Saturday, December 27, 2008


Don't you wish you were going to the tropics more often?
Just contemplating the beautiful turquoise waters, in a sunny day , laying on the sand under the palm trees..
Think about it, but a ticket and fly or, just get these lovely sterling silver earrings with chalcedony gemstones.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


This should help you take good photos of jewelry and other small objects on a budget by making your own light box from a recycled card box
easy to construct and use!


12x12x12 box
14 x 10 piece of plexy glass or glass
a knife
background paper (scrapbooking paper is great from craft store)
wax paper
60-100 watt light

How to put it all together:

1) Take your 12x12x12 box and cut out one side. Keep the bottom of
your box intact.

2) (open side you just cut out) Measure 9 inches from the bottom and
make a slit all the way to the back of the box on both sides. Do not
cut the back of the box.

3) Slide your glass into the slits of the box

4) Take the wax paper and tape it over the light source. The
wax paper is used to defuse the light.

5) Aim the light towards the opening of your box.

6) Lay your background on the bottom of your box as your background.

7) Shine your light into to open area of the box. Take your photos from the
back of the box... with the light facing you.

Your camera should focus on the jewelry or small object, use your macro setting if your camera gas one.
The background will become fuzzy due to the distance of the background from
the object.

with permission by

Monday, December 22, 2008

Alternative birthstones list

The Traditional Birthstone list has some variations on the most common list.
This shows some societal birthstone traditions, many going back to the 15th C.

January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March - Bloodstone
April - Diamond
May - Emerald
June - Moonstone
July - Ruby
August - Sardonyx
September - Sapphire
October - Tourmaline
November - Citrine
December - Turquoise
many stones come in several colours of the spectrum.
Garnet, for example, which is so often regarded as being simply red, is in fact also available in green, orange, yellow, white and purple – virtually every colour in the rainbow except blue.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


There have been many different sets of birthstones used throughout history and in different cultures.
This is the list most commonly used nowadays:
January's Birthstone Garnet
February's Birthstone Amethyst
March's Birthstone Aquamarine
April's Birthstone Diamond
May's Birthstone Emerald
June's Birthstone Pearl
July's Birthstone Ruby
August's Birthstone Peridot
September's Birthstone Sapphire
October's Birthstone Opal
November's Birthstone Topaz
December's Birthstone Turquoise

Ring a ling

amazing rings in stock and made to order by kalicat  and other talented jewellers selected by Cindy

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hospice boosted by jewellery sale cash

Hospice boosted by jewellery sale cash - Source Hereford Times
7:30pm Wednesday 3rd December 2008

MORE than £300 was raised in aid of charity at a jewellery sale in Hereford last week.
Emma Plunkett, who has an imported jewellery business in London, brought a selection of Indian jewellery to Sybella Kirkbride’s house in Bishopstone to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.
Emma and Sybella spent nearly a year in India before they went to university and it inspired her to set up her business.
“It was just brilliant that Sybella and Emma wanted to support St Michael’s in this way,” said Helen Cotterell, fundraising consultant for St Michael’s.
“Emma has a lot of dealings with a hospice in India and she was just so happy to also support our local hospice with her sale.”


A little selection of beautiful Turquoise jewels I have
found for sale at DAWANDA, Hoping you like them too...

Designers: kalicat, Toosis, DornickDesigns...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Zodiac Gemstones

Some Gemstones have come to be associated with the twelve signs of the zodiac. Those born under a particular sign are thought by some people to be influenced by that sign and to share common traits, emphasized by wearing their zodiac stones.

