Friday, January 2, 2009

Unique & Beautifully Made Artisan Sterling Silver Jewelry

A couple of years ago, I saw an article in our local newspaper advertising an upcoming  jewelry making workshop. Well, anyone who has been following my blog knows that collecting jewelry is one of my favorite hobbies when I'm not busy taking care of my 2 1/2 year old daughter. Here was an opportunity to try my hand at making something for myself and afterall, how hard could making jewelry be?

Well, let me be the first to tell you that making jewelry is not for the impatient or anyone with a type "A" personality!  There is so much more involved than I realized and I can tell you that through that experience, I certainly have gained a new respect for how perfectly created my Sherman jewelry is!!

The teacher had studied the art of jewelry making for many years, first at the Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and then, to further her knowledge and to learn new skills,  she completed a Masters Degree in Fine Arts & Jewelry Design in Japan.  Talk about someone who knows what she's doing.  So overqualified to be wasting her time teaching a beginner like me! The class was for about 2 1/2 hours, one night per week over an 8-week period.  In all that time, all I was able to create was the sterling silver link bracelet and the sterling silver hammered ring with a large, green cabachon, you guessed it, rhinestone.

There is so much involved, just making the tiny loops for the bracelet chain, bending them in a uniform way, filing and more filing and then linking them together took me hours!  I made a large, hollow ball with a textured finish as a charm on the end of the bracelet and again, the amount of work involved was staggering!  It didn't help that I'm terrified of propane and had to constantly use a torch to solder together links and components!  I'm sure this fear goes way back to my Bug's Bunny days when Yosimite Sam blew up his cabin with a propane barbeque! Talk about tramatic for a kid to watch!!  No wonder it's now critized for being too violent for children LOL!!!!

So getting back to the jewelry, I thought you might like a sneak peek at some fabulous new designs from her Spring Collection 2009. I've photographed a couple of her pieces and I have already listed two of her designs in my shop on Ruby Lane if you would like to see more.  She was kind enough to loan me several of her new designs to offer for sale in my shop and I will continue to upload new pieces as I receive them. Knowing what I do about how difficult and time consuming creating these magnificent, one-of-a-kind pieces are, her prices are rock bottom! I hope you enjoy viewing them, they are fabulous!

If any of you have the opportunity to try your hand at creating jewelry, I hope you will give it a go.  Believe me, you will have a newfound appreciation for the beautiful pieces you already have!


Indigo said...

I too love unique pieces of jewellery. I love the green stone ring.. I make my own jewellery but it's with black leather to where it hangs from. You have a beautiful collection, I will be back

Lynn said...

That ring really speaks to me... :o) Any chance you are selling it? And what pieces are by the teacher again?

cheeky curves said...

the braclet chain is lovely

Jessica said...

That ring is Atlantis in silver. The word "heaven" comes to mind.

Still madly in love with this site!