Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted glass 'watercolors' using artisan torched glass beads (lampwork), each, a one-of-a-kind creation, along with gemstones, .925+ sterling silver & Swarovski crystal. Each piece is designed and made by me in my Bay Area studio (an old African mahogany dining room table ~ my vast and beautiful palette). I design and create by hand one-of-a-kind designs which will be yours exclusively. You will never, ever find another quite like it. While pieces of a collection may be similar or share the same muse, no two pieces will ever be identical.
"Kandersteg," named for a small Swiss mountain village high up in the Alps, where on a winter's trip one year, the town seemed to appear as if out of a tale of Ice Palaces and chateaux in a snowy Victorian wonderland. The small, historic mountain town centers around its grand old hotel, built during Victorian times and still opulent, though dated in a timeless elegance which is at once enigmatic and unreachable.
'Kandersteg' is a three-strand wrap bracelet of lampwork, sterling and stone all done in shades of white & clear and dripping with the silver shine of handcrafted, solid sterling silver findings, charms & components. Like the snowy town, laced with icicles and frosted roof tiles, "Kandersteg" is an elegant, clean and edgy design. Bold, but stunning.
For a piece so loaded in unique lampwork glass, I drew upon the talents of several esteemed glass artists located both here and abroad. You will find a plethera of shapes and sizes of lampwork, some peppered with sterling silver droplets within the glass, some squares, slices, rondelles, rounds, encased and textured. Along with generous .925 sterling silver, the glass beads and stones including pink amythest, moonstone, quartz and cubic zirconia create a combination that is at once captivating, elegant, but earthy & mod.
Creating 'Kandersteg' reminded me of a very old woman on that winter's trip to Kandersteg, who wandered dressed in a thick, worn coat into the lobby of the Victorian Hotel, put down her heavy backpack and started to yodel! She had carte-blanche to wander into the lobby in mid-morning to surprise guests with the sounds & color of an authentic Swiss mountain woman with a voice to reach the peaks! The juxtaposition of the old, worn woman in the midst of the silk, satin & linen lobby was wonderful especially when she sang and was herself, the most beautiful thing in the room.
The sterling silver work in 'Kandersteg' includes handcrafted sterling charms and a toggle by a local silversmith who works with the old wax technique of casting metals. The whole effect of 'Kandersteg' makes for a striking accent to any outfit ensemble - from a simple Little Black Dress to a pair of jeans and a linen sweater. Sure to attract attention, 'Kandersteg' offers weight and comfort of the glorious shades of light, silver and white only found in high snowy places in winter times.
"Kandersteg" measures about 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, 'Kandersteg' cannot be resized, however I offer an option for a custom order of a very similar design. While it will not duplicate "Kandersteg" due to the one-of-a-kind nature of every bead and sterling component, I can get awfully close. Please inquire.
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