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A Walk With Native Couture ... Hand-Wrapped Gemstone and Crystal Jewelry Design
Hand-wrapped gemstones and crystals feature the CrystalHugger Twistwrap wire-wrapping styling which is a minimal, earthy, and organically styled wire wrapping technique I designed to showcase transparent faceted gemstones and crystals allowing a 360 degree view of the entire gemstone. A gemstone's total beauty can be admired always, and from all angles. If you like BIG sparkle, you may enjoy wearing the design. Great stones designed in my wire wrap design always get a second look and start conversations, it is the uniqueness of the design combined with the magnificent sparkle of the stones. Twistwrap styling can be tailored for single or double wire styling - depending upon how much wire you want to see. Wire size is aligned with stone size to ensure a strong, secure Twistwrap. Make a lasting and memorable impression wearing hand-wrapped gemstone and crystal jewelry designed by CrystalsCrystals.com. The Twistwrap allows you to see your entire gemstone without a third or more of it being covered with traditional mounting. Start with beautiful, flawless crystals and graduate to gorgeous, flawless semi-precious and precious gemstones.
to the home of the CrystalHugger TwistWrap, here you can browse my trend setting, original wire wrap jewelry designs that feature a wire wrap technique I created in 2003. My wire wrap design was inspired by my admiration for beautiful gemstones. The CrystalHugger TwistWrap securely locks a faceted gemstone or crystal in place within a wire harness, allowing a 360 degree view of a stone when viewed from any angle. Most sizes, all colors and cuts of transparent faceted gemstones are perfect for my wire wrap technique. The elements of originality are the custom designed embellishments that are added once the stone has been wrapped, which are literally endless. The CrystalHugger TwistWrap is a lightweight, minimal wire wrap technique I created in 2003. I offer many traditional jewelry designs as a reseller, and I redesign jewelry. This web page is dedicated to showcasing jewelry designs that feature my signature wire wrap design, the CrystalHugger TwistWrap.
Among my most popular wire wrap designs are internally flawless AAA+ colorless hand-wrapped cubic zirconia pendants and earrings, for their affordability. The first point I make about cubic zirconia is that "all cubic zirconia is not the same." Cubic zirconia stones are rated from A to AAAAA+. The meaning behind cubic zirconia grading represents a quality standard. As is the case with diamonds, the quality of the cubic zirconia is also graded based on the quality of the cut, clarity, and color. An AAAAA+ rated cubic zirconia stone will surpass a lower grade stone in symmetry, luster, and sparkle and when comparing the stones by grade, you can easily see the difference. The AAA+ rating is the most popular grade for affordable fashion jewelry, with more pricey jewelry lines offering the top grade material. My cubic zirconia designs are crafted with AAA+ and better (as ordered). The stones are clear, immaculately faceted, fiery and you can count on them never dulling, chipping or fading over time. Many colors are available including light to deep hues of blue, pink, canary yellow and more. The pendant is a great "try-me" item to experience the beauty of the design and to see for yourself how easily the design accommodates your day to evening calendar. I wire wrap gemstones and crystals in sizes 5mm and up.
Jewelry Etiquette: Old rules about jewelry etiquette and how to wear jewelry are out the window. These days individual style rules. Mixing and matching differing styles of jewelry was once thought to be tacky, today mixing jewelry styles is considered artsy. Of course, that depends on the rooms you are in. My personal style has always been that I prefer wearing earrings that match my pendant, a bracelet that complements the design style of a ring. I do like to mix metal colors, but will always want a ring, bracelet, necklace and earrings to share similar style and design elements.
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Color Sparks Emotional Sensation ...
Are you attracted to the magnetism of bold color and beautifully sparkling gemstones? I feel you. And there is nothing like seeing as much of a beautiful gemstone or crystal as possible. In my design studio I wrap beautifully cut, gloriously sparkly semi-precious and previous gemstones, as well as top quality lab-created and AAAAA+ grade CZ material in a variety of colors. I enjoy color, I have an eye for blending color, shape, and style elements. I particularly enjoy creating one-only designs, as I feel this is how individual style emerges - with custom made jewelry that only YOU own. With each passing season the layering and blending of design elements contribute to the creation of new and exciting "original" jewelry design concepts. I believe all designers are a part of the revolutinizing of jewelry design history, and jewelry design is a living, breathing, steadily growing industry, it changes and grows daily. In my design showroom my clients can become a part of the design process. They are always welcome to part of the creation and design expertise growing at CrystalsCrystals.com. There are over 4000 fine beads, gemstone strands and findings to choose from. Custom jewelry design is always an exciting adventure having this much variety to choose from.
