Ruby Lane's Creative Hands Newsletter For April 2007

  • SPRING Has Arrived on Ruby Lane
  • SHOP SPOTLIGHT: Alameda Studio Designs
  • ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT: Mildred Denney of MilliJoolz
  • TEA & ORANGES - Kate Chodor
  • Ruby Lane April Jewelry Artisan SHOP SAMPLER
  • April GEM and BEAD SHOWS
  • Share Creative Hands With A Friend


Pink leather choker, crystal, silver artisan jewelry  Designer bold necklace for upscale fashion

Spring is finally here and the jewelry is coming up colorful, sassy and just plain spectacular on Ruby Lane. Celebrate by visiting our jewelry artisan shops where you will find unique, one-of-kind jewelry, handcrafted from the finest materials, just waiting to adorn you.

Yifat Aharoni designer jewelry


ALAMEDA STUDIO DESIGNS - Batik Beauty - Multicolored lampwork braceletMy name is Jeanne and I am the owner/designer of Alameda Studio Designs. When I think about it, there has always been an Alameda Studio.

My children, my very large extended family, and my Girl Scout troop, have all been great outlets for a variety of creative endeavors throughout the years. I would learn right along with my kids as year after year we tried all types of crafts. Over time there have been many different mediums, some I liked more than others, but the one constant was beads; always there were beads. Plastic, wooden, glass, wire, and clay beads that we formed and baked ourselves, all made into the most amazing jewelry. I still have, and wear, many of the pieces we made years ago.

I've always been a great admirer of glass art, Urban Glass in Brooklyn being one of my favorite places, and eventually I was inspired to start working with glass art myself. After purchasing my first lampwork bead, an obsession was born. I started making pendants and key chains, then earrings, gradually working my way to bracelets and necklaces. I later began incorporating gemstones into the designs. I sold at local art fairs, jewelry parties, and auctions for a while, before taking the big step of opening a shop on Ruby Lane. I still do art fairs and parties, and will soon be selling at an upscale boutique near my home.

ALAMEDA STUDIO DESIGNS - Hearts and Flowers - Lampwork braceletAlthough much of my work revolves around lampwork beads, I enjoy exploring the variety of materials available. I always was a sucker for a shiny rock, and will still come home from a day at the beach loaded with treasures. That's the way I feel when I shop for gems, like I am exploring a rocky beach, picking up the most interesting stones, and tucking them safely in my pocket for later. I don't shop with a specific design in mind but will pick up gems because I can't resist the color, cut or shine. As for metals, I started working strictly with sterling silver, but now work with vermeil, gold, and copper as well. Vintage jewelry is another terrific source of material. Quite a few vintage items have found themselves reborn and better than ever after spending some time on my desk.

ALAMEDA STUDIO DESIGNS - Garden Party - Lampwork and malachite
You'll never know what you will find in my shop, items ranging from the chunky and bold to the delicate and feminine, and the symmetrical to the abstract. That's what I love about jewelry design, it has infinite possibilities, and I'm always thinking of the many possibilites. I have sketches of jewelry on the backs of envelopes, on scrap paper scattered all over my house, and even tucked in my pockets. Life is one big design inspiration: whether it be kayaking a mountain lake, visiting one of the many museums here in New York or even looking at the vibrant graffiti found throughout the city, ideas are everywhere. There will never be enough time to create all the designs in my head. When I finally get into the studio, I may have a particular design in mind, but it's anyone's guess what will actually materialize because so many changes occur during the creative process. What was a great idea in my head or on a piece of paper sometimes doesn't translate well using the materials I had in mind. But I am a stickler for detail and I will repeatedly take a piece apart until it's perfect. Sometimes a design will sit partly finished for days or weeks until I can find just the right color combination, clasp, or other component.

Art is an ever-evolving process, and I hope to continue to make beautiful jewelry while learning new techniques and skills. I love designing jewelry. It's rewarding, relaxing, and still gives me such joy when someone likes one of my designs enough to purchase it. When a customer receives a package in the mail from Alameda Studio Designs I want them to open it and feel that it was absolutely worth every penny spent no matter how many pennies that happens to be.

So I hope you'll stop by Alameda Studio Designs for a visit and if you like what you see, please come back every now and then. You never know what you'll find.


Until March 1996 I lived in Amsterdam, Holland, where I was born and raised until shortly after the Second World War.

