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Tuesday, September 19, 2012

18 Sep


Today I tried on and wore (briefly) an amazing necklace by Kathy King. Her work is sculptural and innovative-you are looking at 11/0 beads stitched together sideways-and truly original.

Yes, I did have to give it back. If you are wondering what to get me for my birthday…ask Kathy.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

25 Aug

Life is full of turmoil right now. I need my jewels for their power-not just their beauty. They need to convey specific messages.

These two necklaces are in daily rotation. The ‘butter me up’ knife is by Jennifer Bethleune. It is on a chain with a clasp.

The skull-and-crown charm was a gift from a friend. It is knotted onto waxed linen and then knotted onto my neck. I’ll have to cut it off or wear it until the power is exhausted.

I’ve been wearing it for a week.


Long time, no see

15 Jun


Seven strand of vintage bone beads, clasped with a brass hook. They probably came from a garage sale.

‘Only $1? These are decent, I can cut them up and make something.’

But somehow I never did.

Tuesday, August 2nd

2 Aug


This vintage glass bead necklace is made of turquoise-colored beads and a pendant in the same glass. I love that simplicity.

I wore this today layered with a necklace from April.

I like simplicity, but layered.

Sunday, August 31st

31 Jul


Today was a rare mostly-rainy August day. Overcast, humid, hot.

This long strand of trade beads was purchased almost twenty years ago in Austin, Texas at a store that sold record albums.

Yeah, you read that right. Record albums.

Friday, July 1st

1 Jul


‘Mom, you should wear a necklace I made for your blog. Here, wear this one, it matches your dress. Let me put it on you.’

Necklace made by Cleo. Brass peace sign, fire-polished glass, finished with a lobster claw clasp in the back.

Saturday, June 11th

11 Jun

This 1920’s sterling and crystal necklace is a favorite from the Brimfield Flea Market in the early 1990’s. I attended with my friend and client; Harriet Love. Auntie Harriet appointed herself my guide at that famous market and it was fun. I returned the favor by taking her to the big Flea in Charlotte, NC one spring weekend. We spent the night before the flea in a nearby hotel where Harriet asked the doe-eyed waitress for a wine list. ‘Oh, we have both kinds. Red and white,’ the waitress replied.

Cool-as-a-cucumber, NYC native Harriet ordered a double glass of ‘the red’ and asked to have it placed in the ‘fridge for exactly four minutes. She explained “The cold dulls the palate and it is remarkable how one can broaden the range of acceptable wines by dropping their temperature ten degrees…”

Words to live by.

Friday, June 10th

10 Jun


Tuesday, May 24th

24 May




I purchased this in an antique store in Ohio.

Ball chain wrapped with seed beads strung on a spiral of hard wire (a tiny spring, perhaps?) and finished with cones.


Saturday, May 21st

21 May

This necklace is made with American Beauty turquoise and a very old rhinestone button.

I actually did make this for my friend Joan, but she designed it.

When it was finished she decided it looked better on me and gave it to me.

A lovely gift.