You Are one-of-a-kind, your jewelry should be too!
Busy in my studio, I've been creating a whimsical new series of unique earrings. You may have seen some of them if you follow me on Instagram @gina.pankowski.jewelry where I've been sharing them over the past few weeks.
Coming up this week is your chance to check them out in person with new pendants and rings too! Whether you are gift shopping or just want a little something to liven up your party mood this is my last show of the season!
What - Trunk Show with Gina Pankowski Jewelry
When - Sunday December 17th 11am-3pm
Where - West Elm Seattle, 2201 Westlake Avenue #100, Seattle, Washington 98121
This new jewelry will only be available during my Sunday trunk show. Don't miss out as they are one-of-a-kind!
Made by hand in my Seattle studio in sterling silver. Gems pictured here are left to right, Kyanite, Rose Quartz and Turquoise.
What's your favorite tinsel color? Candle light gold or icy silver? I love dressing and decorating for the holidays!
Now that November has arrived we are officially into party and gifting season! Time to order now for holiday delivery. All made to order designs will ship in time for the holiday when your order is received by December 1st.
Pictured here is my Double Diamond link bracelet in 18k gold and darkened sterling silver ready for an overseas trip to the UK! I love that I can reach my customers virtually anywhere.
For immediate gratification (two for them and one for me is ok in my book!) there are many stylish treasures ready to ship here on my website! I can help you add some gorgeous to your party outfit!
When you buy a gift from my online store you will be able to exchange it through January 31st 2018! Now that's worry free giving!
Beyond Beautiful round strands pearls come in many shapes, colors and sizes. They are also one of a few renewable gems.
Pearls are an organic gem in every sense of the word. They grow within a living creature, their quality, color and shape are determined by the environment they live in. A healthy natural growing environment produces the most beautiful pearls.
With so many options how do you choose?
For me pearls invoke an emotional response, their luster, colors and shapes are what I notice first. I buy what I like! But when you know a little more about them you can better choose based on the qualities that determine value and their origin.
These characteristics go into determining value and quality of pearls:
The rarest pearls are those collected in the wild and they are even rarer today because many of the pearl bearing mollusks have been harvested to near extinction. The passion for pearls has never waned and with it the science of growing and caring for them has given us all a chance to experience their beauty. Pearls are a true renewable gem.
I hope sharing these tips with you will help you enjoy wearing and collecting pearl jewelry even more!
For more in-depth information on pearls check out these links and books:
I want to help you with a gift of joyful surprise and ear to ear smiles!
This year you can't go wrong with hoop earrings. My collection includes designs in Silver, Gold, and these metals in combination. You can choose shiny and bright or my personal favorites in Black Silver and Gold. I even have a pair of hoops for the pearl lover!
While the pressure is on to find the perfect gift - you can relax here because your gift of Gina Pankowski Jewelry can be exchanged for another item or online store credit through January 31st, 2017.
The final date for custom and made to order jewelry delivered free by Christmas Eve is December 10, 2016.
You have found something truly unique for your gift this year!
The November issue of Glamour Magazine is featuring design duo Jens Grede and Erik Torstensson's new line of LBD's and we have some great jewelry to accessorize with! My Quark earrings worn by Hilary Rhoda are the place to start. Earrings are an essential element for making a statement. These studs combine black, white pearls and gold with a bit of unexpected movement, the gold wires are floating inside the black circle stud. Adding a playful gesture to a classic combination.
Carry the look onto your neckline with the Quark Necklace in that classic combination of black, white and gold with a modern twist. These pieces from my Orbit Collection are a great way to launch a conversation too. Did you know that Quarks are a fundamental element in all matter, protons and neutrons are made of Quarks. Get your Geek and your Glam on!
I often refer to my designs as “three dimensional drawings”. My process begins with the sketch of hard lines and pattern then I create the idea in wire models to refine curves and movement. The image of the drawing is always with me, an architectural plan, a graphic. I love the contrast of a dark line on paper. To express this in my jewelry I color my silver with a dark patina.
Sterling Silver is composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. If you own Sterling Silver Jewelry or table ware you know that over time it tarnishes or oxidizes, the copper is the culprit. To achieve the graphite dark patina I like I artificially speed up oxidation by exposing the jewelry to the common chemical potassium sulfide, used in garden fertilizer to skin care treatments. Jewelers use it to create an “antique” finish. Mix a small amount in warm water then immerse the silver jewelry for a few minutes, rinse in cold water for a matte black finish like the Architectonic Bracelet pictured.
I love to push contrasts in my designs. Using 22k gold and sterling silver together with the more highly polished dark patina pictured here on my earrings is one of my favorite combinations. For this finish the same potassium sulfide water bath is used then the jewelry is tumble polished with stainless steel shot. The steel planishes the metal like hundreds of tiny hammers. I love the hard shine and reflection with the high carat gold.