Wire wrapped gems and bracelets that shimmer,
Nature inspired necklaces and earrings that glimmer;
Geodes, crystals, flowers and butterfly wings –
These pieces are some of my favorite blings.
Bold or delicate, colorful or simple – jewelry is more than just a statement, an extension of the personality. Somehow, between the ease of online shopping somehow and the social circles that I found myself floating around, but over the past few years my affinity for unique jewelry has been on the rise. I have this uncanny urge to collect anything that sparkles or twinkles even more so if I can wrap it around my neck, wrists or fingers. Sure, a lot of your favorite department stores will have wonderful pickings but I prefer the handmade variety, vintage pieces and one of a kind finds. Blame it on my eye opening trip to Arizona’s Gem and Jam Festival and the heady events I’ve been frequenting lately, but my tastes have shifted from large statement pieces to smaller, nature inspired pieces like wire wrapped crystals, sparkling geodes and flowers in resin.
Locally around Los Angeles there are a few great places to try and scavenge – like downtown’s Santee Alley, Venice Beach and the Melrose Trading Post in West Hollywood. But, after enough hunting and pecking sometimes those places feel as redundant as department stores with their wares. Truth be told, my personal preference is ETSY – they have a wonderful collection of handmade, custom wears and there’s something so nice about supporting a small business. I spent a lot (read: too much) time searching, and wound up with some stellar pieces and lust worthy shops.
Over the Moon
My latest piece is undoubtedly my current favorite, a crescent moon paired with the technicolor twinkling of a Madagascar Sunset Moth. Yes, it’s a real wing, but fear not – because Chrysalis Studios sources all of their pieces in an eco-friendly manner from local butterfly farms and sanctuaries. An entirely handmade line, each and every piece is uniquely beautiful and captivating. Ps. Check out the dreamcatchers, they’re fantastic!
Make a Wish
Earlier this year, I saw a story floating around the internet on the beauty of flowers embedded in resin jewelry and naturally – my first reaction after oohing and aaahing, was to snag myself a piece…or four.
WonderFox Jewelry: ETSY Store
The ScrappinCop: ETSY Store
Dandelions are dandy, but I fawn over flowers – this necklace is no exception to the rule.
Just K Jewelry: ETSY Store
KayeBird Jewelry: ETSY STORE
Wrap Me Up
Last, but most certainly not least – I’ve built a little obsession over wire wrapped crystals and gems. And when they look like this, could you really blame me?
HighWireWrappin’: ETSY Store
What are some of your favorite jaunts to peruse for jewels?!