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Solo Exhibit & Giveaway: Virginie Martin Studio!

by Violet on May 7, 2012

Update: Our winner is Marie, commenter #32. Thank you (or should I say merci?) to Virginie for this giveaway!

Meet Mr. Bird. Made from silver and agate with brass and copper tail feathers, this clever and whimsical piece is an example of how natural stones speak to Virginie Martin.

This one is entitled Love Lift Us Up and features a Lapis-Chrysocolla Cabochon set in sterling silver. The flames are made from recycled silver integrated as is from her scrap pieces. (If that doesn’t illustrate the way our past experiences shape who we are, I don’t know what does!)

Virginie prides herself on creating for the entire spectrum: From casual to chic and for women, men, and children. Her skill and playfulness are both evident in pieces like these. How can you look at her Dachshund Earrings and not smile?

Whether hand knotted onto cords or lovingly set in a sterling silver cup, pearls figure strongly into Virginie’s work. This set of stacking rings is made to order with your choice of 8 colored pearls. The varying width and texture of the four silver bands provides an edge that balances out the softness of the pearls.

Despite English not being her first language, Virginie gamely answered our interview questions!

Curator V: How did you get your start making jewelry?

Like a lot of us women, I always loved jewelry. I was offering myself a jewel with every trip I was doing. And then I became a mother. (I’m the lucky mother of four healthy kids of 2 to 8 years old) When I had the third one, we decided as a couple to quit to have a stay at home parent. I won the lucky job to be at home but very quickly I realized how much I needed something for my mental health! Also, I wanted to show my children that I was their mother, but not only a mother. I then registered at l’École de Joaillerie de Montréal to become a jeweler and voilà!

Curator V: You live near Montreal. Can you tell us a little bit about that and how it inspires you?

I live now in a small town called Marieville near Montréal wear I used to live and work. Montréal is very energetic, peaceful and inspiring city where very old building are surrounded with contemporary ones. Culture is everywhere in Montréal. I think the fact of both langages (French and English) and their own cultural backgrounds brings a lots to it. From now you will all have noticed that my first language is not English.

But more than two languages, Montreal is multicultural. If you travel around the city, you’ll find chinese, portuguese, italian, arabic inspirations. For an artist, it is so rich.

Curator V: What are your favorite materials to work with? Why?

My favorite material are stones, all of them. I could stare at them for hours. I prefer the non conventional ones because they all have a little something unique. Like everyone of us. Small failures, weird colors, special shapes. To present these stones I need a metal. I mostly use Sterling silver for it’s relatively lower cost and nobility.

Curator V: You’ve been on Etsy since 2009. What changes have you seen over the past three years?

Even if I’ve been on Etsy since 2009, I feel like i’m a baby there. I think the site is always prettier and user friendly for the clients.

Curator V: What can we expect from you in the future?

More stones in new designs! I will also add a gold section to my store.

Win an Oxidized Sterling Silver Pendant! Organic and lovely, this one of a kind pendant comes on an oxidized silver chain. To enter, visit Virginie Martin Studio, then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite item. One winner to be chosen at random next Sunday, May 13th.

(Reading this via a feed? Here’s a direct link to the giveaway.)

{ 81 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Virginia Greer May 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

I think my favorite is the “My Own Stripes Pendant”. It’s organic and beautiful. I love that it looks a little southwestern and a little star trek all at once!

2 CathyH May 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

Beautiful work! I love “In Between” gorgeous stone!

3 mary fanara coleman May 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

Oh I like the Red Candy – Sterling silver and Vintage Lucite Cabochons Earrings

4 Nancy May 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

I am super in love with the silver & pearl medallion with a chain :) It’s stunning and a bit rustic – love it!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/86896814/sterling-silver-and-pearl-medallion

5 Birgit May 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

I love the Sunset – Oxidized sterling silver and red spinel Pendant!

6 Michelle W May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

I love the Imperial Green – Sterling silver, pearls and Imperial Jasper Necklace. Everything she has is just beautiful!

7 Barbara May 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

There are so many beautiful items in this shop. All of the rings are fabulous, but I’m choosing the black leather and garnet pendent as my favorite, because it is really different!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/41102067/black-leather-and-garnet-pendant

8 Felicia May 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

i love the Sterling silver and Bronze Druzy Cuff Links

9 Glo May 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm
10 Lubaska May 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I love This One’s for You – Sterling and Garnet Ring – Size 7. Cute, loving flowery design and silver

11 Chantal Binda May 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I love the In Between – Birdeye Rhyolite and sterling silver Pendant, but I really like Virginie’s rings too! Thank you Virginie for making such beautiful jewelries.

12 DESPINA May 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I love Copper Bubbles – Sterling silver and Copper Hammered Band Ring!!

