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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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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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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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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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How to Organise Your Wardrobe

Apart from ideas on organising jewelry, I often dream of owning an inspiring YET orderly wardrobe.  Sadly I am still a long way off but these do help to give some ideas, no?

Vintage-inspired ~ Douglas Friedman

Monochrome inspiration ~ Get In My Home


Glamor-inspired ~ source unknown

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Plumage

The peacock theme is a well used idea, specially for weddings and parties.  Loving the cobalt blues and emerald greens.  And here was where I gathered my inspiration for a recent piece.

The loveliest stationery ever by Crane and Co.

Art Nouveau peacock stained glass - source unknown
 


Plumage by Il Mare Atelier on Etsy and Artfire


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Beautiful Jewelry Quotes

You know you stumbled on a gem when you see it.  I can't believe how lovely this quote is:

The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, 
the emerald green leaves around my neck, 
and take the citrine sunset with me wherever I go. 
Jewelry has become my daytime link to nature in an office with no windows. 
And if I have to work late, there's nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx night sky.
~ Astrid Alauda

Van Cleef Arpels,
Makis necklace, Les Voyages Extraordinaires™ collection

And this one is hilarious:

Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.  

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Go Green

Inspired by the Earth Hour event and paying homage to the environmentalists and Pantone's color of the year 2013 - Emerald, I have gathered a few glorious pieces here:





Victorian Solid Gold Pin with Chrysocolla
by Il Mare Atelier on Etsy and Artfire

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A Love Story: The Robert Maier Collection

I first read about this December 2011 auction at Bonhams here.  As you delight over the gorgeous pillboxes and purses, the story shared by Robert Maier himself would make you swoon.  

“It started innocently enough,” he began, “as many stories do, with the single purchase of a single item, produced by someone I had never heard of at the time: Judith Leiber®. My wife was completely taken with Leiber’s little "pillboxes," so we thought we'd start a collection. Something a husband can always make his wife happy with at Christmas or Valentine's Day? I'm all in!
The thing was, for many years, we had a hard time making ends meet. Through it all, my wife never complained. She just isn't like that - so when she said she wanted one of those pillboxes, I knew it was something special for her. I used this chance to make her happy.
As my wife and I enter retirement, we now pass along these items to the other collectors out there that love these shiny little bags. Don't worry; my wife is keeping a selection of her favorites, but the rest of her amazing collection we offer to you. Give them a good home, show them off, and most of all, have fun!"
 
 Images from Bonhams

And if this intrigues you enough to find out more about the artisan, Judith Leiber, read about it here.
“It started innocently enough,” he began, “as many stories do, with the single purchase of a single item, produced by someone I had never heard of at the time: Judith Leiber®. My wife was completely taken with Leiber’s little "pillboxes," so we thought we'd start a collection. Something a husband can always make his wife happy with at Christmas or Valentine's Day? I'm all in!

More Information: http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=50462#.US9dxzdGSM0[/url]
Copyright © artdaily.org
“It started innocently enough,” he began, “as many stories do, with the single purchase of a single item, produced by someone I had never heard of at the time: Judith Leiber®. My wife was completely taken with Leiber’s little "pillboxes," so we thought we'd start a collection. Something a husband can always make his wife happy with at Christmas or Valentine's Day? I'm all in! The thing was, for many years, we had a hard time making ends meet. Through it all, my wife never complained. She just isn't like that - so when she said she wanted one of those pillboxes, I knew it was something special for her. I used this chance to make her happy. Now I had a mission. I started educating myself about Judith Leiber® and all her amazing bags. I had always wanted to somehow say ‘Thanks’ for putting up with me for 20-odd years.” Maier said the gifts were very well received. “We'd sometimes spend as much as a couple of hours each evening sharing information about Leiber’s designs and admiring the handbags. I graduated from pillboxes to full purses quickly. Each time, I got to see my wife's face light up as a new bag she'd never seen would appear from its wrapping. As my wife and I enter retirement, we now pass along this these items to the other collectors out there that love these shiny little bags. Don't worry; my wife is keeping a selection of her favorites, but the rest of her amazing collection we offer to you. Give them a good home, show them off, and most of all, have fun!"

More Information: http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=50462#.US9dxzdGSM0[/url]
Copyright © artdaily.org
“It started innocently enough,” he began, “as many stories do, with the single purchase of a single item, produced by someone I had never heard of at the time: Judith Leiber®. My wife was completely taken with Leiber’s little "pillboxes," so we thought we'd start a collection. Something a husband can always make his wife happy with at Christmas or Valentine's Day? I'm all in! The thing was, for many years, we had a hard time making ends meet. Through it all, my wife never complained. She just isn't like that - so when she said she wanted one of those pillboxes, I knew it was something special for her. I used this chance to make her happy. Now I had a mission. I started educating myself about Judith Leiber® and all her amazing bags. I had always wanted to somehow say ‘Thanks’ for putting up with me for 20-odd years.” Maier said the gifts were very well received. “We'd sometimes spend as much as a couple of hours each evening sharing information about Leiber’s designs and admiring the handbags. I graduated from pillboxes to full purses quickly. Each time, I got to see my wife's face light up as a new bag she'd never seen would appear from its wrapping. As my wife and I enter retirement, we now pass along this these items to the other collectors out there that love these shiny little bags. Don't worry; my wife is keeping a selection of her favorites, but the rest of her amazing collection we offer to you. Give them a good home, show them off, and most of all, have fun!"

More Information: http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=50462#.US9dxzdGSM0[/url]
Copyright © artdaily.org
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Much Ado about Colour

It takes more knowledge of the color theory than a stroke of genius to put an attractive color palette together.  Is it more science than art or more art than science?  You decide.

  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's color wheel 

A thoughtful assortment of cushions make for a very colorful living room: 


Learn how to make a wreath like this:


I have not taken macarons for a while and these are so very tempting!


Stunning splashes of color:


I wonder if the colorful buildings in this lovely Italian town happened by chance or design:

Cinque Terre, Italy from Pixadaus


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Artist Love

Today I am honored to introduce two amazingly talented artists based here in tropical Singapore.


An artist who is very much inspired by nature, Agatha Hutton introduced me to oil painting, a world I thought would be dominated by geniuses and closed to ordinary souls.  Her talent is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and I very much adore her abstract paintings, which are incredibly magnetic with their bright pops of color against a diffused background.  Drop by here to learn and see more of her work.




Izzi seems to have done the impossible - combining two vastly different mediums - embroidery and penciled drawing - on the same canvas.  This first piece below draws me inexplicably.  You WILL want to see more of her work here.

 (All images are credited to the original artist - Izziyana Suhaimi)
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Matchy Matchy

I have to admit that rarely do I feel inspired to make matching sets, except at the request of my clients.  They always felt a little too matchy matchy (forgive the pun) for my taste.  Hop over to see the last set I made here.  Wow, how long ago was that?!

And just very recently, I had the chance to work at matching sets again.  A friend who brought the gorgeous Imperiale bracelet home several months ago had a request for matching earrings.  See the result below:




Shortly after, I received a request for a pair of earrings to be created in the same color palette as this pearl and gemstone bracelet - a birthday present made about two years ago.  I added a subtle twist to the earrings gemstone palette and it turned out pretty refreshing.  To my pleasant surprise, the earrings received lots of love when I first posted the picture at my Facebook page
 
 
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Black and White Inspiration :: Film Noir

Inspired by the black and white visual style of Film Noir...


Il Mare Atelier on Etsy and Artfire

 Source unknown



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