I have beome enamored by black jewelry - I just love it. AND it's the perfect time of year for black jewelry - dead of winter, things are dark & dreary in many parts of the country plus, guess what?
Oxidized silver jewelry, aka black jewelry, is completely carefree!! That's right, it's already completely and totally oxidized so you NEVER have to polish it.
Sure, you might clean it now & then with a little warm water & soap but that's IT. Nothing else to do to keep it looking like new!
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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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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!
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The fleur de lis is a symbol that is deeply ingrained in Louisiana's history and I use it in many of my handmade jewelry designs, including the fleur de lis necklace, fleur de lis bracelet and fleur de lis earrings pictured above. Many people are interested in the fleur de lis meaning so I wanted to give you a little information about this beautiful and ancient symbol that is seen on the Louisiana state flag and in architecture across the state.
The fleur de lis is a considered a "stylized" lily (in French, fleur means "flower", and lis means "lily") that has been used since ancient times in association with French royalty and in religious symbolism.
The fleur de lis symbol has been regarded as a sign of purity since antiquity. In fact, the Catholic Church has used the fleur-de-lis emblem both as a symbol of the Holy Trinity as well as an emblem of the Virgin Mary.
So there you have it! Hopefully now you know a little more about this beautiful symbol than you knew before!
A freshwater mollusk can produce up to 50 pearls but it is common practice to have them produce 24-32 pearls - that is still an awful lot of pearls! After the mollusks have tiny pieces of shell inserted, they, are then returned to their freshwater environment where they are tended for 2-6 years.
The resulting pearls are of solid nacre. Since they do not have a "bead" nucleus, the pearls are rarely perfectly round but are still lovely to use in jewelry!
Here are a just a few interesting facts about freshwater pearls:
1. The pearl is the only jewel found in a living animal
2. Freshwater pearls account for about 95% of the total global pearl production
3. Freshwater pearls are formed in mussels living in lakes, creek beds and river bottoms
4. Freshwater pearls are produced commercially in China, Japan and the United States (in the Mississippi River Basin)
5. The earliest record of pearls used as precious objects are artifacts from Mesopotamia, dated 2300 B.C.
6. A single mussel is capable of producing up to 50 pearls at a time!
Hand-stamped sterling silver cross earrings with genuine freshwater pearls hand wrapped in thin sterling silver wire. These make a lovely Mother's Day gift or birthday gift for her. These drop cross earrings are sure to please - a gift for you? Great idea! You deserve !
Honestly, there earrings seem to be everyone's favorite - whether for themselves or for a gift for mom or daughter.
There is a classic look to hand hammered sterling silver earrings; freshwater pearls have been popular in women's jewelry for a very long time.
The size is also important to the popularity of these silver earrings, I think. Measuring just a little over 1" in length, they are just right for any occasion, any hairstyle and any outfit. No thinking needed in the morning - just thrown them on & go!
Simple handmade hoop earrings! These are wonderful just because they are so classic and comfortable. They measure about 1.25" long, including the handmade sterling silver earwires.
I am so excited to announce that the brand new layered necklaces"Strata" collection is finally here! Shown here are the freshwater pearl layered necklaces - the longest is a luxurious 40" and the shortest is 26".
Sterling silver heart earrings accented with genuine freshwater pearls - so sweet! Great gift for girls of any age - wife, grandmother, niece, cousin, best friend. Pick up one for her & one for you!
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These simple sterling silver hoop earrings for women are accented with a tiny genuine gemstone. The gemstones are in your choice of freshwater pearl, turquoise, malachite, jade, lapis lazuli, onyx or amethyst. I love making these silver hammered earrings because they give a minimalist vibe and still have enough interest, thanks to the different gemstone options to be interesting. Of course, if you prefer the simple sterling silver hoop with no gemstone, that is available as well.
These are great Christmas gifts, Hanukkah gifts as well as birthday gifts!
I love the combination of sterling silver and freshwater pearls! Not only is it a lovely combination but the combination is perfect for all seasons of the year. Pearls lend a light and airy look to summer fashion and are a wonderful compliment to the "winter whites" in your closet.
This is a true jewelry classic, in my opinion. In fact, speaking of "classic", I put together this Pinterest board called "Classic Fashion" that I thought you would enjoy! Go here to have a look: Laura Teague Jewelry: Classic Fashion
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In the first post in the series, we talked about categorizing all that jewelry that you have into 4 groups (basically, "keepers" and "perhaps not keepers"); in the second post, we talked about possibilities as you think about those "perhaps not keepers" and ways to move them on in meaningful ways. In this post, we'll look more closely at the "keeper" jewelry and see how those pieces can fit in to your overall jewelry wardrobe - those "must haves" that everyone needs.
Group 1 are the pieces you absolutely love for whatever reason - maybe just because someone dear to you gave it to you. (My mom's wedding rings fall into this category for me.) These do not have to be expensive pieces and maybe you don't wear them all the time or even often. Some of these pieces may well fit into your ideal jewelry wardrobe. Even if they don't, that's no reason to give these pieces away - you do love them, after all, right? That's reason enough to keep them for now.
Group 2 are the pieces that you do wear over and over, day after day. Chances are, many of these pieces will fit into your jewelry wardrobe.
Now, let's look at some "guiding concepts" as you develop a jewelry wardrobe:
1. your jewelry should be things that YOU love - not what someone else loves or thinks you should love
2. price doesn't matter - if you love it & wear it often, go for it. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's right for you
3. you might think about having a "signature" piece of jewelry, something that you wear almost everyday
4. as your tastes change (and they do), don't be afraid to change your jewelry over the years; just because you loved and wore those little pearl earrings when you were 20 years old doesn't mean you still have to wear them daily!
5. jewelry you are going to wear frequently should be something you LOVE to wear - that means it's comfortable and that you love the look of it. Do not compromise on this - if it is uncomfortable or doesn't look like "you", you won't wear it.
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