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I come by it honestly.

My mom is far more creative than I am. Here are her latest bracelets ;)

Swarovski Crystal Jewellery

White Swarovski crystals paired with ivory Swarovski pearls. Silver findings, a silver dragon charm and filigree toggle clasp top off this incredibly blingy bracelet.

Swarovski Crystal Jewellery

Each charm (there are 95 of them in total) is double wound at the base to prevent any charms from falling out or catching on clothing. Took about 4 hours, but definitely worth it!

Swarovski Crystal Jewellery

She also created this beautiful pink piece over the winter and we’ve only gotten to photograph it now;

Swarovski Crystal Jewellery

Square cut 6 mm Swarovski crystals in Indian Pink paired with deep chocolate Swarovski pearls, on a chain of antique copper with filigree toggle clasp and antique copper charms.

Swarovski Crystal Jewellery

She’s got such a natural design sense – paired with her equally natural love of loud, sparkly jewellery she comes up with things I would have never thought of – way to go mom!

Sundays with mom

Every Sunday for a few months now my mom and I have made a habit (quickly becoming a tradition) of getting together to design, make and photograph jewellery. Here are her latest!

These adorable, bunchy little earrings were our main project. They’re made with 4 different sizes of Swarovski crystal, tiered to created these sparkly little beauties.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between glass and crystal? This is something I looked up on the weekend – when lead oxide is added to glass it contributes weight, sparkle and strength – that’s what makes it a crystal.

Standards vary, but in Europe glass must contain at least 8% lead to be considered a crystal. High quality suppliers, such as Swarovski, must contain at least 30% lead, contributing to their extraordinary clarity and shine. In addition they are precision cut – using a method similar to cutting diamonds and other fine gemstones. Before I just loved using them because they’re so sparkly, but now I can understand a bit more of where that sparkle comes from!

We really must start shooting in the sunlight again – the lights in mom’s display cabinet just don’t do it justice.

We also created this elegant bracelet. Sterling silver filigree clasp, polished agate beads and oversized faceted Swarovski crystals on a thin, doubled steel cable for strength.

I love how mom likes to art direct the photography – she’s very creative in this – I think she enjoys taking the photos after as much as she enjoys the jewellery!

I also finally got mom downtown to show her the PATH project

(I’m sporting my awesome new knitted shawl, that I am now hopelessly addicted to and never without…)

It was another great episode of “Sandra Sundays” =o)


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