I rally took my time with this range. mariko likes Mother of the Bride or classical nice quality white pearl jewellery designs and i always like to oblige by creating styles only for Mariko Boutiques. I used to do this for many of my outlets around Australia and now due to the times I only have two and my own online stores. Never the less the beauty of white pearls really speak for themselves and yet something completely special and different is what I try to create for the customers there. I like to launch a few times a year at Mariko and love the support and enthusiasm I always get from the staff there. Always helpful and always genuine.
Along with some other lovely Black and White Bracelets I made yesterday I have been requested to make some pearls bracelets with my own hand made charms. I love having a project to do and felt inspired – here are the two just made with gemstone highlights.
I think there will be alot of green this year worn at Melbourne Cup Lunches this Tuesday. I have a fabulous collection of Peacock Green pearl jewellery that may interest you. This colour just keeps coming back to life in the fashion world and that’s why it remains one of my firm favourites for any event.
It took 50 years for this little tale to come to a happy ending. Recently a lady purchased a pair of hand made white mabe pearl earrings in a clip on from my Etsy e-Boutique. I just love my little Etsy store as some of my customers kindly share stories on why they choose a particular piece. Here’s a ripper!
I found this tale so unique I just had to share it. An American couple was posted here in Perth, Australia in the 60’s and they bought a lovely pearl bracelet which remains a constant memory of a happy time, spent here. This bracelet was handed down to the grand daughter, who one day sees a pair of earrings that match her Gran’s bracelet and they are in Julleen Jewels on Etsy. The granddaughter who wears her bracelet every day, bought the earrings from my store and they arrived in the USA yesterday. Her set of pearl jewellery is now complete. What are the odds on someone living in USA has a bracelet her Gran bought in Perth in the 60’s then ends up not just finding a match anywhere but actually purchasing it from a Perth designer. Such a nice story
Please read her review on my Etsy store. It’s just fabulous!
I need more stars to review Julia and her shop. She has incredible customer service skills plus she has a great sense of humor. In the 1960s, my grandmother lived in Perth for about a year and bought the bracelet in the picture below before returning home to California. Fast forward 50+ years and I buy an incredible pair of handmade pearl earrings that are a perfect match. And they came from South Perth! The earrings are gorgeous and will be my go to staples. Simple and elegant just like Gram’s bracelet.
Hot off the press, this gorgeous necklace I just completed today. With a lovely Silver White Baroque Australian Pearl, cage set, with a Round Emerald and emerald cut Garnet, set en the diamond, Sterling Silver Pendant, strung on the peacock green, ice white and champagne pearls. Beautiful natural rubies and emerald facetted beads, make the necklace complete.
Great to see the clip on pearl earring becoming popular again and the neat no nonsense “close fit to the ear lobe” clip on design. There are many of us who don’t want to pierce their ears but find it quite difficult to get clip on earrings of any sort to say nothing of a pearl clip on earring. Enter Julleen Jewels with a wonderful array of bezel set pearls.
When a clip on on the back of an earring is required it needs a saucer base for the actual lever back clip to sit on. This requires more metal to make a flat spacious surface for a clip on to be soldered to, rather than say, a simple post being added to the back of a pearl for the stud style.
This is where expertise comes in handy. The dying art of setting pearls into bezel bases is not handled by many jewellers today as it’s a job that requires using hand made (hands on) skills, understandably it’s not high on the list of designs to make, as the percentage of people with pierced ears is quite high, therefore the lower percentage belongs to those who do not and so why bother catering to them. The person requiring a clip on sits around 30 percent. Therefore you can understand why jewellery makers tend to go for the easier design and cater largely to people with piercings. I saw a niche in the market here and as I fall into the category of non pierced ear women, well, you can see why I chose to make a good variety of clip on earrings in pearl and some, if not as many, gemstone clip ons. I don’t do hallmarked gold settings but I do make Hallmarked Sterling with pure gold microns (vermeil).
I am very proud to say at Julleen we have loads of lovely bezel set pearl clip on earrings. I lovely new selection of recently made earrings in gold vermeil are now available in my Etsy store. Take a look see, you may find just the most perfect earring that will last for decades right here.
Finally after wanting to make this style for ages I found the right pearls, the right type of pronged Hook, for the pearls and then voila! Once all ready for the world to see, low and behold! I see Suits star Gina Torres, as the fabulous Jessica Pearson, from Suits and from the spin off Pearson, wearing my design.
This initial earring is with a beautifully exaggerated pointed top. However my idea is to make more with a pod shape pearl.
Happy with this though and have put it straight onto Etsy where I think it’s not going to last very long.
Heading towards the Spring months my artistic impulses head me to the work bench. It’s a bit a slow start but am getting the hang of what I envision for the warmer months head. Here are some of the creations I wanted to share with my followers.
Good lord! it’s already September and I have not done a post for ages. Just when the weather heats up I get the urge to make some black pearls 4 row bracelets. I find my black pearl collection is the most requested items on my Etsy store. Usually these beautiful thick and luscious black pearl cuffs are only found on my Julleen E- Boutique but you just never know I may end up putting a few on Etsy too. Stay tuned. Meanwhile enjoy my new creations for September 2019.
So after years of having the same Business Cards and forever telling everyone about my little Etsy Store called “Julleen Jewels” and then either handing them the original Julleen card with no Etsy address or writing the Etsy address on the back of the cards, I came to the conclusion that something had to change.
When I was handing over a card to an artist last week and once again writing the address on the back (tedious!!!) we both virtually at the same time, said I simply must have that Etsy address, on my card. Instantly I had an epiphany! To search online for self designed stickers. I didn’t have to look far. I had used Vistaprint in 2000 but would you believe they still are operational today and even better now, as all can be designed and coordinated online. Within minutes I had created some new perfectly lovely stickers. I ordered them and within two days the items were delivered to my box in South Perth.
Thus! today with paper guillotine in hand (after years of being stored Lord knows where) and after slicing the stickers in two, I just added them to my cards, which luckily had just enough space to accommodate my new brilliant idea! I then ordered some fridge magnets which I thought was a nifty idea too. Saved me, creating and paying for a load of new business cards.
“Necessity is truly – the Mother of Invention”.
Voila! my new cards …complete with my Etsy Store Address for Julleen Jewels. Thanks Vistaprint.