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Solo Exhibit & Giveaway: Shadow Jewels!

by Violet on May 14, 2012

Update: Our winner is #13, Veronika! Thank you to Rhonda for being a part of Etsy Stalker.

I’ve had this piece in my favorites for ages. Sweet gemstone flowers, skillful wire work, a lovely old-fashioned feel…the entire pendant is a well-thought out piece of art. After going back to it for the umpteenth time, I finally got smart and asked its creator, Rhonda of Shadow Jewels, to do a Solo Exhibit.

Like any woman, Rhonda is captivated by a whole host of things and her resulting designs defy simple categorization. She loves to repurpose vintage finds: The focal point of this necklace is an old chandelier crystal hanging from a vintage nouveau style brass vine centerpiece. Additional Swarovski crystals add sparkle to an elegant piece.

Because Rhonda finds inspiration in so many materials–everything from gemstones to crystals to rhinestones to glass–her offerings fit every price range. These earrings feature vintage West German glass beads from the 1950′s. Priced at only $15, they drip with romance and shine.

Inspired by the winter sky at sunset on the solstice, spinel rondelles range from palest cotton candy to rose to plum creating an ombre effect. Swirling tourmalinated quartz teardrops finish it off with drama and mystery.

Whatever her inspiration, Rhonda’s pieces are decidedly feminine. One of a number of shabby chic pieces in her shop, I love the mixture of honeysuckle she’s used in this Pink Sugar bracelet. The variety of textures and finishes keep it sweet without crossing over into syrupy.

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

Well, about 12 years ago, I got a new computer. Once I got online, unfortunately I discovered cybershopping. That was when my passion for vintage jewelry began. I started collecting Victorian jewelry, but that was frustrating for me because the pieces I really wanted were too expensive. Then one day I bought a necklace with a broken clasp~ a bargain! And decided to learn how to fix it. When I found you could buy vintage beads and jewelry parts online, that was the end of my normal life. Zowie! ‘This will be much cheaper’, I thought. Sure! Now I have a whole room full of the stuff. It has not been cheaper than buying the Victorian jewelry, but it sure has been more fun.

Curator V: You’ve been on Etsy since 2008. What made you decide to join then? What changes have you seen there over the past 4 years?

At that time, I was selling on another venue that catered more to the vintage shops. When I found Etsy, it just seemed like a perfect fit to me. I admire their commitment to supporting the handmade community. I am inspired every day by the creative people I meet there.
Etsy has grown tremendously, and there have been many positive changes since then. My favorites are the shop stats, and the changes to teams, and the treasury. I also love the new Discover feature on the home page.

I believe we are now entering the times that will be the true test of Etsy. As the site becomes more successful, the big resellers are more and more attracted to selling there. Will Etsy take a firm stand against them and protect the handmade marketplace? We shall see.

Curator V: Your design style is always beautiful, but nearly impossible to categorize. Is that intentional?

Yes, I suppose it is. My tastes are not limited to one certain look or style. To make exactly the same kind of thing day after day is just so tedious to me. The truth is, I make what I like, and that is somewhat eclectic. I am not a factory, after all.

Curator V: How would you describe the woman you design for?

My customers are independent, free thinkers, who love the art in beautiful jewelry, and care about buying treasures that are made with love and not mass produced.

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

I am working on some designs for more wire wrapped gemstone earrings and pendants. Coming soon!

Our giveaway is bound to have you buzzing! This necklace features a vintage brass honeybee adorned with vintage topaz and cream glass beads. To enter, visit Shadow Jewels then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite item. One winner to be chosen at random next Sunday, May 20th.

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

{ 91 comments… read them below or add one }

1 moira stone May 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

Aqua blue lilac lampwork glass bracelet is my favorite.:) Very pretty~

2 Angela May 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

Pink Opal necklace with vintage art glass is my fav! Love Shadow Jewels work, it’s gorgeous!

3 Jen G. May 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

I love everything in her shop, but the Emerald wire wrapped gold gemstone necklace may be my absolute favorite! :)

4 CathyH May 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love the vintage style!! Skylark is one of my favorites!

5 Jeannie May 14, 2012 at 9:21 am
6 Lyudmila May 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

I like the spring jewelry Aqua mint ring with vintage glass stone

7 Nancy May 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

I absolutely LOVE the MOONBEAMS sterling silver gemstone earrings in moonstone white topaz – they are STUNNING! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!! :)

8 Bmorrell May 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

I’m really torn between the Emerald wire wrapped gold gemstone necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/72504177/emerald-wire-wrapped-gold-gemstone and the Sapphire necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/72218215/sapphire-necklace-gold-pink-yellow-wire.

