Blinded By Beautiful Beads In A Bezel

Bezel Pendant View 3My wife has been busy through the winter preparing for our Spring craft shows with new offerings of sea glass jewelry and wire-wrapped jewelry. Today however, I wanted to show you something else she has been working on; bezel pendants.

It started when Marie Antoinette was commissioned to make a new necklace. The customer wanted a necklace made from grey freshwater pearls but when it was completed, there were still many beads leftover. Marie Antoinette gathered them up and placed them into a bezel pendant. Our client loved it so Marie decided to make a few more with other types of semi-precious stones.

Below are three that she just finished, they’re so new that they’re not even for sale yet. Click any image for an enlargement.

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I See Sea Glass On The Horizon

Seaglass in Wire WrapIt’s coming! At long last Marie Antoinette is going to start making sea glass jewelry. She, my son and I have been picking it up off a stone beach in Corsica for many years; building up quite a collection. Marie Antoinette has just started working the art of wire wrapping and once combined with the sea glass; well, each piece will surely be unique and a one-of-a-kind Seaglass in Wire Wrappiece of artisan jewelry. Each piece of sea glass is unique. I’m really looking forward to what she comes up with. Below are a couple of photos I took of a necklace she just completed.

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Seaglass in Wire Wrap

Seaglass in Wire Wrap

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A Great Day At Brooke Point High School

Marie Antoinette's Booth at Brooke Point High School

Marie Antoinette stands behind her instant work station where she demonstrates how she make her bead jewelrOn Saturday, November 3rd, we were very lucky to get into the Brooke Point High School Dance Team Craft Show. We literally walked in the day of the show and filled out an application at the door; boy were we lucky to get in. This was a great craft show and there was a lot of traffic throughout the day.

We had a spot that appeared to us to be in the farthest corner in the back behind everything but it was anything but that! I think we had just as much traffic come by as anyone else did.

A couple of customers just loved Marie Antoinette’s semi-precious stone bead necklaces but wanted to know if their selection could be altered a little; no problem! Marie Antoinette made a couple of changes and each of the customers necklaces and they were happy as can be. We always offer the option of making a piece of jewelry longer or shorter or if within reason, other alterations that make each piece a one of a kind treasure.

The Brooke Point High School Dance Team Craft Show was a great event and we’ve already reserved our space for next year.

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Wedding Jewelry Beautifies a Bride’s Dream Wedding

Fresh Water Pearl Necklace

We were very fortunate to be contacted in August by a local resident who was going to get married in October. She was looking for something really special that used fresh water pearls and wire (click photos for enlargement). We met with the customer at our home where we could show her the collection of beads Marie Antoinette had in stock and to discuss the design and quantity the customer wanted.

Our Fresh Water Parl Necklacecustomer wanted two sets (fresh water pearl earrings and necklace), one for her to wear and one for her made of honor. Together, the two of them reviewed some ideas and put together a list of supplies needed. Each of them looked for the right beads and after a bunch of e-mails and a few weeks they got together again at our house to discuss their findings.

Time was beginning to run out but once we had all the supplies, Marie Antoinette went to work on the sets, showing the client periodic process on the first one so she could go “full-steam ahead” on the second. Since this client was in our area, she could come and see the work in person and I think that meant a lot to her.

Fresh Water Parl NecklaceDesigning custom wedding jewelry is a joint process. As a graphic designer myself, I watched as the two of them craft their ideas together to create a beautiful piece of jewelry. This isn’t to say that two heads are better than one but having the customer involved was an important step in the process. The process took two months to complete but the customer was very happy with the jewelry. I think it’s important for the customer to get involved because it gives them ownership that they might not otherwise have and more importantly, a true one of a kind piece of art can be made that will be cherished forever.

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