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Let’s Face It Part 2


I started this 3 part series as a gift giving aid and a help for women to suit their jewelry choices to their face shapes.   By making choices that suit the shape of your face, you lower the risk that you will buy something on impulse that does not look right once you get it home and try it on.   Let’s face it, we have all done this.   Also, for men, it’s a great way to help you decide what to buy the women in your life.  You all have sisters, moms and wives or girlfriends, and there are plenty of holidays that call for gifts.   Christmas, birthdays, Valentines Day and Sweetest Day, Mothers Day and oooops, I’m sorry days.   Be sure and check out Part 1 for round and square shaped faces.  In this post, I’m going to talk about heart or diamond shaped faces.

heart shaped face

heart shaped face

Let’s start with earrings.  You think they are an easy gift to choose until you start looking at all the different styles.   For heart shaped faces, you want to look for styles that draw the eye sideways, horizontally to add width to a small and often pointy chin.

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Pear shapes and triangles with the wide part at the bottom or fan shapes are the best.   Upside down hearts would also work.

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When considering necklaces, think about the necklines that look best with heart shaped faces.  Boat necks are a great choice, drawing the eye from side to side.

boat neck

boat neck

For this neck line the necklace should echo the line of the garment and not crowd the face.  Chunky beads are perfect.   Assemblage pieces draw the eyes out and away from the chin.

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Off the shoulder necklines have the same appeal at boat necks and often look similar.

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Simple round one strand necklaces are best with this neckline or a simple collar like this one.

collar

If you love cowl necks, go for the higher cowls, not the deep cowl neckline.   You have interest at the neck but are not drawing the eye downward too much.

high cowl neck

high cowl neck

Remember, with any cowl neck, it’s earrings you want to feature, not necklaces.  A brooch is also great with a cowl neck like this.

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If you really love V-necks or lower cut round necks you can still wear them.   Just add a light jacket or sweater with wide lapels or other interest to draw the eye outward instead of down.   Again, a simple one strand piece keeps the eye at the neck and holds it there.   A brooch on the lapels is another piece that you can wear that does not draw the eye downward.

 

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Hopefully, this has been helpful to help you choose holiday gifts.   Remember, if you “like” my facebook page, you can find albums for each type of face with earrings and necklaces that go with each.    And if you subscribe to this blog, contact me and I’ll email you two downloadable pictures with earring and necklace styles for each face type.

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January 19, 2016 Posted by | fashion, Jewelry | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Strega’s 2012 Predictions


Christmas has come and gone.  The New Year fast approaches.   What is in store for 2012?  My predictions are based more on watchcraft than witchcraft.  I’ve been watching the stock market quotes, the fashion trends, blogs and news from local stations to Al Jazeera.   Here are my jewelry predictions for the coming year.   (if you don’t like them, call the psychic hotline and see what “Miss Cleo” says).

As jewelry artists, we will be heavily influenced by the prices of metals that we use.   We want to be able to produce pieces that people can afford to buy.   Many of us love silver, not only because it is affordable but because is has the beauty of moonlight in its reflection and glow.   Silver is not only used in jewelry, but in electronics,  batteries, solar panels, paint, water purification, medicine, and, of course, the old fashioned cutlery.

So, what does that mean for us?   Electronic gadgets, many of which run on batteries are becoming more and more in demand.  Fifteen years ago, most of my friends did not have computers and I didn’t know anyone who had a cell phone.

Today, even the smallest child knows what a cell phone is.

Miss Crabby Patti with her dad's phone

You cannot go anywhere without seeing people with a phone in their ear, talking to invisible people.   High school and college students MUST have a computer.  Senior citizens have joined Facebook and have email accounts.   Nooks and Kindles are becoming a rage and soon people will all own books and movies that are part of “the cloud” on an electronic device.   Notebooks and iPads, house phones that speak to you and tell you who is calling, cars that make your decisions for you and GPS devices to keep you on track.   All are becoming an integral part of everyday life.   More and more silver is needed to mauufacture these devices.