9 Birgit May 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

I adore the WINTERFELL necklace!

10 Beth May 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

So hard to choose one favorite but I love the WINTERFELL necklace, as well

11 Emily Drake May 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I like the pink swirl earrings with vintage glass spring jewelry

12 Yee M. May 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I see I’m in good company. I, too, loved the Winterfell necklace :)

13 Veronika May 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

My favorite item is HYDRANGEA necklace with vintage glass and fabric flower. Very pretty!

14 Katelyn May 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I love the pink opal necklace!

15 Lasca Topham May 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I love so many of them, but the Pink Sugar Shabby Chic Bracelet has to be my most favorite! I love pink!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/83876786/pink-sugar-shabby-chic-bracelet-with

16 DESPINA May 15, 2012 at 2:29 am

I am a fan for a long time now!!
Absolutely stunning pieces, so hard to choose ONE favorite!!
I pick the Moonstone sapphire sterling silver wire wrapped gemstone pendant, gorgeous…

17 Joanna May 15, 2012 at 2:30 am

Impossible to choose one piece!!!!!!!!!
I mention the beautiful Ombre Pink Spinel gemstone sterling silver wire wrapped earrings although I adore so many pieces.

18 Lucie Q May 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

I totally agree with Rhonda about Etsy’s future, I hope it will remain for vintage/handmande lovers, makers & buyers :)
Her Etsy’s amazing, I love lockets, so my fav item is the DREAMS locket and purple bead necklace ^__^

19 kumo May 15, 2012 at 8:52 am

Lovely work! I think I like the giveaway bee necklace the best, but I also really like the purple bracelet with vintage amethyst glass.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/87359327/purple-bracelet-with-vintage-amethyst

20 Donna Warrington May 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

I LOVE the Shabby Pink Snowflake rhinestone earrings pastel pink the best…..everything is beautiful!

Donna

21 Julie B. May 16, 2012 at 7:52 am

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72218215/sapphire-necklace-gold-pink-yellow-wire
Love everything in this shop, but this is one favorite.

22 Kimberly R. May 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I love the pastel pink and blue bellflower necklace.

23 Damla May 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm
24 Jen G May 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Oh wow – so many beautiful pieces to pick from!! I love the Shabby metallic necklace with vintage silver cathedral glass beads – so beautiful!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/87993024/shabby-metallic-necklace-with-vintage?ref=v1_other_2

25 Wendy May 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Love this bracelet: http://www.etsy.com/listing/92384293/shabby-bracelet-with-vintage-enamel
It reminds me of my childhood!!

26 Marija May 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I love the Blue Sky vintage rhinestone topaz AB and aquamarine charm bracelet.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

27 Eugenie May 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I love the Nightfall bib necklace. It is gorgeous.

28 jc May 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I like this pastel pink necklace, the color is so soft and so feminine

http://www.etsy.com/listing/99187748/pastel-pink-necklace-spring-jewelry-with

29 Lulu May 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

I love Summer jewelry aqua mint moonstone glass earrings: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99816368/summer-jewelry-aqua-mint-moonstone-glass

30 Cami May 17, 2012 at 2:19 am
31 Katy May 17, 2012 at 3:50 am

I like the Winter Berry earrings with vintage topaz AB glass beads.

32 Roni May 17, 2012 at 3:59 am

I love the Pink pearl gemstone earrings brown honeysuckle

33 Megan May 17, 2012 at 4:31 am

Wow I love her work!!! I would love to own any of her work. I really like the Statement Jewelry Turquoise and sterling silver LARGE pendant wire wrapped necklace

34 beyond May 17, 2012 at 5:54 am

i love the Peridot and Prehnite gold filled wire wrapped gemstone earrings!

35 angie May 17, 2012 at 6:15 am

I love this : Topaz Purple charm bracelet with vintage Swarovki crystal

36 Alda Moreira May 17, 2012 at 6:23 am
37 Emilia Lopes May 17, 2012 at 6:24 am

My fave is:Reserved for curator Violet necklace with vintage topaz cream glass

Thank You!!!!

38 Amber May 17, 2012 at 6:28 am

My favorite is the WINTERFELL necklace with iolite amethyst flower sterling silver wire wrap

39 Nury May 17, 2012 at 6:45 am

I love the Pink Opal necklace with vintage art glass, so beautiful.

