TASSEL CRAZE

I’m loving the tassel trend and Misa’s hot pink earrings are all the rage right now, but man those things are expensive!

I have found the same look for less!

I found this vendor on Etsy who is selling these tassel earrings for $9.99. With shipping it comes out to $13 and change. They are made in Thailand so it took about a month for them to arrive, but they were well worth the wait! Other colors are available so check it out!

NOW THESE ARE SOME COOL EARRINGS

Pardon the quick selfie, but these earrings must be shared.

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I haven’t purchased a pair of earrings in a long time. I think the last time I posted about earrings was when I had my drop earrings remade into studs. I haven’t purchased earrings since then and that was a full year ago now.

I was in Pink on Main at TIEC over the weekend and they had these super cool earrings for sale. I just had to have a pair! I loved the blue and the pink ones, but the blue didn’t show up well with my dark hair. I bought the pink ones and LOVE them. They are so light weight and are going to look super cute with a plain dress this summer. I’m not sure who makes them, but I am going to keep my eye on this store for more super cute statement earrings.

ANOTHER JEWELRY REVAMP

The women in my family love jewelry and my grandmothers have been quite the collectors. My father’s mother has traveled the world and collected pieces everywhere she went. Each piece of jewelry she has, has a story that goes along with it. My mother’s mother has always a knack for befriending jewelers and they have certainly been friendships with benefits. (Note: Grandmother has not intentionally sought out jewelers as friends. She just happened to live in very small towns and everyone tends know each other very well) As a result of being the only granddaughters on both sides of the family, my sister and I have been the recipients of many beautiful and unique jewelry pieces.

Naturally, not every piece is exactly to our taste. By combining some of the older pieces with some new elements, beautiful stones can take on a new life. For example, I have an old pearl enhancer that I will never wear in a million years. It has a beautiful medium blue stone that I would love to wear more often. I’m not quite sure if it is an aquamarine or a sapphire, but it is stunning. I also have a pair of very pale aquamarine stud earrings from way back when I just had my ears pierced. The stones sizes compliment each other very well.

I first went online to find some inspiration and found plenty.

By just playing around in Apple Preview and cutting and pasting elements from photos I found online, I built a few designs to help visualize turning my pearl enhancer and old earrings into a ring. I made around 8 different arrangements, but these three are my favorites.

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I was originally considering a horizontal arrangement, but after playing around with the stones on my hand, I like the vertical arrangement better.

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What I need to decide now is which vertical version to have made. I was able to take a photo of my hand and overlay the design, but I’m still not sure which one to pick.

 

No matter what I choose, I just hope my design for this ring works out as well as the one I did for my mother’s wedding ring.

TREASURE FROM IRELAND

My parents recently returned from a trip to Ireland and my mom brought back the most incredible pin! She picked it up in a jewelry store in the town next to where we once lived.

On one side it has an ivory carving of a castle and on the other, there is a tin photo of a woman. It rotates so the pin can be worn on either side.

It is such a unique piece!

Because the clasp is so flimsy, it is off to be worked on. The glass is loose and my mother is going to have a piece added so that it can be worn as a necklace as well as a pin.

It’s actually pretty hard to find nice old things in Ireland so this was a very special purchase.

A LITTLE AMBITIOUS – PART 1

I recently took my pearls to a local woman who runs a small jewelry store to be rearranged and restrung as one large necklace. What I got back was a mess and I was upset to say the least. My mother took her pearls to the same woman and they came back shorter and without her gold and pearl clasp! It was a nightmare and we are just beginning to get past it. For mother’s day, us kids got together and had mom’s pearls fixed by a professional and replaced the pearls that were not returned. That part of the saga is finally over.

As you can see, my pearls are still a hot mess. They are so long I could jump rope with them and she didn’t even use all of the pearls!

Before I turn them over to be restrung again, I decided I would try to restring them myself. I can’t screw it up anymore than that woman already did! Armed with this article, I bought some supplies (silk thread, bead board, beading needles) on Amazon and gave it a shot.

I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I have a LOT of pearls. All of these pearls came from many different necklaces and I hope to be able to string them all together in a somewhat graduated fashion with knots in between each pearl. I certainly have my work cut out for me. This is going to take a few days so I will post again once I have more to show.

JEWELRY MAKEOVER

Over the weekend I picked up my newly improved earrings from Facet Foundry Jewelry Studio in Gastonia, NC and I am so pleased with how they turned out!

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Here is the after:

My mom has a larger pair of these earrings that she has had for as long as l can remember and she has worn them almost every day since she got them. At some point during high school, my mom gave me and my sister a pair just like hers. I have so enjoyed them, but realized I would enjoy them much more as studs. I took my earrings to Facet Foundry and they worked their magic.

Facet Foundry can do anything and I am always dreaming up new things to do with existing pieces, but nothing will top the ring they made from my design.

Thank you Facet Foundry!