Its time for a visit to VanDiva! I love going through this shop; there is always plenty of new handmade jewelry to check out! These jewelry artisans are always creating fresh designs and coming up with fabulous new ideas. They're always trying something different; and I love the new line of agate slice rings they've been recently listing in their shop. Its such a simple idea, and sometimes ... the most basic ideas are the best! These polished agate slices are beautiful - and by simply attaching a ring shank they've produced a line of fabulous handmade gemstone rings. This blue agate ring is so pretty ... and I love the way these designers have allowed the stone to take the spotlight. The natural "skin" of the agate provides a natural border that is very attractive! The blue color is intense and the ring has a true natural beauty that shines through and demands attention. The ring shank is an adjustable base metal shank, simply attached to the underside of the agate slice - I'm guessing with epoxy resin. But in this case the shank is just a way to wear the agate slice ... the metal component is secondary! This is fabulous fashion jewelry at its best ... and it is extremely affordable! This beautiful ring is just $16.00, and there are a lot of these pretty agate slice rings to choose from! Just about all of the jewelry on display at VanDiva is made with gemstones - mostly big, bold chunky bead necklaces and bracelets - and fantastic earrings! In the Designer Necklaces category you'll find handmade jewelry fashions like the Huge and Chunky Chalk Turquoise Nugget Necklace. This beautiful turquoise necklace features bright blue nuggets of chalk turquoise - which means the stones are dyed and stabilized (chalk turquoise IS turquoise, but it is white). These big and bold turquoise stones are simply fabulous! This blue color is perfect for spring and summer wear, and because the turquoise is stabilized the color will not fade - it will always look its best! A necklace like this made with natural turquoise nuggets would cost well over $1,000 in a retail store. Because these nuggets are dyed chalk turquoise you can have the same look for a LOT less ... only $119.00! I really like this Wave - Gemstone Necklace in Yellow, Orange and Red. Made with a huge assortment of gemstone nuggets and beads graduated in color from yellow to orange to a bright red, this necklace ... rocks! Lets face it ... jewelry can make ALL the difference ... a stunning necklace like this can transform everyday dress into dress-up in no time flat. This beautiful gemstone necklace could be on its way to your door for the low price of just $129.00! Have a love for all things green? VanDiva has a necklace that's perfect for you! Take a look at this Genuine AA Grade Malachite Pendant Necklace ... Made with 14x10mm flat oval malachite beads, all silver components and a fantastic malachite focal pendant from Mexico, this is a really special necklace. The color is awesome, and the stones have great banded patterns on them! This fabulous necklace surely does make a statement ... LOOK at ME! A bargain at $119.00 ... If you favor lariat necklaces, the Tourmaline Nugget 14 Kt Gold-Filled Lariat Necklace is a style you might like! Tourmaline comes in a rainbow of colors from black to clear, and this necklace is made with a variety of colorful nuggets in a very eye-pleasing design. It would look great on a black tee shirt ... and would be just as attractive worn with business attire or a nice cocktail dress. This fantastic lariat necklace could be part of your jewelry collection for just $119.00! There are a couple of pieces in the Designer Earrings category I want to mention. These artisans seem to have discovered that raw gemstones are gorgeous ... and they're taking advantage of it in a big way. The Citrine Raw Cut Cluster Sterling Silver Earrings are a unique pair of gemstone earrings that features drilled citrine points - natural crystals. They are hand wrapped with silver wire, and dangle from hook style sterling silver ear wires. If you prefer citrine's cousin - rich purple amethyst - the Amethyst Raw Cut Cluster Sterling Silver Earrings will make you very happy! These gorgeous earrings - your choice, citrine or amethyst - are only $32.00! These designers have a Top Shelf Jewelry category you'll want to see. And be sure to go through the Clearance section, where you'll find fab bargains on items from last season. These talented designers also have a shop where they sell handmade and custom made Clutch purses! Take a break today to browse VanDiva - for fashionable handcrafted gemstone jewelry that is affordable and fun to wear. Be sure to bookmark this shop so you can find it anytime!
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 designed silver jewelry and unusual silver chains. This article may be reproduced provided it contains this author's statement and all links remain intact. ©2010 Robert Edwards