02 September 2010

Off the Cuff

One mistake you don’t want to make is looking like your outfit was thrown together, off the cuff, if you will. I know you all have heard the saying, “You get one chance to make a first impression.” If you want to give a good impression, you can’t afford to be impromptu about your jewelry. It should not be a second thought in your outfit but just as important as the outfit itself. From classic to eclectic, jewelry tells everyone who you are. It is an expression of your personality and sense of style, your trademark. You can take a plain outfit and turn it into a fabulous outfit, if you have the right piece of jewelry. How do you know if you have the right piece(s) of jewelry? The overall important decision when choosing jewelry is not to follow trends, but to stay true to your unique style. Pick a piece that glorifies your beauty in all ways. I personally love jewelry, but I don’t like to over do it. When I pick out a piece of jewelry, I like to make it count. I like it to be different, bold, look like it was made for me. When I wear jewelry, I like to keep it simple and then throw in a great bold piece, whether it’s earrings, a necklace, or a unique bracelet. It has to be great. For the next several weeks, I will write about the great bold and unique pieces that I find on Etsy.com. Last week, I featured necklaces. This week, I am featuring cuff bracelets. I found some exceptional pieces. The artisan’s that I chose have paid great attention to detail. The attention to detail and uniqueness of the jewelry are the factors in choosing the jewelry shops this week.  When wearing these wonderful creations, I can guarantee you will never walk into a room and find someone else wearing the same piece of jewelry.  They are like you, one-of-a-kind.

I found a rare tresure when I stumbled upon this store.  Custom, handcrafted, exotic leather goods and accessories is how Unearthed describes their products.
Unearthed "Where Style is Unapologetically Luxurious"
To see more striking pieces from Unearthed's shop click here http://www.unearthed.etsy.com/.

Green/Burgundy Stars Stingray Cuff 

Metalic Genuine Stingray Cuff Bracelet-Magenta

Whimsicals describes their jewelry products as art.  A wearable expression of your personality.
To see more ways to express yourself from Whimsicals, click here http://www.whimsicals.etsy.com/.

Metallica Cuff Bracelet
Garnet of Delight

I would love to express myself with the jewelry from Cindy Caraway's shop.  She describes her creations as wearable art and beaded adornment.
To see more wearable art from Cindy Caraway's shop, click here http://www.cindycaraway.etsy.com/.

In the Pink Beaded Cuff Bracelet
Amber Bear Beaded Cuff Bracelet

Serrelynda says she designs her jewelry for comfort, wearability, and style with an edge.
To see more of Serrelynda's stylish designs, click here http://www.serrelynda.etsy.com/.

Rhinestone and Filigree Wide Cuff Fashion Bracelet
Rhinestone Flower and Silver Filigree Cuff Bracelet
The Fashion Edge turns antique cutlery into wearable pieces of history.  Some of their antique spoons and forks that they craft their jewelry from are getting close to 100 years old. 
To see more of The Fashion Edge's amazing transformations click here http://www.thefashionedge.etsy.com/.

Silver Plated Spoon Cuff with Genuine Pearl and Crystals
Silver Plated Fork and Spoon Bracelet with Large Stone Bead

Beads of Aquarius also falls into the category of wearable art.  Jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind.
To see more unique pieces from Beads of Aquarius, click here http://www.beadsofaquarius.etsy.com/.

Teotihuacan Bracelet
The next two shops are honorable mention.  I usually choose six shops to feature each week, but this week I had two more that I wanted to share.  They both represent the category of hand knitted and crochet wearable fiber art jewelry.

Lavenderfield's shop states that it has handmade crochet jewelry like you have never seen before.  They were right.  Before I found this shop, I had never seen crochet jewelry.  This cuff bracelet is my favorite piece from Lavenderfield's shop.  I love the design, and the colors are cheerful and bright.
To see more crochet jewelry from Lavenderfield, click here http://www.lavenderfield.etsy.com/.

Arm Candy Cuff
Serebadesigns has hand knitted creations that are fabulous for every occasion.  To see more hand knitted jewelry by Serebadesigns click here http://www.serebadesigns.etsy.com/.

Band of Little Glass Seed Beads

I enjoy sharing with you the creative talent of others, but I also realize that is not what is important in life. The Bible says in Psalm 31:3, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Encouraging you to have a relationship with the One who created you is the most important message I can share with you. God is the one who gave you the personality you want to express. In the Bible, Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Take pleasure in the fact that you are God’s masterpiece.

Living Graciously,