13 Joanna May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

The Piano Lesson – Sterling silver and charoite Pendant is wonderful
<3 <3

14 Karen May 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Sterling silver and Tourmaline Ring

15 Sylvie May 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

I love the “piece of cake” earrings” simple, stylish, geometrical… and yet mysterious with that beautiful lava stone!
Magnifique, Virginie :-)

16 KAlicat Jewlery May 8, 2012 at 6:04 am

Love the sausage dog :)

17 Florence May 8, 2012 at 6:12 am

Congratulations Virginie on this feature!

Your jewelry is amazing and so unique. Hard to choose a favorite from your Etsy shop but I love this one (because I love red!) http://www.etsy.com/listing/70164696/pink-keshis-pearls-and-sterling-silver.

18 AnnyMay May 8, 2012 at 6:15 am

So hard to choose! I love all her shop! I’m a big fan of Virginie!
;)

I’ll choose this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/91406836/earth-double-strand-freshwater-pearls

Thanks!

19 Libby May 8, 2012 at 6:24 am

LOVE the stacking rings… they are gorgeous!!!

20 Linda May 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

Love all her jewelry. Hard to choose just one but PERSPECTIVE would be my choice and in rings Copper Bubbles. Congratulations Virginie.

21 Céline Richard May 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

Congrats for this feature Virginie!

22 Mona May 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I love the Eleonore I – Pearls, Silver and Citrine Necklace.

23 Sarah P May 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

My favorite item is the Chill – Sterling silver and aquamarine Ring.

24 Marija May 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

My favorite is the CREATURE I – Sterling silver, turquoise and agate Pendant!

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

25 judith chen May 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I’m in love with mr.bird agate pendant!

26 Diane Lachapelle May 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm

J’aime beaucoup ce pendentif. Original et contemporain.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/41102067/black-leather-and-garnet-pendant

27 lushi May 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I love the red candy-sterling silver necklace. so adorable. Thank you for hosting this amazing giveaway. lushitoska@gmail.com

28 Keti May 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

All the jewelries are beautiful and unique. I really like “My Own Stripes Pendant”. Amazing work.

29 allie ng May 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm
30 Natasha Fatah May 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Thank you for a lovely giveaway.
The copper bubbles sterling silver ring is my favourite. It’s so unique!

natashafatah at gmail dot com

31 Lillea May 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My favourite is Journey X – Sterling silver Pendant and Watermelon Tourmaline. I hearted it on Etsy. I’m happy to see a Canadian on Etsy. There aren’t that many compared to US members!

32 Marie May 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I love the Blue and White Baroque Pearl Necklace.
warhandmades at gmail dot com

33 kim May 9, 2012 at 5:22 am

super..tres beau travail!!

34 Lynda E May 9, 2012 at 5:55 am

Love the Amazonite and brown keshis pearls Necklace

35 Nury May 9, 2012 at 6:55 am

I love the Sea Sediment Ring I.

36 Stephanie May 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love the Sea Sediment I ring…gorgeous!

37 Vesper May 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

i like the Abstract Pendant

38 Marlene V May 9, 2012 at 9:41 am

I also really like the In Between – Birdeye Rhyolite and sterling silver Pendant

39 eugenia May 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

this is one fabulous GA!the prize looks so attractive!

i just love this:”http://www.etsy.com/listing/80777584/a-walk-in-the-woods-statement-ring-size
GORGEOUS!

bohemian_sin(at)yahoo(dot)com

40 Julie B. May 9, 2012 at 11:04 am
41 Kat May 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

LOVE the Customizable Little Foot Pendant – Sterling silver.

42 KarenZ May 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I like the I’ve got a crown on you – All sterling silver and pearl Ring
niuniuzheng at gmail dot com

43 maria g May 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

my fav is this great ring :)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/80777584/a-walk-in-the-woods-statement-ring-size

sieteinvitaciones@ gmail.com

44 Diana May 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I love the Amazonite and brown keshis pearls Necklace – 2 in 1

45 Sharon S May 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I’m totally smitten with the Raindrop sterling & Spinel ring
This is a wonderful shop with many gorgeous pieces!!
Thanks for the giveaway!!

46 Christina May 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I love the Frog Prince Pendant! Very creative!

47 Sherry Wasabi May 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I like the Copper Bubbles Ring

iluvpolkapie at gmail dot com

48 kitblu May 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Stunning work. Silver is my favourite metal so I like most of the pieces. This is the first time I have seen belt buckles and cuff links in an Etsy shop (or elsewhere for that matter). I pick Earth – a double strand bracelet as my most favourite.

49 Maegan Morin May 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm
50 Margaret Osako May 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I love Mr. Bird… sooooo cute!

