Posts Tagged ‘Artist’

Why Statement Earrings Are A Must

Ayesha Mayadas

Hi everyone! Confession time: I have a thing for statement earrings. Working at 3rd Ward Jewelry has really only reinforced this love of mine. But is that a bad thing? Of course not! Every woman needs a great pair of statement earrings.

First of all, what is a Statement Earring? I like to describe the feeling that I have when I wear them, rather than give a specific definition. When you put your favorite pair of statement earrings on, you feel like you can conquer the world, you feel beautiful, and put together. They may be earrings that are a bit more bold than you normally wear, but regardless, you feel fabulous. Statement earrings have made a recent comeback. Have you ever heard that styles cycle about every 30 years? Well, the 1980’s and 1990’s statement earrings are back with a new twist! I thought it would be great to share some of our favorite statement earrings from 3WJ.


Sterling silver earrings by Christy Klug

We love these earrings on Jenny because of the way that the earrings contrast nicely with her dark hair. These earrings are perfect for the individual who likes a simple design and light feel in the Summer. Christy Klug also offers many other designs that are equally beautiful, but different in the design. These earrings offer a soft texture and shine and unexpected shapes adding detail to the design.

Sterling silver and gold plated earrings Terry Fromm

Sterling silver and gold plated earrings Terry Fromm

Pictured above, I am wearing sculptural earrings by Terry Fromm from Houston, Texas. Fromm is known for these unique pieces such as these that have so much movement. We were particularly taken with this pair of earrings because of the elongated shape and glossy surface. These earrings definitely transform an outfit from “eh” to “wow.”

A gorgeous pair of gold, diamond, and sterling silver earrings by Ayesha Mayadas of New Jersey

A gorgeous pair of gold, diamond, and sterling silver earrings by Ayesha Mayadas of New Jersey

These earrings are hand crafted so beautifully. Diamonds and texture adorn the surface of this sterling silver and gold clad earrings. These elegant earrings fit Jenny’s style perfectly.

Wondering what type of statement earrings are best for your style? Stop by and try on a selection of earring styles to find the pieces that you feel the most “you” in! For Jenny and I, when choosing earrings that fit our personal style the most, we tried on a small collection of jewelry to find the pieces that best suit us. Personally, I found that I enjoy wearing a more delicate pair of statement earrings to match my shorter haircut. For instance, the pair of earrings by Sharon St. Don that I am wearing below, are broken up by the perforations in the shape, portraying the perfect visual weight for my taste.

Earrings by Sharon St. Don

Oxidized sterling silver earrings by Sharon St. Don

Again, I think that everyone needs a great pair of earrings to make the week start well! My favorite aspect of statement earrings is how they can transform an outfit from night to day, from drab to glam, or just give you that extra “something” to your outfit. Pop on by this weekend to try on some earrings or other statement jewelry pieces to match your fancy.

Have a great afternoon, friends!

P.S., here are some fun things to check out: 

Ethical Metalsmiths – Keep up with  Metalsmiths that are keeping it ethical.

No Real Jewelry Blog – This blog is a great lifestyle blog source that I found yesterday while listening to the weekly Being Boss Podcast. Check it out!

This interior design website! – We love to stay inspired. This website has serves as inspiration time and time again.

If you are into Podcasts, check out Invisibilia while you are at work this week. This is a fascinating look into the inner lives of human emotion and thoughts.

This food blog, Healthyish is fantastic! It is a blog for the foodie, mixed with beautiful design and photography.


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Artist Spotlight – Bikakis and Johns

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Hi there! How has your week been?

This week we have been brushing up our design skills and enjoying having many visitors who not only have spent time in the Third Ward, but also at Lake Michigan. At 3WJ, we appreciate being so close to Lake Michigan. I thought it would be fun to share some work by the dynamic duo, Bikakis and Johns today for our Artist Spotlight! Doesn’t this artwork exude the serene, timeless feeling of being near the water? Bikakis and Johns’ website describes “each piece (as) inspired by the past, styled for the present and destined to become an heirloom in the future.”

