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Month: March, 2012

It all started in Nova Scotia…

It Started in Nova Scotia

Late night shopping can be exciting and adventurous. When my significant other and the two dachshunds start snoring, I reach for my laptop and cruise Ebay and Etsy.  I’m looking for exotic beads from around the world for Jewelry by Tabernash, my online store.

Recently I stumbled upon a dealer in Nova Scotia who is selling colorful beach glass and eroded pottery shards. “I WANT THOSE!” I shouted to dreaming bed partners. The tumbling of these pieces in the ocean erodes their edges smooth and polishes their ceramic tops.  The exposed earthenware frames the faded ceramic piece like a picture. Glass becomes a smoky color from the salt and sand. One web site said, “This process takes a minimum of twenty years or so.  It is not “cooked” if the piece is still glossy or the edges are rough.”

Upon further investigation I found people selling recycled glass and ceramic pieces in the UK, Greece, Israel and even Northern California.  My brain was on fire!

After posting to Facebook “Where is your favorite place locally to get beach glass”? I got numerous insights on where to go.  It seems that Tiburon, San Francisco, Ft. Bragg and even Mill Valley have these miniature pieces of history  waiting for me at low tide to come and collect them. (My friends almost all suggested the locations should not be shared publicly.)

With further digging, (no pun intended) I found that there are glass societies, glass museums and websites of  vendors selling beach waste.  The glass is graded into size, color and clarity classes.

The interesting thing that the places you find these materials all have in common is garbage. It seems that we used to dump our waste into the sea, and these materials are a by-product of this horrendous  practice.  I’m afraid this still goes on in some parts of the world.

These earrings are the ultimate in Recycling, Vintage collecting and storytelling rolled into one piece. Could this China be the discarded tea cup of Royalty? Are these bottles that floated over the high seas from far-away islands?  I like to think so.

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I know it has been a long time since I’ve “blogged”. I’ve missed you.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had something to say.  But a great idea has recently come to me (in the middle of the night) regarding my earring business, Jewelry By Tabernash.  Each month, I’m going to try to  have a small collection that means something to me and perhaps means something to you! I have  so many designs running through my head  (this could be the reason why I  make “one of a kind designs”) that a monthly theme will narrow it down. So here goes…

March is my”Diminutive Collection“. I had a customer recently who was vertically challenged.  She said, “I love to wear small earrings, I want to wear the earring, not have the earring wear me”.  I thought my head was going to explode when I heard this. It made…

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Diminutive – dih-min-yuh-tiv

I know it has been a long time since I’ve “blogged”. I’ve missed you.  It’s been awhile since I’ve had something to say.  But a great idea has recently come to me (in the middle of the night) regarding my earring business, Jewelry By Tabernash.  Each month, I’m going to try to  have a small collection that means something to me and perhaps means something to you! I have  so many designs running through my head  (this could be the reason why I  make “one of a kind designs”) that a monthly theme will narrow it down. So here goes…

March is my”Diminutive Collection“. I had a customer recently who was vertically challenged.  She said, “I love to wear small earrings, I want to wear the earring, not have the earring wear me”.  I thought my head was going to explode when I heard this. It made so much sense to me. Not only do women NOT want to wear the same earring that everyone else is wearing from Nordstroms but they want an earring that compliments their outfit not overbears it. Supermarket, Yoga, working around the house or carpooling I want an understated earring (about an inch long) that is pretty. There are times I want to be glamorous, turning heads and grabbing the attention of my date. But, in general my lifestyle is such that I just want to feel put together by wearing a simply beautiful accessory.  With a small earring I often enjoy the intimacy of someone leaning in to admire it too. It’s a nice shared moment.

When I made this line I realized that there are many  situations that desire a “diminutive” earring. A new earring wearer, a hair style swept up or pulled back from the ears, a fresh youthful look, a classic beauty with a short hair style all can enjoy a small beautiful earring.

Miniature pearls, mini vintage crystals, and teensy recycled glass, are some of the materials I use for my unique designs.

Jewelry that makes you feel beautiful – Jewelry by Tabernash

Stop by next month to see my “Recycled Love” line!

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