Saturday, November 21, 2009


These earrings are incredibly unique - made with sea glass and sea aluminum hand picked off a beach in Kauai. Every piece of glass and aluminum is different, but the variation adds to the organic feel of these earrings. Wire and findings are solid sterling silver. Can be made with green, brown, blue or white sea glass.
Earrings measure approximately 2" (up to 2.5" depending on the sea aluminum) from the top curve of the bali silver ear wire. $30.


Named for the heroine in 1001 Arabian Nights. She was a fantastic story-teller. So good, in fact, that it saved her life many times over. Since her life was always hanging in the balance, I thought naming these pendulum-shaped earrings after her was appropriate.
Earrings measure 1.63" from the top curve of the solid sterling silver ear wire and are available in sunstone, labradorite, garnet and olive jade. $25.


Named for the soprano diva in The Phantom of the Opera. Carlotta is decadent, extravagant and dramatic - all adjectives fitting of these stunning earrings. All wire and components are 14k gold-filled. The base loop is hammered to add texture and the jet Swarovski crystals are wired on by hand. The hanging faceted onyx catches the light and creates movement. These are one of a kind! Perfect for holiday parties.
Earrings measure 2.63" from the top curve of the ear wire and are 1.13" across at the widest point. $50.


This earring is very lightweight and the light gray color of the resin goes with nearly everything! The cube measures .63" squared and the full length of the earring is 1.63" from the top curve of the solid sterling silver leverback ear wires. Fun and casual! $20.


Named for the title character in the musical Aida by Guiseppe Verdi. For whatever reason, the name "Aida" popped into my head after completing this earring. The faceted black agate briolette is hand wrapped with solid sterling silver wire. Earrings measure 1.5" from the top curve of the solid sterling silver ear wire. A versatile earring that can be dressed up or down - think of it as the 'little black dress' of earrings! $25. Can also be made with 14k gold-fill.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cascade Necklace

Made with an assortment of elements, meant to be very versatile. Solid sterling silver chain is 18" and fastens with a balloon clasp. The cluster hangs 2.5" from the chain and includes Czech glass, freshwater pearl, alexandrite, rose quartz, botswana agate, snow quartz, olive jade, carnelian, green garnet, kiwi jasper and black agate. $50.


Hail, all you Lord of the Rings fans! These earrings are named for the handmaiden of Rohan. She is strong and kind and endures many hardships. In the end, it is she who saves the day by destroying the nazgul king, Angmar, right after uttering my favorite line in the entire movie series "I am no man!" These earrings hang from a solid sterling silver chain made by yours truly and remind me of the chainmaille Eowyn wore when fighting Angmar. The design of the earring echoes the shape of the mace he used against her. The stone at the end is a dramatically irregular faceted nugget of smokey quartz. $20.

Christmas in the air!

Yes, you read correctly...I wrote "Christmas". I'm ready! I know it's blaspheme to gloss over Thanksgiving, but I've been feeling the Christmas Spirit even before Halloween, so it's time I admitted it. Thanksgiving and Christmas are my two favorite holidays because to me they are both synonymous with food and good music. Growing up I was my mom's shadow in the kitchen and these holidays were no exception. Roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cookies, candy, casseroles...we made it all! We would bop around the kitchen all day, cooking and baking, listening to and singing along with Christmas tunes of all varieties. The reason I bring this up on my jewelry blog is to communicate to you how I justify listening to Christmas music starting in October. It's my favorite music to listen to while making jewelry - it's joyful and reverent, full of love and happiness! Today and yesterday I've been jeweling non-stop to the likes of Celine Dion, MoTab, Cambridge Singers, The Nutcracker and more...and I hit a few strokes (definitely not notes) of genius! My newest creations will be showcased here very shortly. Anyway, the point is that Christmas music inspires jewelry creativity for me and I hope you will all enjoy the fruits of my holiday labors.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pippi Longstocking

Named for the precocious Swedish (try saying that three times in a row) girl with fiery red hair and lots of freckles! I boast some Swedish heritage, so making Pippi a namesake was a natural choice. The spots on these glass beads looked liked Pippi's freckles, while the colors reminded me of her hair, eyes and patchwork dress. The line of Pippi jewelry is made for younger girls, with bracelets measuring 6.5" and post earrings measuring .63". The bracelets are made with Swarovski crystal, muted glass beads and bali silver. They clasp with a solid sterling silver toggle and are strung on 49-strand Beadalon wire. Available in red, orange, green and blue/green swirl. $10 for the earrings, $20 for the bracelets.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Named after the good sorceress in the movie 80's oldie but a goodie (also the movie that inspired my school girl crush on Val Kilmer). Her hair is long and white and she wears a gray robe, so naturally I thought of her after finishing this bracelet and matching earrings. Made with botswana agate, smoky quartz, bali silver and sterling silver. $35 for the bracelet, $20 for the earrings.

