Monday Inspiration

It’s a new week, with new possibilities…..

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Blue Butterfly Garland

A short while ago I posted a picture of this necklace saying that it reminded me of a garland of blue butterflies:

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Statement Turquoise Howlite Necklace – designed and created by Big Skies Jewellery

Totally by coincidence, I saw this picture on Facebook which perhaps helps illustrate what I meant – slightly different blue, but same effect!

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Cluster of Blue Butterflies

 

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Don’t Be Scared of Colour!

Creative Colour Combinations

Don’t be afraid to try out new colours and colour combinations, you may just be surprised by how effective an unexpected colour choice can look.  Accessories are a perfect way to experiment with different colour ideas and trends.

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Gemstone Necklace – designed and created by Big Skies Jewellery

This new gemstone necklace design in emerald-green, black and cream is probably not a colour combination you see very often, but I think the result looks so elegant and sophisticated. The gemstones featured are a sparkly faceted green oval agate focal bead, glossy round black onyx beads and cream coral beads that have been irregularly planed on their surface.

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Agate, Onyx and Coral Necklace – $38 from Big Skies Jewellery

This necklace design is perfect to wear with a variety of wardrobe options – over a polo neck sweater, under a collared blouse, with a plain black scoop-necked T – the choices are many.

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Green, Black and Cream Gemstone Necklace – designed and created by Big Skies Jewellery

Perhaps also think about the colours of the clothes you already have in your wardrobe too, maybe there are some new combinations you could put together to give existing clothes a new lease of life!

Most importantly, just have fun and play with colour!

 

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Happiness is….New Gemstone Bead Strings

Looking at this little lot, I must have had a secret yearning for more colour in my life when I went bead shopping!

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New Gemstone Bead Strings at Big Skies Jewellery – Dyed Agates, Green Jade and Red Coral

Most of these beads are dyed agates, but at the top you will see some green jade and red coral.

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The Story Behind the Necklace…..”Phoenix Rising”

Sometimes I know exactly what I want to do with a gemstone bead string as soon as I see it, at other times……..no clue!

I had no idea what to do with these Labradorite spike beads when I saw them, but I love Labradorite and I like unusual shaped beads; this string fit the bill on both counts, so I bought them.

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Labradorite Spike Beads

I began thinking about what other Labradorite I have in stock, including this pendant….

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Labradorite Oval Pendant Set in Silver Metal

And from that, suddenly came the idea! I know, you would never guess that I passed ‘A’ level Art at school!  Thankfully it is not the accuracy and detail which is important in my design sketches, but rather capturing the essence and components of the design before it disappears from my mind’s eye.

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My artistic rendition of a design idea!

The resulting finished necklace was this, which I think (hope!) you will agree, looks a whole heap better than my artistic rendition:

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Labradorite Necklace – Phoenix Rising – $40 from Big Skies Jewellery

The necklace is called Phoenix Rising as the Labradorite spikes remind me of the arched wings of the phoenix as it rises from the flames and ashes – perhaps I am just being whimsical!

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Labradorite Necklace – Phoenix Rising – $40 from Big Skies Jewellery

In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

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Labradorite Necklace – Phoenix Rising – $40 from Big Skies Jewellery

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What is Black and White and Stylish All Over?

Here is a selection of some of the smaller gemstone beads that I have added to my bead stash and have been working with recently.

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Gemstone bead strings – part of Big Skies Jewellery bead inventory!

For those that like to know the names of the stones – from the left we have blue imperial jasper, snowflake obsidian, faceted black onyx, gold mother of pearl, faceted zebra stone, goldstone, chrysocolla and red tiger’s eye.  The stone I would like to talk about  today is Zebra Stone.

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Zebra Stone bead string – faceted rectangles

Zebra Stone, as the name implies, is half-black and half-white with a metrical pattern  similar to that of its animal namesake, the zebra.

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Zebra (picture taken at the Kruger Park, South Africa)

This striking and unusual stone is all about balance. Like the yin/yang of Chinese philosophy, Zebra Stone possesses balanced qualities of opposing, yet complimentary, forces – it is said to help us quieten the mind and take action.

By themselves the Zebra stone beads are actually quite dainty, but I wanted to use them all together to create something more powerful.  I chose a triple-strand necklace design, where each strand is clearly defined and the beads can lie flat, showing off their natural beauty to its full potential.

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Zebra Stone Triple Strand Necklace $85 from Big Skies Jewellery

Monochrome is on trend for 2013, and every woman needs a good black and white necklace in her jewellery box.  This necklace has been specifically designed with versatility in mind.  The length is adjustable so you can wear it high under a blouse or with a summer top, but you can also wear it longer over a polo neck or turtle neck top in winter.

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Zebra Stone Triple Strand Necklace $85 from Big Skies Jewellery

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo…..

I have just arrived back home on holiday in Norfolk, England – home of the “Big Skies” after which my shop is named.  So I thought it apt that this week’s Friday Photo  was of those Big Skies over Brancaster beach, where I spent many hours in my childhood collecting shells, stones and all sorts of treasures.

So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Big Skies - Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, England.

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Happy Friday!

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  One of the things that inspires me most is the beauty of the natural world around us. 

This week’s inspirational picture was taken whilst on a break over Easter at the Kruger Park.  We came upon a large family of elephants at a watering hole, and never have I seen mud and water enjoyed so much!  Over 20 elephants of all sizes – tiny babies to big mammas – splashing and playing together, it was beautiful.

So here it isa cool photo to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: Elephant at Kruger Park, South Africa.

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This little chap in particular was having such fun cooling down – splashing around and spraying himself and the others…. it was lovely to watch.  

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  One of the things that inspires me most is traveling. 

My favourite city in the whole world is New York City.  New York is just awesome, it has a vibe all of its own; there’s something about it that just keeps pulling us back every time we visit America.  This week’s photo was taken from the Empire State Building, looking down the street towards Central Park.  I love all the yellow cabs dotted along the road.

So here it isa cool photo to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: New York City as seen from the Empire State Building:

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see.  I take great inspiration from my travels - the different sights, sounds and smells all firing up the senses and the imagination!

One of the most amazing places I have been lucky enough to visit is Alaska.  This moonrise photo is a personal favourite – it was such a still evening and watching the moon rise was almost eerie – very atmospheric. You can almost imagine the wolves howling…. So here it isa cool photo to make you smile…….just because hey it’s Friday!

This week: Moonrise over snow-topped mountains – Alaska.

Moonrise over the Alaskan Mountains

 

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