Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jewelry Artisan Lauren Blais

As future metalsmith and jewelry artisan Lauren Blais grew up in Rhode Island, she became hooked on fashion and design. With the goal of becoming a fashion designer in her sights, she took several courses at the Rhode Island School of Design to achieve it.  However, when Balis took a Beginning Jewelry course her plans slowly changed and by the time she worked with Providence artist Boris Bally; jewelry became her career goal. 

After RISD, she enrolled at the Massachusetts College of Art to study small metals and how to be a metalsmith. After graduating in 2008, Blais opened her own studio. The jewelry she makes is influenced by Victorian Mourning jewelry worn by Queen Victoria of England upon the death of her beloved husband Albert.  She wore black dresses and jewelry to match often made from jet or another dark material like tortoise shell.  This spurred others in the country and across Europe to want their own mourning jewelry to celebrate loved ones they lost too.  

 The mourning jewelry of the time was intricate in detail and held great beauty some pieces were made from the same elements as Queen Victoria’s and others were created from human hair, featured photos of a loved one, or a carved cameo likeness set in gold or silver. Blais wants her jewelry to have the same feel and to tell a story. Only she wants the story to continue beyond creation but keep going as the jewelry passes from one customer to another family member and then to another and so forth each generation.

The materials Blais uses are leather, fur, silver, raw gemstones, and gold – often pairing two or more of these elements together into a piece or pieces of jewelry.  She also makes each component of the jewelry as much as possible by hand whether it is the links that create a necklace chain or the clasp of a bracelet. Blais strives overall to ensure her jewelry blends the old and new together to create unique pieces of jewelry.  

Last year I found Lauren Blais jewelry in a happy accident surfing the Internet and I knew I had to add her pieces to the website.  You can see them by clicking on Gemstones and choosing the sub category Jewelry Sets.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

We're coming!

In 2016 is doing a first - we are adding jewelry sets. I want to share with you a peak at some of the jewelry sets we will add. Some earrings you may have seen before and others are brand new just like the cuffs, bracelets, and rings.

Rough Aquamarine Ring, Necklace & Earring Set
Rough Aquamarine Earrings, Ring, and Necklace

Pearl Grape Cluster & White Pearl Lacy Ring
Pearl Grape Cluster & White Pearl Lacy Ring

Topaz Earings, Bracelet & Ring
Violet Mystic Topaz Earrings, Garnet, Ruby & Citrine Bracelet & a Ruby Ring

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Happy Holidays!

The holiday season typically is expressed with the colors white, gold, red and green. It can also be shown in jewelry especially clip earrings.

For instance as ornaments.

Christmas Tree Balls Clip-on Earrings
Christmas Tree Balls Clip Earrings

Or it can be in the form of a holiday tree.

Metallic Trees Clip On Button Earrings
Metallic Trees Clip On Earrings

Then there is a gift package like...

Holiday Package Non-pierced Earrings
Holiday Package Non-pierced Earrings

 All of the above and similar Holiday clip earrings are found in our Holiday and Seasons section of the website.  Then there is the selection you will see below which offers a sampling of what clip earrings are given as gifts this time of year. 

4 Circles Non-pierced Crystal Earrings
4 Circles Non-pierced Crystal Earrings

Triple Amber Clip-on Drop Earrings
Triple Amber Clip-on Drop Earrings

Large Puffed Square Clip On Button Earrings
Large Puffed Square Clip-On Button Earrings

Ear Cuff w/  Pave Crystals
Triple Ring Ear Cuff with Pave Crystals

Friday, November 20, 2015

10% Off Sale

This Thanksgiving, we are celebrating 17 years as an Internet retailer. All earrings on the website are 10% off.  As a gift, if you spend more than $75, we will mail your First Class Mail Order for Free (USA & Canada) or if you spend $125, you pay $3 for Priority Mail instead of $8.25 (for our Canadian customers, it will be $12.75 instead of $22.75).  That is an additional savings of $5.25 (USA)/$10.00 (Canada). During this time our Clearance section will be suspended until midnight on November 29th when our anniversary sales ends. Further more, the discount given in our Hoops section will be suspended until 2016 begins.
As a gift to our customers living outside of North America, if you spend over $250, we will ship your Priority Mail International package for Free, a $28 savings! This is terrific deal if you are buying gifts for the holidays!  This offer doesn't apply to Express Mail International.  As with our North American customers, our Clearance section will be suspended for the days of this anniversary sale until midnight on November 29th. Again the discount given in our Hoops section will be suspended until 2016 begins.
     *Information for last day of shipping for Christmas Delivery:

To our customers - thank you for your patronage!  To those who have only visited our website - we hope this invitation will entice you to join the long list of satisfied customers who have made Cliptomania their first source for non-pierced earrings.