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[livejournal.com profile] bradygirl_12 asked me about Jewellery! So my long and rambling answer is below the cut! :)



Mostly I love jewellery simply because I love pretty, sparkly, shiney things, LOL!

But seriously, I think I've written before, some time ago, about how I fell into jewellery making - it was a choice between a jewellery making course and a flower arranging course and jewellery just pipped flower arranging. Though had I known then... I had expected the course to be about beads and simply threading them on string. It turned out to be silver smithing, which I, after some time settling in and getting used to everything, found fascinating. The process of designing something, then slowly seeing it take form... I also found all the information about the different metals and the different heating temperatures, for example, to really interesting - and it also gave me something to talk about with with my Dad, who is familiar with some of the techniques used in silver smithing. (That sounds like my Dad and I don't get along - we do, very well!).

So, I ended up really liking the course, despite it not quite being what I had expected, and I decided that I wanted to (no pun intended!) forge a career from it, if I could. Unfortunately the practicalities of it (essentially needing a mini forge) meant that I couldn't continue, or not very well, the silver smithing aspect of jewellery making, so I turned my attention to beads! Which I also found very interesting, but in a different way, and I continued to make jewellery for several years, selling it on the internet (successful at first, but, as with a lot of other people, the economic situation has severely effected my business).

Unfortunately, I had to reassess making jewellery from beads in November 2012, but I had other aspects of jewellery to go into. One of the things I spent a lot of 2013 doing was starting to experiment with making jewellery from resin, which I am still experimenting with, since it's a part of jewellery making that I've never done before. I'm going to carry on with that this year - I started to sell some resin jewellery late last year, so I hope to build on that, now.

As another way of expanding (as well as tentatively starting card making) I've gone into vintage jewellery! I had already become interested, several years before, in jewellery from a historical perspective; I was, and am, fascinated by jewels that have a history behind them, that you can trace and often link to events in history, since of course the most beautiful and important jewels were owned by royalty and the aristocracy, or other high standing members of society.

So, I took the opportunity to start sourcing vintage jewellery! The pieces I find do not have anywhere near the same history as the jewels I mention above, of course, but even so... I love thinking and wondering about who owned a particular piece of jewellery, if it was one of their favorites, if it was a gift, welcome or not... I just find it so fascinating to have a piece of history in my hand! And yes, some of the pieces I find, I must admit, find a home with me... :)

So, my love at present is given to vintage jewellery - I source it and clean it up, repair it, if I can, then sell it on. I'm still operating on a very small scale, since I need to build up a stock, but I'm enjoying it very much, and I hope to expand further this year.

So... I realise that this doesn't really answer the question of why I love jewellery, but... Again, it comes down to the history aspect of it. I can remember being asked this same question (or one very similar) while I was attending the silver smithing course. My answer then reflects what I have said about vintage jewellery - any piece of metal jewellery I make is going to last a lot longer than I do, and knowing that I have, in a very, very tiny way, made a little piece of history... Well, I wonder if, in the future, someone will come across my pieces of jewellery and think the same questions I wonder about the vintage jewellery that I find. :)

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Date: 2014-01-13 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilovetobefree.livejournal.com
Mostly I love jewellery simply because I love pretty, sparkly, shiney things, LOL!
AWWW,yes - pretty, sparkly, shiney things. You described it right. :)

I loved reading this.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about the jewellery Star. :)

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Date: 2014-01-14 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starsandsea.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading this, Lis! It was fun to write out... :)

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Date: 2014-01-14 11:13 pm (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (marilyn (jewels and flowers))
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Yes, pretty, sparkly, shiny! That's it right there! ;)

But I do find your thoughts about vintage jewelry especially to be fascinating. Jewels and jewelry have played such an important part in human history. The Hope Diamond and other famous jewels are always in the news. A huge part of the treasures found in Egyptian tombs was always jewelry. Every culture loves to adorn themselves. :)

The funny thing is, men used to wear jewelry as much as women. Now of course that's not considered manly! *rolls eyes*

I love jewelry, the way it looks, the way it makes me feel when I wear it.

Great answer, Star! :)

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Date: 2014-01-15 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starsandsea.livejournal.com
But I do find your thoughts about vintage jewelry especially to be fascinating. Jewels and jewelry have played such an important part in human history. The Hope Diamond and other famous jewels are always in the news. A huge part of the treasures found in Egyptian tombs was always jewelry. Every culture loves to adorn themselves. :)

Yes, it's so interesting to see the way different cultures use jewllery both in a historical point of view - what gemstones were sacred to the culture, for instance - and now, where in the Western world jewllery is really just a pretty adornment, but in other cultures it's retained its... well, cultural significance...

The funny thing is, men used to wear jewelry as much as women. Now of course that's not considered manly! *rolls eyes*

I know! It's so strange, really... I wonder if, in a couple of hundred years, it will be the fashion for men to wear jewellery again? I wouldn't be surprised if it was...

Thank you for asking me about jewellery, Brady, I had fun thinking writing out my thoughts! :)

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Date: 2014-01-15 11:36 pm (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (wonder woman (sultry))
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
I do think jewelry does have some cultural significance beyond adornment in Western culture. For one thing, possessing an exceptional gem still confers status upon the owner, and it's also an investment, which is a big deal in our money-oriented society. There are still tales whispered about curses around certain jewels , too. :)

But you're right that ancient cultures put more stock into jewels and their symbolism. Religion played a big part, and if they believed in magic, what better than a jewel for a talisman?

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Date: 2014-01-16 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starsandsea.livejournal.com
I do think jewelry does have some cultural significance beyond adornment in Western culture. For one thing, possessing an exceptional gem still confers status upon the owner, and it's also an investment, which is a big deal in our money-oriented society. There are still tales whispered about curses around certain jewels , too. :)

True, but I have to say that I think for most people, apart from wedding rings , and when there is an exceptional jewel like the Hope Diamond (and tiaras/crowns!), jewellery is just taken for granted. There is always going to be the wealth aspect of it, of course - 'I can afford to buy a bit of metal and some stones!' but given the rise of costume jewellery... It's interesting to think about! :)

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Date: 2014-01-17 04:04 pm (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (clark (pink kryptonite ring))
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Costume jewelry is such fun, isn't it? It's affordable and can be as crazy as you like! I like both the delicate type and the big, clunky jewelry! :)
Edited Date: 2014-01-17 04:11 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2014-01-15 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
it also gave me something to talk about with with my Dad, who is familiar with some of the techniques used in silver smithing. (That sounds like my Dad and I don't get along - we do, very well!).

Oh, I know just what you mean, though. Dan got along just fine with his parents, but he picked up golf just so he'd have something to talk about with them at times.

And I really like your explanation, of that feeling of something beautiful that's meant so much to other people, that lasts through the generations... (no wonder you love the Silmarillion!)

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Date: 2014-01-15 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starsandsea.livejournal.com
And I really like your explanation, of that feeling of something beautiful that's meant so much to other people, that lasts through the generations... (no wonder you love the Silmarillion!)

AHAHAHAHA! I would be no good in Middle-Earth, I'd be attracted to all the old shiney jewellery and never want to be parted from them! :P

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Date: 2014-01-17 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I'd never really thought of Tolkien's stories as a Tale of Epic Jewellery, but that's definitely a theme, isn't it? Lots and lots of gems and adornments that no one is willing to part with...

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