Everyone loves sterling silver earrings especially in the "stacking rings" category! Wear one, two, three or more - even as a "midi" or knuckle ring.
Fun fact: did you know that the most common ring size for women is size 7? I always make sure I make plenty of that size!
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Recently, someone casually mentioned that I seemed to be a "dinosaur" in the jewelry industry because I make the vast majority of my jewelry by hand, using almost exclusively hand tools. Nothing is sent out for casting or anything else.
I will take that as a compliment!
Since I design and make jewelry with you in mind, I want you to have the best I can offer. I believe you want something special that will stand the test of time and be handed down to future generations.
So, I am doing business as a dinosaur! Long live the dinosaurs among us!
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A wrap ring is great - it can be gently pushed or pulled into the correct size and this heart ring is perfect!
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These handmade sterling silver rings are all one of a kind because of how they are made. I may post a video of the process within the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!
My attention is turning to Thanksgiving - lots of family coming in for the holiday and the house is a wreck, of course......I need to remember to breathe and say "it will all be ok"....because it will!
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I have to say, sterling silver rings were one of the most popular pieces of jewelry in my booth this weekend at the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival. I will be spending time this week replenishing stock so that I will have plenty of these popular ring designs for all my upcoming shows!
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It is finally back to school time here in south Louisiana - the schools were in session for only one day before the floods came and now the schools are slowly getting back up to speed.
Back to school time also heralds the eminent arrival of fall, which is never far away once the kids get back to school. We are looking forward to cooler weather and cozy inside time with with friends and family.
At this time of year there are also lots of articles and blogs that talk about jewelry and fashion "trends" for fall/winter, 2016-2017. I, for one, enjoy looking at trending fashion but rarely follow it; I am much more comfortable depending on my tried and true classics to get me through my days.
As it happens, one of my favorite "trending" pieces this fall is pearl jewelry. Both classic and trending, best of both worlds! Pearls go with everything in your closet and are easily dressed up or down; but you knew that, didn't you?
Another trend this season is stacking rings, which many of us have worn and enjoyed for years; so we can wear our favorite classic jewelry pieces and still be in style! It's a win-win!
There are other trends, to be sure and we can all enjoy and be entertained by them. As for me, I will stick to the classics! How about you? Do you have a favorite trending jewelry piece or do you set your own trend? I would love to hear from you!
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Today has been a day for making silver rings. I participated in FestForAll and art and music festival which happens every year in my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana this time of the year. Usually held the first weekend in April, this year the organizers decided to hold the festival the last weekend in March, in order to avoid a conflict with Easter.
I sold quite a few sterling silver stacking rings at the festival so today was one of the days I set aside for making more rings. Silver stacking rings are my favorites but I make lots of more complex ring designs as well. Did you know that the most popular or most common ring size for women is size 7? Turned out, when I got the festival I found that I had only two rings in that size. Disaster! Somehow, I made it through the festival! I will try hard never to let that happen again! I made lots & lots of silver rings in size 7 today and a few in other sizes as well. Next show: Festival International in Lafayette, Louisiana, last weekend in April! Already looking forward to it but I have to get my stock in shape!
Go to this post if you are interested in learning more about circles and their meaning: Symbolism of the Circle
Perhaps no other geometric shape feels more ancient and all encompassing than the circle. A simple, perfect, closed curve, we see it in nature in the sun and moon, and in one of the greatest inventions of man, the wheel. The circle has held profound meaning for humanity since the beginning of time, and represents wholeness, eternity, completion and inclusion. It’s no wonder that the ultimate symbol of human union, the wedding ring, is a circle enclosing the fourth finger, which was associated in ancient times with the heart.
The circle is at the heart of both the Signature and Luxury jewelry collections. Chain mail itself is the intertwining of small circles to make an incredibly strong, resilient, and beautiful fabric-like weave. From sterling silver wrap rings to handmade silver earrings, to bangles and chain bracelets, there’s almost no limit to the circles you can add to your jewelry collection. With no beginning and no end, the circle radiates a sense of infinite symmetry and stability. Wearing one, or a thousand woven together, will bring you a feeling of strength and peace.
The heart shape has been a part of human culture since the very beginning. It’s found in early cave drawings, though no one is exactly sure what its meaning was then. Ancient Egyptians associated the heart with life and mortality, and for Greek philosophers, the heart represented thought, reason and emotion. Hearts are abundant in the natural world in flowers, fruits, animals, and leaves. In the Middle Ages, heart shaped leaves began to show up in paintings depicting romantic love, and eventually shifted from green to red, a symbolic color of love and passion.
In the modern age, the heart symbol has become one of the most recognized on Earth. It evokes thoughts of love, affection, and loyalty, and is depicted especially at Valentine’s Day on everything from clothing, to stationary and cards, to chocolates and jewelry. The Cherish Collection has captured the heart and essence of its meaning in rings, earrings, and necklaces. The sterling silver wire used to craft these pieces allows for simple and elegant interpretations of the shape, letting it stand on its own. Freshwater pearls, believed on a metaphysical level to inspire love and acceptance, are the perfect match for the hearts in this love-inspired jewelry. Whether your Valentine is a lover, a friend, a daughter, a niece or a granddaughter, she will delight in wearing a piece from the Cherish Collection any time of year.
Yesterday was the first Saturday of the month & that means the monthly Baton Rouge Market happens in downtown Baton Rouge. I knew that it was going to be a VERY hot day (here in south Louisiana, we still consider September to be a summer month) but got myself in gear, organized everything the day before in order to minimize having to do much thinking at 6 am! I took lots of pictures, mostly of other artists who are also members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, for later posting on the LCG Facebook page - go here if you want to check out that page: www.facebook.com/LouisianaCraftsGuild. We feature an artist member of the group every morning.
It turned out to be a really nice market, in spite of the intense heat. Shoppers were out and ready to support local art and artists which is always so wonderful to experience. My top sellers at this market turned out to be my simple sterling silver bangle bracelets and sterling silver "stacking" rings. The brand new "pebble" rings were popular as well, especially paired with a couple of simple stacking rings - such a great combination! Although other items sold, these were by far the most popular items this weekend. I had to put all three of these items on my list of jewelry to make this month - in several sizes, so that I'll be ready for the next market. It's always fun to see what the popular pieces are - it can vary so much from market to market.
After unpacking & reorganizing so that I'm ready for next month, I am already looking forward to the October market! Hopefully it will be much cooler a month from now! Here's hoping......:)
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.