by Designer Lori Esterly

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Sodalite, Sterling Silver & Swarovski Crystal Necklace & Earrings

Sodalite, Sterling Silver & Swarovski Necklace and Earrings

Sodalite, Sterling Silver & Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Sodalite, Sterling Silver & Swarovski Crystal Necklace (Close up)

Sodalite & Swarovski Crystal Earrings

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Blue Crystal and Silver Chain

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a good week. This week is a busy one for me.  It started out Monday with having some tests for my annual heart transplant check-up.  On tap is the normal  Blood work, Chest X-ray and Bone Density Scan but this is just the beginning as I will have another whole day of tests on the 21st.  I have to admit that I dread the trip to Hahnemann and a whole day of poking and prodding but it  always makes me pause to Thank God for another year, as well as the beginning of a new year.  Plus I always have a friend who drives and keeps me company,  Huge Thanks to Joanne.  I am extremely grateful!

What lays ahead for this new year?  It promises to be very busy and challenging since starting A Jewelry Masterpiece for You.  I am looking forward to the upcoming opening of my very own Etsy shop.  I am hoping to have it open for business in June.  That is just a couple of weeks away and there are still many things to do, but that will be the place to see and buy a Masterpiece of your very own.  Please remember that I not only custom design but also repair jewelry.  So if you have a favorite piece that you are unable to wear because the clasp broke or it is just looking old and needs an update, allow me to create something just for you that you will love once again.

Blue Crystal and Chain

Have a Great Weekend!

~Lori

Part 2 “Working on a New Necklace” from April 13, 2012

Hello Again,

Well this week I want to add to a blog I started a couple of weeks ago.  As we discussed first I choose my beads.

Choose Beads

Then I work on a design.  Things usually start to fall into place as I choose the different beads.  Don’t let me fool you though, I sometimes think for days on a design before it actually comes together.  This time I changed the beads from my original thought.

“Changed the beads and it all fell into place”

After I changed the beads everything fell into place.  Next it is just a matter of stringing in the proper order.  Even then I may take them all off and change things.

Stringing beads

Stringing beads

The final test is to carefully hold the open-ended string and place it around my neck to see how it will look.  Then I finish off the string with the closures and Viola! a new Masterpiece.

Stringing beads

Coming along…

These steps sound simple and in reality are simple to actually do.  It is the process of putting things together just right to make an attractive necklace that is really the challenge.  Some come together with great ease…while others are quite challenging.

Finished! Yay!

Each set is an exciting process and I very much enjoy creating new designs.  I get my inspiration from lots of different sources including other jewelry, art, creation, and even clothing.

Write back and tell me what things inspire you.

A Jewelry Masterpiece for You!

I would Love to create something special just for you!

Have A Great Weekend!

~ Lori

Week 4 Working on a New Necklace…Come Check it out.

Hello Everyone,

I hope your week is going well.  I am so glad that the weekend is almost here.

So, I had a thought that you might like to see how I actually create a Masterpiece.  So, I am going to show you the steps and how an idea comes to life.

Lapis Lazuli 1

Choose the beads for your masterpiece.

I want to make this an updated version of the traditional Lapis Lazuli necklace, something that you can wear with jeans yes, but also, more dressy so you could wear it with that new spring/summer dress you just ordered.

First I choose some beads.  Today I want to work with Lapis Lazuli.  I have some 6mm rounds I want to combine with Silver and a round pendant also set in silver.  In mulling over how I wanted to make this necklace I came up with an idea that will sparkle…Come Back next time for more.

Tell me what colors and materials are some of your favorites.  Do you like gold or silver?  Do you like chunky or dainty?  Do you like traditional, or modern? What is your favorite color? What is the color of that new outfit that you just bought but can’t seem to find the perfect jewelry to match or compliment?

I love to see new pieces come to life and to work with you in creating something special that is just your style. Send me an email and I can create that matching piece for your prom or wedding.  Together let’s make it Just right for your special day or outfit.

~Lori

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