Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Chainmaille Jewelry & Wire Work Jewelry
by Shazzabeth Creations
The handcrafted jewelry offered by Shazzabeth Creations is truly amazing. Even to another jewelry artist who knows how its done! The time and dedication needed to make the more complicated pieces in this shop is a real commitment. You need focus and steady hands, and many, many feet of wire to reach your goal. This is a true jewelry artist! Shazzabeth jewelry is made in two ways - chainmaille and wire working. Both artforms are many hundreds of years old; modern artisans have been able to advance these techniques with the easy availability of wire and modern tools. Hundreds of years ago Chainmaille was used to make body armor. These days the technique is used to make jewelry! Basically, it is made by linking metal rings together to make chains in different patterns. You'll find a lot of chainmaille here; visit the Chainmaille Necklaces gallery and you'll find Burgundy Ripple, a fantastic necklace made with hundreds of silver wire ring links. Each link is added one by one to build this chain; the open spaces sparkle with burgundy color Swarovski crystals woven into the necklace! The gorgeous Trizantine Blues Chainmaille Necklace features wire-wrapped Sodalite link stations. The rich blue gemstone nuggets are a lovely combination with the bright silver chainmaille segments. This is a fabulous piece! And the Medieval Onyx and Pearl Chainmaille Necklace is truly stunning. It features European chainmaille, the weave many of us are used to seeing in museum pieces. This necklace is dressed up with pearls and a black onyx focal stone. This necklace won third place in a design contest! Visit the Chainmaille Bracelets, where you'll see MANY different and complicated looking weaves. One of my favorites here is the Sterling Silver Dragonscale Bracelet. This wide bracelet is a luxurious, impressive piece that will draw many comments - and compliments! The Sterling Silver Lacy Chainmaille Bracelet is another gorgeous style. If you like bold, chunky silver chain bracelets you'll love this style! If you like the rich color of bronze, check out the amazing Bronze Diamond Weave Chainmaille Bracelet - very affordable at just $35.00! Another popular design is the Sterling Silver Barrel Chainmaille Bracelet, a pretty style that would be a nice everyday bracelet - not too heavy, but still big enough to be noticed. Many people like chainmaille jewelry but don't know what it is ... one of the most popular weaves was used to make the Sterling Silver Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet, a style most people recognize! In the Necklaces gallery, there are some very pretty creations. The sparkling Fuschia and Silver Diamond Necklace is simply beautiful, and the Laboradite Tear Drop Necklace is amazing. If you're looking for art jewelry, the Entangled - A Wire Sculptured Necklace is a show-stopper! Visit the Pendants gallery for beautiful wire wrapped gemstone pieces you'll fall in love with! Look at the striking Filigree Onyx Pendant - a bargain at $50.00. Or the Sterling and Ocean Jasper Wired Pendant, available at just $40.00! You'll also find art jewelry in this category - the Blue Lace Sculptured Wire Pendant and the Pink Passions pendant are a must-see! I have to mention the Rhodonite Geometric Squares Bracelet. I chose it as the featured item today because its just so pretty! This bracelet could be yours for just $65.00 ... So visit Shazzabeth Creations today. Etsy makes it easy ... you don't have to go to Australia to shop at this fabulously wonderful shop - you can do it in the comfort of your own home!