Archive | October, 2008

Jan McClellan Handcrafted Jewelry

31 Oct

Jan McClellan makes unique art jewelry that is created from silver, gold, and unusual gemstones. She has been making jewelry for over 30 years. She learned her craft at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon and at Revere Academy in San Francisco, and by practice, practice, practice.

silver gemstone ring
Sterling Silver & Chrysocolla Ring
Stone size: 25 X 10 mm
Top size: 1 3/4" X 7/8"

After designing a setting for a stone or stones, Jan uses the method of fabrication, which means she starts with silver or gold sheet and wire, cutting (using a jeweler's saw), shaping (forging, repoussé), and texturing (hammering, chasing and reticulation) the metal. A bezel is made using very thin flat wire, and forming it around the stone and soldering it to the base piece. All parts are soldered together, the piece is cleaned (pickled in mild acid), the stone is set into the bezel and the piece is polished for a final finish.

'Deep Magic' Boulder Opal Pendant
The background is textured Argentium Sterling Silver that resists tarnishing. The boulder opal gemstone has great depth with vivid flashes of blue and green. It is surrounded by a 22k gold bezel and has accent stones of Chatham created Emerald, natural blue Sapphire, and Iolite set in 18k gold. Size: 2" x 1 1/2"

Jan specializes in doing custom work for her customers, and they often pick out a stone from the cabochon pages on her website, and she and the client work together to design the piece, creating unique jewelry that fits their personal taste.

Turquoise, Sterling Silver, 18k Gold Pin
The silver in this handcrafted brooch is formed using the methods of repoussé and chasing.

Inspired by the artifacts found in Northern Europe, Britain, and Iceland, Jan recently started doing some sand casting using the same methods (with a few modern refinements) as the ancient Vikings. She also researched their writing, which is known as Runes, and she decorated the resulting pendants with some of those symbols.

Artist Statement

I've Lived in Klamath Falls, Oregon for 50 years and think this is a great place! My late husband, Stan, and I reared our six children here, and now I am enjoying our 18 grandchildren. If that isn't enough to do, about 20 years ago I retired from the regular job force, and began in earnest to work at my craft which is jewelry making – using silver, gold, and gemstones.

Up until a few years ago I did the craft fair circuit in Oregon, California, and Washington. Then the Internet thing kept me too busy, so I retired my tent, sold my van, and am staying home. Rather nice. I love gemstones that are unusual, that have their own story. Finding that story and translating it into a piece of jewelry gives me great satisfaction.

Rebecca Norman Jewelry

30 Oct

Rebecca Norman is known for her unique, limited-production jewelry, handcrafted at her Solana Beach studio. Her modern, down-to-earth chic is the result of an adventurous spirit and vast global life experiences. Of Australian heritage, Rebecca grew up in Taiwan, where at an early age she developed an interest in jewelry.

gold vermeil gemstone bracelets
Gold Tourmaline Bangle Set
Each of the 5 bangles are adorned with a different color tourmaline accent stone, has flat sculpted edges, and is handmade and polished so each piece has its own individuality.
Metal: Gold vermeil over sterling silver
Diameter: 2 3/4 inches

After moving to the United States in 1985, Rebecca Norman earned a degree in jewelry fabrication and goldsmithing. Rebecca Norman Inc. was formed in 1995 as an outlet for Rebecca's innovative and modern jewelry designs.

Celebrity fans of Rebecca Norman Jewelry include Reese Witherspoon, Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson, Cameron Diaz, and the Olsens.

gold circle designer earrings
Rebecca Norman Circle Drop Earrings
Circle Drop Earrings are simple and chic. Gold plated sterling silver earrings are 1 1/3" long.

In addition to designing pieces made of sterling silver and 18k gold vermeil, Rebecca also combines precious gemstones and vivid beading into her jewelry designs. Shell, bone, rubies, and turquoise are just a few of the natural materials utilized by Rebecca to infuse life and originality into all of her jewelry designs.

gold disk earrings
Hammered Double Disk Earrings
Each earring is made up of two small disks which have a hammered texture on both sides.
Diameter: Each disk is 1 inch in diameter
Length: Hangs 2 inches from ear
Metal: Gold-plated brass

Natural materials are the starting point for all RN designs. In Rebecca's opinion, the beauty of her jewelry comes from "its mix of classic simplicity and modern detailing." RN jewelry is sold at over 150 boutiques and luxury stores nationwide, and at retailers in Europe and Japan.

