Scenes from the Studio...

 It's been awhile since I've shared some recent work on the blog, so I thought I'd do a whole post on new designs that I've created in the past month or so.
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These custom earrings were a variation on my Giselaine style, and were a custom order for a lovely bride in Canada. I made them in gold lace, with gorgeous  quartz crystal briolettes and a deeper "black diamond" colored vintage rhinestone trim...
Gold Wedding Chandelier Earrings with Lace, Pearls
{Custom Giselaine Earrings in Gold}
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These decadent chandelier earrings were another special order, this time for a very sweet Etsy friend. We both have a love for ancient Greek and Roman jewelry, which partially inspired the shape of the earrings. They have black silk half moon motifs, embellished with lots of gold lace, garnets, watermelon tourmalines, citrine, and 24k gold plated beads...
Grecian-style Gold, Garnet Chandelier Earrings
{Custom Gold Lace Chandelier Earrings with Garnets and Tourmaline}
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These intricate earrings are a new design and feature sinuous curving braided cording looped around pearls and vintage rhinestones. 
Gold Silver Bridal Chandeliers, Ivory Peach Pearls
{Hélène Earrings, with Gold and Silver Lace Knotwork and Pearls}
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These bridal chandelier earrings feature silk textile motifs in a pale taupe, embellished with silver lace flowers with pink tourmaline rondelles. They hang from sparkling silver posts and have a luxurious fringe of flawless rose quartz briolettes...
Blush Pink, Crystal Bridal Chandelier Earrings
{Athenais Earrings, with Taupe Silk, Silver Lace and Rose Quartz}
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Another design from my Fall/Winter 2011 Neoclassical Collection, this necklace features a delicate oval lace motif, embellished with tiny lace flowers and a mixture of blush pink stones and pearls...
Silver Pink Bridal Bib Necklace with Lace
{Attar of Roses Bridal Bib Necklace, with Silver Lace and Blush Pink Stones}
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And finally, one other custom order I recently completed. These gold lace chandelier earrings are a variation on my Serenissima style and were a custom order for another lovely client. The earrings incorporate some gorgeous green peridot to tie into the colors of the client's wedding...

Gold and Peridot Bridal Chandelier Earrings
{Custom Serenissima Earrings, Gold Lace Bridal Chandeliers with Peridot}
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I am currently working on some new designs for my Neoclassical collection, but soon it will be time to start thinking of work for Spring and Summer and the busy wedding season!
xo,

Happy Holidays and Blessed New Year!

Wholeness, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry) sterling silver charms: flowers, sun & moon, three dots, two fishes, and heart
I made this necklace pondering all the things I've been grateful for during this last year and the intentions I have set for 2012.

During this past year, I was given many joyful moments as well as unique challenges that expanded my heart, which are represented by my Joy and Be Mine charms.

I also focused a lot of energy on my Body, Spirit, and Soul through the practice of yoga and am learning how to balance those opposing forces such as passive and active, dark and light, and Sun and Moon from the inside out.

Lastly, I am beginning to develop a deeper understanding of what Abundance truly means and how to see this quality woven throughout my life at all times.

This coming week I will be taking some time off from blogging to work on another project, but my shop Hint Jewelry will remain open.

I hope you have found some things to celebrate during the last year and are looking forward to what 2012 brings. Thank you so much for your generosity and sharing your presence with me. May you have a wonderful holiday, and I look forward to seeing you the New Year!

Happy Holidays and Blessed New Year!

Wholeness, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry) sterling silver charms: flowers, sun & moon, three dots, two fishes, and heart
I made this necklace pondering all the things I've been grateful for during this last year and the intentions I have set for 2012.

During this past year, I was given many joyful moments as well as unique challenges that expanded my heart, which are represented by my Joy and Be Mine charms.

I also focused a lot of energy on my Body, Spirit, and Soul through the practice of yoga and am learning how to balance those opposing forces such as passive and active, dark and light, and Sun and Moon from the inside out.

