Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stringing Magazine Spring 2010

The new issue of "Stringing" magazine is now on the newsstand. Danielle Fox, the editor of "Stringing" and her staff did an outstanding job. This magazine is packed full of beautiful necklace, earring and bracelet designs. I love the cover necklace designed by Danielle entitled "May Day". The necklace is fashion forward with a retro 70's vibe. Also, check out the statement jewelry feature "The Bigger, The Better". Artist Wendy Baker dazzles us with chunky floral jewelry. Her work is stunning.

I have three projects in this issue. The first is in the feature "Take Two" written by Michelle Mach. I was honored to be in the company of Danielle, Michelle, Molly Schaller and Andrew Thornton. Our challenge was to redesign a necklace that we did not like. My design went from frumpy to fantastic.

I usually name all my Jewelry designs after someone special. My second design is named after my son Garrett's teacher Jane Mills. Mrs. Mills room number is 6B, so I thought it would be a cute play on words to name the necklace "Jane's Six Bees". Garrett was very excited that I named the piece after her! The beautiful lampwork beads are made by Kerri Fuhr. Her artistic ability & craftsmanship are second to none. She is one of my favorite lampwork artists. The third Necklace "On Judy's Wing" is named after my Mother in law. Judy was the person who encouraged me to send my first design to "Stringing" Magazine, which ultimately made the cover in Fall 2007.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Very Random - Dangles and Ducks

I can't believe it is already February 16th! Where has the time gone? I have been super busy with the kids (school, baseball, etc). Trying to fit in enough time to design jewelry, take pictures, upload items to Etsy and write blog posts is a full time job. So today I decided to title my post "Very Random". No specific theme today.

I love these Circa 1899 earrings I bought off of Ebay last year. They are very elegant and romantic. Speaking of Ebay, hasn't this site just killed the "Mom and Pop" antique stores? Nothing to me is more enjoyable than going antiquing! Being able to hold a item and examine it first hand is so much more exciting than looking at a picture on a website. For this reason, it is hard for me to buy beads off a website.

The first week of March is rapidly approaching! This is an exciting time at the Moore family household. It marks the return of my two wild Mallard ducks. For the past three years two Mallards have adopted our house from March until late August. This is a strange event because we do not have a pool. Each year I stock up on the bird food (my ducks do not like fowl food i.e., corn meal) and enjoy my ducks sitting under the tree in our front yard! I know, I'm a geek!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Georgian & Victorian Seed Pearl Jewelry

Back in the 90's before I started to design jewelry, I longed to be an antique appraiser. I love
all types of antiques and collectibles. I wanted to be able to value and date my fabulous finds. My collections consist of sterling & plated silver, brilliant cut glass, furniture and of course jewelry. To achieve this goal I attended the College of Appraisers in Placentia, CA (I believe the school is no longer located there. The owners have since passed away). It took me two years to complete the appraiser certificate program. Although I do not appraise for a living, the knowledge gained attending the classes were priceless!

Seed Pearl Jewelry was handmade during the last quarter of the 18th century to the end of the
19th century. A seed pearl is a natural pearl that weighs less than a quarter of a grain. The diameter is less than 2 mm. Can you imagine someone drilling a hole in these tiny treasures? A mother of pearl backing is used to attach the pearls with blond horse hair. The result is a absolutely gorgeous work of art. Dating these pieces can be hard. Dating clues include style and size of the piece. During the mid 19th century clothing became fuller and heavier, so the styles of jewelry became fuller with more open spaces.

The photos included in my blog today are pieces from my personal collection. Because of their style, I believe these beauties are from the Georgian Era. This era dates back to the mid 18th century. If you look closely at the back, you will see the horse hair that was used to attach the tiny pearls.

The following are links on how to become an antique appraisers: Asheford Institute of Antiques and eHow.com.
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