Monday, March 7, 2011

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival 3.7.11: Private Jewelry Collection

It's time for the EtsyMetal Blog Carnival!

This month's Topic: Private Jewelry Collection

What do you wear?
What is your favorite piece (or pieces) from your private collection?
How many finished pieces do you keep for yourself and why?
What is your favorite piece of jewelry that you didn't make?

Oooh such an interesting topic... In general - I don't actually wear that much jewelry and on a daily basis... none (except for my tiny wedding band)

I used to only ever wear my own jewelry - particularly when I had a job working w/ the public and was starting my business, I always wanted to be able to say "why yes, I did make this"

Then I started collecting work from friends and love being able to say "no, I didn't, but my friend made this and here is there info - isn't it fabulous?"

As far as favorites.... well, that is difficult. Though I have many fabulous pieces, I tend to go pretty minimal most of the time w/ just a little pair of earrings I made like these:

My absolute favorites of my 'special' earrings are these from Caitlyn and Stacey

I have loads of other pairs of earrings from friends as well, but sooo many I just picked my top 2!

Rings - it was really difficult to pick - so I photographed the ones I pick out most. I don't wear rings other than wedding band on a daily basis - so when I collect rings from friends, I tend to like them to be quite different and possibly... big! All the rings I've made that I wear are pretty small and kind of dainty. They tend to be experiments or sample pieces that when working on a new design - I make it my size - my fingers are so small, it is great for saving money to have a tiny sample ring :) From left to right back row Norsola, Rebekah, Kerin, Janos, Bill, Ashley (and front row) Norsola, Ann, Sophie

And necklaces - I kept two of my own pieces - not intending them to be mine - the one on the far left I made as an idea for a made to order piece and just loved it so much I just kept it and never made another! The second from the left was a piece I made for an EtsyMetal challenge yeeeeears ago - no one ever bought it and after trying to sell it so many times and loving it so much I decided it was a sign that I should keep it. I absolutely love it and was tired of no one else loving it as much as I did.

After those two pieces from left to right Tosca, Victoria, Sarah, and the next two are Ashley's.

I have lots more super special pieces I've collected from friends, but for the time I had today to photograph (and create links for) these were the ones I could share!

Make sure to check out the other participating members this month:

Rebecca Bogan
Inbar Bareket
Twigs and Heather
Quercus Silver
Thomasin Durgin
Michele Grady


Quercus Silver said...

what a jubilant and lovely collection. I've loved looking at them all

Thomasin Durgin said...

Love them all, especially that necklace by Sarah!

Inbar Bareket said...

Love your collection ! It's great fun to have all your friends around you :-).
I keep my friends collection in my studio - it's warming my heart.

Michele Grady said...

I love your collection! It's really nice to have such a great collection from so many talented artists. I might have to do a little shopping of my own!

Nodeform said...

Yes, it's time to do some shopping for me and get pieces from other artist. I am getting envious of all those great collections everyone has. Love those big and bold earrings from Caitlyn.

Beth Cyr said...

Thanks everyone! The first few pieces were trades and then I found out how fabulous it was to have work from friends.

Konstanze - those earrings of Caitlyn's look amazing on.

Unknown said...

I love how diverse your collection is. Thanks for sharing.

Bespoke Jewellery Designer said...

Those assorted accessories are worth stealing. Ha-ha! No wonder you had a hard time choosing because all of them are stunners.