Dori Csengeri Designer Jewelry

29 Oct

Dori Csengeri's universe is inspired by fashion and art. Dori's unique jewelry is entirely hand-sewn at her atelier by experienced embroidery craftswomen, in an ancestral technique of assembly by needlework of silky cotton cords. Dori's intriguing designs are born from her love of color and the long tradition of hand embroidery and textile design.

handcrafted necklace
aphrodite Necklace

Dori's collections present scene stealing haute couture creations in a refined ready-to-wear selection. Inset with artful cabochons, fine stones, bohemian and crystal beads, shell, wood or metal and leather-backed for comfort, Dori's jewelry is extremely sensual and surprisingly lightweight to wear. Her collection – made for her chic, elegant woman – creates a complete look, complemented by unique elegant bags, belts, brooches, and rings.

woven bead necklace
Haute Couture Necklace
Layers of wood and glass beads trace the undulating edges of this asymmetrical seashell-infused necklace. Howelite cabochons with dark veins adorn soutache cord centerpiece, lined with four strands of natural shell drops. Necklace measures 32½" with 8½" drop.

Dori is a textile designer by profession, a graduate of the Shenkar College of Fashion in Tel-Aviv. She specialized in fabric design at Tootal Fabrics in Manchester and at Cyril Kovalevsky's studio in Paris. Then, she practiced for many years as a freelance textile designer, in Israel and abroad. Dori also studied History of Art at Zurich University and painting at the Academie de Port-Royal in Paris.

needlework bracelet
Dori Csengeri Bracelet GOLB132

While living in Paris, Dori started creating an original line of jewelry and fashion accessories, made in a needlework technique that is similar to the traditional "passementrie." Back home, she set up her design studio in Tel-Aviv, some twenty years ago.

Dori Csengeri is an award winning, internationally acclaimed artist, with offices in Paris, Barcelona, New York, and Tokyo. Dori Csengeri creations are presented worldwide in prestigious jewelry stores and galleries, and are regularly cited in leading fashion and lifestyle magazines.

"While designing," Dori says, "I visualize the woman who will wear my work – she has a defined taste and personality. I try to create for her something different, fresh and exciting, so she can play the game of fashion with me and participate in the creation of her own image."

Chan Luu Fashion Jewelry

28 Oct

Chan Luu is a designer of fine fashion jewelry and accessories. Originally from Vietnam, Chan Luu moved to Boston and later Los Angeles to earn a degree in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising earning a degree in Fashion Design in 1975. She opened her own boutique in 1982, and began designing her own accessories in 1996.

charm necklace
Chan Luu Bone 33" Necklace With Charms
This distinctive piece by Chan Luu is other-worldly in its exotic charm. Sterling silver with carved bone "tooth" pendant and tagua nut and ring charms.
Pendant measures approximately 2 1/2" long.
Leather cord measures 33"

Chan's pieces have been featured in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, and InStyle. Her designs have been worn by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Mischa Barton, Sandra Bullock, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Drew Barrymore, and Janet Jackson.

gold vermeil bracelet
Gold Vermeil Cuff Bracelet
Unique gold vermeil cuff bracelet, as seen in Marie Claire.

In 1996, Chan decided that although she loved all of the buying trips and truly enjoyed dressing her customers, her passion was designing. Her company started with 4 employees producing her first jewelry collection using precious metals, semiprecious stones, and pearls.

silver pearl necklace
Faux Pearl And Sterling Silver Necklace
As Seen In Lucky magazine. Faux pearl tear drop beads and sterling silver handmade rosebud charms hanging from sterling silver chain and rings. Sterling silver toggle closure. Approximately 21" inches long.

In November, 2006, CHAN LUU launched the Online Store, where shoppers can purchase Chan's original creations, from fashion jewelry to fine jewelry. The store even features popular vintage Chan Luu designs that have been brought back exclusively for the online store.

Chan has taken her business globally with major retail stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman in the U.S., Harvey Nichols in London, Isetan and Mitsukoshi in Japan and many other specialty stores.

Using hand-cut semiprecious gemstones, beads, and colored freshwater pearls, Chan Luu's trademark is her artistic skill in combining unusual forms with beautiful colors to create truly striking pieces that set the trend in fashion jewelry.

Each Chan Luu design incorporates organically-inspired shapes with fresh and modern ideas to create a line that's fresh, unique, and very wearable. Chan Luu uses high quality materials such as sterling silver, gold vermeil, leather, freshwater pearls, and semiprecious stones.

Chan is an avid tennis player and scuba diver. She also enjoys gardening and cooking for her friends. She currently resides in Pacific Palisades with her dogs, Henry and Benji.

