Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets like watercolors, using premier artisan beads & gemstones & sterling. Each piece is designed and handmade by me in my San Francisco Bay Area studio, an old African mahogany 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 trip abroad), no two pieces are ever identical. There will be only one 'Carnevale' and it will belong...to you.
'Carnevale' is gallery-calibre 3-strand wrap bracelet made entirely of studio lampwork beads, gemstones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. One of my more LUXE designs, this is a complex bracelet design in the 'spirit' genre; a complex design invoking the rich, ancient, colorful & beloved tradition of 'Carnevale,' in Italy. On my first ever trip to Italy to attend a conference, I took the train after my conference in Milano to Florence. Staying in a beautiful, but old hotel housed in the upper floors of an ancient building overlooking the River Arno and a few doors down from the Uffizi Museum, I was given the room used in the film, 'A Room with View.' The owner of the hotel (3rd or 4th generation in the same family) took me to my room and as he threw open the green shutters, just like in the movie, he pronounced, 'A Room with a View!' as, gasping, I beheld the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, feeling like I was in a generous, beautiful dream as that film had captured my entire soul. However, I was so new to Florence (and had planned my trip in such haste), I had no idea that as it was February, it would also be the beginning of Carnevale. I wandered out from my lyrical, dreamy hotel into the streets one warm, sultry February night and was swept up in folds of time, of centuries upon centuries once folded neatly, one onto the other - and it was as if the sultry winds off the river were suddenly shaking these folded boundaries of time into the wild, bright warm air as all the creases blurred; the neat outlines which divided time into years, decades and centuries became all but a beautiful and confused blur. I felt like I was spinning as I beheld the masked & costumed throngs of people from the Medieval time, out-and-about, making merry, singing, laughing, drinking under the golden lights of old temples, marketplaces and the Duomo. It seemed like I just wandered for hours, as if in a dream, throughout the lanes and side-streets of Firenze until I felt quite lost, only to walk on and find myself miraculously back in front of my hotel. It is a night I will never forget where time, as we understand it, fell apart at the seams and I experienced one of the richest and most curious nights of my life. This bracelet, 'Carnevale,' honors and is named after just such a night in Florence, Italy at Carnival time and my memories of the colorful, regal, velvet fabrics of costumed Italians enjoying one last blitz before settling down for its somber opposite, Lent.
This piece, as with other recent designs, is dripping with top-flight artisan lampwork beads (by 9 different artists both here and abroad) and components. Starting with the bright focal bead of the piece is a large, textured, colorful bead, including colored portals and strings of glass in shades of orange, pink and faint pools of purple with raised spots of light blue. It is around this majestic bright bead that I compose balance of 'Carnevale.' The next lampwork bead of note is, of course, the red, orange and purple tile bead with a perfect raised orange crown in its center. I have owned this bead for about 5 years, just waiting for the right design to come along and at last, its perfect place was found in 'Carnevale.' An encased orange core bead under thick clear glass just happens to be a perfect match with the crown tile, though the two beads come from two different artists. A long, log shaped fuschia bead with more portals and ribbons of glass remind me of the woven ribbons and detailed piping of the Medieval costumes of that rare, spare night in Florence all of those years ago. Other lampwork include irridescent or polka dotted slices & discs, an encased orange open square bead along with solid round polka dot beads and small, but wonderful crinkled glass, encased organic 'rounds' in bright fuschia and smaller light pink organic rounds looking more like a demure southern cousin to the rest of the splash of color. Glass furnace beads in shades of violet, fuschia and purple pepper the three strands of this bracelet, along with a variety of precious and semi-precious gemstones, many of them cut and faceted, reminding me once more of the plush, velvet fabrics of ornate Renaissance & Medieval finery and couture clothing found at Court or among the titled elite. These gems include:
* AAA cut/faceted cubic zirconia teardrops in regal purple and pink * Ornately faceted AAA clear quartz pillows * Faceted clear quartz cubes * Blue-fire flash moonstone discs and rondelles *One pink quartz nugget * One faceted clear (rare) iolite teardrop * delicate and fetching Swiss blue faceted topaz rondelles. Sterling silver components include beadcaps like lace, Bali silver beads, daisy spacers, solid wavy shields, twisted round braided rings in several sizes, silver round beads in a few sizes and Swarovski crystal beads in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes including a single star bead in a light shade of purple and Swarovski crystals & sterling rondelles which add that touch of elegance to any design. A SS lobster clasp and an artisan-made sterling round ring complete 'Carnevale,' which measures 8.25 inches in length.
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