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San Francisco, Ca, United States
I am a woman, wife, mother. I love the life i've lived and the life i live now. i love my partner, my 5 children, my friends and my home. I also love creating jewelry for the beautiful women who want to look chic, have fun, and love the lives they live too!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

www.teresat.com New Pieces

Finally managed to list new items to the www.teresat.com website. above are the 'marquise classic' earrings in gorgeous sapphire, ruby & emerald.  the variegated blue is a pristine cubic zirconia.

To the right are the signature teresat 'les cirques' - here in onyx green quatz, black spinel & a lovely tiny fresh water pearl.  Of course, as we all all know - these circles come in any color you wish - but i need to be sensiible - don't i!

Friday, September 3, 2010

www.teresat.com jewelry design: smoky quartz, carved turquoise flowers, www.teresa...

www.teresat.com jewelry design: smoky quartz, carved turquoise flowers, www.teresa...: "here is the almost finished piece mentioned in my previous blog. i decided to use smooth, clear, smoky quartz as a wonderful contrast to ..."

smoky quartz, carved turquoise flowers, www.teresat.com

here is the almost finished piece mentioned in my previous blog. i decided to use smooth, clear, smoky quartz as a wonderful contrast to the carved turquoise flowers. i played about with using the five flowers - toooo much - but rested on the three - offset to the left side. it measures approx 17" with clasp.  this piece has also been sent off to my photographer & all new pieces will be up on www.teresat.com within the next few days.


organic pearl bracelet with swarovski encrusted, magnetic clasp
keishi pearl bracelet, swarovski encrusted magnetic clasp
i also got busy with a couple of lovely pearl bracelets i sent off to a customer in the week. i knew i had the color - she wanted the same clotted cream color pearl i had made into an earlier pearl necklace. these are quite different pearls, but each as lovely as the other.  maybe she will be happy to wear both of them! the gorgeous magnetic clasps make them a breeze to put on!  please don't forget to keep an eye on my website www.teresat.com there will be more abfab pieces listed later this week! enjoy your wonderful labor day weekend!
                                                                                                                                         

Saturday, August 28, 2010

www.teresat.com jewelry design: Ruby Red Jade www.teresat.com

www.teresat.com jewelry design: Ruby Red Jade www.teresat.com: "Hope you have all been well! back to school for some & an end of summerish feeling for others. in any case, a shift in the feel of things ..."

Ruby Red Jade www.teresat.com



Hope you have all been well! back to school for some & an end of summerish feeling for others. in any case, a shift in the feel of things wouldn't you say? i've been working on a 'bunch of things' as you would say if you were american or 'a ton of stuff' if you are english. anyhow, i have recently come across an ample supply of lovely jade rondelles; i love jade because it can mimic so many other gems. it can be dyed in so many colors and i have acquired jade in ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst purple and citrine yellow... i started with the ruby red which i have handwired with goldfilled wire into a lengthy 'Y' necklace typical of the teresat style. these beautiful ruby red jade rondelles are slighter larger than the genuine ruby rondelles i also work with - if this were genuine ruby - it would cost a small fortune because of the gem weight & cut! however, be assured, i do put as much love & labor into these pieces, regardless of provenance! so this piece (pictured), is long; about 45" actually, measured to the base of the crystal.  this rather splendid crystal is pretty huge i would say - and not for the faint hearted.  it is absolutely gorgeous and i was very happy to finally use it, given that it had lain in my bag of tricks for over a year with no design in mind.  it is a multi-faceted austrian crystal measuring approx  1" across & one & a half inches in length.  it is a shimmering raspberry red and pretty mesmerising i must say!  perhaps if i gaze into it long enough, i will see my future!
i suppose i could have photographed & shown you this raspberry crystal pendant before i had used it, & placed the jade rondelles beside it; then shown you the work in progress & so on.  this next photo is of a collection of carved turquoise jade flowers i have a mind to use. 
each flower measures approx one & a half inch across. on one hand i would like to use them on turqoise beads; clustered to the side or optionally to the front on say, an 18 - 20" length; on the other hand, i love to occasionally put turquoise with smoky quartz.  i think this would dress the turquoise up, much more sophis!  leave it with me & i shall show you the final result ... 'shortly' :)   in the meantime, keep your eye on www.teresat.com - i am putting new designs into the web store this week and hope you will find something that you like! 
  





