I’ve always loved surprises. Suprise Parties. Surprise Endings. Surprise Visitors.
And challenges. Puzzles. Mysteries. Sudoku.
So, when I was notified by Nina Designs that I was selected to participate in their blog partnership program, I eagerly awaited the package of components that I would get to work with. Today, I will share the pieces I created using the little surprises that I received.
I discovered Nina Designs at the first gem show I attended after I started making jewelry. I loved everything about their products – from the unique designs they offered to the quality of the pieces to the friendly and knowledgable staff. And now, as a regular customer, I have come to learn about their community giving. I am especially impressed with the fact that they regularly travel to Bali, Indonesia and Thailand to meet with the hard-working artisans there who turn Nina’s concepts into reality. I love that they offer microloans to the artisans in these countries, empowering these craftspeople to earn a real living. So, in addition to already being a fan, the behind-the-scenes stories of Nina Designs and their staff make be proud to use their products and share them with you.
I am honored and grateful to present to you these amazing designs, crafted from the beautiful components they provided to me.
As soon as I saw these gorgeous, natural brass abstract links, I knew the perfect way to show them off would be to pair them with these rock crystals. The irregular facets and opacity of the stones set off the high shine of links, allowing these earring to make a real statement, while keeping their simple, “every day” status.
What a great way to use a random collection of natural stones – with this double-wrap matte gold-filled bracelet. I don’t make a lot of bracelets, but when I do, they are pretty special. When I saw the lotus charm and this large, easy-to-operate clasp, I knew this bracelet was meant to be! I paired the uber-shiny charm against the matte chain, and hooked a small, faceted Carnelian rondelle to the charm. And now that I’ve found this amazing new clasp, I’ll be making a lot more bracelets.
When I design earrings, I like for the ear wire to be as much a part of the design as the “dangly” part. So I was thrilled to pair these bronze marquis ear wires with 18K gold-over-bronze callalily charms and tiny pearls.
Since I specialize in one-of-a-kind designs, I was happy to test my creativity and use the second lotus charm in a completely different way. This necklace features a Chinese turquoise pendant, green turquoise beads and sapphire-colored jade beads. And although I’m not a real “blingy” person, I think the few Swarovski beads dangling from the lotus charm add just the right amount of oomph.
Remember the story about discovering Nina Designs at the gem show? Well, these sterling silver ear wires are one of the things I purchased that day. I have always loved the swirl motif, so I had to have them. But I hadn’t found the right way to use them until now . . . my package of components contained these bright, shiny natural bronze discs. I decided to pair them with faceted glass briolettes (which look like real stone). And since the earrings are silver and gold, they are perfect for any outfit.
I’d been wanting to take a stab at working with silk ribbon for a while, so when I saw the turquoise and lime silk ribbons in my package, I was excited to try them out. After trying several different concepts, I decided to go with these simple lariat styles. Each has an agate at the end, creating a nice weight for the ribbon, as well as a beautiful focal point. The large beads move up and down on the ribbon, making it easy to get on and take off, as well as to size for the wearer. Fun, easy and a little boho!
Had so much fun working on this project. Would love to hear what you think of the newest SheShe Artisan Jewelry designs!
The materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging
program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from
above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the