Sunday, August 25, 2013

No Diamonds for Ursula

I’m into braids lately. Somehow, they reminded me so much of the old school charms. Back in the days where I and a few of my friends used to make braided bracelets and exchanged them as friendship bracelets. Not only do braided jewelries are fun to make, they are pleasingly playful to one's eye and perks-up any less ordinary looking jewelries. For this next piece, I’m using high quality DMC embroidery floss or cotton floss and braided 3 different shades of color. 

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As the piece was done, I couldn’t be more pleased with my choice. The material seems to compliment each other quite well. 
The middle centerpiece is made of a marvelous Pink Opal Sabrina West German Vintage sew-on with Pacific Blue Opal and Aurora Borealis rhinestones, glued and wire-wrapped to deep purple (eggplant) leather suede backing.


All metal used are antique brass and adorned with lots of gorgeousness from sparkling Swarovski crystals & rhinestones.

This jewel-hued slave bracelet is a newly addition to the Libertine Collection, available here.

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All you have to do is follow my blog and be the first one to comment in this post: “I’m feeling lucky” followed by your name and email address. A coupon code will be sent to you via your email address. Use that coupon upon purchasing. This coupon has no expiry date, so it’s a one time offer to that one lucky person.

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Happy shopping…

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Le Jardin Secret

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Le Jardin Secret Earrings was inspired by the founding event of Marie Antoinette's signature scent...the Black Jade. I combine different techniques in the process of making as to create different texture and details. 

On the crown sets a very intricate wire-works handcrafted from sterling silver 925, dotted with a peach rhinestone and wire-wrapped to a purple eggplant colored leather backing. The centerpiece is made of a captivating Starlight Octagon Swarovski rhinestone. The stone is vintage and heated to give an amazing sparkling effect. Circling around the stone are White Opal Swarovski and clear glass rhinestone chains. All the precious rhinestones have been glued with a strong adhesive.

Below the two Vintage Rose Swarovski bicone crystals is a marquise shape rhinestone embellishment decked with a tiny white vintage Howlite cabs, braided beige silk floss, pure silver and 18K gold thread surrounded with Pacific Blue Swarovski rhinestone chain.


Lenght : 2.7" (from top of ear-wires)

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All metals used in the making are of sterling silver 925 except for the rhinestones which are set in brass setting.

The Black Jade

The Black Jade by Lubin (2011)

 Marie Antoinette was initially loved by the people for her charm and beauty. She became an international symbol of decadent luxury and had a valuable impact on not just fashion and French couture but also in the art of perfumery.

In the late eighteen century, Jean-Louis Fargeon, the royal perfumer created the opulent, no-expenses-spared fragrance exclusively for her as an ode to her beloved Le Petit Trianon gardens which is a lush floral blend of rose-jasmine and bergamot-spiked scent.

The queen kept the perfume with her at all times, even during her imprisonment in the Temple Tower of Paris, carrying it in a midnight colored jade vial. Shortly before her death, she gave the vial to her most trusted confidant, Marquise de Tourzel and the flask remains in the possession of de Tourzel’s descendant to this day, safeguarded in the family’s Burgandy Chateau.

Pierre Lubin, who was the perfumer apprentice, paid a closer attention to the formula for this elixir. The formula was kept in Lubin’s archives under the name “Jardin Secret” and was discovered centuries later by the house current owner, Gilles Thevenin, who believed it to be the queen’s scent and restored its original name, aptly named The Black Jade, a name passed down from a confidant.

However the fragrance would smell like, I'm sure it is as deliciously extravagant as you would expect from a queen notorious for her lavish tastes. The history itself was rather fascinating and aspiring, initially the inspiration for my next piece...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pink Diamonds In The Sky Rhinestone Sterling Silver Earrings

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Pink Diamonds In The Sky
Pink Diamonds In The Sky showcased a dazzling array of rhinestones, gems and crystals in nuances of pretty pink. This piece was made exclusively in one of a kind design and meticulously hand crafted.

The earring post is made of sterling silver (925) and adorned with spectacular pink mystic topaz oval bead... real topaz in excellent quality!

Suspended from the post are strands of luxurious hand dyed silk floss named Charlotte and braided with 18k gold thread. The centerpiece is embellished with a soothing pink opaque colored square cut swarovski rhinestone - Rose Alabaster and dripped in a brim full of rhinestones chain with swarovski bicone beads and more silk floss.

