Beads, beads and more beads

Beads often capture the wonders of nature in a small and wearable casing. In particular are the ethereal Labradorites, the banded agates and the dreamy Moonstones and  Opals. Whether they are round or not beads add a lovely accent to fashion. Dressed up in the "rosary style" metal chain and bead, a contemporary and unusual style emerges. Let us know what beads and colors you miss in your wardrobe and we can create something unique for you.

Pearls are a girls's best friend!

Salt water pearls have those lovely white, yellow, black and green colors: fresh water pearls are also in white but are special for their pinks, purples, and orange colors. Jewelry is a girls best friend because you can accessorize so well.

American jewelry Design Council Project for 2017

Every year a band of crazy jewelers agree to create a novel piece of jewelry for the heck of it and to promote jewelry as ART. This years assignment was Stripes! Why I thought of three jade rings in a Japanese Cloud theme is beyond me but I followed the inspiration which was fun and I hope it brings you enjoyment too! Soon to come is Gregore's piece under his Blog/Passions.

Gregore and Jennifer-Rabe Jewelers, custom jewelry designs and engagement rings, made in Santa Barbara, CA.

Jennifer-Rabe called hers Japanese Clouds made from Nephrite Jade and getting lots of help from genius Gregore who can even cut tough jade on the CNC!

Dream Foundation 7th Annual Flower Empower Luncheon May 18th

Beautiful Vancouver style earrings, made in hammered 18 karat yellow gold, will go up for auction during the luncheon. This annual event will raise funds for Flower Empower, a volunteer-driven program that delivers hope and compassion—in the form of beautiful bouquets—to those in need.

Completed Mother of Pearl Earrings

18 Karat Yellow Gold earrings with Mother of Pearl and Detachable  Naturally Colored Pearls

18 Karat Yellow Gold earrings with Mother of Pearl and Detachable  Naturally Colored Pearls

Custom Earring Box To Protect Earrings While Traveling

Custom Earring Box To Protect Earrings While Traveling

Jewelry is and has always been a magnet for men and women. It has a magical allure that is hard to resist. The finishednecklace, earring or ring makes sense to most people because what it demands of the individual is simply to put it on and just enjoy it, the beauty of the materials and how it feels on our bodies.

 

I am sure that part of the allure of jewelry is how it gets made. It is mysterious to most of us because the tools, the design, the putting together of all the parts has and always will be the territory of the expert. The scale is very small and precise, the materials precious and valuable, and because jewelry lasts for generations to enjoy.  

 

Like all professions the jeweler’s art evolves. Design has been and always will be a consequence of lots of time invested in looking, drawing and painting. There is no substitute for the maturation of the artist than through blood, sweat and tears.

The craft of the jeweler has its own distinct path and is equally demanding because it’s aim is always towards greater refinement and mastery over materials. Like all industries, technology has been a great asset to the jeweler. It has sped up the ability to create difficult, time consuming objects. But there is no replacement to the last stages of creation and the hand finishing required to make sure parts fit precisely and that the luster of stone and metal are to perfection. That is the mark of a well made piece of jewelry because it is beautiful and made to last.

The earrings are a perfect balance between beautiful design, advanced technology and hand finishing. The wings and bodies of the bee and butterfly were thought out first with pencil and paint in hand. There is no replacement for working out an idea on paper before redrawing it intocomputer aided design software or CAD. Once the design is worked out in CAD, the precision and symmetry is near perfect. The CAD design is thenprogrammed into a computer numericallycontrolled cutting machineor CNC, which for example cuts the wax for the cast metal bodies, and which cuts the mother of pearl wings.  Like with any tool, its precision helps towards the realization of the beautifully hand finished piece of jewelry for generations to treasure and enjoy.

Cutting of the Mother of Pearl

See the video below to see the mother of pearl being cut! Thanks to tools and exquisite hand finishing beautiful earrings are created that enthrall and last lifetimes.

Butterfly Earrings Continued

Who would have thought that a bunch of wings and bodies would turn out into beautiful earrings!

after testing the sizes of butterflys we chose a body we cast in metal and a wing we cut in mother of pearl!

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Maybe I will add a removable pearl drop!

Back to the drawing board and design a cap that works with the butterfly , fun!!!!

Butterfly Earrings Inspired by Gregore's Bee Earrings

When Gregore was working on his mother of pearl, sterling silver and 18k yellow gold earrings, I was inspired to work on my beloved moth/butterfly  earring design. There is something so precious about this insect and it's delicate wings.  Of course without gregore's ingenious mastery of the CNC mill they would not be turning out as lovely. Stay tuned for the next series of Blogs/passions to see their development. if you want to see Gregore's "to bee or not to bee" earrings see his Blog/Passions.

Some of the later drawings when I hone in on the shape of the preferred butterfly. Gregore and Jennifer-rabe Jewelers in Santa Barbara, CA

Some of the later drawings when I hone in on the shape of the preferred butterfly.

Gregore and Jennifer-rabe Jewelers in Santa Barbara, CA

Here are three different sizes and shapes of the cut wax painted with goache to show the effect in 18 k yellow gold and mother of pearl. Gregore and Jennifer-rabe Jewelers in Santa Barbara, CA

Here are three different sizes and shapes of the cut wax painted with goache to show the effect in 18 k yellow gold and mother of pearl.

Gregore and Jennifer-rabe Jewelers in Santa Barbara, CA

Green Tahitian Pearl Earrings

You know how I love those natural pearls and shells. Recently we purchased some exquisitely colored ones we had never seen before. They are actually Pistachio GREEN. They look great on too, especially accented with Green Zircon and 18 karat Yellow Gold. They are small, cute, and easy to wear every day.

Pistachio Green Tahitian Pearl Earrings with Green Zircon and 18 karat Yellow Gold  

Pistachio Green Tahitian Pearl Earrings with Green Zircon and 18 karat Yellow Gold

 

Handmade by Gregore and Jennifer-Rabe Jewelers in Santa Barbara, CA

Pearl Rings for Bridesmaids, Brides and Daily Wear — The Art Of Jewellery

The shell and pearl rings are done!  Gregore and I will be displaying them first at the Simply the Best Wedding Showcaseof Santa Barbara, October 30th 2016 from 11am-3pm, atthe Santa Barbara Rockwood Women’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA.

 

Afterwards, November 3rd-December the 4th2016, we are showing a series of rings including these shell and pearl rings at Diana Vincent Contemporary Fine Jewelry Gallery, 12 North Union Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530

These are the raw materials for the pearl and shell jewellery. The castings are not yet filed and sanded,  the pearls are undrilled, the shells uncut. See below for the finished rings

These are the raw materials for the pearl and shell jewellery. The castings are not yet filed and sanded,  the pearls are undrilled, the shells uncut. See below for the finished rings

I had some extra pearls so I thought these beautiful colored pearls would make nice stackable rings.

I had some extra pearls so I thought these beautiful colored pearls would make nice stackable rings.

 

These pearl rings are like a tiara on your finger.

These pearl rings are like a tiara on your finger.

The Lollipop ring in naturally colored shell and pearls enhance your day or your night.

The Lollipop ring in naturally colored shell and pearls enhance your day or your night.