A tale of two stones

New Metalicious Collections

Hear from artisan Stephanie Maslow-Blackman about the materials that inspired her unique new collections designed exclusively for Silpada

The Seashell Collection utilizes blue Larimar, a stone of serenity, communication, and relaxation, while every piece in The Sunburst Collection represents joy, warmth, and strength.

Read more below in Stephanie’s own words! 

Shop these new styles when they launch August 26. 

The Seashell Collection 

The Seashell Collection represents peace, calm and bliss. The inspiration for this collection are the seashells and teal blue water at the beach. With Summer coming to an end, I want to hold onto that feeling of zen I get as I listen to the ocean waves. Wearing pieces from this collection will help keep it close and get me through the fall and winter months. Each piece from The Seashell Collection features modern tiny silver turbo or nautilus shells. Larimar is a stone of serenity, communication, and relaxation.

Larimar has a silky blue appearance similar to the extraordinary blue color of the Caribbean sea and sky. 

Larimar is a rare gemstone that’s only found in one place in the world, a hard-to-reach, mountainous region in the Dominican Republic. It’s a rare type of pectolite that forms inside basaltic lava where it’s mined from old volcanoes.

The name Larimar comes from a combination of the words ‘Larissa’ and ‘Mar’, named for the daughter of the man who found it and the Spanish word for Sea.

Larimar is a stone of serenity, communication, and relaxation.

Switching gears to Stephanie’s second exclusive collection for Silpada, feast your eyes on the rich and fiery Sunburst Collection. Each piece in The Sunburst Collection represents joy, warmth, and strength.

The inspiration for this collection is the power of the sun like a burst of sunlight that can power through clouds on a rainy day this collection of jewelry will bring you joy as you wear or gift it. The silver is sculpted with a highly textured finish to represent the rays of the sun – similar to the sparkly flash of golden light that radiates from within each Sunstone. Sunstone is a stone of abundance, independence, and leadership.

Sunstone is a member of the feldspar family and is named for its warm shades of gold, orange and red that sparkle like the sun inclusions of goethite and hematite refract light between the crystal layers and produce an iridescent effect as the stone is viewed from various angles. 

That just means it has a glittery golden sparkle you won’t see in any other stone. Each gem is unique making your jewelry truly one of a kind!

Stay tuned & follow @SilpadaDesigns on social media for updates about our special Metalicious x Silpada collaboration and to be the first to shop these new collections (on August 26!)

Reminder: All Artisan jewelry is on sale this month! (Artisan Month Ends on Saturday, 8/31/19). Order your favorites from Silpada today! Shop Now > 

Learn More about Stephanie from our Q+A.

The roots of balinese jewelry

Talking Passion With Janice Girardi

Born in Japan and raised in the U.S., designer Janice Girardi’s life has taken her all over the world. The journey of her life began during college with a trip to Australia. It was there that she first heard of Bali, Indonesia described by everyone as paradise with white sand beaches. Janice traveled throughout Southeast Asia throughout the early 1970’s, eventually making Bali her home. 

Janice is a passionate artist, inspired by the abundance of nature around her home, her passion for saving animals and an appreciation for the ancient influences around her. Her work is a symphony of brilliant colors and shape combinations that bring unique elements together, resulting in modern elegance and ancient drama.

Janice’s newest collection of Balinese jewelry will be available this August. Learn about her influences and passions in her own words below. 

– Tessa

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Your guide to NYC by Stephanie from Metalicious

Our Artisan’s Favorite City Spots

We’re handing the reins over to Stephanie Maslow-Blackman of Metalicious to take you on a tour of her favorite local spots and share how living in New York City inspires her as an artist. Please give her a warm Silpada -family welcome!

– Tessa

Hey, it’s Stephanie from Metalicious here! 

I’m so happy with how excited you’ve all been about the new jewelry collections I designed here in New York City. In this post I’m going to take you on a tour of some of my favorite spots in NYC. To be honest it was hard to not have them all be about desserts and snacks (LOL). 

Let’s get started!

The first stop is one of my favorite buildings here in New York, The Flatiron Building. It’s just a few blocks from my studio so I get to see it almost every day (*swoon*).

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Learn about Roman glass

A Piece Of History

Learn about this magical material and our fabulous Roman glass jewelry by artisan Efrat Saada-Limor.

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A Piece of History

Did you know all Roman glass used in jewelry originally belonged to an ancient vase, perfume bottle, jug or vessel? In fact, the pieces of Roman glass incorporated into our collection are over 1,500 years old dating back as early as the year 27 B.C. and originate from products created in the Roman Empire. Every piece carries a piece of history with it. This glass was originally part of a vase, perfume bottle, plate or other items used by people during the Roman Empire when glass production reached new heights through the development of glass-blowing technology.

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Inside the studio with Metalicious

The Jewelry Making Process

Our collaboration with artisan Stephanie Maslow-Blackman of Metalicious is arriving August 26. Get an exclusive look at Stephanie’s jewelry-making process, in her own words. Scroll down for a special video from our day at the Metalicious studio.

 – Tessa

The Process

I’ve been making jewelry for over 20 years and one of the main questions I get regularly are, “You MAKE your jewelry? How do you do it?”

I love walking people through my process. Even though it’s something I do every day I still find it exciting and I’m grateful to get to do what I love for a living.

Step 1: Design

My designs are influenced in part by my surroundings, so you’ll see a lot of architectural details and organic, nature-inspired shapes. I’m both a city and a country girl at heart and my work is definitely influenced by both. Once I’ve thought about what I want to create, I’ll sit down with a pen and paper and start sketching out some designs that have been swirling around in my head. 

Designing jewelry
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