Friday, September 12, 2014

Leaf & Twig Rings - a little play on the tree truck heart.

Engraved initial ring with beautiful leaves 
and twig design with a matching band.


  
Leaf & Twig Rings

This is my play on the Tree Trunk Initial Ring but in a more feminine way for her. 
This is a sweet and innocent tribute to love, the ring is personalized with you and your significant other's initials carved into the bark. The leaf and twig band is equally beautiful with flowing leaves which make the perfect pair for your wedding or as a commitment.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lake Norman Magazine - Accessible Art






Dawn Vertrees of Dawn Vertrees Jewelry in her Cornelius home studio working with a lost wax process to sculpt a decorative wine glass ornament commissioned for use in an upcoming wedding.

-Grant Baldwin Photography - Grant Baldwin

Dawn Vertrees, 54, Etsy store: DawnVertreesJewelry
After retiring from a lengthy 
corporate career, an unexpected mentor came into Dawn Vertrees’ life. Volker Kracht, a senior master jeweler from Germany, put off retirement for three years after seeing a stunning orchid pendant that Vertrees made from three sheets of wax.
Since 2001, Vertrees has pursued different artistic media, starting with ceramic jewelry and moving on to the world of Lost Wax, which she works in today to make fine artisan jewelry like intricately designed rings and pendants depicting tree frogs, turtles, starfish, and other nature-inspired subjects.
Along the way, she’s picked up numerous awards at festivals and art shows across the Southeast while making a living 
from her craftsmanship. But when the constant travel started to take its toll, Vertrees turned to the Internet to keep her business going.
“I got so tired of being out on the road that one day while my husband was filling up the motor coach with gas, I created an Etsy site and at each rest stop and break I had, I photographed my pieces so I could continue to make money without having to constantly travel to shows,” Vertrees says.
The Internet opened up more doors for Vertrees, allowing jewelry retailers in St. John, Virgin Islands and Disney resorts to discover her pieces and add them to their collections. 
In the coming months, Vertrees says her business will come full circle as she’s in the process of building a wholesale market and will eventually only sell through brick-and-mortar stores.
“It’s the circle of life of being a jewelry designer. Art shows come first, then Internet, and then wholesale and possibly, a a few wholesale shows,” Vertrees adds.

Read more here: Accessible Art
Wholesale Contact: Julie King Julie@buydawnvertreesjewelry.com, or by phone at 340-344-0410

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Sea Fan Coral Cuff being made.

Sea Fan Coral Band
Wax Model
Sea Fan Coral Cuff Bracelet
Wax Model



I'm sculpting a new Sea Fan Coral Cuff Bracelet, 
it's a simple, sleek look with realistic details to give you that wow factor.

Coral's are all the rage in the design world right now and I'm so glad I started my collection 5 years ago. I have always loved the feeling the ocean has given me...it's relaxing, it releaves stress and I want my ocean reef jewelry to create that same feeling in you.

To accomplish this, I take the high road and hand sculpt each piece using the wax wires shown on the left. Each wax wire is cut and placed to create the look of fan coral.


It also allows me to create soft polished edges and flowing lines that curves around the wrist...this also means doing the right thing by not taking the corals from our oceans, a pledge I took several years ago.


Creating Ocean Reef Jewelry is a passion for me and I am excited to be bringing you a whole new collection.


Please keep looking, there is more to come.






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Octopus and Seahorse Champagne Glasses

A commission job from Claysie & Dan...yup, they are getting married!

 They are wanting two very special champagne flutes for their wedding day. Dan's flute will have the Octopus and Claysie's wants hers to have one or two seahorses on her glass. 

I've started on the Octopus first, only because I have never sculpted one before but I think I got this one. I'm so into this little guy and can't wait to add all of the details.

I'll try to take a picture of the Champagne flute standing upright, but for now...slanted is the best I can do at this point.



Updated July 31

About 20 hours of work but it's definitely taking shape.

It about half finished, I just need to lock myself in the studio for about three days to complete the wax model.

Claysie & Dan have allowed me to share their ideas so the Octopus and Seahorse Champagne Glasses will be available to purchase. I will have additional information once completed.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ocean Reef Flip Cuff Bracelet






Ocean Reef Flip Cuff Bracelet

Have you ever thought about buying an heirloom?

An heirloom can be a piece of jewelry you purchased or a piece you had made...either way, this special piece of jewelry should bring out your emotions, your thoughts or just put a smile on your face. It's something that has brought you joy and you want to pass it down to the next generations for them to cherish and enjoy as well.

Needless to say, my daughter will be getting quite a few heirlooms especially this one. It only took one trip to the islands to fall in love with the ocean and everything in it but the most fascinating part of the ocean to me has to be the sea fan coral...its soft skeletal design gracefully moves with the currents. It's that movement I wanted to capture with this new Collection. I wanted to recreate that movement without it actually moving but I also wanted the piece to tell a story.

Such as the Starfish finding a safe place to land or the tip of the sea fan capturing a large pearl for its own enjoyment. I hope that whoever wears a piece of my sea fan jewelry, sees the movement that I see and simple takes you away for just a moment.

