Monday, May 26, 2008

Two new pair of earrings.

Of course people have varying preferences when it comes to earring length and weight, so I try to satisfy that by making a variety. Lately I've had a long-earring-jones, so I made two pair that are quite substantial, being a bit over 2" long.

"Springtime" is the name of the first pair.
This last Winter was a pretty severe one. Spring comes and it's like waking up from a slumber. These earrings express some of that joy of color and vibrant awakening.

These earrings are are about 2 1/8" long, from where the ear wire ends and the drop begins. They are made from two lampwork barrel beads with flower designs in shades of reds and pinks, white and aqua embedded in green apple glass. The beads are nestled between two silver accent beads and little turquoise seed beads.

Dangling from them are silver-wrapped 4mm garnet coin beads, peridot nuggets, white freshwater pearls and more seed beads. The ear wire is sterling silver.

These next earrings are called "Still Waters."

I tell you, these were the hardest darned earrings to shoot and try to represent accurately. They are made of large pieces of faceted quartz in the most delicate, watery aqua color, and they just kind of washed out under the lens of the camera.

These earrings are 2 1/4" long from the beginning of the drop to the bottom-most beads.

There is a hole in the upper third of the beads, from which dangle varying lengths of delicate sterling silver figaro chains.

At the end of each chain are silver-wrapped freshwater pearls, copper seed beads, peridot nuggets, turquoise seed beads, as well as 4mm aurora borealis and aqua bi-cone swarovski crystals. They're great on someone with short hair, and feel very swaggy. Not for sale, as these are sold.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Welcome to Adorn Me jewelry!

Jewelry, and even more specifically, a love of stones, metals, pearls and elements of jewelry-making, has been a lifelong passion -- one that has never dimmed or dulled over time.

Adorn Me jewelry has a focus on making unique pieces that will never have its exact match, even when the same materials are used, because of the differences in stones, and because the technique is far removed from assembly line jewelry (have done assembly line type of jewelry creation and it's mind numbingly boring -- never again!).

Adorn Me makes jewelry for all sizes of bodies, but there is a special focus on very large women who have a hard time finding unique, beautiful necklaces, bracelets and anklets in their size.

Adorn Me is happy to take special orders. If there is something specific you are looking for, please drop an email and we'll set it up. The contact form on Adorn Me's home site at is set up for that, but there's not much else there yet, as making jewelry has been priority one so far.

This first set was custom made for a client who likes bracelet and earring sets.

My client likes this enough that she now wants a matching necklace, which will be in the works shortly. Materials used are pink-y plum blister pearls, fresh water pearls, amethyst nuggets, a variety of glass beads, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. She prefers a lobster claw clasp on the bracelet, so that is what was used. The bracelet is 9" long and the earrings about 1 3/4" from the ear wire drop.

These next photos are of the set in alternate lighting, so the colors show up a bit differently, and just for the heck of it, a closeup of a fresh water pearl and one of the glass beads.
Wire-wrapping is a time-consuming art, and therefore fetches a higher price than when just strung beads. It's a joy, though. Been doing this for decades now and it doesn't get old.

This last photo is of the focal point of the bracelet. It is a cluster of pearls, amethysts and glass beads held together by sterling silver wire. The blister pearls spark iridescent hues of blues, purples, red, pinks, fuschia and silver, while the fresh water pearls have their own soft glow. Finally, the glass beads give off their own varied glimmer. This is an excellent set to wear dressed down a bit during the day. But at night -- at night, dressed in your finery, a set like this would flicker, twinkle and spark on the surface of your skin.

Still working on image quality and trying to make improvements. I just think I will need a new camera at some point, so please forgive the less than stellar photos.