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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, August 28, 2010 jewelry design: Ruby Red Jade jewelry design: Ruby Red Jade "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

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 - 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

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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Marquise Classic Earrings in Ruby & Emerald -

Today i recreated a pair of the classic marquise earrings you will find on my website,
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, 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 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 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

 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 website in timely manner!  these pieces will be in the $100 and under range.

Monday, August 2, 2010 pearl bracelets

There are several hand wired bracelets on my online store,, 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.

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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