handmade jewellery

  • Spring into Action!

    It's still cold outside, but spring is coming, so it's time to add a splash of colour and spring to your wardrobe.?It is FAR too chilly to think about summer dresses, so a great way to freshen up your winter knits is by adding a splash of colour with your jewellery.

    A coloured winter jumper can be magically transformed into a spring knit with the help of these beautiful?Les Nereides Champetre Butterfly, Ladybird and Daisy Hoop Earrings. They are delicate, colourful and bound to brighten up your wardrobe and your day:

    ln_earchampetre1074 These Joli Mois de Mai Set of 3 Butterfly and Flower Stacking Rings, also by Les Nereides,? are perfect for adding a splash of colour to hands that have been hidden by gloves all winter! All you need is a splash of pink nail polish and you're ready to go!

    ln_ringjolitrio2 This Les Nereides Messagere Swallow and Flowers Necklace is so pretty with its tiny birds and flowers. It layers up beautifully in colder weather with a lace dress and warm cardigan, but also looks adorable in summer with a floral print dress!

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    Tell us, how are you adapting your winter wardrobe ready for spring?

    Guest post by Kirsty.

  • Dogeared Jewels & Gifts AW11 Season Preview

    As part of its year-long 20th birthday celebration, Dogeared presents their autumn/winter 2011 line with new fashion collections.

    Flea and antique markets in Italy - the arts and crafts of Bhutan - vintage stores in New York City - and the Farmers Markets, beaches, and landscapes of Southern California ? all inspired the original jewellery created for Dogeared’s new limited edition collection. The colours and textures of nature, the techniques and materials of artisans around the world, and the importance of adornment in all cultures inspired the creative vision behind this collection.

    Dogeared 'Balance' Pin with Om Charm

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    Founder and designer Marcia Maizel-Clarke returned from a recent trip to Florence, Italy with gorgeous, gilded, embossed, and painted antique trays she found at a flea market. The colours, textures, and designs of these trays led to collecting richly coloured gems that were available only in very limited quantities. These, in turn, became the new Limited Edition Jewels Collection. Large gems, including Carnelian, Labradorite, Grey Onyx, and Cape Amethyst, and small gems and gold-dipped beads are wrapped and hang on long leather ties. Each is handmade to order by Dogeared designers and is one-of-a-kind. Very limited quantities of each style are available this season only.

    Dogeared Limited Edition Collection

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    The Dogeared Modern Vintage Collection is all about updated classics. Designs have vintage, heirloom feel, but with thoroughly modern overtones. Warm gold combined with gemstones and new custom designed, hand-cast charms together create distinctive jewellery. New charms include a Clover Disc and Amulet, and are layered with gemstones.

    Modern Vintage Clover Disc Pendant with Turquoise Gem

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    Dogeared designers have incorporated new gemstones, metals, textures, and settings as they revise and reinvent classic styles, including Karma, Healing Gems, and word jewellery.

    Karma: the new limited edition Good Karma necklace celebrates Dogeared’s 20th birthday and benefits their non-profit partners through the Karma In Action program of giving. A new Karma Sign necklace features the word ?Karma? in custom-designed lettering cut through a sterling silver or gold-dipped rectangular plaque. The Karma circle, the simple and powerful word Karma, and the concept that, ?what goes around, comes around,? continue to inspire beautiful jewellery new designs.

    Dogeared Karma Plaque Necklace

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    Healing Gems: Beautiful coloured gemstones have been used in healing and spiritual rituals for centuries. Onyx, turquoise, carnelian, and numerous colours of quartz have long been offered in a variety of best-selling Healing Gem styles. This season, new Teardrop Healing Gems are available as necklaces and earrings. Artisans hammer each stone into a setting by hand, creating a look and a texture that could never be achieved by machine. Floating Healing Gems feature round, faceted gemstones that are hand-wired onto a hand-cast mount. Both styles are presented on custom cards, featuring original artwork along with descriptions of the unique healing traditions of each of the eight gemstones.

