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Revisiting Rogers: My Flea Market Finds

I love showcasing the artwork of others, and even though I’ve already spoke on our visit to Rogers Community Auction, I had to make special note of the wonderful jewelry I acquired there.

A mother-daughter team stationed down the market avenue had a fantastic array of beaded stone jewelry.  From rings to necklaces, they had four tables featuring a plethora of semi-precious stones and styles.  Having what seems to be a genetic predisposition for turquoise, I gravitated towards a perfect-for-summer chunky bangle and matching ring.  The bracelet features 5 intersecting bands of pale blue turquoise on elastic (for easy wear & removal).  The matching ornate ring showcases a dazzling cabochon set in brilliant sterling silver.  Both the mother & daughter were extremely approachable about their products & techniques, and I thank them for the excellent deal they gave me on the set.

Ramon went on several hardware outings throughout the day , and returned with a gorgeous pendant for me.  It showcases a perfectly intricate mini dried flower display, in shades of antiqued gold and mauve, encapsulated under a glass dome within a metal frame.  The reverse side holds a mirror of matching proportion, and hangs from a 24″ long complementary chain.

I absolutely love this necklace, but there’s one setback:  I’m allergic to nickel & most forms of metal.   Attempting to coat the chain in clear nail polish would ultimately be fruitless, so unless I find another method of combating my allergy, I may regrettably have to exchange the chain for a hypo-allergenic alternative.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

And finally, our market neighbor Denny, from Cambridge, and his friends had an assortment of goods, including some very special jewelry.  We spoke with Denny and his daughter at length, on a multitude of interesting topics – they were both absolute pleasures.  He told us about his sister, who was an artist & crafter in her own right, until she unfortunately passed of cancer a few years ago.  He had recently rediscovered some of her beaded jewelry, and of course I had to commemorate his sister & our meeting.  The medicine pouch I purchased is stunning, with a red & white heart theme, accented by rich gold.  Denny also told us of multiple herbal cures of which he is knowledgeable, including the potent Essiac Tea, which aided his sister & countless others through the hardest of times.  Denny was SO generous to share this information with us, we feel obligated to use it & pass it on.  Thank you Denny & Vanessa, as well as the entire Rogers Market Community, for all your great company & hospitality.

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Autumn’s Turquoise Nugget Choker Necklace

As you all know, I am always happy to fulfill custom requests, and this is one I’m exceptionally proud of.  My dear friend Autumn showed me this colossal turquoise nugget a few evenings ago, and expressed how much she liked it but was unable to wear it.  She had not found any necklace sturdy and aesthetically acceptable enough to showcase such a spectacular specimen.  So of course I volunteered my services.

Autumn was kind enough to allow me full artistic reign over the project, trusting me to “just make it look nice.”  The only stipulations were that it was dark in color and constructed of hemp cord.

After contemplating several design ideas, I finally settled on this, which I personally think is an exceptionally elegant concept for women’s jewelry.  It is constructed using 8 strands (2 colors with 4 strands each), which are initially split into 2 groups and knotted into double helix spirals using the Half Hitch Knot method.  The lacy main body is made using a series of alternating Square Knots, which are punctuated by 3-strand-wide Josephine Knots.  The necklace is woven directly through the bail of the turquoise nugget, and is accented by an additional 3 Josephine Knots.  A loop is left on one end and a pair of long 4 strand braids on the other, so the necklace can be tied quickly and simply.

Autumn absolutely adored her new choker, and it fit perfectly.  I confess, I really like it too, and I will probably have no choice but to make something similar for myself in the near future.  If you’re anything like me and would love a necklace like this as well, please feel free to contact me so we can discuss design details, measurements, etc


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