Monday, July 8, 2013

Weekly(ish) update - June 7th - July 7

Well, I went to the gem show I mentioned in my last post. It was a bit of a bust. While it was mostly wholesale finished fine jewelry, it also had a lot of decently priced beads and a lot of expensive (but probably still decently priced) faceted stones. My storage boxes are already overflowing with gemstone beads, so I wasn't really in the market for those and while the sparkly diamonds caught my eye, they certainly weren't in my budget! (Or in my skill set quite yet...) So other than a box of cotton filled jewelry boxes, I walked out empty handed. Oh well... 

I did have a chance to sit down this weekend and make some new earrings. Sometimes I sketch out a design idea and then have to toss the idea completely out the window when I actually try to make it, but with this set of earrings, my drawn design worked out perfectly! Love it when that happens.

Ornate Malachite and Sterling Silver Earrings - available in my Etsy shop!
Isn't that malachite awesome? I think its the perfect color match for the Pantone color of the year (emerald green).

I also made a simpler pair of earrings with some nice London Blue Topaz beads I found.

London Blue Topaz and Sterling Silver Earrings - available in my Etsy shop!
That's about it for what I've been doing at my jewelry desk. It's a bit of a slow period for me, which is good because as I mentioned before my mother-in-law and brother-in-law are staying with us and we have been taking them sight seeing and shopping.

I did just get a package with some pretty new cabochons, so I'll try to keep the updates coming whenever I make something new!

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