ALL ABOUT FRENCH JET JEWELLERY

Monday, December 04, 2017
3 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT (FRENCH) JET JEWELLERY

What is jet Jewellery?
Whitby jet is an organic material, which varies from dense black to dark brown. It is fossilised wood originating from the Monkey-puzzle tree. Jet isn’t actually a mineral, as it’s made when decaying wood is under extreme pressure (sort of like coal). Its what’s known as a mineraloid. Thus some traditional measures of the intrinsic material can’t be used.

French Jet is not made in France!
French jet  jewellery was made from shiny black glass, which was cut and backed, with black-coated steel early last century when Whitby jet mining (an organic rock from coal) was banned.

Why was jet so fashionable?
The fashion for jet jewellery started in the 1800’s as mourning jewellery, when Queen Victoria wore a necklace to a banquet after the death of her cousin followed by the death of Albert  and accidentally caused a fashion sensation.  Jet (high-grade fossilised pine) was considered the only suitable material for mourning. By the end of the 19th century imitations of jet were being made in costume jewellery in Bohemia for French designers. (hence the name "French jet")


SHOP FRENCH JET click here
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History of Czech Bead Trade

Monday, October 30, 2017


GLASS RODS - OUTSIDE A GLASS MAKERS STUDIO - CZECH REPUBLIC

1550's a major glass industry was founded in Bohemia (in the current Czech Republic). The glass beads were mainly for use in rosaries, until the second half of the 16th century, when costume jewellery become fashionable, they started producing beads to be used more decoratively.

1700’s, chandeliers were being made, as were glass stones for the jewellery trade.

1829 The first recorded showing at a trade show in Prague of pressed glass beads was in .

1850, glass beads were being produced by the millions, and exported all over the world. The owners of these bead factories were the German glassmakers, who had invented the costume jewellery industry.

The Napoleanic Wars of the early 19th century changed the political face of Europe, with both Bohemia and Venice added to the Austrian Empire between 1815 and 1866. Competition between these two regions had always been fierce. Becoming part of the same empire did not change a thing and competition between the two regions continued to be as fierce as ever. In the face of this competition, Czech bead makers tried something new that allowed them to expand their markets. Bohemian "sample men" canvassed Europe and returned with new design ideas. It was a novel experiment. These men travelled from country to country from Africa, to Japan and Tibet asking people what kind of beads they wanted. Then, they returned to Bohemia with sketches and descriptions of these new beads. It was an astounding success. The demand for beads grew and production increased.

1860s  manufacturers developed special moulds and machines that allowed mass production of moulded pressed glass beads, so thousands of identical beads could be produced cheaply and quickly. 


 WW I not only disrupted, but nearly collapsed the bead making industry. At the end of the First World War in 1918, North Bohemia became part of Czechoslovakia. By 1928 Czechoslovakia was the largest bead exporter in the world. However, trade was then affected by the Great Depression that hit the global economy in the 1930s. This was followed by the Second World War. Following the war Sudeten Germans who had lived and worked for most of their lives alongside Czechs in the Northern Bohemia region, were forcibly relocated to within the new German borders, primarily because of their allegiance to the Nazi regime during the war years. Those who were glass bead makers took their skills with them. Many resettled in the town of Neu Gablonz which was so named in honour of the bead makers. In turn Jablonec was renamed Jablonec nad Nisou.
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COLOUR PSYCHOLOGY

Tuesday, October 03, 2017



Colour has a psychological power on us. Colours evoke emotion, influence our thoughts, and even moderate our stress levels. Experts believe that the way a colour affects us correlates with how that colour behaves in nature-think about the carefree outdoor mood that we associate with the colour blue, for instance; in evolutionary terms, it says clear, storm-free skies, which brings to mind stability and calm.


The colours we are drawn to reflect our personalities, telling the world about the kind of person we are, what we want to communicate, and even revealing a glimpse of our anxieties. So, it's important to choose colours wisely from your branding colours and your living spaces to your clothes and accessories.

Swarovski has always been fascinated by the psychology of colour, and applies its colour-coding expertise to each and every new colour palette. Take a look at some of the hues in the current assortment, and find out how to identify the shades that complement the person that you are.

