Look at the earrings I've found . . .
A Closet Content Analysis: Earrings
|Black rhinestone hoops: just enough bling to "pop" something black|
|Five strand chain drop earrings: re-makes from old button clip-ons|
NOTE-WORTHY RE-CREATIONS: In the past, I have often wondered why women saved singleton earrings. I suppose there's always the hope that the lost one will be found or perhaps that somehow one might find another exact same pair and have a spare.
From that "wondering why" I began re-creating "new" pieces from the bits and baubles I had. While I was in Victoria, Canada, a friend asked me to remake a pair of beaded button clip-on earrings from the sixties (on the left). I salvaged the chain from other bits she had and created a pair of five chain drop pierced earrings using the beads (only the ear hooks were new). For those who like vintage, you are probably cringing; but now for her, those never-worn button earrings have become wearable. Of course, I would think this is a fabulous idea.
|Cuban black & burnished gold chain link drop with orange ceramic bead.|
NOTE-WORTHY NEW-CREATIONS: The advantage of being a fashion jewelry maker is that I can make trendy pairs for the cost of materials. This pair of over-size links with an orange ceramic do-nut bead complement an orange top I bought in Vancouver.
|Chain drop earrings featuring black Cuban and burnished gold oval links.|
I have been inspired by David Yurman's chain link graduated drop earrings and have made a variety based on this inspiration using round, oval, and cuban/curve link chains.
|5 chain drop feather earrings, September, 2011|
NO THANKS: How quickly a fad comes and goes. In the spring and summer of 2011, feather earrings were all the rage. I was fortunate enough to have a brother-in-law who ties flies (for fly fishing hooks). He had a collection of beautiful feathers and we made an arrangement. He got his cut, and by Christmas 2011 I had sold or given away all the feather earrings I made and now it's done. I only wore feather earrings two or three times. This pair featuring a 5 strand drop of different lengths with the feathers touching the tops of my shoulders was one of my favourite pairs.
NEED: I NEED to get a pair of 18 karat gold hoops fixed. The ear wire broke off one of the hoops and I don't have 18 karat findings. They have been sitting broken for a good while. What a waste. There's a piece of advice from this experience - if they can be fixed, fix them and wear them, for goodness sake.
NEW: I'll update this post if I buy a pair of earrings at the market in Ste. Foy Le Grande (45 minutes from Bordeaux by motorway) this Saturday. I have never been here in May and so I am looking forward to see if the same vendors are here in the spring as in July and August. I know one thing for sure there are not as many British tourists here now as there are in the summer.
Love the introductory line from an email I received, celebrating "national girlfriend and sister's week": I don't want to brag or make anyone jealous or anything, but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.