Saturday, January 31, 2015

JET Challenge - Valentine's Day Flowers - Please Vote!

A Valentine to Last

Flowers are beautiful and so fun to receive. They come in a variety of shapes and colors. The only downfall to most flowers is that they don’t last long enough. But that’s not a problem when it comes to these lovely creations for a Valentine gift for your loved one. These are the perfect way to give beautiful, unique flowers that have been made into something that can be worn again and again. After all, Jet flowers last forever. So share your love in a meaningful handmade way. The Jetteam has created a variety of options for you to choose from.

Please visit each item listed here to read a full description!

Cherry Blossom with Branch Beaded Bracelet

Light Blue Bell Flower Necklace and Earrings

Valentine's Day Flower Chandelier Earrings


Wire Wrapped Flower Earrings

Belle's Rose Necklace

Lotus Necklace: Spring Green Gemstones

Spring Flowers Long Boho Necklace

Pink and Yellow Lucite Flower Earrings

Boho Flower Necklace


Silver and Copper Flower Bangle - Clematis Flower


Red Flower Earrings, Sterling Silver Spiral


Peach Pink Gemstone Necklace


Enameled Art Charm Bracelet with Bee and Flower

Purple and Green Cuff Bracelet - Bead Embroidered


Beaded Dragonfly Necklace

Hand Dyed Silk Wrapped Yoga Bracelet

Shasta Daisy Jeweled Wirework Collar Necklace
by LoveStoneArts

Blue Brown Pansy Bohemian Beaded Bracelet
by cooljewelrydesign
by WanderingJeweler

Rose Quartz Silver Flower and Keishi Pearl Choker Necklace
by CapitalCityCrafts

Forget Me Not Howlite and Vintage Plastic Beaded Dangle Earrings
by SatinDollCo
by TheBrassHussy


Friday, January 30, 2015

JET of the Day: malves1009

Vintage Inspired Style Handmade Jewelry

Visit malves1009 and you'll see that this artisan has many talents that come into play when creating jewelry. First of course is her design skill; Michele has a great eye for color and composition. Beyond that her jewelry itself shows these talents off.

I've been watching this shop just get better and better. From her early "upcycled" jewelry made with recycled vintage parts, her inventory has grown in a substantial way. You'll find handcrafted copper jewelry, Kumihimo pieces, crochet chokers, and vintage style jewelry made with new "antiqued" finish brass findings like the earrings shown above left. The square and oval cabs are vintage glass. The metal parts are new ...

Stacking rings are fun to wear and very popular! These copper stacking rings were hand forged, and they have a beautiful hammered texture.These were soldered closed - with lead free solder - by Michele.

Many people LOVE copper jewelry! Copper has a warm red color that looks great with any skin tone. This is a really nice set of three rings that can be worn together, on different fingers, or one at a time!

On the left is one of Michele's original design crochet choker necklaces. This pretty choker is embellished with matching blue seed beads. These pieces are popular for weddings; there are many colors available in this shop, to they can be coordinated to the dresses worn by your bridal party.

The centerpiece is the Gardenia flower. This flower is removable; it can be placed anywhere along the length of the necklace, and it is a pin! This means it can be worn alone as a brooch with a favorite blue dress.

On the right side is an example of what Michele can make using the Japanese Kumihimo technique. This is a method of braiding that has many variations, depending on how many strands are used to construct the piece. Some are made without beads, as fiber jewelry like this one!

This pattern resulted in a beautiful spiral design bracelet that is very stylish! The purple and silver colors are fabulous together. These bracelets are strong and light in weight; and are very affordable, as all the jewelry offered here at malves1009 is.

Fashionable handcrafted jewelry is affordable when you shop at malves1009! Visit today ...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

JET of the Day: magsbeadscreation

magsbeadscreation -
Handcrafted Artisan Wire Jewelry with Gemstones

This JET member makes wire and chain jewelry that features gemstones, crystal and pearls. Melani seems to favor irregularly shaped stone like chips and rough cuts, giving her creations a more organic feel.

The earrings pictured on the left side are a good example of her style. These pretty earrings feature gold filled chain and ear wires. The gold tone goes very well with these rough cut orange beads!

If you like clean and simple designs that are something you'll wear often, these could be your go-to pair of earrings. They're pretty, not too big and good for casual / business.

Here's an example of bead and wire crochet by this artisan. This bracelet is beautiful! The irregular shapes of the stones really add an interesting aspect to this one of a kind piece.

The blue turquoise has great spidery matrix running through it. These chips are a gorgeous blue color!

Melani combined the blue turquoise nuggets with fabulous purple / violet amethyst. These two colors seem to work very well together.

