As an artist I can get quite messy with components spread across my work bench as I try to create a design that I see in my head. Finding that all important component or detail, can be quite the driving force. This energy for me is used, to perfect my craft and therefore the design. Someone asked me today how did you even think of that design? We were talking about the Julleen Pearled Egg. This isn’t the first time I have been asked this but the answer is, at some point I have been shown something that inspires me. It can be anything. A Fried Egg perhaps?
At one time I just couldn't source any Mabe Bezel Pearls, (see left pic below). I found this so frustrating and so here is a prime example how "necessity can turn into invention" and can help an artist create! Going back to the egg, I must have fried thousands of eggs in my life time but I can't recollect that it was a trigger, it was just that I saw my new design in my head one day, which pushed me to mount a Mabe Pearl into a Sterling Silver base which seemingly looked like a fried egg. I began drawing my Julleen jewelled egg and from there more detail was required to make it stand out from the crowd.(there's that 2018 term again) I wanted a hand beaten base and made a variegated bail to support the pendant and then I easily created the matching earring. It's over a decade later and someone today fell completely in love with my pearled Mabe Egg design all over again. This isn't then end - oh no! After my designer pendants were produced by my wonderful silver smiths, I then had to set them onto a necklace. Building a pearl and gemstone necklace around the Pendant is the next step in the overall creation and then choosing what components to be placed where, along the neckline. Choosing the long spacers so the neck looks slimmer is another detail that is often forgotten and getting the balance just "so-so" and then deciding on the right clasp, is all part of the designer process. Much thought and many details can make something very special.
It's all in the details folks and those details will pay off in the end.It may take people a while to catch up but if you make something creative and unique someone at some stage will recognise your hard work and passion.
For nearly twenty years I have been saying that original pearl jewellery designs matter. I have been making the “one of” pearl jewellery pieces, for as long as I have designing and manufacturing. It seems that finally individuals are looking for more ways to stand out from the crowd. Everyone wants to be unique and so at last we seem to be getting braver and want to wear things that are not mass produced. This idea sits well with me. The beauty of having a custom made item of jewellery, shows you are as unique as the design you are wearing. My slogan for Julleen Pearl Jewellery is “As Individual as You”! It actually means so much.
The luckiest clients I have are on Etsy right now as that’s my e-store that showcases my one’s of. I may repeat a design once it’s sold but you can definitely be sure that what you buy in my Etsy store is unique and the quality will be top notch. https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/JulleenJewels
A client returned a necklace for service today. Some of the components had been lost after it had broken. Luckily for my client she knows the designer and so she asked me for help to mend the item she loved so much. See if you can spot the difference.
Just love the TV series, “Who Do You Think You Are” which traces your family’s ancestry and I discovered a real treat yesterday, Noni Hazlehurst, one of Australia’s best loved actors, wearing a Julleen style Black Triple Layer Pearl Earring in Sterling Silver. You will find the actual earring on my store on Etsy. To purchase this gorgeous style- click the link below.
Recently I went on holiday to Amsterdam with my mother and we are both lovers of pearl jewellery. You may see here my mother’s natural creamy pink pearls. She wears them every single day. I on the other hand wear a pearl bracelet and pearl earrings and ring every single day. Thought this a lovely shot to share.
Just in case you are on the hunt for some pretty pink pearl jewellery. I have just the place ….
Finally made a black pearl classical pearl earring I am proud to share. If you don’t have pierced ears, like me, I bet you are always on the look out for robust quality clip ons and especially those with pearls. This is what started my on on the path of making jewellery. These are made in sturdy sterling Hallmarked Sterling Silver and are electroplated with 5 microns of pure gold. Want to know how to wear a clip on pearl earring then please view my most popular video.
Happy Australia Day to all Australians. I love wearing Lapis and Pearl Jewellery on Australia Day. Some gemstones that generate interest around this time are any stones that depict our Australian red earth colour such as orange jade, red jasper or red amber. However my fave is always rich blue with reds and white honouring our Australian flag – I know a bit old school but I like our flag and love to celebrate it as often as possible – no better time than Australia day though is there.
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Can you imagine clicking on the TV, to see one of your pearl earring designs, being worn by someone, right there, on the screen in front of you. Well it happened before and now it’s happened again. What a lovely surprise to see one of my signature pearl earring designs called Miss Julleen, being worn on screen, by the infamous and deadly Regina Bligh, from A Place to Call Home. One of my favourite TV series and where Regina, played by the stunning Jenni Baird, is seen here, wearing one of my signature designs. To purchase the earring follow the link below.
Pearl Rings have been worn since Elizabethan times when pearls were so rare royalty only could possess them and they were always set in gold.
I can’t remember a time when I haven’t admired pearl rings and so when I started my label Julleen Pearl Jewellery it didn’t take me long to create very different pearl rings and set them in Hallmarked sterling silver. Shock horror! this was a first at that time, 20 years ago! All sterling silver and pearl rings had faux pearls. Yes really! To see the entire collection click the PINK link below –
The most popular by far in my early collection (believe it or not) was a pearl encrusted thumb ring. Now after making my huge Pearl Shield ring, made initially 7 years ago, this one today is the favoured design. Am happy to say this is in stock once again. The shield of 3 pearls and 14 CZ stones, made in Sterling Silver best of all, it’s adjustable! It fits any finger size. Please take a peek at my video below on adjusting ring sizes and view some of these most stunning and substantial Pearl Rings you’ll ever see. These are not flimsy designs.
Butterflies are the most gorgeous creatures and really are the most copied natural symbol for jewellery makers and it is no different for pearl jewellery.
I have been making creatures and Butterfly pendants from Mother of Pearl and stones for many years now. However not many designs carry a full strand of lustrous pearls attached permanently to the necklace, that’s why I like making them. See here the tourmaline and pearl versions I have made for 2018
For many centuries the humble butterfly has been loved in adornments, symbolizing femininity and significant spirituality. Rebirth. It is for this reason I share my designs for the opening of 2018.
As far back as Elizabethan times the jewelled butterfly was worn only by the very wealthy, however today in our modern era the Butterfly symbol lives on in spectacular ways for many all over the world
I think everyone who loves pearls loves pink. Pink pearls seem to be the trending colour right now. I have just released this amazing Pink Mabe Earring on my Etsy store. It’s a 19mm setting and each 15.5 mm pearl it’s mounted on a beautifully crafted, double bezel design with Post. These are really a wow wow wow pink pearl earring. To buy them click on the link below.