51 Rahma May 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

Oh my good virgine martine studio is where pampering women by making us more beautiful. Yeah…I saw all the beautiful jewelry that was there. and i love perfection – Classic 18k Yellow Gold earrings with AAA Quality Pearls.

Hope i win…I like the Copper Bubbles Ring
my email : neng[dot]rachma[at]rocketmail[dot]com

52 Aik May 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

I love the Fleur de Lys and Pearl Pendant.

53 Felicity May 10, 2012 at 5:33 am
54 Mubin May 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

my favourite is the Purple One – Size 7.5… pretty!

55 brittany k May 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love the Piano Lesson – Sterling silver and charoite Pendant!

56 Debbie P May 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

I like the Oyster Bowl ring.

57 Cami May 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

My favorite item is http://www.etsy.com/listing/74427439/fleur-de-lys-and-pearl-pendant

blogulcuhainutze at yahoo dot com

58 Leslie W May 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

My favorite is the My Poor King – Sterling and Citrine Pendant. Simple & elegant :)

59 Kirsty Fox May 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I like the Green Sea Sediment Pendant

Twitter – @bloomingfox
Facebook – Kirsty Fox

60 Anne Katherine May 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I love all of the work but this ring is especially unique. http://www.etsy.com/listing/38784234/raindrop-sterling-and-spinel-ring-size

61 Eneda May 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I love the green sea sediment pendant….i would love to wear it. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway. enedatoska@gmail.com

62 Alba May 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Beautiful jewelry!!! I love the green sea sediment pendant….acidangel8388@gmail.com

63 Lindsey May 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

love the blue ball ring. it’s just my size.

64 MSFORMALDEHYDE May 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

I love the red candy!

65 hofken May 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

My favorite item is the Green Sea Sediment Pendant

Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

66 Lyudmila May 12, 2012 at 12:57 am

Like Copper Bubbles – Sterling silver and Copper Hammered Band Ring
http://www.etsy.com/listing/98317568/copper-bubbles-sterling-silver-and

67 Naomi May 12, 2012 at 2:17 am

So hard to choose – I favorited a couple on etsy. :-) But for the contest answer, I’ll choose “Sunset” http://www.etsy.com/listing/93123757/sunset-oxidized-sterling-silver-and-red
So unique and ruggedly gorgeous – it reminds me of a tattoo I designed once. :-) I absolutely love Virginie’s work and it’s uber cool to have the chance to win one of her works of wearable art, but in case I don’t win, I think I’m going to start saving for a splurge. :-) Best of luck, everyone. :-D

68 Alexey May 12, 2012 at 4:29 am

I really liked this suspension Customizable Little Foot Pendant – Sterling silver. really want to win it

69 eveline058 May 12, 2012 at 7:53 am
70 mary fanara coleman May 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I like PERSPECTIVE – Sterling Silver and Tourmaline Pendant

71 Luthien Oltrefiume May 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

My Own Stripes Pendant – Sterling silver and SpiderWeb Agate is my favourite, I’d love to see it on my husband ;)

72 Ryan Garcia May 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

http://www.etsy.com/listing/49597249/contrast-polishrustic-men-skull-ring

This is great! Etsy needs more guy stuffs and Virginie’s work is perfect. Love it!

73 Heather May 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I love the Mystery Delight Pearl necklace!

74 Jessica May 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I love all of the rings!! Everything was gorgeous, but my favorite would probably have to be the “Blue Ball” ring. So pretty!
Thank you!

75 Joretta Foster May 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

PINK – Keshis pearls and Sterling silver Bracelet

76 Kathy Tardif May 13, 2012 at 5:24 am

My favorite is Mr.Bird ! Virginie is a fantastic artist. Originality, quality and an extraordinary shopping experience. ;)

77 Louise Haché May 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

My favorite…hmmm…let me think…there are soo many, like the one you made me ;) But I admit, MR. BIRD could really find a place for his nest in my room…he is EXQUISITE! Tu es la meilleure Virginie! xx

78 Marc-Andre Grenier May 13, 2012 at 7:15 am

Magnifiques bij0ux.. Souhaitons que plus de gens découvrent ces merveilles…

79 Ashley Quintana May 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

http://www.etsy.com/listing/77067289/falling-citrine-and-sterling-silver-ring

falling citrine and sterling silver ring

This is my sons birth stone!! I love it!!

80 eleanor q May 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I love the Sterling silver earrings wide light pink quartz and tahitian pearls.

81 Josée R. May 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

J’aime beaucoup tes bijoux et cette bague me fait toujours de l’oeil…http://www.etsy.com/listing/41421749/ma-favorite-bague-argent-sterling-et

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