19 April 2012

Mother’s Day – Make Her Shine

As we have seen in our study of the history of Mother’s Day, the tradition of adorning mothers and goddesses in jewels goes back to the ancient Egyptians and is part of the traditions of over 40 countries that honor mom today. Isis, after all, wore bull horns on her head.
The selection of jewels and jewelry for mom is a daunting task since every artist has a different style and no mother is the same. It made it hard to select gift ideas from the Checked In Today! guild members for this section of the blog post in the series, but here are the selections and every studio mentioned here has oodles of other gift ideas for mom.
While there may not be any bull horns in these different selections, every part of mom that is so important has been covered.
Because she listens:
We decorate her ears


Bright Colorful Circle Wood Earrings


From the designer:
Lightweight Super Cute earrings

Earrings Purple Violet Flower Blue Chain Dangle Polymer Clay Swarovski

Blue Morning Expressions
From the designer:
I have been creating the violet flower polymer clay canes for a long time now and they are a very popular cane amongst bead creators. They are a very nice little flower that I use a lot in my bead creations. This is one of the few times that I have allowed them to stand alone as the focus of these beads.
The pretty purple flowers have been placed on a set of 10mm polymer clay baby blue beads that have been hand-drilled before being hung from a silver-plated chain. The beads have been capped with a filigree silver-plated bead cap to accent their elegance.
The dancing violet flower beads have been complimented with Swarovski crystals in both turquoise and a lovely light violet shade. Both crystals are eye-catching by their beauty and movement.
These earrings will move with you and they are extremely feminine.
The turquoise Swarovski is a 6mm crystal and the violet Swarovski is a 4mm crystal. Both of these crystals have been attached to chains of two different lengths.
These earrings are very lightweight. The length of the longest chain is 2 inches from the tip of the leverback to the bottom of the bead.
The polymer clay beads have been handcrafted and wetsanded before having a coat of varathene added for protection. These are the same type of beads that I create for sale and other beads can be found in my bead section.

Aqua Blue Glass Earrings with White Shell, Copper, Faux Stone, Earthy

Pretty Gonzo
From the designer:
These earthy dangle earrings feature rectangular Czech glass beads with a faux stone background and smooth aqua blue shapes that appear set in the stone. The shapes are roughly diamond, with the four points blunted and the walls curving inward. The visual effect is that of a mosaic piece; however the beads are entirely made of glass. They have a wonderfully earthy look, which combine best with copper tones rather than silver or gold. Their aqua blue color has a rather peaceful dreamy quality and is more a gentle hue than vibrant one.
These focals are bordered with lovely copper daisy spacers and then white shell round beads. The shell beads at the top are 4mm in size and smaller than those at the bottom, which are 6mm. The larger shell rounds have corrugated copper bead caps. The dangles are finished off with small corrugated copper beads, one at each end, and a wire-wrap at the top.
The ear hooks are copper and come with earnuts to help keep these earrings from slipping off your ears. The pair measures around 2 and 1/8 inches in length. Please see my photos for an illustration of the size alongside a ruler.
This is a very pretty, "elegantly boho" pair of dangles!
Because she hugs:
We adorn her neck

Hand crochet necklace


From the designer:
Glowing with Swarovski Crystals beads, the delicate beauty of these hand crochet "pendant" give this necklace a vibrant sense of style
21"long - adjustable to 22"

Great Grandma Necklace with Baby Feet in Sterling Silver, Personalized

From the designer:
This adorable necklace was originally made for a new mommy to tell her grandma the good news - that she would be a great grandma!! The 1 inch sterling silver disc is hand stamped with the words, "Great Grandma" (or any other word(s) of your choice!) We offer three types of chains - box, ball, or snake chain (see picture). All are offered in 16" or 18".

3 Strands Freshwater Pearls and Crystals Necklace and Earrings Set

Aya Designs
From the designer:
Gorgeous 3 strand all freshwater pearls in various colors. The pearls are coin pearl, Biwa pearls, round pearls, stick pearls and potato pearls. Each strand has a few Swarvoski crystals intermingled to give it a little shimmer.
Beautifully finished with Bali silver caps and toggle.
Comes with earrings.

Open Front Choker Collar Butterfly Torc Necklace Glass Butterflies

Brain of Jen
From the designer:
Handmade open front choker collar, also known as a torc necklace, copper wire wrapped with glass copper leaves and hand blown glass butterflies.
This one of a kind necklace is a perfect and elegant way to celebrate the beauty of spring! Pink and blue glass butterflies flutter through copper colored glass leaves and hand shaped copper spirals.
The necklace has an open front, resting on the back of the neck, made with flexible natural copper wire for an incredibly comfortable feel.
Originally, torc (also spelled torq or torque) necklaces were made from very rigid metals, were very heavy and meant for almost permanent wear. Popular among the Celts, most depictions of gods and goddesses in Celtic mythology show them wearing torc necklaces.
Today's torc necklaces are much more wearer friendly, like this stunning statement necklace. The copper wire can be shaped to fit how you like, and it has been given a non tarnish, clear enamel coating, so it will keep it's rich, warm color, and will not cause problems for people with metal sensitivities.
While the construction of this necklace is quite sturdy, please keep in mind that the pretty little butterflies are handmade glass, and are breakable, please handle them with care!

