I have a strange relationship to jewelry. I really like it but I don’t actually wear it. I collect some, but I don’t have it displayed. My jewelry box is located on the top shelf of my messy closet. Right now I would have to move other things out of the way to be able to reach it and bring it down to see.
It’s ironic that I really do like jewelry. No one would guess of anyone who knows me. Maybe it has something to do with my self image, my weight and the way I feel about that. I don’t enjoy dressing up the way I used to. My idea of jewels I would actually wear are limited to things I can pin on my clothes rather than things I can wrap around my neck or wrists or have close to my face in any way.
I like to look at jewelry online. I look and window shop until I find something I love and then I keep the image of it and store it away on my computer hard drive. I have even begun a blog which lets me look at jewelry and post it for others who might actually have the money and self image to buy it (and then wear it!). I call the blog Divorce Darling. The name came from thinking of those glamorous ladies like the Gabor sisters, Mae West and the others who were known to go through men and divorces with flair, elegance and a good laugh at it all. So darling, that’s my story.
I’ve been finding a few jewelry designers as I look at jewelry online. There is some really nice work and some really average stuff. I noticed that a lot of the jewelry made for Etsy stores is all very much alike each other. They must all get the same kind of supplies and then are limited in what they can create different from each other. I’ve learned that you need to go farther than Etsy to find something really unique, glamorous and gorgeous. I don’t know which is the best I have found so far. Besides, everyone has their own taste and style so my favourite might leave someone else wondering what I liked about it so much. That’s how it goes.
Have you tried making jewelry? There are so many ways you can make a necklace: macrame, beading, just stringing something from a strip of leather turns it into a necklace. Necklaces are simple in that way. Chances are every woman has made a necklace at some point in her life. If I ever pull out my jewelry box I have several necklaces I have made over the years. I should give them to my nieces, someday, not quite yet… I’m hanging onto them for myself awhile still.
I started reading about using pop cans to make pretty tin boxes at Mag Ruffman’s Tool Girl site. I wonder if someone has used this technique to make a tin ceiling. That would be pretty thrifty, crafty and pretty smart recycling too.
I wanted to see other ideas for working with beer and pop/ soda cans. Some were pretty basic, just using them as a can to store things in. Decorating them with things like scraps of fabric, wallpaper, and so on. Squishing them up, adding stuffed animal parts and making them look like road kill, that seemed a little drastic in some way. I was looking for more interesting and unique ideas. Things people really can use and want to have.
I found some links to ideas for re-purposing tin cans in a post on Squidoo. eHow had a post about using recycled soda cans too. Of course, Flickr was where I found the art made with tin cans of all sorts: Altered Tin Can Altered Art in a Tin JimShoresArt has Can-do Fan Tab ulous Aluminum and Tin Can Art
Helen Harle has a book showing how to create jewelry with upcycling pop cans. Create Colorful Aluminum Jewelry: Upcycle cans into vibrant necklaces, rings, earrings, pins, & bracelets.
Found on Etsy today. The shop says it is from the 1940’s.
From one of my favourite Etsy shops, Rickson Jewellery. I wear a ring I bought here, over two years ago, every day.
This Unique Alternative Raw Diamond engagement ring is pure simplicity and elegance. It’s a non traditional, white gold and diamond engagement ring featuring a huge gray rough diamond. I love the contrast between the consistency and purity of the twisted white gold, and the rawness of the rough grey diamond. This piece is made to order and will have a different raw diamond. Tell me what colour, size and style you’d like and I’ll find the perfect diamond for you. Photo shows a 5ct grey diamond!
It’s like a little locket in your ring.
Found at Claddagh Jewellers
I know it’s Christmas Eve but… who wouldn’t be tempted by a shark fin ring. Well, so what if it is just me. Found on Shapeways.
In this setting the diamond is loose, deliberately. Left mobile to catch the light as it moves. Something different and certainly eye catching.
via – Schaffrath Liberte Collection
Wish I knew more about this ring. I like the bold, but simple style. It came up in a search for Edwardian rings. I don’t know if it really is from the 1910’s. I’m not even sure about the diamond, or crystal, paste, etc. I’m sure it would be a good sparkler and if I really like the style, having an authentic diamond isn’t as important to me as just enjoying the ring.
via – Antique Wedding Rings For Women | Wedding Decorate Ideas
Why don’t they design more jewelery with little men? It’s cute. It’s fun. I almost want to give them words of encouragement and think of teasing comments to make them blush. I’m going to design my own collection with little men rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches and so on. Of course, it will be cut and paste and unprofessional looking. But, it will be fun pulling my ideas together. It might even inspire someone who really does make jewelry. Source: Maggie & Rudi Ring Peridot | AENEA | Wolf & Badger
If you wanted a BDSM themed wedding band (or general ring) this would work. Found at Pandora and Pendragon. I haven’t tried a whip but it does get the point across.