These unique earrings are made from genuine Tahitian pearls, the only naturally black pearls. (Other saltwater pearls, and freshwater pearls are treated to get dark colors like these.) These exquisite pearls have fascinating baroque shapes and the classic lustre of Tahitian pearls, with green, brown and other rainbow overtones. Dangling from the pearls are my handmade textured fine (pure) silver disks, gently convex, oxidized and hand-polished. The leverback earwires are sterling silver. These earrings and others using these black pearls have been sold. Handformed pure silver discs are featured in several other jewelry designs, including some now available in my Etsy shop. Or, contact me through the Etsy shop for a custom order!
Here are more examples of jewelry and felted hats that have been offered for sale at my online Etsy shop "Bonprise". You've already seen a few samples on the front page. Click on any photo to link to the shop listing. Please note that some items might have been sold.
Pending availability, these beautiful items, and many other original designs, can be purchased through the online shop, using PayPal, credit cards or money order. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
"Two-Tone Teal" felted hat
Like my other "bejeweled" felted hats, this was handknit in 100% wool, then handfelted to form a luxurious, warm fabric. In this case, I used two shades of teal and made a handfelted flower, trimmed with a vintage button, as an embellishment. This is now available in my Etsy shop (though, if is sold, I can make a custom hat in this or other color combinations).
"Rose Elegance" earrings
These classic, exquisitely elegant earrings feature fine silver roses that I handcrafted in metal clay and finished with a vintage oxidized finish to accentuate the delicate petals. They're beautifully paired with natural white keshi freshwater "petal pearls" and other complementary beads. These would be a beautiful bridal set, though they're perfect for just about any occasion. They're available in my Etsy shop, click the photo to link. (If you'd like these roses in bright silver instead of oxidized, perhaps with a different gemstone or with none at all, contact me for a special order.)
"Cafe Au Lait" felted wool hat
This beauty was hand knit and felted from hand-dyed Peruvian wool yarn (Cascade Magnum Paints), in this case a blend of browns and creamy-white. It is decorated with a Dill floral button and hand-knotted Swarovski crystal pearls. This hat was sold and the wonderful yarn is, sadly, discontinued. However, I have yard to make this in similar colors that also include tan and rust, as well as some green and blue combinations. Contact me at (email@example.com) to discuss a custom order. Each of these hats is really warm and unique!
"Zinfandel" pendant necklace
The pendant is fine silver, handmade, textured and finished. It's set with a bold, richly hued freshwater pearl. The strand is handknotted in silk, featuring matching freshwater pearls and faceted garnet beads. It was once available online but was sold at a giftshop, Firefly Moon. However, if you'd like a similar design, contact me to discuss a custom order because I still have another large pearl like this one (also, some white ones for a different look).
"Glow Sticks" earrings
These are fun polymer clay earrings with a one-of-a-kind banded and marbelized design, complemented by terracotta Czech glass and the gorgeous blue-flashing gemstone labradorite. These are available on my Etsy site -- click on the photo. Also, browse around the Earrings section for other polymer clay designs.
"Rock Salt and Pepper" necklace and earrings set
The crispy clear nuggets in this necklace are iceflake quartz. They're combined with gorgeous deep grey Swarovski crystal pearls, the necklace all handknotted in white silk. The fine (pure) silver toggle clasp was handmade, textured and finished. I designed it to perfectly complement the iceflake quartz. This unique, beautiful set is no longer for sale but a red version called Holidays on Ice is!
"Sunshine" Bejeweled felted hat
My new line of bejeweled felted hats are cozy, warm and one-of-a-kind stylish! I hand knit them in 100% wool, felt them, and hand-shape them. The fabric is thick and luxurious. This one has a hand knit hatband and a cheery brass flower button. It's bright and fun! Click the photo to reach the listing in my Etsy shop. Browse around the shop to see the other Bejeweled hats and contact me if you're interested in a custom order.
This bracelet has a Southwestern flair, with turquoise nuggets and heishi rondelles in gorgeous teal hues, combined with oxidized silverplated textured beads. It closes with a handmade clasp of Japanese glass seed beads and a distinctive rustic looking hammered metallic button. This is another one-of-a-kind item that has sold, but contact me for information about all the bracelet possibilities!
"Starburst" fine silver pendant
This pendant is fine (pure) silver, handcrafted from silver clay (PMC3), with an organic "starburst" texture that reminds me of fossilized coral. I oxidized and polished it to get this beautiful patina. The back is hammered (not shown). This necklace recently sold. If you'd like a similar one as a custom order, contact me.
