Posts Tagged 'rock'

Gemstone Jewelry With Form & Function

I’ve been intending to post photos of some of the stone jewelry I’ve created in the past, but lately I’ve been too caught up with posting current items to bother with the archives.  This is a collection of jewelry I designed this past holiday season as gifts for friends & family.  Constructed using only the finest quality metal and stone, these pieces were designed not only with aesthetic appeal in mind, but also the stones’ supposed metaphysical properties.

This first necklace showcases a crescendo of alternating spheres, in shades of dusty yellow which looks stunning against a darker wardrobe.  The large translucent orbs are Lemon Quartz, which is said to clear the mind & absorb negative energy.  The smaller brighter beads are Citrine, a powerful cleansing stone of emotional balance, which is also known as a “merchant’s stone” for promoting financial prosperity.  When combined, the citrine is said to dispel the negativity which the lemon quartz collects – the necklace retains an optimistic air regardless of the wearer’s stress levels.  Hung on a sterling silver chain, with complementary accent charm on the clasp, this elegant citrus-inspired necklace is a personification of happiness.

This next piece was designed for a longtime family friend who had recently been involved in a car accident and suffered a broken wrist.  To supplement the healing process, this bracelet features large free form nuggets of Pyrite (a stone of physical strength), framed by round beads of red tiger eye (his favorite stone) and accented by brass.  Tiger Eye is a grounding stone, said to combine the energies of sun & earth, which helps to encourage discipline & practicality.  Though designed with a man in mind, this silhouette is extremely versatile is looks great on women as well.

These next two pieces were collaborative works with my partner.  The first is an edgy pendant showcasing a genuine Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are a prehistoric form of marine life, said to bring structure to one’s life while allowing them to understand the big picture.  The fossil is framed by small spheres of spotted Dalmatian Jasper and disks of Bronzite, on a large brass chain.  Dalmation Jasper, also known as Leopard Jasper, is a stabilizing stone which promotes patience and helps one accept responsibilities.  Similarly, Bronzite is known as a “stone of courtesy,” promoting equitability and unbiased judgment.  Although the stones used are sharply contrasting in appearance they hold common threads metaphysically, which allow them to come together in a youthful necklace of peace & understanding.

This final tourmaline bracelet is truly elegant & unique.  The vintage-style butterfly, which we bent to match the natural curve of the wrist, was originally purchased about a decade ago from a local Claire’s Boutique as a necklace focal point.  The bracelet is adorned in pink and black tourmaline rounds, and accented by faceted nuggets of green tourmaline and “gun-metal” filigree beads.  Tourmaline promotes inspiration $ self-confidence, and it’s said to mirror the body’s chakras.  Rubellite (aka pink tourmaline) strengthens love &the healing qualities of the heart.  Green Tourmaline, also related with the heart, brings about both clarity & wealth (material & emotional). And the powerful Schorl (aka Aphrizite or Black Tourmaline) is said to protect against & repel negative energy.  With a design reminiscent of a peace sign, this bracelet connects the energies of mind, heart & body.

All of the wonderful information I’ve presented here on the stones’ properties has been gathered from the definitive source on the subject, Love is in the Earth:  The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia, by Melody. It may be the heaviest book I own, but it certainly suceeds in leaving no stone unturned.   🙂

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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.

Rock N’ Roll-igami, Part Tres

Throughout the weeks, I’ve been continuing my Rock N’ Roll-igami series of modular art, with gorgeous results.

Thanks to booklet donations, I’ve been able to complete several dynamic classic rock pieces, featuring some of the most iconic performers of the late 20th century.

Of course, all of these pieces are available for sale in my Etsy shop.  Some of the new models include:

Greatest Hits Cube, including Aerosmith, John Mellencamp and Kansas

Smashing Pumpkins Orb (Icosahedron), featuring albums Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and Adore

Modular Cube featuring mid 90s Rock: Bush, REM and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Icosahedron featuring Santana, Jimmy Buffett and the Jimi Hendrix Experience

One Hit Wonder Cube, including Oleander, Marcy Playground, Loko Phylum, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Harvey Danger and 3 Doors Down

Amigami is always looking for more CD booklet donations! I will make a custom piece for each person who donates, and am willing to negotiate payment for larger contributions.

Please contact me via the comments form or the ‘Contact’ tab at the top if you would like to contribute to the Roll N’ Roll-igami series.

New Rock N’ Roll Origami

As promised, I’ve been delving through the plethora of CD booklets I recently inherited, constructing more music-inspired origami.  I’ve found the most difficult part is finding enough booklets  similar enough conceptually and graphically to assemble an entire 24- or 30-unit piece.  Some of the cubes in particular become a mismatch of loosely associated bands, tied by concepts like make-up or big hair.  But they look great!   ^_^

It seems that as I’m sprting through the collection, many hard rock and heavy metal albums have longer than average CD booklets, so my work has gravitated in that direction due to availability of supplies.  The contrast and images on these cubes really make them stand out, and they (obviously) cast a whole different feel than some of the more colorful examples (like the Pink Floyd or Offspring pieces).

Luckily, I previously owned plus inherited several booklets from Offspring CDs, enough to make this spectacular icosahedron!  Folded from 30 pieces, using the traditional Sonobe design, this piece spans the history of the Offspring’s major releases, from Ignition to Splinter.  The vivid graphics common to Offspring albums are ideal for modular origami, and the rainbow of images has really made this one of my favorite pieces.

In contrast to the heavy metal cubes, I made this for Ramon, since he so graciously donated so much material to me!  Similar to the Offspring sphere, this cube features fthe booklets of four Clarks CDs, along with a scattering of images from Sugar Ray and Modest Mouse.  This piece was made by custom request, and if you have the books, I can make the art!  Or, if your favorite band is already represented here, be sure to pick it up in my Etsy shop before someone else does!

Origami Rock ‘n Roll Cubes (and other items on Etsy)

Way back when people still bought CDs, I always tried to insist on keeping the booklets.  But now that CDs are mostly irrelevant, the actual discs have been passed on, and I found myself with a heap of perfectly square, colorful paper which are perfect for origami.  Since this discovery, a few of my friends have donated their kindred heaps . . I intend to make great use of them, and this is the first piece!

This four inch modular origami cube is dedicated to the laser light shows of classic rock.  It is constructed from two complete CD booklets from Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon album.  Each square of paper is folded into a basic rectangular shape (with starburst detail), and arranged in an interlocking pattern which is incredibly stable and needs no glue!  This is truly an awesome piece of art for any Pink Floyd or classic rock fan, and is currently available on Etsy.  Of course, due to limited supplies, this is one-of-a-kind, so first come, first serve!

Speaking of which, the Amigami Etsy shop is slowly increasing it’s stock.  In addition to the Rock Cubes, I have a tiny sampling of other origami and knot work jewelry, as well as crochet hip bags which are great as phone pr camera cases.  Please check them out, and thanks for your support!

Hanging Origami Rose Brochade, Filled with Lavender

Brown Mystic Knot Necklace with Red Agate

Colorful Hip Pouches – Great for Phones & Cameras!


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