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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


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


I love, love, love all the new colors in fashion for Spring. From mint greens to bright corals to pale lavenders. I have been designing jewelry with some of these same colors. I can’t help it…fashion inspires me. But to ground all that color, I like to add a little darkness which can be accomplished with colored wire in shades such as hematite or bronze as shown in the earrings below. Or, just adding other pretty colors such as pink pearls mixed with gold findings demonstrated in the necklaces.

Also, I have been having fun with “twisting” the wire. Whether using thicker or thiner wire and twisting just a little or a lot, it is easy to get such a variety of designs.

coral beads on vintage chain


faceted glass, hematite twisted wire


faceted glass, pearl, gold-filled

glass, freshwater pearls, gold-filled

Faceted glass, hematite twisted wire

glass, freshwater pearls, gold-filled


Jade is an ornamental stone. The term jade is applied to two different rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals.Jadeite is composed of tightly packed microscopic crystals, and Nephrite is composed of extremely dense mineral fibers that are interlocked and very tough. Of the two jade forms, Nephrite is more softer and more prone to scratches, and Jadeite is not as dense and is more prone to chipping.

The English word ‘jade’ is derived from the Spanish term piedra de ijada or ‘loin stone’, from its reputed efficacy in curing ailments of the loins and kidneys. ‘Nephrite’ is derived from lapis nephriticus, the Latin version of the Spanish piedra de ijada.

Nephrite and Jadeite were used by people from the prehistoric for similar purposes. Both are about the same hardness as quartz, and they are exceptionally tough. They are beautifully coloured and can be delicately shaped. Thus it was not until the 19th century that a French mineralogist determined that “jade” was in fact two different materials.

 Nephrite can be found in a creamy white form as well as in a variety of green colors, whereas jadeite shows more color variations, including blue, lavender-mauve, pink, and emerald-green colours. Of the two, Jadeite is extremely rare and thus more valuable.

Jade is said to be a symbol of purity and serenity. Also, it is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance emotions.

I can’t verify these stones are jade, since they were salvaged from vintage jewelry parts, but I can attest to their beauty. The stones are smooth and a vivid green color.

Corset Necklace

Bohemian Rhapsody Necklace

Green Goddess Earrings

Ultimate Green Goddess Earrings

I learned a new word today…Upcycle. According to, to upcycle means to use ordinary objects to make something extraordinary and upcycling is the practice of converting waste materials into products of greater value. This is what I have been doing with various costume and vintage jewelry parts. I begin with a broken or “have not been worn in years” jewelry piece and dismantle it into usuable parts or cannibolize it. Then I take these various parts/pieces and new stones, wire, beads, etc. to create a totally new jewelry design.

The beaded chain, tassel, and link chain are vintage parts, all others are new

Wine Cork Necklaces aka "What to do with a cork collection?"

DREAM Necklace (vintage chandelier crystal, chain, jewelry piece)

Pillbox Necklace (Vintage pillbox and chain, leather, glass, pearls, button clasp)

Horseshoe Necklace (horseshoe shaped jewelry part with semi-precious stones/pearls, metal chain)

Mardi Gras Bracelet

Fleur de lis and crown glass slide necklaces

Mardi Gras always falls on the Tuesday that is 46 days before Easter, is always the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent.  February 24 for 2009 but that actually marks the end of the Mardi Gras season.  Carnival officially begins on January 6, which is known as Twelfth Night or King’s Day, so named because it falls 12     days after Christmas on the day the Wise Men are said to have reached Bethlehem.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors are said to have been chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans in 1872. This doctrine was reaffirmed in 1892, when the Rex Parade theme “Symbolism of Colors” gave the colors their meanings.

The traditional King Cake is a coffee cake, and is oblong and braided. It is iced with a simple icing and covered with purple, green and gold sugar. Each cake contains a hidden bean or small plastic baby, and custom tells that whoever finds it must either buy the next King Cake or throw the next King Cake Party.

The fleurs-de-lis; pronounced /ˌfləː(r)dəˈliː/ translated from French as “lily flower”) is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily that is now used purely decoratively as well as symbolically, or it may be “at one and the same time political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic and symbolic”, especially in heraldry.

(information from Wikipedia).