Friday, October 29, 2010

Among the Muses

Two amazing, inspiring women for my new pieces, The last Queen of France - Marie Antoinette & Countess of Castiglione - Virginia Oldoini.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Goodbye My Sweet

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Earrings heading to a new home... :D

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Lulu Frost

{photo source: Elle.com}

I love her collection. It has the vintage feel combines with a modern twist. Lisa Salzer also known as Lulu named her jewelry line Lulu Frost after name and her grandmothers name Elizabeth Rock Frost who was also in the jewelry business, so it seems talent runs in the family.

Her collection has been featured in a variety of internationally known magazine including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Glamour and many more others.

Her collections have very unique styles as they are inspired from a variety of sources from the Victorian era until the present. She uses unique materials such as lost room numbers from the Plaza Hotel, ancient chandeliers, rare Victorian charms and other antique pieces to create some of the most interesting jewelry designs.

For more of her collection please visit her website HERE.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Precious for my precious

Rhodochrosite AAA quality oval cabochon

Amazonite AAA quality oval cabochon

Two beautiful gemstones for my next creation. :D

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Monday, October 25, 2010

My Inspiration

Mademoiselle Victorine, Debra Finerman's first novel set against the backdrop of 1860 Paris, where the Impressionist in art begins. It tells the story of Victorine Laurent, a young girl who rises up from poverty to become the premier, if infamous, courtesan of her time. She is the composite of two fascinating women of that time, Manet's model Victorine Meurent and the tempestuous courtesan, the Countess of Castiglione.

Victorine Meurent, model & muse of Edouard Manet

Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

Although fictional, the history details have been researched which lends a strong sense of truth to the tale.

Two of the paintings by Edouard of Victorine Meurent which are included in the plot of the book:

Olympia

Luncheon On The Grass

For my next creation, inspired by her divine beauty, The Countess of Castiglione will be my main inspiration for a gorgeous gorgeous earrings. This will take time as I have to wait for my beautiful gems to arrive. So stay tuned dolls!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mademoiselle Victorine

Today I was experimenting with bead caps. And the result was... Mademoiselle Victorine Earrings. These bead caps are rather tiny. Although they're quite small and dainty, they look amazingly alluring and very seductive on the ear lobes.

Comprises of a single gorgeous Amethyst Rondelles and a drop of luscious purple Chalcedony Fat Briolette adorned with intricate handcrafted bead caps.

{Available here: Mademoiselle Victorine}

To be a true coquette, you must be willing at any point to leave. Thus, the object of your seduction will want to possess you all the more.

~ Duchess Victorine Laurent De Lyon

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Bedknobs & Broomsticks

Love this spread from LULA magazine (Fall/Winter 2008) photographed by the gorgeous Ellen Von Unwerth - my favorite photographer.

As the Halloween approaches, I had no clue of what to wear to my coming Halloween party. Perhaps I'll dress up as a witch? Well, not the spooky looking ones but a modish one.

I particularly love the last picture where model Audrey Marnay posed in an exquisite looking little black lacey dress with dramatic eyes, her hair parting in the middle, slightly wavy and a tiny witch hat as the hair accessory. How adorable is that?

And oh... this look looks amazing with my Tangled Spell She Weaves slave bracelet don't you think? ;)

So tell me, what are you going to dress up this Halloween?

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Tangled Spell She Weaves

Another simply bewitching slave bracelet design not for the shy! The wire wrapped centerpiece is extremely gorgeous, set against the dark, mysterious color palette of black and vitrail medium Swarovski crystals.

Available here: Tangled Spell She Weaves Slave Bracelet

P/S: I had so much fun doing the photoshoot with my lovely niece, although I'm still working on my shutterbug techniques.

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