So whether it's a piece of jewelry that I create or one that I have made especially for you, I always imagine it being passed down to the next generations and bringing joy to the one wearing it.


Materials: Sterling Silver & 14k Yellow Gold
Pearl: Natural Color Freshwater Pearl, No Dyes.
Finish: High Polished
Size: Medium

A Few Options

The starfish is cast in 14k Yellow Gold and the Pearl shown is a 11mm Natural Fresh Water Pearl. Other pearl options are South Sea or Tahitian. Pearls that are 10mm-11mm work well with this design.

I have sculpted several starfish in various sizes, so a cluster would also look fabulous on this cuff.

Additional Pearl Options: Please let me know if your would like another pearl besides Freshwater. I would be happy to locate your pearl at the best price available.

My process for creating my Sea Fan Coral Jewelry

A piece of 16 gauge wax wire is cut into 2-4mm lengths and each one is soldered together to create the fan coral design. There are no shortcuts for me when creating my wax pieces. It's a labor of love and the results are something that I am very proud of. It takes great equipment from my caster to get these right. I push the limits when it comes to sculpting and casting.

When Volker (Master Jeweler) ask me, what did I want to learn? He said I can teach you everything about making jewelry! I asked if I could think about it overnight. I came back to him the next day and ask if it was OK just to concentrate on sculpting the wax to make jewelry? I told him I felt my time would be better spent on design, and spending the time needed to creating realistic wax models with the detail I felt they needed. He said it was OK and I never regretted my decision not to do it all.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Murex and Sea Fan Coral Fusion Cuff Bracelet





Creating Wearable Art

To this day, when I walk on the beach, I would see shells, starfish and corals washed up on the shore. The seaweed or coral would be intertwined with the shells as they rolled back and forth with the waves.

I guess some people would just ignore the mangled clump of sea life but I could see a painting laying on the sand, or as a scarf around your neck or a piece of jewelry wrapped around my arm. It was those fascinating little pieces that were the inspiration for making this cuff.

The Cuff is half Murex Shell and half Sea Fan Coral...just two fascinating pieces that came together as one.

So when I sit down at my bench, I have the opportunity to create just that, wearable art. It may take a month, sometimes several months but eventually, I will walk out of my studio with a piece of art that has never existed before.

Material: 92.5 Sterling Silver
Finish: High Polished
Size: Medium

Monday, June 16, 2014

Overlapping Sea Fan Coral Adjustable Ring

Overlapping Sea Fan Coral 
Adjustable Ring





New Phalaenopsis Necklace in the making...completed!

Phalaenopsis Necklace


Sorry for the fast shot but it had to ship but it turned out beautifully if I say so myself.


Update 2
Update 1

Update

New Phalaenopsis Orchid Necklace
New Asymmetrical Orchid Necklace is in the works.

I will be starting this necklace in
about two weeks. I want this piece to be super comfy and a bit smaller than my typical Phalaenopsis Orchid in the past.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blueheel Socks, it's a cool corporate job!

Once in a while I'll get involved in a corporate job and when I saw this awesome product...I was in!

These guys make disposable socks, and if you have ever traveled extensively like I have, you'll just get this product and say, I wished I had thought of that!



Take a look at their website plus here is a bit about why they developed their socks.

ABOUT US
At BLUEHEEL, we know that people lose their socks all the time, don’t take good care of the ones they still have and pay too much to replace them. So we decided to take action, because it shouldn't take as much time or money trying to find or fold our socks when we need them the most. Our mantra: never lose or wear damaged or mismatched socks again!

Enjoy our BLUEHEEL Single-Use Socks, they’re a cost-effective, stylish alternative to the sock status quo. Laundry Free by design, our men’s / women’s / kid’s and baby socks come in travel packs (3pr), dispenser packs (5pr) and single pairs for business, casual and athletic use. You can wash and dry them if you want, but when you lose one or a pair, who cares? Because BLUEHEEL Socks are affordable and always available.

We’re available in airports and hotels and also expanded with a direct to consumer program with our Executive Sock Club, which offers sock delivery directly to you on a monthly basis. In addition, we’ve partnered with non-profit organizations with our Thumbsocks by BLUEHEEL, which are designed to prevent heat transfer on smartphones to prevent distracted driving.

And here was my contribution to their company:

Blue Heel Necklace Charm

Blue Heel Charm Bracelet

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Starfish Ring - Sterling Silver Starfish Ring - Truly Unique Starfish Jewelry





Item Number: DV-67-SS
Materials:
Starfish: 14k Solid Yellow Gold 
Sea Fan Coral and Band: 92.5 Sterling Silver
Pearl: Natural Freshwater Pearl (no dyes) 
Band: Adjustable

An all time favorite now made available in a 9.75mm - 10.25mm Natural Color Freshwater Pearl with hand sculpted sea fan coral on one side a starfish holding up the other side in solid gold.

This is a high-end adjustable ring, before it ships it is set in your size. If in the future you require a smaller or larger size, just take it to a local jeweler to easily re-size your rings. Re-soldering is not necessary.

Pearl Options: Different Pearls are available such as Tahitian, South Sea, Japanese Akoya , please send me a convo for prices.

International Orders may require additional Insurance. Optional Insurance by UPS/FedEx