September 30, 2008

Loretta Fontaine's Earrings

The earrings I'm wearing lately I designed myself. I incorporate naturaI elements and eco-friendly hand-finishing to give the earrings a subtle sheen, and then toss them in a tumbler with steel shot and a drop of biodegrable dishwashing detergent to highlight the raised leaf design.  

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— Loretta Fontaine

September 15, 2008

Hovey Lee's Necklace

I collect vintage jewelry and I have always admired the artistry of vintage pins. I just never seemed to find the right outfit to wear them with. A couple years ago I was invited to a Gen Art party for emerging designers and I wanted to wear something spectacular. I searched my jewel box, and my mom's, and couldn't find one that was quite spectacular enough. I decided to make a new one and this necklace was made on the day of the party. My best pieces are what I see as a fusion of art and fashion with an element of surprise.

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— Hovey Lee

September 9, 2008

Julia Bristow's Necklace

One of my favorite pendants is on a necklace I made from my Nature's Presence Collection using a beautiful handblown hollow glass focal bead pendant created by glass artisan Harold Williams Cooney. He does wonderful work and that is why his beads are focal points for most of the pieces in the collection at JuliaBristowJewelry.com.

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—Julia Bristow    

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September 4, 2008

Lisa Nisleit's Bracelet

One of my favorite pieces is this moonstone flower link bracelet that my husband created. It's handmade down to the toggle clasp.  

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—Lisa Nisleit

August 25, 2008

Eve Sabine's Cuff

I adore this sterling silver cuff that I bought in Etsy.  I wear it everyday! It was made by a true artisan. I love handmade things not mass produced. She was very sweet with me, I like the personal touch also.

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— Eve Sabine

August 22, 2008

Susan's Necklaces

I have several of  these precious tag necklaces.  I sometimes wear them alone or I layer them  for a rainbow of color.  This store will do custom colors too in this  style.  I wear it with my T-shirts and jeans, as well as when I go out in my  strapless dress. I bought it online at alittleeyecndy.com.  

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— Susan

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August 18, 2008

Maria Burgos's Earrings

I adore these stunning Iolite earrings, not just because I made them, but because my husband bought me these stones in Uruguay on a business trip--I know he missed me when he was there. We treasure jewelry for different reasons and they have meaning for us. For me it means that after 14 years he stills loves me, and the five Iolite briolettes symbolizes my family.

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— Maria Burgos


August 18, 2008

Kimora Lee Simmons's Ring

For me, jewelry represents fun, memories and milestones; jewelry tells a story. I bought myself jewelry when I had my children; I've gotten jewelry from my wonderful significant other [actor Djimon Hounsou]; and when someone's needed to say "I'm sorry" or "I won't forget this date again!" As for my yellow diamond [ring], I can't do anything small--I have to be big! It's a phenomenal stone, and I'm really into wearing big precious stones on my pointer finger right now--I think it looks so chic.  It was quite an investment, and I get calls from people asking if it's for sale—it's not! My kids know that everything I have will be theirs someday.

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—Kimora Lee Simmons

August 13, 2008

Elizabeth's Locket

My husband gave me this locket for my birthday, which was nine days before the birth of our son. Because he was not born yet, my husband put the best image of Kostas we had at the time in the locket - a printout from our first ultrasound. On the other side, he put a photo of our first baby - our dog Crash. I love this locket for so many reasons! It is visually stunning, and in pristine condition for its age, but it is also layered with meaning. It was originally a Victorian mourning locket, which is why it is covered with black enamel.  The diamond set fly is symbolic of the fascination with nature and science at the time. In the interior, under the original glass, are two panels of plaited hair, each side featuring a different pattern of weave. The frames are hand engraved - one with the name and date Marie Louise August 4th 1866, and the other with Helene Catherine April 28th 1868.  It is amazing to me that this locket has lived through so many years and seen so much, and that now it will live though my life with me and hopefully future generations of my family.

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Elizabeth Doyle, owner of Doyle & Doyle

August 7, 2008

Michele's Necklace

I collect vintage jewelry and I have always admired the artistry of vintage  pins. I just never seemed to find the right outfit to wear them with. I also enjoy making beaded jewelry. Eventually I decided to combine my two loves and now I make beaded necklaces that feature a vintage pin as the pendant. This necklace is made from a vintage Coro pin in the shape of a lily. It has an unusual chain tassel hanging from the bottom. I like wearing unique jewelry and each necklace I make is one of a kind.

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— Michele McCall

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