Posts from the “Behind the Jewels” Category

Behind the Jewels: Hanoi Necklace

Posted on October 1, 2014

When, in the depths of the winter of 2014, the Athropologie catalog arrived on my doorstep, I wanted to be anywhere but Maine. The colors! The textures! The vibrant life of Vietnam! I loved it all. (see their lookbook video here) What better way to put dreams into reality (and by reality, I mean, something tactile that I can create by hand) than by making a piece of jewelry with the colors I adored. I love that the Hanoi necklace not only incorporates the brights of Vietnam but also is reminiscent of the soft cornflower blue of Edinburgh’s streets and the smooth green on a vintage VW van. 1 / 2 / 3 (Source Unknown) / 4

Dahlia Earrings: Behind the Jewels

Posted on May 21, 2014

My love for Dahlias began with the Dahlia man. He had a booth at the weekly farmers market with his precious pots of Dahlia “ladies,” each one affectionately named after the women in his life. The Dahlia man had nothing but adoration and respect for the namesakes of his beautiful flowers. Naturally, when I first met him, I wanted to buy bouquets and bouquets of his gorgeous blooms. I’ve always loved flowers but these Dahlia’s were the most colorful flowers I had ever seen, each one intricate and unique. I was limited to one (maybe, two) Dahlia’s per week and each time the Dahlia man carefully packaged up each bloom for me with the care and precision you would think required for a much…

Hydrangea Necklace: Behind the Jewels

Posted on May 18, 2014

Growing up, my moms green thumb meant that many of my first introductions to color were through flowers.  Morning glories welcomed me in the morning, daffodils provided a playful activity, and each summer, I waited patiently for the Hydrangeas to bloom, always trying to predict what color they would be. Hydrangeas make quite the statement, each colorful sphere composed of delicate petals in varying shades of blue, purple, pink or white. The glass beads used in the Hydrangea necklace are reminiscent of these four leafed petals. The color of the glass alternates between a pale blue and soft lavender depending on the clothes it is paired with. Just like its namesake, which can last as fresh stems in a vase or preserved in dried bouquets, the Hydrangea necklace will transcend…

Jungle Necklace: Behind the Jewels

Posted on May 1, 2014

Lime green and ocean blue. Bright, but oh so fun! It’s funny how sometimes the naming process for a piece might have very little to do with the photos the inspired it. The lime green and (almost) teal reminded me of a jungle with lush foliage and cool blue water. Yet, as I pulled together other images it was mostly desert cacti. Two drastically different environments served as inspiration for the Jungle Necklace.   Image Sources from top left: Cacti Planters / Jungle Necklace / Flowers by Leaf and Honey via Magnolia Rouge / Sanguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ. Pinterest (original source unknown)/ Samoa

Turks and Caicos Necklace: Behind the Jewels

Posted on April 29, 2014

Tropical destinations are on my mind. With spring slowly making an appearance in Maine (I repeat: slowly) the temperature have made me want to jet off to a warmer climate. While playing around with stones, I realized I still had this beautiful aqua Peruvian Opal and immediately focused my energy into making a “warm weather necklace.” Sometimes, day dreaming has to suffice instead of travel! Image Sources: Turks and Caicos Necklace /Swing Porch / Lindsay Madden Photography via Style me Pretty

Yellow Umbrella Earrings: Behind the Jewels

Posted on April 26, 2014

The Yellow Umbrella earrings needed to be made. I was looking through my large pile of magazines (note: there is always a large pile of magazines in my room) and found the Longchamp ad with Alexa Chung. Bright yellow! Turquoise! Spring! How can this be made into jewelry? I browsed my boards on Pinterest and came across the Yellow Umbrella photo. It was perfect. The turquoise sea topped off by the circular yellow umbrellas. I used turquoise glass beads as the base in the earrings with yellow bone from South Africa (purchased 7 years ago while studying abroad, just waiting to be used!) as the cluster (or, yellow umbrella) on top.  Voila!   Image Sources: Yellow Umbrella Earrings / Pinterest /