Monday, December 31, 2012

CBJA Workshop - Caged Art

The center for Beadwork and jewelry arts (CBJA) in Nashville Tennessee often has one day workshops for aspiring jewelry artists.  They will be having a workshop in April 2013. The title of the workshop is called Caged Arts.  Sherry Serafini is the instructor and she rates the skill level for the workshop as intermediate. 

The workshop will help the person attending make what is called a caged heart.  An example of it is shown here:


 For all details of the workshop, please visit the CBJA workshop page.  If you wish to purchase the heart made but not actually attend the workshop, there are also details on the page. The cost of it is $38.



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sheree Whitfield From the Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Debuts a New Jewelry Line

Another New Jewelry Line from Reality TV Star Sheree Whitfeld. 

Sheree Whitfeld, the Atlanta socialite and entrepreneur best known for her role on the reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, has just released her new jewelry line called The She by Sheree Collection.

The collection was personally designed by Whitfield, at it will be offered exclusively through the social shopping site Kitsy Lane

Kitsy Lane is a social commerce community for jewelry designers which opened in July 2012.  The She by Sheree Collection, will launch with custom pieces of fashionable yet affordable jewelry Sheree has personally designed.  Her line, released to coincide with the holiday season features necklaces, earrings, and bracelets ranging from $30-$75.

Sheree joined the  Kitsy Lane  community in August to build upon her wealth of retail business experience by opening a virtual accessory and jewelry boutique.Through her boutique, Sheree not only shares and sells jewelry and accessories but also shares her chic style sense and advice, engages her online audience, and encourages and supports emerging designers to grow their businesses.

Kitsy Lane founder Andy Fox says they’re “excited to be the exclusive carrier of The She by Sheree Collection.”
SOURCE: Kitsy Lane

Here are a few of the pieces from the new line:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Wreaths - A Festive Accent Piece

 Do you like a Christmas Wreath or a Christmas Tree?

This is the time of year when I seem to sell out of Christmas tree pins.  I just can't seem to keep them in stock. But there is another type of Christmas jewelry that also attracts buyers as well - Christmas Wreath Pins.

We all use them to decorate our doors during the holiday season.Why not decorate our jacket lapels with them too?  Christmas wreath pins come in an array of colors and sizes.   You can get enamel designs for a daytime look or add a little bit of glitz with rhinestones in a more dazzling style.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas wreath pins:

Dazzling red and green rhinestone design in silver tone metal.  One of my best sellers!

This pretty style has a small candle in the inside.  I love the navette shaped rhinestones.

 
This pretty style from Coro features a circle of pale blue rhinestones inside the outer wrapping.  Just delightful!


Here is another pretty candle style but this time in enamel.  Perfect for a daytime look.


This interesting Christmas wreath design can't seem to figure out whether it wants to be green, red or orange...and  a lop side bow to boot.  For someone who likes to think outside the box.

For my full range of Christmas wreath pins, please see Vintage Jewelry Lane.

What is your favorite style of Christmas pin?  Do you prefer trees or Christmas wreaths?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Using Vintage Jewelry in Craft Projects

Vintage jewelry is lovely to wear, of course.   However, there are times when you may find yourself with a bit of this and a bit of that - mismatched pieces of jewelry, broken pins, or otherwise unwearable jewelry items, what do you do with them?

You may immediately think "throw them in the trash bin."  But hold on...don't throw those pieces away just yet.  There are several cute things that you can do with single earrings, a pretty pin which has lost its clasp and other pieces of vintage jewelry.

Here are a few DIY craft projects that can turn what would otherwise be called trash into a lovely hand made treasure.

This lovely Christmas wreath was made by using a foam base which was covered in a Christmas garland and embellished with a few enamel flower pins very popular in the 1970s.  Have a look at the bow on the top.  That is a single beaded earring very similar to those made by Japan and Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s.  What a sweet accent!

Photo credit:  Mitzi's Miscellany.

And how adorable is the beautifully embellished clutch purse.  It is covered with bits and pieces of old vintage earrings and vintage pins for a stunning effect.

 Photo Credit:  Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

I am a reader and am always on the lookout for new book marks. These DIY bookmarks were made by using vintage brooches.  I especially love the cameo pin bookmark. Cameos are my favorite type of vintage pin.


Idea courtesy of Earth 911.

Have you priced decorative photo frames lately?  If you have, you will know just how pricey they can be.  Why not use vintage jewelry pieces to decorate a plain picture frame yourself.  This plain brown frame was embellished with a hot glue gun and pieces from old rhinestone vintage pins.


