Windows to the Past

I've finally finished my first fall piece. I'm running a little behind schedule! This piece is made with all natural baltic amber. I've been hoarding my amber for years. There is so much fake stuff out there, I'm afraid to buy anymore!

Baltic Amber is one of my very favorite stones. But its not really a stone, its fossilized resin (tree sap!). It estimated at being at least 50 Million years old though it could very well be older.

The pendant features a gorgeous green amber cab. Green amber is my very favorite kind of amber. I've used honey nuggets and butterscotch nuggets as well. The butterscotch nuggets are particularly special - they are half opaque and half translucent - something you don't see every day.

In between the honey nuggets, I've used fine silver hill tribe nuggets. There are also ornate bali beads through out and a bali clasp.

Wedding Baubles

One of my closest friends, Shell is getting married in the fall. She is wearing one of the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen! Since she lives in Australia, I had to design the jewels from a picture of the dress. I've always wanted to design wedding baubles. Of course, I have before but nothing like this. Shell generously gave me complete creative control! I got to pick out everything which is what I love best. For the earrings, I've wrapped tiny, micro faceted smoky quartz around the delicate turkish silver filigree earwires. I bezel set the sparkly faceted garnets to resemble a abstract flower shape. 

The focal of the necklace is a pendant bezel set with 29 sparkly faceted garnets - though I did not set it. The necklace is made with micro faceted smoky quartz and faceted garnet. There are bali sterling silver beads sprinkled through out. 

Here is Shell's beautiful dress, I can't wait to see the wedding pics!

Thank you so much Shell, I hope you like your baubles!

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