See the Swarovski colour report.Click here!
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ETELAGE IS 15!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


ETELAGE IS 15!. This staff (from L to R: Sam, Chris, Rosie, Beth and Jamie) pic was taken in my second year of business on a unseasonably warm Aug day at Cronulla.
Little did I know where my adventures would lead me.
From opening stores in Cronulla and Newtown, custom bridal orders and craft shows to teaching thousands of students, hosting hens parties and more recently moving 100% online.
My regular sourcing trips of quality vintage and modern elements to Bohemia, the former hub of jewellery manufacture in the now Czech Republic and Southern Germany, are always a highlight for me as I love to fossick in former maker's basements for vintage beads and hear the stories of former makers.
It's such an awesome thing to do what I love as I continue on my creative journey making jewels  and selling beautiful elements.

Full of gratitude to all who support the maker culture.
Thank you!!!

SHOP NOW and receive 15% off on all orders over $60.
DISCOUNT CODE: HAPPY15 (until Oct 1 2017)
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EARRING OBSESSED

Friday, September 15, 2017


OOH LA LA!
'EARRING OBSESSION'
curated by Jenny Fahey
until 30 Sept 2017 - Gallery 2017 North Sydney



According to philosopher and cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, “any collection comprises a succession of items, but the last in the set is the person of the collector…For what you really collect is always yourself.”


Jeweller Jenny Fahey developed a passion for earrings in her teens and it has not abated. In her jewellery practice, she prefers making earrings above all else and she owns an eclectic earring collection encompassing varying styles, historical periods, materials and artists. Reflecting on the words of Baudrillard, Fahey believes there are many selves in her earring collection and in curating ‘Earring Obsession’, she invites a selection of artists to surprise and create new selves.

If you are earring obsessed like me and drawn to making and wearing these small sculptures, then you won't want to miss this exhibition.


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10 TIPS: HOW TO HOST A HENS TEA PARTY

Friday, September 08, 2017




The tradition of high tea goes back to the 19th century when the English upper classes would convene mid-afternoon for tea and sandwiches followed by a promenade around the park. Take inspiration from this twee tradition & host your own high tea with a difference.
Set the theme & scene with a vintage flavour with our top tips below:

  • Make bunting from old doilies & string up
  • Extend your table and throw on a table cloth - if you don't have one handy, fabric shops sell cheap spotted, floral and striped material by the metre.
  • Rummage through antique and op shops and gather a selection of  vintage china … don't worry if the patterns are mismatched.
  • Borrow your grandmothers silver tea set
  • Buy a cut glass sugar bowl and milk jug cake slices for serving.


Serve:
  • Serve chilled pink bubbly on arrival
  • Serve warm scones, home-made strawberry jam and slatherings of clotted cream.
  • Present multi-coloured macaroons in dainty china teacups
  • Don't forget some savoury. Ribbon sandwiches Salmon and cream cheese, or cucumber and cress make great fillings.
  • Pile a silver tea tray with oozing cream cakes and chocolate Ãclairs

MORE INFO ON HENS PARTIES IN SYDNEY: click here

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6 WAYS TO WEAR SS17 TREND: STATEMENT EARRINGS

Monday, September 04, 2017

                


                 Statement earrings are huge in SS17—think sculptural oversized styles and solo danglers with a dose of colour or not. From linear and drop to geo chandelier,  gypsy hoop or beaded fringed. Designs from the catwalks have embraced all sorts of materials from metal and plastic to organics such as wood and nuts.
                 If you are not sure on how to wear them and have been a sensible stud girl all your life now is the season to embrace the statement earring                  which I am such a fan of!


      When wearing statement earrings here are my 6 tips:
  • wear simple cuts and a monochrome palette.
  • bare your shoulders: wear off the shoulder tops and dresses or shoe string straps
  • if you have long hair, wear it up to provide a centre stage for the dangling pieces.
  • statement baubles come in all sorts of shapes and colours. Whether you like gilded, sparkly bling, embellished or stones there’s a style for everyone.
  • statement earrings don’t need to cost an arm and a leg, you can make your own simply by using filigree stampings, lace or gyspy hoops or earring drops.
  • personally, I’d avoid wearing a statement necklace AND earrings to avoid the Christmas tree matchy matchy look.