Colored Gemstones and Crystals ...
are really on display in my wire-wrap design as it allows a total view of all of the physical and optical properties beautiful gemstones possess. As we know, the color, clarity and faceting equals stunning internal fire. I wire-wrap faceted semi-precious and precious gemstones primarily, but also I wrap simulated and lab-created stones, and I offer more affordable wire-wrapped items by offering AAA+ custom cut cubic zirconia crystal designs. Many of my designs feature Swarovski crystals and pearls. I am an aficionado of "one only jewelry design." It's nice knowing you will not see another person wearing what you are wearing, because you own the only one.
Variety IS the Spice of Life ... ... I enjoy a lot of variety in my life and in my jewelry design. For some, wearing the same jewelry pieces suffice, but for some of us having a wide variety of jewelry design possibilities to choose from each day is one of the little joys of life we look forward to each day ... what jewelry do I want to wear today? I am BIG on original handmade jewelry, and I have a passion for collecting hand made one-only beads ... glass beads, finely etched beads, filigree beads, custom made hand painted beads, gemstone inlaid and ornately adorned beads, modern lineal metal beads, Murano glass beads, lampwork glass beads, and ornate, custom made bead caps. I collect original handmade beads, and I source them from independent artisans across the World.
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At CrystalsCrystals.com, custom-made crystal and gemstone jewelry is beautiful and affordable. CrystalsCrystals.com endeavors to create affordable, beautiful jewelry that is unique, versatile and timeless.
I can incorporate your ideas and preferences for color combination, bead style and other adornments to create for you a stunning one-only jewelry item.
Looking for a Particular Gemstone? I source fine diamonds and precious gemstones in small and large carat sizes, as well as tahitian pearls.
Special Requests ... Looking for a Raging collector quality diamond for an Engagement or Wedding Ring?
Let's discuss your vision, your budget and get you connected with the stone you want. In Los Angeles, I can arrange showroom appointments that will enable you to browse wedding ring styles,
his and hers custom ring sets. If you have special design ideas, they can almost always be accommodated.
Networking and Referrals: In the world-class precious gemstone arena, in the U.S. and abroad,
I am connected to many world-class gemstone dealers, brokers, and gemstone cutters who are experts in the sourcing and trade of world-class precious gemstones.
Wando Beading Project
Bead For Life
Project Have Hope
Buy The Change
Global Goods Partners
a necklace that blends the colors of the rainbow ... all together in one necklace.
A hand-wrapped gemstone or crystal necklace is a collar of fiery, blazing color.
These necklaces are custom order. You can mix stone shapes, and decide the order of the colors.
Commission a beautiful, one-only hand-wrapped gemstone or crystal necklace featuring your favorite cuts and colors.
When you walk into the room, you and only you will be a standout from the rest, wearing an original artisan crafted design.
Labradorescence: The Beautiful Iridescent Optical Effect Displayed by Labradorite
The Inuit claim Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis, an ordinary stone that transforms to the extraordinary, shimmering in a mystical light that separates the waking world from unseen realms. It is, in every sense, a Stone of Magic, a crystal of shamans, diviners, healers, and all who travel and embrace the universe seeking knowledge and guidance. For self-discovery, it is excellent for awakening one's own awareness of inner spirit, intuition, and psychic abilities. Long revered as a healing gemstone, it is regarded as a highly mystical gemstone said to heighten intuition and enhance psychic abilities. It is used in Third Eye Chakra healing. Historical writings suggest that both intuition and intellect are balanced by labradorite, illusions are dispelled by it and true intentions are seen more easily with its use. Labradorite has been reported to be a protective gemstone, protecting the wearer's aura, and sealing the aura from negative energy. It is used to heal old memories, is regarded as useful during times of transformation and change, and known as a gemstone that aids spiritual ascension. Labradorite pieces are held during Meditations and carried in one's pocket for protection, balance and light.