Drippy Bib Necklace and Earring Set 'WISTERIA LANE' with West German Glass and Swarovski Rose CrystalEver since I was really small I was intrigued by jewelry. Sometimes I would remember someone only by the jewelry they were wearing. The jewelry I put together in my early years consisted of components made out of paper, clay, and cheap plastic beads. The first real piece was a luscious bib necklace made using black and turquoise glass beads, and those beads were taken off dresses that had belonged to my mother when she was a teenager and some old necklaces that had belonged to my grandmother. The love for glitzy embellishments runs in the family.

After getting used to the World Wide Web I discovered the never-ending stream of vintage jewelry. It was impossible to resist the glamour of the jewelry created by Weiss, Hagler, Haskell and Carnegie. The temptation was too great, and the more I collected, the worse my addiction became...

Bib Necklace and Earring Set 'Blue On Blue' with large Swarovski Bermuda Blue Hearts
All those beauties inspired me to pick up where I had left off, resurrecting my old but strong passion for making jewelry. And, with the world at my fingertips, I managed to collect a vast array of jewelry and build an inventory that will probably last three lifetimes and then some. Having such an extensive inventory to choose from provided me with the components I needed to make the necklaces I loved the most: long, luscious, Drippy Bibs. And I combine the designer-signed brooches with Swarovski crystals, to create stunning, original, one-of-a-kind jewelry, the Centerpiece Necklaces. But, let me make one thing clear: unless a brooch is damaged and cannot be salvaged I do not – in any shape or form – damage or alter it. The brooches that I use will always keep their collector's value; it just makes them more wearable and visible.

Then it was time to move on to another chapter in my life. Strongly inspired by Haskell and DeMario I decided to make my own Centerpieces. Using their well-known wire technique, I designed and made brooch-type centerpieces in elaborate shapes, often over-sized and always with drippy fringes. In these pieces I use mostly vintage filigrees and other findings but always the best quality that is available; my favorite combination is gold color, faux cream pearls and Swarovski crystals, sometimes adding flashy colors.

Centerpiece Necklace and Earring Set in Genuine Turquoise: 'FOR YOUR EYES ONLY' I never make the same design twice; I wouldn't even be able to do so. Every piece I start is a passionate challenge. I don't stop putting it together and taking it apart until it is exactly how I want it to be. Just as an example: the genuine turquoise set For Your Eyes Only took me over 3 months to finish. It truly is like giving birth – each piece is unique and a piece of myself.

When I am designing I listen to music, it inspires me. And often I name my creations after songs I love. Please feel free to contact me if you are looking for a piece of jewelry in a particular color, or if you have any comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me. Mildred Denney of MilliJoolz


Earrings~EXOTIQUE~Drama in Vermeil, Sterling   JetI've been artistically passionate all my life – with an uncontrollable urge to paint, decorate, or embellish anything I could get my hands on. I'm a professional artist specializing in abstract paintings done in water-media. It's been a full-time occupation for fifteen years now and I've loved every minute of it. Initially, my interest and efforts were limited to watercolor, but my fascination with texture took me further. Over the years, my artwork evolved to encompass the use of different types of water-media, the layering of different papers and fibers, and, most recently, the addition of gold leaf, small stones and other hard components to my work.

Bracelet-Margharita-Fabulous Artisan Lampwork in hot pepper colors!
My enthusiasm for designing and making jewelry has its roots in my pursuit of texture and layering in my paintings. Both my paintings and my jewelry pieces come about with great consideration for color, layering and texture. When making a piece of jewelry, I love taking many types of beads, gemstones and other components (usually made from sterling silver) and juxtaposing and layering them into compositions that are vibrant, dynamic, and elegant. Color is very important to me in my life and in my work; I don't think we make enough use of it or pay enough attention to its effects in our daily lives. I try to use color in such a way that it brings a smile to someone's face or imparts a sense of peace and well being. When selecting components for a piece of jewelry I am especially drawn to artisan lampwork beads – many of the lampwork beads look like water-media paintings in miniature. All the colorful stones and semi-precious gemstones available to artisans also fascinate me.

The process of jewelry design is about the same as the process of painting except for a single important element: creating jewelry has the added challenge of utilizing dimension. You must be able to view it from all sides, and so you must create it from all sides.

Bracelet~RED LEOPARD~Artisan Lampwork, red-hot Gemstones, Sterling SilverIt's an interesting experience to be a painter and a jewelry designer and realize the similarities between how I approach both of them. When painting, I don't start out with a specific image or destination in mind. I let things flow where they may. During the course of creating a painting, I may completely change the colors I'm using, add or take away texture, even flip the painting sideways or upside down and continue that way. So it is with creating a piece of jewelry – design decisions are continually made and changed as the process moves forward. Oftentimes, I may start out using beads and stones in one color grouping but then add and subtract so many times as I continue working that the final piece is not nearly what I had originally thought it would be. It's fun and exciting to work this way – I always have and I probably always will. I've never been one to follow instructions or to want to do something the same way twice.

