If you are anything like me, you wear the same few pieces of jewelry over and over because you LOVE those pieces. Chances are very good that those jewelry pieces carry a special meaning to you - to the past or to a specific beloved person or family member. Whatever the connection may be, those jewelry pieces are special. I have most of my mother's jewelry and I treasure that jewelry above everything I own.
Picture this: you, with three of your best friends, having a girls lunch and...wearing one (or more) of these bracelets! Perfect, am I right? These bracelets are all handmade, and can easily be considered statement jewelry since they are noticeable on your arm! Arm candy? Sure, why not!
One of the all time favorite bracelets - so flexible, lightweight and easy to wear with anything in your closet. Image you favorite pair of jeans with a comfortable top and this classic bracelet - a perfect pairing!
We had a great time at Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, Louisiana, as we always do. This lovely lady picked out some new sterling silver bangles and midi rings (also called stacking rings) for herself!
The best thing about these shows and festivals is getting to connect with you (and, sometimes, your family)!
The street entertainment is wonderful at this festival - this is one of the "stilt walkers" that are there every year!
A lot of people want to know how long it takes me to make my jewelry - maybe you have had the same question. Since my jewelry is frequently complex, it's hard for you to imagine the time it must take to make it.
The question is a little hard to answer. The truth is that each piece can take days to weeks, depending on what other pieces I am working on at the same time and the complexity of the design.
I rarely work on just one piece, preferring to work on several pieces at the same time. That way, I get a break from each design and can go back and forth from earrings to bracelets to necklaces. That said, it's fair to say that the simplest pieces may take a couple of hours and the more complex pieces I may spend up to a month making and finishing.
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As I was considering which of so many wonderful charities to support with my jewelry business, several came to mind right away: finding homes for the abandoned animals in our community, cancer research, and Type 1 Diabetes research. Each possibility was so worthy and does such excellent work. How to decide?
My decision ultimately came down to a very personal experience. Several years ago, a beloved family member was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at Christmas time at a very young age. To say the hospital stay was an unhappy time is understating the obvious. The family member, by the time she was released from the hospital, had learned to inject herself with the insulin which was now necessary. Over the intervening years, many finger sticks and injections later, there is still no cure for this disease. Those who are diagnosed with T1D battle the disease every single day of their lives. In the end, for me, I simply felt that I had to support, with my handmade jewelry, the wonderful organization that provides funds for research for Type 1 Diabetes. Go here if you would like more information about this disease.
On Tuesday, June 13th the collection was launched and the jewelry is now on my website. Click here to see the complete collection: http://www.laurateague.com/store/c39/Type-1-diabetes-better-tomorrow
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.