This morning we're going to take a look inside Metalicious! This shop grows steadily, and every time we visit there are new designs to check out. This jewelry artisan loves to work in metal, with just a few gemstones in some pieces to add a bit of color. Her designs are usually made in silver; the sparkling white metal puts an emphasis on her urban and sculptural designs in a very natural manner, allowing the eye to appreciate the appearance of her fabulous handcrafted jewelry instead of focusing on the materials used to create it. The Wrought Sterling Ring shown in the featured photo is a great example of this. It would be easy to imagine this piece cast in yellow gold, with small rubies or other gemstones set into the spaces around the center. Instead, the ring is a wonderful, flowing sterling silver piece that pleases the eye and allows the beautiful design to take center stage - exactly as it should. Sometimes less IS more; this is one of those pieces that just stands out from the crowd! This metalsmith's shop is arranged in collections, or design lines. She has several distinct lines; each has a completely different look. The first is the Modern Rock Collection ... a very imaginative, playful collection that definitely makes a fashion statement! From across a room, these pieces appear to be set with sparkling gemstones. Look more closely and you'll see they're actually highly polished, sparkling faceted metal "jewels"! The collection started with the Original Modern Rock Ring in Silver, a simple band with a huge cast sterling silver round brilliant diamond shape "stone" mounted to the top - like an engagement ring. This proved to be a very popular design, and the collection grew. Now you can shop at Metalicious for variations of this line - the Modern Rock Sterling Ascher cut Ring, the Mini Modern Rock Ring in Sterling - with a smaller "gem", and the eye-popping Modern Rock XL Oval Bling Ring in sterling silver. These "stones" are even available in plated yellow gold and rose gold finishes on select pieces. It doesn't stop there ... The Modern Rock Round Brilliant Necklace was a natural extension of this line. It is simply gorgeous; there are other pieces you should see, like the Modern Rock Sterling Love Studs, made with faceted hearts. The guys will want these Modern Rock Emerald cufflinks in sterling silver! I love the Bubbles Collection. Every design in this line is fantastic. Looking at these pieces can remind you of a simpler time in your life; when you played with soap bubbles for fun! The pretty Foam Necklace and the Champagne necklace in sterling and blue topaz are amazing; you'll get compliments every time you wear them! The Bubble studs are very cool; if you prefer dangles, you'll love the Handmade Goddess earrings in sterling silver! The new line at Metalicious is the Metropolis Collection. This artisan lives in New York City, and it seems fairly obvious where she found the inspiration for this attractive line of architectural jewelry. The collection just has a few rings in it so far, but I imagine it will grow ... The METROPOLIS mini skyline trio in sterling, 14k pink and 14k yellow gold is a set of three stacking rings in different color metals for a striking visual effect. Because the three rings are separate they can be worn in a different order, which changes the style. They're fabulous! Want a bigger skyline? Add the Metropolis Duo Skyscraper sterling silver stack rings! Because they can be worn together, you'll have even more choices for a unique, urban look ... The star of the collection is the Metropolis sterling silver blue sapphire stack, size 7 set. At this time, this is the only size listed. The set is made up of four rings, and one of them is set with beautiful blue sapphires. They can be worn separately, but look amazing worn together! There are many other things to see at Metalicious. When you explore this shop be sure to visit the earrings section, the neckwear gallery, the rings collection and the bracelets category! Be sure to add this store to your favorites, because you'll want to shop here often!
Robert Edwards is a proud member of the Jewelry on Etsy Team - JET. He is a jewelry designer and metalsmith in New York City with over 30 years experience in the jewelry trade, specializing in custom made cable chains. This article may be reproduced provided it contains this author's statement and all links remain intact. ©2010 Robert Edwards