lampwork and sterling silver statement neckaces

I have been busy in the studio building up my inventory for a show I will be doing in Tucson January 20-21.  If you live in Tucson I hope to see you there.

La Encantada Fine Art Festival

I will have 12 necklaces from my newest collection – called recherché.  Roughly translated from the French it means exquisite and rare.  Most of them in this grouping are one of a kind.  They have a lampworked cabochon that I made that cannot be duplicated exactly or they contain a special stone.  There is a short and long version of the teardrop necklace without enhancements.  Here is a glimpse.

sterling-silver-statement-necklace-lampwork-bead

 

I will describe each piece in more detail in separate posts.

new tag

 

casual chic statement necklace

casual-statement-necklace

I am really loving these necklaces.

I wore it all dressed up over the holidays….  but I also wear it with jeans.

casual-statement-necklace

 

I have named the collection – recherché – which means exquisite, choice, exotic and rare.  I am making them with glass cabochons that I flamework in the torch.  And sometimes I use a particularly fine stone that have acquired over the years.  Some are minimal like the one I am wearing and some of them are a little more showy.  Most of them are on the teardrop chain that I have become enamored with.  

They will be in the shop mid January.  

They will also be at the show I am doing in Tucson on January 20 – 21 at Las Encanatada Shopping Center.  If you live in Tucson I hope you stop by to say hello.

every-day-style

My list subscribers are notified first when new items hit the shop

Join here

 

new tag

Mittens and Rings

Well, believe it or not it has gotten a little chilly here in Tucson.  In fact there was a layer of frost on the chaise lounge this morning.  And I think we might even have a freeze as temps are predicted to fall to the high 20’s at night this week.

Which brings me to “Mittens and Rings”.

knitting-rings-statement_rings-

I knitted these!!!!

I love fingerless mittens because they allow me to wear my rings, show them off and still stay warm.

This pair was a kit from Knit-Purl in Portland Oregon.

They are cashmere and really luxurious.

 

The ring is turquoise and silver. 

From this collection last January…

 

 Follow Louise on Instagram

new tag

 

I have been busy designing a new collection – recherche

I’m supposed to be designing my spring collection….   well it’s designed, so I just have to get out there and make what is on paper. 

But in the meantime…. I have these exquisite glass cabochons that I make

and a bunch of them have been sitting there on the bench… for about a year now. 

I originally was going to make lots and lots of rings, but I decided to go with some necklaces. 

And more importantly a necklace at a price point that is affordable for an every day piece.  A “go to” piece. 

One that you would wear with your jeans or whatever you wear to hang out at home. 

Of course these pieces would also look good with your workday outfit if getting up and going to the office is your daily activity. 

I even tried one out at the gym.

every-day-style

 

Definition of recherché

 exquisite, choice
 exotic, rare
I think these are exquisite.  They are bold yet minimal at the same time.
And the “stone” is a glass cab – so no 2 will ever be exactly the same…. therefore rare
The glass used in this cab is a black glass from Italy that is loaded with silver so when you work it in the flame all sorts of gorgeous colors appear.  And the glass gets a matte finish…. sometimes.  
This one is over the top beautiful.
I am going to try to get a better photo of just the glass.
The chain is sterling silver in a nice heavy gauge
It’s a tear drop shape.
I plan to make ovals and rounds and even squares
but I chose the tear drop to start because of it’s special meaning to me.
There is even a plain one – to layer.
 
Want to know when they hit the shop?
new tag
 

The Sparkle Collection

They are all in the shop now

Click here

sparkle-collection-druzy-holiday

new tag

Sparkle

Sparkle

a sparkle is innumerable moving points of bright light.

I finished this druzy pendant into a beautiful statement piece perfect for the holiday.  The chain is handmade and is not detachable from the pendant.  

sparkle-druzy-statement-necklace

It’s in the shop

new tag

Gleam

Gleam 

A gleam is a steady light against a dark background.  The fifth pendant in the druzy series.  A tiny oval.  the silver is accented with 23K gold.  Perfect for the holidays.

druzy-gleam-statement-pendant

 

gleam-druzy-pendant-statement-necklace

 

druzy-pendant-gleam-statement-necklace

 

the video

It’s in the shop

 

new tag

Glitter

Glitter – brilliant sparkling

Pendant number 4.  this druzy is marquis shape – so chic.

Glisten-druzy-statement-necklace

glisten-druzy-statement-necklace

Watch the video

It’s in the shop

new tag

 

Glimmer

Glimmer – is a faint or wavering light.

This is the third pendant in the series.

Glimmer-druzy-statement-necklace

 

Glimmer-druzy-pendant-statement

See the glimmer in the video

It’s in my shop

 

 

new tag

Glint

Glint – a cold glancing light

This is a second pendant in the druzy series.  It is a teardrop shape which I have been in love with lately.  It is embellished with a beautiful 4mm blue topaz.

druzy-statement-necklace-glint

 

glint-druzy-statement-necklace

 

Watch it glint in the video………..

 

It’s in my shop

new tag