Bijules NYC Jewelry

27 Oct

Bijules NYC is a widely known and respected jewelry and accessory line. Celebrated in the national and international press, Bijules is a unique brand sought after by those who have a passion for individuality and fashion. Current advocates of the line include some of the deepest underground acts, such as, M.F. Doom, Beans, MIA, Santogold and Spankrock. Mainstream clients include Eve, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, Deemi, Ciara, Gwen Stefani, Peaches, Angela Run, and Nina Sky.

gold vermeil pendant
Bijules 14k Vermeil 'Shattered Dreams' Necklace
This "Triptych Medallion" hangs on three separate chains and tells a story of the aging process…as we grow older, things get complicated, shatter and fall apart. Only as responsible adults can we put them back together…30" light and fancy chains.

Jules Kim's designs convey concepts that reflect American propaganda for the empowerment of women, the innocence of childhood, and the dark humor of adulthood. She makes pieces that hang, hug, clip, cut, and curve.

silver or gold designer ring
Bijules Curved Bar Ring
A "variation on a theme", this ring slopes over your hand still resting on one finger.
Solid Silver $229
14k Gold Vermeil $250

These objects accentuate the body and represent not only Kim's personal statements but also each wearers' interpretation of themselves and their environment. In order to express oneself, there must be a means of communication, and jewelry is the instrument for Jules Kim of Bijules.

gold chain and pendant
Bijules Ice Pick Body Armor
This lock knife can be worn around the torso or as a double-stranded necklace. The 4-prong setting disarms this weapon. 14k Gold Vermeil and Cubic Zirconia.

Jules Kim believes in the value of self-expression. Her provocative pieces are more than accessories – they are a lifestyle. This New York-based designer graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001 and lists her inspirations as Jean-Luc Godard, Milanese cobblestone paths, Bajan beaches, and city living.

Jewelry Bargains at

26 Oct

Company Statement
Moving into the mountain region in the Heart of Europe several years ago, we quickly fell in love with the tradition that one encounters here on every step. Our team of computer specialists, web designers, and local jewelry designers got together and came up with a new, attractive, and easy-to-use website that brings you the finest fashion jewelry, created by the local craftsmen who have been doing it for centuries. Hypoallergenic nickel-free metals, glass and natural materials (wooden beads and leather bands) are the mainstays of our current product lineup.

beaded necklace
Lampwork Bead Drop Necklace
Unique gold tone bead cluster drop necklace. The cluster is composed of multiple mint green glass beads and acrylic pearls. The necklace is highlighted by one mint green handmade (with sweet pink roses decorated) drop-formed lampwork glass bead in the focus.

glass bead bracelet
Purple Elastic-Band Bracelet
Elegant elastic-band bracelet. The bracelet is based on glossy flat purple glass beads decorated with sparkling golden-grain streaks. Each bead is a unique handcrafted piece. The combination with smaller pink glass pearls gives a very soft and feminine look.

chain and bead bracelet
Double-Chain Beaded Necklace
Silver tone, double-chain tassel necklace. The necklace is decorated with multiple glass and wooden beads of various designs and sizes. The fresh spring color scheme won't let you forget the coming season.

beaded bracelet
Olive-Green and Gold Bracelet
Highly fashionable elastic-band bracelet. The bracelet is made of bold flat rectangular olive-green, gold glazed glass beads. The beads are combined with smaller round chocolate glass pearls.

brown and gold necklace
Fall Colors Necklace
Brown and gold glass beads match the falling autumn leaves, and will blend perfectly with your fall/winter wardrobe.

bead earrings
Cyan Tassel Earrings
Earrings based on an old-like silver tone flat French ear wire and an old-like silver tone chain. The earrings are created as a triple-chain tassel decorated with cyan and white glass beads of various shapes and sizes.

wood and glass bead necklace
Middle-Sized Single-Strand Necklace
Single strand necklace composed of black wooden beads combined with glass beads and squares in cyan, mint-green, and ochre color.

bead and crystal bracelet
Black Bead & Pink Crystal Bracelet
Black glass beads and tiny pink crystals grace this adorable elastic-band bracelet.

faceted bead necklace
Middle-sized Single-Strand Necklace
Middle-sized single-strand necklace based on multiple black faceted glass beads. The necklace is highlighted by many unique flat glass beads in ruby and pink color. All beads are joined together with an elegant black tone chain. Every necklace is unique; the decorative beads may vary piece by piece.

silver glass pearl bracelet
Silver-Tone Glass Pearl Bracelet
Antique silver tone bracelet decorated with glass pearls (white and gray), white acrylic pearls and clear faceted glass beads.

