Sunday, December 1, 2013

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Water Dreams ring

I'm so lucky that I get to work with some amazing people. I love my customers, they always inspire me to do even better work than I have done before. Recently I had the honor to make an engagement/wedding ring for a beautiful, funny, smart and unique woman. She wanted something inspired by wheat, to remind her of growing up on the plains of Nebraska paired with a low, round bezel to represent the passage of time, the cycle of life. I love to make meaningful work for wonderful people and I'm really proud of how this wheat ring turned out:

14k palladium white gold with a 7mm blue aquamarine


She started as a customer and has now become a friend (and her husband is one of the sweetest men I've never met). So when I created a new ring, I had a hard time putting words to my vision so I went to her for help naming it. She's a writer and found the words for my new ring.

I asked for her help and she wrote, "I thought of this poem, "Water Night," which is adapted by Eric Whitacre from the original Spanish "Agua Nocturna" by Octavio Paz:

Water Night
Night with the eyes of a horse that trembles in the night,
Night with eyes of water in the field asleep
Is in your eyes, a horse that trembles,
Is in your eyes of secret water.

Eyes of shadow-water,
Eyes of well-water,
Eyes of dream-water.

Silence and solitude,
Two little animals moon-led,
Drink in your eyes,
Drink in those waters.

If you open your eyes,
Night opens, doors of musk,
The secret kingdom of the water opens
Flowing from the center of the night.

And if you close your eyes,
A river fills you from within,
Flows forward, darkens you
Night brings its wetness
To beaches in your soul."

Water Dreams ring in sterling silver and aquamarine
 This is another experimentation with CAD (computer aid design) where I do a technical drawing of my sketch, my friend turns it into a CAD design which is printed in resin. Then I hand carve the details to make sure it has the flow and feel of my work. I have all my pieces cast in NYC and then I hand set the stone, oxidize the ring and finish it with a high polish. I love how it turned out and can't wait to make the matching band. And I love the name.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A special silver locket

In my job as a jeweler and entrepreneur, most of my days are filled with administrative tasks, answering e-mails, ordering supplies, fulfilling orders and making the jewelry I offer in my Etsy shop. I love my job and feel very lucky to do something that fills my heart with so much joy.

But once in a while I get to work with a customer one-on-one to create a unique piece of custom jewelry. Over the past few months I had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite people who contacted me and told me a secret: he and his wife were expecting their first child in May. And would I be able to make a super-secret-gift, something really special, perhaps a locket?  Was that something in my 'wheelhouse?'  Not only was I blown away that they were expecting, but he used the word 'wheelhouse.' You can see why I love these people, yes?

After jumping up and down and hollering with excitement, we got to work.  Knowing their love for travel, my Compass Necklace immediately came to mind. I also really like that compasses represent a journey, and that bringing a child into the world with your life partner is truly an amazing journey.

Here is my original silver compass necklace:

He decided to choose a London blue topaz gem for the center, since his wife loves teal blue, and some of the other pieces I've made for her have London blue topaz so it brings a lot of things together.  He also wanted the bail to not be so busy. And he didn't want it to look like a locket.

That was a challenge: how could I make a locket that doesn't look like a locket? I decided to do a rivet hinge from the top, and to create a frame inside that could hold a photo. You can see my original thoughts here, to see if it would even work:


I switched the bail to a more simple and clean one and I created a frame using a flat sheet of silver cut into an oval the same size as the compass part, with another oval silhouette that I hand cut (think of the letter O). Sandwiched in between was an oval made from flat, square wire to create a lip between the ovals-- so that a picture could be held in place.  All told this necklace has 4 layers of sterling silver!






I did a lot of filing to make sure everything fit together seamlessly, riveted the two parts together, oxidized the silver and set her stone and voila. A locket that doesn't look like a locket:


The back was engraved with a special message, and he presented it to her the night before she brought their baby into the world.

I'm so honored to have made such a special piece of jewelry to represent this once-in-a-lifetime event, it was worth it to see him smile when he came to pick it up. I wish the happy family a beautiful life together! Congratulations!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Birthstone necklaces and Mother's necklaces

In life there are so many reasons to celebrate, so many memories to hold onto. For me, jewelry has always been like a talisman and a way to mark these special times. When I was graduated pre-school I still remember the little costume jewelry pin my mom gave me. It was a non-working clock that had little crystals on it the color of my birthstone (pink alexandrites for June). And when I got engaged I have the beautiful vintage engagement ring my (now) husband and I picked out from an antique shop in San Francisco. For Mother's Day two years ago my boys bought me a cool cuff bracelet by Connie Verrusio that was made from a re-purposed brass ruler (yeah, we're nerds).

In my work, each piece I create has special meaning behind it. Some of the most powerful and meaningful work I like to create is birthstone jewelry.  Different colored gemstones correlate with each month, and the gemstones have widely varied properties for healing, faith, friendship and love. It's fulfilling for me to create such meaningful jewelry for women and make it fun and fashionable, too.

Last year I created my Crush collection using genuine gemstones in combinations that were so much fun, I felt like I was making jewelry out of candy. Yum!

Click on the picture to view these pendants in my shop:

When my customers started ordering them in combinations of birthstones for Mother's Day, Anniversaries and Weddings I realized how powerful these necklaces are.

