Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

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!


Gallery Night and Day information

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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Meet Your Intern at 3WJ

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“Come in and play dress up!”   – Owner, Mollie Kiesewetter


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Hello, my name is Chelsea and welcome to my very first blog post as the Summer intern!

So far this week as the new intern, I have found the best french fries in the Milwaukee Public Market, learned how to clean jewelry the proper way, and met other local business owners in the Third Ward District of Milwaukee, WI.

This Summer, I will be working on a blog that is dedicated to you. I will highlight the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery, the life of a metalsmith, and update you on our events (including my upcoming show!). There will also be posts demonstrating various metalsmithing techniques, artist interviews, and some fantastic styling tips for your jewelry collection.

You are invited to join me in these next few months as I learn about how the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery fits into life in Milwaukee. Later this week, I will be telling you more about myself and how I got connected to the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery. Keep your eyes peeled!

Just a few things to expect on this blog as we continue…

  • I will refer to the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery as “3WJ” quite often.
  • You may read the names “Mollie” and “Jenny” within my blog posts and should know that Mollie is the owner and curator of the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery and Jenny is her trusty go-to Manager who works on anything from display to marketing.
  Thanks for visiting and we will talk soon! 

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