Lastly, I am beginning to develop a deeper understanding of what Abundance truly means and how to see this quality woven throughout my life at all times.

This coming week I will be taking some time off from blogging to work on another project, but my shop Hint Jewelry will remain open.

I hope you have found some things to celebrate during the last year and are looking forward to what 2012 brings. Thank you so much for your generosity and sharing your presence with me. May you have a wonderful holiday, and I look forward to seeing you the New Year!

Say Goodbye to 2011

I appreciate all of the orders during the holidays, and all of your support throughout the year.

From tonight, Monday, Dec. 19th, through Friday, Dec. 24th, I am able to take (VERY) last minute orders, but they will all have to have expedited/overnight shipping. Please call me if you're not sure whether or not your order will be arriving by Christmas! (USPS is already recommending Express Shipping for all packages if they're to be expected by Christmas.)

I hope you'll all have a wonderful Christmas season, and look to your dreams for fulfillment in 2012!

Happy holidays,
Leslie, Eric, Ethan and Spencer

RiffRaff for DSK Jewelry!

Meet RiffRaff! He is wearing a Swarovski Fishie Crystal Charm in Capri Blue. =^_^=
Thank you for the pictures Joanne!


If you have pictures of your cat wearing DSK, send them my way! I'd love to feature your adorable furbaby on the blog. : )

Swarovski Fish Charm
Sterling Silver
Silver Platead Lobster Clasp
Swarovski Crystal Capri Blue
$10






Comfort Your Cold with Faux Pho

Faux Pho, Beth Hemmila

Two things that I want to point out in this post:
  1. Instead of reaching for chicken soup to ease your cold and flu symptoms, consider whipping up a simplified version of some scrumptious Vietnamese Phở.
  2. If you like warm meals during the cold winter months, and find yourself reducing your raw food intake, think about redesigning your dishes in a way that makes them 50% cooked and 50% raw.

Faux Pho, Beth Hemmila
It's December and I have recently joined the other thousands of locals with the sniffles. I no longer think so much about curing my colds, but rather make them opportunities to see what kind of self-care would bring me the most pleasure. I use to enjoy a bowl of chicken soup, but after living in Portland, Oregon and eating lots of Vietnamese Phở, I've developed this dish into my number one comfort food.

Okay, so my Phở is not legit, but unfortunately I usually don't have the time to dedicate myself to making authentic broth and whatnot so I settled with what I affectionately call my "Faux Phở" and it is something that can be made in probably 20 minutes or less if you have all the ingredients handy.

Here is what went into my in my Faux Phở pictured above :
  1. I sauteed lots of fresh ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in olive oil.
  2. Added a can of beef broth (you can substitute vegetable or chicken) and simmered for about 10 or 15 minutes.
  3. While the broth is cooking, I prepared my rice noodles according to the package and let them sit in warm water to soften for about 10 minutes.
  4. Next I grated a carrot and chopped up some fresh celery. You can add any fresh vegetables you want such as parsley, zucchini, green onions, lettuce, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.
  5. When everything is ready, I drain the noodles and put them in a bowl with the broth and then top with my mix of fresh vegetables.
This Faux Phở is my example of making a 50/50 dish. Half of it is cooked and the other half is made up of a raw veggie salad. It's not a big conceptual leap because most restaurants serve a raw salad along with your meal, why not merge the two together in some way reducing the main dish by a little and bumping up the fresh vegetables a notch.

Here are some other ideas for 50/50 dishes:

50% beans and rice & 50% raw veggies
50% cooked quinoa or pasta & 50% raw veggies
50% boiled/sauteed potatoes & 50% raw veggies
50% cooked barley (or other grain) & 50% raw veggies

Right now I can feel raw foodies wincing in pain out there, but sorry folks not everyone is up for being a raw food rock star when it's cold outside :)

The other part of my Faux Phở that is incredibly delicious and soothing is the combination of garlic, ginger, and red pepper fakes. Heat your cold up and burn it out of your system. This makes me feel better every time. Never underestimate the power of ginger in your life! During the winter I'm always looking for ways to squeeze this spice into my dishes for an added kick. Or simply boil some water and poor it over a slice of fresh ginger and drink up.

