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Melanite Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Melanite Garnet Stud Earrings

My lovely sister had a birthday recently, and I thought she might need a bit of understated bling – so I made her a pair of melanite garnet stud earrings.Melanite Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud EarringsLove my sister!

Melanite Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Bloodstone and Jade Sterling Silver Circle Earrings

Two Green Gemstones Earrings

To go with the ring from my previous post, my gorgeous client Natasha had me make her a pair of earrings using green gemstones.

Bloodstone and Jade Sterling Silver Circle Earrings

The stones are jade and bloodstone (also known as heliotrope.) Fantastic!

 

 

Art Nouveau Inspired Silver Earrings

Art Nouveau Inspired Silver Earrings

Even though my usual design style is ‘striving for elegant simplicity’, I actually love the Art Noveau period – so in that vein, I designed these earrings for myself.

Art Nouveau Inspired Silver Earrings

I’ve been wearing them nearly every day since I finished them. I’ve had quite a few comments and requests, so I may even make some more for my shop!

Sterling Silver Liverpool Football Club Initial Dangle Earrings

Sterling Silver Liverpool Football Club Dangle Earrings

I created these earrings for Danni, who must be Liverpool Football Club’s number one fan! Danni wanted some dangling LFC earrings to be as ‘bling!’ and noticeable as possible.

Sterling Silver Liverpool Football Club Dangle Earrings

 

I designed these sterling silver earrings using the initials of the club, and added a silver Czech glass bead at the bottom.

Sterling Silver Liverpool Football Club Dangle Earrings

I hope they bring your team luck Danni!! 🙂

First Anniversary Earring Giveaway Winners!

A big congratulations to the lucky winners of The Silver Forge’s first birthday earring giveaway! I’m very glad to announce that Debbie and Rachel were randomly selected to each receive a pair of Silver Forge earrings of their choice.

Debbie chose these:

Monaco Blue Faceted Czech Glass Sterling Silver Modern Contemporary Drop Earrings

and  Rachel chose these!

Square Green Hoop Czech Glass Earrings

Thank you so much to everyone who participated. If you missed out, and you’d still like to get yourself a pair or two, as a valued Silver Forge Blog reader I’d like to offer you an exclusive 20% discount until the 31st May. Head over to the earring section to shop to your heart’s content, and just use HBBLOG20 at checkout.  If you’d rather visit my shop on MadeIt or Etsy, let me know and I’ll arrange a 20% discount for you there!

Don’t forget that subscribers to The Silver Forge Newsletter are automatically entered into a draw to win a pair of earrings each month, too! If you haven’t already, you can join the fun here.

Here’s to another peaceful, happy, fulfilling, successful year for us all!

Gorgeousness – Czech Glass Beads

Pink Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

Czech Glass beads (also known as Bohemian Glass or Druk beads) were created in Bohemia as early as 250 BC. Handmade glass beads have been found in graves excavated from the 10th century. In the 13th century, glass factories were opened in  the northern mountains. In the 16th century, a cottage industry of glassmakers providing glass beads to the larger jewelry factories began in the Bohemian cities of Jablonec, Stanovsko and Bedrichov.

Red Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

In the 19th century, no doubt spurred on by the industrial revolution, manufacturers developed special molds and machines to produce pressed-glass beads. Czech bead-making suffered setbacks because of the two World Wars, the Great Depression and Communist rule. Today, the industry has been revived, and Czech bead makers are again among the world leaders in bead manufacturing and exports.

Orange Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

Czech glass beads are available in a variety of colors and finishes. They come in opaque and solids, transparent, metallic and two-tone.

Green Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

How are these beads are made today? Well, glass cane rods are heated to a molten level and put into a pressing machine. The hot glass is then pressed into molds. A needle is inserted at the same time to produce the thread hole of the bead. After the pressed glass is molded it slowly cools. At this point, the beads are connected by excess glass around the edges. The pressed glass beads are placed into a tumbling cycle that will break off the excess glass. The beads will then be sent through another tumbling process that will smooth out imperfections and polish the beads.

 Blue Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

I love working with Czech Glass beads, not only because of the never-ending array of beautiful colours, shapes, sizes and opacities, but because of their fabulous history! I also love that they are glass, which as a natural substance has an elegance and timelessness about it.

Grey Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

At the moment, I’m having to restrain myself from buying a stack more Czech Glass beads to add to my already sizeable stash… willpower!!

Black Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

Which is your favourite of the Czech glass beads in these pictures? Do you wish The Silver Forge had other colours available? (Encouragement to fulfill my shopping dreams will always be appreciated! 🙂 )