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.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Website Updates!

Sorry to have been so long in posting - I'm redoing my website (www.dianakirkpatrick.com) for an entirely new look.   It's still a work in progress, but expect a lot of improvements!


In the meantime, I am working on several new things:   a ring I started months ago and  some additional cross designs.   The crosses and the ring will be shown as custom order options on the updated website.



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TIME FLIES!

Seems like August was brand new just a few days ago!   I've been working on new designs, getting ready to go into a new gallery, and setting up a big sale for next month.

I'm having a "Say Goodbye to Summer" sale in my Etsy store during the month of September.  

You can save 20% off the listed prices on all vintage jewelry.   Sale prices and regular prices will be listed on all the sale items and there are some terrific deals to be had!

I'm working on new earring designs in copper - photos will be coming soon.  I have also been working on a line of crosses - in silver, karat gold, and rose gold.  These pieces will be custom orders - you choose your metal, your stones, and we collaborate on the design.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Rag Rug Festival in Santa Fe

The Rag Rug Festival in Santa Fe starts tonight with a gala Preview Party at the Museum of International Folk Art.   The Festival runs both Saturday and Sunday - hope to see you there!   My booth will be located in the Auditorium.


Memory Wire Bracelets - Perfect for You and/or Your Daughter!

I've just listed some memory wire bracelets in my Etsy store.   They are available in pearls and several types of beads and they are only $15 each.   These bracelets would make a perfect Mother and Daughter combo look.  

Here's the link:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/159153906/glass-bead-bracelets-on-memory-wire

The bracelets fit a wrist 8 inches or less around, but I can do a custom sized version for all but the pink glass beads - that's a one-of-a-kind.   I also have one in white beads but I ran out of space for it in my Etsy listing.







Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Line of Crosses

Lots of people have asked about the large cross that's on my Facebook Page and also on my business cards.   Of course when you see the business cards you don't know how large it is - it is BIG!   It's 4 inches across and 4 inches high.  

I'm working on several small crosses in a variety of designs - most will feature weaving and some will be square like the one on the business card.  




The cross on the left is a little over 2 inches high.  It is waiting for a stone and added weaving in the arms.  The cross on the right is just over 1 inch high and will also have a faceted stone and weaving in the arms. 

These designs are also available in karat gold (14 or 18 kt).




Wednesday, July 3, 2013

JULY SALE ON ETSY!

Everything's On Sale!

 

Silver Spirals Necklace

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A dramatic and unusual sterling silver necklace created around the theme of the eternal spiral. the chain of interconnected spirals is about 20 inches long with a center spiral pendant
   
Other Items 



 
 
Graduated Strand of Malachite Beads                                                                                                                                                 
                                    
              Lavendar Coin Pearl Necklace and Earrings                                                                                                                                                 
                                    
              Necklace Knotted Malachite Beads                                                                                                                                                  
        
Copper Flower Earrings
                                                                         
 

 

                    
                

                       

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair

I'll be in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair this coming weekend.   I am very excited! 

The show runs from 10am - 9pm on Friday June 21, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday June 22, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday June 23.

My booth is #28 and I'm located in Hall B of the Manuel Lujan Building.



Friday, May 24, 2013

Santa Fe Artists Tour

The Santa Fe Artists Tour will be June 28-30:   5:30-7:30pm on Friday June 28,  10am - 6pm on Saturday June 29, and Noon to 5pm on Sunday June 30.

I will be showing my jewelry at Studio 25 which is just off 2nd St and Lena at 1619 "C de Baca Lane"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Diamonds are Forever


Last Sunday's New York Times had a wonderful and fascinating article about the woman who coined that memorable slogan "diamonds are forever."
 
Here's a link to the article - I'm sure you will enjoy reading it:
 
 

 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Zia Gemstone Necklaces

I've created a line of Zia Gemstone Necklaces!  
The Zia Sun Symbol is the state symbol of New Mexico.   The Zia Sun originated in ancient times with the people of the Zia Pueblo.

 You'll soon find some of these Zia inspired designs on my website (www.dianakirkpatrick.com)  and also in my Etsy store (www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com).   Here's a preview of some of the necklaces:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Sale

The April Sale in my ETSY store continues!   Save 15% off everything - vintage jewelry and also my handmade. art jewelry.

Visit www.artyoucanwear.etsy.com to see what's on sale!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Catching Up - Madonna Necklace

I always seem to be playing catch up with my work and the blogs.  I've been fortunate to get some of my jewelry into one local gallery and I will have pieces in at least one (hopefully two) upcoming shows!

The chasing and repousse' is coming along.   The piece shown in one of my Madonnas.    I've almost completed a sterling silver and garnet necklace with a floral motif - just a bit more smoothing around the edges here and there.   I'll post photos of that later in the week.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kitty Video

Scroll down on my blog to see a hilarious kitty video - one of the best I've seen!

Monday, March 4, 2013


I’m very excited!  I’ve been accepted to the New Mexico Arts & Crafts fair in late June.   My copper jewelry is coming along so I’ll have some of those pieces to display at the show.  

The last earrings I did are too large for me – they will probably become pendants.

Friday, February 1, 2013

FEBRUARY SALE starts Today!

