What Does Your Jewelry Say About You?

What’s your favourite colour?

Whether it’s a soothing shade like sky blue or something more wild like marigold orange, the colours you wear can affect how others see your personality.  Many studies have revealed the impressions that people get from seeing different hues – here is a list of shades and the overall feel they exude:

– Red = passionate, vivacious, energetic and intense

– Pink = romantic, up-beat, flirtatious

– Orange =  energetic, attention getting, joyful

– Yellow =  cheerful, optimistic, intelligent

– Green = soothing, stress-free, compassionate

– Blue = peaceful, trustworthy, warm

– Violet = regal, dreamy, opulent

– White = simplicity, innocence, higher social status

– Black = power, authority, responsibility

Adding a dash of a daring shade for an otherwise business-like outfit is a classy way of proclaiming individuality.  One of the most amazing things about working with enamel is that the choice for colour goes beyond mixing silver with gold finishes.  The rainbow is at your disposal!

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B&B Social Rewards – Your Chance to Win a $25 Gift Certificate

A thanks for my social bookmarking friends . . .  for the month of February, every time you post a Facebook update, Tweet, Pin to Pinterest or post to a blog about Bullfinch & Barbury jewelry, you have a chance at earning $25 towards enameled goodies!

Each time you share B&B, you can share the link on the Official Giveaway Page – and earn chances to win!

At the end of the month, a name will be drawn at random from all the entries, and a gift certificate worth $25 (good towards anything in the store OR custom items) will be awarded.

Sample Gift Certificate

For more details and to enter, visit my Facebook Fan Page.

Best of Luck!!!

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Edmund Sparkler’s Fine Jewels

I’ve been helping out an old friend, Mr. Edmund Sparkler, by turning his romantic European aesthetic into metal and gem wearables.  Each piece was based on the lush architectural elements that adorned the buildings of the past centuries – many of them have a beautiful “Louis XIV”, French feel. 

I carved, sculpted and made molds for each design – then the pieces could be easily translated into precious metals.  Other elements are pulled from Edmund’s huge collection of checkerboard cut stones which are set in hand-forged settings.

This is my favourite design – and one I gifted to my sister, Sarah, for her birthday this past week.  The garland of flowers and fruit (in a style called a “barbola swag”) has twin alexandrite stones set beneath flowing ribbon ties.

Check out more of my and Edmund’s work on his new Etsy site: www.EdmundSparkler.etsy.com.

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Last Hurrah: Retirement of Some Favourites

Out with the old … in with the new! 

In order to make some room for new designs and color palettes, some of the Piece de Resistance sets will be getting a well-earned retirement.  Since they also feature elements like ribbons, pearls and accents that have limited availability, once they are gone, they are gone!

Here are the items to be phased out:

– Golightly Enamel Bangle Set

– Golightly Gleaming Curiosities Necklace

– Savoy Truffle Bangle Set

– Savoy Truffle Gleaming Curiosities Necklace

With new designs and enamel shades on the workbench, new sets will be debuted as these all time favourites are slowly phased out. 

Have a color / style suggestion for new bangle sets?  I’d love to know!  Please leave a comment with your ideas.

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Trendy Assorted Oranges

Out of all the bold shades that are trending for this autumn, my favourites are the shades of orange and saffron that are too beautiful to pass up. Whether I’m whipping up a batch of Parisian macarons or set of enameled bangles, it seems like warm citrus tones just have a magnetic draw.  It seems like the perfect color for mixing – it plays so well with mocha, pink, blue, and purple . . . is there a single color that isn’t set off by an accent of orange?

Top left to right : Orange Blossom Parisian Macarons with Milk Chocolate Ganache Filling; New for Fall – Enameled and Textile Necklace

Bottom left to right : Orange Blossom Water from Nielsen Massey; Mumford Wallpaper in Rust and Pearl from Thibaut; New for Fall – Teal Cape with Embellished Eternity Scarf from SecretGardenApparel.Etsy.com

 

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Source of Inspiration – Eugène Delacroix

The rich colors and textures of Eugène Delacroix’s oil paintings still strike a chord with me – the dramatic scenes of men hunting on horseback contrasting with the intimate glimpses of Algerian interiors is a combination too luring to resist.

Traveling to Morroco and North Africa in 1832, shortly after Algeria was taken by the French, Delacroix was enamoured with the people and clothing and daily scenes that surrounded him.  By far I love the paintings he made during this time most of all.  These were some of the most inspiring when I starting looking for something to kickstart my ideas for new jewelry, along with the 1930’s drama, Algiers.

“Eugène Delacroix was a curious mixture of skepticism, politeness, dandyism, willpower, cleverness, despotism, and finally, a kind of special goodness and tenderness that always accompanies genius”.

 

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New Summertime Jewels: ‘Tide Pool’

Every Summer, I take a holiday at the beach.  I love the natural beauty of the ocean, and all the creatures that call the tides pools, dunes and water-worn piers and jetties their home.  Inspired by the amazing, organic textures gleaned from the shoreline, I’ve been hard at work on a new collection of enameled wearables for my other shop, LiaBowenStudio on Etsy.

 Each of these Barnacle rings is made form either copper or fine silver metal clay, fired and then enameled to look like the real thing.  A tiny white freshwater pearl completes each piece.  Still to come: a naturalistic mussel shell, starfish and variety of lady crab.

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