Friday, February 11, 2011

Making Jewelry

My creative juices have had me putting together jewely pieces this year.  My house is torn apart with a remodel that we are doing ourselves, when my husband is off.  That, of course, means whenever we get a chance.  Meanwhile, when I am not gophering here and there, planning the next step in the renovation, or ordering bathroom lighting and such, I have been putting together some new pieces. 
There is something satisfying about being creative, even if it is only for one's own joy. It is nice when you only have to please yourself, but I thought I would share a few regardless. 

Lapis Lazuli wrapped in sterling silver and sterling hooks make up these dangle earrings.

The matching Lapis pendant can be slipped on a sterling chain  or leather cord for a necklace.

This vintage style metal necklace has 18 red jade "berries" making up a cluster pendant, a rhinestone heart pendant, and a handmade rosette from a crocheted doiley attached to the side of additional swags of chain. 

This little necklace wears well with vintage style tops and trendy T's.

This blue heart is Bloodstone Jasper.  I put a nice sterling bail on it, with a black cord.  I put it on  my facebook today to show friends, and it sold tonight. 

Large disk shaped smokey quart and obsidian beads make up this choker style necklace.

Lapis Lazuli is one of my favorite stones.  I used several shapes with brushed silver rings to make up this versatile necklace.  The findings and wrappings are all sterling. this necklace can be worn in any position, with the clasp in the back, on the side, or in front. 

Agate is another favorite.  I used to find agate chunks on the shores of Lake Superior.  This all-agate necklace is mounted with a filligree sterling bail, sterling chain and sterling findings.

I love the way these little pink faceted drop beads turned out, wrapped in sterling on curvey chain with hooks and crystal beads.

As in the first photo, these are the same blue faceted drop beads with sterling wrappings and a simple sterling  hooks.


  1. Beautiful work Carrell!! And your photos are so perfect! (That's the part I need to do better with on Etsy!)
    I love the collaged metal/jade berries necklace!

  2. What beautiful jewelry! Wow, you are talented!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog this evening. I would like to follow you too! I visited your antique site and you caught me eye immediately when I saw the blue and white enamelware/spatterware! I love that stuff!
    I will stop by often. Hope you will too!


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