My month-long FEBRUARY SALE starts today!    The coupon code is  FEBRUARY2013 and it's good for 10% off in my Etsy store (www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com) and also on my website (www.dianakirkpatrick.com)



Monday, January 21, 2013

February Sale Starts Soon

My February Sale starts on February 1st!   The sale will run for all of February both on my website www.dianakirkpatrick.com and also at my Etsy shop www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com



Don't miss the savings!   I'll post the Coupon Code the end of January.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Some of My Favorite Gemstones


 
Gems are described by chemical composition, crystal structure, and where they are found.  Gems are further classified based on properties like refractive index (how they bend light), luster, hardness, etc.  Perfection in appearance is of primary importance in the finished gemstone.  A gemstone can be a mineral, a rock, or any petrified material that’s suitable for use in jewelry. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and amethysts are generally the most valuable. 
 
Many gemstones have long and complex histories.   Some specific gems have a lot of lore attached to them.    The gems listed here are some of my all time favorites. 
 

 
Agate – a form of chalcedony that occurs in many colors with a variety of inclusions.  Some people believe that wearing agate increases perceptiveness and also brings good luck, inspiration and strength to the wearer.
 

Alexandrite – a form of chrysoberyl which exhibits a dramatic color change (red to green) depending on the lighting.

Amber – a fossilized resin that occurs in a range of colors.  Amber is thought to dispel negative energies and to encourage a positive attitude.  It was used for medicinal purposes at one time.

Amethyst – a form of quartz that ranges in color from light to deep purple.  The color is due to the presence of iron and aluminum impurities    According to gemstone lore, some people believe that amethyst provides protection to the wearer (amulets of amethyst were worn into battle in Medieval times), brings calmness, and might even ward off drunkenness.

Aquamarine – generally a delicate light blue color, aquamarine can occur in more intense shades.   Chemically, aquamarine is a beryl.   The blue color of aquamarine is due to traces of iron.  At one time it was worn an amulet thought to promote safety when traveling over water

Aventurine – quartz family with inclusions that affect the color (chromium produces green to blue colors while iron produces orange to brown shades.  Aventurine is considered to encourage motivation, creativity, healing, hope, and to bring abundance.

Azurite – an intensely blue gemstone that frequently occurs with malachite.  The blue color is due to the presence of copper in the stone’s chemistry.   Azurite has been used as a blue pigment since ancient times.   The ancient Egyptians used it as an eye makeup.     Azurite has long been used as a healing stone and it is reputed to clear the mind and to enhance receptivity.  

Beryl – this gem occurs in many different colors – the intense green form is known as Emerald, while the lighter blue form is Aquamarine.

Bloodstone – bloodstone is a deep green chalcedony with red spots.  It’s also called heliotrope. Bloodstone is thought to encourage healing, improve decision making.

Chalcedony – quartz; includes both banded “agates” and onyx depending on the structure

CarnelianCarnelian is a translucent orange/red to red/brown variety of chalcedony. The red tints are caused by iron oxide impurities.  Carnelian is recommended to improve mental clarity and may assist people overcoming anger and maintaining self-control.   It was highly valued for ornamentation by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans   It was reputedly used by the Egyptian goddess Isis to protect the dead on their journey through the afterlife.   Carnelian was thought to provide increased energy.  Ancient Egyptians set carnelian with turquoise and lapis lazuli for enhanced power.   

Chrysoberyl – once widely popular for jewelry, chrysoberyl is now relatively rare. Chrysoberlyl has hard greenish yellow crystals.  Alexandrite is one variety that exhibits color change.

Chryoprase – an apple-green form of chalcedony

Cinnabar – mercury sulphide ore with distinct red to brick red color.

Coral – variety of colors depending on variety and frequently dyed.  Coral is thought to increase awareness and objectivity.  Provides calmness, quiets emotions

Diamond – made of pure carbon, diamond is the hardest, densest, and rarest gem.  Diamond is thought to encourage hope, promote healing, and impart protection.

Emerald – a beryl stone with traces of chromium and sometimes vanadium providing the intense green coloration, emeralds are extremely popular for jewelry.  Emeralds have been known since ancient times and were mined as early as 2000 BC.

Fluorite – this gem comes in a variety of colors from purple to pink and green and many shades in between.   It has a glassy luster and it fluoresces or glows blue under UV light.    Fluorite is thought to increase intuition, to foster harmony and balance in relationships,  and may attract abundance and wealth.


Garnet – there are several different forms of garnet, but they are all related.  The most common colors are oranges, reds, and greens.  Garnet is thought to encourage friendship and fellowship

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Art You Can Wear Newsletters - Coming Soon!

I’m going to try for 4 newsletters in 2013. If you haven’t been receiving my newsletter, send me your email address and I’ll add you to the list.

Each issue will have a coupon code for a sale on on website at www.dianakirkpatrick.com, in my Etsy shop (www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com), or in both stores. I’ll publicize the sale in my blogs, too, but you’ll hear about it first in the newsletter.

The month of February will be my first sale for 2013 and the coupon code will be good all month long. The coupon will be in addition to any other discounts I am offering and will apply to everything listed on the site.