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New Celestial Jewellery

Erica Sharp

Hello! I hope you're all well and enjoying summer? I'd like to share some new designs with you all, I've recently added some new pieces to my celestial range. I love watching the stars and moon this time of year, there's nothing more beautiful than stargazing on a warm summer's evening.

I was so inspired by pieces I've seen online from the Met Museum's "Heavenly Bodies" exhibition, especially the exquisite textures and details from the Byzantine Empire, and the way these translate into contemporary fashion design. I only wish I could go there in person to see the show in real life.... but for now I have been watching videos and slideshows in awe. The exhibition's theme is fashion inspired by the Catholic religion, with many highly detailed artefacts and fashion designs on show. I'm really drawn to the designs in opulent golds and reds, it's such a beautiful colour combination and I think that's why I love gold with rubies and garnets so much!

Byzantine cross, from the Met Museum's Heavenly Bodies exhibit.

Byzantine cross, from the Met Museum's Heavenly Bodies exhibit.

I wanted to experiment with intricate textures and so designed some crescent moons with both engraved details and relief. Here is one of the moon designs in wax form, before it was cast in silver. 

Crescent moon hand carved in wax.

Crescent moon hand carved in wax.

I was really pleased with the way this turned out as it was hard to imagine it in silver. I also etched in a secret message on the back of the pendant, "a la luna", meaning "to the moon". I love the secret language and symbolism of jewellery and thought this would be a special sentiment for its wearer.

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A special secret message.

A special secret message.

I created another little moon which I've made into a ring, pendant and earrings, and also a simple textured disc pendant set with a tiny white sapphire. Here are some of the new pieces together.

Celestial magic!

Celestial magic!

I've also carved a teeny tiny north star in wax, I'm not sure what it will be like in metal just yet, but will post an update if I decide to add it to the shop. I've also got a few new ring designs that I'm waiting to come back from casting, and hope to add some of these to the shop for Christmas.

North star in jeweller's wax.

North star in jeweller's wax.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my design process and that you like my new pieces. Wishing you all a lovely week and will post another update here sometime soon!

Erica x

Celestial Jewellery

Erica Sharp

Hi everyone! I hope you have all had a good week. Time seems to be whizzing by and the Christmas rush has started. Last Christmas I was totally unprepared for the number of orders I would receive, it burned me out.  I was teaching a lot of art classes and taking on extra illustration work and it ended up being too much, there were lots of very late nights and tears (luckily my kind and patient husband stayed up til 2am packing orders with me- what a life saver!).

Although it was a shock, it was also a great confidence boost in that I realised I could actually make this a business rather than just a sideline. It helped me organise myself much better this year, to work a bit smarter and rethink the things that were not working business-wise. I feel much calmer this year and it is far less frantic (for now)!

Christmas gets me so excited... I get more and more like an excited child each year!

Christmas gets me so excited... I get more and more like an excited child each year!

This week I have listed our new celestial themed jewellery in the shop. I hope you like them! I wrote about how I made these in my blog post last week so please have a read if you are interested.

Lovely delicate constellation necklaces in sterling silver, rose gold vermeil and yellow gold vermeil.

Lovely delicate constellation necklaces in sterling silver, rose gold vermeil and yellow gold vermeil.

I love the way these turned out, I have been wearing my gold orion necklace this week (a winter constellation as my birthday is in December) and have had a lot of compliments! I chose constellations from each season, with the hope that they would make unique birthday gifts for star lovers, or just something delicate, minimal and unusual to wear everyday.

Lyra, a summer constellation.

Lyra, a summer constellation.

You can take a look at the rest of our constellation jewellery here.

I'm planning on adding to this collection next year, perhaps some rings... I am yet to carve rings in wax but it is something I am experimenting with. Watch this space...