"Puttin on the Ritz"

Design by Chaz
From the designer:
To set off that little black dress WOW your friends with this black onyx and white druk pearl necklace and earring set. The necklace is 27" long with a 2" gold-plated extender. The strand of beads is composed of 8mm pearls with 3mm black onyx spacers. The contemporary focal fan is 6 pieces of black onyx seperated by pearls, The closure is a gold-plated lobster claw with jump ring, The dangles of the earring hangs 1 1/2 inches from the upper curve of the gold-plated ear wires. My signature seashell and dolphin icons can be found on this set.

Dream Artisan Necklace - Mixed Media - Fordite, agate, ceramic

Honey from the Bee
From the designer:
This mixed media piece is all about dreams and how they can inspire us to grow.
I created the pendant from half of a vintage buckle with a wonderful hammered texture, a small ID tag that I stamped with "Do U", a glowing faceted carnelian bead, glowing blue lampwork and a ceramic "dream" pendant from Lisa Peters. Oh... and I added 3 vintage buttons from my collection off to the side.
The necklace is made from squares of red fossilized coral agate with a pattern reminiscent of calico fabric. I added a few rare Fordite beads, because the colors were perfect. Fordite is made from layers and layers of baked paint from the automobile factories. It's a fascinating material and is known for its wonderful layers of color.
I hand-knotted waxed linen from Ireland with silver-lined blue glass beads for a comfortable line around one's neck. A vintage chain and hand-forged hook clasp completes the other side.
It's about 22 inches around, but you can shorten it by just hooking onto lower parts of the chain.
One of a kind Artisan Necklace that displays your positive side!

Scrolled Sterling and Mother of Pearl Designer Heart Necklace

Jewelry Designs by CC
From the designer:
This triple circle sterling silver chain is adorned with Pearls and Garnet drops, and falls into a gorgeous designer Mother of Pearl and Scrolled Sterling Silver Heart Pendant. I have added a lovely Sterling Silver and Pearl clasp to complement it.
Necklace Measures 22"
Pendant Measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" approx
Necklace can be adjusted up or down in size upon request.

Mermaid pendant necklace with blue lapis lazuli and sea glass gemstone 196

Seabreeze Jewels
From the designer:
Mermaid pendant necklace lapis lazuli aqua blue sea glass swarovski crystal. Handcrafted blue lapis Lazuli, rare aqua blue sea glass, swarovski crystals, Swarovski glass pearls and pewter charms. mermaids, starfish, circle, seahorse and a heart toggle clasp. This necklace Measures 18" long. The hand drilled sea glass on this necklace was handpicked in Florida. All of our items are handcrafted. This necklace would be a great addition to your jewelry collection. Sea glass is a green recycled material.
Gift: Our items are shipped in a jewelry pouch inside a gift box. Our items never include price information, you can send our items as gifts.
Created by Cindy Patrick an Award-Winning, Published Jewelry Artist, Member of the North American Seaglass Assn, Wisconsin Geological Society Member and OOAK Forum Member.
Copyright © 1995-2011 SBJ INC. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
Because she lifts us up:
We encircle her wrists

Lampwork Boro Beads Labradorite Hematine Bracelet Handmade OOAK

Shadow Dog Designs
From the designer:
SOLAR FLARE, a handmade bracelet made with gorgeous yellow and gray handmade boro glass, labradorite, hematine and sterling silver, is truly one-of-a-kind! One square and four round boro beads, made by Jim of Alaska Boro Beads, are the higlights of this bracelet. Primarily yellow, the beads also have gray and some teal coloring in them. If you look down into the beads, you will see some gray that sparkles, almost like druzy quartz crystals! Octagon shaped hematine beads frame each boro bead, along with sterling silver daisy spacers and 2mm beads. To bring out the gray and teal in the boro beads, fabulous faceted labradorite rondelles with plenty of flash (see the photos) have been used. The labradorite rondelles are truly amazing in color! A fancy sterling silver toggle clasp finishes this magnificent bracelet.

Here's the important information for SOALR FLARE:

Square boro bead: app. 13mm x 13mm
Round boro beads: app. 16mm x 8mm
Hematine: app. 6mm
Labradorite: on average: 6mm x 4mm
Metal: sterling silver
Clasp: fancy toggle clasp
Length: app 8"/20.3 cm

SOLAR FLARE will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the bracelet and the "language" of the stones and metals.

