Sunday, December 2, 2007

Etsy Holiday Guide: Jewelry

The arm is still not great so unfortunately I can only tell you about a few of my favorites.

We'll start with starry designs, known for her adorable hand wrapped birds nest designs. I love the little Robins Nest Earrings with the sweet blue amazonite beads in a bed of silver wire. So darling!

When it comes to glassworks, LingGlass delivers. She's from Singapore and is a stay-at-home mom who also sells on Etsy. She's been working with glass jewelry for more than 10 years and is quite skilled with the soldering iron. She's also super-nice and friendly!

Another great glass jewelry designer is Fiery Lion Designs. Caryn is based in Milwaukee, WI. She's trained as a silversmith and has been making jewelry for the past 12 years. Her designs are simple, clean and perfect. My favorite item in her collection are the Irish Flowers set against a deep green glass backing.

For something a little funky and kitchy cute, check out Imogen. Aurora and her sister make adorable little pendants with fun prints and a resin topping. My favorite is her, "Hello, my name is..." line that might be available upon request.

For metalsmiths, I turn to Stamp. Clare Stoker-Ring's designs are simple, understated and oh-so-elegant. She brings together, "the bright colors of her native Africa and the sparkle of city lights in her adopted home." I love her Constellation Cuff with it's simple beautiful design. Also check out her Volcanic Blooms earrings, torch fired with red enamel and accented with fused 24kt gold.

For some high-end fabulousness, check out the famous (and fabulous) 1ofmykind. These gorgeous pieces have graced the necks and ears of a number of celebrities, including, Fergie, Jessica Alba, Christine Lakin, Kelly Monaco, Tracey Edwards, Marissa Miller, Jolie Fisher and Anne Heche to name a few. The unique metal wrapping is a technique that adds a vintage and organic feel.

For something high-end and classy, visit Passementerie.

Passementerie [pahs-mahn-tree]

* a decoration or adornment.
* ornate trimming of braid, cord, bead, etc.
* a collection of artisan fine jewelry.

All these pieces are made with gorgeous gemstones, beautiful sea pearls, sterling silver, and gold and platinum. Absolutely fabulous.

Be sure to check out the other editions of the Etsy Holiday Guide on
Chic&Charming!!! And remember, etsy sellers require extra time for holiday shipping.

Happy shopping!

Images for each of these shops were lifted from their etsy site

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