The wire this jewelry maker used to create this handcrafted gemstone crochet bracelet and the findings - the toggle - are silver plated. This helps to keep costs reasonable.

On the right is a very unusual handmade amethyst pendant by this jewelry artist.

Even though the purple color is close, I see the contrast in this design right away.

In this pendant the contrast isn't just the bright polished sterling silver wire against the violet color of the stone. The perfectly round amethyst beads are so different from the rough stone they're wrapped to, it really is almost like night and day!

This is one of Melani's higher end creations. You can see the amethyst beads are nice quality and she used sterling to make it.

Most of the jewelry here is similar to the pieces I spotlighted above. Many of Melani's creations are wire crochet bracelets, with tourmaline, aquamarine and pearls.

So take a look at this shop today ... there's really nice jewelry in magsbeadscreation!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

JET of the Day: LoveStoneArts

Handcrafted Jewelry from LoveStoneArts

While exploring this shop, you'll see there is a very diverse group of jewelry creations to choose from! The artisans who own this shop have a wide range of talents to draw from, and this means they have a very interesting and fun shop to browse through.

It must have taken Denise MANY hours to join all these beads and flowers together, and the result is truly spectacular! Her Floral Statement Necklace really is amazing, and with spring not too far off this necklace will soon be "in season". The combination of colors and textures here is stunning ...

The Descendents Personalized Necklace you see on the right is the ultimate in the Mother's Necklace category. In this example, the names of three generations in a family are hand stamped onto individual sterling silver pendants.

Between the names are chain drops with pearl dangles as separators. This is an amazing way to celebrate family ... a truly thoughtful gift for Mom or Grandma.

Mother's Day is closer than you think. This necklace would be an appreciated gift!

The long oval Botswana Agate and silver ring at left was created by Craig. This oval "bullseye" agate looks really great in this handcrafted setting.

The scalloped bezel is something you don't see all that often, and the beaded accent surrounding it really does add to the look.

This stone is a fabulous neutral color, and it will look very nice with anything you've got on. The stone's center pattern is gorgeous. It makes this cabochon really interesting and attractive. This ring could easily find its way onto your finger every day. Just a great ring!

Jewelry SHOULD be fun to wear. After all, it really is the type of thing you wear because you want to, not because you NEED to.

And this ring is like that. Because you can play with it! The center beaded band moves! It can be spun with the touch of a finger.

These used to be called worry rings because they gave the nervous person wearing it something to do, taking their mind off the problems of the day. Now they're a popular design! These rings are not just for people who need something to do with their hands ... this classic style just looks fantastic on just about anyone. I think its awesome!

Browse through LoveStoneArts today. I think you'll find something YOU love in this shop!

Monday, January 26, 2015

JET of the Day: LittleBrownBird

Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry by Mary Ryan

Eco - Friendly Silver, Copper, Bronze and Gold Jewelry

Today we're looking into LittleBrownBird! Mary, the artisan / owner of this shop is a long time JET member. The jewelry offered here is feminine and fun, great designs made to wear every day!

Mixed metal jewelry has become very popular. The rich colors contrast and the result is very easy to see in the Tiny Leaf Earrings shown on the right.

These earrings are a fantastic but very simple design. Light in weight, these nature inspired, woodsy leaf design dangles will truly compliment anything you wear. These are completely handcrafted, from the stamped leaf designs to the handmade ear wires. The layered look gives them dimension, which makes the two colors really stand out. 

Here's a very cool bracelet from Mary! This one would look great on a woman or a man. 

Silver tubes on leather, accented with beaded rondelles and turquoise drops give this bracelet a classic look that will be fashionable for many years to come.

The colors in this piece make it very easy to wear day in and day out; the brown leather and gleaming silver are great neutral tones that match well with almost anything, and the pretty blue / green turquoise beads add just a touch of fabulous color.

This bracelet could easily become a favorite!

Here's a very interesting mixed metal piece! Mary used a new material made for artisans named BronzClay. This is amazing stuff! It allowed her to make the focal pendant completely by hand. This pendant is solid bronze - with a hand applied Zinnia pattern.

The uneven edges are intentional. This gives the necklace a more organic look. It is a pure brushed bronze color.

By mixing the bronze pendant with a bright silver chain, glass beads and brass accent beads, Mary has created very attractive piece with a lot of character. This artisan wants to create jewelry that can be worn with many colors and styles; she certainly hit the mark when she put this wonderful mixed metal Zinnia necklace together!

Here's a pretty, very feminine necklace that would be a nice gift for Valentine's Day. The floral print was placed in the antiqued brass pendant frame, and encased in resin by Mary. The clear dome protects the flower print from aging and fading.

The antique style pendant dangles from a brass LOVE element, which is suspended from the antiqued brass chain.

