True Blue – Statement Necklaces

It was a blue weekend at Big Skies Jewellery – a royal blue ocean agate and deep blue turquoise weekend to be precise!

Two blue gemstone statement necklaces were added to the Big Skies Jewellery range this weekend.  I love creating statement jewellery –  my favourite thing is to work with beautiful bold gemstones; I just can’t resist them!

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Focal Bead Statement Necklace, Gemstone Statement Necklace, Chunky Blue Necklace, Bold Turquoise Necklace, Turquoise Jewelry, Blue Statement Necklace

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Statement Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery – $45

This statement necklace features rich blue reconstituted turquoise beads with a chrysocolla focal bead of mixed dark blues and greens.  The antiqued metal filigree beads and motifed bead caps are all highly decorative and have unusual shapes and patterns.

Chrysocolla Oval Focal Bead, Chrysocolla, Blue and Green Gemstone Bead, Blue Gemstone Necklace, Big Skies Jewellery

Blue and Green Chrysocolla Focal Bead

This second statement necklace features a luscious full rope of royal blue ocean agate faceted beads alternated with antiqued silver filigree cylindrical beads. 

Ocean Agate Statement Choker, Blue Statement Necklace, Chunky Statement Necklace, Bold Gemstone Necklace, Blue Necklace, Agate Necklace, Statement Jewelry

Royal Blue Ocean Agate Statement Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery – $80

This gemstone necklace looks absolutely beautiful on – very rich and luxuriant, perfect for a special occasion!

Ocean Agate Faceted Beads, Blue Agate Beads, Silver Filigree Beads, Ocean Agate Statement Neckalce, Chunky Blue Gemstone Necklace, Faceted Agate Beads, Blue Beads

Faceted Royal Blue Ocean Agate Beads

Both these statement necklaces, plus many more, are available in Big Skies Jewellery’s Etsy store.

Join Big Skies Jewellery on Facebook for daily updates including behind the scenes peaks, designs in progress, new beads and findings, funnies, links, listing previews, etc.

Follow Big Skies Jewellery on Twitter: @BigSkiesJewel

Advertisements

Just Because It’s Friday Photo…..

As a jewellery artist I am constantly inspired by what I see around me.  A lot of that inspiration comes from the natural world.

This week’s cool picture is of unusual swirling clouds, which I think look like soft serve ice-cream,  in the sky above Grytviken, South Georgia Island, at the cold edge of the Southern Atlantic Ocean.  So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Swirling Cloud Formation – Grytviken

Strange twirl clouds above Grytviken, South Georgia Island, cloud formations, natural world, skies, clouds, nature

 If you like it, please share it!

(Have a look at some other cool pictures here.)

Happy Friday!

Jetset Jewellery

Big Skies Jewellery is going places……literally.  This week I have had orders from places as diverse as Moscow, Perth and the Midwest states.  My jewellery is getting around – I just hope one day I can follow it to all those lovely places! 

I have a personal connection to every single piece of jewellery I make – and it is a bit like saying goodbye to friends as I put each piece into the post for its new owner.  

Big Skies Jewellery’s motto: “I create what I love and I love what I create”

These are the good friends I have sent off on their travels during the last week…

Turquoise, onyx and crystal mixed media gemstone necklace; gemstone necklace, turquoise necklace, beaded necklace, statement necklace, chunky necklace, turquoise jewelry, handmade gemstone necklace, handcrafted gemstone necklace

Tribal Pyrite, Crystal, Citrine and Sunstone Necklace; gemstone necklace, beaded necklace, pyrite necklace, tribal necklace, natural necklace, handmade gemstone necklace, handcrafted gemstone necklace, big skies jewellery, statement necklace, chuky necklace

Blue and green brass necklace; cobalt blue and emerald green necklace, brass necklace, gemstone necklace, agate necklace, beaded necklace,

Red Coral and Bali Style Bead Bracelet, red coral bracelet, red gemstone bracelet, red beaded bracelet, red and silver bracelet, coral braceletCrystal and matte silver choker, costume jewellery, beaded necklace, crystal necklace, sparkly necklace, big skies jewellery

Red coral elegant earrings, coral and sterling silver earrings, silver earrings, red earrings, dangly earrings, long earrings, gemstone earrings, beaded earrings, big skies jewellery

Labradorite Gemstone Necklace, labradorite statement necklace, labradorite beaded necklace, gemstone necklace, gemstone jewelry, statement necklaces

Join Big Skies Jewellery on Facebook for daily updates including behind the scenes peaks, designs in progress, new beads and findings, funnies, links, listing previews, etc.

