Weekly Staff Wish List: Amanda
Spice up your holiday wish list with our staff's own favorite pieces!
Which are your favorite pieces and what draws you to them?
1) Solar Reflections Earrings
These new designs are a fun twist on the circle based earrings Beth usually creates. The rounded diamond shape elongates the piece and is a nice length for my shorter hair. I really like the mixed metal look, combining my two favorite metals to wear; copper and silver. These have a patina but also have a brighter finish so they're very eye-catching. I also am drawn to the minimalist wave design. I grew up on Lake Huron and have spent most of my adult life here, near Lake Superior. It's nice to have an element which connects the two places so well.
This little guy is one of my favorite pieces in the store. I really like the small size (about the size of your thumbnail) and I love the design. Fall is a difficult season to capture, but I feel like Beth did it very elegantly in such a simple way. The other seasons in this series are nice as well, but I just really like the uniqueness of this one. The fall is my favorite season because I enjoy wearing cozy clothes and seeing the leaves change. It's also when my birthday is, so that might make me partial to that time of year as well.
I have a 3mm tree bark textured ring that I wear all the time. (In the picture above, it's the smallest size with the texture of the largest ring) I love this style because they're made to order in not just the size, but the texture as well. It's cool to have a highly customizable piece that is fairly casual and economical. The many textures are all made by hammering them while the metal is still a flat piece. The indented surface is then brought to life with a patina which creates a high contrast in an otherwise simple band ring.
This piece is so unique and beautiful. I love the boarder around it and how it almost looks like a little polaroid picture. It almost has a vintage flair while still modern in the landscape design. This piece also reminds me of the crisp winter days up here when the snow is crunchy but the sun is shining and making everything sparkle. The bare trees are very reminiscent of wintertime and I like the trio. The uneven land lines remind me of late winter, around March, when the snow is melting but leaving little lumps to still navigate around.
What type of occasion do you see yourself wearing these pieces? What type of outfit would you accessorize with the jewelry?
1) Since I've always mixed my metals, these two in one earrings seem to be perfect. I love that they have a unique diamond/leaf shape, but have rounded corners so they're very comfortable and don't catch. I like where they hang since they're longer than the average earring but not too dangly. My shortish hair usually hides earrings, but these seem to be just the right length and the copper color compliments my darker hair. These earrings are great because they're easily worn on an everyday basis, but could also add a bit of artistic flair to a fancy night out.
2) I would pair the small fall copper piece with a short darkened chain or a 16 inch brown leather cord. I personally prefer a shorter chain to wear with scarves or over a high necked sweater. When I wear the autumn pendant, I like to pair it with my tiny leaf charm. It's small enough that it goes great with some of the charms we have here too. Beth has a initial charms would be a great addition as well. All the charms are silver so you can get the mixed metal look just by combining pieces. I really love the all copper pieces though. It's such a unique looking metal that changes overtime, but can always be polished up again quickly.
3) I have a personal connection to this ring as it was my first completed piece when I started up in the workshop. After creating many more and wearing mine everyday, I can guarantee that these are super comfortable and the perfect casual ring. I've always gravitated towards silver, I feel like it's a metal that goes with a lot. Its easy to wear because even if you mix metals, the darker parts contrast well with gold and copper. Its a casual piece and the texture is fairly simple, but it feels nice.
4) This is my splurge piece which features a 22k gold sun on a wintery landscape. I'd pair it with some gold bangles which I can never seem to find an excuse to wear. I like this piece though because its mostly silver with just a touch of gold to spice it up. It's a versatile piece like most of Beth's jewelry, but just as easy to wear with a evening dress as it is with a basic white t-shirt. I love my scarves and could easily string this on the adjustable chain so I could wear it tight against my neck, or down below my scarf. Great year round piece and the square shape is much more interesting than a typical pendant. It's also reversible if you're feeling like just a simple textured piece.
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