To finish the piece this jewelry designer added a small brass heart charm. The perfect Valentine's necklace - flowers, a heart and LOVE charm all in one piece of amazing handmade jewelry! Any woman would love this beautiful antique style necklace.

Stop in to visit LittleBrownBird today and make shopping for a Valentine's Day gift easy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

JET of the Day: LimeintheSky


Citrus and Sky Theme Handmade Jewelry

Today we're featuring LimeintheSky! This JET member creates several lines of unique handmade jewelry. The necklace on the right is one of her Upscaled T-Shirt pieces; the cord is made from a t-shirt. The name fits ... the colors in this necklace are bright and saturated, as in a rainbow ...

The beads are stone, glass, bone and resin. This eclectic mix of materials gives this amazing necklace more than color. The different textures and shapes are simply stunning. The length is adjustable to fit you!

On the left is one of this jewelry artisan's Music Geek line. This bracelet is made with hand carved citrine beads and peridot disc beads. The beads are laid out in the pattern of a musical scale ... in half and whole steps!

Terry and I both see it, because we can play and read. If you aren't a musician you can still enjoy this pretty bracelet - the beads are great colors that go together very nicely, and linked bracelets like this one are very comfortable to wear.

Another interesting line is Anne - Marie's Ceramic jewelry. The necklace at right is a simple rectangle with a blue glaze. The color, texture, shape - all were created by this artisan for this specific purpose. It really is simple, and also beautiful!

There are more ceramic pieces here as well - I really like several of them very much. This small house necklace is a really nice one; sort of a reminder about what is important in life - home and family.

I also love this quirky ceramic honeycomb patchwork necklace! These ceramic components were made to fit together, and you can tell it was a well planned piece because of the hole placement in each tile.

This JET member has a Tiny Stones line that is both beautiful and very wearable! These necklaces and bracelets are made with small size gemstone beads and pearls.

They're sterling silver; some with a bright finish, and some oxidized, like the moonstone and labradorite example on the left. There are quite a few of these available;
the Tiny Pearl double necklace would be a great piece to wear at a wedding. Two of these necklaces feature raw diamonds.

If you love handmade jewelry, you'll really love LimeintheSky. Visit today and treat yourself!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

JET of the Day: LeesEarringBoutique

Artisan Wire Wrapped Jewelry at LeesEarringBoutique

LeesEarringBoutique is a fantastic place to buy wire wrapped gemstone jewelry! This shop is well stocked with absolutely gorgeous earrings, pendants and more, all featuring gemstone beads and pearls.

The pretty green earrings on the right are typical of the high quality components and workmanship you'll find at Lees. This artisan uses wire to frame the beads she uses to create in a very attractive way. Graceful curves and a well thought out design. A mix of vivid green jade and emerald gemstone beads. Rich gold filled wire and corrugated gold filled beads. These Emerald Green Jade Earrings are so unique - and you'll only find them at LeesEarringBoutique!

 Blue topaz is a very popular gemstone. These wire wrapped earrings by Lee prominently showcase sparkling faceted sky blue topaz briolettes. If you wear a lot of blue, these would be a really nice accent.

This is a good example of Lees amazing "wire sculpting" style. The briolettes are free to move in the center of the wire frames that make up the open area at the bottom of these very pretty dangles. The yellow gold color looks amazing with the blue topaz briolettes ... these are so elegant they would be fabulous worn to a wedding or any special event or a formal party - a prom, anniversary party or an awards dinner!

 Here's a pair of Lapis Lazuli earrings made with Argentium Silver wire. This wire is a bit more pure than sterling silver at .935; and the silver is alloyed with Germanium in place of copper so they are very tarnish resistant.

So ...these are not just beautiful, but are an easy to care for pair of handmade earrings. The deep blue lapis beads look amazing with the bright white color of silver. The design is quite pretty and earrings like these will go with every type of wardrobe, from casual to business.

They're attractive enough to wear out for an evening with a fabulous blue dress, or with jeans and a sweater for a weekend trip to the supermarket. These earrings are good to wear every day!

The focus here is definitely on earrings; they are obviously Lee's specialty. But if you browse through this outstanding artisan's shop, you will find there are other jewelry items here! On the left, you'll see a really nice amethyst and gold filled wrap bracelet.

There are gemstone bracelets, a really nice selection of earrings with posts and backs for those who don't like wearing long dangle earrings, Lee's Statement Earrings and her spectacular Wire Art Earrings.

I have been told many times ... a woman can't have too many pair of earrings. So if you're a guy and you need a nice gift ... or an earring collector shopping for yourself ... you owe it to yourself to check out the unbelievable variety offered at LeesEarringBoutique!