If you are unfamiliar with Phở and are not sure how to pronounce it, please be sure to visit Wikipedia's site and click on the listen link. I use to gaily run around and pronounce Phở like "foe" and then one day was enlightened to the fact that is actually sounds more like "fah." Also, be sure to checkout a Vietnamese restaurant when you have an opportunity and try some real Phở to help inspire your own noodle bowls.


Comfort Your Cold with Faux Pho

Faux Pho, Beth Hemmila

Two things that I want to point out in this post:
  1. Instead of reaching for chicken soup to ease your cold and flu symptoms, consider whipping up a simplified version of some scrumptious Vietnamese Phở.
  2. If you like warm meals during the cold winter months, and find yourself reducing your raw food intake, think about redesigning your dishes in a way that makes them 50% cooked and 50% raw.

Faux Pho, Beth Hemmila
It's December and I have recently joined the other thousands of locals with the sniffles. I no longer think so much about curing my colds, but rather make them opportunities to see what kind of self-care would bring me the most pleasure. I use to enjoy a bowl of chicken soup, but after living in Portland, Oregon and eating lots of Vietnamese Phở, I've developed this dish into my number one comfort food.

Okay, so my Phở is not legit, but unfortunately I usually don't have the time to dedicate myself to making authentic broth and whatnot so I settled with what I affectionately call my "Faux Phở" and it is something that can be made in probably 20 minutes or less if you have all the ingredients handy.

Here is what went into my in my Faux Phở pictured above :
  1. I sauteed lots of fresh ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in olive oil.
  2. Added a can of beef broth (you can substitute vegetable or chicken) and simmered for about 10 or 15 minutes.
  3. While the broth is cooking, I prepared my rice noodles according to the package and let them sit in warm water to soften for about 10 minutes.
  4. Next I grated a carrot and chopped up some fresh celery. You can add any fresh vegetables you want such as parsley, zucchini, green onions, lettuce, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.
  5. When everything is ready, I drain the noodles and put them in a bowl with the broth and then top with my mix of fresh vegetables.
This Faux Phở is my example of making a 50/50 dish. Half of it is cooked and the other half is made up of a raw veggie salad. It's not a big conceptual leap because most restaurants serve a raw salad along with your meal, why not merge the two together in some way reducing the main dish by a little and bumping up the fresh vegetables a notch.

Here are some other ideas for 50/50 dishes:

50% beans and rice & 50% raw veggies
50% cooked quinoa or pasta & 50% raw veggies
50% boiled/sauteed potatoes & 50% raw veggies
50% cooked barley (or other grain) & 50% raw veggies

Right now I can feel raw foodies wincing in pain out there, but sorry folks not everyone is up for being a raw food rock star when it's cold outside :)

The other part of my Faux Phở that is incredibly delicious and soothing is the combination of garlic, ginger, and red pepper fakes. Heat your cold up and burn it out of your system. This makes me feel better every time. Never underestimate the power of ginger in your life! During the winter I'm always looking for ways to squeeze this spice into my dishes for an added kick. Or simply boil some water and poor it over a slice of fresh ginger and drink up.

If you are unfamiliar with Phở and are not sure how to pronounce it, please be sure to visit Wikipedia's site and click on the listen link. I use to gaily run around and pronounce Phở like "foe" and then one day was enlightened to the fact that is actually sounds more like "fah." Also, be sure to checkout a Vietnamese restaurant when you have an opportunity and try some real Phở to help inspire your own noodle bowls.


