Posts Tagged ‘Jewelry’

Why Statement Earrings Are A Must

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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.


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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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Upcoming Gallery Night (and Day!)

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Hello everyone! As you read in my last post, 3WJ will be open for Gallery Night & Day this Friday and Saturday. Why come? Well, let me tell you – not only is this a super fun event, but it is also an opportunity to show some love to your local artists and retailers in the area. 3WJ is located in the Marshall Building, on 207 E. Buffalo St. in Milwaukee’s phenomenal Third Ward District. The Marshall Building has 6 floors filled with galleries and artist studios and we are conveniently located on the 1st floor. As always, we will have our growing collection of 40 plus artists, including handful of new work from Lucy Lowe, a warm smile, and lots of inspiration for you.

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Don’t miss out on our great collection this Friday night until 9pm and Saturday night until 5pm! We have your taste buds in mind – there is even a delicious bar set up right outside of our space for you to enjoy with friends. This is a great evening for your date night or to spend with friends and family. By the way, if you are looking to make a day of the trip to the Third Ward, check out my last post about my favorite things to do in the area!

Okay, we will see you soon!


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3WJ’s Ultimate Guide to a Day in the Third Ward


By the way! Jenny and I have been updating our Pinterest Page. If you are an avid Pinterest user, be sure to check out our updated Pinterest page and give us a follow. We have added mood boards For Him, For Her, Weddings, and Inspiration, and more.

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The Top Two Ways to Clean Your Jewelry At Home

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Organization and cleaning are queen today at the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery.

Who doesn’t like a clean space or beautifully polished jewelry? Last week I spoke about jewelry collections… so how does one maintain this collection? In today’s blog post, I am going to show you my top two favorite ways to clean jewelry.

Speaking of cleaning, this afternoon Mollie and Jenny are organizing the front of 3WJ while a beautiful light fixture is being installed above a display case containing Joanna Gollberg’s work. Our “closet studio” in the back of the house is what I have been getting organized – by the way, did you know that 3WJ has a jeweler’s bench? Yep! Mollie has a passion for creating a warm environment for her customers and her artists. I think that any artist would be happy in the space for some time. We have been joking that if 3WJ were to offer an artist residency that it could be called the “Closet Residency.” Really, though, it is a great name for a residency.

Okay – on to the good stuff!

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Pictured above: polishing a lovely ring by David and Ronnie with a Sunshine Cloth.

One of our favorite ways to polish fine silver is polishing the jewelry with a Sunshine Cloth. Yes “Sunshine Cloth” is actually the brand name. These cloths are magical – they brighten a jewelry piece from the natural patina that occurs, as well as remove natural dirt and grime from almost any piece. If you do not have a Sunshine Cloth and have noticed your pieces starting to tarnish, I highly recommend finding one of your own online. Personally, I keep a Sunshine Cloth in my jewelry box at home and occasionally polish a piece if I feel that it needs a bit more of a shine.

The next solution to taking care of your tarnished pieces is Tarn-X. This clear liquid is the answer to all of the cast elements or tiny chains that need a good polishing. See the before and after image of sterling silver chain below –

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Before & after: polished silver on the right, unpolished silver on the left.

Tarn-X seems to be an intense name for such delicate pieces, but I find that this bottle of clear liquid cleans up the most detailed pieces better than a Sunshine Cloth. Although Tarn-X is not safe for set stones, it is a widely used solution amongst jewelers. Please be sure to protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves while using this solution and read the directions well before using this at home.

These are the top two methods I offer for cleaning your jewelry at home! I hope that you, too, will have beautifully polished, hand crafted jewelry ready to adorn.

Where to purchase these products:

Sunshine Cleaning Clothes and Tarn-x can both be easily purchased on Amazon.

Tarn-x can also be quickly picked up at most Walgreens or Walmart.

 

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Jewelry – A Personal Collection

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Hi again! Chelsea here. Jewelry making and collecting is a multifaceted world that most people have been a part of at some point in their life. Recently I realized that I have started a small jewelry collection of handcrafted pieces from other artists, which is quite an exciting realization for a metalsmith. I realized that I have been curating, or intentionally piecing together, a small collection of handcrafted jewelry. This had me thinking about what it is that makes us want to collect pieces from artists. Is it that sparkle that jewelry always seem to have? Is it a connection to the artist? These are things that I have been considering the reasons why we collect jewelry. I even went to my Facebook friends in my quest to answer this question. You are probably thinking, “well Chelsea, what a simple question to ask. Who doesn’t enjoy a small gift?” But this question intrigues me, so we are going to get into it!

In the lifecycle of jewelry collections, artists and jewelry suppliers both have important roles. Collectors eventually curate a growing collection of jewelry deserving of recognition and metalsmiths and jewelry suppliers are at the beginning of this. These jewelry items have stories – they may be a trade between artists, were gifts from a loved one, or a treat to one’s self. These handcrafted, artisan made pieces are collected for numerous reasons and are given a story by the individual wearing the piece. Jewelry galleries often have a special role in the life of jewelry as well. We are given a glimpse into the life story of the collector.