Follow Big Skies Jewellery on Twitter: @BigSkiesJewel

3 Great Reasons to Buy Jewellery Online

There are many great advantages to shopping online – here are just three of my favourite reasons to shop for jewellery online!

1. Variety is the Spice of Life!

You cannot beat the sheer variety online– you are far more likely to find something unique, eclectic, and unusual by jewellery shopping online.  You have access to a whole host of jewellery artists that you would never have come across or even known of.  Be spoilt for choice!

Big Skies Jewellery, Etsy, Big Skies Jewellery on Etsy, online jewellery shopping, buy jewelry online, jewelry shopping online

Plenty of choice in Big Skies Jewellery’s Etsy Store. Something for everyone!

 

2. Small Town Blues

If you live in a remote area or a small town (like I did for many years!), your nearest good shops may be many miles away. By going online to do your jewellery shopping a whole new world of shops is literally brought to your doorstep…..or more accurately, into your home and sitting all cosied up on the couch with you!  (And with the price of petrol/gas the way it is…..it could be a budget conscious move too!)  Etsy is a fantastic site to buy handmade jewellery and a myriad of other handcrafted and vintage items.

Etsy store

Buy handmade jewellery on Etsy, the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace!

3. The Price is Right

If like me, you like to know the price of an item without having to ask, then online jewellery shopping is definitely for you. Personally, if I cannot see the price of something, I simply move on to somewhere else where I can see the price. Why do shops not make their prices readily available to consumers?  When I see no prices or tags in windows turned over, I always wonder why – what are they trying to hide? I dare say it is a tactic to force customers to consult with a salesman…. Shop on Etsy and every item’s price is clearly indicated.  

Prices are Cleary Indicated at Big Skies Jewellery, big skies jewellery, big skies jewellery on Etsy, jewelling shopping online, buy jewellery online

All prices are clearly indicated at Big Skies Jewellery and all other stores on Etsy

  

Happy online jewelry shopping!!

2013 Jewellery Trends Update – April

Here’s a round-up of the best recent online articles on 2013 jewellery trends:

Spring Summer 2013 Jewellery Trends

Amazonite and Metal Spike Necklace, Blue and Silver Spike Necklace, metallic spur jewellery, metallic hardware jewellery, metal spike jewellery, metal spike necklace

Amazonite and Metal Spike Gemstone Necklace – $22 from Big Skies Jewellery

Black and white crackle agate necklace, monochrome gemstone necklace, monochrome necklace, monochrome jewellery, black and white necklace,

Monochrome Gemstone Necklace – $35 from Big Skies Jewellery

See more fashion forward unique handmade gemstone jewellery pieces in the Big Skies Jewellery Etsy shop!

Join Big Skies Jewellery on Facebook for daily updates including behind the scenes peaks, designs in progress, new beads and findings, funnies, links, listing previews, etc.

Follow Big Skies Jewellery on Twitter: @BigSkiesJewel

Just Because It’s Friday Photo

Wow, Friday sure comes around fast!

I love birds and I’m always trying to improve my bird photos – I find birds with their quick movements very challenging to capture! So here it is, a cool picture …….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: European Roller at the Kruger Park, South Africa.

European Roller, Kruger Park, bird, wildlife, game park, blue, birds

Isn’t he beautiful?  If you like this, please share it and help brighten up someone else’s day!

(Have a look at some other cool pictures here.)

Happy Friday!

New Bracelet Designs (with ergonomics in mind)

I love to wear bracelets, but I find that with having a computer-based job I often have to take them off when I am using the computer mouse, as the bracelet rubs between my wrist and the desk…. 