Sunday, August 22, 2010

TeresaT TinyTreasures www.teresat.com


Introducing TeresaT's TinyTreasures! i mentioned in a recent blogette about my love of blending colors. i showed you then a cute pair of earrings & a simple necklace created with turquoise & lapis. another of my favorite blends is orange & red; & while i think of it - red & pink! a very east indian look, that i adore.  here at left is a tinytreasure of faceted, burnt orange cushions & a deep red faceted briolette - both are cz's  - or cubic zirconia.  this cubic zirconia is a created stone that is often as expensive as natural gemstones. i enjoy working with it because it offers predictability of size & shape, fabulous colors, and in the high quality of cz i work with - the faceting (the cut) of each stone is perfect.





turquoise & lapis
tinytreasure

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Marquise Classic Earrings in Ruby & Emerald - www.teresat.com

Today i recreated a pair of the classic marquise earrings you will find on my website, www.teresat.com.
Currently these marquise earrings are shown hand wired with a beautiful emerald rondelle. I want to make them available also in ruby and sapphire rondelles. I intend to complete a sapphire pair tomorrow, &; shall show you next time i photograph. Here at left, you can see the ruby rondelle i made today. I have used a gorgeous, faceted ruby rondelle, measuring about 4mm. This is African ruby that has a slight blueish tinge when seen on the strand, or in a cluster. The gold and silver marquise shape hangs about 2" from just below the earring post. I have actually made this earring slighter shorter than first shown on the website. (here above at right)  I personally prefer long earrings but have had to learn that not everyone else does! I actually also prefer ear wires to ear posts; but listening to the faithful, has again taught me otherwise. I am happy to create the style of how you enjoy wearing any the earrings you will find on www.teresat.com, shorter, longer, ear posts or ear wires. You may request your custom look by contacting me via the website.

Needless to say, it is possible to handwire any precious or semi-precious gem the heart desires onto any shape one also desires!  but as a solitary jewelry designer creating custom - & not mass produced pieces - it would be quite impractical for me to do this! However, coming up soon are my teresat signature hand wrapped circles; featuring earrings & pendants. The finished pieces are with ms courtney steffens, photographer extraordinaire, as i write and my amazing website guru ms t manacek, shall be performing her technical jiggery pokery next week! I, for my part will need to attach monikers to all new pieces ... and hope for the best!  I'll keep you all posted!



Tuesday, August 10, 2010

www.teresa.com trio of evil eyes







i have thousands of tiny semi-precious beads. i love my rondelles! i decided to use some of them with a collection of evil eye pendants i also have in my collection. two of the pictured 18" necklaces here are in mult-colored stones & the third in peridot & citrine. i have accented this little trio with nuggets of gold vermeil and an extender of a couple of inches of delicate vermeil chain (so, up to 20" in length), at back.
the 'evil eye' is a mediterranean/middle eastern concept. we europeans are more familiar with its imagery on our hols (vacations) to the med(iterranean) countries of turkey or the islands of greece. further into the middle east such as israel &lebanon.  however, visitors to mexico may have also come across the 'mal de ojo' on their travels south of the border.  the evil eye in these & many cultures are seen as an amulet, lucky charm or talisman. they are in essence, used to deflect the negative or envious glances or looks of others - whether their glance is deliberately negative or not. babies at birth are given evil eyes as gifts; tied to their cribs or blankets.  western designers now are using these mysterious charms in their designs - such as teresat!  some in simple beads and others in fabulous blue sapphire & diamond creations! hmmmm, just imagine!  i shall show you other 'eyes' i have also almost ready, that are wonderfully sparkly - cz's & crystals actually, not diamonds & sapphires alas... but near enough in appearance!



