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jade hookSAVE 20% WITH SAVE20 COUPON for this and anything else in the shop. This is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. The hei matu, or fish hook, has endured since pre-colonial times (prior to the 18th century) and symbolizes abundance, and a respect for sea. The design represents the special relationship Maori people have with fishing (historically they lived from fisheries and depended on the sea for food gathering) and Tangaroa, god of the sea. Designs range from the ultra-realistic through to more conceptual styles, and wearing one is said to bring good fortune when traveling across oceans.

This beautiful piece measures approx. 45 mm long (approx.. 1 3/4") x approx. 23 mm. (just shy of 1") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 3 mm. wide.

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Minimalist: A style that uses pared-down design elements. The artist strips everything down to its essential quality, to achieve simplicity. The pursuit of the basic essence of a piece, by rediscovering the valuable qualities in simple and common materials.

When it comes to accessorizing, sometimes less is more. Minimalist jewelry happens to be trending right now, and you can design some killer pieces if you like this style. Leonardo da Vinci said "Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication." It's the natural beauty of minimalism and the lack of clutter.

bead braceletDainty rings, necklaces, bracelets, and body chains have been all over lately. You can see them ‘modeled’ by popular bloggers and buy them in trendy and high-end department stores. And you can make them yourself with a little attention to design and a delicate and steady hand. 

For some serious inspiration from great minimalistic artisans we’ve found on Etsy, check out these items shown here -- from top to bottom.

A delicate diamond necklace from an artisan named Maya Rolc Majericic -- a jewelry designer and owner of the minimalvs, capucinne, threelayers, and bibicco shops on Etsy. All her items are handmade from start to finish, in a studio in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

From Kurafuchi (Sarah, who designs and handcrafts all her Etsy items in Paris, Ile-de-France), we have a delicate bracelet, simple rose gold with tiny multicolored beads.

dangleAnd finally from Tocco Di Lustro in Zagreb, Croatia, (another Etsy shop) we found these sweet gold-filled dangle earrings.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also some of our previous posts on 'style' issues --

Boho Style   &

Getting Noticed: A Guide for Jewelry Designers

Until Next Time!

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

white cat 2Did you know that gemstones are mentioned in many fables and fairy tales of long ago? If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I am fascinated with the many myths and magical stories associated with stones and crystals.

Scholars of folklore have noticed that gemstones often signify that the reader has entered a special or magical place – with out-of-this-world sightings like streets paved in gemstones, jewel-encrusted goblets, and robes sparkling with precious diamonds, rubies and emeralds. There are many such stories featuring gemstones. There is one that is a particular favorite of mine – “The White Cat”, a French tale by Countess D’Aulnoy (1650 – 1705). The fairy tale is extraordinarily long, but enchanting.

The basic story is one of a young prince’s quest for his father, the king. In his travels he discovers a magnificent castle, with a gate covered in red garnets, walls of crystal and doors made of coral, lapis lazuli and pearls. Within the castle are fine robes encrusted with emeralds, and a beautiful white cat who wears a strand of pearls and holds a goblet of gemstones. Here are a couple of little snippets to give you an idea:

The Prince could not believe that any danger threatened him when he was welcomed in this way, so, guided by the mysterious hands, he went toward a door of coral, which opened of its own accord, and he found himself in a vast hall of mother-of-pearl, out of which opened a number of other rooms, glittering with thousands of lights, and full of such beautiful pictures and precious things that the Prince felt quite bewildered. After passing through sixty rooms the hands that conducted him stopped, and the Prince saw a most comfortable-looking arm-chair drawn up close to the chimney-corner; at the same moment the fire lighted itself, and the pretty, soft, clever hands took off the Prince's wet, muddy clothes, and presented him with fresh ones made of the richest stuffs, all embroidered with gold and emeralds. He could not help admiring everything he saw, and the deft way in which the hands waited on him, though they sometimes appeared so suddenly that they made him jump...   

bat beadsAre you trying to figure out how to write a compelling ‘About Me’ page for your Etsy shop or web site? Are you unsure about how to present your bio or your shop story? Are you sure you and your brand are interesting, but you don’t know how to convey that in an effective way?
If so, you’re not alone. We’ve read many boring ‘About Me’ & Bio pages in our time. Sure, folks often list a series of facts about their background and work, but not necessarily anything their current and future clients could really relate to or connect with.

yemenYour personal story is more important than you may realize. Your goal is to captivate your dream client, in the same way a writer does in a novel to keep their audience engaged. Here are a few suggestions about how to write it in the best way possible.

1. Use the ‘First Person’ Voice

This is a great method for creating an immediate connection with your audience. Instead of saying: ‘Shannon Schreiber developed a passion for design when she was only five years old,’ say: ‘My passion for design started as a child.’

It’s not incorrect to write in the Third Person voice, but it is much more powerful to establish a personal connection by using the First Person approach.

2. Offer your audience something fascinating about you as an individual

One of my favorite Etsy artisans – Savanna Caravan - has a bio that starts like this:

spring necklace 1This week I'm featuring inspired work by three talented Etsy colleagues, with a focus on SPRING!

I know it's still a little early for this, and some of you may still be snowed in. But in New Mexico the little crocuses and daffodils are poking their heads out of the earth, and most days are warmer. And while we pray the apricot trees won't bud too soon, we thought we'd focus on getting ready for that time of year for flowers, leaves, vibrant pastels, and springtime creations.

My first discovery on my search for inspirational spring jewelry was Cynthia Smith of PorcelainIndustry, based in Darien, Connecticut. Cynthia is a wife, mom, tennis player, potter, art collector, and fashion freak. She's been collecting beautiful art for about 9 years, playing tennis for 5 years, and creating pots with her own hands for 5 months -- and loving it. She was trained as a lawyer, not an artist. But her love for art that she was so great she decided to start making something of her own. She dabbled with oil painting and then chose ceramics. Once she started that, she couldn't stop. She finds the possibilities to be endless. And she still does ceramics, but she decided to focus her Etsy shop on jewelry, which is as she puts it, 'as much an art form as anything else'.

Cynthia loves to put colors, patterns and textures together to form a wearable piece of jewelry. You can just see the joy in this spectacular long multi-gemstone statement necklace! It's a whimsical, fun fantasy piece, which she designed and made herself. She used 24K gold vermeil wire, beads and links, carefully wire wrapping the finest quality semi-precious and precious gemstones in. It has teardrop sapphires, rare green tourmaline, mystic pink topaz teardrop briolettes, and green and pink chalcedony teardrop briolettes, to name a few. There are also rose quartz cubes, crackle fire agaters, and several gorgeous Venetian murano glass beads. This necklace made me think of Spring in all its glory; you can tell this woman loves her art.

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