Books, gems, and incredibly inspiring fans are the things that light up our days.
(...well, brownies, too!)
We are celebrating the holidays with sparkling new designs + a THANKFUL sale!
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The Cluviel Dor was found in a secret compartment of a desk owned by Sookie's Grandmother. It came in a velvet pouch with a letter from Gran telling her it is a magical fairy love object which allows the possessor one wish.
We've collaborated with Charlaine Harris to bring this amazing object of love to you in the form of a locket! A portion of proceeds are donated to Habitat for Humanity, so others' wishes may come true.
You can win one if you help us choose the Sookie quote to be engraved inside. Just list your choice in the comments section and you'll be entered. Extra points can be earned through the Rafflecopter below. ENDS NOVEMBER 11TH.
1. I'd been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar. [Dead Until Dark]
2. My grandmother had raised me to be polite, but she hadn't raised me to be stupid. [Living Dead In Dallas]
3. Knowing someone simply finds you attractive is always a boost to the spirits. [Dead as a Doornail]
4. I was a terrible Christian and a decent survivalist. [From Dead to Worse]
Valerie here! I am thrilled to announce that Kelly Fine has won our Geek Chic prize...a Silver Stake Necklace with Diamond Rondelles!
Kelly's geek chic thoughts:
"I’ve read the books of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and they first got me interested in healing with herbs, etc. So now I am hooked on any fiction/non-fiction books that use herbs and homeopathy. I’ve tried several of Claire’s concoctions and have tailored my herb garden toward healing. I use teas and herbal supplements for myself and my family (which my hubby and daughter completely refuse at times because of the taste!). Plus with all the post-apocalyptic shows we watch (Revolution, Walking Dead, etc.) I figured it couldn’t hurt knowing this info. I think a cool celtic knot with some plant or herb used by Jamie and Claire would be awesome for jewelry (especially like the design on her ring…)."
It has been so fun to read everyone's answers-- we love the diversity of everyone's geekiness! CADSAWAN is crazy to lucky to have such interesting & inspiring fans. If you have time, check out everyone's responses on the contest posting or on CADSAWAN's Facebook page-- you might find something new to geek out about!
First of all, I would like to thank you for all the support you've given me over the years. True Blood is in it's last season. Vampire Academy is finally turning into a movie. KPOP stars are wearing my jewelry. I have the key to the red room of pain. And, where is Ashmole 782? Valerie, my marketing maven, says all this has to do with geek chic being the new black.
Well, if geek chic is in ... I want to hear from the geeks - both ladies and gents. I want to know what geeks you out! I want you to shame me with your überGeekiness! And, whomever WOWs me the most will get a prize. EDIT - Actually, I've decided to pick at random because so far ... I'm already finding it hard !!! ALSO ... you may enter on my FB Page. It can be about anything ... a book you're reading, a TV show you're watching, an animal you just discovered, caterpillars, the Higgs Boson, psychokinesis, the Teutonic Knights, a new iPhone app ... anything geeky. Extra points if you can turn that thought into a piece of jewelry :)
1. one entry each
2. 200 words MAX
3. Ends 18 Sept 2013 23:59 EST
4. This is an international contest
The winners receive:
ladies: Stake Necklace with Diamond Rondelles
gents: A Sterling Silver Oliver Pendant
Have you been to Eight of Swords? A stunning jewelry boutique + gallery in Williamsburg, it's also home to some seriously talented tattoo artists. We could not be more excited to be one the incredible artists included in this shop!
Erica, who curates the collection, has found fierce, beautiful pieces that capture your imagination. Stop by the shop, be inspired, + maybe get some ink!