Directions on Ehow Mom

Can you think of other ways to use left over or otherwise unwearable pieces of vintage jewelry?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jewelry From Watch Parts to Insect Jewelry - Eerie Way to Repurpose items

Insect Jewelry - A Tinkerer's Delight


At first glance, this looks like a bunch of creepy crawly spiders and other insects.  But images lie.

These are, in fact, mechanical insects made by a tinkerer Justin Gershenson-Gates.

This tinkerer usually sells jewelry accented with watch gears on his website A Mechanical Mind.

However, his customers can't seem to get enough of  his insects made of watch parts, tiny light bulbs and other bits.

Justin is the grandson of a railroad man, and his life from the start has been filled with all things mechanical. He would take apart all of his toys as a child in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again.

Now, he take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, disassemble and clean them, then rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs. His aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. His pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

What do you think of his creations?  Too eerie, or just eccentric enough?  Please share your comments below.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Runway Jewelry is Perfect for the Festive Season

Runway jewelry, that worn by models on many of the fashion runways, is usually quite ornate and dazzling.  It's also the perfect choice for all the festive occasions that seem to turn up the time of the year.

I had a look through my various stores to see what would make great accent pieces for some of your nicest fashion designs and here they are.

Just click on any of the pictures for more details about the pieces.

NEW multi color rhinestone FESTOON Bib choker necklace earring set

 Dazzling mauve and green flower bib necklace with ornate festoon design.

 A stunner in pink rhinestones.  Lovely formed and fitted neckline.

 Perfect color for Christmas - red and clear rhinestones with a bib design.

These are just a few of the choices.  See more festoon necklace and earrings sets in my Bonanza Shop Jewelry Lane.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

SUV Crashes into A Jewelry Store - No One Hurt.

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports

Incredibly, no one was hurt in this crash when a SUV crashed through a plate glass window of a jewelry store in Lebanon, TN.

Security cameras caught the action when an elderly driver lost control of their car.   A new puppy helped to save owner Shawn Smith when he started barking and the owner walked him from the office about two minutes before the crash.

Damages to the store were about $100,000.  Bet the puppy gets a treat!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sotheby's to Auction Jewelry Spanning Four Centuries

On December 11, 2012, Sotheby's Auction house will have the collection of the late Michael Wellby. The collection is called "An Eclectic Eye" and eclectic it certainly is.

The exhibition will be on view in London from 7 - 10 December 2012. The single-owner sale will comprise 211 lots, featuring works of exquisite craftsmanship, ranging in date from the 16th to the 20th Century. Highlights include a late 18th Century diamond corsage ornament (est. £60,000-80,000) and a spectacular late 19th Century wheat sheaf tiara (est. £60,000-80,000).

MICHAEL SINCLAIR WELLBY 1928-2012 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers. Educated at Marlborough College, at the age of 18, he joined his father’s business H.S. Wellby in Halkin Arcade in Knightsbridge. During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, (which at the time was unpopular and undervalued), realising that pieces he could buy at little more than melt value were amongst the finest examples of the silversmith’s art. In the 1960s he moved the business to Grafton Street in Mayfair, where it soon became a required stop for any visiting continental dealer or collector. During his long career Michael Wellby also built up a highly important private collection of European silver and Works of Art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.

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 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers.  He was educated at Marborough college and joined his father's business at the age of 18.

During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, which at the time was unpopular and undervalued. During his long careen, he built up an important private collection of European silver and works of art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.
MICHAEL SINCLAIR WELLBY 1928-2012 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers. Educated at Marlborough College, at the age of 18, he joined his father’s business H.S. Wellby in Halkin Arcade in Knightsbridge. During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, (which at the time was unpopular and undervalued), realising that pieces he could buy at little more than melt value were amongst the finest examples of the silversmith’s art. In the 1960s he moved the business to Grafton Street in Mayfair, where it soon became a required stop for any visiting continental dealer or collector. During his long career Michael Wellby also built up a highly important private collection of European silver and Works of Art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.

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It was the wheat sheaf tiara that first caught my attention.  It is equisite:

An attractive diamond wheat sheaf tiara, Second half of 19th Century

Here are some of my other favorites:

Gold, enamel and diamond brooch, Second half of 19th Century

Gold, enamel and diamond bracelet, 1860s

Pair of gem set and diamond bracelets, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1970s

You can view the entire auction catalog on this page of Sotheby's Website.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the bling!

And for those of you who aren't fortunate enough to attend this fabulous auction to purchase your jewelry, why not have a look at my website Vintage Jewelry Lane to see if something there tickles your fancy?

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