People often ask me “how did you get started making jewelry” and where did “Slinky Lynnx Chic” come from? Here are the answers.
I continually challenge myself to find new ways wire can be turned into jewelry. See how I meet that challenge here and, if you are in the Prescott area, at the Prescott Art Market in the Gateway Mall.
Most of us are familiar with diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires - the so-called "precious' gemstones. And many of us are familiar with "semi-precious" gemstones such as Peridot, amethyst, citrine, tourmaline and garnet. Beyond these there is a vast array of interesting and beautiful gemstones not frequently used in jewelry. Here are just a few.
Kunzite is an icy pink to lilac gemstone and can be found in beads as well as faceted gemstones. It was discovered in the early Twentieth Century and is named for George Frederick Kunz, Tiffany's legendary gemologist and gemstone author. Its soft pastel colors symbolize purity.
Kyanite, a shimmery transparent to translucent stone, is most commonly found in shades of blue and green. its crystals are long blades or columns and because of this structure it is very hard to facet. Therefore kyanite is most often formed into beads or cabochons. It is thought to inspire calmness, composure, serenity, loyalty and respect.
Summer brings long, hot, lazy days. It’s a time to add colorful, playful, light and airy jewelry to your wardrobe. You can experiment with bold colors and designs without a large investment.
I've updated my collections to include jewelry in bright colors, classic neutrals and traditional metals just right for summer wear. Pieces from each of the collections are available at the Prescott Art Market in the Prescott Gateway Mall and on my website.
I am captivated by wire. I love working with it to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. I have several collections – Paddles, Bubbles, Scribbles and Ribbons – which celebrate wire in all its forms.
The thickness or gauge of the wire determines the look of the finished piece – delicate and lacy or heavy and substantial. The type of wire used also contributes to the look. Sterling silver, copper and bronze wires are classic choices. However, using color-coated (enameled) copper wire can result in modern, fanciful, or unconventional looks.
Add the magic of wire jewelry to your jewelry collection!
Every material under the sun has been used to make floral jewelry from sparkling precious gems to steel wire to preserved flowers. The flowers themselves are as realistic or as fanciful as the jewelry artists who design them.
Once sealed, each flower is attached to a metal flower blank. Finally, I apply a coat of resin which adds dimension and protects the snippet of greeting card. This process takes several days.
To learn more about these and other gemstones visit Jewelry Facets.
Green Garnet comes in two different mineral types, grossular and andradite. Tsavorite is a highly sought after gem-quality green grossular garnet that rivals Emerald in color. Demantoid is a rare green andradite garnet that has the sparkle of a diamond. Green garnet is a stone of confidence and service.
Give that someone special (or yourself) jewelry made with one of these “love” gemstones.
In addition to gemstones, crystal, glass, and cubic zirconia beads will abound in these two colors.
Regardless of your budget, you’ll be able to find just the right piece of jewelry in the 2021Colors of the Year – Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.
The Pantone Color Institute, often referred to as simply Pantone, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. These standards allow the exact same color to be used across a variety of products as diverse as home furnishings, paint, cosmetics, clothing, and linens.
This year, like no other, marks a time when we must find new ways to celebrate old holiday traditions. As I write this, the coronavirus pandemic is raging. Getting together to celebrate the holidays is something many health experts suggest we forgo this year to limit the risk to ourselves and those we love. So as resourceful Americans, we are finding ways of making new holiday traditions.
Wishing you a healthy, safe, and joyous holiday season!
Lynn's musings about all facets of jewelry.