Do you like one of my designs, but wish it came in a different color or with different stones? Do you have a special outfit and wish you had just the right "one of a kind" piece of jewelry for it? Most of my jewelry is inspired by something I have encountered in my day to day, but one of my favorite inspirations for custom pieces is a scarf. What better fashion statement is there then to pair a pretty scarf with a unique piece of jewelry? I pay close attention to all of the colors and the "feel" or theme of the scarf to pick the stones - colors, shapes - and the accent beads. Here are a few examples for inspiration...
If you want a custom design to complement a scarf or an outfit, or you're inspired by something and want a piece of jewelry to celebrate the inspiration, or would like me to make one of my existing designs with different stones, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to work with you to make something just for you!
My challenge with this scarf was to find a stone that reflected the blend of grey and black. Cat's Eye grey quartz is the perfect match. Sparkling uncommon brown andalusite captures the depth of the brown. The major design element of the scarf - leaves -is represented by a sterling silver cast leaf and silver leaf clasp. Matching earrings finish the set.
I wanted to make my friend a necklace in memory of a dear friend of hers. She told me that she loved this friend to the moon and back so I chose a large, glowing rainbow moonstone and surrounded it by iridescent labradorite - a grey stone that flashes blue and green when the light hits the stones. Like the moon in the sky. A sterling silver circle chain signifies their linked hearts.
There is so much going on in this scarf...where to start? What leapt out to me when I saw the scarf was an element of "cosmos" (the zodiac symbols) and a sense of time being measured - as if with gears. Round blue lapis lazuli, a gold starburst link, and gold link chain echo the gears and a feeling of the cosmos. I pick up the dominant colors with gemstones: blue (lapis lazuli), purple (amethyst) and yellow (prehnite).
I love the "draft" feel of this scarf. The circles aren't uniform, there is an unexpected combination of colors - turquoise blue, brown and orange, and the theme is a carriage. I was inspired to bring together naturally shaped Arizona Sleeping Beauty turquoise, brown boulder opal and orange carnelian. Accented with black onyx beads and silver beads, some of which are in the shape of a "nut" - the kind that connects to a screw - made me think of carriage components. I may get carried away with a theme at times....
A client was looking for a necklace to celebrate his wife's birthday. Parents of four children, his choice was to have four birthstones hanging from a sterling silver heart. Gemstones include ruby, tanzanite, citrine and emerald. Matching earrings too!
I love the floral patterns and reoccurring paisley shape throughout the scarf design, inspiring a necklace with the sparkly yellow citrine tear drops suspended on double strands of garnet. 14kt gold filled beads, chain and clasp.
When I saw this scarf, I imagined a necklace that would literally take the shape of a stirrup and since the colors are so unique and bold, I wanted to find stones that would match both the color and the uniqueness. Lustrous green pearls are joined with glowing yellow prehnite teardrops by wooden beads. 14kt gold filled bead accents and clasp. Matching earrings: prehnite, pearl and peridot
This scarf is infused with so many shades of blues, reds and yellows, and there are birds everywhere you look. I wanted to capture the most vivid of the blues and the reds and spotlight the birds. Red spiny coral alternates with Arizona Sleeping Beauty turquoise, accented with little birds carved from yellow shell.
I thought a nice simple bracelet would complement the vivid collection of "celestial domes" in the scarf. I chose gemstones in colors to match - London Blue topaz, round red ruby beads, apple green peridot, dark green jade, and green emeralds. Sterling silver clasp.
This scarf depicts "the offering of the day", a reference to floral decorations that women of Kerala, India, lay out on the ground each morning at harvest time. In the necklace, I lay out smooth ruby nuggets, orange carnelian, brown smoky quartz, and white coral. Earrings are flowers made of carved bone accented with rubies. 14kt gold filled necklace clasp and earring wires.
Commissioned Custom Necklace
Looking for a necklace to match a brown and gold dress for a New Year's Party, my client wanted something that was both bold and substantial and elegant and delicate at the same time. She wanted something that had some sparkle and flash to it, but not too much!
One strand is bold - dark brown smoky quartz and 22kt gold plated leaves. The other strand is delicate - 3 faceted smoky quartz tear drops hang from 12kt gold filled circle link chain.