Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Minnehaha Falls

The frigid wonders of winter were my inspiration for these icy cold water colored chandelier earrings with Sterling silver. I chose aqua Roman glass, apatite nuggets, rondelles of green prase, apatite and more Roman glass to echo the watery hues of the frozen falls. Combined with exquisite Sterling silver chandelier components, the wire linked glass and stones are intended to capture the feeling of rushing water, stopped suddenly forming the ice crystals.

"With what deep murmurs through time’s silent stealth

Doth thy transparent, cool, and wat’ry wealth

Here flowing fall,

And chide, and call,

As if his liquid, loose retinue stay’d

Ling’ring, and were of this steep place afraid;

The common pass

Where, clear as glass,

All must descend

Not to an end,

But quicken’d by this deep and rocky grave,

Rise to a longer course more bright and brave. " . . . The Waterfall by Henry Vaughn

The beauty and wonder of a spectacular waterfall will draw people any time of year, but Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis may attract even more people in winter than it does through the rest of the year.

If you live in Minnesota, you learn to appreciate outdoor activities as much in winter as you do in summer. Creative people in Minnesota think up all kinds of events to get you out of the house in winter no matter how cold it gets.

Gloria Ewing

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  1. The apatite and Roman glass were made for each other! Lovely with silver.

  2. Stunning!! I agree with Keirsten, the roman glass and appetite couldn't be any more perfect. They look like they were plucked right out of the frozen falls. They are wonderful with the delicate silver triangles.

  3. Just lovely! Would you believe that I've lived in the Twin Cities since May of 2000 and the first time I ever visited the falls was August 2013? I've only been there in summer but that winter pic is truly amazing.

    1. Thank you, Sarajo! You should definitely visit the falls in winter. You won't be disappointed.

  4. the falls looks like a set from some fantasy movie, so gorgeous and faintly magical and your earrings capture that feeling well

  5. Beautiful earrings! The Roman glass with the apatite gemstones are perfect for this inspiration. Amazing inspiration by the way. I've seen the falls frozen over back in the winter of 1977-78. Horrible winter that year. We moved back to AZ in 1979 and have missed the Twin Cities for years now. The frozen falls is breathtaking for sure!

  6. Beautiful Gloria! You've really captured the essence of the waterfall beauty here! Waterfall hunting is one of our favorite things to do in the summer months here in WA. Thanks so much for sharing this! Just beautiful!

  7. These are gorgeous Gloria! Love your interpretation of the falling/frozen waters. Perfection.

  8. Gorgeous scene from nature and a terrific pair of earrings! Both brought joy to my day! :-)

  9. I absolutely can feel and see the waterfall in your earrings. Beautiful!!