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….

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

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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…

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5 Gemstone Jewellery Picks for Spring / Summer 2013

For those of you who are lucky enough to be heading into the warmer seasons, here are my top5  picks from the Big Skies Jewellery store to take you through Spring and into Summer 2013(Read all the way to the bottom to access a discount coupon valid on all my jewellery!)

 

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Have you ever been told you wear your heart on your sleeve?  Well now you can wear it on your wrist! A turquoise howlite heart sits across your wrist in a silver bangle that closes with a matching heart toggle clasp.  This bracelet is really cute and makes an ideal gift at only $14.00 from Big Skies Jewellery

 

 

 

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The beautiful pastel colours in this bracelet make it perfect for Spring 2013.  Rose quartz, amethyst, smokey quartz and crystal have been combined in this pretty and romantic gemstone bracelet.  Say goodbye to dark winter colours and celebrate the lighter side of life again.  Purchase from Big Skies Jewellery for just $24.00.

 

 

 

Sunstone Double Strand Necklace, Gemstone bib necklace, peach gemstone necklace, gemstone and brass necklace, summer necklace, beach necklace

This uniquely designed necklace takes me away to hot sunny days at the beach! The pinky-brown sunstone beads look like shimmering golden sand as they catch the light. This genuine gemstone bib necklace encapsulates summer and all the good things that go with it – all you need to do is add an ice-cold cocktail!!  $30.00 from Big Skies Jewellery.

 

 

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Express your individuality with this beautiful golden natural citrine crystal gemstone bracelet with topaz diamante and silver accents. The lovely sunshine colour of the citrine makes me think of lovely long fresh summer days!  Welcome summer with this bracelet for only $28.00.

 

 

 

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This necklace is a perfect way to usher in Spring 2013.   Although this is a chunky necklace, it is softened by the pretty, almost whimsical, pastel colours of the amethyst and quartz.  The necklace features pretty flower bead caps on the central stones and it closes with a flower toggle clasp – perfect for your spring wardrobe.  $28.00 from Big Skies Jewellery.

 

 

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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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New Kids on the Block – My New Gemstone Bead Stock

Last week I attended Hobby-X,  Southern-Africa’s largest hobby and craft show, with my beading buddy Bev.  We took a day’s leave from work and felt like a couple of kids bunking school. (Not that I ever did that as a kid…!!) 

Any day that involves breakfast out, curry with a beer for lunch, a swerve past a frozen yoghurt shop on the way home and a post-shopping glass of wine on the patio whilst perusing our purchases – all ON TOP of a day’s bead buying, has to be good, right?

So here are some of the goodies that found their way into my shopping bag:

Black crackle agate bead strings 20mm and 10mm, round bead string

My favourite purchase of the day – black crackle agate in 20mm and 10mm rounds.  I have already made a necklace from the larger beads – they look fabulous combined simply with shiny chunky silver ring spacers and a thick silver chain.  Very chic and elegant – perfect for your monochrome wardrobe this spring.  (Photos to follow….)

Blue Agate Faceted Round Beads

I could resist these cornflower blue agate beads.  Isn’t that colour delicious?  The faceted beads catch the light as you move making it ideal for a summer bracelet.

Round garnet beads, 10mm shiny garnet beads

These garnet beads are so shiny, they almost look like glass.  These are also destined for a bracelet – probably with some diamante to make an evening wear accessory.

Turquoise howlite chunks, natural turquoise howlite nuggets

I have already used half of these turquoise howlite chunks in a very funky silver statement necklace.   Photos to be posted later this week!

Ocean Agate, Dark Blue Faceted Agate Beads

These beads are chunky (20mm) faceted dark blue ocean agate – already made into a simple adjustable choker necklace. 

Labradorite

Ah my favourite gemstone, labradorite – I couldn’t leave the craft show without purchasing some of these.  I just love the way labradorite catches the light with flashes of intense colour.  These beads are small, only 8mm, and so will be used for bracelets and earrings.

Black Reconstituted Turquoise Rondelles, Large Chunky Black Beads,

I fell in love with these chunky reconstituted black turquoise rondelles.  (Reconstituted turquiose is is a mix of real turquoise with resins and dyes.) They are about 20mm and will be used for a serious statement necklace.  I am still deciding whether to combine them with a contrasting gemstone such as coral or turquoise…..

It’s been a fun and busy week at Big Skies Jewellery.  I am looking forward to sharing with you the finished pieces from this new stock – just need to add the final touches and get the camera out.  (And I do have a couple more exciting purchases that I want to share with you down the line….but all in good time!)

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New 2013 Jewellery Design – Turquoise Howlite & Silver on Black Leather

My jewellery designs constantly evolve – I am always trying new ideas and styles.  My jewellery design ideas are very often prompted by the many metal findings and gemstone beads scattered in front of me – when I look at them all, they begin to combine and form patterns in my mind.  Where others possibly see chaos on my workstation, I see endless possibilities……

This turquoise howlite and antiqued silver on black leather necklace design is brand new. It is quite different to my signature tried and trusted jewellery designs. I completed the gemstone and silver portion first and just for fun, I then asked my Facebook fans what they thought I should string it on – and they all re-inforced my first thought that black leather cord was the right choice for this design.

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One of the Facebook comments was that this design would also make a lovely bracelet.  Absolutely! Whilst at one of my suppliers last weekend, I was lucky enough to find smaller antiqued silver tubes, so  I was able during the week to design a matching bracelet to make this a set.

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I now plan to work with the same design using different coloured gemstones – red coralblack onyx, cherry quartz…..

What gemstone do you think would look good in this new design?

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