"Bloomsbury, 2' Purple Lampwork, Gemstone, Ss Luxe Bracelet

Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets, pendants & earrings like watercolors, using artisan glass beads (lampwork) & gemstones & sterling. Colors are blended and textures are joined in interesting combinations using beads of glass & sterling studio-artists to create a composition of a desired vision. Like an 'assembly of neurons,' each piece hopes to help remember again ('agenbite') a feeling, a place, a memory - conjured out of consciousness and imagination. Each piece is designed and handmade by me, in my San Francisco Bay Area studio, an old African mahogany dining room table in my home - my vast and beautiful palette. While my muse may be the same (so often it is the sea, a landscape, a road-trip or a trip abroad), no two pieces are ever identical. This exact design will only be created one time and ... it will belong to you.

Over 20 years ago when I was in London, enroute to Turkey I took a few days to see the city before heading on to Istanbul. Because I had been an English major at university, I was especially eager to see some of the old haunts of some of my favorite writers, Virginia Woolf being foremost among them. So, between visits to Westminster Abbey, The British Museum, the Tower of London and Piccadilly Circus, I also sought out Bloomsbury, the London district where Virginia and Leonard Woolf had lived. I remember being struck by the lovely, shady park nearby named Bedford Square and the quiet of the neighborhood. It seemed like such a peaceful part of London to live and work and I could only imagine those days-gone-by. It was my last day in London and our airport cab was coming soon. I was literally running, trying to find the historic placard announcing her house. The houses were row houses, all formal and neat white homes with black doors, shutters and polished brass knockers and perfectly wrought iron fences - an upscale place then and now. Just before I was about to give up, I found it...the cobalt blue historic placard... and stood for just a moment imagining Virginia, her sister and their circle of intellectual friends as well as considering both her internal torment and her profound genius. I don't much believe in shrines (unless I make it myself), but this was as moving to me as a visit to Machu Picchu or Ephesus. Needless to say, I went leaping with joy back to the hotel and my waiting mother.

In any case (long-winded), 'Bloomsbury, II' is a piece inspired by that day. It is a lovely, ornate design and if anything is a reflection of a pretty Victorian English Garden, park or city square in all of its detail and elegance and framed by an iron fence.

'Bloomsbury II' is a two-strand wrap bracelet of lampwork, sterling and stone all done in shades of purple, lavender, lilac, periwinkle & violet with shadings of white, grey and dripping with the deep silver shine of handcrafted and ornate sterling silver findings & components.

For a piece so loaded in unique lampwork glass, I drew upon the talents of eight esteemed glass artists located both here and abroad. You will find a plethora of shapes and sizes of lampwork (glass beads made by torch and glass rod in a studio setting & kiln-annealed for durability). Some beads are textured in shapes including 3-D flowers, discs, rondelles, rounds; some with encased florals or cores and others textured, like sand. Along with such a rich variety of lampwork glass beads, you will also find companion gems including exquisitely faceted purple cubic zirconia; purple amethyst rondelles; blue-fire-flash moonstone rondelles; stunning steel-blue faceted iolite nuggets (navigational stone of the Vikings); cream & ivory Baroque pearls which, together, create a combination that is at once captivating, elegant and reminiscent of a bygone time. The ensemble of studio artisan glass beads include a very complex encased violet floral round, looking as if a dainty bloom were caught, petal-by-petal, frozen in the center of a glass orb; a beautiful deep purple 'button' round covered with lilac blooms; an encased bumpy round in periwinkle & lime with glass portals texturing the surface; small organic lampwork rounds; a sumptuous blackberry bead which contrasts so nicely against the sterling silver ornate scroll tube bead. Other lampwork include discs in greys, black with polka dots & iridescent pearl & clear discs. Taken together with the opulent sterling silver (beadcaps, daisy spacers, rings & Bali silver beads), in particular the exclusive, solid sterling long, ornate sterling scroll tube bead, 'Bloomsbury II' is a solid LUXE piece of wearable art. In a wrap design, the two strands create an endless effect of luscious chaos. Lots of Swarovski crystal beads & components pepper the background of the design, in particular the Swarovski sterling & clear rondelles, the lilac cube & a lone grey butterfly and clear tiny bloom crystal bead. 'Bloomsbury II' is a stand-alone design perhaps best worn with small pearl or diamond stud earrings for the the most striking effect with any couture ensemble.

"Bloomsbury II" measures 8.5 inches in length. The wrap-design is meant to be worn more loosely than other bracelet designs. Because of the complexity of this design, 'Bloomsbury II' cannot be resized, however I can offer an option for a custom order of a very similar design. While it will not duplicate "Bloomsbury II" exactly, due to the one-of-a-kind nature of every bead and sterling component, I can get awfully close. Please inquire.

HELP FOR CLIENTS ON-THE-GO ~ Complimentary Gift Service: Upon request, I will make your shopping experience as easy, efficient & trouble-free as possible. I will tastefully prepare your gift in a black satin 'pillow' shaped box with a grey satin (as shown above in the last photo) or polka dot organza ribbon and will include an occasion-appropriate gift card (with your words, as dictated). I am also happy to direct-mail your gift to your recipient, upon request. This service is available and complimentary. Just ask. If you need to use an overnight service such as Fed Ex, DHL, etc., there will be shipping charges from those companies, but my efforts are complimentary & a part of my customer service.

* Of Special Note: This past year I noticed a significant increase in male customers in my shop and on my website. They are buying gorgeous bracelets for the significant women in their lives ~ wives, mothers, daughters, nieces, aunts, girlfriends, best friends, neighbors and even the capable gal at the Apple Care reception desk! While my past marketing focus has been on sophisticated women who seek-out & purchase one-of-a-kind, artisan-designs (directly from the artist), I am now giving equal attention to 'the fellas' who are searching for an original, beautiful, personal gift of jewelry-art...but, with as little overhead as possible. From my repeat male clients, I hear that my designs are met with resounding joy & delight from their recipients.

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