I have always liked star fish and really it makes for the perfect fit with pearls and so I created a substantial large pink pearl bracelet that even has a seaman’s hook clasp. All the components match well with a nautical theme.
When I first made the peacock green pearl twist necklace I knew at the time it was a spectacular piece that every one would just adore and have for decades to come. This necklace was first worn by beautiful Teresa in 2005. Here we are in 2018! and she just sent me a image to let me see how it is doing and how often she still wears her favourite Julleen pearl necklace.
I am so proud of this necklace and it really is one of my finest designs ever
The earring Terri wears here are just as stunning as the day she got them and again this shows how Julleen Jewellery is not a throw away item but one made to last for really a life time of wear.
One of the most beautiful and gemstones in the semi precious genre has got to be Citrine. These days many shades of citrine are available to most jewellery makers. I have used lemon and pale yellow citrine but just recently I created a stunning pendant which included one baroque gold pearl and a huge golden citrine. The gold pearls I use here is one of the first purchases I made when I first started Julleen Pearl Jewellery.
Now what to do with this fabulous pendant? I could of course make it easy on myself and just thread it onto a plain white pearl necklace or even just thread it over a chain. Nah Ah. Not me. I want to build a fine designer piece around the pendant and so began by choosing more of the golden pearl that highlights this stunning 22 ct Golden Citrine. Adding some champagne, cram and white pearls and copious amounts of sterling silver spacers, Voila after about a half a days’ work, this is the result!
Now available of Etsy let’s see what you, the public think of my lovely new gold hue gemstone and pearl necklace.
Well it took us a while to get it all organized but after asking my customers what they really wanted most, as a change for Julleen Jewels on Etsy, before Christmas this year, it was to go “Free Shopping Globally”.
My Aussie customers have had this little luxury for a few months now and so with exciting news, from the best couriers around, Sendle! delivering Internationally, this was exactly the opportunity we’ve been waiting for.
Here’s to fun shopping on Julleen Jewels on Etsy with totally free Shipping!
Happy is the girl who wears a pearl. No argument here, most girls prefer a pearl earring to any other earring on the planet. It is the most popular organic gem in the world besides diamonds. Pearls highlight the skin and suit just about anyone who wears them. A pearl stud earring immediately adds style, grace and class to anyone wearing it and it makes you feel and look fabulous every minute of the day.
Besides the white pearl stud earring we have some stunning colours including pink, black, bronze and aqua! for someone who wants a variation of the look.
One of my favourite models Nikki, wears a pearl stud to perfection, seen here making us all feel the happiness.
Bronze Pearl Jewellery has always been quite rare but I find when I make it people just love it. Over many years there has been a real following for this charming colour pearl. It really is from the black pearl variety yet also has gold tones to it, that are so vibrant and alive you would swear it comes from gold based pearls. As with most of the unusual colours, it has a mixture of hues that create a rich Copper and Bronze pearl.
They seem to have a type of renaissance feel to them and I find many artists and those who appreciate art, just adore the warm glows that bronze freshwater pearls create. As an designer I love adding a contrasting gemstone Bead like the Blue of Lapis or the Green in Jade and orange of Coral and the bright blue of Turquoise – just to be a little different from the rest!
The mabe or blister pearl is an ancient method of pearl harvesting. The stunning effect created, looks like half a huge pearl. However it is a blister created by the oyster with the help of man (cultured pearling).
To form a Mabe or blister pearl, a small base usually a dome or in some instances, tiny figures like the above Buddhas, are placed delicately on the shell of the oyster or mussel, rather than within the fleshy part, of the shell creature, as in cultivating or even finding natural full pearls. The irritation acts exactly the same as that of the creation of solid pearl. The intruder soon gathers nacreous layers, (pearl surface). The result is the nacre produced looks like a blister. The blisters are painstakingly removed and delicately mounted on half domes with backs hidden and then sheathed with a Mother of Pearl base for it to sit before adding to jewellery. This cultured pearl dome or the Buddhas are complete. Voila! the Mabe is BORN.
There are nautilus mabes, seen in the ring and green oval pendant below and mabes left in their own bezel. There are colourful mabes, pink, golds, greens and blues, sometimes a grey one if you can find it and of course white mabes and even blacks, that I have set over many years.
Ah the beauty of the Mabe Pearl hey!
If you are on the look out for some two tone pearl earrings in Black and White I think you’ll be pleased to see my new collection on my Etsy Store. Not only do these pearl earrings look completely different from the average online or shopping Mall jewellery stores, the quality of each earring is just top drawer and the shelf life for them is ongoing. These beauties are made to last for as long as you want to wear them and that could mean a mighty long time.
Take a look
I just love making pieces for special people and Maggie Dent is pretty special to many Aussie families who love her approach to bringing up children, author of Some Things About Boys and many others, Maggie loves her pearl jewellery and when commissioned to make a white pearl necklace with bright blue I hopped to it. Maggie wanted a piece she could wear often. Here is the result.
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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.