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Ladybug Jewelry

Posted by learntobead on November 27, 2009

Ladybug Jewelry

I was just finishing a review of some new ladybug themed jewelry by Cartier, and was somewhat bored and dissappointed.     Too often these big jewelry houses play it safe — a few elements of high style and blah.

So, I took to the internet, met up with one of my closest friends GOOGLE, and tried to see if I could find anything that was more exciting.

Ladybugs are a big category in jewelry themes.   Ladybugs are supposed to bring good luck.   If a ladybug lands on you, you can make a wish, and the wish supposedly will come true.  

Just Ladybugs
http://www.eclecticala.com/ladybugs/ladybug1.htm

A wide selection of ladybug jewelry, even ladybug wallpaper for your computer.

Nothing here necessarily with a jewelry design edge that I’m looking for, but lots of beautiful pieces, and different ladybug poses.

The Lady Bug Shop
http://store.ladybug-shop.com/index.cfm?action=cat.catalog&categoryID=19

SmithsonianStore.com

Murano glass ladybug jewelry at the Smithsonian

Great Vintage Jewelry
http://www.greatvintagejewelry.com/inc/sdetail/8841

Delizza Elster Jewelry Vintage Lady Bug Pin Glass Jeweled Brooch

Affordable Vintage Jewelry

http://www.affordablevintagejewelry.com/vifllabudpin.html

Vintage Enamel and Faux Pearl Ladybug Brooch

If you wanted to take the theme – LADYBUG – and create pieces of jewelry that might be worn at a President’s State Dinner, or at the Academy Awards, or to enhance a Couture Runway Show, or to make a power statement for a woman management executive, what might the ladybug look like?     How would you start?   Where would you begin?  

Could you go too far — distorting the cherub-like, wishing-well feeling of the simple ladybug?

12/24/09
Since I wrote the original blog about ladybugs, I was introduced to the lampwork of Margaret Zinser.     She has a series with beetles that I think might meet more contemporary design expectations.
http://www.mzglass.com

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Take a Trip Through Metal Cyberspace

Posted by learntobead on November 12, 2009

Take A Trip Through Metal Cyberspace

http://www.metalcyberspace.com/index.html

 

This online directory of contemporary jewelry artists is very large.    It makes a wonderful tour of important and creative pieces from some of the world’s best metal artists.

Some highlights:

 

Barbara Cohen

http://www.bcohendesign.com/


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Melissa Finelli

http://mellefinellijewelry.com/

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Anoush Waddington

http://www.anoushwaddington.co.uk/portfolio.htm#

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Voting Has Begun – Beaded Art Dolls

Posted by learntobead on November 2, 2009

OnLine Voting Has Begun!

ALL DOLLED UP: Beaded Art Doll Competition
http://www.landofodds.com/store/alldolledup2009contest.htm

Voting ends 1/15/2010

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www.landofodds.com/store/alldolledup.htm

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Read our FALL DESIGNERS GAZETTE 2009

Posted by learntobead on November 2, 2009

DESIGNERS GAZETTE, FALL 2009

You can read our DESIGNERS GAZETTE, Fall, 2009 online. 

Go To:

http://www.warrenfeldjewelry.com/pdf/fg102009/fall2009pdf.pdf

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