - then leave the oyster to grow us a beautiful creation), the pearl still holds great value and meaning.

I am offering a wonderfully modern version of the Pearl Necklace and Earrings set.
Made from three kinds of white pearls, Branch, Biwa and Baroque, 
this necklace and earring set is very wearable.  
Enhanced with a Sterling Silver Rose bead at it's center, Swarovski Crystals 
and Brown/Tan/Gold Jasper stone beads this necklace has a lovely look.

Featuring Two (2) 22 millimeter Baroque Pearls 
(very large natural pearls - amazing size, shape and colors)

6 and 10 millimeter Biwa (Tear Drop) Pearls and 16 Millimeter Branch Pearls
Swarovski Crystals and Jasper Beads
Sterling Silver Rose and Spacer Beads 

All Finding are Sterling Silver
 Set on coated high tinsel wire and secured with "Twisted Crimps"

Necklace: 20 Inches
Earrings Fall: 2 Inches

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Beauty's Ambassador #NAI - 02122018

"Sit Quietly ... And She Will Find You"
The Butterfly is Nature's Beauty Ambassador

There is a special kind of joy in seeing a large butterfly winging near you.
 They go about their busy way ... 
but just seeing one will bring you a sense of reverence for life!!!
They are delicate. Their lives are short. 
They remind us that our own lives too are short.

Young, unmarried girls in Native Cultures throughout the world are often compared to Butterflies. The Hopi of the American Southwest celebrated the Butterfly everyday in the historic pueblo hairstyle of their Maidens. Attend a Pow Wow and you will see
 "Butterfly Dancers" in all the colors of the rainbow. 
In their dance, dress and person ... these Native Children are ... Beauty Incarnate.
Native American Silversmiths will often use the butterfly motif in their work.
This Brushed Silver Butterfly reminds all who will see it ... that the wearer has a connection with, and joy in nature.

Rough Cut Turquoise Beads, Hand Finished Sterling Oxidized Beads,
Bali Silver Spacers, Tiny Sand-cast  Butterfly Beads, Sterling Navajo Pearls with a Stunning Hand Carved Brushed Sterling Silver Butterfly set with Turquoise.

All Finding are Sterling Silver
 Set on coated high tinsel wire and secured with "Twisted Crimps"

Butterfly w/Large Pale: 3 x 2 inches
(Makers Mark: B. Johnson - Sterling)
Necklace: 20 inches
Earrings Fall:  2.5 inches

 Modern with an Elegant Simplicity, yet very Native American
Perfect for our "Dressed Down" modern world - Jeans and a T-shirt
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Last Of Nevada #8: # NAI - 02142018

A Uniquely American Beauty

The Nevada #8 turquoise mine closed a few years ago ... there will be no more turquoise from that location. Nevada #8 is valued for it's soft turquoise color 
infused with a deep brown, tan and gold matrix.

Each bead is a masterpiece of Nature's Southwestern Colors from
Mother Earth and Father Sky

 This necklace shows the Nevada #8 colors to a very fine level.  
The graduated beads showcase the wonderful versatility of  Native American Jewelry.

I have added two stunning Hill Tribe Tube Beads, Bali Spacers and 
Carved/Sand-cast "Navajo Pearls" to create a Classically Modern Treasure.

Made From: Nevada #8 Turquoise, Large Hill Tribe Silver Tube Beads, 
Bali Silver Spacers, Peyote Shaped "Navajo Pearls" 
with Hand Carved Silver "Tear Drops" and Liquid Silver Beads

Necklace: 21 Inches Long
Earrings Fall: 2 Inches

All Findings are Sterling Silver
Set on coated high tinsel wire and secured with "Twisted Crimps"

Very Wearable One Of A Kind High Style
Dress it Up or Down
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Pink Pearls Inspirations - # PI - 02112018

Shimmering Pink Pearls and Swarovski Crystals

Ladies love pearls, but in today's world the 
simple traditional round pearl necklace has evolved a bit.

Wear with a simple White, Pink or Black Sweater for a Classic Fashion Statement,
 or layer with Pink Jeans and a White T-Shirt -  creating a Fresh  Modern Twist to Your Life

Made from AAA Pink Pearls: Baroque, Biwa Stick, Rice
Pink Swarovski Crystals and Seed Beads

Necklace: 21 Inches
Earring Fall: 2.25 Inches
All Findings are Sterling Silver
Set on coated high tinsel wire and secured with "Twisted Crimps"

Unique and Elegantly Classic
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

"The Messenger" # NAI - 02082018

"The Messenger"

Coming from within Native American Culture, 
there are many wonderful stories bringing us important lessons
 to be learned from Nature.

Each piece of my Jewelry tells a story ... if you wish to hear and see it.
This Hishie and Zuni Silver work necklace and earring set 
speaks of Nature as Teacher and Guide.

It is said: "Nature Speaks Clearly ... only Man is deaf to Her Voice"

Native America beliefs (and other Indigenous Faiths as well) 
bring us a window into the world of Man and our relationship with Nature.
Through Native American teachings ... we are able to hear 
the voice of the Great Spirit more clearly.

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Humming Birds are known for their ability to bring,
the mindful person, needed inspiration or an important personal message.

In this necklace you can imagine a beautiful Butterfly landing on your shoulder, 
bringing you it's message of 
Beauty, Joy in the Living World ... and giving you a ... Gentle Peace to Your Heart.

The Zuni Butterfly sits lovingly over the wearer Heart

10 strands of Brown and Turquoise Hishie, Natural Turquoise Chips, 
Carved Payote Shaped Turquoise, Brown Freshwater Pearls, 
tiny Hill Tribe Silver Sand-cast Butterflies, Sterling Silver Beads,
all surrounding a Zuni Silver Butterfly 
(w/makers mark - maker unknown - older 1920's ??)

Necklace: 23.5 inches long.
Earrings: Fall 2 inches.
  All findings are Sterling Silver 
Set on coated high tinsel wire and secured with "Twisted Crimps"

Modern, Unique, Elegantly Simple and Light to Wear
with a Powerful Natural Beauty

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