International Gem Show

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival and the International Gem and Jewelry shows were at New Mexico Expo this weekend. 

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts festival had so many jewelry exhibitors and they were all were so talented.  I used it as an opportunity to do some marketing research.  I did a lot of observing of displays, pricing, and seeing the types of pieces that were selling.  All the displays started my gears turning on how to present pieces once I am ready to start doing trade shows. 

The International Gem Show was lots of  fun.  Beads, beads, and more beads……  I was like a kid in the candy store.  I think I could have stayed there for hours and hours.  There were so many vendors.  There were some good finds and I even brought some of them home.   Paul was such a tropper, I know he was bored out of his mind.  Continue reading


Beads and Wire

It has been a little while since I have  posted.  I have been so busy, but I finally got some time to work on some pieces.  I have been working a little with wire wrapping and wire links.  The first piece is a set of earrings.  They are made from sodalite dangle stones and wrapped with copper wire and copper wire fishhook findings.

Copper and Sodalite Earrings

The next piece is a Jade necklace and bracelet set.  I used wire to create the bead links.  The jade beads are etched with a noveau desgin and the links are made with silver wire and wire findings.  The pendant is a jade pendant with a silver bail. 

Etched Jade Necklace

Jade Pendant

Etched Jade Bracelet

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