Featuring Anica Gabrovek-Annie Jewelry

Today I'm featuring another jewelry artist working in bronze wire, Anica Gabrovek, aka Annie, from Croatia. Is it something in the water there because there seems to be an inordinate amount of talented wire artists in eastern Europe. I hard a hard time choosing 4 photos because all of Annie's work is spectacular. Be sure to check out the rest of her work in her Etsy shop.

Back in Stock: "Very Strawberry Necklace!"



"Very Strawberry!"
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal Siam Red
$40







"Very Strawberry!"
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal Siam Red
$45







Behind the Scenes: Protecting Trademarks or Building Relationships?


If you receive an e-mail from a legal department siting copyright or trademark infringement don't despair, be happy because that probably means your Web site made it to the top the Google search engine. You definitely got someones attention :)

So far this has happened twice to me in the last year. Both times it occurred because I'm completely clueless as to what is happening out there in mainstream culture and wasn't quite educated on all the technical details of trademark infringement. I no longer have a TV, haven't spent any real time reading the news in probably seven years, own very little in the way of technical gadgets, don't keep up with music and current trends, and pretty much don't buy into anything media related. The downside of this hermetic lifestyle is that when I am writing, and words are fitting together, and I feel like I'm being my own person, later I find out I just copied the creative soul down the street who thought the idea up ten years ago. Oops!

Is this ever present awareness of everyone else and what they're doing out on the Internet a problem? Is technology making it harder and harder to actually express yourself and feel comfortable with the results? It's not surprising that my idea was also the idea of probably hundreds of other people. We are all thinking, feeling, and experiencing very similar things, so of course we are going to write similar words, make similar art, and so on. In fact, a bunch of people coming up with the same idea without really knowing each other demonstrates the beauty and intricacy of our interconnectedness. It's not new. In the ancient world, people separated by large land masses and bodies of water were using similar motifs without ever having met or surfed the World Wide Web.

I think the saddest part that comes out of trademark infringement is that sometimes, but not always such as in the case of blatant copying of an image for intentional profit, these crossover relationships could be turned from potentially harmful into mutually beneficial. The agenda of a civil attorney is to profit from encouraging conflict between parties not discouraging or looking for new possibilities. So what if people didn't turn to lawyers and see conflict all the time in regards to trademark and copyright, and saw an opportunity for a new relationship? What would our world look like if we didn't believe that we actually owned things, words, and ideas and spent so much time and energy protecting them instead of sharing them in a new way through partnership for the same cause?

I think the Bible is one of the most fascinating examples of the benefit of no copyright. Through it's openness it has expanded to become one of the most read, shared, and copied pieces of writing. Nobody owns it and yet everybody feels they share in it. This idea is similar to bands like the Grateful Dead where bootleg recordings of their concerts were encouraged and served to create long-lasting relationships with their fans. Somehow these guys understood that what was of more value was the experience of being at a concert -- intangible feelings that can't be neatly branded, packaged, and sold as an object. This kind of belief system is operating from place of knowing that true wealth is not quantifiable but exists in our hearts and minds.

How much is the expansion of your business greatly decreased by protecting its borders? Could the company or person you engaged in conflict over copyright or trademark have been the key to that new audience that exploded your business? How could your business be this open and free? It's a question I ponder a lot because from early childhood I've been conditioned or chose to believe certain things were mine. But are they?

I don't see legal battles over copyright and trademark ending too soon, but I love mulling these visions over in my mind as a way to see what could be different in our world and in our relationships.

If you are in business and you are thinking about trademark or would like to learn more be sure to watch the videos put together by the US Patent and Trademark office on Youtube. They're incredibly helpful.

Behind the Scenes: Protecting Trademarks or Building Relationships?


