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?

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

Man O'War

I am always inspired by the ocean as well as it's creatures.  There is something truly magical and elusive about them.  My latest piece was inspired by this photo of the Man O'War Jellyfish.  Beautifully deadly.

I chose the Larimar gemstone for this design due to it's properties as well as it's gorgeous blue color.  I believe I was able to capture the liquid movement of the Man O'War by using chain and thick guage wire to create the "tentacles."

Larimar is a stone that is said to bring one closer to the ocean by opening channels of communication with ocean creatures.  It also brings peace and tranquility to the wearer.

Like a Man O'War lures it's prey, Larimar continues to lure me in with it's gorgeous blue hues and lightning-like patterns.  A perfect gemstone for this creation.

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The Pleiades

My newest bangle is inspired by the Pleiades, a cluster of 7 stars in the constellation Taurus.

Pleiades resides in our galaxy, and is approximately 500 light years away from Earth.

The Pleiadians, an ancient, human-like race originating from Pleiades, discovered Earth during space exploration.

They entered our cycle and stayed with us through many of our world's transformations, guiding us to a more spiritual path.

This bangle has seven stars, representing the Pleiades cluster.  Included are 3 stars made from Blue Zircon gemstone briolettes.

Blue Zircon is said to stimulate all chakras and open the doorway to higher realms. It energizes psychic abilities and allows one to easily identify and accept spiritual guidance.

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Super Special Celestial Bangle

My Super Special Celestial Bangle

by Kimberly Becker Long on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 7:25pm

This beautiful Celestial Bangle was specifically created and personalized just for me.  The creator of this masterpiece, Sabrinah McCaffery, accepted the challenge of piecing together a unique design based on my interests and needs. After discussing my request with Sabrinah, this is the email she sent me about her ideas.

I can’t tell you how eager I am to create this piece of jewelry  for you.  I believe that gemstones contain very strong healing energy to those who will accept it.  YOU are the reason I love creating jewelry and I know that I can make something that will be very meaningful to you.

I have a small rainbow moonstone gem that has a face carved into it.  It is quite interesting and I think you could benefit from having moonstone as a part of your jewelry.   It will help you unite with your inner goddess as well as keep you calm. Moonstone soothes emotional instability and stress and provides deep emotional healing... not to mention it focuses on alleviating disease related to the female reproductive system.  It also helps to eliminate toxins, and is an excellent aid for conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and breast feeding

It is highly energized and activated during a full moon, which I am sure you will find interesting.  From what I’ve read about moonstone, you may want to leave it in the moonlight during the full moon as opposed to wearing it during this time.  It will give it time to “recharge.”

I immediately thought of this stone after reading your story as well as your interests... However, I did not realize that moonstone contained so many qualities relating to your request.  These “coincidences” (although I believe them to be “intentions”) make me feel that I am doing what I am meant to do with my life.  Thinking back, I truly feel that when I purchased this stone it was meant for you- I just didn’t know it at the time.  I am so glad that it has found it’s way to you!

My idea is to incorporate this stone into your bracelet as the actual moon-  with some stars surrounding it.  I was thinking I would use blue zircon for the stars.  Blue zircon is a vibrant teal blue, but also has transparency.  Zircon is known for it’s healing properties.  It should help you overcome your loss and make way for a new beginning.  Specifically blue zircon balances, uplifts, and stabilizes the mind and emotions.

Just reading Sabrinah's ideas moved me to tears.  I was so touched that she was willing to take the time to design a masterpiece specifically for me.  Sabrinah sent me pictures of the completed bangle and I was once again moved to tears.  I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect!

My bracelet arrived in the mail today, beautifully packaged I might add, and I couldn't be more pleased!  When I placed the bangle on my wrist, it felt like it was meant just for me.  It fits perfectly, and feels so wonderful against my skin; I can barely tell it's there.  The bracelet is so stunning, I can't help but continue to look at it on my wrist.  I look forward to the healing and soothing powers of the stones Sabrinah specifically chose to meet my needs.  I am so touched, I can hardly find the words to describe it.

If you are looking for "that" piece of jewerly for yourself, or someone special, I highly recommend the artistic and creative talents of Sabrinah's Artisan Adornments!  God has blessed her with a wonderful gift and she is using it to do wonderful things.

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Kim,

I wish I could express to you how absolutely amazing your story is to me.  I am honored to have been selected to create this jewelry for you.

Thank you for believing in me, and in my art as a form of healing.  I am sure that your bangle and gemstones will bring you great joy, not only through their beauty against your skin, but also for the benefits they will give to you freely.

I have a strong feeling that they will exceed your expectations.  I look forward to hearing some very good news from you!

~Sabrinah