'Love Letters'

I'm in a black and white state of mind...

This one is called 'Love Letters' and though I think 'love' is rarely black and white or cut-and-dried, the black and white theme of the piece reminds me of the days of the past, when love letters written by hand, were sent in the mail or by courier or by wire and telegraph. The same 'old' days of black and white in film and photograph, each image carefully rendered, positioned and caught, like a fleeting dragonfly. I remember my own 'love letters,' one in particular from a tall, handsome neighbor I had named, "Adonis.' I was smitten with him (or more accurately, with his amazing garage which was beautifully organized with canoes, skiis, camping gear, a backpack). I remember after returning from a trip abroad to explore the lake district & fjords of Chile and on to the Antarctic peninsula, returning home and finding a letter from him, written on stationary with watercolor salmon fish, saying he wanted to get to know me better. My knees almost buckled, in the rain, at my mail-box, that dark November afternoon. I was so newly smitten, I forgot my 'new' Greek God, the expedition leader on board the 'World Discoverer.' Anyway...I digress. 'Love Letters' - is a reminder of a rich past which still endures...in email or text message. Alas. From my last boyfriend, I have a stack of precious email print-outs. Hardly the same, but still words of love. And I suppose that is all the really matters. "Love Letters' incorporates the lampwork beads of several international glass artists, spanning from the USA to England and on to Israel!

The central set of lampwork beads are by a recent 'find' - an American artist whose signature style is what I call 'mystic portals,' beads encased with a thick layer of glass, with interesting portals of glass peppering the bead surface along with interesting scrolls & ribbons - narrow lines of glass, snaking around the perimeter. Her bead designs inspire idea after idea in their whimsy and perfection. This set is black, white & clear which is paired with companion lampwork by a wonderful English artist who makes these wonderful 'bubble' lampwork beads - transparent glass over a core of black and cluttered with bubbles of shadow & glass. Extraordinary work and so mysterious and strange. More companion lampwork beads used to create, 'Love Letters,' include:

* Black & white 3D flowers in different sizes and by two different artists
* Black, white & clear polka dot disc lampwork beads
* Etched black & clear polka dot round minis
* Small, clear lampwork ice cubes

Perhaps most amazing to me of the beads, findings and stones used in 'Love Letters,' are the mesmerizing, blue-fire flash AAA quality moonstone. I have used over a dozen of these stones throughout the bracelet for that unexpected flash of blue as the bracelet shifts in the daylight. It is a beautiful surprise to see Mother Nature's own 'bling.' If you notice a blue flash in the photos above, it is the moonstone.

You will also find black onyx stone faceted briolettes, clear, faceted quartz cubes, freshwater coin pearls, solid sterling silver triangles & stars from Thailand's Hilltribe silversmiths along with a charming hammered white sterling puffy heart. Bali silver beads punctuate the bracelet throughout. The focal point of 'Love Letters,' is two sterling letter charms and two small heart 'rings' at the bracelet ends. Along with the toggle clasp, these sterling hearts are made by the lost wax technique of silver-work and are by an American artist.

'Love Letters' measures 7.5 inches in length and can be adjusted to most any bracelet length for no additional fee, aside from return postage.

'Love Letters' is a luxe winter holiday piece - for all the holiday parties, for 'Puttin' on the Ritz' and taking the town by storm, in heels and a 'little black dress,' and with the man of your beloved letters on your arm, spelling out the beauty & love of all ages.

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