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The Story of a Jeweler: Beryl Dingemans

I grew up in apartheid South Africa, a really difficult but inspiring time. We relied on everything local as we had almost no exposure to anything international, due to sanctions. Fortunately things changed and when I was finally able to travel, I was blown away by what was available internationally, especially as far as design, art, music and fashion went. I became a “gypsy”, travelling the world non-stop and absorbing everything that I had not been exposed to before. This is when my eye for beautiful things was opened and my interest in accessory design developed from grass bangles and handmade leather sandals to what it is today.

Gold butterfly pendant on model 3

Having a passion for beautiful things, as well as an art and fashion background, I have found the perfect niche for my creativity in designing and making jewellery. I just LOVE it! Now, I am pleased to introduce you to my collection. Read More »

Scrabble Jewelry from Home Studio

If you are thinking about simple and unpretentious gift to any holiday these cute little handmade jewels by Home Studio can become the good solution. Joyful and marry ideas of these pendants will certainly cause your smile. Choose any motive you prefer, it maybe birds, animals, accessorizes, phrases and even different national symbols.

PAPILLON on a pendant

All the models are eco friendly and are crafted with great care to every detail. So funny and stylish this collection is perfectly suitable for the youth who want to be distinguished among the crowd. Read More »

Yummy Treasures – The Clue to DIY Jewelry

The handmade jewelry or DIY jewelry are becoming more and more popular. On the Web you can find hundreds of tutorials about how to create bracelets and more complex jewelry. Either way you need to find components for decorating. With items from Yummy Treasures you can be sure that you will be able to create an infinite number of DIY jewelry.

DIY Bracelets from honestlywtf

Tiny pretty beads, drops, cabochons and pendant make the mood rise being unfussy accessories. The materials used by the designers are acrylic, plastic and glass. One can choose the variety of combination from the line of the items and create the accessory which will be ideal for her. Read More »

Erma – When Jewelry Meets Art by Ela Aharon

Each Erma jewel is a unique piece of art. It is important for me to share the process of creation, from the initial concept sketches, through the drawings, inspirations and the creation of the jewel itself.

The Kiss Necklace

As Valentine’s Day is at our Door step, I wish to introduce “The Kiss” Necklace which is inspired by Gustav Klimt, 1908. For me, this Jewel expresses connections between lovers, material aspects that combine into a spiritual whole. The twisting lines of the delicate jewel represent the yearning for love. This Jewel symbolizes eternal love. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Ana Claudia Schultz

Ana Claudia Schultz, a Brazilian Brooklenite, created Ana Claudia Design in 2012 after many years of working for others’ design studios and dreaming of creating her own jewelry collection. Her background in architecture design and Brazilian culture inspired her jewelry designs including Ana Claudia Design’s current collections, Archetype FW12 and Audubon.

Archetype was inspired by Ana Claudia Schultz’s, owner and designer of ACD, background in architecture. Truss-t from the Archetype collection stemmed from the engineering element, the truss. And a temple in Florianopolis Brazil, Templo Ecumênico, inspired Façade. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Tara Hutch

The one thing that makes Tara’s jewelry different is – her jewelry has a story behind it: Tara’s jewelry literally saved her and helped in the rebirth of her spirit. Tara is a wounded war veteran of the Army. She lost her leg on Valentine’s Day, 2006, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Due to the subsequent brain injury from the explosion, she was left with a permanent Parkinson’s-like movement disorder, and during rehabilitation an occupational therapist suggested Tara become involved with a hobby that used her fine motor skills.

She decided to buy every book and read every article she could find on jewelry making, and she eventually taught herself difficult jewelry techniques. She crafts her one-of-a-kind jewelry out of gold, silver and fine gemstones and sells it on her website and at trunk shows. She is truly an artisan who handcrafts beautiful pieces of one-of-a kind wearable art. When people purchase a Tara Hutch original, they aren’t just buying a piece of jewelry, they are purchasing a bit of Tara’s spirit; a small amount of her ability to look beyond and overcome adversity. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Nadine Essra

I studied fine art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), graduating in 2008 with a BFA in General Fine Arts. During my final semester at MICA I discovered a Jewelry 101 course offered through the Continuing Studies department. When my grandfather passed away in 2004 I inherited his jeweler’s tools, equipment, and remaining raw materials as well as his collection of precious and semi-precious gemstones that he collected over a period of 20+ years along his travels throughout the US. I had long been interested in taking a jewelry course in order to learn how to use these tools, and four years later finally found my chance.

Having always been more attracted to the more process-oriented art forms, in metal-smithing I found a new world of possibilities opened up to me. Since taking this jewelry course, I have continued to develop my skills at the workbench through trial and error, practice and persistence. I began my business “Nadine Essra Designs” in 2010. Read More »

DIY Bird Nest Necklace by Sarah Ortega

DIY projects became so widely spread nowadays. People inspired by the beauty of the surrounding environment create masterpieces from little baubles. The bird nest motives in jewelry industry become very popular. If you have jewelry wire, beads or pearls, necklace chain and a clasp you can create a symbol of family and tender of your own.

Sarah Ortega knows how! Let your imagination play with the beads. Select those you like, string them on the wire, wrap the wire around the beads and attach a clasp to the end of a necklace chain. This is fresh, interesting and rather cheap decision how to brighten your image. We think it’s a good accessory for the young and bold. Just do it yourself! Read More »

Jewelry Safes from Gem Series by Brown Safes

All of us love our jewelry. But among the news about it every third is devoted to the theft of the jewels. To provide their safety you should have a reliable safe. In this case the one from Brown Safes is just what you need.

The safes made by this world-known company are the elegant and refined solution of the problem. Versatile and innovative they will perfectly suit your luxury gems. The product line of Brown Safes includes different models. The designers use exotic metals and wood to create the exquisite storage. Brown Safes became the symbol of the high standard of reliability. This will be luxury repository for swish jewelry. Read More »

Quality Jewelry Trees and a Story from Heart Not Included

When my boyfriend and I moved in together all of my jewelry went into hiding in bins and other such jewelry boxes. After a while I started to forget what I had. While at a friends house I saw this silver tree with her rings and earrings and I fell in love with the idea of a real tree to display my jewelry. This idea rolled around in my thoughts for the next 2 years when it suddenly came to me that I could make trees out of Manzanita branches! I searched high and low for the perfect branch to display my own jewelry and finally came across the red tree that you see in my 30″ Red Tree ad. This is my actual tree and 5 years later it still looks just as amazing as it did when I first made it.

Two years went by and I had received a ton of compliments for my tree and kept hearing that there was nothing like it in the market. I started making a tree here and there for my friends for gifts and then selling them to my friends for their friends. This is when I decided to open my little store on Etsy.com. It took a couple of months for the word to get out about my listings and it a slow build of likes and potential sales, but October 2011 rolled around and we were starting to receive orders! We sold 50 trees between October and December, with the most (30 trees) sold in December for christmas. Read More »