Tuesday, November 30, 2010


17" oxidized sterling silver chain with sapphire stones and an oxidized sterling silver pendant w/ drusy quartz.

Monday, November 29, 2010

i wish for more hours..

i really do wish there were a few more hours in a day! today i worked on jewelry for quite some time and i wanted to continue, but i guess i should get some sleep.

this is another drusy quartz that i had picked up at the gem and rock show. i made this oxidized silver pendant with it...not sure what i'm doing with it just yet.

i just made the gold filled "hoops" on the far right. they're 3 inches long and gold filled. (i had made a pair for myself last week and i can't stop wearing them!)

i finished this necklace that i made for my mom today. the cross is made w/ gold filled wire, but i purposely made it look multi-colored by using silver solder and putting it into a solution that kind of makes it look rose gold. (i came upon this discovery by accident, so don't even ask!)
the red stones are garnet and the rose gold beads are czech glass.

my mommy wearing it:
on sunday i went to the international jewelry and gem show that comes through here a few times a year. i bought some gorgeous pyrite and sapphire stones! so so pretty and i can't wait to use them. okay, i'm out for now. have a great night/day!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

pretty lights

how was your weekend?

i hosted a vegetarian feast thanksgiving dinner party with my friend, brian, who is a wonderful cook. we split the cooking in half and i had fun with the table decor! (see above) :) 

after a few different designs, i settled on bezel setting these gorgeous stones into dangly chain earrings. i thought it was best to keep it simple since the stones are so stunning on their own. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

hammer time

a closer look at the necklace from the last post.
hammered silver hoops.

i will post what i did with these stones soon. :)


here's a little peek at where i melt metal:

and here are a couple necklaces i made in the last few days:

drusy quartz set into sterling silver on rose gold filled chain.

hammered brass on gold filled chain.

sushi anyone?

i'm in love with this miniature sushi dinner that alex got me. he knows me well..i love sushi and anything tiny!
(i glued all the pieces to a plastic cd cover.)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

kids are funny...sometimes

when i was at the "detroit rocks" gem and mineral show last month, i bought a handful of these GORGEOUS drusy quartz, including the 18 kt. gold covered stones in the earrings a couple posts back. i didn't anticipate a dozen school buses of elementary school kids also being there on a field trip (yikes!)
as i was browsing the gold drusy stones, a ten year-old boy came over and we had an amusing conversation:

kid: COOOL! are those REAL gold??
me: um, yes. but the gold is poured over the stone.
kid: can we take it off and sell it for more money?
me: no, i don't think so. (i handed a couple to the gem dealer and said i would take them.)
kid: lady, how much money do you HAVE?
me: i have a credit card.
kid: lucky!


summer is gone...

but it's a new chapter...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010


hello, friends.

finally! i've been talking about starting a jewelry/art/inspiration blog for quite some time now. so this is it! i'll probably tweak it as i go (i went out and bought a "blogging for dummies" book today) but i hope you enjoy my posts anyway.
for those of you who don't know me, my name is marie. i have a bfa in painting but i work as a makeup artist. i recently revisited my passion for jewelry and started to make things i wanted to wear. that turned into making things for other people after they saw me wearing my pieces. then i began selling my pieces at hanan cosmetics & accessories, the beauty boutique where i work. my dream is to continue to learn about jewelry and to reach more people with my art!
as a kid, i wanted so badly to own one of those metal detectors you saw ads for on t.v. i knew that if i owned one, i would find buried treasure. (hey, my favorite movie was the goonies!) sadly, i never fulfilled that fantasy, but i still love the idea of a piece of jewelry looking like it was buried beneath the earth. imperfection is perfect. organic > precise. raw vs. polished. you get the idea.

thank you for visiting and i hope you come back soon!