Cliptomania.com is an internet merchant dedicated to having an extensive collection of clip on (non-pierced) earrings for customers to choose from plus tips on earring care, colors best suited for skin tone, and more!
One of cliptomania’s newest designers is Jan Michaels whom I met at the NYNow show a few years back. She is a San Francisco native and metalsmither
who over a course of a 25 year career has designed and created clip
earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry accessories. They all
have a touch of antiquity, dashes of current styles and some pieces have
a futuristic feel.
personally designs all her pieces and will also make the first piece
herself by hand. She also works with a group of skilled crafts women who
assemble the parts of her jewelry into finished products. Ms. Michaels
feels that although the rest of the jewelry field believes in mass
production, she prefers like a few other artisans, that there is nothing
like making jewelry by hand because unlike machines an artisan and
crafts person cares about what he or she makes.
Michael’s technique is to take brass in its natural state and give it a
golden, burnished luster through an antique process that allows the
brass to age, thus developing a wonderful patina. If it loses its
luster, a little rubbing with a cloth will bring back the shine, which
fares better than the less environmentally safe electroplating done with
metals and a chemical bath.
or one of her crafts women then takes the finished parts and manually
combines them with a hand-operated riveting machine then will finish it
with semi-precious or natural stones. These include carnelian, jade,
onyx, jade, fire agate, Botswana agate, and many more gemstones. As
well as beads, freshwater pearls, fossilized stones and other items she
has collected over the decades.
many ways Jan Michael’s jewelry collections reflects her personality in
the colors she likes, the moods she has, the styles she wears as well
as paying homage to past artistry and civilizations Persian, Indian,
Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, Arabian, Chinese, and Celtic.Lastly like the
environmentally friendly atmosphere in her shop, Jan Michaels is also supportive of various worthwhile organizations like Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Environmental Defense and others.
am glad to have met this wonderful designer and a clip earring wearer
herself. Jan Michael’s designs are truly one-of-a-kind and will fit
well in our Tomorrow’s Heirloom section with other designers like Michal
Golan, Lori Bonn, Katherine Kornblau and others. See their earrings on the Cliptomania.com website.