There is ‘every day pretty jewelry’ you can find anywhere and then there is jewelry that when you look at you know you are looking at a piece of art. Let me warn you: This article is NOT about the ‘every day pretty jewelry’.
A little over a year ago, my hubby and I stumbled upon a great community of interesting-minded individuals called Journeys. I’ve had soooo many good experiences there that have made my life so much better, but this is not that post :-). In this community, though, I met Nancy Burns, one of those people whose personality immediately draws you in. She’s the kind of person who meets you, immediately gives you a hug and then starts talking to you as if you were her best friend. She’s a wonderful soul.
Anyways, a couple of months after I met her, I found out about this open house she was having to showcase some fine jewelry she had made. Well, that got my attention quickly as I love creative original handmade crafts. It turns out she used to have a jewelry design business a while ago, and she still has some of her fine jewelry materials on hand, so she invited a bunch of friends over to take a look at them (and to eat some really yummy goodies!). OMG, I fell immediately in love with everything. It seems like every piece has its own magic and story behind it. I was really impressed. That day, I went back home with these two precious necklaces seen right below that called me, and with an itch to get another necklace which I fell in love with.
These two to the right are made out of Black Tourmaline, freshwater Pearls, and Turquoise. The charms are very unique, one of them being a large piece of Brazilian Turquoise that is just stunning.
Now, what I didn’t know (and didn’t even suspect with a birthday coming up) is that my hubby had been paying attention that day… yes, I had dragged him along with the promise of food :-) He called Nancy to ask her about the necklace I had really liked. The coolest thing to me is that Nancy has all these artisan-cut gemstones and charms she had made in a recent trip to India. She usually works with these pieces and creates different types of designs, so you can imagine she has a lot of very happy girlfriends :-) Anyways, my hubby asked her to create a necklace with my favorite colors (pinkish-reddish-purplish) and she created these two pieces of art which I got as my birthday gift last October!
These are two of the most special and gorgeous pieces of jewelry I’ve ever owned. The design is simple, yet elegant. The necklaces are made up of these delicately cut gemstones of several different hues which perfectly compliment each other. You can really appreciate them from up close, as they’re not your typical round or ordinary looking stones. There are at least 8 different types of stones in these two necklaces, but with the different hues and natural color differences, you would think they’re 20. The colors are all in a same palette, simply stunning.
Here’s a list of the different stones in these two necklaces alone!
- Pink Sapphire
- Rosie de France (Pink amethyst)
- Pink Topaz
- Rhodolite (pink garnet)
- Rose quartz
Now, not only are there a million small gemstones in each necklace (ok, so less than a million, but there’s a lot!), but each necklace has a very unique, beautiful center charm which I found accentuates each necklace. The first one is a beautifully cut stone called “Rosie De France” (Pink Amethyst). Doesn’t that just sound wonderful?!? This rose colored amethyst is a very light pink to pinkish-mauve colored amethyst gemstone (try saying that three times quickly). It’s a briolette, or a pear shaped gem cut in long, triangular facets.
The second one, the one that truly won my heart over, is a beautiful 18k White Gold power star charm I just love. It’s a beautifully balanced piece with 9 diamonds set in this star pattern. It’s not too big to draw your attention, nor too small to pass without being seen, so I think it’s the perfect size. In combination with the gemstone necklace, this is what I consider to be really good jewelry design. The best feature of all? I can wear these two together, as one is slightly smaller than the other, so they pair up to make a stunning combination.
I’m so happy something like this came into my life because it reminds me of art, beauty and love. The power of creativity. Getting to know Nancy and her beautiful talents has been an experience. She really crafts from her heart. I think of her as a jewelry artisan, and these are just gorgeous pieces of art. Her work is currently featured in The Collector’s Gallery, a North Carolina fine craft store and online shop that sits in the heart of downtown Raleigh, at the Pavillions at City Plaza. The previous link will take you directly to the pieces she has created and are available in this online shopping destination.
I found a small bio on Nancy on The Collector’s Gallery site which I liked, so I’m posting it here:
Nancy Burns is a unique artist in that she has incorporated all of her passions and life experiences into her jewelry designs. Nancy began her professional career as a marine biologist so you will find a strong reference to the sea in the colors, materials, and textures that she uses. All of the pieces reflect either the natural beauty of the earth’s bounty or the contrasting effects of combining the softness of materials such as pearls with the sharp glimmering edges of the fabulous cut gemstones.
Nancy has traveled to India several times to have her pieces crafted by generations old artisans. The gifts from those trips have been both in having her own designs crafted in 18k gold, diamonds, and precious and semi-precious stones, and in bringing back strands of incredibly high quality stones to be used in her beaded pieces. You will see the rare quality and cuts in each of the pieces she designs.
There is also a line of spiritual pieces that have been inspired by the powerful spiritual journey that Nancy has lived. There are pieces that are designed after ancient symbols that reflect God and love, and pieces without the symbols that have incorporated the healing benefits and energy of the particular stones. Her work reflects her love and awe inspired appreciation of this beautiful planet and all of its inhabitants.
I will surely love and treasure these necklaces for a long time to come.