Hello friends, I trust your weekend went well? As you may have heard, last night was the Oscars, Hollywood’s biggest night. While the ceremony was a tad long, it was definitely fun checking out the sparkly dresses and even sparklier jewelry. There was no shortage of eye candy last night! To start off the week, I thought I’d share my own list of outstanding jewelry. Photos are courtesy of Vogue and the Guardian.
Most of the stars chose to go the classic route with diamonds with karat figures in the hundreds.
Best actress winner Cate Blanchett’s Armani dress was in a shade only she could pull off but it was her earrings that had me in awe. Now, those are doorknockers! They were by Chopard and is composed of opals, white gold and of course diamonds.
Jennifer Lawrence chose to wear her Art Deco 100 karat diamond necklace by Neil Lane over her back. Now, there’s a casual way of wearing your diamonds. From the front, it looks very simple but its when she turns around that you can see it in its full glory. Not bad, but I was thinking that if she was going to do that, then maybe she should have chosen a longer necklace and that the back of the dress should have shown it more. I like this idea though. No reason why the back of the dress shouldn’t be as adorned as the front!
Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts both wore black and dazzling jewelry. Charlize Theron’s necklace by Harry Winston is a cool 15 Million Dollars! I guess she had security people following her around the whole night?
Julia Robert’s choice was more interesting. Her earrings featured baguette and round cut diamonds and emeralds. Plus she had a fabulous vintage Bulgari bangle from 1955. I loved the bangle!
And finally there was Amy Adams, who was one of the rare stars to go with something other than diamonds. Well, her earrings by Tiffany did have diamonds but it also had some gorgeous Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and even Rhodocrosite. Her gorgeous ring was a fire opal. I thought it was cool that some other gemstones were on show last night. Totally proves the point that they could dress up an outfit just as well as diamonds!
And so there you have my totally subjective list of outstanding jewelry looks from last night. Which ones were your favorites?
Hello friends, today on Throwback Thursday, I wanted to share a piece that I made over a certain period of time. This necklace started as a simple strand of faceted green and red glass beads from the 60s. When I finished it, I felt that it was incomplete and so I set it aside. A few months after, I went to a brocante and found someone selling bits of jewelry that were used in theatre plays in the 30s. Most of her pieces were big and ornate. But there was also this pretty little pendant that had long lost the necklace it used to belong to. I snapped it up thinking it was really pretty. I excitedly went home thinking of how to use it. I began looking through my beads when I came across the red and green strand I had previously made! Eh voila, this pendant was what was exactly needed to complete this necklace!
A few weeks ago at my last show, a lady took a liking to my bracelets. She bought three of them, one of which is today’s throwback Thursday piece. It’s this lovely blush colored bead bracelet whose beads are from the 50s. I love that i managed to put different shaped beads including the more uncommon spiral twisty ones. And I find it to be quite delicate looking and if I may say so, perfectly suited to the person it came home with!
My path to jewelry making was never a planned route. In a way this non-traditional path has enabled me to experiment and create a bit “out of the box”. I did a lot of things that I probably could’ve (or shoul’dve) done another way if I had proper training. Today, I want to talk about learning something new in my craft.
I just realized recently, that one technique, I should’ve learned, is the wire-wrapping technique. This is a particular technique which secures beads onto findings. Now it sounds like simple enough idea to wrap a bead but as with everything else there is a particular technique to it. In fact, its not as easy as it sounds. It requires a certain dexterity and patience because sometimes the wire doesn’t do what I want it to do. So the whole of yesterday was spent learning and trying to master this technique.
After the umpteenth try, I began to get the technique but I realized too that the real challenge lies in being able to execute the technique flawlessly and consistently. Before I gave up for the night, I wire-wrapped this pair of beads that eventually, I want to turn into a pair of earrings. Its not a bad outcome for a day’s work, but you can see too that I need to work on proportions and making them the same size.
Oh well, learning new things is a way of bringing freshness to my work. It opens up possibilities!
What about you dear friends,what new things have you learned recently? Is there a new skill you want to learn? I’d love to hear from you.