Semi precious stones have always caught my eye: Jade, Jasper, Agate, Chalcendony–I could go on. However, Bumblebee Jasper completely escaped my radar.
That was until Laura of Modern Sage Designs created a pair of earrings from Bumblebee Jasper and Black Tourmaline. I was smitten. The mixture of yellow, grey and black has to be one of the most beautiful combinations I’ve encountered. I pretty much knew they would end up heading my way.
And they did, along with a Y-Necklace that Laura designed using silver, Yellow Agate and Black Tourmaline.
These two pieces called for styles to be created just for them! Rummaging my closet, I created a nine piece capsule wardrobe for this jewelry. Yellow and grey, with its fresh and modern vibe has always been one of my favorite combos and it was fun putting together nine pieces for the three styles I’m showing (below).
Interview with Creator of Handcrafted Jewelry
Knowing that Laura is a commercial airline pilot, I was intrigued about her background, her design aesthetic and what drew her into wanting to create jewelry. Laura was a sweetheart and agreed to an interview. So here we go…
Please tell me a bit about yourself: what you do professionally, where you grew up, schooling, interests?
Although jewelry design is a passion for me, I’m a professional pilot full time. Aviation has burned deep for me since I was a girl, and I’m grateful to have been able to follow my dream of flight. Although none of my formal schooling prepared me for what I’m doing today, I attended college in Illinois and studied Nursing. (I did practice as an RN for 13 years but let my certifications go when I went into aviation full time.) I’m a self taught metal smith and jewelry designer. I’ve lived all around the USA, but the West is where I call home and feel most comfortable. I am now 51 years “bold”, an avid gardener, hiker, and a new bee keeper living in Northern Colorado.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer and where do you draw your inspiration?
When I was 25, I was wandering through a shop looking at some of their more unique and handmade jewelry. I still remember the beautiful necklace that caught my eye… and I thought to myself: “I bet I could make something just like that!” I immediately bought a jewelry making book, a few basic tools and supplies and just dove into creating. I draw inspiration from nature, hiking in the Southwest, aviation, and architecture! I am frequently awed by what I see in the sky, and patterns on the ground when viewed from the air.
Please elaborate on your design style. What makes your jewelry unique?
Handcrafted modern with the flair of nature. Clean lines, angles, and symbology are present in most of my pieces. For example, I frequently use groupings of three to symbolize past, present, and future with the intent of reminding the wearer to be present! Since I began designing, I’ve used asymmetric and off center elements in my designs for extra interest. I prefer clean and uncluttered looks, and envision designs to accent and highlight without being “too busy”. On the other hand, I’m also drawn to vintage Southwest style (typically a “busier” style), but have yet to incorporate that into my work. It appeals to me primarily because of it’s the vintage vibe and symbolism.
Do you have a favorite medium to work with?
Sterling silver and semiprecious stones are my favorite mediums so far. Nothing compares to the natural beauty of semiprecious stones in my opinion.
Do you have a favorite piece that you created?
The first ring I ever made using metal smith techniques has great sentimental value! It was sterling silver and pyrite, with imperfect stamp work. Also, I cherish a piece I made for myself as a memorial to my father who passed away last year. It’s a stylized compass rose with a Carnelian stone. (Carnelian is considered a stone of motivation, endurance, leadership, courage and stimulating life force and circulation to all organs.)
What kind of woman wears your jewelry?
An on-the-go woman whose style is balanced between modern and classic, who appreciates nature’s beauty and is always chic, even at her most casual. She knows that a thoughtfully selected piece of jewelry can elevate even a T-shirt & jeans and wants to “add a little sparkle to her journey”. Some days, all she’s wearing is a pair of earrings, but she’s complimented her outfit with just the right elevation of style.
Where do you see Modern Sage Designs going?
I see MSD evolving as I refine my style and add new skills, but grounded in natural elements and always handcrafted. I love to try new techniques and designs, and add them to the collection whenever possible. My business will stay exclusive and small, and continue developing my reputation for unique pieces that appeal to a few chic, modern-casual women. Follow Modern Sage Designs on Facebook and Instagram for current happenings, videos, and new designs.
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of blogging has been getting to know and share with readers a little information on bright creative designers.
Loving her jewelry as I do, I encourage you to check out Laura’s shop Modern Sage Designs on ETSY and consider a piece of her clean, modern (and may I say thoughtful) jewelry for yourself.
These two pieces of jewelry peaked my interest in Bumblebee Jasper and Black Tourmaline. I’ve added a few links I found informative.
https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/black-tourmaline (possible healing properties of the stone
Great Places to Visit from Today’s Post
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
Time for my 1st Friday 2nd Loved blurb.
The linkup stays open until April 30th.
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as The RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2 nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
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