Welcome to the Moonkissed Gem and Mineral Creations home page!
Winter has fully arrived, issuing her pattern of storms. These dredge the sand off the beaches after awhile, exposing the gravel bars. These areas paved with rock are fertile ground for all kinds of amazing things, ranging from jade and fossilized shell and bone to the myriad forms of agate, including blues, carnelians, and even limb casts and hydro clams. One of my favorite winter activities is gearing up and walking the beaches in the wind and rain. And enjoying a stout cup of Irish tea!
Whether you are looking for that special treat for yourself, or a unique gift for your friend or loved one, here you will find wire-wrapped cabochon jewelry, including pendants, earrings and rings. I have found wire and stone to be the medium of my creativity, and want to share my passion with you!
Cabochons are stones that are cut into a shape, rounded and polished. They do not have the flat spots typical of faceted stones. I use a wide variety of colorful stones and other materials in creating jewelry. Many of the stones I use have been hand cut and polished by my best friend (and husband) Bruce. I like interesting and exotic stones, and Bruce particularly likes the picture jaspers found here in Oregon.
Each piece represented here is individual and unique. My creations are all hand-created so there are no two exactly alike! I use my hands and a few small hand tools, no soldering or flame.
I use sterling silver and 14 karat gold filled wires in creating my art. Also known as 14/20, gold fill is a tube of gold filled with a jeweler's base wire for strength and flexibility. It is considered to be an heirloom quality metal, and is durable even with frequent wear. It is also a good value at a price not far from sterling silver.
A brief word about recent gold and silver prices: OUCH! The price of wire has nearly doubled in the last year. I do price using time and materials as a base (not priced as "art" although with some pieces I am tempted). There are some terrific deals on this site, as I have not changed prices on exisiting pieces to keep up with increasing silver and gold costs.
I enjoy creating these pieces, and hope you will find them creative and beautiful. Wire-wrapping is my second vocation and my therapy. I enjoy the creative process, which takes me out of my "left brain" after a day's work. Like most artists, I am learning as I go, and trying new looks and materials and will be expanding my offerings to a wider variety of jewelry pieces in the future. Most of the work I do is referred to as a bezel wrap. I wrap around the edge of the stone. Other wire techniques include wire sculpture, weaving, knitting and beadwork.
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