Monday, March 7, 2011

the jewelry i wear

This month EtsyMetal members are writing about the jewelry we sport outside of our own pieces as well as what we collect. Many of you already know that I collect vintage modernist jewelry and I love wearing it. I also wear a lot of work by metalsmith friends, one of my favorite and most dear pieces is a locket made for me by Norsola Jonson, I blogged about it at the bottom of this post. Today I want to show you some of the pieces I wear regularly, we'll start with a few made by friends.

star rose quartz and sterling silver
Melissa Moloney

This is actually a new piece but I know I'll be wearing it daily for a long time, it's really special. Melissa dug the rose quartz herself at the Hogg mine in Georgia, the stone has an amazing 6 pointed star that I wasn't able to catch on camera, it glows from within. I always thought jewelry and stones carried magic power when I was a kid and this ring gives me that old feeling.

Double Wish Necklace
Victoria Takahashi

My friend Victoria made this piece with stones she collected in her home state of Washington. I wear it all the time, I love that it's articulated and moves as I do. The small pins in the chain on the right are such a special touch - even the clasp is beautiful.

sterling silver bracelet
Tootsie Bell

Memphis jeweler Tootsie Bell made this bracelet years ago, I love the design and it fits me like a glove. I doubt I will ever find or make a cuff I like more. I mainly wear it alone, but it also looks great stacked with other bracelets.

silver, chrysoprase
Sweden, 1954

As for vintage jewelry, I wear this ring A LOT, chrysoprase is one of my favorite stones.

sterling silver, eilat stone
Israel, circa 1970

This large piece has been a favorite for years, the stone is huge and magnificent. Eilat is the national stone of Israel, it's a mixture of chrysocolla, turquoise, and malachite.

sterling silver, turquoise, lapis lazuli
Tono of Taxco, Mexico, circa 1980

I am so in love with this bracelet. Inlaid turquoise and lapis in an amazing organic design, it's over one inch wide.

sterling silver

This amazing hand forged piece is fully marked, but I can't find any info on the maker. It is beautifully and skillfully made, it weighs two ounces.

In addition to mod pieces I also collect vintage and contemporary Native American jewelry, these are some of my favorites. The largest pendant is nearly three inches long and holds the prettiest piece of variscite I have ever seen.

I love jewelry!!! Check out what my EtsyMetal friends like to collect and wear:

Rebecca Bogan


  1. Fabulous collection of wearable art! Thanks for showing us.

  2. such a personal collection, I love the stories behind the stones.

  3. These are stunning ! I love the turquoise and lapis bracelet !!!

  4. wow tomi, what a nice substancial feel to your collection and faves!
    hey Im honored you like your double wish necklace and its in your faves! wow!

    I love your collection of native american pieces, wowza. they are all so bold and not over embellished, I just love the pieces like these!

    Seeing your collections gives me even more of a sense and feeling of who you are, thank you for sharing!

  5. Wonderful collection! I love the organic shapes inside the rectangles on your turquoise bracelet and your native american collection is really great too!

  6. Great collection... I love to see what other people like, and well as what they make!

  7. Fantastic collection Tomi. That forged mystery piece is fantastic. Can you publish an image of the marks? We're really curious.
    Corliss & John

  8. Thanks for your comments, everyone! 2Roses - great idea, I will post an image later today.

  9. Ok, the pic hasn't happened yet, but I'll get it and send y'all a link when I've updated.

  10. I've been wanting to see some of your collected pieces for the longest time.

    Thanks for sharing. They are fabulous.

  11. Just found you and your work. Awesome! I love it.

  12. So glad I found your fun to see the jewelry that jewelry designers wear...I design, but wear very little jewelry myself...just the pieces that my husband has gifted me over the years. My current fave is a ring form Lilly Barrack...

  13. I love all the treasures you have shared with us just love the collection. Don't know if you know but I am a cab maker as well as a jewely artist, I have learned something new today thanks to you, didn't know that the chrysocolla mix has a name and where they name came from I thank you so much I love learning something new, when I make some Cabochons I will make sure to share this info with people.

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