Today's gems are a dark royal blue set of Lapis Lazuli. They are very a beautiful natural deep shade of blue. They measure approximately 12mm or 1/2" oval. They can be made into a single stone ring(silver), a petite single stone pendant(silver,gold fill or rose gold fill), a single stone 1/2" cuff bracelet(silver) or a pair of earrings(Silver, gold fill, rose gold fill). Price ranges $100-182
This bold stone is a piece of Landscape Jasper. The natural variations are just magnificent and range in color from Black and cream swirling to a touch of dark red at the tip. It's like an abstract painting. It measures approximately 2" x 1/2" and can be made into a pendant.
Price range is $188- $250 dependent upon Sterling, Gold fill or Rose gold Fill. Price includes an 18" chain of the same metal. Feel free to ask questions or PM me to request it for customization.
If you or someone you know is looking to feature high quality Handcrafted accessories send them my way. I am now offering wholesale to retailers for my one of a kind pieces!
Due to lack of interest I am canceling the weekly Wednesday bidding event. Instead it will become the Saturday Showcase. I will post a gemstone from my stock with info and prices for finished pieces. If you see something you love just let me know and we can customize it together into something that reflects your personality and style.
3/12/2021 0 Comments
By definition an artisan jewelry designer creates jewelry by hand and without the use of mass made components. That means it is created from the ground up by the artisan.
Although I do not disagree, in the strictest definition, I do feel there is room for leeway. For instance a silver/gold smith who sets gemstones into a hand crafted setting is still an artisan even though they are not the lapidary stone cutter.
A craft jewelry maker is by definition someone who uses all mass produced items and simply assembles them together. For instance if a person bought a pre-made ring with a bezel to set a stone into and glued a gem into it, it would be an assembled piece.
Again I don't disagree with the definition, however leeway is important here too. There are some people who rethink how to use the components instead of using them as they come which makes them more of a artist because they have a new vision of what these components can become.
As for me, I would have described myself as being a jewelry designer and a crafter when I began my career because although I tried to make most everything from scratch, I truly didn't have the know how at the time, only a vision of what I wanted to create. But now after many years of learning and experimentation, I would describe myself as a Handcrafted Jewelry Artisan because my jewelry is made by me in almost every aspect. I do not cut my own stones or make the chains I hang pendants on, but who knows what the future brings, I am learning to silver solder now after all.
So where do you draw the line between Crafter and Artisan? I suppose it depends on you. I feel an artist or artisan is anyone who can create something out of nothing and maybe out of many things that bring forth their unique vision, After all a mixed media artist uses tons of mass produced items to create something completely new and interesting. I think the key idea here is something unique and interesting. It's thinking outside the box. You can also be an artist or even a designer and not be an artisan.
Welcome to March 10th's Wednesday Custom Design Bid Event sneak peek! Look for my post(on my Facebook business page) at 6pm and bid on these gorgeous green onyx gems to be made into a custom pair of earrings in Argentium silver.
Bidding ends at 10pm and winner announced by 9am Thursday March 11th.
Introducing Custom Design Day!
Every Wednesday at 6pm I will post a video, on my Facebook feed, of a gemstone that you can bid on to have made into a custom piece. Bidding will be 6-10pm Wednesday evening and the winner announced the following Thursday at 9am.
A sneak peek will be posted at 9 am and bidding at 6pm. Bid will have a reserve and to bid just place a $amount into a comment under the video post(on Facebook)
I am a self taught jewelry artist and designer. My blog is the door to all the new things I learn, the pieces I created and the events I participate in as well as my thoughts along this journey. I hope you enjoy the ride with me.
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