Bear Run Originals

Copper, pearl, and mother of pearl earrings by Bear Run Originals
Copper, pearl, and mother of pearl earrings by Bear Run Originals

I love Pinterest. Almost every day I find lots of interesting examples of handmade jewelry there. The other day I noticed that so many of my favorites were by the same artist, Kathy of Bear Run Originals.

Pink ruffle earrings by Bear Run Originals
Pink ruffle earrings by Bear Run Originals

I find Kathy’s work to be a great example of how skillful craftsmanship can elevate a piece. Her simple settings, usually copper and monochromatic bead selections, leave no room to hide. Every coil, every wire end, every angle has to be perfect. And it is.

Emerald Green Aventurine Earrings by Bear Run Originals
Emerald Green Aventurine Earrings by Bear Run Originals

Her pieces allow us to appreciate the beauty of the coil, and the beauty of the beads, put on display in tasteful jewelry pieces that can be worn every day to provide a splash of color and a touch of style. There is much more to see in her wonderful shop.

Handmade Necklace by Bear Run Originals
Handmade Necklace by Bear Run Originals

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Guitar String Jewelry by Jewelree

Bass String Bangle by Jewelree
The Porter, a bass string, moonstone, and mixed glass bangle by Jewelree

Jewelree by Sheree Semonich is a unique line of handmade jewelry built around guitar strings adorned with colorful bead mixes. Sheree wraps guitar strings into bangles and embellishes them with gemstones and glass to create celebratory pieces inspired by her love of music. Better still, the guitar strings are reclaimed – they have literally been used to create music before being incorporated into these beautiful jewelry pieces. What’s more, musicians will appreciate that these bangles will not produce clanging sounds when they bang together.

Apart from their embodiment of musical energy, the jumble of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors lends intrigue to these bangles.

Guitar String Bangle by Jewelree
Guitar string bangle in the colors of the beach, by Jewelree

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The Joyful Jewels of Spring

Rainbow Nautilus Earrings by Tracey Pettingill of Bella Jewels
Rainbow Nautilus Earrings by Tracey Pettingill of Bella Jewels

I am a big admirer of the skillful use of color in jewelry, and Tracey Pettingill of Bella Jewels has demonstrated a true mastery of the art of color combination in her joyful rainbow-jeweled collection. I came across these on a dreary February day and they were a cheerful reminder that spring was right around the corner. Now that it has arrived, I thought I’d celebrate by sharing her work with you. Don’t these pieces call to mind the blossoms that will soon be appearing all around us?
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Delicious Lampwork Beads by Aimee Milan of Polychrome Beads

Strawberry Kiwi Lampwork Focal Bead by Aimee Milan of Polychrome Beads
Strawberry Kiwi Lampwork Focal Bead by Aimee Milan of Polychrome Beads

There is something about lampwork, isn’t there? Tiny glass baubles gleaming with color, lampwork beads justly demand to be the stars of the show. I love them best in simple settings where there is little to distract from their always-interesting splotches and swirls. Aimee Milan of Polychrome Beads has a lovely collection of lampwork beads, including focals, bead sets, and slider beads.
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Embellished Friendship Bracelets by Karin van Rijn

Friendship Bracelet by Karin van Rijn of OOAKjewelz
Friendship Bracelet by Karin van Rijn of OOAKjewelz

If you grew up in the eighties or nineties, you remember friendship bracelets. A boon to the embroidery floss industry and and training ground for many developing crafters, these colorful ornaments were made with care then given to friends. I was very into making friendship bracelets back in the day, but my little knot-tying mind did not imagine anything like this.
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An Adventure in Texture: Tangled Earrings by Joanne Ortiz

Tangled Earrings by Joanne Ortiz of The Purple Lily Designs
Tangled Earrings by Joanne Ortiz of The Purple Lily Designs

Just look at that texture! Joanne Ortiz of The Purple Lily Designs has incorporated coils, tiny beads, the occasional protruding gemstone (who among us can not use the occasional protruding gemstone in our lives?), and the “messy” wrapping of the foundation wire itself to create multi-textured earrings that are easy to become lost in. Her use of mixed metals adds another level of intrigue. By varying the materials and the length and width of the earrings she has created quite a variety of tangled earrings, and there is no end to the possibilities. She has even used the technique to create pendants in a similar style. These earrings are simply breathtaking!

Tangled Earrings by Joanne Ortiz of The Purple Lily Designs
Tangled Earrings by Joanne Ortiz of The Purple Lily Designs

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Unusual Materials: Dandelion Seeds

Dandelion Seed Necklace by Karen Nichols of Karma Beads
Dandelion Seed Necklace by Karen Nichols of Karma Beads

Karen Nichols of Karma Beads has created a collection of intriguing jewelry pieces showcasing natural elements inside of glass vials and hollow lampwork beads. My favorite are her captivating dandelion seed pieces. Many of us have beautiful memories of blowing dandelion fluff into the wind as children; these memories add a sentimental air to these pieces that can not be contained by glass and metal alone.

Karen does not stop at dandelion seeds; she has captured all sorts of natural materials inside of her jewelry, including rose petals, sand, and feathers.

Don’t you love jewelry that tells a story?

Dandelion Vial "Wish" Necklace by Karen Nichols of Karma Beads
Dandelion Vial “Wish” Necklace by Karen Nichols of Karma Beads

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Whimsy, with Tiny Bottles

Deer, Feather, and Bottle Charm Necklace by MissSteviMarie
Deer, Feather, and Bottle Charm Necklace by MissSteviMarie

Tea cups, deer, secret keys, and all manner of enchanting charms gather together to produce sheer whimsy in Stevi Sherman’s cluster charm necklaces. Each seems to tell the story of a magical moment we would love to find ourselves in, whether having a cup of tea with a little deer or gathering walnuts on a cool fall day. A visit to the MissSteviMarie shop is like a day trip through Wonderland.

Organic Home Grown Lavender and Antler Charm Necklace by Miss Stevi Marie
Organic Home Grown Lavender and Antler Charm Necklace by Miss Stevi Marie

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