Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hearts and Flowers

Bonjour, mes amis! Just a quick post on this week's jewelry designs, which seem to be all about hearts and flowers.

Beautiful filigree pendants...

Enamel earrings...

A delicate ex-voto heart that is to die for...

And mid-century findings that resemble leaves on a branch...

All of these new pieces are now available in my Etsy shoppe. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and thank you for stopping by! :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Touch of Velvet

I have always loved velvet for its rich, luxirous quality and lately I've been incorporating bits of it into my jewelry designs. I like the surprise element of backing a pendant with the fabric, and maybe a few words cut from a vintage prayer card.

To give this bracelet some punch, I lined an antique steel cut buckle with regal red velvet peeking through.

In other jewelry news, I recently acquired many new and vintage items thanks to my good friend Danette, that I will be listing on The Paris Carousel throughout the next few weeks. Here's a sneak preview of just some of the offerings:

There will be lots of affordable cameos...

And rhinestones, rhinestones, rhinestones!

Merci beaucoup for stopping by! Have a beautiful week, mes amis! :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Passion for Purple

I've never really been a purple person, but after finding some gorgeous chunky amethyst stones at a local gem show recently, I was quickly hooked!

This 'passion for Paris' necklace features these stones as well as some diamond-shaped purple glass bezels from a 1920s piece.

I've noticed that various shades of purple were popular in Edwardian and Art Deco-era clothing, from lilac to plum.

Here is a bracelet I made this week using more (you guessed it!) amethyst, its centerpiece a sterling silver recast flatware handle!

This whimsical eyeglass pendant hangs from a very old chevron multi-strand chain which is connected by clusters of multi-coloured rhinestones. (Just a touch of purple! ;)

And I love how delicate these 'victorian music' earrings are, featuring a candy box of tiny tourmaline stones, antique cameos and brass harp charms.

Veering into shades of pink now, these spun silver flower earrings feature cube-shaped rose quartz and a tassel of rhinestones.

Since not everyone may share this passion for purple, I also made a few other things this week...

This mother of pearl rosary necklace showcases a very old 'appartion of Christ' medal and is accented by marquis-shaped garnets.

Silver-toned filigree Paris souvenir panels and chains go with everything!

Finally, here is a custom order I recently completed. A double-cameo, triple wrap necklace incorporating more mother of pearl, rhinestones, silver chain, aquamarine and clear quartz.

The cameo segment is detachable so the necklace can be worn more simply as well as doubled, lariat style, and several other options.

Merci beaucoup for stopping by! Have a purple week! ;)