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How I Fell In Love With Jewelry
I've never considered myself a jewelry fashonista (point proven by frequently wearing crocs). But lately, sorting out some old photos, I came across this black and white picture of myself on Valentine's Day at three years old. My paten leather shoes were shiny red, bonnet and gingham dress bright pink, and I was given my first heart necklace from my parents. It was a gold textured heart (surely base metal, I was only three), with a sparkly shiny stone set in the middle of it (most likely glass). Pirate's booty from a sunken treasure chest in that three-year-old baby fashionista's noggin! I've had a love affair with jewelry ever since!
When I was six years old my dad brought home a little box filled with jewels. They were shiny ovals and squares of every color of the rainbow. I would run my fingers through them, amazed and memorized by their brilliance. So sure of the incredible value of these riches, I secretly hid them under the bed in an old cracker box in case we were robbed. Surely no criminal would think to look inside a cracker box for hidden treasure. It wasn't until many years later my dad told me those jewels were rejected class ring glass stones his jeweler buddy was going to toss out! It's the thought that counts…
From my childhood days of hand cut and pasted cardboard lacy valentines, (one for each classmate so no one felt left out) to today's popular choice of blingy baubles, nothing says Love like handcrafted jewelry for Valentine's Day.
Whether you're your own Valentine this year, or pondering a special something-something for that special someone, here are a few of my favorite projects from Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist to give to your BFF, sweetie, or make for yourself.
Three Projects I'm Head Over Heels In Love With
Fall in love over and over again with visits from Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist all year long. The detailed instructions and pretty pictures are better than those 3rd grade handmade Valentine cards (well, almost).
The best is yet to bead!