Perfect For Fall

Autumn Jewelry

Although the days are warm and lovely, it is getting dark earlier in the evening and I know fall is just around the corner.  I love the colors of autumn: the warm hues of red, orange, gold, russet and brown.  These are my favorite colors to wear and to design jewelry with.

Today I am going to focus on carnelian, an orange stone that is perfect for fall.  Here are two carnelian pieces from my shop that would be great for autumn.

Flamenco Earrings

Flamenco Earrings - carnelian and amazonite

I named these “Flamenco Earrings“, because the colors were so bright and intense.  I’d never combined carnelian with amazonite before I made these and I totally love it.  You’ll be seeing more of this gemstone pairing!

Flamenco Earrings

Flamenco Earrings

This necklace also has some carnelian beads.  The cool kite-shaped pendant is sardonyx, with the necklace being a combination of carnelian, sunstone, pearls and Swarovski crystals.  The sardonyx necklace would look awesome with brown, camel, cream, black or gray clothes.

handmade necklace with striped sardonyx pendant

Sardonyx Pendant Necklace

Sardonyx Pendant Necklace

Sardonyx Pendant Necklace

What is your favorite season of the year?  Do you have favorite colors that you associate with that season?

Birthday Gift

Birthday Necklace

Buried Treasure Pendant

I was grateful to be chosen as a July Design Partner by  Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry.  Melissa makes the most wonderful ceramic pendants, beads and bead caps.  She is known for her awesome glazes and she really outdid herself with the new glaze she developed for her Shipwreck Series.  I received the Shipwreck pendant you see below.  It is made of porcelain clay and is finished  in a rough matte rusty-gold glaze.  I love this rustic look; as though the pendant had just been unearthed from many years below the sea.

Shipwreck pendant from Chinook Jewelry

Heike’s Birthday

My sister-in-law, Heike, had a birthday coming up soon, so I got to work on designing a necklace for her with this pendant. Now Heike is the queen of handmade, so I knew she would appreciate a handmade necklace for her birthday!  She has taught me how to dye silk, create paper-cut wall hangings, paint with acrylics and who knows what else, over the years.

I met my husband-to-be when he was an exchange student from Germany, in my high school.  We were now going to Germany to celebrate Heike’s birthday, our 38th (!) anniversary and, most importantly, we were going to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday.  This necklace would come with me.

Ceramic and carnelian necklace

Heike's birthday necklace

I wanted a rustic look for the necklace, in keeping with the pendant.  I found a couple of strands of organically hand-cut golden carnelian that I loved with the pendant.  I made a bail for the pendant with a round of seed beads and then two loops of right angle weave.  I then threaded one strand of the necklace through each of the seed bead loops.

handmade ceramic, brass and carnelian necklace

A year or so ago, I bought a woven bracelet at an import store that had the coolest organic metal cubes.  I then cut the bracelet apart, so I could use the beads!  Some of those brass beads found their way into the front portion of this necklace.  I added a rustic stone, placed off-center and highlighted it with wood and serpentine.  Next came a small accent on the opposite side and an artsy brass colored toggle clasp.

detail from a handmade necklace

We arrived in Germany on the morning of Heike’s birthday.  That evening she opened our gift and was delighted with the necklace.  She wore it several more times during our stay.

Handmade necklace with pendant by Chinook Jewelry

Thank you, Melissa, for inspiring me with your wonderful pendant.  Designing is a joy when you have such a great focal piece to work with.  Please visit Melissa’s website, if you’d like some inspiration, too!  Erin Prais-Hintz was also a Chinook Jewelry Design Partner for July.  I’d encourage you to hop on over to Erin’s blog, so you see the wonderful jewelry that Erin designed with Melissa’s ceramic pieces.  Melissa blogged about both Erin’s and my designs.  You can read about them on Melissa’s blog.

Handmade necklace by Linda Landig

Long Linked Necklace

I finished the necklace I blogged about for Bead Table Wednesday (BTW).  I’m slower at wire wrapping than I wish I were, but I love how it turned out!  It’s rustic, varied and each bead is interesting–not only that but it has my favorite color, rust orange!

long necklace with gunmetal chain, ceramic, glass, felt and carnelian

Organically shaped ceramic beads, handmade felt beads, African beads, glass and carnelian are all hand-wired to gunmetal colored chain.  There is no clasp, as the necklace is long enough to just slip over your head.  This Chain Necklace is now available in my shop.

long hand wired necklace

Gunmetal hand wired orange and black necklace

Fall For These – Autumn Necklace Collection

I’m starting to put away my summer clothing.  “Goodbye sleeveless tops.”  “See you later lightweight capris.” Are you getting out your fall clothing, too?  It’s sad to let go of the last days of summer, but o-o-o, I so love my rust-orange v-neck sweater and the marled violet sweater with flecks of turquoise, yellow and green.  To ease our transition into fall, I have put together a great collection of necklaces that can add an extra spark to your autumn outfits… and make it a little easier to let Autumn back into your life.  Click on any of the pictures below, if you’d like more information about the necklace.

Fall For These

A lady picked up this necklace, at my last art show, and commented, “You can just look at this necklace and see the high quality.  Your work really stands above the other jewelry that’s available here or at most shows.”

Love this one!  Garnets and carnelians are so rich together!

The hand-wired, banded sardonyx kite-shaped pendant is really outstanding here.

The orange beads, with the swirly copper highlights are antique, mouth-blown Venetian glass.  Really unique!