Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Orchids and Gold

A couple of days ago I was talking with Karen Totten (Starry Road Studio) about what inspires my jewelry designs.  Flowers are a big source of inspiration to me.  Not only do I enjoy using flower shaped components, but the colors of flowers inspire me as well. I enjoy making floral arrangements and I have 3 pots of orchids that are blooming on the kitchen window sill at the moment (and about 7 more that are not in bloom now).

My orchids.

So since I love orchids and Pantone's color of the year is radiant orchid, I decided to make some Radiant Orchid Earrings.

These earrings a probably a little more on the lilac side of the spectrum than my orchid pictured above, but hey, orchids come in many shades and tones too!

 The lampwork beads were made in a studio in Venice, Italy, a city which has a long history of exquisite glass work.  That is real gold that has been melted around the perimeter of the beads.  I accented the earrings with purple Swarovski crystal and sterling silver.


  1. Those are some gorgeous beads! I love the gold leafing around the middle. I adore that shade of Lilac. Reminds me of spring!

  2. I love them. Especially the shape of the beads.

  3. Lush beads - I prefer that lilac colour!

  4. Lilac/Orchid has to be one of my favorites.... I really like the gold leaf around the beads, such a pretty touch! Gorgeous!