Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Amari on Etsy!

I have now opened a shop on Etsy called Amari Jewellery to use as an extra outlet for my pieces. It's taking me a while to upload everything as I am having a bit of a sort out and also experimenting with photos - I don't do things by halves!

I think the dark grey background is perfect for showing off shiny silver jewellery - I'm using a large stepping stone from my local garden centre, which I've coated with a couple of layers of matt varnish to get rid of the 'dusty' finish.

I must thank Jo of Gem Heaven for the inspiration - her gorgeous gemstone and lampwork jewellery is really shown off by stunning photos!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Citrine and Peridot Earrings

My new favourites... the citrusy colours on these earrings look amazing with the shiny silver, and there is lots of sparkle from the tiny faceted gemstones and silver beads!

I have wrapped the triangular frames with fine gauge sterling silver, Karen Hill tribe faceted seed beads, faceted citrine button beads and tiny faceted peridot briolettes. Just to give you an idea of scale... the peridot briolettes are about 5mm long! Very delicate and sparkly.

Just to add... on all of the pictures if you click on them you get a slightly larger image which shows a bit more detail :)

Ruby Earrings

I'm still on quite a strong geometric theme with these earrings! The colour of the rubies is quite bold against the silver... I have some Liver of Sulphur on the way and I think these may get the treatment! We'll see...

Oxidised or shiny... these have been wrapped and coiled with very fine gauge sterling silver wire, tiny seed beads, faceted Hill tribe silver beads and gorgeous faceted rubies. Bold and decadent!

Pink Chalcedony Earrings

Well I say pink... when I made these earrings outside on a warm sunny day (we got one - yeay!!), they appeared a gorgeous lavender colour, so maybe pinky-purple is more accurate!

Either way - these are cute little faceted chalcedony briolettes, framed by a coiled sterling silver frame and tiny seed beads - pretty and girly!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Garnet Art Deco Earrings

These earrings are inspired by the Art Deco style of the 1920s-30s, probably due to my watching lots of old episodes of 'Jeeves and Wooster' just lately!! I love the geometric shapes and bold colours, I think I'm going to be doing a few more in this style.

I've coiled and wrapped the rectangular frames with fine gauge silver wire, adding tiny sterling beads and gorgeous faceted garnet rondelles in a rich red colour.

Netted Pearl Pendant

I love this wire netting technique, it takes a while to get it right - I'm still not there yet, but I'm very happy with the way this turned out!

I first shaped and hammered the frame, then coiled it with sterling wire. I added the pink freshwater pearls to the inside next, then formed the net in the centre with the wire.

Raindrops Wrapped Earrings

Yet more earrings! Not hard to work out the inspiration here... the summer here in the UK has been pretty awful so far - we've finally got some sunshine I think, so fingers crossed it stays for a little while at least!

I've wrapped across the teardrop-shaped frame of these earrings with very fine gauge sterling silver wire, and added some Swarovski crystal dangles in peridot, indicolite and erinite.

Honey Hoop Earrings

I am so behind with updating - I've a few more pieces to add, and photos of others to do yet!

These hoop earrings have been coiled with gorgeous honey-coloured glass seed beads and very fine sterling silver wire. I've used some violet Swarovski crystal dangles in the centre for added colour.


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