"Wine and Roses" necklace and earrings set
This set features sizzling hot, sparkly round beads of an agate some call "fire agate". I believe it's primarily carnelian. In any case, it is gorgeous, veined in deep reds, oranges, browns down to black. In this dramatic necklace the agate beads are arranged with Czech glass rondelles in a deep red matte finish, all handknotted together with silk. Swarovski crystals in "Light Colorado Topaz" provide pretty accents. The necklace closes with one of my hand-formed sterling silver hook and eye clasps (not shown), beaded with carnelian. The matching earrings feature smaller, smooth agate rounds, Czech glass, Japanese seed beads and all the metal is sterling silver. This rich, gorgeous one-of-a-kind set was once available online, but has now been sold at Firefly Moon, Arlington, MA. A similar necklace, with slightly smaller striped agate beads combined with warm woods and carnelian is now for sale in my Etsy shop. Click the photo to reach the listing.
"Tigereye Hematite" necklace
Tigeriron is a gorgeous gemstone and this bold rectangular focal bead is a great example. It's banded with tigereye, hematite, and red jasper. The pendant is hand-wired with sterling silver, and is attached to a necklace of hematite and tigereye. It closes with a handcrafted sterling silver clasp (not shown). This piece was sold at a local holiday fair. But, if you click the photo, you can see the Etsy listing for a deep blue necklace with a rectangular focal bead of sodalite and a strand of sodalite, blue lace agate and silver. This one is called Denim and Lace.
"Cherry Creek" necklace and earrings set
Cherry Creek Jasper is an earthy and beautifully hued gemstone that reminds me of a southwestern desert. This necklace has cherry creek jasper, terracotta matte Czech glass, and silver beads, all handknotted together. It closes with a textured handcrafted fine (pure) silver toggle clasp (not shown). Also not shown are the matching earrings. The necklace pictured was sold at a recent holiday fair, but I had enough beads to make one more. Of course, the natural gemstones will make the patterns and colors differ somewhat, but it is just as beautiful. Available as a set, or purchased separately if preferred, in my online shop. Click the photo to reach the link.
"First Blush of Dawn" earrings
I love these! The colors are so soft, with pale pink (rose quartz) and grey from the oxidized fine silver and the "Black Diamond" Swarovski crystals. They're very dainty and lightweight. I handcrafted and finished the fine silver ovals from silver clay. The backs (not shown) are lightly hammered. These have already been sold, but I can make a similar pair to order. Contact me if you're interested. Or, browse the Earrings section of my Etsy shop for other elegant designs featuring handmade fine silver elements.
"Silver Pinecone" pendant
I made this beautifully detailed fine (pure) silver pendant from silver clay (PMC3). See the Jewelry Topics for more information about what I'm doing with this amazingly versatile medium. This pendant is about 1 inch long, including the handformed loop, so it's very dainty. I finished it by oxidation and handpolishing. This very special necklace, including a slender Greek leather cord and sterling silver clasp is available in my online shop. Click the photo to reach the link. Similar pendants in other designs are also available. Contact me to discuss further.
"Aqua Velvet" earrings
These fine silver ovals, made of silver clay (PMC3) were oxidized and then polished to get this effect. Also in these earrings are turquoise, chalcedony and sterling silver (beads, wire and leverback earwires). See the Jewelry Topics section for some more examples of the new fine silver earrings, featuring various geometric shapes and gemstone combinations. These have sold, but other fine silver textured and other unique earrings are available in my online shop.
"Chocolate Kiss" earrings
Beautiful, large faceted smoky quartz briolettes are gently wrapped in sterling silver. All sterling silver wire-work, including the earwires, is handcrafted by me. These earrings are for sale in my Etsy shop (click on the photo).
"Black Lab" earrings
Sweet little sterling silver black labs, with excellent detail, are combined with more sterling silver and sparkly Jet black Swarovski crystals. They dangle from sterling silver leverback earwires. Other dog breeds and gemstone combinations are possible, including German Shepherd/smoky quartz. These black lab earrings already sold, but other pairs can be custom ordered. Contact me about ordering earrings with sterling silver labs or other breeds.
"Golden Butterscotch" earrings
The luscious golden yellow beads were handmade by Quebec lampwork artist Marie-Andree Marchand. The long triangular 14 kt gold-filled hoops were hand-formed by me, as were the 14 kt gold-filled earwires, adorned with amber Swarovski crystals. These already sold in my Etsy shop. But, if you'd like a similar pair, in gold or silver, with a different color lampwork bead or other stones, contact me to discuss a custom order.
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