Monday, February 21, 2011

Gilliauna's Jewels aka "Bits n' Beads"

Gilliauna is a 20 year veteran jewelry artisan who hails from British Colombia, Canada. She loves color and infuses it into her unique handmade designs as much as possible. She also incorporates recycled, re-purposed vintage beads in her items in order to keep our environment green and clean. Her emphasis on color and quality is meant to enrich the lives of those who wear her designs. Her jewelry can be found at craft shows as well as various websites (which I'll post at the end of this blog.) And, in addition to jewelry, she makes items such as purse charms, zipper pulls, eyeglass chains and beaded bookmarks. She's quite the talent! Here are some of her designs:
 These are an array of her "Teardrop Wire Wrapped Earrings." They're made by wrapping tiny colored glass briolettes with silver tone wire. Each set is 1.2 inches in length and are light and delicate to wear. They're simple, lovely and affordable. I think that they would look beautiful on anyone in his or her desired color. My personal favorite are the clear glass ones with an iridescent shimmer. Exquisite.
I happen to love this "Striated Black Onyx Bracelet in Gold." A thick square striated black onyx gemstone is linked to smaller black glass beads with plated accents and a matching toggle clasp. Simple and elegant, the unique onyx stone demands attention. The bracelet is 8 inches long and surely makes a statement.
  I looove this necklace. It is so ornate and richly infused with redness. It is entitled "Beaded Gothic Necklace, Blood Red, Gold" aka "Elizabeth Bathory." It is the vintage gold rings combined with the teardrops of blood red glass that evoke a look of majesty and royalty. It is one-of-a-kind and measures an adjustable 18.5 inches to 20 inches in length. It can be worn as either a choker or a slightly longer necklace. One can't help but stare at its elegance.

Since my own business is all about cocktail rings, which I happen to love, I had to include this piece in the blog. It is aptly called "Seafoam Princess" and is a cluster of vintage pearls in shades of seafoam green, pale pink and white with an adjustable copper ring back. It is approximately 1.3 inches wide and exudes elegance. It is also a one-of-a-kind piece. You can't help but think of a princess when you see it. The shades blend together perfectly to present a delicate, "bubbly," pearl piece of perfection!

So as you can see, Gilliauna really does use color as the focus of her jewelry. Whether simple, ornate, vintage, etc., the colors evoke all kinds of emotions and wake up your senses. Her designs are unique and her talent is obvious. I'm going to go to her shop and do a little shopping myself!

Below are all the shops, blogs and websites where Gilliauna can be found:

Bits n' Beads Website

Bits n' Beads Etsy Shop

Bits n' Beads Artfire Shop

Bits n' Beads Facebook Fan Page

 Gilliauna's Twitter Page

Bits n' Beads Blog

The Meandering Musings of a Consummate Shopper Blog

Bits n' Beads Artfire Destash Shop

Bits n' Beads Etsy Destash Shop

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