12 Spectacular Earrings Under $100 to add to your collection

Earrings – my go to accessory

Oh I am busy busy busy creating a dozen pair of spectacular earrings that I will be offering later this month…..  and all of them will be under $100.  And today I’m giving you just a tiny sneak peak.

I love earrings; and they are my go to accessory –  especially when I am in a hurry.  Of course you have also heard me say I hate to make earrings… and that is still true.  But I’m always up for a challenge.  

a little history

Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modification, with artistic and written references from cultures around the world dating back to early history. Gold, Silver and Bronze hoop earrings were prevalent in the Minoan Civilization (2000–1600 BC).

An early evidence of earring-wearing is evident in the Biblical record. In Exodus 32:1–4, it is written that while Moses was up on Mount Sinai, the Israelites demanded that Aaron make a god for them. It is written that he commanded them to bring their sons’ and daughters’ earrings (and other pieces of jewelry) to him in order that he might comply with their demand. 

Earrings became fashionable among courtiers and gentlemen in the 1590s during the English Renaissance. A document published in 1577 by clergyman William Harrison, Description of England, states “Some lusty courtiers and gentlemen of courage do wear either rings of gold, stones or pearls in their ears.”

Types of Earrings

Statement Earrings
…. can be defined as “Earrings which invite attention from others by demonstrating bold, original, and unique designs with innovative construction and material combinations”.

Stud earrings
The main characteristic of stud earrings is the appearance of floating on the ear or earlobe without a visible (from the front) point of connection. Studs are invariably constructed on the end of a post, which penetrates straight through the ear or earlobe. The post is held in place by a removable friction back or clutch. .

Hoop earrings
…. are circular or semi-circular in design, and look very similar to a ring. 

Drop earrings
A drop earring attaches to the earlobe and features a gemstone or ornament that dangles down from a chain, hoop, or similar object. The length of these ornaments vary from the very short to the extravagantly long. Such earrings are occasionally known as droplet earrings, dangle earrings, or pendant earrings. They also include chandelier earrings, which branch out into elaborate, multi-level pendants.

Dangle earrings
…. are designed to flow from the bottoms of the earlobes, and are available in various lengths from a centimeter or two, all the way to brushing the shoulders. They are generally attached to the ear by the use of thin wires, which go through the earlobe and connect to themselves in a small hook at the back. A variation is the French hook design, which merely hangs from the earlobe without closure, although small plastic retainers are sometimes used on ends of French hooks.

 

So here is your sneak peak of an earring from the Desert Vista Collection….

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What king of earrings do you like to wear?

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Making a glass cabochon pendant – Part 2

So these videos explains a little more about the process to get the glass cab ready to set.

 

Wearing the finished piece……………….

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Statement necklace with glass cabochon that sparkles

The glass cabochon on this piece is spectacular with lots of dichroic glass sparkle

It is set in sterling silver with 22K gold accents.

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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.

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the video

It’s in the shop

 

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Glitter

Glitter – brilliant sparkling

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

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Watch the video

It’s in the shop

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Glimmer

Glimmer – is a faint or wavering light.

This is the third pendant in the series.

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See the glimmer in the video

It’s in my shop

 

 

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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.

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Watch it glint in the video………..

 

It’s in my shop

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Glisten

It’s December. 

Wow another year coming to a close.

It’s time for reflection. 

And it’s a time to look ahead.

It’s a time of joy

and it’s a time of melancholy.

But this year – for sure – more joy….

And….  a little sparkle really brings me joy

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Glisten: a soft sparkle

I just finished a series of pendants.  Last year I found some druzy at the gem and jewelry shows.

(Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral.)

If you didn’t know…..the desert glistens.

I found this photograph on the internet (credit: Jacob W Frank) and find it unbelievably beautiful.

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The druzy that I used in these pendants is not dyed.  It is natural – which I think makes it even more beautiful.  And it looks just like this night sky.  The still photos don’t show the sparkle – make sure to watch the video

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You can never have too many earrings – right?

Okay I’m in the Black Friday mood….

So what is planned?

How about an earring sale…..

So the event this year for my shop this coming Black Friday weekend is Earrings.

You can never have too many earrings – right?

And for Black Friday weekend all the earrings in my shop will be 50% off…..  

Do you like Sparkle????????????????/

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Or perhaps a nice geometric????

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or are you a little bit BOHO???

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These and more…… 

Starts Friday November 24 9:00 am MST

ends Monday November 27th midnight 

The code is  50OFF.

Here’s the link

Tell your friends!

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Yucca Leaf – inspiration for the fall 2017 collection

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Yuccas have long sword-shaped leaves with pointed tips. The leaves are often about 1 to 3 feet in length. Numerous yucca leaves grow in a rosette formation from a thick base.  

 I tell you this because I used the yucca leaf as the inspiration for many pieces in the Fall 2017 Harmony Collection.  I am showing you a photo of a yucca necklace with a handmade glass cabochon.  

yucca leaf necklace

This yucca necklace is a series of links in sterling silver cold connected together to form a collar necklace.  It is lightweight, and very easy to wear.  This yucca necklace has a lampworked cabochon from the Desert Bloom series.

The necklace can be found here

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