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


  1. Great write-up on Olga's work! Earrings rock!

  2. love olga's designs, especially her earrings :)

  3. what a great feature! She is very talented, for sure!

  4. Terry, thank you so much for such a great feature! xoxo