Friday, August 12, 2016

New Work

I thought I'd show you some new work that has been taking up some of my time this summer. I've been using some of Gem Show booty, trying to make a dent into my stock that threatens to overwhelm. I went back to some of my older styles as I have a ton of pretty glass and gemstone beads that should be out there adorning you!

Rare old Bohemian glass beads made for trading in Africa in brilliant green with a hint of blue. The darker beads are bluer in life than in pictures. Paired with brushed sterling silver hollow nugget beads.

This is the third iteration of this sea colors lampwork glass bead set. I bought the beads at a now-closed upper west side bead shop and love the color combinations - the yellowy green really adds summer heat, and the pretty blue enameled Vintaj clasp blends nicely.

This bracelet is a candy-lover's dream. I chose gemstone and glass beads and paired them with handmade sterling silver components.

I bought these beads about 10 years ago when I first opened my shop on Etsy, and this is a sample necklace that I made for a custom order. I love the glass drop beads with their red, blue, orange and green ashes of color. It's a simple necklace and the only one of its kind, lightweight and colorful for summer.

Dendritic agates are so gorgeous, and this fern agate is really lovely and evocative of seaweed. I cut the sterling base to echo the organic look of the stone.

Here's a landscape or picture agate - doesn't it look like sandy terrain dotted with trees? I added a moonstone moon and gave the silver a brushed satin finish.

Botswana agate with its striking stripes! The stone is smooth and domed and has great light and depth, and the patterned Art Nouveau ring band is so lovely.

More gemstone candy. Pink rhodonite bisected by black, set in sterling with a bright finish.

 I snagged some beautiful swirly blue and green chrysocolla at the JA/MJSA show in March and will be making pieces for my shop, but these earrings, with olivine for added oomph, are for me, to match a turquoise dress that I wear in summer. If I can't go to the beach, I wear these and feel cool and calm.

Happy summer to all - stay safe and cool if you are in a heat zone (as I am). Fall isn't far away - that's my mantra.