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· Aquamarine and labradorite bracelet
· Swarovski crystal, Bali vermeil and colorless aquamarine bracelet
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The Mom pendant
posted by Colleen Shirazi, March 20, 2008 at 12:06 PM (Pacific)

handmade circle gemstone mom pendant

This is a pic of what I was blogging about yesterday.

As you can see, it was a bit of a bugger to photograph. You can get a nice still image by hanging the piece, but then the scale is unclear (plus you can't see all the stones).

I'm quite pleased with how this Mom pendant turned out. When you wear it, it looks different, depending on the light and how the stones have fallen. So sometimes the citrine becomes illuminated, and you see this little golden glow. Sometimes the moonstone shows more...it has the barest of flash, I passed over moonstones with blue flash in favor of this one. The sapphire sometimes shows and sometimes doesn't. At first I tried to get it to show all the time, by putting it at the end or in the front of the chain, but decided I liked how it was. The aquamarine has a small inclusion in the back. In a sense it's the prettiest stone in the piece, because of the light blue color, but the slight imperfection makes it fit in better with the other stones.

Our generous friends at artViper have improved their screenshot thumbnail script. Actually what they did in the case of this blog, is cut off the top banner in the image capture. Great! So I've implemented blog post thumbnails again. Here is a screenshot of the citrine page:

screenshot of post thumbnails

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Aquamarine necklace pic
posted by Colleen Shirazi, August 13, 2007 at 4:13 PM (Pacific)

aquamarine necklace

Redo of this:



As you can see, it's a much simpler design. I knew the 3-to-1 was too busy, but didn't want to waste the chain or other aspects of it.

I ended up with three extra pieces of chain, but they're all long enough to do something with, say matching earrings (I'm going to redo the earrings too). As far as the aquamarine "bobbles," I was pleased to be able to rework some of those too...bend the top loop open, trim the wire a bit, pop the top Bali bead off, replace with a daisy spacer, redo loop, reattach.

I'll take a pic of the "tacky strand of diamonds" one after I've put the crimp covers on.

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Aquamarine earrings, version 1.1
posted by Colleen Shirazi, June 6, 2007 at 1:21 PM (Pacific)

aquamarine, bali vermeil, goldfilled chain earrings

Okey dokey, the version I did yesterday was too heavy. Too much silver at the bottom, stones probably too big...this one uses smaller stones and less than half the silver.

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Aquamarine earrings to go with the necklace
posted by Colleen Shirazi, June 5, 2007 at 5:09 PM (Pacific)

necklace and earrings made of aquamarine, bali vermeil, goldfilled chain

earring made of aquamarine, bali vermeil, goldfilled chain

Sorry for the less than stellar pics...I'm getting a bit tired. Soon I'll go water the garden. :)

Here the issue is how to "pop" the color of the aquamarines. In my experience, aquamarines are sold dyed, unless specified otherwise (and priced accordingly). i.e., when you wash them, you lose much of the color.

Yellow is a good color to pop blue (if you have blue eyes and "warm" coloring, you can enhance your eye color with yellow-toned eyeshadows: champagne, gold, peach, orange, brown with a golden tone, etc.), so I went with Bali gold vermeil for these stones.

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Aquamarine and Bali vermeil necklace on goldfilled chain
posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 1:03 PM (Pacific)

aquamarine and bali vermeil necklace on goldfilled chain

This is what I was noodling around with yesterday. The fun part is in getting the strands to lie correctly. I'll have to try out wearing it today, but at least in theory, the weights should be in the right places.

Going to make some earrings to go with it too.

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Aquamarine and labradorite bracelet
posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 8, 2007 at 7:35 PM (Pacific)

aquamarine and labradorite bracelet

aquamarine and labradorite bracelet

aquamarine and labradorite bracelet

I'm pretty pleased with this piece even though these aren't the best pictures. I've found with my (older) digicam, the lighting has to be just right or else the pics get out of focus to a degree.

This is a bit more luxe than I usually make it, but it's a gift (note the gift bag!), and I wanted to do something with aquamarines. The strands are mainly faceted aquamarine rondelles, with some faceted labradorite rondelles and Bali silver beads. The clasp is also aquamarine and silver.

Got to try out that EZ Bracelet Sizer while making this piece. It does help actually. I started out with two strands, then decided to add the third strand with three aquamarine nugget beads in the center. It was too big with two strands but just right with the three.

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Swarovski crystal, Bali vermeil and colorless aquamarine bracelet
posted by Colleen Shirazi, March 14, 2007 at 10:01 AM (Pacific)



This is it so far...as you can see, I still need to move the strands off the diamond-shaped part of the toggle and onto a jump ring.

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Pics and more rambles
posted by Colleen Shirazi, January 22, 2007 at 2:08 PM (Pacific)







Jewelry is difficult to photograph, to the point that people who make jewelry sometimes pay someone else to photograph it.

I have picked up a few pointers from reading on the topic...
  1. You are to photograph all of your pieces "on" a form...like a bust, or a neck form...not flat. I don't own a form but it sounds like a good investment, if you wanted to sell your pieces online.

  2. Flash is bad. It bounces off your shiny beads and is a general pain in the butt. Try turning the flash off.

  3. Direct lighting is almost as bad as flash! That explains why my previous citrine pictures were so bad. I played around with the top two pictures, trying to reduce the direct light (to the point that I stood in between the indirect light to block out more of it).

  4. You should always use your "macro" button on your digicam (the flower icon one). And carefully "focus" (hold the shoot button down halfway) before taking the pic.

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