Xiao Mei

Named for the character in House of Flying Daggers, played by Zhang Ziyi. This movie has some great flying-through-bamboo scenes, similar to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (which also features Zhang Ziyi). These earrings are made with roughly faceted nuggets of bamboo jasper with stunning variations of colors and veining. Hues include white, salmon, grey, black and tan. The solid sterling silver wire is hand-wrapped, making each pair unique. $30.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Goldilocks - Porridge

For all of you who just made a nasty face after reading the name of this earring, I want you to know that I ate porridge (oatmeal) every morning for breakfast all growing's not that bad! Of course I hated it at the time, but now I actually quite enjoy it. I digress. The third installment of the original Goldilocks design represents the contents of the bowls our protagonist tried to consume. These, too, are made with carnelian, albeit a different shade, and sterling silver. Hand-made twisted jump ring. $25.

Goldilocks - The 3 Bears

This is a continuation of the original Goldilocks design, representing the other characters in the bedtime story. Made with faceted tortoise Czech glass donuts and sterling silver. The twisted jump ring is hand-made. $25.


Ah, yes - a bedtime story classic. The yellow carnelian donuts on these earrings mimic the golden locks of her hair, while the number of donuts on each earrings foreshadows her encounter in the cottage and its inhabitants. Made with carnelian and solid sterling silver. Twisted jump ring is hand-made. $25.

Princess Di

She was a classic beauty and was often seen in her pearl choker. Made with Swarovski pearls, sterling silver/Swarovski crystal rondelle and sterling silver findings. $20.


As in Sibyll Trelawney, Professor of Divination at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! If you've seen the movies, you can attest that she has large, googly eyes blinking from behind coke-bottle glasses. Made with lemon jasper or chocolate moss agate. The sterling silver rings are hammered by hand. Solid sterling silver findings. $25.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Coming Soon...

Pictures and stories for Goldilocks, Ursula, Rebecca, Padme, Princess Di, Elpheba, Rapunzel, Pippi, Sibyll, Minerva and more!

Rock Candy

Grape (amethyst), Cotton Candy (alexandrite faceted glass), Cherry (siam faceted glass), Bubblegum (faceted rose quartz), Green Apple (peridot faceted glass) and Orangesicle (faceted sunstone). Non-edible. :) Made with solid sterling silver. $25.


Named after my darling niece. As everyone knows, the job of an aunt is to push parental boundaries. Therefore, I made similar earrings for my niece even though her mother forbade dangly earrings. Sophie was permitted to wear the earrings only because her Aunt Natalie made them for her. Mission accomplished. Czech glass, foiled glass, Swarovski crystal, Swarovski pearl, hematite, 4mm ball posts and sterling silver. Also in pink/pearl. $10.


These large black cloisonne beads coupled with the layers of hand-wrapped 14k gold-fill wire echo a classic Egyptian theme of black and gold. Who can forget Elizabeth Taylor dressed as Cleopatra, dripping in gold with a black wig and kohl-rimmed eyes? Enamel cloisonne and 14k gold-fill components. Also in white. $40.


Does this need an explanation? Made with carved orange coral, bali silver and solid sterling silver. $25.


Made with hand-fashioned glass beads imported from Venice, Italy. Accented with 14k gold-fill components. Also in blue and green. $30.

Kauai Rain

Made with blue coral beads picked up in Kauai. Includes bali silver and solid sterling silver. $20.

Little G

Named after the eldest daughter of Georgiana Cavendish, whose nickname was Little G as she was named after her mother. This is a smaller version of the full-size Georgiana Earring. Solid sterling silver, black pearls (from Kauai), semi-precious rock chips, olive jade, unachite, Swarovski crystal and more. $25, $30 or $40 depending on materials.


Named after the title character in The Duchess. This was one of my first designs and the decadence of it reminded me of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. This design comes in several hues, including garden, contrast, blush, velvet, ice and coral. Made with solid sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, pearls, bali silver, Czech glass, rose quartz, amethyst, hematite, snowflake obsidian, garnet, watermelon quartz, and several other elements. $40.


Named after, well, Pocahontas. The design reminded of a dream catcher and got me thinking about American Indians. Solid sterling silver with faceted garnet chips. $30.


Named after my sister-in-law, whose eyes remind me of the swirling colors in Ocean Jasper. Also made with red adventurine. Made with solid sterling silver and 4mm ball posts. $20.


Named after Hamlet's younger sister. I make several variations of this design, showing turquoise and watermelon quartz here. All pieces are made with solid sterling silver and the bracelet contains faceted garnet. $15 for the earrings; $35 for the bracelet.