LaJeanne Design Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry - Necklaces, Earrings, Rings, Bracelets, Tie-Chains
LaJeanne Design Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry - Necklaces, Earrings, Rings, Bracelets, Tie-Chains, Sterling Silver, Turquoise, Beads
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About the Jewelry



We know women love jewelry and want to feel stylish and elegant. Women also like
to wear something unique and different, which sets them apart from everyone else.
This page will tell you a little about the jewelry created by me.

My handcrafted jewelry - with each piece handmade in an original, unique design - is designed
with a number of materials. I use semi-precious gemstones, pearls, glass, crystals, silver,
copper and brass, among other quality materials.

Metals:
   

I am a metalsmith - I forge metals. I heat the metal with a torch, pound it, hammer it, shape it, sand it, and polish it. I use Argentium ® sterling silver, copper, and brass. All the links and some of the chains, earhooks, and clasps are handcrafted by me.
copper and sterling silver
sterling silver necklace
turquoise
Karen Hill Trive sterling silver
Karen Hill Tribe silver


lapis lazuli

tuxedo agate
Tuxedo Agate





lapis lazuli
biggs jasper
Biggs Jasper
boulder opal
Boulder Opal

koroit opal
Koroit Opal
(In inventory)

koroit opal
Koroit Opal
(In inventory)

boulder opal
Boulder Opal
boulder opal
Boulder Opal
(In inventory)
boulder opal
Brown Boulder Opal
boulder opal
Brown Boulder Opal
(In inventory)
 
 








   
  Silver  
  I have switched over to using Argentium ® sterling silver. It still has at least 92.5% pure silver, just like traditional sterling silver. What makes it different is that the copper, that promotes the tarnishing, is removed and replaced with “germanium”. What that means for you is that it is most highly tarnish-resistant silver available. If you are interested in reading more about Argentium ® sterling silver, you can check out their official website at: www.argentiumsilver.com. Because of its desire, it’s being called the silver of the 21st century.

The parts of my silver jewelry that would not be Argentium ® silver, would be the purchased items, like chains, clasps (that aren’t handmade), and silver beads.
 
     
  Copper  
  The copper is 100% solid copper.  
     
  Brass  
  Brass accents are 100% solid brass.  
     
Beads:  
     
 

I use an assortment of beads that are small semi-precious gemstones, gemstone chips, pearls, Swarovski crystals, "Lampwork", glass, metal, or ceramic. Sometimes I order the beads locally, but sometimes I order beads that are unique to other regions of the world.

The silver beads I use are sterling silver (but not Argentium® silver). Many of them I order from Bali and Thailand. From Thailand comes the much-desired silver from the Karen Hill Tribe.

 
 


What makes Karen Hill Tribe silver so special?
 

Being between 99.5% and 99.9% pure silver, Karen silver has a higher silver content than Sterling silver. It's just the solder used to fuse the silver components together that makes up the last fractions of a percent. Consequently, it has a weight, bright satin color, and feel, all of its own.

Every piece is handmade and individual. They use their generations-old silver mining techniques. The hand-hammered and chased details are wonderful and you can actually see evidence of each piece having been formed by the hands of a Karen craftsmen.

 
   
What are "Lampwork" beads?

Lampworking is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements.  
lampwork beads

It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Lampworking differs from glassblowing in that glassblowing uses a blowpipe to inflate a glass blob known as a gob or gather, thereby inflating it by blowing air into the blowpipe, whereas lampworking manipulates glass either by the use of tools, gravity, or by blowing directly into the end of a glass tube.

Lampworkers can add color and sterling silver to the bead they are making. Lampworking is a skill that takes a great deal of practice and patience.

I do not make Lampwork beadsmyself , but I do buy from other Lampwork artists to add to my jewely piece I am making..

 
Stones:  
     
  The earth puts out some beautiful stones, and more and more, I am putting them in to my design pieces. I particularly love the Jaspers found in the western United States. They are so varied in color and design, each is so unique.   I love taking a stone that has a lot of character to it and building a piece of metal or “artwork” around it. Usually, I put the stone on a piece of paper in front of me and look at the shape. Then I determine how to build around it . I purchase the stones from a few favorite gemologists that do a beautiful job of cutting and polishing.

 
 

Boulder Opals, Koroit Opals, Yowah Opals

I especially like Boulder Opals. They are found only in Queensland, Australia. Boulder opal is also classified as solid opal. It occurs as thin veins of precious opal in the cracks and cavities of light and dark brown ironstone boulders in Queensland. The opal flowed into the cracks and fissures in the boulders in liquid form millions of years ago. With the passing of centuries, the liquid material formed into solid opal. When cutting this type of opal, the natural rock is removed from one side of the opal, exposing the face of the stone.

boulder opal
Rough (uncut) Boulder Opal

Boulder Opals have some very interesting colors and design to them. They have a differing array of patterns, swirls and a little or a lot of opal formation within the stone. They will not look like the "typical" standard opals that you see in most jewelry stores. This is what makes them so unique. No two stones are alike.

boulder opal
Rough (uncut) Boulder Opal

The natural stone is left on the back of the opal to give the opal it's strength and boulder colors. Boulder Opal is a unique gem, found in every color of the rainbow. It is the most durable of all opals. Other types of Boulder Opals would be called Koroit Opal and Yowah Opal.

Prices varies so much with these opals because they ar so unique. I have seen their price go from a very small amount up to $80,000. A Yowah Nut opal would often go from $3,000 to $6,000 or more.

These opals are rarely seen in shopping mall jewelry stores because, by its nature, it can't be easily cut into calibrated sizes to accommodate the jewelry trade. So you will usually find these stones in customed designed jewelry. Each stone is so unique, the jewelry piece has to be designed around it.

To the right are some Boulder and Koroit Opals I have to make jewelry pieces with.



 


All of my pieces are designed one at time, so they are all different. Sometimes I may choose to build multiples of an earring set, but they are still not identical. I may change their size a bit or add different stones.  

As with any handmade piece of jewelry, they are not perfect. That’s what gives each piece   character and makes wearing them an individual experience. I hope you will feel the quality and care that has been put in to the jewelry and enjoy it for many years to come.
 
     
     
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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