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 at all times 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.
ORIGINAL COUTURE JEWELRY DESIGN
WELCOME to the home of the CrystalHugger TwistWrap, my original wire-wrapping technique created in 2003, inspired by my admiration for beautiful gemstones. The wire-wrap design securely locks the gemstone in place within the wire harness, allowing a 360 degree view of a stone when viewed from any angle. My clients can choose from many varieties of fine loose gemstones.
Among my most popular designs is the internally flawless AAA+ colorless hand-wrapped crystal pendant. These are not regular mildly sparkly CZ, they are top grade, clear and immaculately faceted CZ material that will never dull. Matching earrings are available ... and many lovely colors are available, including light to deep hues of canary yellow. 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 can wire wrap gemstones and crystals in sizes 5mm and up.
The CrystalHugger TwistWrap is a lightweight, minimal, native-inspired wire-wrapping technique I created in 2003. It is featured in much of my handmade couture jewelry design work.
Color Sparks Emotional Sensation ... are you attracted to the magnetism of bold color and shimmering sparkle? I enjoy pretty gemstones and in my work I wire-wrap beautifully cut gemstones and crystals, some of the prettiest. I enjoy blending color, shape, and style elements when creating new designs, most of which are one only ... this is how style individual emerges. With each passing season the layering and blending of elements over time contribute to the creation of new and exciting "original" jewelry designs. I believe all designers are a part of the evolutinizing of jewelry design history as it changes and grows on a daily basis. In my design showroom my design colleagues as well as my clients are a welcome part of the creation and design expertise growing at CrystalsCrystals.com. There are over 3000 fine beads, bead and gemstone strands and precious metal findings to choose from. It is always an exciting adventure having this much variety to choose from in my Design Studio Jewelry Design Sessions.
Colored Gemstones and Crystals ... are really on display in my wire-wrap design as it allows a real view of all of the physical and optical properties beautiful stones possess. Color, clarity, faceting equals stunning internal fire. I wire-wrap faceted semi-precious and precious gemstones primarily and offer more affordable items by offering AAA+ custom cut CZ crystals, simulated and lab-created stones as well. Many of my designs feature Swarovski crystals and pearls. As you can see there are many original, one only designs. I am a 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 ... and I enjoy a LOT of variety in my jewelry design. For some, wearing the same jewelry pieces suffices, but for some of us having a wide variety of jewelry design possibilities to choose from each day is what we want. I am BIG on original handmade jewelry, and BIG on the use of custom crafted beads. I have a passion for collecting hand made one-only beads ... finely etched beads, filigree beads and ornate bead caps, custom made hand painted beads and matching beadcap sets, inlaid and ornately adorned beads, modern lineal metal beads, Murano glass beads, lampwork glass beads, and other types of original handmade beads created by independent artisans across the World.
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Do you have a gemstone or crystal that you would like transformed into a beautiful hand-wrapped pendant? Contact Crystal
At CrystalsCrystals.com, custom-made crystal and gemstone jewelry is beautiful and affordable. CrystalsCrystals.com creates dream jewelry that is 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 of beauty. WANT TO FIND A PARTICULAR GEMSTONE? I source fine diamonds in small and large carat sizes, as well as fine pearls.
Imaginethe colors of sunsets, rainbows, deep blue oceans and fireworks ... black, blue, red, purple, yellow, green and gold ... bronze, copper, teal, orange, burgundy and silver ... altogether, in one necklace. An original design featuring fiery, blazing gemstones (or crystals), never to be owned by anyone but YOU! Together we'll create a beautiful, one-only hand-wrapped gemstone or crystal design featuring your favorite cuts and colors, select all gemstones or an exotic mix of gemstones with AAA+ fine crystals ... my designs are often embellished with exquisite beads.
SPECIAL REQUESTSPlease contact me! Sales@CrystalsCrystals.com. Let's discuss your special ideas for a design you have in mind, or any design featured on this webpage. Do you have a design idea in mind? Is there a particular gemstone you would like wrapped with my wire-wrap design or set in a lovely traditional gold, platinum or sterling silver traditional mounting. I can help!
NETWORKING AND REFERRALS ... In the fine gemstone arena, I have many years of studying gemology and sourcing fine gemstones directly from commercial dealers and independent private factory and mine dealers, rough or faceted. In the hand-crafted artisan arena, I have connections with expert wire-wrap artists. There are many styles of wire-wrapped jewelry designs to choose from today ranging from simple and minimal, to very ornate.
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 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 of 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), Austrailia, 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 stunning foil beads, paper and wood beads, leaf beads, Swarovski crystals,
and hand-made/hand-painted glass beads as well as other types of custom crafted beads in all kinds of shapes, colors. Always expect top quality materials, expert workmanship
and solid design advice ... as well as dependable customer service.
ORIGINAL ARTISAN CRAFTED COUTURE JEWELRY DESIGNED BY CRYSTAL
ALWAYS ON THE CUSP OF HIGH ART: WEARABLE 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: The 10MM size earrings are super lightweight with magnificent presence and sparkle. Hand-wrapped gemstone and crystal earrings are very comfortable to wear however do remember to take care of them as you would your fine jewelry. There is no extra weight or heavy mounting pulling on your ear. The design lines are clean and minimal, simple and earthy, with a primitive edge. The simple, elegant hand-wrapped crystal pendant is a great try-me item, and when work with matching earrings you will enjoy the 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, absolutely stunning estate and auction jewelry so I was inspired to resale jewelry, but 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 the stones with points. I noticed many stones with points had similarities in shape to the shape of round faceted gemstones and crystals and that discovery launched my desire to continue working with wire. I began wire wrapping large 30mm to 50mm faceted semi-precious gemstones and crystals and wiring them to vertical findings made of wood, beaded wire, and sterling silver and gold metal findings. I fell in love with the way the wire showed off the stones. I perfected the wiring technique to add a loop at the top, bottom, or both to attach the wire wrapped stones to chain and hole-drilled precious metal findings, both vertical and horizontal. Steady practice allowed me to graduate the size of stones I could wire wrap down to 10mm using smaller wire. This allowed me to embrace beautiful, precious faceted gemstones and superior grade faceted simulated and lab-created crystals. When I saw how my wire wrapping technique showed off the total beauty of stunning stones, I fell in love with it all over again. Today I can wire wrap fine gemstones and crystals as small as 5mm using delicate 32 gauge wire. The way that the wire wrap technique allows a 360 degree view of a gemstone or crystal inspired the name I gave my wire wrapping technique, the CrystalHugger Twistwrap.
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 more rare a gemstone becomes the more expensive it is. Rare gemstones are investments and each is a product of unimaginable detail and each has a remarkable individual 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 lapidary to the hands an amazing jewelry designer who creates a fine jewelry item for investment and enjoyment.
A UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE PLACE SETTING GIFT IDEA 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.
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