Monday, October 19, 2015

Feeling Crabby is a Good Thing

Feeling crabby? Nothing wrong with that. Wear your crabbiness with pride with this handmade blue crab pendant.

This piece is one of my favorites from the 2015 Natura line, designed this year.  handcrafted from copper and sterling silver, with an oxidized blue patina and little pearl eyes.  Simultaneously modern and whimsical.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Copper will make you happy.

Copper has been used in medicine for thousands of years—apparently since before the beginning of recorded history. Egyptians used copper drinking vessels to sterilize water. The Hippocrates Collection recommends the use of copper for varicose veins. Pliny used copper oxide with honey to treat intestinal worms. The Aztecs gargled with a mixture containing copper to treat sore throats.

Throughout the history of man, copper has been found useful for its curative powers—largely due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.

And just think: you can use it to look beautiful at the same time!

I make loads of great copper jewelry - most of it limited edition, and all of it handmade by me. Aside from it's healing properties, there is something about the color of copper on any skintone, dark or light, that just makes it kind of GLOW.

I love to wear copper during the day when I'm trying to look a little lower key. I don't always want the flash of a conspicuous silver or gold earring. Copper is a wonderful option, and it is also something that not everyone is wearing yet, which will set you apart from the crowd a little - and that is always a good thing.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jewelry is better than embellished clothing

Embellished clothing makes no sense. The people in marketing will tell you it makes perfect sense, citing the fact that you don't have to wear jewelry, as if that is so much of a burden. Truth is, embellished clothing is a waste of money. It is a trend, and you won't be wearing it two years from now because it will look so 2008. Cash down the drain.

Another thing is, for women, it is a thrill to wear jewelry! It is a pleasure to select and adorn oneself with metal and stones and whatever. It is seductive to hear the jingle of bangles on your wrist, to feel the slip of a chain against your collarbone, the dangle of a pendant inside your cleavage.

Rock on with your jewelry. I love jewelry and that's the whole reason I started making it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mixing Metals is a Good Thing

Alot of people ask me:  Is it okay to wear silver with gold?  Is it okay to wear more than one kind of metal at a time?  And my answer to both those questions is YES!  Actually, I prefer to see different metals and textures worn together.  It's visually stimulating and much more interesting.  

In fact, one of my least favourite looks is loads of jewelry just piled on, especially alot of shiny metals.  It's very mainstream and usually creates visual overload.   The only exception to this is thin silver bangles, which look wonderful in the summer piled onto a tanned wrist.

Be creative and inventive with your jewelry, and when you're not sure if it looks good, try it anyway.  I know it doesn't seem terribly important in the grand scheme of things, but remember:  little changes lead to big changes.