Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, it's nice to be back in touch with you today. It has been a very busy week at work and I've managed to cram in a bit of jewellery making in between the rigours of the day job. The weather hasn't played ball and we're back to a questionable British summer after two weeks of glorious brightness - perhaps that's the end of our summer!
Not that I would have had any time to enjoy the sunshine, had there been any, I've been stuck indoors for most of the week.
I had a couple of orders for jewellery that have been on my books for a long time, and I've been catching up with them, getting them ready for delivery.
The first one was a necklace requested by a lady up in Scotland - for some reason Caprilicious has a lot of customers from Scotland. I wonder why that is?? This lady saw a necklace I made earlier and requested one just like it, in time for payday this month - and as the end of the month was fast approaching, I jumped to it.
I collected a packet of beads when I was in India to be made up for a lady who lives in Dubai. Lisa left them in India with a mutual friend two years ago, and I only got them during this visit to Bangalore. She is Italian, and a very beautiful jet setting socialite, who requested a couple of sophisticated necklaces made for her to suit her lifestyle. She wanted one of them to be a choker and the second, a lariat.
Lisa is on Instagram as love.like.lisa and describes herself as '.. a cosmocrat cresting the wave of vitality and wellness with oodles of curiosity and oceans of gratitude'. She was the editor-in-chief of NewYou, a premier monthly publication dedicated to Integrative Health, Medical Aesthetics, Holistic Healing and optimal longevity and is now heading The wellnessworld.blog, a portal dedicated to similar topics. She also runs fabulous holistic retreats in Greece among other places, and I hope to join her at one of them some day. She will be in the UK on a visit next month and I need to have her pieces done and dusted, so that I can post out to her while she is here.
Here's the first necklace I made for her with some of the beads in her stash.
I held back a couple of pearls and made a pair of earrings with silver ear wires that are sleek and sophisticated, raising the game, as it were. I love the tassels on the ends of the lariat, they are so 'in' this year, and I spent an evening making them up with seed beads and a couple of floral bead caps - so much fun! I sent her some pictures and she loved the necklace - boy, did I hold my breath until I heard back from her! However, she wasn't too keen on the earrings as she prefers studs, so I will have to see what else I can come up with instead. As she won't be here for another 10 days, I do have a bit of time, and I still have to make the choker for her.
I sent four 0f my showiest necklaces off to The London Jewellery School in Hatton Gardens. They have now been placed in the top shelf of a display cabinet in their foyer, ready for me to be showcased as Jewellery Student of the Month for June. Their manager, Harriet Brooks, was kind enough to send me a photograph of the display.
That's all I have had time for this week folks, have a fabulous week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.