Handmade Jewelry has always appealed to me. I have always admired the craftsmanship of the art jewelry that I sought out in galleries as I traveled around the United States. From the South West to the North East you can find some very unique designs in silver and gold along with some very traditional silver work of the Indians who were indeed the first Americans.
Beautiful Beadwork also abounds in artisan jewelry. Handmade Lampwork beads, tiny beads woven with stitches, and again, with the influence of the American Indians.
I am also an Jewelry Artisan, working with many media around us
and also as a constant student of metalwork.
There are so many forms of bead making and bead weaving from ancient times through now. We are still using the Peyote stitch to create beautiful traditional and new designs.(this from our Indian heritage).
Gemstone beading combined with fine silver work with silver metal clay is my current favorite artisan outlet, Oh joy! As I continue to blog, I hope to introduce you to the old and the new of it! Beginning with Ancient Trade Beads through what is going on now.
A sample of trade beads, beautiful!