Turquoise howlite and faceted black onyx elasticated bracelet, protection bracelet, calming bracelet, black and turquoise bracelet, gemstone bracelet, office bracelet, handmade gemstone bracelet

Labdradorite elasticated bracelet, gemstone bracelet, labradorite bracelet, luck bracelet, protection bracelet, office bracelet, handmade gemstone bracelet

 

I have therefore designed the bracelets shown here specifically with office ergonomics in mind – but they of course can also be enjoyed by anyone who prefers a more delicate style of bracelet 🙂

Turquoise howlite and faceted black onyx elasticated bracelet, protection bracelet, calming bracelet, black and turquoise bracelet, gemstone bracelet, office bracelet , handmade gemstone bracelet,

Labradorite elasticated bracelet, handmade gemstone bracelet, protection bracelet, luck bracelet, gemstone bracelet, labradorite bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 View these gemstone bracelets and other handmade gemstone jewellery online at Big Skies Jewellery’s Etsy store.

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.

Young Elephant at Watering Hole in Kruger Park, Game Reserves, South Africa, Wildlife, Big 5

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

If you like it, please share it and help brighten up someone else’s day!

(Have a look at some other cool pictures here.)

 

Big Skies Jewellery on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bigskiesjewellery

 Big Skies Jewellery on Twitter: @BigSkiesJewel

 

Jewellery Making – Behind the Scenes Peak – “The Bead Stash”

All beaded jewellery makers have a “bead stash“.  Here is the most treasured portion of mine – my gemstone bead boxes.

 
Red Coral, Blue Quartz, Turquoise, Agate and Blue Imperial Jasper, gemstone beads, gemstones

Red Coral, Blue Quartz, Turquoise, Agate and Blue Imperial Jasper

 

Amethyst, Tigers Eye, Agate,  Aventurine, Amazonite, Labradorite and Malachite,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Amethyst, Tigers Eye, AgateAventurine, Amazonite, Labradorite and Malachite

   Crystals, Mookaite, Citrine and Sunstone,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Crystals, Mookaite, Citrine and Sunstone

 

Fire Crackle Agate, Sardonyx, Pyrite, Onyx and Agate,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Fire Crackle Agate, Sardonyx, Pyrite, Agate and Onyx

 

Turquoise Howlite,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Turquoise Howlite – in all shapes and sizes

 

Crystals, White and Cream Howlite and Lemon Quartz,  gemstone beads, gemstones

White and Cream Howlite, Lemon Quartz and various sizes and shapes of Crystals

 

Rose Quartz, Cherry Quartz, Coral and Garnet,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Rose Quartz, Coral, Garnet, Agate and Cherry Quartz

 

Onyx, Quartz, Hematite, Blue Goldstone, Snowflake Obsidian and Agate,  gemstone beads, gemstones

Blue Goldstone, Grey Quartz, Hematite, Onyx, Agate and Snowflake Obsidian

 

These are a sight that literally make my heart sing….. having them all lined up like this, I feel like a kid standing in front of the pick ‘n’ mix at a sweetie store.  (It does also make me think that I may possibly have too many beads…….these are just the gemstones……)

See the finished jewellery pieces in my Etsy shop!

Join Big Skies Jewellery on Facebook for daily updates including more behind the scenes peaks, designs in progress, new beads and findings, funnies, links, etc.

Follow Big Skies Jewellery on Twitter: @BigSkiesJewel

 

Beautiful Black Pearls….with a Modern Twist!

I have had a new design idea in mind ever since I bought a string of beautiful  A grade black shell pearls on one of my recent buying outings.  The sheen and lustre of the pearls is outstanding, and the colour is unusual, I have never seen pure black ones like these.

Triple A Grade Black Pearls, String of pearls, black pearl string, black pearls, shell pearls

This is the resulting bracelet, and I love it! 

Black pearl bracelet, modern pearl jewellery, black shell pearls, pearl bracelet, black and silver bracelet. modern pearl bracelet

The concave patterned silver tube beads used between the pearls give the bracelet a modern feel – providing a fresh twist on what is often perceived as a classic, or even old-fashioned, style of jewellery.

So pearl jewellery doesn’t just have to be for granny – it can still be chic and funky!

(This is bracelet will be listing soon in Big Skies Jewellery’s Etsy shop for only $28)