In addition, the whole world is talking about “going green” and solar panels are becoming more available.   With a war in progress and natural disasters one following another, gold and silver are more than ever in demand.   The price of gold has skyrocketed out of sight.  Also, because of the poor economy more and more people are wearing silver.

So what, you might say.   What does that have to do with us, the artistes?   Give us some beads and findings and we don’t need the fancy talking cars and electronic game systems.

Well, here is what it means for us.   Silver is a non renewable resource.   As the demand goes up and more and more is used, the supply goes down.   Think back to high school and the old law of supply and demand.   Prices go up when the supply dwindles.   The price of silver is climbing faster than the price of gold.   I’m not saying it will ever reach the limits that gold has attained but percentage wise, the price hike is greater.

I checked a lot of charts and stock market reports.   Some predict the rise of silver to 100 dollars per troy ounce.   The prediction for January, 2012 varies but averages out at about 33 dollars per troy ounce.

We may need to take a look at our inventory and raise some prices to reflect the current market.   We need to take stock of what silver we have on hand and use it wisely and sparingly.   It will be advisable to talk to consumers and point out that purchasing a piece of silver jewelry is an investment in the future.   The value of the piece can only increase with time.

"Elf Shot" pendant made from PMC

As the price of silver rose, copper became popular in jewelry use.  Now copper prices are rising as it also gains popularity.   I predict that we will be using more base metals like bronze and steel in jewelry pieces.    Bronze mimics the look of gold, is more durable and can be beautifully accented with patina.   Steel chains are being substituted now and manufactured so that they are shiny and mimic the look of silver.

Bronze pendant crafted from Bronz Clay

Color is going to become more and more inportant.   The news is full of grim tidings:  natrual disasters, war, crime, heavy drug use, failing stock markets and economic disaster all over the globe.   Pantone has already named the color of the year for 2012.   It’s a bright red orange that is uplifting and energizing to combat the doom and gloom on the news and the everyday blahs.   Even the name, Tangerine Tango makes you want to get up and dance.  Read the article about this color here. 

I predict we will be using more vibrant colors in our work and therefore will have to buy more beads!    Don’t forget, as you shop for beads, this is good for the country’s economy.  You are doing your share!    Sally, at Four Corners USA on Artfire will be glad to help.

mookaite beads

BTW:  A really fun blog for color inspiration is Design Seeds.   Jessica comes up with some simply beautiful palettes from photos of everyday things.   If ever you are at a loss for inspiration, or undecided about what color your new beads should be, check out her blog.

Fashion headlines:

According to Accessories magazine  (Juiced Up, get splashed with bold citrus colors!),

Harper’s (“High-gloss metallic pieces serve up the perfect blend of luxe glamor.”)

In Style magazine (Animal Ringdom “Answer the call of the wild by wrapping a little creature around your finger.”)

I predict I’ll be blogging about some of these things.

Television shows like The Tudors and Rome have created in interest in older styles of jewelry, ornate and rich in stones and color.   I predict we will be using more faux gemstones and more base metals and heavier chains to create pieces that are affordable and still stay in sync with fashion trends.   I predict that I will be blogging about some of these trends and styles.  Watch an episode of The Tudors online and get an idea of the jewelry styles.

Or, check out this site for Tudor style jewelry. 

There is a rising interest in tribal style jewelry.   I predict we will be using more symbols, feathers and chain, maybe more bone and fossils.   I predict that I will be blogging about this trend also.   I already have some pictograph bronze pieces ready to go in the kiln.

Bronz Clay tribal warrior for men's pendant (unfired)

My final prediction has to do with our JCUIN guild.  We have a strong core group with some talented and motivated people.   Some are great at writing blogs.  Others are great at putting together collections.   All of the guild members are innovative and talented in their own ways.   I predict that 2012 will be a year when we finally “mesh” and work together as a unit, producing smashing collections, blogs that get read by more than our guild sisters and that we will come up with some fresh ideas to promote Artfire and our guild members and to challenge ourselves, push our creative talents to the limits.    I wish you all the happiest of New Years………..Bring it on, 2012!!!

