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chandelierToday I decided to celebrate the artisans of autumn – folks, like me, who are inspired by the beauty and color of Fall – and who are moved to express their appreciation for this wonderful season through their jewelry.

The selections below are meant to inspire you too – with their vibrant colors and the passion of these artisans so clearly apparent.

tasselFirst, to the right, is a gorgeous pair of wire-wrapped chandelier earrings by Mylene Foster. Mylene draws inspiration from forms, colors and textures she sees in nature, media, fashion, architecture and fine arts. When she sees an eye-catching form, she wonders if she can make it into something in wire. She loves simplicity in design, and puts much effort into making it look so. She made these earrings with genuine sapphires and citrine gemstones. She hand-forged the sturdy oval frame and wrapped it with fine wire.

Next up (to the left) is Stefani Blain's (of NeithJewelry) tassel necklace of grossular garnet (or hessonite), paired with fiery white opals and sterling silver. The tassel hangs with a California beach shell, a pair of tourmaline teardrops on a vintage finding, and a hand-crafted carnelian stone in sterling.

My final pick for this week’s feature is a simple yet so-lovely carnelian necklace (below, to the right) from irishbabies. Nicole Kilgore has separated smooth carnelian beads with fine silver beads and sterling silver round beads, and in the center is a large carnelian bead pendant. She finished this necklace with sterling silver clasp. She also notes for you other artisans out there that carnelian is said to help with creativity!

carnelianAs for me, I am going to continue enjoying some of my favorite gemstones in fall colors – Carnelian, of course, Amber, Garnet and Picasso Jasper.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like:

 Stones for Samhain or

Witch's Brew

Until Next Time,





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