Friday, January 9, 2015

JET of the Day: Foret

It is always a pleasure to visit our friend Elizabeth at Foret! This artisan has been a JET member for many years, and her shop is just chock-full of goodies to explore!

Virtually all of the jewelry at Foret features gemstones, so color plays an important part in this collection. Elizabeth designs with top quality components sourced from worldwide suppliers so many of the silver beads and parts used to create these beautiful styles have a genuine ethnic, tribal appearance.

The fact that Elizabeth lives and creates in New Mexico, surrounded by southwestern influences adds to the exotic look of her jewelry. Just look at the earrings on the right. These gorgeous coral earrings are accented with beaded spacers from Rajasthan, India.

The Capitol city, Jaipur is well known for its gem cutters and silver jewelry makers. Looking through this shop, you'll see many pieces featuring silver beads and parts from Rajasthan. The Beaded Ruby Dangle Earrings shown on the left are just one more example of the tribal style designs you can find by browsing through this amazing shop.

Living in the Southwestern part of the United States surrounded by local art made by people of ethnic Mexican and Native American heritage influences Elizabeth's use of gemstones, and combining them with silver is only natural. Silver and many gemstones - especially turquoise - are commercially mined in this part of the US now, but for centuries local artisans have been using these materials to create. Some of the
best turquoise in the world comes from Arizona - the Kingman and Sleeping Beauty mines have been active producers of gem quality turquoise for many years. Elizabeth doesn't mention the origin of the beautiful turquoise in the necklace shown at left, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was Kingman.

While looking through this shop you'll also run across several vintage gemstone pendants from exotic locales. Most of these feature gorgeous silver work and really nice gemstones.

I love the Ethnic Vintage Tibetan Pendant you'll see below. This particular example is made with copal, which is a resin that over time will dry and harden into amber. The copal has silver repousse decorated bezels embedded in it, which hold turquoise and coral cabochons. The silver repousse cone at the
top is fabulous and a great example of hand crafted jewelry that is made traditionally.

You'll see there are over 90 pair of beautiful earrings offered here, all made by Elizabeth and all featuring fantastic gemstones and components. But there is more. A lot more.

If you like gemstone necklaces with an ethnic flair, take a look at this section - with over 50 gorgeous necklaces ready to ship.

There is a nice selection of bracelets. Elizabeth crafts gemstone amulets that are very popular, and her Vintage / Antique jewelry section holds many cool surprises!

Visit Foret today! Keep a link in your Favorites  - You'll want to return to this shop!

16 comments :

Ribasus said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this great blog article on my shop and me. Bob... would you like to write my listings for me? So eloquent! You are the best and this really celebrates the JOD as do all of your posts. Auntie Ribasus loves you~~~

Jean Sandell said...

Such unique and beautiful items!

Tracy said...

I love the tribal looks in this shop! So different and beautiful!

mjsee said...

Gorgeous tribal pieces!

Gloria Flynn - EarthEnergyGemstones said...

Love everything in this shop, but especially the tribal pieces! Gorgeous!

cooljewelrydesign said...

Everything is different ... just like Elizabeth ... each piece is a celebration of life ... each a beauty. And when you think you've seen it all, another surprise surfaces. Great article, Bob ... you really wove the tribal / ethnic aspect into the text.

Laura Stamper said...

Elizabeth has a sharp eye for color and design. Really puts her own twist on ethnic, boho jewelry!

jemsbyjb said...

Such unique and beautifully crafted jewelry. Love to look at the gorgeous stones and different findings used in them.

Nancy Russell said...

All of Elizabeth's designs are unique and so beautifully "her." Anyone who loves Southwestern and boho styles will fall in love with her pieces. So elegant, too!

capitalcitycrafts said...

What an eclectic jewelry collection, thanks for sharing

Erin Austin said...

So many incredible pieces. I could spend all day!

Erika Price said...

I just love this shop - choc full of exciting pieces and lovely tribal jewellery!

Gemstones on My Mind said...

I love this shop. There is so much beautiful soul in it, it's mesmerizing.

SendingLoveGallery said...

I love Elizabeth's shop and her beautiful jewelry!

SendingLoveGallery said...

I love Elizabeth's shop and her beautiful jewelry!

MadeByTammy said...

Such unique and fantastic designs in Elizabeth's shop!