Designing Jewelry, Fashion, Jewelry Design

Wire Wrapped Gemstone Necklaces

Wire wrapping is one of my favorite techniques in making jewelry. Two of my friends had recently commissioned me to design and create necklaces and bracelets out of the tumblestones they got from their recent travels. The project was actually for Christmas but since I had no yaya for my kids during the Christmas break and I’m currently on sick leave, I decided to start making some of these pieces for the Valentine’s Day instead (ahaha! better late than never, right?).

They are now available online for purchase at my online shoppe.

Materials: amethyst geode pendant wrapped in gold wire, amethyst tooth beads, gold-colored nylon wire, customized fastener
Materials: amethyst geode pendant wrapped in gold wire, amethyst tooth beads, gold-colored nylon wire, customized fastener

My friends had asked me to use their amethyst tumblestones to make one chunky bracelet. But I really like the layered detail of this particular piece of amethyst, so I decided to wrap it in gold wires just to see first if it will look like nice as pendant with my tooth amethyst beads. And they actually did!  I’m not sure if my friends will be happy with the outcome though. Their chunky bracelet can wait. 😉

Materials:  Flat and triangular aqua stone with brown layer detail, gold wire, rustic brown multilayered cords
Materials:
Flat and triangular aqua stone with brown layer detail, gold wire, rustic brown multilayered cords

Now this pendant is simply pretty. The aqua color reminds me of the sea in Palawan Island (my favorite local destination!). I was at first torn between using earthy green cords or this rustic orange/brown cords but eventually opted for the latter since it made the brown layered detail of the stone stand out. I’m a Geologist but I’m not sure as to the correct identify of this pendant so I’m temporarily calling this an aqua stone because of the color. If there are gemologists out there, do correct me through the comment section. If you haven’t noticed yet, swirly design is kinda my signature. Most of my wire wrapped gemstone projects have swirlies on them.

Materials: Unakite tumblestone, Unakite chips, gold wire, snap clasp
Materials: Unakite tumblestone, Unakite chips, gold wire, snap clasp

Unakite, what is it? It’s apparently a semiprecious stone first found in Unakas mountains of North Carolina. It’s actually an altered granite rock! Full details here

What I love about this pendant is the play of green and pink shades. It’s lucky that I have Unakite chips in my bead stash so I decided to pair my friends’ Unakite pendant with the chips to make this piece. 🙂

Tip (although a self-serving one):

If you’re looking for a unique gift for your girlfriend, buy her a handmade necklace. You’ll be helping a local crafter earn a living (because I’m dirt poor you know, LOL) and you’d also be giving her something that’s absolutely handmade with love. Handmade products are normally of high quality too because they are carefully crafted (and tested for durability) and NOT mass produced.

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