multi-colored tourmaline, turquoise, moonstone,  freshwater pearl, emerald, tanzanite, labradorite, peridot,                    



Posted by Picasai shall be putting these up shortly on www.teresat.com as soon as i can get hold of ms c steffens; as you know my amazing photographer! these colorful, meaningful, full of fun beauties will be available very soon for you to closer peruse and even purchase if you like!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

turquoise & lapis earrings teresat.com



 i absolutely love to blend colors! one of my favorite blends is turquoise and lapis.  i made these earrings today and they are so fresh, fun & fabulous! given it's full name, 'lapis lazuli' is also known as the 'stone of the ancients'.  egyptian priests named it 'the stone from heaven'; it was considered an amulet of healing and power.  the intense blue of lapis is speckled with golden strands of pyrite.  artists in the middle ages ground the stone and used it in paintings. think beautifully hued skies and seas.





I  also created a small pendant in the same color blend, but this with a turquoise nugget and using a similar lapis briolette, with a hammerd gold cap.  i have also introduced a wee gold nugget bead & placed the three pieces on a fine vermeil chain.  of course all the above are available in silver earwire & chain.  i also love to blend  turquoise with purple and pink with orange!  i shall introduce pieces showing these color blends over the next weeks and onto the www.teresat.com website in timely manner!  these pieces will be in the $100 and under range.

Monday, August 2, 2010

www.teresat.com pearl bracelets

There are several hand wired bracelets on my online store, www.teresat.com, and more to come of course.  pearls are immensely popular; they never seem to go out of fashion.  we can wear them dressed up or down. teresat's signature NYMR (notyourmothersrosary) is handwired using beautiful shell pearls; the bracelets use a variety of pearls. different shapes, sizes and types of pearls. The triple strand white pearl i created for Nathalie, is an example of a teresat one-of-a-kind custom bracelet.  this particular beauty has swarovski crystal accents, fresh water pearls, crystal encircled baroque shaped pearls and a pretty crystal encrusted  initial. finished with sterling silver bar clasp; this design is also available in gold tones as seen above. this one with tiny 'button' pearls and larger beads encrusted with even tiner seed pearls. you can just see the freeform natural pearl i have also used here.  just gorgeous!
A very different look is this 'cuff bracelet' (below).  the central huge cabochon is a vintage opal glass bead found in Europe, where the ornamental glass bead industry originated. i have hand wired this piece using large glossy white shell pearls and have used textured glass vintage beads on each side of the centre. you can hardly see it here but on top of the clasp here is the shape of a bee, raised in gold atop of a silver base! very sweet! one of teresat's loyal ladies fancies this creation in other color tones that i am currently sourcing from Europe.  takes a couple of weeks, but it will be worth the wait!  ms s has requested a brown opal central cabochon with tonal accents used in the side beads. i have suggested using gold pearls to complete this rich, warm look.  i'm looking forward to creating it, and sharing it with you!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

blue topaz & aquarmarine/pearl earrings for ms Ts mom: www. TeresaT.com

here is a pair of lovely delicate earrings i made for  the mum of a very wonderful person. she has helped to make TeresaT the online image she is. so here we have silver posts, coin pearl with gorgeous nacre, tiny fresh water pearls and beneath  blue topaz  & aquamarine sparkling briolettes.   Post Options



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Saturday, July 31, 2010

teresat jewelry design: Emerald Green Onyx Hoops - www.teresat.com

teresat jewelry design: Emerald Green Onyx Hoops - www.teresat.com: "wmicro faceted emerald green onyx hoops Remember i mentioned the hoops & pendant i had hand wired in the signature teresat style the oth..."