    The New Healing Gem Collection

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    3 Wishes: New this season is 3 Wishes, a necklace that features an encased teardrop gem, word plaque, and charm on a chain. Five styles communicate five concepts created by the charm-word-gem combinations. For example, a message of ?Luck? is created by a green quartz teardrop gem with an elephant and Lucky number 7 charms.

    Three Wishes Cluster Necklace

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    As Dogeared continues to explore new materials and techniques, it remains committed to decreasing its environmental footprint. All sterling charms are 100% recycled silver, and catalogues, cards, and packaging are printed on mixed sources, The company works with suppliers and casters who share their environmental commitment, and all the jewellery and gifts are handmade in Dogeared’s Southern California studios.

    Our Dogeared AW11 collection arrives in September.

  • Windows in Time by Kirstin Ash

    We're really excited about the latest Kirstin Ash jewellery collection that's heading our way soon called 'Windows in Time'.

    The inspiration for this collection originated from looking through some early 20th century photos. One particular photo of a beautiful woman gazing out a window caught Kirstin’s attention. After finding the photo and wondering what the lady had in her thoughts Kirstin began to think about her own recollections. ?Windows In Time’ reflects the shared nostalgia found in fragments of the past that shape our present.

    'Make a Wish' cluster necklace, ?75

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    Says Kirstin: ?Based on some of my fondest memories, ’Make a wish dandelions’, ?Secret shores at the lighthouse’ and ?Scuffing leaves’ are a few of the whimsical pieces in the collection that I felt excited to share.?

    Pretty Things Charm Bracelet, ?89

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    ?Windows in time’ separates itself from existing Kirstin Ash collections, with new finishing techniques that give the images a depth of colour and feature metallic line work. All of the pieces in the collection are designed from scratch in her Sydney studio, with many intricate processes going into creating each piece by hand. Kirstin adds:

    ?I hope this collection allows your mind to wander through the windows in time and appreciate the beauty of imagination and the joy in simple things.?

    'Secret Shores' cluster necklace, ?69

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    What do you think about this beautiful new collection?

  • New Designer: Lenora Dame

    Firstly, a huge apology for not writing any posts for such long time. I'm not entirely sure where the last month has gone to, but it seems to have whooshed by!

    Floral Brocade LocketTo get back on track, I wanted to introduce you to our newest designer, Lenora Dame. Her beautiful handcrafted jewellery has just arrived from the US and went live on the site at the end of last week.

    Lenora Dame considers her career in jewellery design something that evolved, rather than a direction she pointed herself in and trained for.?? The birth of her first child made it apparent that the demands of that job and motherhood were not a good mix.? Growing up in a large creative family, with a mother who is almost never without a creative project in-hand ? knitting, sewing, quilting and most recently a prolific painter, was most likely the platform for her interest in doing something creatively entrepreneurial.? A collector by nature with a strong interest in anything vintage, Lenora found herself with a cache of vintage buttons ? which translated beautifully into jewellery.

    Vintage Birdy BangleHer early designs were almost exclusively made from vintage buttons and were one-of-a-kind creations ? Victorian metals, bakelite, celluloid and glass were among favoured materials.? ???A surprise came when high end boutiques were interested in the jewellery, even better ? did well with it and became regular customers. Looking for different ways to approach her designs, vintage and new beads and findings were mixed with the buttons to increase the assortment. In an effort to refine the line it became essential to learn different techniques of assembly, wire wrapping, stringing etc. which Lenora took on as a challenge.? ?A design shift was in the making.? Wanting to maintain a certain aesthetic, Lenora likes to use found objects as much as she can, vintage bits and pieces that create a look that is familiar and forward at the same time. Vintage textiles/prints are a favourite resource.? ??This of course requires time in antique shops, flea markets and auctions which is a favorite pastime.

    In September 2001, Lenora’s sister Alison joined her, bringing a strong marketing and business background and a partnership was formed.? Lenora lives in Chester County Pennsylvania with her husband Brooke Dolan and their two children.? Her studio is 15 minutes from her home in Chester Springs, PA.

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