JOD time… again? WOW!
The only new thing I have to report since last JOD citing is the addition of 4 new teams, bringing it to a grand total of 6 = you don’t see me as much as I would like to be here. There is nothing like the JETs—the bonding, support, family, etc. that is forged over triumphs, sadness, life’s journey and toll. I don’t know that a team exists, besides this one, which makes you spit coffee on your computer screen … one of the perks of being on a diverse and ticklish team—a cyber family who leads by example and lends advice freely.
As a lover of glass artists—whether Murano or lampwork, you will see me use either or both of these in my shop—fairly often. I try to remember to put a footnote regarding both at the end of each description. Gemstones are often less expensive than these handmade creations.
I have a huge respect for all glass artists and those who create lampwork are very special—it is, after all, its own art form. So when a jewelry designer incorporates that into a creation, the buyer has the benefit and expertise of two artists. I am very selective and the price tag will reflect that.
|Carnivale - Tangerine - Pyrite - Sterling Silver Earrings|
|Beached - Eclectic Sand Dollar Lampwork Bracelet|
Authentic Murano glass is impeccably made, and there is no substitute. We all see *foil lined glass* and that's all it is. I would just like to point out the perils of purchasing "Murano" glass that is mass produced in China—it sure gives a Murano glass *appearance,* only thing is--it is not the real deal—which is a highly tuned craft and produced off the coast of Italy on the Island of Murano, a 5 minute boat ride from Venice. So all sellers of this item who are *not* selling authentic Murano (Venetian) glass—and its derivatives—should at the very least say it is Murano inspired. The price tag is a great way to ferret out the true glass. I only purchase from trusted sources in EU or when I am there in person.
|Shimmer - Teal Blue Murano Glass Post Earrings|
|Festive - Red, Gold, Black Murano Glass Bracelet|