Today I'm writing about OVGilliesDesigns, curated by Olga, a fantastic metalworker, wire artist and artisan jeweler. I love going through my fellow JET members' shops researching before I write these daily posts. I get to see lots of really cool handmade jewelry and I learn a bit about the artist who owns the shop and makes the jewelry. The JETs attract truly talented jewelry artisans from all over the world - we are an international group - and it really is amazing how we can all be so similar, yet - so different, each making handcrafted jewellery in our own way! This shop is arranged in categories, and the first is the Earrings Precious Metal section. Inside you'll find more than 40 pair of unique, colorful designs. Lets start with a pair of hoop earrings! The Large Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings with Orange Gold Dust Flower Dangles are a really nice pair of casual, playful hoops! They're a nice size - with the dangle, about 2" from top to bottom - and the bright orange - gold Czech glass flower adds a great splash of color. These earrings are available in several colors, so if you like blue, yellow or teal dangles you've got a choice! All are available at the same low $28.00 price ... Kyanite is hot ... it seems everybody wants jewelry made with this popular gemstone. If you're looking for a great pair of earrings, these GOLDEN OCEAN Earrings - Smooth Kyanite Gems Wrapped in 24k Gold Vermeil could satisfy your craving for this gorgeous blue - green gemstone. This artisan took her time making these earrings - the wraps are perfect and the rich pure gold color of the vermeil compliments the lovely color of the kyanite beautifully. They're just $28.00! If you like the deep gold color of the vermeil used to make the kyanite earrings, you might like these Purple Drops, 22k Vermeil Earrings with Smooth Purple Chalcedony Gemstone Briolettes. Chalcedony usually has a fantastic deep color, and these look like they're a really nice rich purple hue. These attractive handmade earrings could be yours for only $24.00! With over 50 choices, the Necklaces Precious Metal gallery has a lot to see! Most of these necklaces feature popular gemstones, pearls and crystal or art glass. The beautiful DROPS - Turquoise Briolettes Wire Wraped on Chain Sterling Silver Necklace is a pretty, classic gem drop piece featuring five blue turquoise briolettes, each wrapped in sterling wire and attached to a silver cable chain. This pretty necklace is priced very reasonably at $58.00 ... If you want a really unique necklace check out this Handcrafted Malachite, Rainbow Moonstone and Sterling Silver One of a Kind Artisan Pendant. An amazing rough malachite specimen tops a glowing rainbow moonstone in an original open top setting ... a fabulous deal at $86.00! Another great piece, the Handcrafted Blue Continent Pendant - Australian Blue Opal, Green Chysoprase, White Moonstone and Sterling Silver Necklace is the kind of jewelry people notice. The pendant has an intentionally rough style to it, accenting the color of the lovely gemstones. You'll get lots of compliments wearing this piece and you'll never see another quite like it. This pendant features three beautiful stones, and they look really good together. The pendant arrives ready to wear on an 18" long sterling silver snake chain, and is priced at $245.00 ... The featured necklace is the Purple Pearl and Swarovski Tanzanite Crystal Cluster Pendant Necklace on a Bright Sterling Silver Chain. This pretty pearl necklace is a cascade of purple freshwater pearls ending with a sparkling 8mm faceted Tanzanite color crystal. Only $50.00! While you're at OVGillies be sure to explore the Oxidized Black Silver category. This is the largest category in the shop, with 75 gorgeous items to check out. This is very popular jewelry; gemstones, crystal and art glass take on a completely different look paired with the dark colored metal. Some of my favorite pieces by Olga are in this section; I really like this rough finished Jade and Oxidized Grey Hammered Sterling Silver Pendant listed for $43.00; and this FLOWERS, BLOOD DROPS - Unique Floral Charm and Ruby Colour Quartz Pendant on Dark Oxidized Sterling Silver Chain offered at $52.00 is a gorgeous, romantic necklace. One last note ... check out the Heather Clouds Fashion line! Beautiful earrings at great prices ... I think you'll love browsing OVGilliesDesigns ... definitely add this shop to your favorites!
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 handcrafted artisan silver jewelry and silver chains. This article may be reproduced provided it contains this author's statement and all links remain intact. ©2010 Robert Edwards