Birches have spiritual importance in several religions, both modern and historical. In Celtic cultures, the birch symbolizes growth, renewal, stability, initiation and adaptability because it is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference.
The birch tree has a very special place in culture of Russia. It is a poetic symbol of the feminine, a lyrical image of spring, light and virginal purity. The slender birch brings to mind the image of a humble girl, beautiful,and very Russian.
I moved from Northern European climate to Mediterranean, and every time I visit Europe I find those unique trees and feel warm waves in my heart.
Inspired by nostalgia I created this necklace with all the good vibes I have for this tree. Crocheted rope replicates the peculiar trunk of the tree, with specific black pattern on the white bark. Each one of characteristic leaves is different, like natural leaves, that are not equal. And, of course, the catkins (tree's flowers) - the inherent detail of the birch are on hand. The necklace closure is magnet clasp, hidden beneath one of the leaves.Perfect for each day wearing.
Jasper has been revered by ancient peoples and civilizations throughout the world as sacred and powerful stone of protection, for both the physical and spiritual realm. They were known as the “rain bringers” and nurturers, healers of the spirit and stones of courage and wisdom. The name can be traced back in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek and Latin, and the virtues of Jaspers have been extolled throughout the ages by the most noted physicians, magicians, poets, scientists, lapidaries and scholars. Picture Jasper, a remarkable form of Brown Jasper, is characterized by masterful “scenes” and landscape patterns formed by Nature, and is believed to contain hidden messages from the past. The stone I used amazed me from the first sight. Warm sandy waves landscape lead to this exactly form of the necklace. Crochet ropes intertwine in quaint form of stone landscape elongation. Precisely matched toggle leaf clasp finishes the jewelry.
Trying a new style is exciting and challenging. I made this necklace for a very special person. Me and my son love her very much. The necklace was created according to all her desires and wishes, and she liked it a lot, even onFacebook.
Well what can I say - I love this color. I came for a bead store to buy something specific, but bought this one. From the moment I saw it, I wasn't able to put it back. Amazing Miyuki - denim color, spotted, silvery interior illuminated line (is not the same effect as in the Czech beads, but very rich and noble). Well, you know what I mean, I'm in love.
This set was created for the Etsy Beadweavers Team Rising Star challenge. Please visit our team blog, http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com between the 9th and 15th of January and vote for your favorite entry.
This set is my best creation for today. I started it from earrings workshop of a very talented designer Guzelle Bakeeva.
Blue Montana oval Swarovski crystals, best quality Japanese beads, tiniest sterling silver beads, Swarovski bicones and filigreeing 925 sterling silver findings. All those perfect materials were so enjoyable to work with and the result turned noble and stylish.
I enjoyed those 3D curves so much that I decided to experiment with size and form of the bezeled crystals, and they grew more and more, and turned to be an amazing sparkling bracelet.
The lace with awesome crystals weaves the arm. Every curve was thought-out to be exactly right form, as well as a laced clasp.
I couldn't stop there and leave it uncompleted, and the necklace was born. First I wanted to create only a pendant, but Blue Montana pear form Swarovski crystal was so demanding to get into the lace that I couldn't resist. I tried and made various chain patterns and finally got the one I loved - weaved and airy, convex and fit the lace of the center part.
Some photos of the whole set:
And the back side:
The back part of the crystals sewed with a beautiful pattern, to prevent attrition.