Thursday, August 21, 2014

Carre Canary SONA Stone Necklace, Sterling Silver

Carre Carany SONA Stone Necklace

Made with 92.5 Sterling Silver, plated with 3 thick layers of genuine platinum.
Carre Transparent SONA Stone Necklace

Carre Carany SONA Stone Necklace
- Stones: SONA diamond simulants
- Exquisite craftsmanship
- Focal Stone size: 1 carat.
- Colors available: Clear, Canary.
- Measurement: 9.5mm x 9.5mm
- Price: Under USD$90.

- Free shipping worldwide. 

Carre Carany SONA Stone Necklace

Carre Carany SONA Stone Necklace

Carre Carany SONA Stone Necklace

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Corra @ de Cor's

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Handmade Geometric Statement Necklace

I have been on full swing mode for statement necklace lately and I wonder why, must be the hormones, I have always been fan of fine, tiny and delicate jewelry until recently, could it be the increase of testosterone level in my body? Just kiddin'!

So I have pinned quite a number of statement necklaces on Pinterest and finally decided to blog about this one that I've bumped into in Etsy. Etsy is still the best, after all, though it no longer is the place I used to know, as in, boy have you not seen many claimed to be handmade's mass-produced products in there? Can't blame Etsy, really, with the change of policy (as in now you could be the designer that produces your line of designs in volume then sell "your's" products in Etsy, it really helped the economy, like for few folds.

Back to this statement necklace I've found, it's 100% handmade as far as I know, haha.

Anat from SchickiMickis made this statement necklace with a geometrical triangle design, made of ivory gold leather triangles which form a strong geometric "fan" or "sun" shape.

Item name: Geometric Statement Necklace
Material: Genuine leather and Brass
Ship worldwide from Spain.

I have no idea what's it's price though, cause Anat is on vocation, do contact her if you are keen to be the owner of this lovely statement necklace. :)

Side note - it's so hard to keep calm and continue to handmade jewelry these days, this is the whole reason why I have been treasure hunting in Etsy for genuine handmade jewelry and to promote their work. Pin their pin-worthy works to support handmade will ya? Thank you very much!

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Thank you and have fun!

Corra @ de Cor's

Monday, August 18, 2014

Handcrafted Alba Earrings from Italy

Etsy find of the day! 100% handcrafted, super eye catching Alba Earrings by Joy Franklin.
Source: Alba Earrings by AThousandJoys
Materials: Sterling Silver
Measurement: 4.2cm x 2.8cm.

Joy Franklin was inspired by botanical drawings from the illuminated manuscripts  of the Middle ages, the earrings are made with 92.5 sterling silver, each component was handcut, soldered then polished carefully by Joy, and then the buds were hand engraved and oxidized to bring out the details. Come with 92.5 sterling silver posts with butterfly backs.

Totally my cup of tea. :)

Happy Sunday all!

Corra @ de Cor's

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Daphne the Porcelain Enchanted Doll

Meet Daphne, 100% handcrafted, amazing porcelain enchanted doll by Marina Bychkova.
Source: Daphne
Materials: Sterling silver mask with 38 fresh water pearls, 9 Swarovski crystals, satin flowers; Hooded cape with sequin and bead embroidery; Ceramic engraving on porcelain; Ball-jointed, porcelain, china paint, magnetic silk fiber wig, industrial springs, leather.
Measurement: 14 ¼” (37cm) standing.

I came across Marina's work a couple of years ago, a friend, I can't recall who, when introduced this to me said "this probably is the adult's world of Barbie doll."

What I really thought? Not even fair to have the thought of putting these handcrafted cum hand-painted Enchanted Dolls with Barbie.

So I bumped into Daphne last night, and this time, I tell myself to wake up early tomorrow to put it into my blog, I HAVE TO let whoever that reads this blog to know about her! So here I am - my just-turned 2.5 years old little princess woke up at 4am calling for mama, and told me "Please wake up, mama, I am awake already.", I pretended dead fish and waited for her to give up, at 6am, I got up to compile this entry of blog. :)

So, let Marina tell you how it really went down.

