These sterling silver earrings with pearls are the best! I know, they don't like like sterling silver right?? That's because I oxidized the silver using a multi-step process that causes the silver to turn black (or kind of a very dark charcoal color). There is just something about that black with the creaminess of the freshwater pearl that I love!
It's a process, taking photos of my jnew jewelry. First the right camera (the phone is great for some things, like this candid shot, but for great photos, I had to get a new camera. I love this one but, you know, yes, there was definitely a learning curve! Not to mention the remote shutter release to get rid of that pesky shake that inevitably happens when I push the shutter release button on the camera itself. Finally got everything working yesterday and took the photo below -happy with it!!
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Slowly easing my way into 2020 and getting ready for a huge art show in Miami, Florida. The Coconut Grove Art Festival is one of the biggest in the country and this is the first time I will have my jewelry there so, yeah, I am kind of nervous about it! Not only that, but I am pretty short on jewelry to show there so I am in a little bit of a panic right now.
Anyway, I used to make black jewelry with pearls a few years ago & decided to make some more of this jewelry. I love the combination of black, gold and pearls!
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This is one of the very first pieces of jewelry I made using oxidized sterling silver as the base, with freshwater pearls (lots & lots of freshwater pearls), accented with gold. Definitely a learning curve learning to oxidize silver and get it as black as I pictured it in my head but I was finally happy with the result. Big black statment necklace with pearls!
This necklace is available in my online store - Click here to check it out & shop!
If it didn't get as clean as you want, move the jewelry around, press it down a little bit, pour more boiling water and add more soda. Repeat as necessary!
If you need to remove tarnish from silver (more than just a few pieces), do this process in batches.
Kind of like magic but, really, I guess it's chemistry?
Click on these links to see the other tips about tarnish removal from silver: Tip #1, Tip #2, Tip #3
Now, girl, go clean that tarnish from your silver jewelry!
Circles are such an important universal symbol and jewelry that incorporates this ancient symbol makes a statement for the wearer. The circle has long been a symbol of wholeness, infinity and unity among people. I am so excited to share with you some new additions to La Luna Collection - jewelry that uses the simple circle as it's core. If you want to read more about the circle as a symbol, go HERE to do that.
Brand new collection in bright sterling silver and oxidized silver! Carefully hammered with that special hammer that I bought not too long ago! (Click HERE if you want more info on the hammer I used & why it's so special!)
Pictured above is the small black disc pendant on a bright sterling silver ball chain. Look for more jewelry coming soon to this collection!
1. Jacket from StyleBop.com 2. Tank Dress Gap.com 3. Black ballet flats from Amazon.co.uk 4. Canvas cross-body bag from Zaful.com 5. Silver and oxidized black bracelet from Laura Teague Jewelry
Black and gray can be so lovely!
The gray gives a little "break" from solid black but still looks fresh all fall into the winter! A little silvery touch would be nice too, for the holidays!
Black flats are so versatile and comfortable - I think this is a "must have" in your shoe wardrobe - what do you think?
We are now on the road most weekends for fall festivals and holiday art shows. I have put together these holiday gift ideas from my new fall jewelry collection, La Luna Collection. Click on any of the jewelry inspiration photos below to see gifts of jewelry that will please everyone on your list. I hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows!
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.