Monday, April 13, 2009

Stone Cold - Calico Juno Designs

I am in the beginning stages of my "career" in jewelry. As my skills are not totally perfected, I rely on the creativity and craftsmanship of designers like Calico Juno Designs to fill my unrelenting need to own more and more jewelry. I'm loving colorful gemstones and wire work for spring now, like this hammered heart pendant with peridot, citrine, orange sapphire, pink tourmaline on small link chain, available in 14k gold filled for $190 & sterling silver for $180, and the hammered circles with pink tourmaline, peridot on french wires, available in 14k gold filled for $74 & sterling silver for $70. The brilliant colors and designs make these the perfect accessories for spring.

Calico Juno Designs artist Bonnie Riconda’s jewelry design philosophy is based on her love of brilliant, bright colors, a light feeling of airiness, and of all things truly hand-created by the artist. She uses no pre-made or fabricated parts, but wraps all gemstones and beads by hand, and even makes her own hoops and french wires. Precious and semi-precious gemstones, Austrian crystals, freshwater pearls, and other stones are used in combination to create a wonderful palette of colors in her original designs.