Bikakis and Johns are two artists, working out of a self proclaimed “airy studio,” in Brooklyn, New York with two unique backgrounds. Myron Bikakis is originally from Athens, Greece and spent his early years as a student, traveling in pursuit of archeological studies. Bikakis has also participated in various extensive expeditions globally. He inevitably ended up at the Jewelry Arts Institute of New York, which a focus on ancient jewelry techniques. While at the Institute, he and Johns crossed paths. Mark Johns is originally from Florida and pursued a wide range of interests over the years, including music, athletics, and a Masters in English. The duo began working together and eventually became what is now known as “Bikakis and Johns.”

Bikakis and Johns have work in multiple galleries across the country and are particularly known for practicing the ancient techniques of jewelry making. These include working in 22-karat gold, using granulation, and stone setting. The process of granulation consists of surface decoration with small spheres of precious metals, or granules. The contrast of the warm gold is a beautiful combination with the cool tones used in the stones, giving the work a timeless presence.

Website: Bikakis & Johns Jewelry

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Interacting with Jewelry

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Today I have been reflecting on the fact that when it comes to a good environment, I think that 3WJ is up there. After being invited to join 3WJ this Summer, I decided that this warm, yet sophisticated space is an environment I appreciate and had to be a part of. 3WJ does their utmost to serve our customers to the highest standard – today that has looked like designing custom bracelets for an up and coming wellness center.

Remember when I said I would introduce myself to you? Let’s get to it. I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the East Side and am currently pursuing my BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and a Certificate in Community Arts at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In the future, I plan to do production style jewelry work and teach workshops on jewelry and metalsmithing.

Why Metalsmithing?

When I was in High School, I took a Intro to Jewelry class with my art teacher, Deb Mortl. The class was my favorite class over my four year high school career, but I did not realize at the time that there was such a thing as a “Metalsmith.” I moved forward thinking that I would go to school for Art Therapy. I was working at The Cedarburg Coffee Roastery as a barista and I met an amazing Metalsmith named Karen Locher, who invited me to be an apprentice for a handful of months. It is crazy how small interactions with customers turn into something that can change your direction in life. Metalsmithing takes attention to detail and is a very personal medium to work with, as it relates to the body. I love this and I wanted to continue working in this manner. When I took an Intro to Metalsmithing class at UW-Milwaukee, I realized that “metalsmithing,” in fact was a career worth pursuing.

What the future looks like (for now!)

I think that in my future, life will look similar to many of the Metalsmiths that 3WJ carries. This is one of the reasons why I feel so lucky to be working at the 3WJ – I get to see the ins and outs of the gallery world and what galleries expect of metalsmiths. Interacting up close with a lot of the jewelry work has been a beautiful experience so far, and this is one thing that 3WJ sees is an important aspect of the wearer’s experience with jewelry, too. Seeing the impeccable craft and time that many of the artists put into their work and think is something that is not only valuable for myself as an artist, but also for jewelry admirers.

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Here is a face to put with the words you are reading : ) Credit: Caitlin Driver

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Earrings made this Summer.. more to come for the show! Model: Sophie Beck


Trunk show in August & Inspiration for it

Come to my Trunk Show in August! Mollie generously invited me to do a Trunk Sale in August as a part of my time here at 3WJ, so obviously I gladly accepted. I have already begun working on a line of earrings for the show and will continue to make, make, make. My work in the past has been inspired by objects I see in the manmade world (such as children’s furniture or the backs of trucks), or objects in the hidden, natural world (such as deep see creatures and fungi).  In addition to this, I have recently been quite taken with the interactive qualities of jewelry and the versatility of certain jewelry designs. The idea of play and interaction with jewelry caused my interest in making different types of chains that are able to be manipulated by the wearer. You can expect a playful show filled with interactive pieces and colors that remind you of Summertime.

I will keep you updated on how the show is coming along in future posts!

Until next time…


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