The Jewelry Empress of the Oscars

My personal favorite wasScarlett Johansson

S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.

Scarlett's emerald dress by Versace and edgy haircut formed the perfect canvas for the Piaget Mediterranean Garden ear cuff set in 18k pink gold.  The cuff contains five pear-shaped emeralds, four pear-shaped aquamarines, two pear-shaped green tourmalines, and 278 brilliant-cut diamonds. WOW.

Her birthstone is Topaz, just in case you were wondering.

What I loved about the cuff is that it completed an asymmetric look with the simple stud in her right ear.  Balanced asymmetric designs draw attention- the good kind- and are hard to achieve.  This look hit the mark.

Way to go Scarlett! You are the Jewelry Empress of the Oscars this year.

 

Inspiration for NY Fashion Week, 2014

Here we go again!

There has been so much happening in the studio that I've barely been keeping my head above water. As you might have noticed, this is the first post in many months!

The studio has moved twice in the past 8 months and I am happy to say that we are here to stay- at our new home in Fort Worth. The studio is up, ready, and rocking, and there are LOTS of designs on the bench.

Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler was invited to participate in NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2014 with Emerging Trends. This group put on an amazing runway show at Boston Fashion Week last October, and I am proud to be a part of their debut in NYC this September.

The date is coming up quick and there is lots to do, as usual. I've decided to make some huge, bold, stop-you-in-your-tracks, off-the-wall pieces that will grab attention from the front to back row of spectators at the show. I have some great new ideas that include a lot of agate and a mixture of precious metals, including some GOLD. There will be lots of metallic stones like hematite and pyrite, and some copper as well since I have been so recently captivated by its beauty. Copper may not technically be a precious metal, but is precious in my books!

Keeping me company in the studio has been the history channel, with many shows about space exploration. This is an interest of mine and has been great inspiration for some of my latest pieces, including this "Lunar Eclipse" pendant with a gorgeous green Amber gem.

"Lunar Eclipse" pendant in Amber by Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler
"Lunar Eclipse" pendant in Amber by Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler

I plan to be more active here on my blog and website, so please keep watch as my newest ideas and pieces take form!

Ruby-licious!

Happy Birthday, July!Let's celebrate the beauty of the Ruby, your birthstone and one of the most popular gemstones on the planet.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says, "Ruby?"

Is it the infamous Ruby Slippers?  The gemstone's bold, red-magenta color?  Maybe you think of your Valentine, or get those fiery feelings of love and passion?

Whatever you feelings or thoughts, it's interesting to know that Rubies have held a place in human history for thousands of years.  The ancient Egyptians held rubies in the highest regards and placed them in the crowns of their Pharaohs.

The deep red color of a Ruby makes the stone look bigger than it actually is, which may have been one of the many reasons why ancient people believed so strongly in a Ruby's medicinal powers.  Ancient medical writings from India suggest that rubies cured diseases of the digestive tract.

Burmese warriors carried Rubies INSIDE their skin to protect them from being slain in battle.  Many other cultures still view rubies as a symbol of peace, and believe that wearing a ruby on the left side of the body prevents conflict when among enemies.

Burmese Rubies are the most prized, but new deposits of Ruby are still being found. Rubies that have recently been found in Vietnam are so much like Burmese Rubies that they are believed to have been formed by the same geological event.

Carrying or wearing a Ruby can make it easier to focus on the task at hand, bringing clarity and wisdom.  Placing a Ruby under your pillow will help you to have lucid dreams, many times overcoming fears as your conscious and subconscious minds connect.

Rubies are thought to be the best stone to detoxify the blood, improve circulation, fight infection, and offer protection from disease.

Contact me to place a custom order for your new Ruby jewelry.

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Super Moon

Are you ready for the Super Moon?  On June 23rd, 2013 we will have one.  A big one.

A Super Moon occurs when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are in alignment, and when the moon is at perigee.  Perigee is the moon's closest point to Earth within it's orbit.  In one year there is an average of 5 Super Moons, but this Super Moon is particularly special.

On June 23rd, the full moon will occur only 22 minutes after the moon reaches perigee, the closest the moon will be to Earth not only this month, but also for this entire year.  It will be and ENORMOUS full moon, VERY close to Earth, and therefore VERY powerful.

Now is the best time to recharge your gemstones!  Cleanse them in running water first, then place them in the light of the Super Moon.