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Lenght : 2.5" ( top of the earring post )
Wide : 1"

Click on the upper picture caption to go directly to our Etsy boutique.

Tickle Me Pretty Sterling Silver Earrings

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Tickle Me Pretty
Tickle Me Pretty is an exquisite and jubilant kind of ear duster earrings with a one of a kind design and looks pretty much fun to wear doesn't it?

It features a huge gleaming 16x11mm Sapphire Brandy octagon double cut swarovski rhinestone dripping with sparkling glass rhinestone and tantalizing grey ostrich feathers.

The ear-wires are crafted from sterling silver (925) and crowned with an ornate fine silver (999) wire work.
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Lenght : 5.5" ( from top of the ear-wire )
Wide : 0.5"

Click on the upper picture caption to go directly to our Etsy boutique.

La Marie Rose Rhinestone Sterling Silver Earrings

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La Marie Rose
Marie Antoinette has yet again inspires this collection with this one of a kind ear piece that fits a modern day queen. It showcased an opulent and romantic design with ornate details of wire work crafted from fine silver (999).

The earring post is crafted from sterling silver (925), perfect for those with sensitive skin and decorated with white opal & peach rhinestones.

The dangled centerpiece features an enchanting color of Light Rose Glasier Blue oval swarovski rhinestone framed with white opal rhinestone and luxurious hand dyed silk floss braided with 18k gold thread. A hint of white perfected the design in forms of vintage Howlite cab navette shape.

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Lenght : 1.8" ( top of the earring post )
Wide : 0.8" 

Click on the upper picture caption to go directly to our Etsy boutique. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Gothic Smudgy Eyes - Chanel Couture 2013


The Chanel Couture Spring 2013 presented quite a  stunningly chaotic collection this year. Apart from that, I just LOVE how Peter Philips, director of Chanel makeup put on an interesting beauty trend for this collection.

Dramatic Gothic eyes decorated with feather, lace and tulle materials to mimic the 19th-century hair rags and fingernails painted in pinky beige hue. The hair was done in a perfectly messy updos decorated with dramatic hair accessories.

The overall look from my point of view ... unstructured, dishelleved yet beautifully worked.

Get the look here: Cafe Makeup
Images: fasionmagazine

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Black Eyed Virginia - Rhinestone Sterling Silver Earings

The beautiful and flamboyant Countess of Castiglione, Virginia Oldoini has always been an inspiration, and this piece was inspired by her. Although she was describe as having eyes that constantly changed color from green to an extraordinary blue violet, this piece was named so for her admiration towards black during her declining years and her evolving life from a self conscious doll to a morbid mourner.

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The Black Eyed Virginia Earrings was meant for those fashionista's that seek something uniquely quirky, evocative and fun in their jewelry collection. It features a mystique Jet round cab with faceted edges that is adorned with a single peach rhinestone in the center and positioned in a fine silver (999) wire work frame.


Below are curves of sparkling clear glass and AB Swarovski rhinestone chain enhanced with luxurious hand dyed silk floss, each knotted with a Fuchsia Swarovski bicone bead.


The earring post is embellished with a luminous dreamlike Pink Opal Sabrina vintage rhinestone surrounded with clear glass rhinestone and set in sterling silver (925) with a fancy daisy sterling silver clutch stopper.


Lenght ~ 2.4" (Top of earring post to the bottom fringes)
Wide ~ 1.5" (The widest of the fringes) 

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 Available here: The Black Eyed Virginia

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Couture Vs Wire Wrap

What happens when you have a passion for couture and wire-wrap? Well, I combine them and found my own piece of style. It's fun, carefree and I am so much happier now that I can create within my budget range. :)

Here are the two that I have listed in the shop today...

The Sweet Serenity Earrings

The Belladonna Earrings

All pieces are handcrafted from quality rhinestones, silk, feathers, 18K gold / pure silver threads and sets with sterling (925) and fine (999) silver.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Beloved of the Moon

I'm not a die-hard fan of the movie 'Twilight' but the minute I laid my eyes on Bella's moonstone ring, I instantly fell in love with it. As I browse through Etsy, I found this ring amongst many to be my favorite which I bought from Katherine Y. Startup. Katherine is a talented jeweler and she creates wonderful pieces from precious gemstones and her own mixed of sterling silver (925).  

Red nails & moonstone ring
With hubby & my brand new moonstone ring
More about moonstone and it's properties by Crystal Vaults - Moonstone Meaning
Enjoy the weekend everyone!