Thursday, June 29, 2017

Throwback Thursday Favorites

I was archiving pictures of jewelry pieces I've made over the years recently, and as I was looking through my designs, I was so thankful that it's so easy now with digital pictures to keep a record of what we've done over time.... how we progress.... how our style changes.

It's also great to keep pictures of all our past work, to be able to go back and revisit old favorites, and maybe change them up a bit and offer a new updated version of the designs. I also realized that I've forgotten some of the designs I'd done (is it because I'm getting old? Or too many years of design work? Maybe a bit of both...)

So today, instead of making and showing you a new pair of earrings, I wanted to show you a few designs I had almost forgotten, but love so much - hopefully they will inspire you with some new design ideas!

One of my favorites is wire wrapping. Some wire wrapping with unusual pairing (pearls and Labradorite - these pearls were huuuuuuge and almost perfectly round - just stunning), or incorporating some wire work in building unusual shapes.... like the triangular design of the Tribal Turquoise earrings below:

Large Freshwater Pearls, Labradorite, 14kt Gold Filled wire wrapped Earrings

Tribal Turquoise and Sterling Silver Earrings

Designs vary from what appears to be a complex chainmaille design in Copper and Sterling, to the simplest of creation (a gemstone dangling in the middle of a chain -> that one made the front page on Etsy back in the day and was a popular seller for me for a little while):

Kings Scale Copper and Sterling Silver Mystic Topaz Earrings

Fancy twisted cut Amethyst on a simple sterling chain - Made the front page of Etsy

We can't forget hoops! They come in all sorts of style (I never get tired of 'em):

Triple Sterling Pink Tourmaline Soldered Hoops
Summer Daisies Fine Silver and Sterling Silver Rustic Hoops
Tanzanite Vine Sterling Silver Hoops
So what about you? Do you enjoy looking back and revisiting some of your past work? Do you use them as inspiration when your muse has taken a vacay? Do you have a favorite technique (chainmaille, wire wrapping, soldering, viking knit, cold connections, stringing, etc) that you tend to go back to or incorporate every chance you get?

I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane with me. I hope that I will eventually feel well enough to be able to make more of these designs again, but if not, I'm going to go with the flow, and see where the currents take me.

You can find my latest jewelry designs in My Garden Of Love Etsy shop HERE, as well as my handmade jewelry components.

I want to wish my fellow Canucks a very Happy Canada Day (150 years!!!) as well as a Happy 4th of July to all of our dear American readers!

My Garden Of Love Etsy Shop
The Crafty Tribe Etsy Shop


  1. What a wonderful trip down memory lane Nathalie. The designs are so wonderfully different. I love the first hoop pair. The Kings scale looks very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.
    Yes, I often browse through my older makes. To revisit designs or just to get new inspiration.

    1. Thank you Janine :) I'm so thankful that we live in the digital age where we can (more) easily keep visual records of our work.

  2. Good idea to look back! A treasure trove of goodies that you can certainly recreate and refresh. I like the King's Scale look very much. Those look so intricate and intriguing! Also love the simplicity of the single bead breaking up the long chain. Thanks for the inspiration to dig around in my own digital archives! Enjoy the day! Erin

  3. Wow, Nathalie, what gorgeous pieces...and all so different. It's fun to see the King Scale earrings (or Vertebrae, as I tend to refer to that weave), but I like them all, from the simplest (the beautiful twisted amethyst on the delicate chain) to the wire-wraps and soldered work. I enjoy looking back on my earlier work too--I sometimes find treasures that I'd almost forgotten and love seeing how my own taste and skills have changed and developed. Thanks for sharing your beautiful earrings! xoxo

  4. I often look back on old work - sometimes, it shows me how far I have come, and other times there's something that was infinitely better than my current work! That often reminds me to slow down and take a little more time to consider a design. That's a great selection Nathalie!

  5. The designs are all beautiful, Nathalie, each in its own way. How awesome to be on the Etsy front page! Wow! :) Good for you. And you know what, that simple design is, in fact, stunning. I really good lesson for all of us, me especially, that sometimes simple is best! Thank you! Please forgive my delay in commenting. <3