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Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau yoga inspired jewelry collection.
The colors reflect the chakras or energy centers of the body, the circle is symbolic of movement, the hand stamped “OM” charms represents the sacred sound or chant that in Sanskrit means “all that is”. These designs are meant to remind the wearer to stay in harmony and unity with all that exists – mind, body and spirit!

chakras

The bracelets, earrings, and necklaces were designed using mixed metals, leather, crystals, glass, pearls, and stones.

Chakra Butterfly Lariat

Chakra Butterfly Lariat

Chakra earrings

Chakra Earrings

Chakra necklace

Chakra Necklace

Chakra necklace2

Heart Chakra Necklace

Chakra necklace3

Heart Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra bracelet

OM Chakra Bracelet

Om Chakra necklace3

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace4

OM Throat Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace5

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace7

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace8

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra necklace10

OM Chakra Necklace

Om Chakra pendants

OM Chakra Pendants

Om earrings

OM Throat Chakra Earrings

Om third eye necklace

OM Third Eye Necklace

Om earrings2

OM Third Eye Earrings

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I have been amazed to see the season of Mardi Gras (translation: Fat Tuesday) extend to the rest of the country. I was looking at a major women’s fashion magazine recently and it featured suggestions on how to celebrate the Superbowl, Valentines Day, and Mardi Gras this year. It seems everyone wants a taste of that King Cake.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras include purple, green, and gold. The purple does NOT represent royalty like amethyst but is symbolic of justice. The other colors of the Mardi Gras season, are green which represents faith and gold, which is symbolic of power.

The accepted story behind the colors is that in 1872, when the Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia visited New Orleans, he was he was given the honor of selecting the official Mardi Gras colors by the Krewe of Rex. These colors influenced the color choices of two major Louisiana colleges. LSU choosing purple and gold and Tulane choosing green and white.

So, in honor of this Mardi Gras season, I chose these jewelry designs in those colors.

Purple glass, craft wire earrings

Purple glass, craft wire earrings

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Purple glass, craft wire earrings

Green rice pearls, prayer box,

Green glass and craft wire earrings

Green glass and craft wire earrings

Rutilated quartz, pearls, gold-filled bracelet

Rutilated quartz, pearl, ribbon necklace

Rutilated quartz, gold pearls, and ribbon necklace

LOVEly  Earrings

xo earrings2

X O Earrings

X O Earrings

X O Earrings

Lately, I am into shapes in my jewelry designs. I have always loved the quatrefoil shape and have used some metal pendant/links in necklaces and bracelets. I wanted  to find a way to incorporate chevron, triangle, and rectangle shapes into my designs. Since I am not a metalsmith, I decided to use leather instead of metals.

I painted the leather with metallic paints in bronze, gold, and silver colors and then cut them into the various shapes. Using jump rings, I am able to link the shapes together to form patterns. For the cuff and hand bracelets, I embellished them with stones and feathers.  I love how these are turning out.

Single Chevron Silver/Bronze

Single Chevron Silver/Bronze

Chevon Necklace

Chevon Necklace

Triangles with dangles

Triangles with dangles

Chevron Necklace with chain links

Chevron Necklace with chain links

Embellished Cuff Bracelet

Embellished Cuff Bracelet

Hand Bracelet

Hand Bracelet

Chevron Necklace

Chevron Necklace

Earrings Silver Side

Earrings
Silver Side

EarringsBronze Side

Earrings
Bronze Side

Shape of My Heart

Sting

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn’t play for the money he wins
He doesn’t play for the respect
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart

He may play the jack of diamonds
He may lay the queen of spades
He may conceal a king in his hand
While the memory of it fades

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape, the shape of my heart

And if I told you that I loved you
You’d maybe think there’s something wrong
I’m not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one
Those who speak know nothing
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who smile are lost

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape of my heart

My jewelry designs took a lot of twists and turns in 2012, both literally and figuratively. I experimented with a multitude of new media from lace to leather.

Due to the increase in cost of sterling silver and gold-filled wire, I decided to try artistic and craft wire for making earrings and other findings. Since these come in such a wide array of colors, it was fun to mix metallic tones such as hematite, brass, and copper. I was able to twist and hammer the wire, without having to worry so much about the cost if something did not go as planned. Also, I tried my hand at stamping on metal and leather to make custom pieces with monograms, symbols, etc.

Other materials used were vintage lace and leather that I faux metallized by using metallic paints. I really love the way these designs developed. Many non jewelry components such as porcupine quills, spent bullet casings, ribbon and other textiles and of course my favorite, feathers, were used as well.