Bracelet~ALMOND ROCA~Artisan Lampwork, Vermeil, Carnelian GemstonesMy artwork has been displayed in numerous venues and is part of the holdings of several collectors and regular art lovers. My paintings have also won several awards and been displayed at a number of prestigious art shows. Until recently, my jewelry was limited to my own collection and to custom-made, commissioned pieces. That was satisfactory until I discovered the unique opportunities and audience reach of Ruby Lane. Now I am thrilled to be displaying my work on Ruby Lane where I can share my artistic expressions with others.

I hope you will take a look at my listings and let me know what you think.
I'd love to hear from you! Kate Chodor - Tea Oranges


These jewels will sparkle in the spring sunshine.

Pearl encrusted woven cabochon necklace Fancy That! Artisan Jewelry Design: Handcrafted beaded jewelry by artisan Cheryl O'Malley for women and men! Free U S shipping!

Pearl encrusted woven cabochon necklace

Completely handwoven over hours and hours of intense work......beginning with an oval cabochon of gorgeous azurite that has been encased in a network ...

Coloring Box Asymmetrical ~ Out of My Mind Earrings Out of My Mind ~Mosaics Jewelry: Artisan Designer Jewelry and one of a kind Shard Art and Mosaic pieces

Coloring Box Asymmetrical ~ Out of My Mind Earrings

Alive with color.....these asymmetrical earrings are made with Chalcedony pencil, triangle, and faceted heart beads....Green Jade faceted ...

Blooming Tulip Pin von Walhof Creations: Eclectic Hand Created Jewelry with A Retro Flair!

Blooming Tulip Pin

These cute little tulips are in full bloom and the great part is they will stay that way year round! They can be worn alone, in pairs or trios or with...

Jool's Spring Garden Pink and Green Lampwork Bracelet Jools by Julie: Handcrafted Jewelry Using Elements from the Earth

Jool's Spring Garden Pink and Green Lampwork Bracelet

Right in time for spring a true spring grass green. Don't you just love the fresh green color on all the new buds and blossoms?! Well, this is ...

Multi-Gemstone Bracelet Throwin' Stones: A Wide Array of Wearable Art at Reasonable Prices!

Multi-Gemstone Bracelet

Frames of coiled Gold filled wire surround gemstones along with stand alone oval and circle frames. Unique and very wearable.This bracelet is ...

pieces of the ground    Pilula Jula Charoite Earrings Pilula Jula Artisan Handcrafted Jewelry: Designer Artisan Jewelry with Sterling Silver, 14k Gold-fill, Semi Precious Stones Vintage Charms!

pieces of the ground Pilula Jula Charoite Earrings

Dancing queens to tickle your lobes ~ lushees at their finest... unique signature style earrings ~distinctively designed from the studio of Pilula ...

Handcrafted Swarovski Ruby Crystal necklace Aunt Freddy's Vintage Jewels: Collectible rare pieces Mexico Taxco silver, copper, beads, Boho, Art Deco, wedding crystals,

Handcrafted Swarovski Ruby Crystal necklace

Handcrafted choker necklace made with Swarovski Crystals and the clear crystals are from a vintage necklace. The chain is silver plate. The Pendant is...


  • Apr. 11-15: Oakland, CA - Bead Expo. Oakland Convention Center.

  • Apr. 13-15: Houston, TX - International Gem & Jewelry Show. Reliant Center.

  • Apr. 14-15: Edison, NJ - Innovative Beads Expo. New Jersey Convention & Raritan Center

  • Apr. 14: Traverse City, MI - Fire & Ice Beadmaker Show/Sale. 5th Annual Art Bead Show, 715 E. Front St.

  • Apr. 21-22: West Palm Beach, FL - Frank Cox Productions. Gem, Jewelry, and Bead Show. South Florida Fairgrounds

  • Apr. 21-22: New Orleans, LA - Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show. V.F.W. Post 6640, Malta Room

  • Apr. 27-29: Wilmington, DE - Jewelry Arts Expo. Chase Center on the Riverfront

  • Apr. 28-29: Jackson, MS - Greater Southern Gem & Jewelry Shows, P.L.L.C. Greater Southern Antique, Gem, and Jewelry Show, Mississippi Trade Mart, Jackson Fairgrounds.


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