Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My crystal lust....

I've been fascinated with vintage things for as long as I can remember. I love the romantic notions attached to something that has lasted unscathed for so long, and is still as beautiful and useful as the day it was made. So, naturally when I began to use crystal in my jewellery, I was instantly drawn to the stunning cuts and colours and the the old world charm of vintage Swarovski, the finest crystal beads in the world. I've amassed quite a collection, which I'm slowly giving up to creation....I think I'd just prefer to have them safe in their box, looking pretty, but I do love the feel of the peices that come from using vintage crystal. They seem to take on a life of their own.
Some earrings using vintage discontinued 1930's to 1960's Swarovski crystal

Madeira - Oxidized sterling silverand vintage Swarovski crystal
Then there's the newer styles of Swarovski crystal, which I'm equally fond of but rarely use in my work. The past few weeks I've gone a little crystal mad and have been making up lots of pretty sparkling earrings for Etsy. I am in love with the newer "Helix" shape, reminicent of the older styles of fancy cut crystals. They're just spectacular in person.
Elegance - Swarovski with Bali sterling silver - SOLD


  1. The pendulum earrings are so gorgeous! :D

  2. I agree with the above commenter. Let me know when those list!

  3. They are all beautiful Tiff, I think my favourites are Baroque and Elegance, I am very unto those warm autumn colours right now (for obvious reasons maybe?).

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