Friday, February 25, 2011

Jet of the Day: OV Gillies Designs

Up in the Clouds, Huge Natural Aquamarine Necklace on Sterling Chain

Ah, the Isle of Arran.  I do not know much about this Isle in Scotland but it just sounds dreamy to me. And this is where our Jet of the Day, Olga of OV Gillies Designs, lives and creates.

You will be transported to a dreamy state as soon as you arrive at OV Gillies Designs on, Each handcrafted piece of jewelry, and each photograph so beautifully constructed.  The effect of seeing her handmade jewelry pieces all at once is dramatic. As Olga tells us “There are many reflections and echoes, often coming together in unique creations.”  

Here I will show you a few of her handcrafted necklaces and earrings  in the aquamarine colored family, in honor of the coming month’s birthstone.

Mossy Acorn Golden Nut Necklace with Green Moss Inclusions and Lodolite Quartz


Blue Ice Handcrafted Lampwork Glass, Aquamarine Crystal Earrings

Olga is a metalsmith but uses many jewelry techniques to construct her diverse collection.
For olga, a simple handmade earwire in Sterling requires  melting, forging, bending, twisting, hammering oxidizing and  filing, until it looks like a perfect  cross between a petal & marquise shape.

Olga's influences range from floral to urban, by the way of seaside, with inspiration from the places she has been to, the place where she lives, through literature & classic influences, to the discovery of something new every so often. 

Blue Earth: Natural Untreated Turquoise Handcrafted Organic Stud Earrings in Sterling

Island: Aquamarine, Hand-forged Recycled Silver Necklace, Organic Shape Pendant with Gemstone

Vintage Venetian Murano Glass in Blue Opal with Original Bead Caps and Oxidized Sterling Chain

Frosty Mint Vintage Floral Glamour Necklace, Rose Flower and Golden Leaf

 Olga’s jewelry is a treat for the senses. You can feel her inspiration and see her acute attention to detail in every piece.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jet of the Day: Olivia's Garden

An example of Olivia's photography
Fiesta Fun Bracelet in Copper Chainmaille and Ceramic Beads

Since Spring is just around the corner, (for most of us), it is only apropos that for our Jet of the Day feature,  we take a walk through Olivia’s Garden.

Raku Mosaic Necklace

Bursting with color like a garden in bloom, here you will find jewelry made from semi precious gemstones, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and artisan made lampwork beads.

Most of Olivia’s fantastic handmade necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are made with sterling, but Olivia works with copper to create wonderful earth toned pieces.   
                                 Cherry Quartz Copper and Pearls Necklace

Like a garden in bloom, Olivia’s garden is full of different textures too. Olivia has added a section of lovely vintage items to her shop. I just love this 50's Vintage Pin.

Pink Handmade Lampwork Sterling and Amethyst "Confetti" Bracelet

 These swirling handmade lampwork beads look good enough to eat.

Yummy Earrings: Korean Lavender Jade Briolette, Red Czech Glass in Sterling
Olivia's jewelry is for everyone. Whether you need a fresh everyday piece of jewelry, or something for a special occasion, you will find it here, and at an affordable price!

"Bubbles" necklace: Pale Pink Marquise and Pearls
Pale pastel colors, bright rainbow colors, earth tones, whatever your style, Olivia has something perfect. And if you do not see it in her store, Olivia loves doing custom work and will work closely with you to design the jewelry of your dreams or the perfect gift for someone special.

Olivia oozes creativity and you can see more of this in her nature photography!
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p.s. In the market for beads and supplies? Olivia has you covered there too at MacKenzie Beads

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jet of the Day: Nikha Jewelry

Charoite and Amethyst Wire Wrapped Necklace

Writing about our Jet of the Day has been such an interesting undertaking for me. The vast talent and creativity of our team always impress me. In addition, the roads that so many of our lives have taken to be where we are today astound me.
Sterling Textured Disc Pendant with Labradorite
Niranjan (Pronounced "Ner-In-Jun"), from Nikha Jewelry is no exception to this! Her life has moved from boarding school in India at a young age, to working as a truck mechanic in the Army, and now, studying Geology full time, (specifically Volcanoism). With this, she still finds time to devote herself to her 10 year old daughter, her 12 year old jewelry design collection, and taking a little side course on cutting gemstones!

Cute Genius: Periodic Table Necklace in Sterling
At Nikha jewelry on, you will love perusing the pages of handmade sterling silver, hand-stamped and wire-wrapped pieces; as well as gemstone and finely metal-worked jewelry. The selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry pieces is diverse and Niranjan is constantly honing new techniques and trying new things for her collection.

Created Sapphire and Sterling Diamond Shaped Pendant

It is easy to see how Niranjan is inspired by science, geology and art

Larimar Cabachon Pendant in 14k GF in a Netted Bezel-Wire Wrapped Design
At Nikha Jewelry you will find a distinctive collection of handmade, one of a kind, finely handcrafted jewelry items. There is just too much in Niranjan's shop to show you, so I urge to to take a look yourself.
While you are there, check out Zippy Rainbow Pants Designs, Niranjan's ten year old daughter's store. Talent and creativity are obviously in the genes in this family!

