June 2010

Jeweler Interview with Cassandra Bazos Part 2

Part Two of our interview with Persephonie Studies owner, Cassandra Bazos.

Do you get more excited about the design or technical aspects of jewelry art?

To be honest I get really excited about both.  It’s great when I get a new idea, it just bugs me until I get a chance to put it on paper.  Then there’s the excitement of building a new piece just for the person who’s going to come a long and buy it and cherish it for a long time to come.  I love being an artist because it allows me to make people feel happy about what they wear and give as gifts to others.

Can you name another jewelry designer whose work you admire?

Jeweler Interview with Cassandra Bazos

With whimsical beadwork and unusual metalwork pieces, Persephonie Studios offers a range of beautiful jewelry for all tastes.  Here, we talk to the owner/designer, Cassandra Bazos about her work.

What are your favorite materials to work with?  

My favourite materials to work with are Sterling silver and handpicked gemstones.

What is your favorite design, and is this your best seller?

Up until now all of my work has been one-of-a-kind so I don’t have on design that sells best per say but I do love the new cuttlefish castings that I just finished producing and I hope that they become my new best sellers soon.

How did you first get into jewelry art in general?

Nude Celebrities at the BAFTAs

If you were anxiously watching the BAFTA's this year, hoping for some awe-inspiring fashion sneak peeks, chances are you were disappointed. Instead, all you saw were nude celebrities at the BAFTA'S – and not even the interesting kind of nude. Many of the stars necks, ears and wrists were noticeably naked, and they were just playing it safe with simple fashions, a move that's become increasingly frustrating for fashion aficionados. In fact, without the likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga fashion columns would be pretty demure.



Interview with Marne Ryan

This week's interview is with silversmith Marne Ryan.  Her work consists of unique, handcrafted pieces in a variety of metals.
What are your favorite materials to work with? 
I enjoy working with a combination of Sterling Silver 24k 22k 18 k gold and A combination of Platinum, 24k ,22k and 18k gold - I create textures with Silver and patterns with gold. I think of the silver as back / white photography and gold and platinum as color photography
What is your favorite design, and is this your best seller?
Rings - Many people use them as wedding bands .

How did you first get into jewelry art in general?
In high school, my art teachers showed us how to make rings. I though how cool , I can play with fire and bang stuff with a hammer in a constructive way.

How to Select Handmade Earrings Handcrafted Unique Jewelry for Face Shape

Handcrafted jewelry will always remain in vogue as it has been for hundreds of years. If you are looking for a handmade jewelry gift that is stylish and appealing, handmade earrings will surely be high on the list. Whether selecting handcrafted earrings for yourself or for a loved one here are some suggestions to keep in mind to create the perfect statement of style.

When you are looking for handmade earrings, remember that you can find an endless array of shapes, styles and sizes. The larger the size of the handcrafted earrings the more noticeable and dramatic the effect will be. 

1. If you have delicate features wearing large, oversized dangle earrings may overpower you.

Jewelry News Monday 14th June

Celebrity Ditches Jewelry

Cheryl Cole, one of the UK's sweetheart celebrities is said to be giving away all jewelery given to her by her estranged husband, footballer Ashley Cole.  The split came after the last of many indiscretions on his part, and the long suffering Cheryl seems to now at last be expressing her disgust  not just for his behavior, but for his taste in jewelry as well, calling it too "bling" for her tastes.  She has gifted some items to friends and relatives, while rumor has it that some of the uglier pieces have even ended up in the trash.   Thumbs up for the gesture, thumbs down for the waste!

Interview with Sydney Lynch

Recommended by Mary Draper,  jewelry artist Sydney Lynch takes the Jewelry Report interview and talks about her designs.  Her jewelry is bold and beautiful, combining a variety of metalsmithing and stone setting techniques to create jewelry that is at once refined and unique.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
I work in sterling, mostly oxidized, combined with 18k and 22k gold.  I love color and  use a wide variety of colored stones in my one of a kind pieces.

What is your favorite design, and is this your best seller?

Interview with Andrew Cooperman Part One

Followers of The Jewelry Report on Facebook might have heard that I have been doing a metalsmithing course at a local college.  As Lexi Erickson warned me would happen, I have indeed become totally hooked on the techniques and have gained a brand new appreciation of the fine work carried out by jewelers such as Lexi and today´s interview subject, Andrew Cooperman.  Using a huge range of jewelry making techniques and a high level of skill and creativity his designs are complex, with bold shapes and details to draw the eye in.  Here are his responses to our Jewelry Report interview.  (We love his chosen superpower!)

Interview with John S Brana

There is something deeply organic about John S Brana's designs, yet this natural look hides the obvious talent that goes into color combining, choosing just the right gemstones, and perfecting techniques to enhance the underlying themes of each collection.  Here, he answers our top Jewelry Report designer questions...

What are your favorite materials to work with?
I love working with copper.  It’s an extremely malleable and lends itself well to fold-forming and anticlastic raising.  Polished, it’s a very warm toned metal.  It’s also is a great metal for patination and makes color variations endless.  The high content copper brass also makes a great medium for patination.

Interview with Keren Peled

I try not to be biased when featuring jewelry designers, but I do love Keren Peled's designs.  I like the combination of chunky metal structures with delicate crocheted details and soft, feminine accents.  This is jewelry designed to be worn and admired.  Here, she answers our interview questions and talks about how she first started designing jewelry.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

I love to work with silver. Sterling silver is a wonderful metal that allows the use of many techniques. Natural stones are my absolute favorite, they just add color and even give energy. I have also worked with yarn in past collections, although not so much recently.