Have a great week!

Gabriel Ofiesh Handcrafted Jewelry

24 Oct

Metalsmith and Jewelry Designer
For thirty years, form, color, movement, simplicity, and versatility have been key elements of Gabriel Ofiesh's work. All of his jewelry is distinguished by its curves, simple forms, and smooth graceful surfaces. The artist often uses diamonds to punctuate form or to accent color mixes, but their use is secondary to a piece's overall design.

gold gemstone earrings
Gold Peridot Stud Earrings
Peridots and diamonds set in gold stud earrings.

Ofiesh produces one-of-kind pieces and also steadily develops several distinctive lines of work including his new orbit ring series and his collection of woven precious metal jewelry. Ofiesh designs all of his own work and it is made in his studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. His jewelry is also sold in numerous stores and galleries throughout the United States.

designer diamond necklace
Double Diamond Necklace & Earrings
Gold necklace and earrings set with diamonds.

Although his work is always evolving, Ofiesh is conscious of maintaining design continuity. Threads of past design elements emerge in new ways and in new pieces. Clearly recognizable design themes are a hallmark of this artist's work, as is its eminent wearability and comfort.

black pearl necklace
White Gold & Black Pearl Pendant
White gold orbit pendant set with diamonds and a black pearl.

Most of Ofiesh's work incorporates moving elements. With the flick of a hinge, a ring becomes a pendant. Or among the artist's patented Orbit Collection, a band of brilliant diamonds set in platinum spins around a simple gold bead or an elegant ring.

All of the artist's work is designed, forged, and formed by hand. Since Ofiesh is a self-taught goldsmith, he uses tools in non-traditional ways, and his methods are often unconventional by jewelry standards. He is as creative in his approach to design as he is open-minded about how to make things work.

Ofiesh took workshops along the way with noted metal workers Heikki Seppa and Ronald Pearson. He also studied gem-setting at the Revere Academy in the mid 1980s. But mostly he continued to work on his own moving from silver to gold, refining techniques, and developing his interest in jewelry that moves.

Ofiesh travels around the country exhibiting at prestigious craft shows such as the American Craft Enterprises fairs in Baltimore, San Francisco and St. Paul. Over the years he has received numerous awards at these shows.

Unable to land a prep school teaching job, Ofiesh, an English literature graduate from the University of Virginia, traveled to the small town of Chatham, Virginia, in 1973 to try to sell some of the silver jewelry he made as a hobby. He made $400 in one weekend, and that small commercial success sparked the beginnings of a 30-year career as a jewelry designer.

Lana Designer Jewelry

23 Oct

Modern beauty, sex appeal, and the essence of timeless style are the grand ideas behind Lana Fertelmeister's Lana Jewelry collection. Established in 2003, the fine gold and diamond jewelry line is quickly becoming one of the leading American jewelry companies today, being carried in the best retailers across the world such as Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, Borsheim's,, and Fred Segal.

rose gold pendant necklace
Lana Bomond Necklace
This necklace featuring a diamond cut chain and a large disc pendant with emeralds makes a bold statement.

Lana's famed signature Eternity necklace and popular 3-Tear earrings have garnered a cult-like following with everyday clients and celebrities like, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rachel Weisz, and fashion designer Monique Lhuiller. Her jewelry has appeared in TV shows like Sex in the City, Weeds, American Idol, The View, and recently on the hit show Cashmere Mafia, as well as many feature films.

gold designer earrings
Lana Large Star Charm Earrings
Lana Unlimited's gorgeous gold designs sparkle with elegance and sophistication. The Large star charm earrings add sparkle to any outfit.
• Size: approx 1 3/8 L x 1 1/8 W
• 14k gold

Lana Fertelmeister, designer of Lana Jewelry is well known for bringing yellow gold back to the main stream and making it sexy, fashion forward, and wearable for all women every day. Profiled in Lucky Magazine as "One To Watch," Los Angeles Confidential as a "Savvy Tastemaker," Chicago Social as a "Golden Girl," and in Women's Wear Daily as "What's In A Name," Lana has been blessed with the golden touch, according to style critics.

tricolor gold earrings
Lana Diamond Luck 'n Love Earrings
Indulge in the Luck 'n Love Earrings with Diamonds in Tri Gold. These beautiful hoop earrings have so much magnetism, with 8 .03pt & 4 .05 pt diamonds gracing the delicate hoops. The combination of rose, white, and yellow gold makes these earrings unbelievably luxurious.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Lana moved to Chicago with her parents 25 years ago. Today, at 32, she considers her hometown to be one of the greatest cities in the world, and is inspired by its architecture and rich history. Running her business with her partner and father Naum, Lana truly believes she is a lucky girl. "I get to design beautiful jewelry, work with incredible women who make my company a success, and I get to work with my dad every day, I am truly blessed!"