There are several varieties of Labradorite: spectrolite, andesine-labradorite and rainbow moonstone (which is sometimes referred to by the trade name, "Madagascar moonstone"). Some types of Labradorite are rarer than others and not all types of Labradorite display labradorescence. The translucent gemstones are more desirable because they display the sought-after labradorescence. However, Labradorite that does not exhibit labradorescence can still make for beautiful jewelry because of aventurescence, another type of light-reflectance phenomenon in some Labradorite material that is caused by the crystallographically planar arrangement of macroscopically visible inclusions. Often the intensity of the aventurescence is a direct result of the size of the inclusions creating the metallic luster effect, as well as the sheer number of inclusions present in a given crystal. The appearance exhibits as a glittery look in the gemstone. Rarer varieties of Labradorite include golden Labradorite, a transparent gold or champagne-color, and Spectrolite, an intense variety displaying the entire color spectrum, discovered in Finland in the 1940s. Labradorite is a variety of plagioclase feldspar, or crystalline feldspar. The plagioclase feldspar minerals are albite, oligoclase, andesine, labradorite, bytownite and anorthite. Of all the feldspars, labradorite is most often encountered as a cabochon or faceted gemstone. The material ranges in color from colorless to yellow, with inclusions of minerals such as hematite and copper creating a rainbow range of other colors in the stone. Labradorite can display an iridescent optical effect (or schiller, a lustrous metallic effect) key in the visual effect known as labradorescence.
The term labradoresence was coined by Ove Balthasar Bøggild, who wrote a book about it, On The Labradorization of Feldspar. Labradorite is an unusual mineral. It can display a beautiful iridescent play of colors, caused by internal fractures in the mineral that reflect light back and forth, dispersing it into different colors. This beautiful optical effect of labradorization is the reflection of the light from submicroscopical planes within the stone that are orientated in one direction (rarely in two directions). These planes do not have a position such that they can be expressed by simple indices, and they are not directly visible under a microscope. It is the labradorescence that is magical, eye-catching and memorable. As the stone moves the color play shifts, seemingly a display of colors within the stone being reflected from the surface of the stone, but the display of colors is actually from light entering the stone, striking a twinning surface within the stone, and reflecting out from it. The color shifts seen are from light being reflected off the twinning surface. Different twinning surfaces within the stone reflect different colors of light. Light reflecting from different twinning surfaces in various parts of the stone give the stone a lovely glowing, multi-colored appearance. Labradorite can be found all over the world including, Labrador and Newfoundland in Canada, Oregon, Mexico, South America and Norway. The most impressive pieces are often from Finland (Spectrolite), Australia, and Madagascar. Labradorite is most often seen as polished cabochons cut into fancy shapes for pendants, as cabochons maximize the iridescence. However, Labradorite (especially transparent types) can be faceted. Labradorite is also be cut into spherical shapes for beaded jewelry.
The originality of my work is easily wearable, and I strike to create designs that become a special part of my client's jewelry wearing experience.
Jewelry made using wire wrapping techniques date back to thousands of years BC.
Below you can read the story of my inspiration to design wire wrapped jewelry.
I Create custom earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and body jewelry featuring hand-made custom crafted
beads in a wide variety of shapes, colors and materials.
Always expect top quality materials, expert workmanship, solid design advice and dependable customer service.
ALWAYS ON THE CUSP OF HIGH ART: The style of my wire wrap design is timeless, it does not go out of style, it works with dressy or casual attire daytime to evening, it is original, artsy, and offers earthy yet big fashion styling at the same time. The elegant yet simple wiring design piques curiosity so don't be surprised when others notice it want to take a closer look ... and this should happen normally when the jewelry you wear is original, handmade wearable art. It should not look store bought.
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMFORTABLE: Hand-wrapped crystal earrings in the 10MM size are super lightweight, and offer magnificent presence and sparkle. Hand-wrapped gemstone and crystal earrings are very comfortable to wear. They should be cared for as you would fine jewelry. The design lines are clean and minimal, simple, and earthy. An elegant hand-wrapped crystal pendant is a great try-me item, and when combined with matching earrings you will enjoy a complete signature look.
