Back to the Bench
The past couple of months of quarantine have marked the longest break I have had from making jewelry since I started back in 2007. Now that restrictions have begun to lift in NC, I’m going back to studio to make jewelry again. Stay tuned because there is a lot of new work to come.
Creativity in Quarantine
I grew up painting and drawing. I had piles of sketchbooks and took as many art classes as possible. When it came time to decide on a major in college, I didn’t doubt the path I would take. The years earning my art degree were filled with drawing, painting, and printmaking classes. Then I discovered jewelry making after college, and was swept away. I loved creating small wearable sculptures with shining gemstones. In fact, I was so focused on my jewelry practice that I hardly made any two-dimensional art for the better part of a decade. In the past year, a familiar feeling...
Let's Talk Aquamarine
March babies are lucky as they have one of the most beautiful birthstones, the aquamarine. Aquamarine is a color variety of the mineral beryl and can be found on most continents. These gems are blue or slightly greenish-blue, and the finest specimens are clear “as water” and transparent. Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater. Ancient Romans believed that aquamarine would protect against any dangers while traveling at sea, and that it provided energy and cured laziness. Fun Facts: The largest gem-quality aquamarine crystal ever mined was 19 inches long, found in Brazil in 1910. The largest cut aquamarine...
The Story Behind the Name
One of the best parts of my job is going to shows and meeting new people. When folks visit my booth and see my business name, Emily Claire, the first thing they usually ask is, “Are you Emily?” The answer is, yes, but I go by Claire. I am one of those people who goes by their middle name.