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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Turquoise Slabs – My New Gemstone Crush!!

Ok, so my new gemstone love affair is with freeform turquoise howlite slabs. They are funky and bold, but have a rustic earthy feel to them which really appeals to me. And……they are just crying out to be made into statement necklaces.

From this….

Turquoise howlite slabs

To this……

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Chunky Turquoise Statement Necklace – $42 from Big Skies Jewellery

I couldn’t resist using a whole string of freeform slabs in one glorious ‘out there’ piece.  I think the turquoise slab beads in this necklace look like a garland of beautiful blue butterflies…..

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Turquoise Slab Statement Necklace – $42 from Big Skies Jewellery

I also combined some side-drilled turquoise howlite slabs with genuine Tibetan brass beads inlaid with real turquoise and coral, to create something more ethnic but still very exotic.

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Turquoise Howlite Freeform Slab and Tibetan Brass Bead Necklace – $60 from Big Skies Jewellery

I am loving the brass and turquoise combo.

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Turquoise Howlite Freeform Slabs with Genuine Tibetan Brass Beads – $60 from Big Skies Jewellery

If you are interested in Statement Jewelry and Chunky Gemstone Necklaces, why not pop on over to the Big Skies Jewellery Etsy store and see what else is available.

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Southwestern Inspiration Makes a Return!

I don’t think Southwestern inspired jewellery ever goes out of style. Turquoise and silver are meant for each other – a timeless combination.

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Southwestern Inspired Turquoise Chrysocolla Chip Double Strand Choker – only $25 from Big Skies Jewellery

About 5 years ago, a long time before I was ever selling jewellery online, I made a limited edition of these necklaces, and the other day I saw one of my work colleagues still wearing her necklace – and I thought wow, that still looks really good.   So I decided to have a re-run of this classic necklace design for release in my Etsy shop.

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Southwestern Inspired Turquoise Chrysocolla Chip Double Strand Necklace – only $25 from Big Skies Jewellery

The stone chips used in this necklace are actually turquoise coloured chrysocolla, as oppose to turquoise howlite which I usually use.  I like the depth of colour in the chrysocolla.

I loved this necklace design the first time round, and I still love it now.  However, I would like to think that I have managed to improve both the design and my photography skills in the last 5 years!!  Here is the original….. 🙂

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life….with a Bold Statement Necklace

This is the latest statement necklace design to join the Big Skies Jewellery collection.

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For some reason I had woken up with the Monty Python tune “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” (from The Life of Brian)  in my head – a wonderfully annoying earworm to have for the day!!  But, I took it to be a sign, and went straight to the brightest beads in my bead stash, and got to work.

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Bright red chunky coral and rich blue reconstituted turquoise – highlighted with bright silver accent beads and a big toggle clasp. 

This chunky gemstone necklace is everything a statement necklace should be:

  • eye-catching
  • striking
  • bold.

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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Faceted Royal Blue Ocean Agate Beads

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

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The Return of a Best-Seller!!

I don’t often make more than one of a particular handmade necklace design, but this necklace design is one I have been making in limited quantities for the last 4 years – since I started making jewellery in fact.  It has proved enduringly popular.

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This was the first item I listed in my Big Skies Jewellery Etsy shop. In fact it was the only item I listed in my Etsy shop when I first set it up – in truth I only loaded one (bad) photo as a test to see how it all worked. 

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You have never seen anyone more surprised, and delighted, than I was when I received an email to say that someone had brought my “test photo” necklace!!  This necklace design therefore has a very special place in my affections.

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The necklace has just been featured in a “Turquoise Dream” treasury on Etsy by Sarah Lyall Home.  It is always such a nice compliment to be featured in a treasury list.  And the last six favourites selected from my shop……..yep, all of them…..this necklace 🙂

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Visit the Big Skies Jewellery Etsy store to see this and other handmade gemstone necklaces, bracelets and earrings – price ranges to suit all pockets.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Handcrafted Jewellery

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – hopefully you have Sunday March 10th already marked in your diary (it’s only 2 weeks away!!).

Turquoise Howlite and Indian Kashmiri Bead Handcrafted Gemstone Bracelet

Turquoise Howlite and Indian Kashmiri Bead Handcrafted Gemstone Bracelet

Gemstone jewellery makes a very personal and thoughtful gift for any occasion. Mother’s tend to put everyone else’s needs first and leave themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to treats and luxuries, so jewellery makes an ideal  Mother’s Day present as it is an indulgence and an extravagance – something that many moms deny themselves or feel guilty spending money on. So give the gift of thoughtfulness with a piece of beautiful jewellery – your mom will love you for it 🙂

Turquoise Howlite, Peach Aventurine and Silver Filigree Bead Handcrafted Gemstone Necklace

Turquoise Howlite, Peach Aventurine and Silver Filigree Bead Handcrafted Gemstone Necklace

Handcrafted jewellery is an extra special gift because the pieces are unique and there’s nothing like owning a piece of beautiful gemstone jewellery that no one else has. Make your mother feel special this Mother’s Day!

