Coral beads and the fabulous orangey pink colour have been a favourite of mine for decades. October 2019 has come so quickly I know and you can feel the buzz in the air as the weather changes. Coral is a great happy colour for just about anyone and am sure we’ll be seeing it at the Melbourne Cup and the Spring season of racing and many other fun events around this time of year.
This is what inspired me to make some very cute Coral bead earrings and put them into my Esty store. Please take a look at what I think are some of my best coral designers over the years. Loads more in my Etsy Store.
A fabulous collectors piece is now featured in the Julleen Jewels boutique on Etsy. Highly regarded as one of the world’s most fascinating gemstones, Tourmaline has kept it’s popularity in colour phases from green, pink, honey, lemon, red, aqua, turquoise and black. Right now the black tourmaline is trending. Although this stone weighing 115.8 ct has red and watermelon undertones, when on, it looks black. The pendant looks great on many colours. Seen here on Navy, Black, Fuchsia, and Red. The amazing thing is when the light hits it the colours change to a cherry red. Tourmaline comes in so many wonderful colours that it’s hard to pick which one is more stunning.
Knowing that this piece will outlive all of us on the planet shows how resilient these gemstones can be. When I saw this out-sized cabochon I reeled at it’s magnificence. I decided to set it in a plain double bezel setting with a chunky bail in Sterling Silver. I then microned the silver in yellow gold vermeil. It can be worn on a pearl necklace, chain or even on leather.
My grandfather a diamond merchant and cutter, brought to Australia for me a beautiful rich Sherwood green, emerald cut, tourmaline from South Africa in the 1964, which he had set for me with brilliant cut and baguette diamonds. Sadly it was stolen in 1975 but my love of tourmalines has lives on.
Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge is such an icon and often wears a pearl Earring. Amongst her collection, is a gold hoop white drop pearl earring that is often part of her best loved and most worn accessories.
I have always loved a hoop pearl earring and have just re made this style again. Finding a good matching set of full drop pearls in nice quality is not easy. I think I have chosen well, as, as we know, to match pearls into perfect sets, is darn near impossible.
Here are the two new sets I have just places on my Etsy store Julleen Jewels.
Before purchasing online you should always check out the Feedback. On each store site they should have a Comment of Feedback tab for the public to view.
I am very happy to report that many of my customers have told me they chose me, as they loved my designs but also because I have a good view-able Feedback section on each of my sites.
I am sure that buying online is easier today than it has ever been but still you need to be able to trust your seller and then you can safely buy from all over the world. Although many of my items are very affordable every once and a while I get one customer who wants something quite expensive and getting it to them safely is essential.
I am happy for all to see the Feedback on www.julleen.com and my Etsy store and for those who would like to go straight there now – here’s where to go
Pearl Jewellery and particularly Pearl Dress Rings are really not as common as you would think. Soldering pearls with sterling silver is quite an art. It is for this reason we know the quality of a nice pearl ring is paramount. Recently black pearls are trending worldwide. I think most women now own a string of white pearls but really the black pearl is a little more rare and now people are wanting to expand their pearl collection with black pearls.
When I find a true black or coffee black Mabe Pearl and knowing it’s a rarity, I just love to have it set either into a pendant or a ring. A chocolate or coffee colour black mabe is hard to find now – many blacks have a blue green tinge to them.
Yes we do have pearl dress rings. The featured Black Pearl ring just sold yesterday to very lucky lady in Texas, USA. I felt the beauty of it should be recorded somewhere and it is for this reason, I made a little blog post today to celebrate the Julleen Pearl dress rings.
The one just below is featured in my Etsy store called Julleen Jewels and is a lovely design that will fit any size as it is adjustable! You may be the lucky person who gets to own this gorgeous ring – but be quick – these rare rings don’t last long.
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.
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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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
Easter just ended and here we are looking at Mother’s Day just around the corner. What are we getting Mum this year. How many times have we heard that? Finding something special for Mother’s day is not difficult, Click on the big PinkONLINE SHOP button (right here on the left of this page). Let me show you the stunning yet reasonable pearl jewellery designs that truly look so much more valuable than the price tag suggests.
I bought my Mum pearls years ago and continually do so and seriously my Mum literally wears her Julleen pearls every single day! Even at home!..often at home or out for a coffee? yes siree! I like seeing all my pearl-jewellery gifts to my Mum, come to good use.
I come from generations of women who cared for their grooming and always looked their very best. I am sort of proud of that. I simply wouldn't dream of going anywhere without my hair and makeup done and hang on! some pearl-jewellery. Whether on my fingers, wrists, necks or ears or maybe all the above. www.pearlbracelets.com.au
Go that extra step! but do it the easy way buy an item online. Let us deliver it to her front doorstep for you. Particularly handy when you live abroad, as an Ex Pat!. Get Mum a new pearl-jewellery item this year. I bet she wants you to.
Get 50% off for a second purchase for a Pearl Earring or Pearl Bracelet, or 30% off a 2nd Necklace Set.
Just in case you don’t believe how many rellies give their Mum’s a pearl-jewellery prezzie for Mother’s Day – please go check out the Feedback! in the Julleen Pearl, E Boutique, where you’ll see loads of real people who have bought their Mums a pearl jewellery surprise for their special day and still do.
Red is popular at anytime and Garnets are just about everyone’s most beloved gems. Red gems were usually was worn by Royalty and when these gemstones were used with gold – Woo Hoo! the look was just unbelievably decadent! It because I adore the rich warm strength of gold and red together. I designed this!
Finding a stylish garnet and pearl earring that you can wear at any time with real confidence isn’t difficult. You just need know where! to look. Today, a gold version of a style I always make in sterling silver, is listed on the Julleen Jewels Store on Etsy. Hallmarked 925 in gold vermeil it really shines!