Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stunning Handmade Earrings at OV Gillies Designs

Hi ... I'm back with some more great handcrafted earrings to show you! This time I'm showing off some beauties by OVGilliesDesigns, another of my JET friends. Olga, the jewelry artisan and owner of the business creates her handmade jewelry on an island in Scotland, and finds her inspiration all around her! She works mostly in sterling, and a lot of it is oxidized silver.

When she designs, this jewelry maker uses a lot of pretty art glass beads, great quality gemstones and sparkly crystal in her earrings, necklaces and pendants. The hoop earrings shown in the first picture (on the left) have gorgeous teal and raspberry colored Czech glass flowers dangling from hand formed sterling silver ear wires.

They're about 2" top to bottom ... I just love the glass flowers! These earrings are a nice spring color and they'll go very well with jeans ...

I love blue, and these Lapis Lazuli Deep Blue Indigo Smooth Large Wire Wrapped Briolette Earrings in Bright Sterling Silver would satisfy my blue cravings. The royal blue color is fit for a queen and these have just the right amount of pyrite in them ... they really do look like a beautiful night sky!

The lapis stones are nicely wrapped and in a very secure way so these earrings are made to last through a lot of wear. The sterling silver shepherd's hook style wires were handmade by the artisan.

These are fine quality lapis lazuli and sterling silver earrings that will compliment your most beautiful dress, but they're casual enough in style that they would also be nice for everyday wear!
Yellow is a great summer color. It looks fabulous with a great summer tan, and just seems at home on the beach. The beads in these hot, summery earrings are so yellow they look like they could be miniature lemons!

The Bunches of Lemons, Yellow Jade Cluster Drop on Long Sterling Earrings are a bright, pure yellow! These pretty clusters each have 3 individually wrapped vivid yellow jade beads dangling from long silver hook ear wires that were made by Olga in her studio.

Of course I love pearls and I think these PINK SMOKE, Keishi Pearls, Smoky Quartz Cluster Earrings are stunning!

The subtle pink color looks perfect with the flat, deep charcoal color of the silver. The smoky quartz gives them a bit of sparkle and really compliments the color of the oxidized silver as well.

The pearls have a lustrous appearance. The unusual and unique baroque shapes of the freshwater pearls give these earrings a very interesting and fashionable look.

That's it for today! Please visit my friend Olga's shop or her jewelry website and pick up some great earrings. I hope you enjoyed your visit ... and I'll be back with more earrings soon!
Terry Salimbene AKA The Earring Queen is a proud member of the Jewelry on Etsy Team - JET. She is a jewelry designer New York City with many years experience in the jewelry trade, specializing in handcrafted earrings. This article may be reproduced provided it contains this author's statement and all links remain intact. ©2010 Terry Salimbene

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fabulous Earrings at
ArtMadeByTammy's Shop!

Luminous Earrings on Sterling SilverThis week I'm featuring earrings in ArtMadeByTammy, a really cool Etsy shop! Tammy is an artisan who makes fabulous jewelry, and her earrings are really special. I love the variety she offers, and could write pages about them, but ... I guess I'll have to choose ... so I'll start with the lovlies on the left, the Luminous Earrings on Sterling Silver. These dangles are made with 8mm round Czech glass crackle beads and sterling silver ear wires. If you know about Czech glass beads, you know these are fantastic, sparkly beads that will catch the light and glitter every time you move. Tammy put them on silver wire and made a tightly wrapped loop at the top, so they're very well made, then hung them onto very modern French style ear wires. They'll dangle about 1 1/4" from your ears; and the best part is they're on SALE! You can give them a new home for only $12.00.

Its springtime, and there's no better time for flowers! These pretty blue glass blooms are gorgeous, and they go so well with jeans. The Marvelous Marbleized Blue Rose Lampwork Sculpted Earrings would be a great addition to your collection! The flower beads are handmade and they're pretty big - 14mm wide x 10mm tall. Tammy combined them with Swarovski crystal beads and sterling silver parts to make these pretty dangles. The ear wires are extra long - they are 34mm long and 13mm wide - and they'll hang about 2 1/4" from the ear. These fabulous earrings are $28.00!
The spectacular earrings on the left are made with Fire Cherry Quartz. This is actually a kind of art glass; the multifaceted beads sparkle in just about any kind of light. The pink colored Swarovski crystal bicone beads add a nice, sparkling touch. The faceted fire cherry quartz beads are 12mm x 8mm; with the sterling silver ball and post stud ear wires they dangle approximately 1" from the ear. This fashionable pair of dangle earrings will match with many colors, so they're very versatile. I know it soulds hard to believe, but you could call these Fire Cherry Quartz and Swarovski Crystal on Sterling Silver Post Earrings your own for just $18.00!
This next pair is really different! They're Tammy's gorgeous
Clear Teardrop Prism Earrings. One look and you can see why she named them that way -they really do act like a prism, breaking light up into a rainbow of colors. These amazing art glass earrings are beautiful and you know they'll be noticed by everyone around you! These are large glass dangles; they are 30mm long x 20mm wide without the ear wires. This designer chose fancy 39mm long platinum plated ear wires that are nickel - free, so there won't be any allergy worries while you're wearing them. They're almost 2 1/2" long and they could be dangling from YOUR ears for the amazingly low price of just $25.00!
Next are ... the Waves Blown Glass Earrings! This pair is nice and light ... because the beads are hollow! These are hand blown, with a vivid cobalt blue color. They have a fantastic wave pattern - with white swirls going around the beads! The beads themselves are quite large at 20mm, and Tammy added bead caps with small round beads at the bottom to dress them up. They're securely wrapped at the top with a nice hand formed loop. These pretty blue glass beads are suspended from large 40mm oval ear wires, and they will hang about 2 3/4" from your ear. These are simply beautiful! They could easily become one of your favorite pair, because earrings like these are suitable for casual wear with jeans - and they'll look just as good with a business suit or a nice dress. They aren't just beautiful - they are a great buy at only $12.00!

OK ... I've got one more pair that I have to include today! This is a very different, one of a kind pair you definitely won't find anywhere else! Tammy's Precious Metal Art White Tulip Flower Earrings are an altered - art pair of earrings, and you'll get lots of compliments and comments about them! Tammy hand painted the silver petals with white enamel, and added three dangles with crystal bicone beads to each flower. Matching crystals are at the top; in between are hand oxidized silver petal bead caps. They've been coated in clear epoxy resin for a durable, shiny finish, and they hang from sterling silver ear wires. These will hang about 2 1/4" from the ear, and they're just spectacular! A true artisan made pair of earrings, they should cost a lot more than the $30.00 price!
That's it for today. Please check out Tammy's shop for more artisan made jewelry; she has a full line of wonderful necklaces and pendants, hair accessories, beaded bookmarks and much more!