Lana resides in Chicago with the love of her life Rob, who inspired her to design the first jewelry piece in the collection. She has laid the foundation for an independent luxury brand that is well-known for its modern style and individuality. The core of the company is and always will be its exquisite handmade fine jewelry, which is desired by the most beautiful women in the world.

"Lana's collections are sleek and sexy. Her signature design offers a perfectly modern way to personalize your look," says Kristen Mulvihill, Fashion Stylist for InStyle, Lucky, and Shop ETC. Bobbie Thomas, Senior Editor of In Touch Weekly, Style Correspondent for E! Entertainment and Co-host of Fashion Police says, "After one look at Lana's breathtaking collection, her pieces will not only be a celebrity favorite, but very shortly one of your own."

Hot Rox Jewelry

22 Oct

Andrea Rosenfeld started her artistic journey at a young age, when she handed her father a drawing of a horse that seemed rather mature for the 5 year old. Realizing that she created the animal freehand, not by tracing, her parents agreed that art classes were a must.

designer necklace
Black Mother of Pearl Pendant
A Hematite and Czech glass necklace accents a Mother of Pearl pendant

Rosenfeld took art classes in grade school, and during the summer attended the Cranbrook Art Academy. After graduating from high school, she was accepted to the University of Michigan Art School in Ann Arbor, but soon found that their curriculum was not going to fulfill her dream of being an artist and working in fashion. After two years she left Ann Arbor and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she completed her degree in Fashion Design.

fabric and gemstone necklace
Multi-Gemstone Pendant Necklace
Fabric ribbon with Dolomite, Fluorite, Lucite flower, glass beads, Mother of Pearl, and Jasper pendant necklace

Rosenfeld was Assistant Merchandiser for Perry Ellis Portfolio Menswear for two years before she was recruited by Isaac Mizrahi, Ltd., She assisted Mizrahi as his Director of Merchandising as well as Operations Manager. Rosenfeld was thrilled to be a part of the growth of Mizrahi's first company. After five years of loyal employment, Rosenfeld gave birth to her first child and decided to dedicate her life to her new baby.

agate and shell necklace
Ethnic-Inspired Necklace in Browns
Botswana Agate, Kukui nuts, Smoky Quartz, sterling tubes, wood, and shells

During the years of raising her three children, Rosenfeld never truly left behind artistic creation. She designed cakes, refinished furniture, painted murals in galleries and museums. Her current foray into jewelry design is simply a part of her life-long dedication to artistic expression.

As for her philosophy, Rosenfeld uses skills from all areas of her past art studies. She does not confine herself to one specific jewelry technique, allowing the materials and stones to inspire her final design. Combining different materials into one piece is important: fabric and metal, stone and wood, metal and stone.

As a painter and fabric artist, she places texture as a main force in her work. Her pieces are big so they are assumed to be heavy, but Rosenfeld works to give the illusion of weight by carefully choosing materials that keep the designs light and wearable. Another art concept that influences her is asymmetry and movement. Rosenfeld's jewelry is a scaled down work-of-art with the woman's body as the canvas.

Andrea Corson Handcrafted Jewelry

21 Oct

Using sterling silver, gold, and 18k vermeil, NYC designer and artist Andrea Corson creates wonderfully unique wearable art. Andrea earned an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, so it's no surprise that the work is quite sculptural. To make it even more intriguing, each piece is slightly different from any other and, therefore, one-of-a-kind.

gold flower earrings
14k Gold Petals Earrings

Andrea's work has been featured in the New York Times, Daily Candy, Bon Appetit, and other publications, and she's had numerous exhibitions around the country over the last ten years. Her jewelry is handcrafted, and the pieces range in price from $60 to $7,000. Therefore, everyone can find something to fit their budget.

sterling butterfly ring
Sterling Silver Butterfly Ring

The necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings she creates are works of art, so unique you're automatically drawn to them. It seems her favorite food is caviar, because many of her pieces are designed like the delicacy.

gold vermeil bracelet
18k Gold Vermeil Hextall's Bracelet

Nature heavily influences Andrea's work. You'll find flora, fauna, insects, and sea creatures – spiders, starfish, ladybugs, frogs, and lizards – among her designs. Every piece is like a mini-sculpture, featuring interesting textures and designs in silver and gold.