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In a world where everyone who ever crossed the threshold of a craft store now sells handcrafted jewelry on a web site, one humble metalsmith's feeble attempt at getting some attention....

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Things We Do For Love

The lives of the relatives of jewelery makers can be so very difficult, forever getting stuck with gifts of jewelery.

Poor things, how they suffer.

My husband asked me to make something for his niece for a recent birthday.  I made a charm of amazonite surrounded by a swirl of waves and paired it up with a dolphin charm.

It turned out to be the perfect gift for a 12 year old girl.

My dad carried this star sapphire around for 50 years, figuring that some day he would have someone put it in a piece of jewelry for my mom.  Never in all those years did he think that the "someone" would end up being his own daughter.

Mom wears this pendant every day.

As many of you know, we recent lost our dalmatian, Lucy.  I made this pendant for my husband to honor his sweet baby.  It's sterling silver and 18K gold with five dalmatian stones that are custom-cut in a paw print shape.  

The sterling paw is the shape of Lucy's actual paw print.

Most of the time we make things for our customers and for our shops.

Sometimes, we make things for love.

Special thanks to Tom at Harnessed Earth for the beautifully cut dalmatian cabs.

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