Here are some links  to guild blogs

JCUIN Blog

Shadowdog Designs Blog

Pretty Gonzo’s Blog

Epicetera’s Blog

My Personal Oasis’ Blog

December 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Colors Talk


I’ve been reading Pantone’s Guide to Communicating with Color by Leatrice Eiseman.   I was already familiar with color “vibrations” from reading The Language of Clothes and had done a blog about Wearing your “Colors” and a podcast about what clothes to wear for magical energy on my Salem Avenue show.

Pantone’s Guide shows you, in glowing color photos, how to use the emotions that colors evoke by choosing carefully what palettes you use in advertising.  Reading it prompted me to examne my own avatar and banner at my Artfire shop to see if I was “saying” what I wanted to convey.

I thought I would take a look at some guild sister’s blogs to see if what Pantone advised was fairly accurate.   This turned out to be a fairly long blog for me, so grab a cuppa whatever you like and let’s take a look.

I’ll start with Ginger, whose avatar for her shop, Personal Oasis, uses the “Naturals” palette, creamy beiges, tans, leafy greens.    Her banner matches her avatar.

Personal Oasis

The message of the “naturals” palette imples authenticity, serenity, harmony with surroundings.  Words that might come to your mind when looking at the palette are quality, timeless and classic.

And that is exactly what you will find in her shop.  Ginger uses pearls and natural stones.  Take a look at this necklace and see if you agree.

Let’s go next to Blue Tina’s Artfire shop.   The name and the avatar both reflect the images that the color blue evokes:   reliability, dependability, trust, confidence.   Blue is also a restful color.

Blue Tina

Tina uses both brilliant blue (which is different from dark blue or electirc blue or pale blue in emotional response) and contrasts it with white.   The mental images evoked by these colors are:  vibrant, dramatic, energetic, and dynamic.   From this association, you would expect her work to be simple but dramatic, solid and good quality.   Here is one example.   Visit her shop and see if you agree.

Egyptian Fan Necklace

Onward to Entwined Vines.   Tina and Tama have an avatar that is almost totally green, vegetion, growing things, as befits their name.   But their store banner is purple.   Hmmmmm.

Entwined Vines

What does the avatar tell us about their shop?   Green, a soothing color, elicits a close to nature response which is doubly emphasized by the plant life in the photo.  From the emotions evoked by the color green and the word associations, you would expect their work to be refreshing, natural but unique, yet traditionally rooted.   Their purple banner evokes a different response.   The color of purple used in their banner says sentimental, spiritual, genteel and nostalgic.   The two responses do go together and blend so that you would expect work that reflects their love of nature, traditional but refreshing with an emphasis on thier spiritual inclinations.   Take a look at this example, visit their store and see if you think the work reflects what you expect to find.

Goddess necklace

Dixie Dazzle Designs’ avatar features a favorite piece in light teal.   Teal is a combination of both blue and green and will evoke emotions from both colors but to a lesser degree.

Dixie Dazzle

These colors are from Pantone’s “Cool” palette and lead you to expect the new, clean and refreshing designs with a solid, dependable base.   Check out this necklace and take a stroll through her shop and let me know what you think.

Jasper and Turquoise Necklace

Last, but by no means least, we come to the shop of Midnight Whispers.   Her name by itself implies mystery, drama and secrets that only a select few will share.   Her avatar uses colors from the palette that Pantone calls “Elegant”:   a deep, almost black purple, gunmetal gray and hints of deep navy.

Midnight Whispers

The responses this palette evokes are elegance and opulance.  You would expect very distinctive and classy jewelry.   Here is a necklace that I think truly lives up to these expectations.

Bohemian Necklace

Well, I TOLD you this was going to be a long blog.  I do hope it has given you some things to thnk about.   I have lots more to share so I’ll be doing Part Two of Colors Talk in November.   In Part Three, I’ll take a look at my own avatar and banner and ask you some opinions.   From what I’ve learned so far, I am not satisfied with what I am using.   I’d like some honest feedback before I make any changes.  I value your opinions.    Maybe you’ll be looking at your own avatars and banners too.   I also hope you have had a bit of fun with this.   Maybe you will check out this book for yourself.  Let me know.

October 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 6 Comments