Here is a list of Zodiac stones:
Aquarius (January 22 - February 18): Amethyst and Moonstone
Pisces (February 19 - March 20): Aquamarine
Aries (March 21 - April 19): Diamond
Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Emerald
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Rock Crystal
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Pearl
Leo (July 23 - August 23): Onyx
Virgo (August 24 - September 22): Sapphire
Libra (September 23 - October 23): Zircon
Scorpio (October 24 - November 21): Opal
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): Topaz
Capricorn (December 22 - January 21): Garnet and aquamarine

Friday, December 12, 2008

Call - Lark Jewelry Books

Everyone Should Send an Image for the Next Lark 500 Jewelry Book -- Great Publicity for Jewelry Designers
Totally cool... I've been chosen to jury the next in the 500 Series by Lark Books!
They are seeking high-quality images of jewelry featuring gems and stones to publish in an international juried collection.
Diverse materials, from rough, natural stones to fully faceted precious gems, are desired. All stones, designs and setting styles are welcome. All jewelry forms, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and brooches will be considered.
There is no entry fee.
Download Entry Form from the Lark Books website.
Don't miss out on this great, free opportunity to be part of this beautiful book. I'm really looking forward to seeing your entry when I go to Asheville to do the jurying.
Entry Deadline: December 12, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

tribute to ♥ shhexycorin ♥

Could not resist blogging about this amazing pair of life FISh earrings in baubles ...
"the goldfish earrings *are* real fish. being a slave to fashion, he replaces then with different fish every so often so they match his *kawaii* outfits. ^^"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

@Late - Museum of London

Come and enjoy Christmas carols and amazing shopping at the

Catherine Marche will be exhibiting her latest Jewellery alongside talented individuals like Amy Hutchings - textiles, Angie Boothroyd - Jewellery, Alexandra Simpson - Jewellery ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

MOCA shop

A fantastic venue is going to sell my work
Thank you MOCA Shop

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday shopping

A few sellers from the Art Jewelry Collective are offering FREE Shipping on orders made on ETSY during the Black friday week-end
They are offering a beautiful range of jewellery, including earrings, bracelets, chains, necklaces, pendants, brooches... with on some designs the addition of gemstones and pearls







Thursday, November 27, 2008


That’s right. ShopHandmade is putting up an incredible handmade event for the first time on the internet.

Starting November 28, the website transforms into a giant sale page.

For 6 days only!

So grab your shopping list and get in front of the queue. Score the best deals from over 2,000 talented artisans! Before somebody else does!

Clothes, jewelry, toys, decoratives, furnishings, spa products…more than 12,000 imaginative gift ideas for everybody on your list.

Have fun! Enjoy the surprises!

And mark the sale dates on your calendar: November 28 - December 3.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chrismas Shopping

shameless promo:

An early bird offer to celebrate Christmas in style, FREE postage on all orders placed by the end of November

Enjoy spoiling yourself and your friends

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunshine Opera chain with gems

Decided to work in warm and sunny harmonies, mixing hot and warm shades of gemstones with cool silver chain.

Here is the result
Made with Citrine, yellow jade, sunstone, carnelian, smokey quartz, carnelian... to name but a few

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gemstones ....

I Just came across a gemstones dealer who has contacted me.
Of course, beautiful gems to make anyone go wild are de rigueur

Here is a link to their website:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

UK Handmade

Not long ago, Anna from Sakura Jewellery introduced a new online magazine called ukhandmade.

"UK Handmade is a design led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer. Artists and designers from across all of the art disciplines have a place here including photography, feltmaking, jewellery, fashion and art."

Come and visit the main site!
PLease join the mailing list to receive news and updates!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

world wide women artists

Have you heard of WWAO?
It is a juried group of international women artists showing and selling their art works online.
Check them out

This is the Christmas showcase from Redlady art

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

my art on postcards and prints

I just came across a great website called redbubble

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Discover Mango Tango

Mango Tango Jewelry: Jewels made of Fine silver, bronze and fused dichroic glass art jewelry by Bev Gallerani, Certified PMC Artisan

Visit her website

Monday, October 6, 2008

Breat cancer awareness - Pink

Click Here to see a pink selection of jewels from my shop.

Breat cancer awareness - Pink

Click Here to see a pink selection of jewels from my shop.

October is Breast Cancer month - PINK

Click Here to see a pink selection of jewels from my shop.