Once upon a time, there lived a mighty God Saturn and his wife Cybele. In that age, there also lived a beautiful nymph Daphne and a young shepherd Attis. Of course God Apollo also lived in those distant times. There can’t well be a story without Apollo, that golden-haired playboy of the antiquity, can there?

So it happened that the beautiful Daphne fell in love with the mortal Attis, while the no less lovely Cybele, though a goddess, also fell in love with him. God Apollo, who could not miss a single skirt had began scheming as soon he laid his eyes on the exquisite Daphne. Attis in the meantime decided to kill two birds with one stone and had affairs with both Daphne and Cybele simultaneously. Only Saturn was wise enough to stay out of this love polygon.

“Do what you like” he said, while presumably shaking his head and rolling his eyes, and then went drinking with his buddy Zeus. The mighty Zeus had long wanted to hang out on Mount Olympus with a bottle of brandy.

Predictably, things got messy, as many love stories do. Apollo chased after Daphne, Daphne chased after Attis, who in turn chased Cybele.

Cybele choked with jealousy; Apollo burned with desire; Daphne was dying of love, while Attis was high-fiving everyone and congratulating himself on seducing two beautiful women. All suffered here except Saturn, who was on Olympus enjoying another glass of whiskey. I mean brandy.

But who could resist Apollo? Perhaps only Zeus himself. So Daphne had to flee from him across different lands, until she got to the glorious city of Venice. Alas, it was all in vain: lovesick Apollo followed her everywhere like a bloodhound with a scent, pursuing her anywhere she ran. Doomed, Daphne appealed to all the residents of Venice, asking for their help. The good people felt sorry for her, but no one dared to openly defy the will of Apollo. That is, until someone suggested a clever solution of disguising the entire city in masks to hide them from Apollo. The people liked the idea of outwitting a God, and the next morning everyone was wearing disguises, rejoicing, dancing and celebrating from morning till night for two whole weeks, while a flabbergasted yet determined Apollo stalked the narrow streets of Venice in a relentless search for his prey. He felt entitled to possess Daphne. She belonged to him even if she didn’t accept it.

But then came Lent, and people had to stop the festivities and remove their masks. That’s when Apollo had finally discovered Daphne. Furious that she not only rejected him – a God, but actually preferred some simple mortal shepherd instead, he turned her into a Laurel tree. He broke off a branch, made it into a wreath and placed it on his golden curls as a trophy. He also gave the tree immortality, so that he could possess Daphne in any form he could, for all eternity. What a sociopath.

Cybele, in turn, drove Attis crazy, unfortunately in a very literal sense, because he opened up his veins and died. As for Saturn, he got a huge hangover. And he also fought with Zeus. Turns out that Zeus was an angry drunk. As for people of Venice, they took to the idea of hiding their faces under different masks and celebrating life and love in all their transient glory.

And that’s how began the tradition of the Venetian masquerade: with the myth of Apollo and Daphne – a stalker and his victim. And whether I’m wrong or right, is for you to decide.

The End.

I suggest you to pay a visit to Marina's website, to see more of her projects, appreciate, treasure, and be inspired.

Corra @ de Cor's

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Growing Pain and War Wounds

“This is the secret,” says photographer Henry Leutwyler. “To completely blend in, to become invisible.”

Photo courtesy: Portfolio: Behind the Curtain at the New York City Ballet

I mourned a lot when I first started out my jewelry making journey, for the hours and effort I have put in and for the things I've sacrificed (pretty nails, fingers, and quality time with my loved ones), but I grew out of it, I can't even remember when was the last time I've complaint about what's not fun being in jewelry making art.

I guess everyone learns, and grow, and because we have dreams, we must know the reality - there is no need for any artist to keep reminding people (especially those who are there to watch and appreciate your contribution) about how and what you have sacrificed, because you won't be able to describe what were the joys you have had, they might just stop watching you so you could stop doing and then eventually no longer need to be in pain.

Nothing good comes easy, it's a known fact, you don't have to complain, because that's not what your audience are there for.

You can't blame others for your incompetence.

Corra @ de Cor's