Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Diana Kirkpatrick

Art You Can Wear News

November 2014

 

I've been busy making jewelry for the shows I'm doing this fall and I have some new designs on the website.    

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Something About Me

Since I haven't had the pleasure of meeting all of you in person,  I thought I would share a little of my background.  

Some of my fondest memories from growing up in the Washington DC area are of family trips to craft centers in the Appalachians and Blue Ridge mountains where I enjoyed seeing things that people made with their own hands -  weaving and pottery and most of all handmade jewelry!

I earned a PhD in chemistry and pusued a career as a chemist in several government laboratories.   After grad school I took advantage of opportunities to learn more about how jewelry is made and how gemstone cabochons are cut.    Creating settings for the stones led me into silversmithing and wire wrapping.   I guess I'm a perpetual student - I loved all of it.

A chance conversation with a colleague at a summer chemistry conference introduced me to belly dancing.   I took a couple of classes and I was hooked!   I was entranced by the movements, the music, and especially the costuming and the jewelry.   It was a wonderful opportunity to dress up and become someone mysterious!   I started selling jewelry and music to other dancers.  This eventually grew into a full time business which I sold after many fun filled years of dancing, designing and selling costuming and jewelry. 

I am passionate about my jewelry and I'm so energized by the designs I'm creating now that I want to share them with all my friends.  My own eclectic approach to life and living is reflected in each of my creations.

I love to see my jewelry worn and enjoyed by others.   The process of designing and creating fascinates and excites me.   Each piece of my jewelry is lovingly created by me from the finest materials.

I work primarily in silver, gold, pearls, and gemstones.   My jewelry is hand constructed piece by piece.   I love doing custom pieces where I can work with the client to create pieces that reflect their aura and personality.

I moved to NM because this part of the country is the most deeply inspiring place I have ever been.  I love the landscapes and especially the sky and the clouds with their ever changing patterns!  I want my jewelry to communicate the excitement I feel about being in NM.  

Texture is a fundamental element in many of my designs and I especially love textures and patterns taken from nature.    I see wonderful textural elements in the rocks and plants around me and I incorporate those textures in my jewelry using small hand tools and a chasing hammer.




 

 

Upcoming Shows

 

November 14 & 15 I'm in Santa Fe at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe.  Hours  9-5 both days


On November 21, I'm  at  the Los Alamos Middle School in Los Alamos.  Hours are  9- 3:30


I'm on the wait list for the Rio Grande show the weekend following Thanksgiving so I won't know if I'm actually doing the show until the last minute

 

 

 

 


Popular Designs for Fall & Winter


I'll be adding new items and specials frequently between November 1 and Christmas

 


http://dianakirkpatrick.com/product/argentium-silver-spiral-earrings-with-garnets-medium/


A made to order shadowbox pendant in either brushed silver finish or a patinated finish as shown in the photo.   This piece is also possible to customize just for you!


http://dianakirkpatrick.com/product/patinated-silver-shadowbox-pendant-turquoise-stone/

New Bracelets and Rings 



http://dianakirkpatrick.com/product/wide-argentium-silver-ring-chased-design-silver-ball-accents/

http://dianakirkpatrick.com/product/1930/

I'm always delighted to create some special just for you.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WEBSITE COUPON SALE DURING SEPTEMBER

Don't miss out on savings of 15% on everything and anything!

Visit www.dianakirkpatrick.com (www.pearlandgemstonejewelry.com) during September.  Use the Coupon Code  of  september sale (two words, all lower case)

for savings on all of my handmade jewelry like these studs


http://dianakirkpatrick.com/product/cubic-zirconia-stud-earrings-8mm-sterling-silver/





or these rings      
http://dianakirkpatrick.com/product/wide-argentium-silver-ring-chased-design-silver-ball-accents/












http://dianakirkpatrick.com/product/all-wrapped-up-ring-sterling-silver-and-alexandrite/

Monday, August 18, 2014

http://dianakirkpatrick.com/healing-stones-furry-friends/

Check out my blog article on amulets for pets

http://dianakirkpatrick.com/healing-stones-furry-friends/


Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

New Lampwork Beads in my Etsy Store!

I've just listed an assortment of lampwork glass beads in my Etsy store.   One listing is for five  different styles of beads - each style is priced separately.  

The link is   https://www.etsy.com/listing/164905224/lampwork-glass-bead-assortments?ref=shop_home_active


I also listed some other turquoise blue lampwork beads that are highlighted with gold and silver! 

The link is https://www.etsy.com/listing/164907504/turquoise-blue-glass-beads-patterns-in?ref=listing-shop-header-0


Check it out!   I'll be listing some other beads this week and more vintage jewelry.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Necklace

This is a necklace I completed recently.    The labradorite pendant is 20 ga sterling silver with a hammered textured.   The necklace is a mixture of labradorite beads and silver "tire" shaped beads. I used  a hammered hook and ring as the closure.

My latest project is a series of different closures that will work for both necklaces and bracelets.   I'm excited about the addition.   The clasps will be more in keeping with many of my designs.    I'll  show photos of the finished catches and also the necklaces I'll use them with as soon as I can get them all done
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Help Me Decide

I've been asked about the large cross I often wear.  This cross appears on my business cards and I also use it in a lot of my advertising.   Since that cross is a large piece, I am working on designs for several smaller crosses.

Here are photos of three styles I completed recently, plus the original.   The one with the matching bail is about one inch high and the silver cross  is a bit over two inches high.   The patinated cross with gold weaving is a little under 2 inches. 
 
Help me decide which styles to make for my new collection of crosses - what's your favorite style:
the traditional cross with long center arm and a shorter crossbar or a cross with all 4 arms the same length?   Do you like stones in all 4 arms and the center, just the center, or what?  Do you like the addition of a bail?

Please leave me comments or send me an email at diana at dianakirkpatrick dot com



All of these crosses will be custom orders – you choose the size and shape, the metal (karat gold or silver or a combination) and the stones – gemstones, cubic zirconia, etc.  


I’ll provide some sketches and we’ll discuss gems to use.   After that you’ll get a final sketch and an estimate.