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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Inspiration :: Fairies in Moonlight

My latest inspiration... made of whimsical dreams and ethereal beauty... 

‘Like a Painting’ Vogue Italia February 2005
Model - Lily Cole; Photographer - Miles Aldridge

Natalia Vodianova by Steven Meisel 

Natural Beauty - Inside and Out by Ann Street Studio

Moonlight by Il Mare Atelier on Artfire and Etsy

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Inspiration :: Clouds, Lakes and the Sky

Inspiration comes when you least expect it... a whimsical film, a surreal place and result is awesome.

A story about a woman who suffers from an unusual illness from a flower growing in her lungs.  One of my favorite actress, Audrey Tatou stars in this film.

The Marble Caves at General Carrera Lake in Pantagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Picture by Dan Lundberg

Also known as Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral, the Marble Caves are located at the center of the lake and were formed by waves over the past 6,000 years.

Clouds in the Sky by Il Mare Atelier on Artfire and Etsy

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Valentine's Gift Guide - One of A Kind

On this Valentine's Day, give your sweetheart an extraordinary gift made with love... here are some ideas... all in the color of the season:

Let her entertain in style with Gold Trim Agate Coasters

Adorn her ears with the Scarlet earrings by Il Mare Atelier

Walk with her in Leather Oxford Shoes by BaliELF

Make her a dish of Edible Flowers by Line Klein

Give her not the moon but a castle (by Vicki Ambery-Smith)
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

Fairy Lights, Seattle by Georgianna Lane

As I look back and wonder at the unexpected blessings jewelry had brought into my life, one thought led to another and soon I was drawing up a list:
  1. Friendships forged on-and-offline and the sharing of tribulations and joys
  2. The sparkle in the eyes of my two-year-old niece when she holds up an earring I made
  3. Reconnecting with old friends and even doing a PMC class together
  4. Learning about jewelry history and antiquity... loved that Georgian locket pin I got!
  5. Appreciative customers... one of the reasons that keep me going... 
  6. The excitement of receiving gemstones in the mail... just can't resist buying more!
  7. Grateful and humble that my jewelry work is a part of a special moment in someone's life
2014 beckons another year of experiments - a different style, stones, techniques... I hope to make something out of it!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bespoke Inspirations

If you have been wondering where I was, the last couple of months have had me engrossed in working on two bespoke pieces, which have now been completed and delivered to satisfied customers. 

The first order was a request to capture the essence of the beautiful Caribbean Islands in an elaborate beaded bracelet (first inspired by a lovely lavender Amethyst bracelet in my shop).  After many convos, gemstone searches and picture collages later, I am glad that I finally got the "Caribbean feel" right.  :)

The second piece was a remake of the Peaches and Cream earrings to match an outfit with an interesting geometric design (see it below).  Carnelians, Oregon Sunstones and Padparadscha Sapphires did the trick to create an orangey twist to the design and am I pleased with the result!  So is the client, if I may add :)

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How to Choose the Perfect Necklace

Have you ever agonised over how to accessorize your neckline?  These guides here might be just the help you need! 


 (Found on Pinterest and source unknown.)

On the other hand, if you have been shopping online and eyeing a certain necklace but are hesitating to buy it because you aren't sure how it would look on you.  Here is when a size guide would come in very handy:

  (Source unknown)
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Getaway to Taipei

Just realised that it has been a long while since I posted anything... if you were wondering where I had been, work has gotten more hectic and it is with amazement how I juggle it with this jewelry pursuit and in the midst of it all, sneaked a trip to Taipei.

Here are some shots that I shared on Instagram. You might feel inspired to do a trip there yourself :)
Up close and personal at the change-of-guards ceremony at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Thermal Valley at the Beitou hot springs - what were we doing at the hot spring in this scorching summer?

The beautiful Yehliu Geo Park - Taipei is not all about shopping and eating after all!  ;-)

Enjoying the lovely sunset at Fisherman's Wharf, Tamsui.

Neon lights at the Lover's Bridge (next to Fisherman's Wharf, Tamsui)

Snapped this at the metro station on the way to the Taipei zoo, it's just too cute!

Ambling along the suspension bridge to the Shifen waterfall, which was a disappointment as summer seemed to have dried up the waterfall or most of it.

Looking down through the glass basement of the Crystal Cabin during our cable car ride to Maokong
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