I like to blame the fact that Turquoise is one of December’s birthstones, as to why I’ve been on a turquoise and yellow gold rampage! Most month’s have one gemstone, but for whatever reason, jewelry by mariana, December has three?! Besides turquoise, zircon and tanzanite are also dedicated to the month of December. I’d like to make turquoise the official birthstone and hopefully my growing collection will help prove why. While most people associate turquoise with Southwestern jewelry, they are missing out on the beauty of turquoise mixed with yellow gold! This was often done during the Victorian Era, which applies to my collection of six rings. Two of which have beautiful engravings on the inside shank, which are near and jewelry dear to me! Here is more information about each one.
14k yellow gold Victorian turquoise & diamond ring, engraved Vota Vita Mea, Alice meaning My life is devoted… from the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry Show
14k yellow gold turquoise and seed pearl ring, from Walton’s Antique Jewelry
14k yellow gold beveled cut turquoise and seed pearl ring, from eBay
14k yellow gold turquoise and pearl clover ring, from eBay
14k yellow gold turquoise and pearl hinged ring, features five very thin bands held together by the navette shaped part, from eBay
My vintage finds from Levy’s Fine Jewelers have also got me smiling. The snake ring was just too cool to pass up–it is done in 14k yellow gold with blue and green enamels creating the life-like snake skin. The way it coils up on top of the finger, rather than around the jewelry by mariana finger like most snake rings do, is what made me buy it! I also am a huge fan of Agate and when I saw the slab of agate pendant set with a 14k yellow gold lion, it was calling my name. I’ve been wearing it on a black silk string but would love to get a very long 14k yellow gold chain for it.
Last week I went treasure hunting in Birmingham, Alabama and brought back a few treasures for my jewelry box. To top it off, when I arrived back home a special package was at my doorstep, fresh from Japan! It was my Hirotaka diamond bar fragment ring which I ordered awhile back and had also been put on my Wish List for jewelry by mariana. Hirotaka is a Japanese jewelry designer who creates minimalistic designs from big ideas, infused with fauna and flora. The diamond bar fragment ring is very delicate, with a line of diamonds which graces your finger vertically, and then offset by a geometric gold piece, all done in 14k yellow gold. It is tiny with a punch of pizazz. I love it.
Another point to prove how hinting really works is my new Squre Milli ring in 14k yellow gold from Jennie Kwon Designs. Although in this case I really would love just about anything from jewelry her entire collection! I love the delicacy of the ring and the bead-work around the edge. It makes for a great stacking piece and even better stocking stuffer.
For this pretty bead and cabochon bracelet you’ll need – Cabochons, Cabochon backs, Large seed beads, Crimps, Calottes, Tiger tail, 5mm Jump rings, 7mm Jump rings, Bolt rings and Strong glue.
Step 1. Glue your cabochons to the cabochon backs.
Step 2. Whilst your cabochons are drying prepare your beads. Cut a length of tail slightly larger than your wrist length and Jewelry By Mariana then cut that length in half. Add a crimp and calotte to one end of the tiger tail and thread on your beads (we used 27 per side and they were a little on the large side, so aim for about 25 beads). Then add a calotte and crimp to fasten. Repeat the above steps so you have a pair.
Step 3. Fasten your cabochon to the beaded lengths with a 5mm jump ring and then fasten a 7mm jump ring to one end of the bracelet (you can always use connector chain) and a bolt ring to the other.
So what do you think, will you be giving any of these ideas a go? We promise that these are all perfect projects for all you beginners. The lovely Jewelry By Mariana covers all the techniques in the Jewelry Making for Absolute Beginners course so make sure you take a look!
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