October Birthstones - Opal and Tourmaline

October has been associated with 3 gemstones: Opal, Jasper and Tourmaline.

while the gemstones associated with the zodiac are for

Libra (September 23-October 23) : Opal and smokey quartz
for Scorpio (October 24-November 22) : Topaz and Malachite

I have chosen to introduce you to Opal and Tourmaline.

Opal: Derived from the Latin "Opalus" , which means "Precious stone"

Opal was thought to protect the wearer from disease and to possess the gift of prophecy

They are found mainly in Australia, Mexico and the U.S.A

It is believed that they convey hope, innocence and purity. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the October Birthstone Opal are happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. The healing properties are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the eyes and eye infections. The Opal is also used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams and healing.

Tourmalines exist naturally in a myriad of colors: yellow, green, blue, pink, red, brown, black. Some even have bi-colored properties. A valued bi-colored variety of tourmaline, found in Brazil, is called the "watermelon."

Watermelon Tourmaline is a unique stone. It balances the yin and yang in the body. Wearing a slice of watermelon tourmaline will allow you to understand matters in a more balanced way. Watermelon tourmaline draws joyful and understanding love to you. Meditate with a slice of watermelon between your hands and understanding of the beauty of the universe may come to you. Watermelon tourmaline is reddish-pink encircled by green

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pennydog: handmade costume jewellery made from resin

Who are you and where do you come from?
I'm Kerry and I'm originally from East Yorkshire, but I have been living in
Leicestershire for over 4 years now, when I moved to go to university. I
live with my boyfriend of 5 years and our greyhound, Penny, whom my business
is named after.

Please tell us a little about what you make.
I make jewellery with resin, some unique, some replicable, but all with an
aim to appeal to a wide range of people, rather than a lot of resin
jewellery that you can buy that looks cheap and tacky. I also dabble a
little in photography, but haven't had time to indulge since graduating from
my course.

What do you enjoy making most?
I like making the ice range, it's simple to do and requires no sanding!

What are your main inspirations?
I take inspiration with anything I find. This time of year is great- I pick
up colourful leaves, acorns, feathers, seeds, all sorts really. I love the
colours and details in vintage and retro style fabrics too, I can't resist
them and use them in my retro range.

What are you currently making?
Loads! I have some swirled colour bangles, some earrings with feathers in,
some candy corn pieces for an online contact, some sycamore seed and pretty
leaf pieces all to sand, my entry into the Etsy UK September challenge to
finish and a bit of polishing to do too! I also need to photograph a
tutorial for an article I have written for Crafts Beautiful Magazine.

Can you make custom orders?

Definitely. I have just agreed to make a necklace for a lady who wants me to
use a dried mushroom specimen in a similar way to my nature range.

Where can we buy your work?

At the moment and until 13th October, my work is for sale at Plush Jewellery in Chichester, and more stockists are to follow shortly.

I will also be at the Handm@de fair in Oxford on November 9th. Online I sell on , and

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

little doodle for Design

So, what do designers do when sitting in the tube?

Some read the news, some are asleep, other fix their make up, some are eating
and I, sometimes, like to sketch down ideas for new designs
Here is one.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

shopping in Euros

It is possible to shop in Euros, paying with paypal or by bank transfer.
Here is a selection of items available on Dawanda.

Monday, August 18, 2008

links and curves

a little pic of work in progress and studies in copper

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Meet twisted, a talented artist

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nyx Enchantments Jewelry

Nyx Enchantments jewelry offers unique jewelry designed and handcrafted by me and many of my items are one-of-a-kind pieces.

She says: "My jewelry designs are inspired by the wonderful beads and findings that I carefully choose for each piece. I find my inspiration from many things. Sometimes it is nature, other times the ideas just "come" to me while I'm looking at my beads."

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Coutts London Jewellery Week

Originally uploaded by kalicat_designs
Here is an image of some of the jewels I was showing at the A&D Gallery in London - UK
Sterling silver, cultured pearls and aqua blue chalcedony.

Thank you for looking

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