Moon, Sun, Stars! Sounds like an astrological disaster or true love! Khaleesi, mother of dragons, had a moon in her life and now she has three bright, shining baby dragons, but it hasn't been all hearts and flowers for this lost princess. Khaleesi Targaryen, one of my favorite characters of Game of Thrones, is an outcast. Yet whatever grisly situation comes, she conquers gaining more power and even more followers. I have to say, I like heroines like her. Ones that find strength from adversity. Ones that humbly teeter on eminence. Ones who sacrifice for love. And that is the answer to why I designed dragon egg jewelry. The baby dragons symbolize regeneration from death and love. So poetic. I hope that she finds another moon, sun and/or stars in her life – mainly because those dragons need a father or at least someone to keep them in line. Hope you like the pieces. Here are what others think about them The Gloss & Accessories Magazine.
This is exactly what you've been waiting for: a FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Valentine's Day present!
Ever since E L James' hardcover version of the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Trilogy came out, we wanted our own copies to re-read, re-read and re-read. Don't you just love the red bookmark?
Now, you can win Christian Grey's Tie Necklace from the official Fifty Shades of Grey™ Jewelry Collection AND a set of hardcover of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, FIFTY SHADES DARKER & FIFTY SHADES FREED from Doubleday Publishing.
An epic giveaway for this romantic day! Good luck!
I am happy to announce that we've released three designs from the Fifty Shades of Grey™ Fine Jewelry Collection. They are to celebrate the hardcover release of the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy that was release last week. They are available for pre-order on Amazon and they ship on Valentines Day! Now, you can wear Christian's necktie wherever you go. Thank you for stopping by.
Remember how much I really can't stand blogging? It's not because I don't want to meet you but I feel like I meet you so many places - like on pinterest, facebook and twitter. So, what will I do here that I don't do everywhere else? Not sure yet but I'll start by saying that I hope it will be audacious. We're slowly uploading the blog archive, so please be patient.
Wishing you the best in 2013. I hope the year of the snake will treat you well.
When I decided to make Ysabeau's Scribble Ring, I only meant to make one for me. This was a year ago when the book just came out. Like many of you, I re-read the book, listened to it and thought I should really make these pieces for everyone because I never want the story to end. So, it took a while license the line and I really didn't start physically making the ring until late summer early fall. I had many drawings and designs and made some cardboard cutouts, but I soon found out that the only way to make these rings was to actually make them in silver. This is what the rings were based on. They are a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum Collection. Here it is:
Absolutely stunning one-of-a-kind piece made in Germany circa 1600-50's. How could I make it for everyone? A jewelry designer usually first makes a ring in a neutral size like a 7 which is about in the middle. This way one can size down or up the design - but since these are three with an interlocking bottom and coordinated on top, I found that it would be impossible to do this for all sizes - after 2 attempts. And, for the first design I made the sleeves too long for the smaller sizes. So, the reason that it took me a while was because there are really two prototypes. One for sizes 5 , 6 & 7 and another ring for sizes 8, 9 & 10. The larger ring is actually almost 10% bigger than the smaller size because it was the only way to keep the integrity of the words as well as the design. To put it into production terms, from the two prototypes I've made rings for each whole size, which makes 15 rings and 15 molds before I could even start production. So, wow, I'm kind of tired.
Now to tell you something that made me cringe last week. First of all, my friends will tell you that I will be the first person who will admit an error. This is probably because I love to learn languages and the only way to speak well is to make mistakes over and over again. I suppose that is the same is for jewelry. So, I concede, I was wrong - well maybe half wrong. I had kind of a Diana/Ysabeau moment. Remember when Ysabeau chided Diana for only knowing modern French. Well, I am guilty as charged. I definitely do not speak 15th century French. So, when I had engraved "A ma vie de couer entier," I didn't see a mistake at all - unlike "du passe" which I really had made a spelling mistake earlier in the process. "A ma vie de coer entier" is the correct 15th century poesy, and it was caught by an astute fan, Celia Chapatot. As you can imagine, I am now changing 5 rings [sigh] and I am sorry to say it will push back the ring production by a few days BUT it will be correct and beautiful. In any case, I am thrilled at all the enthusiasm and hope you will love it. PDF technical notes on the ring.
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