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Checking out the competition

You may not have seen, but we were lucky enough to win the Jewellery Maker #blog2win competition a few weeks ago, check out our post if you haven’t already!  We’ll be posting more in due course, but in the meantime we thought it would be worthwhile sharing with you the other entries because we really enjoyed reading them:

 

The Cassia Creations blog is from Kate who is currently on her travels in South East Asia (Vietnam we think), but will be returning to us to continue her jewellerying (…I know, it’s not a real word…but maybe it should be) in September.  We were particularly impressed at her choice of green amethyst – it’s such a lovely colour.  We look forward to following how her jewellery develops and is influenced by her recent experiences, exciting times, keep us updated with what you’re up to on the blog!

 

The Game Over blog post was really interesting, because this is completely outside her usual comfort zone!  We particularly liked the colour theme and well done for spotting the watermelon solar quartz – what an unusual gem and we agree this would look fab on some jewellery.

 

Mel’s Makes is a blog from Mel, a beader and jewellery maker, the whole blog features some fantastic and unique pieces of jewellery from.  We really love beaded jewellery but working in such detail can be a real challenge so it’s lovely to see how she manages to work the beads into such intricate designs.  We really liked the way she had been able to use actual pictures of her jewellery to demonstrate how the gems could be used, these amazing art deco style earrings have become a personal favourite.  Do check out the posts on her blog about storage and organising of your crafty bits, it’s organising heaven!

 

Vovs Jewellery Blog is a fab blog with tutorials and how to guides – they’re very good and tempting us to try loom banding after seeing the finished band with beads!  If you’re interested in trying out jewellery making for yourself do check it out, it’s well worth it, although you could possibly get a bit addicted to plotting all your future makes…

Anyway the point was onyx and black diamond – both pretty unusual choices but excellent ones, these would set off pretty much anything and make a fabulous choice.

 

Aarticrafts by Fi is  a blog from a wonderful beadweaver, she had a really eclectic choice in that she hit the big boys (which we completely missed…pretty unusual for us!) excellent choice and then moved onto mookite, which we love so it really caught our eye (and we’re looking forward to seeing more mookite from you!)  She really knows her stuff when it comes to gems too so her blog is a really interesting read with a mix of jewellery and the inner workings of a jewellers mind.

 

Cazzann was an exciting entry and it was her first blog post!  Congratulations to Carol and we’re looking forward to what else there is to come.  Again the beautiful amethyst, but joined by some lovely opal and tourmaline, and with some more brilliant green in the form of chrome diopside which is a really beautiful and vivid gem, all great choices.

 

 

Have we missed anyone?!  If we missed your post do message us (Twitter: @throughtheloupe; FB: http://www.facebook.com/adventuresthroughtheloupe; Email: adventuresthroughtheloupe@outlook.com) so we can check out your blog and add you to our list!

 

 

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Am I a Jewellery Maker?!

When we saw this opportunity we just couldn’t say no – Jewellery Maker are offering bloggers the opportunity to win a strand of gemstones by writing a post about our top 5 choices from the site under the hashtag #blog2win.

This is rather appropriate for us, as one of us has a small addiction to the Genuine Gemstone Company Ltd, the umbrella company who run Jewellery Maker and sister channel Gems TV, and a burning but unfulfilled desire to create her own pieces of jewellery (I’m not telling you which one of us it is….)  Having only recently discovered Jewellery Maker it was a good opportunity to explore the website, so here are my top 5 Jewellery Maker gemstone strands:

  1. 65 carats of Smokey Quartz graduated drops – anyone who knows me will know why I’ve picked this!  Aside from being one of my favourite gemstones (I have a fabulous smokey quartz ring which is one of my most prized possessions) the graduated sizes of this strand mean that it would make a very straightforward yet striking necklace.  I would probably team this with a brightly coloured wire such as this purple coloured copper wire – although I can’t tell from the website what thickness would be best for these drops…a quick call to the freephone number should resolve that though!
  2. 140 carats of multi-colour fluorite diamonds – I love the unusual shape of these and the mix of colour.  I feel I should probably pick something more expensive as this is a particularly cheap strand!  But I just couldn’t skip over this strand, I am a great one for crochet and I have been aiming to start my creative journey with some jewelled cuffs and these would be the perfect thing.
  3. 480 carats of red jasper puffy coins – these look amazingly tactile, I can imagine lots of them on a layered statement necklace (although I fear they would end up spending far too much time in my son’s mouth) or think what great earrings they would make.  I can imagine them really standing out against even the chunkiest of winter clothes.
  4. 140 carats of labradorite graduated plain drops – labradorite is such an amazing gem and often overlooked so I couldn’t resist these huge pieces.  The labradorescence given off by this gem means it looks fabulous in pretty much every light and is sure to attract attention.  I also think this strand is great value – you could get several pieces of jewellery from one strand.
  5. 75 carats of amethyst graduated plain marquise – I am a huge fan of amethyst and chose this particular strand to highlight the unusual cuts available.  It’s not a cut I would usually go for, so it’s a bit of a risk, but I think these would make amazing earrings.  If you, like me, enjoy amethyst do check out the cabochons and puffy coins which look good enough to eat.

Well, there you go, my top 5.  I wish it had been top 10 because I didn’t get to tell you about the larimar pearls, green aventurine, real blue sapphire, slabs of chalcedony and ruby nuggets to name but a few (moonstone, agate, turquoise coins, sunstone rondels and crackle quartz to name a few more…Jewellery Maker, you may have created a monster!)

I promise if I do #blog2win I will do a blog about creating my first piece of jewellery…although I may have to enlist the help of my favourite co-blogger/jeweller/gemologist!