Turquoise Howlite and Black Rhinestone in Silver Gemstone Drop Earrings

Turquoise Howlite and Black Rhinestone in Silver Gemstone Drop Earrings

A lot of people who buy jewellery from Big Skies Jewellery are buying pieces as gifts for their mothers (what nice customers I have!!).

Turquoise and Tiger's Eye Colourblock Gemstone Bracelet - Best Seller!

Turquoise and Tiger’s Eye Colourblock Gemstone Bracelet – Best Seller!

Two popular choices shine through – necklaces with pendants and all turquoise (howlite) jewellery.

Onyx and Dragon's Vein Agate Pendant Handcrafted Gemstone Necklace

Onyx and Dragon’s Vein Agate Pendant Handcrafted Gemstone Necklace

So if you are looking for ideas, the photos used here in this blog post are pieces of handcrafted gemstone jewellery that I know have been purchased specifically for customer’s mother’s – perhaps it will give you some ideas if you are still looking for a gift for your mother.

Turquoise Howlite and Labradorite Handcrafted Gemstone Necklace

Turquoise Howlite and Labradorite Handcrafted Gemstone Necklace

Visit Big Skies Jewellery for more jewellery ideas; and whilst you are there have a look around on Etsy for hosts of other handmade gift ideas. 

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 Happy shopping!!

Why We LOVE Turquoise

 
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The main reason we love turquoise is because it looks amazing!  But, turquoise is also said to attract money, success and love. Its powers include protection, healing, luck, friendship, and courage. It also relaxes the mind, and eases mental tension.  So let’s be honest, what is there not to love about turquoise? 
Turquoise is indigenous to the Americas, Egypt, Iran, Tibet and China.  Other names for turquoise include the “fallen skystone” and the “gem of the centuries”.
 
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Turquoise ranges in colour from sky-blue (the most popular colour) to blue-green to apple-green (the rarest colour).

If you wear turquoise it should not be exposed to oil, cosmetics and household chemicals – always remove turquoise rings when washing your hands as its colour may not remain stable and it is a fairly soft stone.

 

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If you are born in December, lucky you as turquoise is the Jeweller’s birthstone for December.  It is also the gemstone for the 11th year of marriage.
Turquoise is ever popular.  In the United States it is mostly utilised in silver settings, per the Indian Jewellery fashion trend.  In the Middle East it is commonly set in gold, sometimes with diamonds.  Whatever the style, turquoise always looks amazing.

A lazy Sunday afternoon…..with Turquoise

Turquoise is one of my favourite gemstones.  It has been mined as far back as 6000 BC making it amongst the first gemstones to be mined.  It was greatly prized by the Egyptians and has the claim of being the only gemstone to have a colour named exclusively after it.  To learn more about turquoise, try the All About Gemstones website: http://www.allaboutgemstones.com/semi-precious_gems_turquoise.html

I love the versatility of turquoise, it looks fantastic with both casual and smart clothes. It mixes especially well with black, grey, peach, red or white. 
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From a design perspective I usually mix turquoise with silver, but today I started working on a piece using brass beads and findings instead.  Turquoise and silver is a classic mix, but in my mind turquoise with brass actually looks just as good.  I am so pleased with the results!  I am working on a necklace that utilises a large oval, faceted, dark red/orange agate focal bead at the centre, with a couple of carnelian beads thrown in too, to pick up the colour of the agate and accent against the bright blue turquoise.  What a great colour combo – turquoise, dark reddish orange and brass!  I can’t wait to finish it tomorrow and get the photos uploaded.
Turquoise bracelet, handmade, also using silver style bali beads and an indian kashmiri beadTurquoise bracelet, handmade, also using silver style bali beads and an indian kashmiri bead
I also finished a couple of turquoise bracelets, both with silver beads and findings.  Each has a filigree silver heart charm and an extra turquoise bead drop near the clasp for a little extra bling and interest.  In one of the bracelets I used a blue and silver Indian Kashmiri clay bead at the centre,which works really well.
Turquoise bracelet, handmade, also using silver style bali beads and an indian kashmiri bead
Turquoise bracelet, handmade, also using silver style bali beads and an indian kashmiri bead