Emerald Green Onyx Hoops - www.teresat.com

wmicro faceted emerald green onyx hoops

Remember i mentioned the hoops & pendant i had hand wired in the signature teresat style the other day? the very same set the divine ms M had coveted the moment she saw them?! well here they are -photgraphed against the shrubbery!  Not as fabulously photo-ed as those by ms courtney steffens - photographer extraordinaire - but i think you get the gist!  so here we have in the first photo, medium (about one & half inch) hoops, mico-faceted emerald green onyx are hand wired with gold filled wire.  Pretty tiny faceted beads of about 3mm.  This onyx is absolutely dazzling 'in person' as you say; the 'micro' part of faceting means that the cutting/faceting of each individual bead is very precisely done.  the result is a beautiful shine, where each bead reflects light off each angle of the faceted angle.  As i personally prefer earrings that dangle, i always tend to design my first pair in a longer style; the pair shown measures about 2 inches.  Many of my customers prefer them with say, one link above the hoop, attached to an earwire or post. Or perhaps a shorter chain to make the length say, 1 and half inch.
the second picture shows the earrings with matching circle 'O' pendant.  This pendant is shown on a long (32") gold filled chain.  at times, i have also attached this the 'O'  pendant to a 17 inch chain which lies with dramatic effect, below the collar bone.  the teresat.com online store will soon feature these signature pieces in a variety of colors.  The 'O' pendant looks fabulous layered in 2 or 3 pieces, showing different colors.  I mainly use precious rondelles such as emerald, sapphire, ruby or semi-precious such as labradorite, moonstone, smoky quartz, peridot... the list is endless.  Great idea for birthday month colors; a gift for a friend or yourself.  Thank you for recent orders through the teresat.com online store. please pass the good news on to your galpals and friends. it is much appreciated! enjoy your weekend - all of you! 

www.teresat.com micro faceted emerald green onyx hoops & pendant

Thursday, July 29, 2010

teresat jewelry design: teresat.com Launched today!

teresat jewelry design: teresat.com Launched today!: "This charming 'evitation' was sent to a select group of loyal lady fans of teresat custom jewelry pieces. Let's hope the following find some..."

teresat.com Launched today!

This charming 'evitation' was sent to a select group of loyal lady fans of teresat custom jewelry pieces. Let's hope the following find something they love or at least - don't already have.  Worse, let us pray online squabbles do not ensue, as a result of one-of-a-kind pieces are spotted by one - and not the other.  Minor frets aside and truth to say -  there are sure to be enough chic, fun, trendworthy pieces to make everyone feel special and happy.  And if not - teresat will have to work a little bit harder to make absolutely sure!
teresat visited one of her most loyal lady fans today to deliver the Good News of todays launch.  she wore one of her own signature hand wire wrapped 'O' earrings and matching pendant, in the most divine sparkling tiny, green, faceted onyx.  Needless to say and as usual, the divine Ms M wanted them straight away!  but teresat hadn't even photographed them for the rest of you yet - so she will have to wait - a little while anyway! i will try to show them to you tomorrow at latest.  they really are gemmily gorgeous!  Ms M understood and order was restored.  phew!  i can't tell you how many abfab pieces have been picked off in the past by clamoring devotees,even  before teresat can get them in front of a camera. Not to worry - teresat now makes sure everything she creates gets in front of the camera first.  we all need to share the love.  right?!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vision in Green Earrings - About Uvarovite

As seen on the beautiful Ms N


Now if you took a moment to take a peek at the brand spanking new www.TeresaT.com store and its contents, you might have come across a pretty unusual pair of earrings i have christened 'Vision in Green' - yeah, i know - but it was either that or Green Goddess ... anyhow, i thought i would give you a little background to these compellingly attractive and rarely seen gems.  The'official' name of this gem  is Uvarovite Garnet.  It is a rare gem mined in eastern europe; often as here,  a mesmerizing emerald green in color. It was named after Count S S Uvarov back in the 1700s, a Russian statesman and ardent collector of mined minerals. Yes! teresat does romance too!   I have described it as 'drusy' as this is a description used for a natural surface coating of fine crystals that sparkle. You will actually find lots of drusy sparkle in my store, as i adore its other worldy and absolutely natural glitter and sparkle.  Note for example, the Galaxy, drusy agate earrings - absolutely fabulous! Aside from the rarity of Uvarovite, a further reason for its high cost is that the material must be cut by hand in order to follow the shape of the crsytals.  These emerald colored beauties are usually freeform - hence the unusual shape when cut.  The pair shown in the store are the only pair available at the moment. I am always on the look out for fab quality uvarovite and there will certainly be more pieces of this amazing material, as i find it.
Lastly - if any of you come up with a more desirable moniker (name) than 'Vision in Green' - teresat will consider using it. Suggestions please!

