'Renoir Afternoon' Lampwork, Gemstone Luxe 3-Strand Bracelet

Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets with colors blended like watercolors, using glass artisan beads (crafted by individual lampwork artists), shaped & faceted gemstones & punctuated with sterling silver charms and findings. 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, 'Renoir Afternoon,' and it will belong...to you.

One delightful memory from my university years was the day I had to go to declare my major. It was a sunny, beautiful Autumn day beside the San Francisco Bay and I was up at Strawberry Pool, just beyond Berkeley's stadium where I relaxed before heading down to campus to meet my major professor for the first time. I was a little pressed for time, having run into one Greek God too many at the pool, so I did not take the time to change into more proper campus attire. Instead, I dashed down to campus in cut-off shorts, a red top and my running shoes. I was warmly welcomed into Professor Renoir's office and we sat and had a relaxed chat which was at times funny, touching and always genuine. When he asked me what I wanted to 'be' when I grew up, I told him that I wanted to be an actress. I felt so at ease with the professor that it was with total abandon that I spoke of my desire to pursue the stage and screen. He listened to me and only after I was done, said ever so gently that he had many family members who had been in film and theatre and they had known frequent sorrow. I took his words to heart, but it was only some weeks after our meeting that I learned that my dear Professor Renoir was the son of the great film director of "La Grande Illusion," Jean Renoir. Professor Renoir was therefore also the grandson of the luminous French painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. As I worked with my palette of glass artisan beads in all their spring colors, blending shades of violet, blue, pink with a splash of orange - that I was reminded of Professor Renoir's grandfather and of that warm, autumn day up at Strawberry pool and after, when I declared my English major.

'Renoir's Afternoon' is an all-artisan crafted, gallery-calibre double-strand wrap bracelet made entirely of studio & sculptural lampwork glass beads, gemstones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Another LUXE bracelet, this is a complex design in the 'spirit' genre; a piece meant to invoke 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 earth-bound journey.

'Renoir Afternoon', as with others in my LUXE collection, is awash in top-flight artisan lampwork beads (by 12 different artists located both here and abroad), sterling silver beads & components including beautiful Bali & Thai Hilltribe silver beads and a hand-cast sterling daisy toggle made using the old wax technique. Central to the design, inherent in 'Renoir Afternoon,' is a sumptuous floral focal bead by a local gifted artist. The floral 3-D bead shares the focus of the bracelet with an amazing long, rectangle lampwork bead by an esteemed German artist. It is as if she paints watercolors in molten glass as she forms her beads within the flame of her torch. The painting in this particular bead is of an Iris and Poppy garden in the late afternoon. It is the perfect bead around which to build the rest of the bracelet design both in theme and color. Other glass studio beads include bright sculptural strawberry & blackberry beads, thick violet poppies, whimsical blue encased daisy lentils, elegant disc beads in a variety of colors, a single 'bubble' blue round. Among my very favorite lampwork beads in the entire design are organic encased small rounds which have a bumpy texture of rich clear glass and vibrant colors encased in the bead core. I don't know how the artist does it, but her beads always have a wet appearance and make any design just pop. A variety of smaller and organic lampwork rounds dangle down around the main strands along with gemstones and sterling. Other beads include glass furnace beads by David Christenson in violet & pink; elegant & luminous Baroque pearls, faceted chalcedony, quartz & cubic zirconia briolettes, blue-fire flash moonstone discs, micro-faceted blue flourite, a purple amethyst rondelle, a pink aquamarine nugget, Sleeping Beauty turquoise chips & most elegant of all, exclusive pink sapphire faceted 'tyre' shaped beads which I have stacked together like so many standing-stones. Buried in the design is a very tiny ancient lapis bead from Asia Minor added for that special touch, that symbolic 'ties that bind' those of us who are so drawn to beads now and from the long-distant past, during the time of antiquity.

Three bright sterling daisy charms pepper 'Renoir Afternoon' along with Swarovski sterling & clear crystal rondelles, a thick sterling ring and a vast range of Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.

'Renoir Afternoon,' measures just a tad under 7.5 inches. A 6 inch wrist ought to fit well without being too tight and with just the right amount of slack to make it comfortable and considering the density (but not a heavy weight) of the bracelet. "Renoir Afternoon" 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 price, however should subsequent adjustments be required, an additional fee of $50 to cover postage, time & materials will be charged.

~ About Me ~

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, precious/semi-precious gemstones & Swarovski crystals 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!

Very best wishes for a lovely day!

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