Monday, July 21, 2014

"Sunset"


"As the sun sets over Marco Island, Florida, 
the waves roll to shore to make enchanting melodies 
as they caress the sun kissed seashells."

"Sunset"
Marco Island natural sea scallop shell,
Swarovski pearls and crystals, TOHO glass beads,
imported and Moroccan Soutache braid,
backed by a luxuriously smooth ultra-suede.
Necklace: $158
Cuff Bracelet: $132

Friday, July 11, 2014

Claudine

"Finding solitude with a favorite book, Claudine found her escape."

"Claudine"
Ephemera cabochon, Swarovski pearls and crystals,
Czech beads, imported Soutache braid,
backed with a luxuriously smooth ultra suede

(earrings included)
$143.00

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Aquamare

Just finished "Aquamare"!

"A vision of Aqua colored waters with gentle white-capped waves caressing the sandy shoreline."

Mother-of Pearl focal and accent beads,
silver-tone beads, imported Soutache,
with coordinating 18-20 inch cord necklace
$98.00

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cruisin' Bermuda Triangle

Just returned from a cruise by the Bermuda Triangle on Friday the 13th, which also happened to be a full moon!  We cruise often which are great opportunities for me to spend time on new creations.

Here is a sneak peek of one in the works:

Natural Marco Island, Florida Scallop Sea Shells, 
Swarovski pearls and crystals, TOHO beads, 
Irish and Moroccan Soutache

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June Birthstone

Pearl
June Birthstone



Pearls are one of the only gems that are created by a living creature. Pearls occur in nature when a foreign body, such as a grain of sand, finds its way into an oyster's shell. The oyster reacts defensively by secreting nacre to smooth the irritant. Layer by layer, year by year, this tiny grain of sand becomes a pearl.

Pearls were very popular with the Kings of Europe and Maharajahs of India. Queen Elizabeth I of England especially coveted pearls, and would buy chests of them at a time. By the beginning of the 20th century, this popularity had led pearl-producing oysters to the brink of extinction. Around this time, a Japanese businessman named Kokichi Mikimoto perfected a technique for culturing pearls. Although cultured pearls were initially seen as inferior, the practice slowly took hold, and today virtually all pearls are cultured on vast pearl farms in Japan and the South Pacific. Though Mikimoto is often given credit for the culturing process, there is evidence that it was attempted as early as 1500 BC.

The quality of a pearl is determined by it its luster, complexion, color, overtones of color, size and shape. More valuable pearls are usually a creamy off-white with a pink or rosy overtone, high luster and few blemishes. South Sea Pearls and black Tahitian pearls are notably some of the finest and most expensive pearl varieties.

For more information on birthstones: http://www.perrysjewelry.com/education/birthstone-facts-legends 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Shellina Hand-Embroidered Soutache Necklace

Shellina


 Florida Scallop Sea Shell, Swarovski crystal, 
Czech glass beads, TOHO glass beads, 
imported Soutache braid  
Pendant: 3x3 1/2 inch 
Necklace: 18 inch
$164.00