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!

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!

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!

Saul Bell Design Award

The Saul Bell Design competition is for jewelry designers around the world.  Presented by Rio Grande, the award is a challenge for designers to think outside the box and break through traditional methods of jewelry design.

I've entered my newest creation, the "Vanishing Point" necklace, made from fine and sterling silver wire and Tourmalinated Quartz.  Each and every component is hand made, including the individual chain links.  This piece is entered in the Silver/Argentium® Silver category.

Tourmalinated Quartz Necklace

The name "Vanishing Point" was inspired by the vanishing point technique in linear perspective drawing, where all lines converge toward the center.  I thought this Tourmalinated Quartz stone was perfect for this idea due to it's clear color with the tourmaline stranding, as the tourmaline crystals seem to "disappear" within the stone.

Wire Wrapped Necklace

Tourmalinated Quartz is a powerful stone for balance.  It is a great problem solver and can help turn negative thoughts and energies into positive ones.  It will aid in detoxification of the body and alleviate digestive issues.

Healing Quartz Jewelry

Grand prize is a $10,000 gift certificate to Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.  Finalists will be announced in November.  Keep your fingers crossed!

24th Annual Balloon Fiesta Art Show

Balloon Fiesta

I can't wait to see all the friendly faces at the Rio Grande Balloon Fiesta Show.

I will be in BOOTH C22 from October 12-14, 2012 with lots of new pieces for you to see!

Moldavite Necklace

Citrine Earrings

Moldavite ring

I've been working hard in the studio touching up my displays, too.  Here is a pic of the display for my hot air balloon pendants...  cool, huh?

hot air balloon

Come and visit my booth this weekend and enjoy the Balloon-dotted skies of Albuquerque!

Jewelry GIVEAWAY contest!

My husband and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Hawaii, on the island of Kauai.  I have never been so inspired by the beauty of the Earth and Ocean.

After a short and beautiful hike, we ended up at the "Secret Lava Pools" where the waves were crashing against the lava rock coast.  A sea turtle was somehow swimming among the waves right at the rock line.  So close it seemed I could reach out and touch him.  It was an amazing sight!

This pendant represents the sun, waves, lava rock coast, and turquoise color of the ocean, with the sea turtle swimming out from the waves.  I made it for the GIVEAWAY contest because I think everyone should enjoy the beauty of Kauai, especially in the form of jewelry.

sea turtle jewelry

ocean inspired jewelry

You could WIN this gorgeous Kauai-inspired pendant made of sterling silver-filled wire, sterling silver wire, lava rock, and apatite gemstone, laced on a sterling silver chain.

REQUIREMENTS TO WIN:

1. "LIKE" my facebook page

2. "SHARE" this on your own facebook page

3. JOIN my mailing list (4-6 emails per year, coupons!)

4. Answer this... Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? AND...Why is it so beautiful to you? (facebook comment or email to sabrinah@sabrinahsart.org)

ALL REQUIREMENTS must be met to win this pendant!  The winner will be selected on Friday, August 17th.  GOOD LUCK!

Building Display Walls

I've been inspired to build indoor walls for my next show, the Rio Grande Arts Festival in Albuquerque, NM.

I could never have done this without my lovely fiance... who is always so supportive of my visions.

Here are some pics of the beginning of our project.  It is a ton of work, but I'm expecting these walls to last a long, long time!

Our loot from Lowes

My studio is JUST big enough to work on the walls indoors.

Drake, the sawdust kitty.

This is one wall, nearly finished... still needs some extras for support, and paint of course!

Keep your Eyes peeled for the next set of pictures~

Accepted to Red-Dot Gallery!

My first exhibition!  Opening night is this Friday, December 9th from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.

Red-Dot Gallery

Four of my pieces are in the exhibit and will be displayed and available for purchase from December 9th through January 16th. 

I'm so excited!

Because of the "Winter Holiday" nature of the exhibit, I named the pieces after the season.  It's usually difficult for me to name pieces for some reason, but this time wasn't too bad.  A little help from friends, of course!

Aquamarine earrings

druzy ring

pearl jewelry

aquamarine necklace

Thanks for reading!  Oh, and one more thing... join my mailing list!

About Red-Dot Gallery:

Check out this awesome article by Mechele Hesbrook of SantaFe.com.

The article explains the motivation behind the gallery and it's founders,  as well as some information about the Santa Fe Community College.  GOOD READ!

Radical Jewelry Makeover... continued

Radical Jewelry Makeover was unbelievably fun.  It's a good thing that I always love a challenge or two.

The week-long event seemed like it would give me plenty of time-  Time, however, became the biggest challenge!  I planned to create at LEAST five pieces, which ended up being only two.  One of which was chosen for the exhibit and sale at the Wheelwright museum (YAY)!

Day one, Friday, began the assessment and sorting process.  All the donations were individually assessed based on the materials.  Of course there was tons of costume jewelry- some beautiful and some completely CRAZY but fun pieces.  Many people also donated precious metals, including sterling silver and gold.  This was exciting as much of it could be melted down to create completely new pieces.  Even with tons of help, the sorting process didn't end until 8:30 PM!  There were SO MANY donations!  THANK YOU, SANTA FE!