I am excited for 2013 to see where my designs will go from here and am always ready to be inspired by other jewelry artists, fashion trends, or whatever collected/discarded natural element, stone, or ephemera comes my way.

Geometry in jewelry design.

Full Moon Earrings

Modern Art Earrings

Two Peas in A Pod Necklace

Art Deco Necklaces

Turquoise jewelry NEVER goes out of style. Sure, it may be more popular in summer than other seasons and on trend more in some years than others but a turquoise jewelry purchase will stay in your collection for years to come. Even though they are a summer staple, you can still wear turquoise jewelry when the temperature dips. Turquoise is especially beautiful with fall colors such as brown, red, yellow, and orange. This fall, a Southwest-and-Navajo-inspired trend is all the rage, from boots to denim shirts. Turquoise looks lovely with western accents but can also make a conservative blouse, in a solid color such as pink, really pop!

Below are a collection of turquoise jewelry from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.  Also, I gathered together a collection on Free People titled “Not So Wild West” with turquoise jewelry and the clothing that accents it so well.

TURQUOISE
by Donovan Leitch
Your  smile beams like sunlight on a gull’s wing
And the leaves dance and play after you
Take my hand and hold it as you would a flower
Take care with my heart, oh darling, she’s made of glass
Your eyes feel like silence resting on me
And the birds cease to sing when you rise
Ride easy your fairy stallion you have mounted
Take care how you fly, my precious, you might fall down
In the pastel skies the sunset I have wandered
With  my eyes and ears and heart strained to the full, I know I tasted the essence in the few days
Take care who you love, my precious, he might not know

Luckymag.com described this fall ensemble from blogger Lucy Z. at the Daily Disguise as having the “most perfect on-season colors in a single outfit”.  I have to agree except for the fact that she is not wearing any jewelry. Sure, the outfit is a gorgeous combination of colors and textures but why not add a touch more of fall color accent with a pair of earrings or a necklace and bracelet. Below are some similar autumn hued suggestions from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.

TIGER LILY NECKLACE

FACET-ACTING EARRINGS

KIWI NECKLACE

MONOGRAM NECKLACE

CINNAMON SWIRL EARRINGS

FAR EAST BRACELET

NEAR EAST EARRINGS

I can remember when I was younger and I frowned upon anything old or worn. As I have gotten older, I cherish old, vintage, worn, aged (whatever you want to call them) items.

I have used some vintage lace in some of my jewelry designs for accents but decided to make them the main component. I call this project, “faux gilded” because instead of dipping the lace in gold or silver metal, I used some craft supplies.

I cut the lace in various shapes depending on the size or pattern, painted them with metallic acrylic paint in gold and silver tones, and coated them with Mod Podge for added stiffness. After they dried, they took on a life of their own becoming bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. I embellished them with ribbon or beads. I love how the paint brought out even more of the detail of the lace designs.

BTW: The term “gild the lily” means to apply unnecessary ornament;  to over embellish.

Contrary to popular belief, Shakespeare did not coin the term “gild the lily”. Below is the quote by Salisbury from King John, 1595:

Therefore, to be possess’d with double pomp,
To guard a title that was rich before,
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.

‘Gild the lily’ doesn’t appear in the original quotation. The term “paint the lily” was used in the 20th century, with the same meaning we now apply to “gild the lily”. Clearly, this is the correct quotation. The two versions coexisted for a time but “gild the lily” became the much more popular one.

I thought this an apt description considering that the vintage lace has such a beauty on its own…but I do like the extra embellishment.

I don’t have much pink in my wardrobe. It is not that I don’t like the color, I guess I just have not gravitated toward it much in my clothing choices. I did find a cute black tee with an illustration of The Pink Panther and the word “PINK” to wear to work for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I do choose pink often in my jewelry designs though. Rose quartz, pink pearls, pink coral, and pink jaspers are some of my go-to jewelry design components.

This year our local Komen Race for the Cure will be held on October 20th. I have a special reason to walk the 5K having a close friend who is a recent breast cancer survivor.

So I am inclined to “Think Pink”!

Pink Bamboo Cording on Gold Hoops/Seed Beads/Glass

Feathers on Pink Vintage Crepe Paper Slide Necklace

Vintage Fan and Chain, Pink Jasper Necklace

Pink Jasper on Sterling Silver Earrings

Pink Branch Coral on Leather Necklace

Leather Cuff with Pink Satin Ribbon Corset Bracelet

Pink Feather Glass Slide Necklace

Pink Keishi Pearls on Sterling Silver

Pink Peruvian Opal on Copper Bracelet