Don't kiss summer good-bye without treating yourself to some jewelry! I am in the process of updating and adding listings for the 1/2 off End of Summer Sale! All Ike pieces are half off for a limited time - all through September, 2017. The discounted price appears in the listings; for some reason the cart price is full price, but the PAYMENT page reflects your savings! No minimum! No Limit! Shop on : ) Click on www.etsy.com/shop/IkeDesignsJewelry for your link to collect.
Ike Designs is taking all of our studio and home and pets and good will from Oakland, CA to Calistoga, CA. All of my jewelry is 50% off until 8/28/16. Enjoy this MOVING SALE by entering 50off at checkout to get your discount : ) Visit: https://ikedesignsjewelry.patternbyetsy.com/
Well, this is kind of a bummer. I am all set to go and teach my DIY earring wire wrap workshop at the lovely Jack Of All Trades at Jack London Square, but methinks there may be a washout and loads of wind! I am scheduled to show, sell, and teach this Saturday, March 12th but the weather may have other plans! If we are rained away, please come back and visit the fun on April 9th, 2016! I will have the tools and materials to make these earrings (and others) on gold plated earwire or sterling silver earwire...I hope to see you there, either now or then or whenever the weather dictates.
This week, I am gearing up to show Ike Designs at JACK OF ALL TRADES at Jack London Square in Oakland, (which will be my California debut), and also Park Street Art and Wine Faire in Alameda (everything is in Northern California, so hang tight for my East coast and midwest venues). I am finishing up all the paperwork, preparing my booth, and making some sparkling bits for all! I can't wait to see you there; I will announce the dates here. Stay tuned.
I spent about 4 hours at the Gem Show in Marin this past weekend, carefully collecting some gemstones for the spring collection, RAW. Selecting organic Biwa pearls, Black Rutilated Quartz, tiny pointed Quartz crystals (resembling mini icicles), AND a few other surprises, I focused quite a bit on Labradorite because it appears a flat grey, with sparks of color which are full of intrigue and beauty. Inuit legend claims that Labradorite contains the glow and magnificence of the Aurora Borealis. It is a seemingly ordinary stone which transforms from flat grey with black streaks to a shimmery mystical colorful light upon movement. The flash from flat to vibrant depends upon movement and perspective, lending a magical appeal to this gem. In many ways, it reminds me of humanity...aren't we all a little more colorful upon investigation, perspective and movement?
Labradorite is a member of the Feldspar family and is treasured for this colorful mutability, known as labradorescence. Appearing as various shades of grey, sometimes streaked with shards of black, Labradorite is composed in aggregate layers, refracting light as iridescent flashes of peacock or cobalt blue, gold, pale green, or champagne gold. Discovered in Labrador, Canada by Moravian missionaries in 1770, the gem takes its name from the region. It is a legendary stone full of myth, magic, and beauty. I can't wait to create with my new gems, and hope you will enjoy them, too.
For more information about Labradorite, click here.
So it rained today, Saturday, but even the rain in the Bay Area is kinder and gentler than back east (sorry, NYC, but when you do something, you do it all the way with thunder, lightning, sudden downpours, mean black clouds which descend upon the islands and mainland). It was a good day to stay indoors and dig through my hard drive for images of jewelry of years gone by. It was also a good day to start sourcing new gems and inspiration for the Spring collection...RAW. My initial inspiration was to stick with black, white and shades of grey, but the gems that I saw today were raw, rugged, BEAUTIFUL, and had some hints of color. So, let's just see how this unfolds, shall we?
More will be revealed...
It has been just over two full months in sunny California...er...rainy and sunny California, and I am adjusting to life without a subway and more traffic and traffic patterns than I care to recount. I am scoping out new places to eat, drink, hang out, and most importantly, a venue for Ike Designs. I am game to try out new opportunities, and look forward to seeing you soon. Stay tuned! I am working on Ike "Raw", this spring's comeback collection in black, white, and shades of grey!
(Tribble's baby picture below).