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Friday, August 17, 2012

  Try your hand at making some beautiful jewelry Beading Patterns DesigningParrotJewel

A new addition to my Etsy shop - DesigningParrotJewel! I am now offering patterns for a few of the pieces of jewelry that I have for sale in my shop. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at creating a necklace, I have put together easy, step by step instructions with illustrations and materials list .

I will be adding patterns for bracelets and earrings too so be sure to check often. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Local jewelry designer, Barbara Solomon, owner of Designing Parrot Jewel, Earleton, Florida is displaying a variety of handmade jewelry at Putnam county public library, Melrose, Florida (25 miles east of Gainesville) beginning August 3, 2012.

Included in the display are: necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins of gemstone, bead, crystal, leather, chain and more.

To see more of her jewelry go and .

Designing Parrot Jewel...beautiful, fun, long lasting jewelry at affordable prices.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Amethyst Spirit High Pin

The Amethyst Spirit High Pin is the next in my series of statement pins.

This pin was indeed a serendipity - a happy accident basically.  I sat looking at this beautiful 34mm teardrop piece of Chevron Amethyst wanting to wire wrap it. So, I got out my non-tarnish sterling silver wire and starting at the top of the amethyst that had a hole drilled through it, I began to wire wrap a hanging loop for a necklace or so I thought! But, as I wrapped the wire all I could see was a human stick figure in the wire! Wondering about my sanity level (OMG going senile already??) I put the piece down, went to lunch and watched some t.v..

Several hours later I looked at the piece again- yup it was still a human stick figure standing atop the amethyst. Grabbing the camera I took a picture and it of course looked exactly the same in the picture. Pulled out my books on crystals(gemstone properties) and under Chevron Amethyst This is what I found.....called the "breath of life" assisting one to actualize that which is required for personal and universal development. It assists one in the application of the central unity of all...gain knowledge in spiritual healing, repels negativity, assists in living with doctrine of universal love." Ah now, I got it! I added faceted blue crystals to represent communication, true speaking and realized this was indeed meant to be a pin and so it is!

I hope it speaks to you as it speaks to me!   /

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Recycling Jewelry

My spring cleaning frenzy has started. Already it's led me to my old jewelry creations. Those I made for my Etsy shop about 2 years ago. I rummaged thru them and found beads and gemstones that are beautiful but that I feel need to be more up to date to match what my "voice" (style) is now. 

So, been tearing them apart, re- designing and having a great deal of fun doing it!  I love creating new pieces and I especially love the fact that since the gemstones and beads were brought 2 to 3 years ago the cost of materials is lower but the quality is excellent.  I'm all about making jewelry that is comfortable to wear, beautiful to look at, lasting and affordable for everyone.

Here's an example of the latest recycling effort:

Hope you like it ! 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Head, Heart,Hand Series Statement Pins

The Head,Heart,Hand series of statement pins to wear are a new line of jewelry that I have begun to design and fabricate.
 The idea began several years ago when I first saw and was delighted by beads carved/shaped into heads portraying cultural figures. The very first one that I had to have was a beautiful lampwork Medusa. I held that bead for years! It was so stately,so powerful, wise and scary! Ten years later, wanting to make a birthday present for a longtime friend that head would be perfect. And so the Medusa Pin was birthed. My friend exclaimed over the pin, saying it was so perfect for her right now and she wears it to staff meetings and other times dealing with difficult situations.
 This line of pins is designed to inspire the confidence boost we all sometimes really need. 
Second in the series-Hawaiian/polynesian...."KU" the first creative force. 

Latest in the series- Chinese- carved bone- "Fu-Shen"/ Hotei - Happiness 


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Copper Hearts Valentine's Day

Copper Hearts for valentine's Day...I couldn't resist making this freeform bracelet with of course Two lovely copper hearts. It's on my Etsy shop now waiting to become a gift for someone special.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Beading Material Pink Marble

A new beading material, Pink Marble, is becoming more and more popular for all types of handmade jewelry.

I came across some beautiful beads of this material and simply couldn't resist the silky feel and warmth of it!  I've wirewrapped a 2 1/2" square puffed piece of it and strung it with some gorgeous faceted Czech ovals.  

See the result on my Etsy shop: