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What I've been into, lately
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2010-01-18 at 11:26 AM (Pacific)


handmade labradorite pendant necklace

I made this labradorite pendant necklace almost two years ago today (the vermeil beads in back counterweight the stone in front). Admittedly it has lain in a drawer, more often than not, since. Brought it out today...it's perfect. I've found making something, or buying something, years in advance to when you'll need it, is not a bad idea.


deep red supima cotton turtleneck
Supima cotton/Modal turtleneck, made in the U.S.A.

I'm pretty much turtlenecked out, thanks to some spectacular sales.

Originally I was seeking a deep red top of some kind, and wasn't too picky about the shade. Deep red has been one of my favorite colors since I was a kid: all kinds of deep red, such as a red-wine hue, or pomegranate, or a color veering toward dark purple, or a faded deep red approaching orange.

Contemplated this:

burgundy cowl neck top

It's pima cotton, made in Peru, and while that sounds a bit unnecessary I've found pima cotton items made in Peru to be next to indestructible. They were sold out of this top in Large though...I don't mind buying any cotton top in Large, so long as the company doesn't produce mega-baggy tops, since the bust is sure to fit. If it's really too big I can always "cook" it in the dryer.


deep red top

This one (far right)...eh...it's pima cotton and Modal, and likely looks more luxe in real life. But how versatile? When it's cold, I don't want a scoop neck; when the weather warms, will I be as obsessed with deep red? Probably not.

On the purpler end of the spectrum:

reddish purple top

The one in front still has enough red to be of interest...it's described as a fine-gauge pima cotton top, with a subtle puffed sleeve detail. But it would have been $80.95 with shipping (assuming no sales tax). If I'd needed a lightweight pullover sweater, that would have been one thing, but I didn't.

I wound up with the first shirt. It went below $10 from its original $52, and they had it in my size. But I haven't worn it. It's stashed away, likely for next year.



Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Fortune Faded" (live)

Debated a bit whether to post the official video for this song. The official version has a unique lighting effect (created using glow sticks, according to the comments), but keeps getting pulled off Youtube. If the group is good enough, live is better than canned, anyway.

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Some recent-ish earrings
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2009-12-23 at 5:08 PM (Pacific)


handmade hammered hoop, golden rutile earrings
Hammered goldfilled hoops / golden rutilated quartz earrings


handmade peridot, prehnite, tourmaline earrings
Peridot and vermeil / prehnite, peridot, tourmaline earrings


handmade london blue topaz, tourmaline earrings on oxidized chain
London Blue topaz / tourmaline earrings on oxidized sterling chain


handmade coin pearl and tiny pearls earrings
Baby coin pearl / tiny pearl earrings on rolo chain


handmade moonstone, garnet hoop earrings
Moonstone and labradorite / rhodolite garnet, grey moonstone earrings


I'll go into more detail on the Beading Blog.

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Brilliant Earth: Conflict free Canadian diamond jewelry
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-11-12 at 7:40 PM (Pacific)


brilliant earth ascher diamond

Brilliant Earth

I've never shopped from this company, and it's not in my immediate budget. But I found the site quite informative. Beyond the stones (sapphires as well as diamonds), jewelry, and pearls, there's a...wealth (sorry) of information about the mining, labor and production involved.

If you're shopping for some investment jewelry, you might want to check this out.

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Jes MaHarry earrings
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-10-23 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)


sundance catalog spirit hoop earrings
sundance catalog save the ice caps earrings

I saw both of these when I visited the Sundance store in Corte Madera last weekend. The images don't do either pair justice, particularly the pearl set, which looks almost ordinary online.

In person, the pearls are quite large and more oval or oblong than round, while the solid gold hoops glow above, carefully hammered and worked into thickish arcs o' gold. That's the kind of work I want to do; it's my ideal interpretation of metal. The earrings have just enough "roughness" to show they were made individually, yet they're smooth and deftly formed...just enough breadth to show gold, yet versatile enough to wear with just about anything.

From the site: Jes MaHarry will donate 10% of proceeds from each purchase to combat global warming.

The top pair also struck me as glowing of gold...they're daintier than the pearls (and more affordable).

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Posted in my beading blog...
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-10-17 at 10:07 PM (Pacific)


I've been a bit busy lately, but I do have a post in Beading Blog - thebroadroom.net.

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What I've been into, lately
posted by Colleen Shirazi 2008-09-17 at 12:01 AM (Pacific)


Made this:

sundance aquamarine bracelet

I stumbled across it on the Sundance site, and realized I actually had all the components handy to make it. Of course mine is not the same grade as the Sundance one. Theirs is solid karat gold, which adds a lot, while mine is goldfilled; theirs uses a somewhat higher grade of aquamarine. Since I'm going to wear it, not sell it, I didn't feel too guilty about copying, even down to the little white pearl (I used one that had a flat side to be a bit different). It's a charming design.

It felt good making jewelry again. My daughter cleared off a space in her room so I could make it there. Aren't daughters great!

Found this:


Dariush - Dastaye To

I've heard this song many, many times; it's one of my favorites. But I never knew what it was called until now.

Well crap!:

red lasso

I was going to add something amusing here, but I see Red Lasso has been sued by a couple of networks. sighs

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