Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fiore Jewellery Story

Unique and whimsical jewelry has always appealed to me, and when a friend started making her own pieces I decided to experiment. I had an idea for a necklace and bought some materials. My first piece turned out really well and I was delighted. With the spare materials I hadn’t used I began experimenting by making other pieces, and soon I was hooked. I’ve been in love with the process of making jewelry ever since.

My processes and materials have developed a lot since the beginning. However the simple enjoyment of making something beautiful has not changed. Read More »

Sabi Collection by Jill McKeown

I launched Sabi Collection in May of 2012. I am attracted to natural materials. They have inherent beauty, just by virtue of their existence in nature. I love the unrefined perfection in wood, in all forms. That may, in a way, be a means of understanding my very disorganized (yet desperate for order) personality. There is a very elegant (dis)order in the way wood weathers and ages.

The wood that is collected and used in the jewelry is personified in my mind. Each piece has a life cycle. I do not know what the wood was used for (or not) in the past, but it has been found it at some point in its life. The wood is transformed as it becomes a piece of jewelry. The process of multiplying the raw wood into a family of pieces is done in a way that respects, even embraces, its natural imperfections. Then, the addition of things which offset the rustic nature of the wood are worked into the design: bright chain, color, etc. I am a strong believer that good design is always balanced. The most impactful objects, fashions, spaces are those which utilize two contradictory aesthetic techniques: a crystal chandelier above a rustic table, edgy spikes juxtaposed with sweet pearls, a clean and modern home on a jagged mountain; the list goes on. Sabi Collection attempts to achieve this balance. Read More »

Bande Des Quatres by Erin Wahed

There is always a wide choice of jewelry at the summer season. But there are always stand out items. You should pay attention to jewelry pieces from Bande Des Quatres. This brand offers two collections full of interesting masterpieces. For both collections, the pieces are named after an artist that inspired the piece. In the case of Collection I, the pieces were named after Bauhaus Masters and with Collection II, all the pieces are named after Architects.

Erin Wahed is a founder and designer of Bande Des Quatres. Quality plays a huge role in what sets Bande Des Quatres apart from other brands in jewelry. Each and every piece is hand-made by our studio in Montreal. The pieces combine 18kt yellow and palladium white gold, sterling silver, oxidized sterling silver and precious gemstones. The combination of finishes used on each ring, from sand blasting to scratching to polishing are another unique element of Bande Des Quatres. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Karin Jacobson

I attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education, otherwise known as the Minnesota arts high school and had a jewelry making class that I loved taught by Cheryl Rydmark, a jeweler who now lives in northern California. I ended up getting an apprenticeship with Cheryl, which we originally thought would just be for the summer, but I ended up working for her for almost 7 years, during which time I attended college.

In 1999, I started my own business, growing it slowly from a part-time business in a shared studio space, to a full-time business in a big sunny space of my own, although I still work alone. I sell wholesale to stores and do quite a lot of custom wedding rings. I really try to use the most eco-friendly and socially conscientious materials for my work, which means using recycled metals, and gems which are either recycled, fair trade or laboratory-grown. Read More »

Status by Helle Bjerrum

As the title indicates, I have explored status as a theme. The word status relates both to material values and to one’s standing in terms of reputation and position. How status is achieved varies with time and prevailing trends as well as social and geographic context. In my design and choice of materials I have aimed for close links with the theme. Hence it is possible to find aspects of meaning in many details of the jewelry pieces.

Helle Bjerrum graduated from the Institute for precious metals in 1995. Prior to this she is trained a textile designer from the Design School in Kolding. She had her debut as a designer in 1995, on the 1. Biennale of Arts and Crafts in the Danish Design museum. In 1999 she was noticed as one of DK most prominent contemporary artists, in the Charlottenborg Spring and Autumn exhibitions. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Melda Onbasyan

I am working with my fiancé Arda Ekserciyan. He is the designer and producer of all the jewelry on our shop. I am working for his marketing and pr.

We are a little family company based in Istanbul Grand Bazaar. Arda is a young designer (26 years old) and has been working in the jewelry craftsmanship since he is 12. Last year he decided to design tiny, delicate, simple but chic jewelry for everyday use. But he has also an artisanal collection. We don’t sell that collection on etsy. It’s very unique Haute Couture collection. You can find it on our official web site. Read More »

Smith Jewellery by Anna Raimondo

Born and raised in Cape town, South Africa, Anna Raimondo studied Jewellery Design & Manufacturing at Stellenbosch University. After completing her Honours degree she was offered a scholorship to do a Masters in Design at the Richemont’s school, Creative Academy, in Milan. This lead to the opportunity to intern at the International fashion brand Chloe’s leather department. Anna then spent the next years travelling and working in the UK and Australia.

In 2010 Anna went back to Cape Town to launch her jewellery brand, SMITH Jewellery. Her aim was to create unique, beautiful and bold jewellery for woman. Everything is designed and then hand made by herself, thus ensuring that no two pieces look the same – and offering the customer a once of piece of jewellery. Read More »

Cork Jewelry Displays

Jewelry storages made of wine corks becoming more and more popular. You can do it yourself easily. All you need for it is to gather a couple of dozen corks from wine bottles, suitable frame and some accessories like lace ribbon, hooks, etc. It’s better to use a strong glue to bond it all together. All the rest depends on your imagination. You can find many examples on the web.

Cork jewelry displays look very elegant and naturally. You can purchase them at various online stores if you don’t want to experiment with DIY. Please visit our jewelry storages section for more jewelry stands and boxes. Read More »