Loving Turquoise!

In the past, I have always enjoyed working with sleeping beauty turquoise.  It's color is second to none and it looks great with sterling silver.  I've had a supply of sleeping beauty turquoise cabochons stashed away in my studio for a while, but I haven't thought about using them in months.  The mine where these beautiful stones are sourced has been closed, making them more rare and costly, so I have kind of been hoarding them.  (Fun Fact: The stone got its name because the mountain where it is mined in Arizona resembles a sleeping woman laying on her back with her arms crossed.)  Recently, I decided to bring out my turquoise stash and see how they look next to the 22K/sterling silver bi-metal I have been using.  Well, it was a match made in heaven:

I love these new cuffs so much, I may just have to make some for myself.  They are so bright and feminine, and fit fairly close to the wrist so they don't move around too much.  They are a perfect way to brighten up your wardrobe this fall!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

Out and About- VAE For the Love of Art Auction & Gala

This weekend I had a great time attending the Visual Art Exchange For the Love of Art Auction & Gala.  VAE is a non-profit creativity incubator that supports artists in the Triangle area.  Based in downtown Raleigh, their beautiful gallery exhibits the work of over 1,300 artists annually.  VAE also puts on the arts festival (more like creativity explosion) know as SPARKcon that takes over downtown Raleigh every September.  I have had the privilege of participating in several SPARKcon events like fashionSPARK over the years, and it is always been a blast.

This year I supported VAE by donating some of my work to their annual gala auction that raises money for the wonderful programs they put on throughout the year.  My big contribution was this statement necklace made from sterling silver and 22k gold:

I was thrilled that this piece was juried into their live auction, the most exciting part of the evening.  It was so much fun to watch attendees bid on my piece  That is a picture of me above before the auction started.

I also contributed a drawing (yes, I sometimes still draw), which was in the silent auction.  Here is a shot of my piece at the event:

The folks at VAE really know how to throw a party!  It was a great night!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire

A Trend I Love- Dark Metal

When I first started to learn about making metal jewelry in 2007, I had not seen or heard of oxidized sterling silver.  I was unsure if I would like it, but once I oxidized my first piece of sterling jewelry and created that rich, dark gray surface, I was hooked.  These days, dark metal like oxidized sterling or black rhodium is being used by many designers, and seems to be getting more popular by the day.  Here are some of my favorite pieces as of late:

From the top:
 Emanuela Duca, Yossi Harari, Christina Ortiz,

My favorite way to use oxidized sterling right now is in combination with gold, like this new ring:


Thanks for reading!

~Claire

Sterling and Gold- A perfect match!

I've always been interested in combining different colors in my work.  While a solid sterling or gold piece is lovely, having more than one color of metal adds a lot of dimension.  In the past I have combined elements of sterling silver and oxidized sterling silver in my pieces.  Recently, I wanted to expand on that idea and incorporated more gold.  I experimented with applying gold leaf to sterling, but didn't love the result I was getting.  I then did some research and discovered metal stock that is sterling silver on one side and 22k gold oh the other.  From the second I started working with it, I knew I had found a good thing.  Here are some of my results:

I especially love the stacking rings below.  I've already made a set for myself and they are my new favorite thing to wear!

Thanks for reading!

~ Claire

Jewelry I Love- Margery Hirschey

I'm always on the lookout for interesting jewelry, and when I recently discovered Margery Hirschey's exquisite collection I couldn't believe I hadn't come across her work before.  Her line has been around since 2008!  Where have I been?  I'm really in love with pretty much everything she does.  Her long drop earrings are particularly beautiful and I love the loose look of the metal fabrication paired with the gorgeous rough cut gemstones.  Her use of color is second to none and her designs prove that jewelry doesn't need to be perfectly polished and pristine to be fine.