The materials I work with often change with the season, fashion trends or the interest of my customers. Semiprecious stones tend to have a more earthy feel than many other materials. Depending on the combination of accent choices, the style is usually rather organic or ethnic in impression. Some of my favorites are Fluorite, Tourmaline, Iolite, Fancy Jasper, Turquoise and Carnelian. The variety of material changes often, especially after I shop at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show!

Freshwater Pearls are very versatile and are one of my favorite beads to work with. Most of those that I use are farmed in Japan and then sent to Hong Kong for drilling and export. Pearls are often treated in different ways to enhance the color or even to encourage the oyster to produce a specific shape. I prefer not to use any materials which are dyed in extreme colors, or those altered by faceting. The quality of pearls varies widely and I select the ones that I use by hand so that I can inspect the luster, texture, color and shape. When used in combination with stone, Freshwater Pearls seem to add a layer of especially feminine detail. Used on their own, pearls are universally appealing.

Green Jasper - Flower Drop EarringsView details and larger image Green Jasper - Flower Drop Earrings
A deep green Jasper rondel embellished earwire is joined with a Turkish silver flower to the smooth Jasper cylinder in cool putty green. Using the darkest and lightest tones gives this design lots of contrast. From top to bottom, the length is approx. 1.75. ~ $46

Green Jasper - Beaded Loop EarringsView details and larger image Green Jasper - Beaded Loop Earrings
Seed beads were my first love and I still find interesting new ways to add them to many of my designs. Here I chose to use Japanese seed beads in a pale mushroom and sage green to echo the hues in the green Jasper. With tiny silver-plated Pewter accents and Sterling earwires, approx. 1.5 long. ~ $36

Green Jasper - Trio EarringsView details and larger image Green Jasper - Trio Earrings
SOLD! This grouping of varied shapes and sizes gives this design lots of texture. Using the lacy chain link that the drops are suspend from, provides a delicate detail and lots of movement. Finished with Sterling silver French hooks, these are just 1.5 long. ~ $40
Gold Bud Necklace - Rhodolite Garnet and PearlsView details and larger image Gold Bud Necklace - Rhodolite Garnet and Pearls
SOLD! The length of the icicle shaped Freshwater pearls are so graceful draping just below the matte 24K gold flower bead. The warmth of the gold is complimented with the tiny, faceted Rhodolite garnets. Combining two styles of gold-filled chain lends itself to the vintage feel of this design. Secured with a spring ring clasp, it has an adjustable length of 17" to 18.5". ~ $134.00 SOLD!


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