If you receive an e-mail from a legal department siting copyright or trademark infringement don't despair, be happy because that probably means your Web site made it to the top the Google search engine. You definitely got someones attention :)

So far this has happened twice to me in the last year. Both times it occurred because I'm completely clueless as to what is happening out there in mainstream culture and wasn't quite educated on all the technical details of trademark infringement. I no longer have a TV, haven't spent any real time reading the news in probably seven years, own very little in the way of technical gadgets, don't keep up with music and current trends, and pretty much don't buy into anything media related. The downside of this hermetic lifestyle is that when I am writing, and words are fitting together, and I feel like I'm being my own person, later I find out I just copied the creative soul down the street who thought the idea up ten years ago. Oops!

Is this ever present awareness of everyone else and what they're doing out on the Internet a problem? Is technology making it harder and harder to actually express yourself and feel comfortable with the results? It's not surprising that my idea was also the idea of probably hundreds of other people. We are all thinking, feeling, and experiencing very similar things, so of course we are going to write similar words, make similar art, and so on. In fact, a bunch of people coming up with the same idea without really knowing each other demonstrates the beauty and intricacy of our interconnectedness. It's not new. In the ancient world, people separated by large land masses and bodies of water were using similar motifs without ever having met or surfed the World Wide Web.

I think the saddest part that comes out of trademark infringement is that sometimes, but not always such as in the case of blatant copying of an image for intentional profit, these crossover relationships could be turned from potentially harmful into mutually beneficial. The agenda of a civil attorney is to profit from encouraging conflict between parties not discouraging or looking for new possibilities. So what if people didn't turn to lawyers and see conflict all the time in regards to trademark and copyright, and saw an opportunity for a new relationship? What would our world look like if we didn't believe that we actually owned things, words, and ideas and spent so much time and energy protecting them instead of sharing them in a new way through partnership for the same cause?

I think the Bible is one of the most fascinating examples of the benefit of no copyright. Through it's openness it has expanded to become one of the most read, shared, and copied pieces of writing. Nobody owns it and yet everybody feels they share in it. This idea is similar to bands like the Grateful Dead where bootleg recordings of their concerts were encouraged and served to create long-lasting relationships with their fans. Somehow these guys understood that what was of more value was the experience of being at a concert -- intangible feelings that can't be neatly branded, packaged, and sold as an object. This kind of belief system is operating from place of knowing that true wealth is not quantifiable but exists in our hearts and minds.

How much is the expansion of your business greatly decreased by protecting its borders? Could the company or person you engaged in conflict over copyright or trademark have been the key to that new audience that exploded your business? How could your business be this open and free? It's a question I ponder a lot because from early childhood I've been conditioned or chose to believe certain things were mine. But are they?

I don't see legal battles over copyright and trademark ending too soon, but I love mulling these visions over in my mind as a way to see what could be different in our world and in our relationships.

If you are in business and you are thinking about trademark or would like to learn more be sure to watch the videos put together by the US Patent and Trademark office on Youtube. They're incredibly helpful.

Bear: Willpower

Bear Medicine, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver bear charm
Be brave and bear your burdens with gladness, for in yourferocious grace you will discover the willpower to bear it all.

Bear: Willpower

Bear Medicine, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver bear charm
Be brave and bear your burdens with gladness, for in yourferocious grace you will discover the willpower to bear it all.

The Perfect Swarovski Crystal Necklaces


"The Perfect Crystal Necklace"
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$55






"The Perfect Crystal Necklace"
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$60








"Lemon Lime Crystal Necklace"
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$55






"Lemon Lime Crystal Necklace"
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$60







Necklace: "Touch of Gold"

"Touch of Gold"
16" (40cm) 14k Gold-filled Necklace
Engraved 14k Gold-filled DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$48







Swarovski Thread and Crystal Drop Gold Earrings


Swarovski Bermuda Gold Thread Earrings
Measures 2.5 Inches
14k Gold-filled Thread Earrings
Swarovski Crystals
*3 Pairs Available*
$20









Darling Swarovski Crystal Drop Earrings
14k Gold-filled Lever Back Earrings
Swarovski Crystals
*3 Pairs Available*
$28







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