SOLAR FLARE definitely puts plenty of flash on your wrist!

The Red Queen Bracelet – NOT FOR SALE


From the designer:
The Queen of Hearts is a favorite Alice character of my daughter. For her 45th birthday party, she wants an Alice tea party and we all have to dress in costume. This bracelet is RESERVED for her. Please do not order. I have the components to make a similar piece, if you would like one, email me and I will have it ready. It will not be exactly like this one.

Woven Bead Bracelet, Flower, Button Closure, Turquoise, Handmade

Linda Landig Jewelry
From the designer:
This handmade woven glass bead bracelet features two shades of turquoise and finishes with a silver metal flower button clasp.
The "Meadow Stream Bracelet" is hand-woven in two layers. The bottom layer consists of dark transparent turquoise glass beads that have black highlights for a very pretty tonal quality. I then wove sky-blue turquoise beads across the top for a lovely contrast. The sky-blue turquoise has an "aurora baorealis" coating that subtly reflects the light, giving the bracelet just a hint of bling.
I used "right angle weave" to create the base of this bracelet. Right angle weave is known for its strength and its supple, almost fabric-like feel. The "Meadow Stream Bracelet" is extremely comfortable to wear. You'll reach for it often.
I used peyote stitch (also known as gourd stitch) to create the loop for the button. This stitch creates a pretty edging around the loop when it frames the button. Button clasps are supremely easy to fasten and unfasten by yourself. They stay put securely, too. Once you have tried a bracelet with a button clasp, you will surely want more! The sweet flower button can be worn on top of your wrist or under it.
**Details for the "Meadow Stream Bracelet" **
Beads: 4mm Czech glass fire polish beads
Technique: Right angle weave and peyote stitch. Woven with 6 lbs test Fireline for durability.
Length: 7.5 inches (19cm)
Handmade, artisan bracelet.
Linda Landig Artisan Jewelry
Luscious Color. Lasting Quality.

Because her heart belongs to us:
We pin our love on her chest

Brooch for Knitter, ideal knitters gift.

Blue Shed Crafts
From the designer:
Brooch for Knitter, ideal knitters gift.
Hand knitted fabric.
Knitting Pins constructed carefully by hand.
Hand assembled with care so that the little ball of yarn will not come unravelled and neither will the knitting.
A must have for any 'knitting nut' either to wear on favourite garment or on their knitting bag.
Silver coloured bar pin.
No two are identical. The one pictured here is the actual one you will receive.
Measures approximately 2.5 inches/6 cms by 1 inch /2.5 cms
You will receive ONE Pin / Brooch as shown in main picture.

Brooch and Pendant combination


From the designer:
This is a Brooch / Pendant Combination. The pin on the back has a bail attached(see photos) It can be one of three things, combination brooch/pendant, pendant only or a brooch. Please let me know on checkout which you would prefer.
This is a filigree flower base with Polymer clay petals in colors of a amazing yellow orange, and a swarovski crystal in the color of fire opal and a bronze flower bead cap in the center. I Made a dangle rose bud added mixed elements of metals and fire opal swarovski crystals and golden pearls for pretty details. It is a lovely piece and is lightweight. you can put it on any necklace or as a pin on any type of blouse, sweater or jacket, The pins I use are top quality.
Every artist in these selections has hundreds of other choices for every mother’s taste. Please feel free to visit each one and select something any mother would love.
There is still one more installment in the history of Mother’s Day to follow. Stay tuned for the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say. For those of you too young to remember, he used to save the best for last. :)
©2012 jcleveland for Checked In Today! guild.


  1. Wow! You have done it again, Julie! Gosh, you put such time and effort into your posts - and for that it's greatly appreciated. Many thanks for including the "Dreaming in Purple" bracelet. Am happy to report that it yesterday and now is on its way to New York. Once again, thanks for everything you and Blu do :)

    1. You sold it already!? Congratulations!!

  2. Julie you are amaqzing. Your posts are always full of good stuff. Thank you for including my "putting on the Ritz" necklace. You are the best. HUGS CHAZ

  3. Thank you Julie for the awesome post. I appreciate all the work that went into it! Thanks for including my woven bead bracelet! I'll share this post!

  4. This is such an awesome blog post! You did a wonderful job. What great choices you have made, beautiful things from talented ladies. It is an honor to have my Red Queen smong such beauty.

  5. I totally agree with all of the other comments about all your effort, hard work and enthusiasm; thank-you very much Julie. This is another bright and interesting read full of gorgeous items for fabulous Mums, Grans or Aunts. Can't forget Aunts after all, we're not all lucky enough to be Mums ; )

  6. Beautiful post! Thank you so much for including my Dream necklace. I did sell a necklace yesterday and it might've been due to this publicity! Dream is still available!

  7. What a great post! Enjoyed every minute of it!


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