The jewelry was sorted based on categories such as, "looks like silver", "animals", "natural beads", etc.  Sorting was fun until I was sorting for MANY hours.  I swear I could see beads behind my eyelids as I was falling asleep that night!

Saturday was the kick-off symposium, which consisted of presentations by Christina and Susie (RJM, ethical metalsmiths), as well as several fantastic jewelers, jewelry teachers, and jewelry students from New Mexico.  I learned a great deal about the mining of precious materials, as well as ethical mining improvements and fair trade gemstones.  What a plethora of information!

Sunday was exciting- I got to choose the materials that I would use to make my pieces.  The categories of donations were separated into stations.  We split into groups of three and had 5  minutes to choose our items before switching to the next station.  Here is a picture of my loot...

Radical Jewelry Makeover
RJM selected items

The only possible way for me to see what I ACTUALLY had, was to disassemble it and organize it.

Radical Jewelry Makeover

So, then began the process of creating my pieces.  Challenge number two.

I wasn't used to dealing with base metals.

They are much harder and less forgiving, causing me to break two drill bits, one center punch, 3 saw blades (one went into my finger), and I ALMOST broke my dremel tool.

There were many ideas I had that just never worked out, which made me a little sad.

My first project was seemingly simple.  I decided to take a watch apart to use the frame as a sort of bezel.

Totally unexpected, drilling through the watch  to make a hole for the earring sent a tiny watch gear flying across the room like a ninja throwing star.

A bit scary.

This is what I ended up with...  Simple? Yes.  Easy? No.

Radical Jewelry Makeover

My second piece went a bit more smoothly.

I had a two-piece cuff bracelet that I sawed in half, and rolled in a rolling mill.

The mill turned the finish from a bright silver to a brushed tone, which looked beautiful.

Also included in this piece is a a piece of a chandelier earring, a pave crystal pendant, pieces to a brain-teaser game, a crystal post earring, a bezel from a ring, and a random crystal.

I attached the pieces with wire, as a main function of the piece is to be able to disassemble it easily if it would ever go through a process like this again.

I think it turned out pretty darn nice.

This is the piece that was chosen for the Wheelwright Museum exhibit and sale.  It was sold within 30 minutes of the opening event!

All-in-all the event was a huge success.  I had the great opportunity to do something good for the planet and meet lots of great people.

It was an amazing feeling to turn something unwanted into something beautiful, and see it SOLD at the exhibit.

I was asked by the filming crew to say three words that I felt described RJM.

1. "Important" - I feel that increasing awareness of mining processes and alternate methods of obtaining precious materials is crucial to the future of jewelry, as well as the future of the planet.

2. "Difficult" - LOTS of challenges to overcome when working with new materials and the pressure of completing projects in a weeks time.

3. "Fun" - Definitely FUN!  Who doesn't want to make jewelry around lots of other people who share such a similar passion?  Everyone created amazing pieces and I am honored to be a part of such an awesome group of jewelers!

LOVE YOU GUYS!  IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!

Radical Jewelry Makeover ~ What's in YOUR Jewelry Box?

Radical Jewelry Makeover... Have you heard of this?

Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) involves taking donations of people's unwanted jewelry, disassembling and sorting it, melting it down, and creating new, beautiful pieces for people to wear and cherish.

 I recently learned about this non-profit, action-oriented group of "ethical metalsmiths" at my silversmithing class.  In fact, Santa Fe will be the fifth location for RJM to take place, and we are very excited about it!

Beginning Friday this week I will be participating in this innovative event, which begins in the studio at the Santa Fe Community College.  Several professional jewelers will join the students to create beautiful new pieces from old, unwanted costume and fine jewelry that has been donated by the public.

After one week of studio-intense creating, the finished pieces will be displayed at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, available for sale to the public.

Check out this video for a detailed explanation of Radical Jewelry Makeover...

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Visit the Radical Jewelry Makeover Blog for the latest RJM news...

The amount of metals and gemstones being consistently mined is staggering.  I can't think of a better way to create awareness for the public, students, and professional  jewelers as to where our metals and stones come from, and how to better protect these precious materials.

I have been totally inspired by this group of jewelers.  It is a great feeling to know that there are people out there that still have respect for the Earth, and will take the appropriate action to make a difference.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to participate in this event, and proud to be a part of something so special.

Although creating jewelry from raw materials is my job, I will definitely be paying much closer attention as to where my materials come from, how they are extracted... and of course, I will be doing A LOT more recycling!

One great thing about Santa Fe  is that precious metals and other materials have been recycled as a way of jewelry making for hundreds of years.  Taking my silversmithing class has taught me how to recycle my silver scrap to create sterling sheet and wire, which I then use to create new designs.  Read my post, "A Day with Jerry Faires" for details as to how this is done.

Although I will never stop creating new jewelry, I am anxious to be a part of an event that will help save the planet, as well as set a good example to others in my profession.  Stay tuned for photos and updates from RJM Santa Fe!

This is my donation.... What's in YOUR jewelry box?

Radical Jewelry Makeover