I paint a design directly onto the wax first before carving.
I am working on pieces for Mother's Day and have been playing around with the highly impractical idea of photo rings. The trick will be making these extra waterproof--my lifelong challenge.
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Barcelona Heart with aqua and green diamonds, silver and gold.
Love formed the entire atlas of the globe,
plotted a course for the rest of us, home,
sailing alone single-handed around the world-
Hearts are difficult to make without the usual cheesy, cutesy connotations so I wanted to create one with an unusual and unexpected design for Valentine's Day. Shown here is the Barcelona in silver. We also are making it in bronze which has really beautiful and rich quality. It comes with teardrop shaped moonstones or aqua and has 11 tiny green diamonds set into the vines. I hope you all enjoy the new collection as much as I enjoyed making it. To see the drawing and wax of this piece click here.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Melissa wears her Adaline with her wedding set.
In my time working in the Jeanine Payer retail store I have helped countless people make important gift selections and with Valentine's coming up I thought I'd offer some helpful tips. For starters, the words are truly the most important thing--Substance over style as the saying goes. If the perfect words are on a piece that would not work stylistically we can always customize it.
For the woman who already owns several pieces, choosing something from the latest collection is ideal. AND hearts are always a sweet and safe choice for Valentines. In the Spring Collection I recommend the Santaigo with lines by Balzac, Love is the poetry of the senses/Love is the beauty of the soul. Another great selection is the Amatrice which has poetry by Ian Burgham , Resting on our hearts, my map of the world within you.'
I have seen women ponder about a certain piece for a few weeks or men come in and purchase something within 5 minutes! It all depends on the individual. The main thing is that you know the words that mean the most when you hear them.
Things to watch out for:
- Don't buy in sets! one well selected piece is always more powerful.
- Valentines Day is not the holiday for a gift certificate--this is about the sentiment and the thought, literally.
- Women generally like to mix and match their jewelry metals, styles and eras so don't be afraid to buy silver if she has a gold ring, etc.
- Rings are hard as surprise gifts unless you know for an absolute fact what size they wear. Safer choices are necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
- Make sure you select the style based more on the recipient’s taste rather than yours.
On this Valentines Day we wish you all the best in whatever you chose to give, whether it is a piece of jewelry, a love note, or hand picked flowers, it is all in the romantic, meaningful gesture.