The Jewelry Supplier’s Unique Role

Within 10 minutes of being at 3WJ today, a man came in asking about engagement ring options for his fiancee. His nervous excitement about his purchase was evident as Mollie discussed the possibilities with our curious customer. How lucky are we, as a jewelry gallery, that we were a part of such an important part of this man’s continuing story with his future partner in crime. Jewelry can be such an intimate, personal experience. I was reading an article the other day by Marketing specialist, Jim Ackerman, that talked about how jewelry stores have a special place in the world because they are able to experience purchases that are often times emotional experiences for the buyers. How true is that! Yet again, another reason why I love working in jewelry and metalsmithing.

The Most Important Player

As you read before, the artist and jewelry suppliers have unique roles in the life cycle of jewelry. The most important role however, is that of the jewelry collectors. Jewelry collectors may be gallery owners or the average person who simply enjoys handcrafted jewelry pieces, but without the individuals who appreciate handcrafted pieces, there would be no jewelry business. I have been asking friends on Facebook why and how they collect jewelry and some interesting things came up! Many people seem to collect jewelry in order to remember an event or an experience, such as traveling due to the size and practical wearability. Others seem to collect specific pieces of jewelry – earrings, brooches, statement pieces or rings. In my Facebook survey I asked friends why they collect jewelry. A friend of mine, Frida Chametz, is an Artist and Architect based out of California. She has been collecting  jewelry for years and was taught by her mother how to invest in jewelry that has meaning. Frida responded to my question,

…Why specifically jewelry? Jewelry is – 1. Small, 2. Valuable, 3. Practical (because it is usable), 4. Something you would actually see and enjoy everyday – everyone loves beauty, huh?

I totally agree. I think that the practical aspect of jewelry is huge! I think that traditionally many people have often gifted jewelry to each other due to the precious materials included in it, but jewelry is quite practical as a gift because of it’s size. Because of jewelry’s wearability, it is a constant reminder of an experience or of another person. Handcrafted jewelry collector, Sarah Enwald said,

It’s an intuitive, personal response to a piece or pieces. Sometimes I find an artist I like and will go back to them. I like to find unique pieces that stand out, but also through the passage of time, become associated with me.

Finding an artist that you really like, and then going back to their work as a part of your collection is a key way to connect with makers as a collector. I think that a reason that many people collect jewelry is because it is a way to appreciate a slower way of living. “Handmade” is the way to go. One jewelry collector said that she purchases pieces that have to do with her interest in helping people, so she purchases jewelry through a Fair Trade company. A metalsmithing friend, Dew Humbert III, collects all kinds of art, but mostly collects brooches in support of other makers and to remember them. Humbert III said,

I find brooches to be extremely intriguing for their ability to be be more creative expressions of work compared to other jewelry forms. Anything can be a brooch and I’m interested in what a person does with all of that possibility.

Artists have a different perspective often times as to why they collect jewelry pieces, and this is an interesting perspective as to why a specific type of jewelry piece may be desirable over another to an artist. Dew is known for initiating trades amongst artist friends, which is another reason why many people collect jewelry.

My Thoughts on Collecting

In my collection, there are timeless pieces I have inherited, jewelry that I purchased on a whim that caught my eye, or in more recent years, more intentional purchases that I appreciate more. I often collect jewelry from artists that I have had a personal connection with or have found inspiring. Basha Harris is a local metalsmith who I went to school with and is someone who I find inspiring in how she not only works with art, but also works in the community. Harris has had a special influence on my early life as an artist, so without hesitation, I invested in pair of her sterling silver silver earrings. I have a pair of black, steel studs from artist Maia Leppo as well. Maia is an artist that I met briefly at the ZOOM Symposium in 2016 and I fell in love with the simple shapes and quirky, cool feel of the designs. My most recent jewelry investment was a pair of earrings from Laura Wood Studios. I was able to take a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts with Woods and was quite taken with not only the artist, but also the artwork. These are some of the pieces that I invested in intentionally due to the quality, love for the jewelry pieces, and appreciation of the artists. I collect because of personal relationships built with an artist, the feeling I get when wearing the piece, and the desire to support artists who inspire me as a maker.

Jewelry is Universal

In conclusion, I think that jewelry is an experience that is universally felt by many people. It is something that is personal. I do not think that there is one reason why people collect jewelry, but many. I think that jewelry is something that people collect that really does enrich our lives. It is clear through my interviews that people have different reasons for collecting – some for remembering a memory, some for the craft that they see within the artwork, others because of the personal style statements, and more. As a metalsmith working in a jewelry store, I see how fortunate we are to be a part of these experiences for many people.

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