Last year, I let my inner girly-girl go and designed pieces that brought out my inner princess. The new Crown Jewels line takes the woven elements from previous years and combines it with open metal diamonds, creating a very open effect. Whenever I wore elements from this series I felt like a total princess! So I decided to call the line "Crown Jewels", because the look and the feel is reminiscent of something you'd find in the personal jewelry collections from the queen's of old.
How is it done?
First I weave sheets of fabric from rose and yellow 14/20 gold fill wire or Argentium Sterling Silver wire using an ancient medieval fingerweaving technique. Then I cut this fabric into smaller pieces to embed behind cabochons of glass. The result is simply stunning. The glass both magnifies the weave, giving it more definition, and collects the light, making the entire piece glisten. The doming effect of the glass also makes the piece look different depending on which angle you view the piece from.
The neat thing about these earrings is that the pyramid shaped glass warps the underlying weave into interesting, undulating shapes. I'm always intrigued by simply changing the shape of the glass changes the way you experience the underlying weave. This is my new favorite effect!
The earwires are nickel free, and are the new no-slip variety. These earwires actually have little "speed-bumps" on the back to help prevent them from slipping back out of the ear. I have sensitive ears myself, and can wear these with no problem.
Materials (all alloys are nickel free!):
Silver: Argentium Sterling Silver (the new tarnish resistant silver)
Gold Mix (Rose/Yellow): Rose and Yellow 14/20 Gold Fill wire