teresat jewelry design: New Jewelry Designer TeresaT

teresat jewelry design: New Jewelry Designer TeresaT: "i'm getting excited, and so is everyone else around me who has been part of getting my vision to this place. my new online store is ready ..."

New Jewelry Designer TeresaT


i'm getting excited, and so is everyone else around me who has been part of getting my vision to this place. my new online store is ready to roll! it looks absolutely beautiful and is creating a buzz between those faithful followers who have waited so long to see my hand made creations make it to the world wide screen. Now ladies everywhere are going to be able to find my lariats made from gemmy sapphire, ruby, moonstone, citrine ..... really, those i have listed - but truth be told, they can be created from any color stone - precious and semi-precious - a lady would desire! think, labradorite, emerald (ooooh, scrumptious!); topaz, pink or purple amethyst, black diamond! you name it - it can be delivered! my ruby lariat featured can be seen top of this page actually. i can't wait for folk to finally see my signature rosaries either! the title, NotYourMother'sRosary (NYMR) sums it up really. These rosaries are absolutely desirable. i have shown them in either tahitian shell pearl or a glossy virginal white version. both are accented with fabulous swarovski encrusted beads and crosses. just this side of hiphop heaven rather than... well.. the other! asa new jewelry designer i want to get out to my followers old and new, the ideas of versatility in my pieces. the NYMRosary is fabulous as is, single strand; but equally abfab doubled! the crystal encrusted magnetic clasps then falls to the front - blending with the other crystal encrusted accents. an absolute treat to wear. you will always draw comments whichever way you wear it! i need to get to work on another emerald green onyx hand wired piece i've been asked for. you can find the first version and all the other pieces mentioned above on www.TeresaT.com There, i've said it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Beads,Gems,Silver,Gold & the whole darn thing!

For a person who never stops communicating, texting,mailing,skyping,you name it; it's difficult to now come across a clean expanse of space, a page, to begin my foray into blogging. er, why is that? it's because i'm here to talk about what i do. when not communicating verbally or by written word - i communicate my ideas in color, shape, design, texture and finished product. I am a jewelry designer. yes, yet another one. but i'll try and keep this interesting. after all, i need to create a following. so while i've been advised by those well meaning darlings around me to keep it focused on the work in hand - that is, beads, gems, inspirations, colors, moods and overal beauty and harmony - yes my dears, indeed i will try. But it's not all about the gems is it? Truth is, although i am completely consumed by my beads, my wire, my gold, silver, i also have a life, right? The question arises now, does my passion fit comfortably into my life?, or does my life - and all that it comprises (and that's a heck of a lot) - fit into my world of gems. At day's end my thoughts linger on works in progress and works to come. I may wake with an inspiration - just as the way i have heard a writer wakes with an inspiration - a pressing urge to write, create, get the words onto the paper. So this journey is for me. Shapes, colors, textures, blend into new ideas for even more beautiful designs. And when i have consigned those parts to a physical piece - i move on to the next. I place that last piece in the past with the hundreds of other pieces i have created over the past couple of years. It is only when i see it being worn or see an image that i fully remember it. When i by chance see one of the wonderful women who wear my pieces, i have been heard to exclaim "oh what a beautiful piece! how lovely it looks on you"! This always elicits smiles from both parties; but it is because i move on so rapidly with the next design - that when i see a previous piece - i am genuinely delighted at how it looks, and how the woman looks, wearing it.
So, here it is. my first blog. and next time i promise to talk about jewels, gems and the whole darn thing! i'm excited and happy to be here.