Mar 292011

Happy vernal equinox! We’ve been getting some rain here in Hollywood lately, and it’s so inspiring. What can I say? I’m from Oregon. I get excited when the sky goes slate-gray. Anyway, I got to looking at raindrops shimmering on blades of grass out the back window one morning, while brushing my teeth, and thought, “Hey, that looks like a necklace draped in crystals.” Next thing I knew I was snapping photos of all the weeds, wildflowers and garden cultivars I could find.

Swarovski crystal, tourmaline and tourmalinated quartz
I call this The Fairy Princess of the Hollywood Hills necklace. It just looks like something a fairy princess would wear. And I can see the colors of jade plants and wild grasses that dot the hills up here reflected in its colors. The 16-inch piece is composed of Swarovski crystals, tourmaline and tourmalinated quartz, punctuated with Miyuki seed beads and hung on drapes of sterling silver chain. A delicate explosion of variegated color.
grass and jade plants

Jade plants tinged with the blush of the new season clutch the ground under an arc of wild grass dripping with liquid diamonds.

For the last couple of weeks, whenever there’s been a break in the weather, I’ve been grabbing my camera and heading outside. My travels have taken me as near as my own yard and as far as Griffith Park (which is really just up the street). Thanks to the precipitation, the park is ribboned with fast-moving streams (as opposed to the usual slow trickle) and waterfalls. Yes, even in the heart of Hollywood, we have waterfalls! After my shooting safaris, mud still wedged into the treads of my boots, I rush to my studio to design necklaces. I mainly use semiprecious stones and Swarovski crystals in my effort to reflect the colors I’m seeing, some complete with “raindrops.” Each piece is combined in some way with sterling silver, which, I think, imparts the look of dewy gossamer. The result, I think, is quite nice. I hope you’ll agree. Stay tuned for more. Additional wildflowers are emerging every day — as are design ideas.

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