Being a big supporter and lover of everything unique, handmade and preferably local, I couldn’t help, but share my friend’s etsy shop with you. So without further ado I want to introduce ElvenFox to you, and my beautiful friend Maria, who is behind it!
Maria and I not only share the love for original and unique jewelry, but the same language and home country. Maria grew up in Ulyanovsk, Russia, but as you have probably guessed now lives in Minnesota. That’s where I met her. I was immediately impressed with her knowledge of semi-precious stones, when we wandered into one of the stores here in Minneapolis, and when I found out she was making her own jewelry and had an Etsy store, I couldn’t help but ask her questions, and share the answers with you!
What is so special about your jewelry?
I simply believe that stones are alive, and when I incorporate them into jewelry, it not only makes the piece beautiful, but also made with love. Very often we find jewelry, and it looks pretty, and the stone looks kind of real, but when you touch it, it feels like some cheap plastic, there has been no soul put into the piece. Every stone in unique, it’s impossible to find two that are completely alike, just as it’s impossible to give birth to an identical human being. That’s why I am so interested in incorporating semi-precious stones into my creations.
What kind of materials do you use?
I love working with silver (but I can use other metals as well) and semi-precious stones. The latter ones are beautiful, unique and not as expensive – they are easier to mine (no one will cut off an arm of a boy who was trying to steal a piece of jasper, as opposed to diamonds mines in Africa, where this would be an ordinary punishment for the same action).
It’s always interesting to learn about where the stones come from, where they are mined. For example, pietersites mined in Africa and pietersites mined in China have different coloring. Some stones, for example larimar can only be found on 1 squre kilometer in Dominican Republic. So it’s not only jewelry making, it’s also constant learning.
Do the semi-precious stones really have powers like a lot of people seem to believe?
For thousands of years a lot of stones have been used in medicine (they still use sulphur to treat acne, but it can’t be used in jewelry due to it’s solvability and fragility. Amethysts are used to treat insomnia – you simply need to put a small stone under the pillow – it really helps.
All of my jewelry is unique, one of a kind, and every time I sit down to make a new piece I put in all of my love into the process, I always think that whoever is going to wear my creations will be very happy.
Labradorite Pendant, Wire Wrapped in Argentium Sterling Silv
Necklace and Earrings Set. Rose Quartz and Garnets with Sterling Silver
Avanturine, Jadeite and Shell Budda Necklace
Necklace and Earrings Set. Labradorite, Rutilated Quartz, Citrine, Iolite, Shell and Sterling Silver
Labradorite in Sterling Silver
For more handmade goodness go to: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElvenFox
There are more items here: https://picasaweb.google.com/115681864375756515524
Maria’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact Maria if you want to learn more about her jewelry!
Have a great week everyone!