You can also follow Nikha Jewels on Facebook and Twitter

Thank you for reading,

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jet of the Day: Metalicious

Stephanie is the NYC based artist behind the incredible jewelry collections of Metalicious and I am happy to feature her as our Jet of the Day today. Happy, yes, but very challenged. I have fallen in love with so many pieces that I do not know where to begin. Lets start with Stephanie and her inspiration in her own words:

Big Bling Stack
"Metalicious is forged from my passion to create using both my hands and my imagination. My creativity is influenced by science and nature, forming a balance that translates into my work. From architecture to tree bark to brick walls, there is beauty and perfection in every form and texture"

Wide Band Alternative Modern Engagement and Wedding Rings

"Big Bling" and the ring set above are part of the  timeless Modern Rock Collection. These  highly polished, faceted "metal jewels" sparkle like gemstones. The collection includes other ring styles, earrings and necklaces. Less is more in the Modern Rock Collection and these pieces stand out in a crowd and make a fashion statement.

Stephanie’s inspiration comes from the pureness of form, the vibrant color and sparkle of gemstones, diamonds and precious metals, and her desire to create timeless designs. She makes each original piece by hand using various techniques, from traditional metalsmithing to unconventional wirework.

These little "Sweetie" earrings are made to look like diamond stud earrings, but with a colorful surprise.


Teal Blue Topaz Diamond Stud Earrings

There is so much more to see, from the fun 'Bubbles" collection, to the men's jewelry selections that even my man would wear! Whether you are in the market for rings, necklaces, bracelets or earrings, or if you just love well made, artisan jewelry, do not miss a visit to Metalicious

Want to find more Metalicious on the web?
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Jet of the Day: mcr designs

Jasper Pendant in Sterling
Bold. Beautiful. Colorful. Chunky. Bright. Fun. Quirky. Original.

These words have all been used to describe the contemporary vintage, handmade jewelry by our Jet of the Day today, Maureen of mcr designs of Madison, Wisconsin.

An eclectic style and strong sense of design are the foundation on which this jewelry artist builds her collection.

Cayenne Coral earrings
You must see her line of the most unique hoop earrings bursting with gemstones in organic shapes and sizes.

Buttery Citrine 14k gold Hoop Earrings

Fish Lures:Vintage Glass and Gem Earrings

 When you go, do not miss the collection of Vintage earrings!

Solid quality is a hallmark in mcr designs. In the "Awake" bracelet,  polished faceted chunky green jasper and rusty carnelian  are used and mimic the colors of a garden just awakening.  Maureen completes this piece using her "sassy wire wraps:, an oversized lobster clasp, a bit of chain and a soldered shut jump ring. All metal is sterling silver, hand oxidized by Maureen.
Awake Chunky Bracelet

This statement piece will garner you a lifetime of compliments.

Riverdance Charm Bracelet

Being a bracelet freak, myself, I truly appreciate the craftswomanship in all of her chunky, medium weight creations.

Teal Paisley Jasper Bracelet

If you love artisan crafted gemstone earrings, bracelets and necklaces  created with organic gemstones and colorful embellishments, head on over to mcr designs and be ready to shop!

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jet of the Day: MarcieJane Designs

Our honored Jet of the Day today is MarcieJane Designs, handcrafted, one of a kind jewelry  from Minnesota.

MarcieJane is one of those jewelry artists on our JET that always amazes me. The diversity in her jewelry pieces and thus, her talent, is vast. Take a peek with me, at the multiple talents of MarcieJane Designs.

First, I will show you her Recycled Vintage Pop Bottle Cap Pendants, (yes there is a beer cap version too!). Nostalgia and kitsch combined with fine jewelery artistry make these the greatest nostalgic jewelry item I have ever seen.

And for beer lovers, or lovers of beer lovers:
there are lots to choose from

Now, off to see another totally different  style of jewelry requiring a completely different skillset.
Copper Discs Brass Earrings

Copper Discs Brass Earrings

Chrysocolla Gemstone Brass Necklace
Designs inspired by nature abound in MarcieJane's Etsy shop. Woodsy, beachy, earthy. Everyone will find a jewel to fall in love with in the collection of natural elements.

I love the sterling silver charms designed to inspire.
Sterling Silver "Dream" Charm Necklace
Organic Drops: Fine Silver Hammered Earrings

The excellent craftsmanship, (I mean craftswomanship),  and creativity in every fine silver design will allow you to have your keepsake piece of jewelry forever.

Lavender Tears: Chalcedony and Oxidized Sterling Earrings
Organic form and quality gemstones are the common elements in the collection

As nature is always changing, so is MarcieJanesDesigns selection. Marcie Jane continues to learn and evolve; filling her store with diverse and  impeccably designed,  hand crafted, earrings, rings, pendants,  and bracelets.

You will want to bookmark this shop and keep checking back. If you fall in love with something, do not wait. The gorgeous items in this shop fly!

Fine Silver Chalcedony and Turquoise Pendant Necklace
Thank you for reading,

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