As you probably know, the moon is responsible for the ebb and flow of tidal waters.  During a Super Moon, the tides are effected even more, rising higher and falling lower.  Being that the human body is up to 60% water, don't be surprised if this Super Moon has an affect on you and those around you, heightening emotions.

This Super Moon has been on my mind and has inspired this reticulated silver "Super Moon" pendant.

Super Moon
Super Moon

This Super Moon is a phenomenon that should not be missed.  The best time to view the Super Moon is when it's closest to the horizon, giving the amplified illusion that it's even LARGER.   It will rise in the East at sunset.

Let's keep our fingers crossed for clear skies.  Happy viewing!

Fall in Love with Earth

Happy Earth Day!Earth is a huge inspiration when creating jewelry.  The colors, textures, plants and animals that share our planet provide a continuous supply of imagery and beauty.  By taking time to study the details that surround me,  I find that the Earth activates my creative realm- a place where possibilities are endless, especially in jewelry.

Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings
Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings

This year I've decided to grow a vegetable garden to gain inspiration and life-balance through growing plants.  With the help of my husband, I built two raised garden beds.  I decided to paint them a vibrant purple, which is not only my favorite color, but also a color of healing and tranquility. I know my garden will help me discover new things about myself as well as rekindle my appreciation for the Earth.  It will feel great to get my hands in the dirt and be invigorated by the beauty of growth.

Sabrinah's Art, raised beds
Sabrinah's Art, raised beds

Life has a way of wrapping up our minds which makes it easy to forget about living in the moment.  Earth has a way of slowing things down, so we can take time to remember that we are actually alive. The Earth loves us, and it never stops giving.  Every gemstone in every piece of jewelry you own originated from the Earth and vibrates with it's energy.

Our planet is taken for granted, easily neglected and most of the time just plain disregarded, but there is no way we could survive without it.  How about we try making Earth a priority?  With all the craziness of everyday work and errands, it's not practical to constantly think about protecting the Earth.  However, we can at least make an effort to increase the time we spend loving the Earth, and in turn, loving life.

Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace
Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace

This Earth Day, make Earth your first priority.  Plant something GREENRecycle everything you can.  Give new life to something old so it can be reusedSLOW DOWN and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a sunset, the smell of rain, the feeling of the sand between your toes, the detail in a simple leaf.  Watch a colony of ants as they work together to accomplish an impossible task while leaving no "soldier" behind.

Our Earth is truly amazing and Earth Day is a celebration of it's glory.

Thank you, Earth.  I am forever indebted to you and your endless beauty.  I simply can't live without you!

Happy Earth Day! Let's celebrate with a sale...  30% off all GREEN jewelry in my shop: Use GREEN30 at checkout!

Diamonds ~ Celebrate the Richness of the Self

Diamonds, known as a symbol of love, are also the official birthstone for April.

Diamonds are made of pure carbon.  They are not only the hardest gemstone on Earth, but also the hardest mineral.  Clear diamonds are the most popular, but the demand for colored diamonds is growing as people are being captivated by the beauty of blue, pink, yellow, and chocolate diamonds.

The "4 C's," know as Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat, together determine the value of individual stones.  "Clarity" is the word used to describe a diamond's level of flawlessness.  A flawless diamond is very rare, especially as the size of the stone increases.  Not to worry, if you have a diamond with a flaw, it can actually be a good thing.

Think of that "flaw" as a "characteristic" of your diamond.  It is like a fingerprint and is a great way to identify your stone.  If you know where this characteristic lies within your diamond, you can be sure that your diamond never gets switched when you take your ring in to have it cleaned or repaired.  Funny business avoided.

It should be no surprise that diamonds symbolize love, but they also symbolize purity, innocence, and faithfulness.  A diamond can be used to enrich one's sense of purpose and overall well being.  They increase the vibration of all stones in their vicinity, making them even more of a treasure.

Sabrinah's Art, Custom Wedding Jewelry
Sabrinah's Art, Custom Wedding Jewelry

A diamond can lesson jealousy, bring abundance, and provide a path to resolve problems using a positive approach.  These are great attributes for an engagement ring, as well as any jewelry for those lucky April birthdays out there.  Enjoy your jewelry!

To celebrate April birthdays, I am extending a site-wide 15% coupon.  Use code  DIAMOND15 at checkout and save on every purchase through April.

Interested in custom wedding jewelry?  Visit my WEDDINGS page!