Then I got requests for 3-stone necklaces. I started with my Wrought necklaces, big, juicy gemstones in luscious color combinations to represent birthstones. I started with two, which also represent his-and-hers for anniversaries. This one is citrine (Nov) and blue topaz (Dec):


Then a triple gemstone necklace was requested. This one has amethyst (Feb), blue topaz (Dec) and white topaz to represent a diamond (Apr):


And brand new for 2013 is my Crush trio necklace, featuring a larger center stone to represent Mom and two smaller stones to represent the kids. I made this one for my sister (center-peridot-Aug) and my nieces (citrine-Nov and pink tourmaline-Oct) for Mother's Day:



Coming soon... Crush birthstone rings in single, double and triple!

Thank you for your support of my work, tell me what jewelry is special to you and why. Inquiring minds want to know.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New York Daily News article "Etsy Does It"

What an exciting day! Etsy and the New York Daily News featured three artists from NYC in the paper today. I'm flattered to be a part of their article about how Etsy is reimagining commerce and their impact on the local economy.

I know Etsy has given me an amazing platform to reach buyers all over the country and internationally, as well as a great place for me to buy heirloom quality handmade goods.

Here's a scan of the full article (because it's not online):


I'm really humbled and thankful to all of you. I love my job because of the wonderful customers I get to work with every day. Have a great week!

Monday, November 5, 2012

First stop, the tropics

Our jewelry vacation has begun! Thanks for joining me on the journey of Metalicious jewelry making. This is where we travel together to learn about the inspiration of creation. (Sorry, I love a good rhyme).

One of the first jewelry collections I designed when I started Metalicious was my Bubble Collection.  These are whimsical, fun pieces that I made by slicing up different sized tubing and soldering it together to look like bubbles. Here's my best selling Champagne necklace in sterling silver with a gorgeous London Blue Topaz briolette gemstone:


So why the bubbles? I'm not a soap maker, deep sea diver or competitive bubble blower. But I do love going through the car wash.


All that blue, sudsy goodness that leaves my car squeaky clean!



I also love to swim. I was lucky enough to have a pool growing up and spent entire summers swimming and ending up with green hair. And I can play a mean game of "Marco-Polo." But my favorite way to spend the summer now is at the beach.


My husband and I were lucky enough to spend our 10th wedding anniversary in Vieques, PR. I found some amazing shells and sea stuff that I carefully packed and brought home to make into jewelry. I added them to my Raw Collection of shark teeth.  This recycled sterling silver shark tooth necklace is my best seller:



My favorite piece from Vieques is my Sea Urchin Necklace.



But I also was obsessed with these tiny conch shells as I was snorkeling. I only picked the ones that were uninhabited by both conch and hermit crabs!

Totally not kidding...

No, that's not seaweed on my head. It's my ratty hair...





So after our trip I wanted to be able to do something good as my way of thanks to Mother Nature. I'm donating a percent of the profits from my Raw collection will be donated to the Coral Restoration Foundation. They work hard to recover the Florida Keys coral reefs through nursery rearing of coral colonies and planting out on reefs. I'd love to "adopt a coral" on behalf of my customers. Every little bit will help!

Thanks for taking the trip with me!

Jewelry design tour: Hong Kong

I traveled to Asia for the first time in 2002 for the jewelry company I worked for at the time. My mission was to work directly with our overseas designers in Hong Kong and to visit jewelry factories there, in Bangkok and in India.  I was so excited to get to travel to these beautiful countries even if it was for work.  The bridge above is one of the first things I remember about that trip, jet-lagged from the 12 hour flight, it was beautiful, architectural and it took me over the water into Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has bright lights, a polluted harbor, clothing stores, world-class restaurants and is bustling with millions of people. It reminded me of my home in NYC. :-) I loved it there!

Our Hong Kong designers were even nicer in person than over e-mail. It was great to put faces to the names of the people I had been working with for a year. And I was so busy, I barely had time to actually see anything other than the inside of the office!  Our vendors were kind and took me out for dinner most of the time, since I had no idea where to go other than the hotel restaurant.

This was my view of Victoria Peak, hidden behind the storm clouds. We would stay on the Kowloon side of the harbor across from The Peak. Jet lag would make me get up by 4am. So in the mornings I would go to the gym at the top of the hotel and run on a treadmill as I watched the sun rise over the harbor. There's now a giant skyscraper in that view, I saw it being built over a few trips to Hong Kong, and to me it looks like a giant electric razor.

One night, my co-worker and I ventured out and took a funicular to the top of The Peak. We had dinner at the top, gazing down at the lights of the city and the sparkling water of Victoria Harbor. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I can still remember sipping a glass of wine and feeling so small as we looked at this beautiful city.

This isn't my photo but it's similar to the view that night:

One of the neatest things I saw were the 'junk boats' which are fishing boats, out on the harbor. I felt like I had stepped back in time, or maybe went to the future where Kevin Costner ruled Waterworld.

Crazy to see the contrast between the old fashioned junk boats and the uber-modern city buildings. I had such a great time in Hong Kong, even though my hair was a frizzy mess the entire time (it's not the heat, it's the humidity). My Metropolis line was inspired by the beautiful modern buildings of the big cities I've visited, including my home NYC.  This is one of my most popular ring designs in recycled mixed metals:



But sadly I had to move on to my next stop: Bangkok! To be continued...