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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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!

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.

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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!

A Love Message Etched in Silver

I recently expanded my skill set by learning a technique called etching.

Etching on sterling silver is not a difficult process.  It does, however, require some practice as well as the collection of the proper materials.

I found that using "press-n-peel" paper worked best for the design transfer onto the metal.  I am lucky enough to live close to a specialty photography store where I was able to purchase ferric nitrate (the etching chemical) in a small amount. Combined with this extremely informative video, the etching project was a success!

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In this case, the etched design was a message borrowed from a love poem, later read during a vow renewal ceremony in Hawaii (Yes, I attended).

The etched ring was created as part of wedding/vow renewal ring set for two very dear friends, now married for 10 years!  Because this particular love poem was so important to the couple, you can imagine how THRILLED I was to be able to make this work.

Here are some photos of the etching process and the finished ring for the groom-

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etched silver ring

etched silver ring

The ring for the bride was created by weaving sterling and fine silver wire to set a large london blue topaz and two cubic zirconias.  The resulting piece is one of the nicest pieces of jewelry I've ever made.

This design has inspired many new ideas.

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The vow renewal ceremony was beyond gorgeous, on the beach of Hanalei, HI on the island of Kauai.  The weather was perfect, the ocean a beautiful turquoise, and even a rainbow appeared over the water.  True magic.

I am so thankful to be a part of this couple's continuing love by creating the rings they will be wearing for years to come.

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.

The Pleiades
The Pleiades
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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~

A Tiger Lilly = Inspiration

The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.

One thing I've always remembered about this summertime celebration is that Tiger Lillies are in full bloom.

These flowers are a fabulous vibrant orange that can create fields of color.

I realize we are in the middle of winter, but doesn't this necklace just remind you of a hot summer day, maybe fireworks to follow?  Who ISN'T thinking about warm weather right now?  I know I am...

Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly Necklace
Tiger Lilly Necklace

Holiday Creations...

I was so blessed this Christmas season with lots of business! 

Thank you, fans, for your loyalty and support!

Take a look at my Holiday Creations.

Wire wrapped bracelet

Gold wire bracelet

Larimar Necklace

Laboradorite Necklace

Laboradorite Necklace

Green Gemstone Jewelry

Chrysoprase wire wrapped necklace

Sabrinah's Artisan Adornments

Blue Gemstone pendant

Sabrinah's Artisan Adornments

Ohm Necklace

Sabrinah's Art

So, the season kept me busy!  

I have LOTS more to come. 

I've re-vamped a few of my "vintage" pieces and I'm working on a pair of druzy earrings that I'm sure you'll love. 

Stay tuned for more photos!

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