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DESIGN INSPIRATION:The CrystalHugger TwistWrap was inspired during a chance encounter with a stack of Architectural Digest magazines in a thrift store while helping a friend furnish a new home in Malibu, California ... it was 2003, I had spent the prior three years exposed to a large amount of custom designed, estate and auction jewelry which inspired me to resale jewelry, but I had not thought about becoming a designer ... until ... I came upon that stack of Architectural Digest magazines. One of the magazines featured Prehistoric Architecture, including photographs of prehistoric tools used by tribesmen. The section of the feature that showcased photos of wrapping styles tribesmen used to attach rocks (and even small boulders) to sticks caught my attention. I was intrigued by the way they twisted, tied, knotted, weaved and looped various types of soft twigs, tree vines, and flexible strings of hide around rocks (some rounded and others with points) to create tools they could use for self-defense, hunting and to cut off fruit bearing tree branches for meals. I borrowed from the vertical lines of their tools. Their various tying, looping and weaving techniques were ingenious and as I read, helped them survive. I walked out to the beach and gathered a small collection of pebbles and rocks, some rounded and some with points. I envisioned using wire to wrap the stones. After much research, experimentation and practice I had created a wire wrapping technique that snugly held onto the stones with points. I noticed many stones with points had similarities to the shape of round faceted gemstones and crystals, and I was inspired to continue working with wire, initially wire wrapping large 30mm to 50mm faceted semi-precious gemstones and crystals and connecting them vertical findings. I graduated to wire wrapping other shapes and sizes of faceted stones. I personally fell in love with the way the wire wrap technique showed off the entire stone. Over time I perfected the wiring technique to add loops at the top, bottom, or both ends to attach the wire wrapped stones to chains and other jewelry findings, both vertically and horizontally. I wire wrapped stones primarily with wire gauge sizes ranging from 20 to 28. Steady practice allowed me to graduate the size of stones I could wire wrap down to 5mm using 32 gauge wire.
The design steadily attracted attention, and I was blessed to partner with Colorstone International, who specialize in brokering precious gemstones, cutting, polishing, gemstone repair and manufacturing lab-created and synthetic gemstones. I wire wrapped their beautiful gemstones with sterling silver and gold wire for display at Los Angeles jewelry district events and the International Gem Show. I began receiving requests to make earrings and pendants for others who enjoy the way my wire wrap technique shows off the total beauty of faceted stones allowing for a 360 degree view of the stone from all angles. The popularity of the design steadily grew, so I created a line of Hand-Wrapped Gemstones and Crystals for red-carpet events. My designs were featured in music videos and on the runway, being selected by several aspiring designers at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising to be worn on their semester end runway shows where their designs competed for a final grade. I am honored to share that my designs were chosen by two winning competitors, Ito Masai (Fashion Design) and Tara Schreiber (Theatre Costume Design). I was contacted by several upscale personal stylists who presented my designs to entertainment clients including Nancy Wilson, Patti LaBelle, Lisa Bonet, Vesta Williams, Chaka Kahn, and Whitney Houston. My clientele continues to steadily grow with admirers of beautiful gemstones and unique, artisan crafted jewelry designs.
My clients have access to an extensive network of international and U.S. gemstone cutters and dealers of precious and semi-precious gemstones as well as stunning simulated and lab-created gemstones. Times have changed as they always will, yet time never changes the value of fine gemstones. Prices hinge on rarity and the rarer a gemstone becomes the more expensive it is. Rare gemstones are investments, and each is a product of unimaginable detail, with a remarkable individual history and journey. There is much work that goes into the discovery of and the making of a fine gemstone, from the hands of Mother Earth to the hands of a skilled gemstone cutter to the hands of an amazing jewelry designer who creates a fine jewelry item for lifelong enjoyment.
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A LOVELY HAND-WRAPPED CRYSTAL PENDANT & CHAIN MAKES A CLASSIC PLACE SETTING GIFT ... DO YOU HAVE A TEA, LUNCHEON, PARTY OR OTHER SPECIAL EVENT COMING UP? Giving a gift of original handmade art, artisan crafted, custom made jewelry is a gift that will not be forgotten.
Present your guests with an original, custom artisan crafted and beautifully designed gift of jewelry.
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