Rhodonite is pretty pink with a dark side, a sweetheart rose veiled in smoke.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Naturally shed deer antler is the first jewelry making material I have encountered that feels almost sacred. The grace and peaceful existence of deer has enchanted me since my teens when I would often spot them chewing leaves in the early morning. I am happy to say that naturally shed deer antler is obtained with no harm to these lovely creatures.
Jewelry artist Jodi Rosano describes how this special material is produced:
The term “shed antler” means the antler comes off naturally in the wild. Deer, moose and elk shed their antlers every year and grow them back as quickly as one inch per day- making this beautiful animal bi-product a sustainable, natural material to use in all kinds of artistic mediums! Farmers and ranchers are quick to get rid of shed antlers because they can get caught in their farming machinery, and often cause their livestock injury when trampled. For some, shed antlers are a nuisance, but for others they are one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful gifts.
Whether featured as the centerpiece or as one component among many, naturally shed antler can add a primal, intriguing touch to a piece of jewelry.
Antler can also be sliced to create interesting irregular discs, as in this piece by Caitlin Dronen of Vond Work.