SHOP new collection from drops, clip ons, studs, and chandeliers. click here

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WHAT IS THE MAKER CULTURE

Friday, August 25, 2017



THE MAKER CULTURE IS MORE THAN JUST A CRAFTY BUSINESS!

The making culture is cooler than ever.
Whether you drop by your local market, hunt in the virtual world or shop at your local gift shop chances are the majority of goods are handmade and lovingly made.
And handmade, bespoke, crafted artisan, whatever you want to name it, is now getting the attention it deserves.
But better still there is an alternative crafted lifestyle. A movement of us who are rejecting mass produced goods and supporting slow, ethical, local, artisan and fair trade.
Once you have bought your first artisan object or made one, I guarantee you will be hooked.
Craft is less about doilies and more about a way of life. It is better for the environment, adds some individuality to you and your home, builds community and brings a little joy to our souls.

What’s not to love?

With Spring almost upon take our Spring challenge...

  •    Join an evening class and learn a new craft
  •    Shop at markets and support the makers
  •    Take your hobby to the next level and sell your crafted things

Let me know how you go and share @etelage
Chris
x

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JEWELLERY WORKSHOPS AT THE HAPPEN STORE

Monday, August 07, 2017



On 55 Parramatta Road in Annandale, step inside the inspiring Happenstore. Part retail shop, part working studio and part exhibition space all of which embraces the maker culture. Driven by her passion for all things hand made, owner Cath Derksema a textile designer says...        "I really love the notion of ‘happenstance’: a natural, unexplained coming together a place of calm excitement."
We cannot wait to be part of it!


Etelage will be hosting workshops at the Happen Store, Annandale from September 2017.

I have designed a series of workshops teaching not only jewellery making but exploring body shape, style and identity. Plus use artisan elements I have personally sourced globally from vintage Lucite from West Germany, original 1970s wooden beads, nuts and modern Czech glass and crystals.

“What I love most about these new beginner classes is not only are you learning the foundational technical skills to make jewellery but also creating and designing the jewellery to suit you. Your tastes. Your style. Your body shape.” Chris x

 

If you are looking for a new hobby, want to make some DIY gifts or just feel like it is all work and no play get creative and make some jewellery which will impress you as well as your friends. So gather your girlfriends for some making and mindfulness and nurture your creative soul!

Generally as a society we are becoming more mindful about our choices: conscious of choosing products which are made using artisan traditions and not mass produced, and seeking quality over quantity. So it is with that philosophy I share my passion, skills and knowledge of jewellery design to encourage all my students to awaken their creative soul and seek the maker culture of beauty, slow, artisan and local.

My goal is to create a teaching environment where participants can share ideas, be inspired and let their imaginations run wild! With over 14 years teaching experience from community to corporate, hens and TAFE I am dedicated to empowering my students to become better designers and better makers, equipping them with skills and confidence to create whatever my students dream! 

VENUE: 55 Parramatta Rd (nearest cross st Trafalgar)

for more info:

earring workshop click here
necklace workshop click here

I look forward to seeing you in class!
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LIVING A CRAFTY LIFE

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The making culture is cooler than ever.
Whether you drop by your local market, hunt in the virtual world or shop at your local gift shop chances are the majority of goods are handmade and lovingly made.
And handmade, bespoke, crafted artisan, whatever you want to name it, is now getting the attention it deserves.
But better still there is an alternative crafted lifestyle. A movement of us who are rejecting mass produced goods and supporting local, artisan and fair trade.
Once you have bought your first artisan object or made one, I guarantee you will be hooked.
Craft is less about doilies and more about a way of life. It is better for the environment, adds some individuality to you and your home, builds community and brings a little joy to our souls.

What’s not to love?

    •    Start a collection
    •    Join an evening class
    •    Take your hobby to the next level and sell your crafted things.
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