'Of Fables And Folklore'

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 design called, 'Of Fables & Folklore,' and it will belong...to you.

This weekend as I was designing 'Of Fables & Folklore,' I was engrossed watching the BBC's series on the Tudor period of history. I looked at several of the documentaries and was particularly entranced with a documentary on the 'Tudor Christmas Feast,' in all of its pagentry, ornate detail and laborious processes. Actual Tudor historians and archeologists completed the feast as a team over the course of several days, using no modern power or gadgets of any sort, but relying only on the tools and techniques of the Tudor era. The Tudor documentaries took us to some of the famous Halls and Palaces still standing in England including the famous Hampton Court Palace. The extraordinary tapestries Henry VIII purchased included real gold fibers and were, in their day, shimmering displays of colorful gradeur, adding an almost third dimension to the walls upon which they hung. It was both the grand Christmas feast with its peacock centerpiece (flaming beak and all) and the golden tapestries of Hampton Court Palace which became my muse for 'Of Fables & Folklore.'

'Of Fables & Folklore' is an all-artisan crafted, gallery-calibre single strand wrap bracelet made entirely of studio & sculptural lampwork glass beads, gemstones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Another LUXE design, this is a complex bracelet design in the 'spirit' genre; a complex design invoking the wild moving, alive energy of a time and place gone by and all that means in terms of life and our call upwards to a God or to Gods & Goddesses to help shepherd us on this journey of life.

'Of Fables & Folklore', as with others in my LUXE collection, is awash in top-flight artisan lampwork beads (by 9 different artists located both here and abroad), sterling silver beads & components including beautiful Bali & Thai Hilltribe silver beads and an ornate Victorian styled Bali sterling silver toggle clasp. Central to the design, inherent in 'Of Fables & Folklore,' is a sumptuous floral focal bead by a gifted artist from abroad. It reminds me of the embroidery in the pretty ribbons of the Tudor age and of all the ribboned ornate costumes of the day. The sculptural companion beads include bright handcrafted strawberries, detailed leaves in two shades of green, two delicate lavender blossoms; lovely large lampwork rounds done in a tartan pattern in the colors of red, orange, peach and purple. Two enchanting, smaller rounds done in clear with an encased core of orange add wonderful depth and texture with their surface gently scrolled in lavender and dots of bright red. A variety of smaller and organic lampwork rounds dangle down around the main strand. Other beads include glass furnace beads in violet; elegant & luminous Baroque pearls, chalcedony briolettes and Swarovski crystal butterflies in a lovely shade of teal. Two sterling silver Bali beads are capped in silver bead caps making them look like small nuts. A sterling silver berry-shaped bead finishes the strand at the large toggle end along with a substantial handwrought sterling ring. Large faceted nuggets of pink aquamarine work well as backdrop for the colorful ensemble of lampwork beads. Other sterling silver include two small hand-cast shields that rest under organic encased purple beads. 'Of Fables and Folklore,' measures just a tad over 9 inches. A 7.5 - 7.75 inch wrist fits this 9.25 inch bracelet ought to fit well without being too tight and with just the right amount of slack to make it comfortable. "Of Fables & Folklore" can be re-sized at no additional fees as this is a relatively straightforward task to complete. One resizing upon purchase is included in the auction price, however should subsequent adjustments be required, an additional fee of $50 to cover postage, time & materials will be charged.

I design & create beaded bracelets, blending colors, shapes & textures like watercolors or sculpture for one's wrist. My work can be found on Martha's Vineyard, a celebrated destination in many of my sea-inspired designs. A force behind my designs is the enduring high-end, heirloom quality of the materials I use and most especially the small group of glass bead artists I collaborate with whose work is original, sophisticated, interesting and cutting-edge. Their quality work is my primary focus and is the inspiration around which I create the rest of each bracelet composition. All beads I use in my work are top-quality artisan crafted, Swarovski crystal or precious/semi-precious gemstones are similarly premier quality. Solid, 925 (or higher) sterling silver is used along with vermeil gold (24K gold plated over sterling silver). No sterling silver plated components are ever used in my designs and hand-cast sterling silver findings are frequently used in my pieces. 'Handcrafted before mass manufactured' is always the goal!

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