40 Lynda E May 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

Love the Black opal ring with vintage art glass stone

41 Aik May 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

I love the WINTERFELL necklace with iolite amethyst flower sterling silver wire wrap!

42 gail May 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

pink opal necklace w/ vintage art glass

43 Marlene V May 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

I also really love the Gray Blue Filigree Shabby earrings

44 Vesper May 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

I like the Black Crystal Filigree Charm bracelet

45 nadegda May 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

I like Shabby earrings with butterflies and vintage teal rhinestone hearts

46 Anne Katherine May 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love these earrings! They would match a ring I have! http://www.etsy.com/listing/99187082/black-opal-earrrings-with-vintage-art

47 Diana Dang May 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

Love
personalized Mothers Sisters birthstone charm bracelet vintage rhinestones

48 Oana Catalina May 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

Fave item: Gemstone flower smoky gray antiqued brass wire wrapped necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/72227145/gemstone-flower-smoky-gray-antiqued

49 Elaine May 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

The black opal and tourmalinated quartz stones are so pretty!

50 Sherry Wasabi May 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I like Summer jewelry turquoise givre art glass earrings

iluvpolkapie at gmail dot com

51 KarenZ May 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I like the Black opal ring with vintage art glass stone
niuniuzheng at gmail dot com

52 Kirsty Fox May 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I like the Red Garnet long drop cascade earrings gold filled

Twitter – @bloomingfox
Facebook – Kirsty Fox

53 Cindy May 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm
54 Kylie C May 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I love the pastel pink necklace spring jewelry with vintage floral Czech art glass!

55 Felicity May 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I love this item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99819406/spring-jewelry-aqua-lavender-vintage

rubiahn at googlemail dot com

56 Susan Franklin May 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I like the DARK OPAL charm bracelet with vintage art glass and rhinestones blue pink.

57 Sharon Siqueiros May 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Love everything!! The Coral Reef lampwork bead bracelet is gorgeous

58 Sheila Foley May 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

The Moonstone sapphire sterling silver wire wrapped pendant is lovely!

59 Maegan Morin May 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

OMG what a beautiful shop! How am I supposed to choose a favorite? I really like this necklace its beautiful: http://www.etsy.com/listing/77617296/moonstone-sapphire-sterling-silver-wire

60 Shani May 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm
61 Ruri May 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Love the Andalusite brown green gemstone encrusted vine earrings gold!

62 Tame Adams May 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

It was a difficult decision, but I really liked the Butterscotch bracelet with vintage Japanese lampwork glass the best :)

Tame

63 moniquehasana May 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm

LOVE the Rhinestone Earrings Summer jewelry turquoise givre art glass earrings and everything in that shop. LOVE!!!!!!!

Thanks

64 Christina May 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I like the Black Opal Bracelet!

65 Leslie W May 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I like the Turquoise flower necklace with tourmaline sterling silver!

66 Constitution Girl May 17, 2012 at 10:37 pm

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85009990/gray-blue-filigree-shabby-earrings

THOSE are absolutely adorable!! I could really buy this shop out. Now I’m going back to heart every thing there! :D

67 Sandy M May 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I like the Statement Jewelry Turquoise and sterling silver LARGE pendant wire wrapped necklace.

68 hofken May 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

My favorite item is the pair of Andalusite brown green gemstone encrusted vine earrings gold

69 Lily May 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

It’s so hard to choose, they’re all so lovely!
But I love these the most!
-Gemstone flower smoky gray antiqued brass wire wrapped necklace
-XANADU ice flower gemstone aquamarine silver wire wrap necklace
-Emerald wire wrapped gold gemstone necklace
-Beach Dreams Lampwork glass bracelet silver blue white

They’re beautiful!

70 Diana May 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I love the WINTERFELL necklace!

71 Jasmine1485 May 19, 2012 at 3:24 am

My favourite necklace is the ‘Blue Sky topaz AB and aquamarine charm necklace vintage rhinestones’ :)

kate1485 at hotmail.com

72 craftink May 19, 2012 at 3:40 am
73 Bre R. May 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

I like the Dark Star earrings! Very pretty!

breonna dot roberts at gmail dot com

74 Glo May 19, 2012 at 7:01 am
75 Heather A May 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

The Boro lampwork glass earrings are stunning. But everything is beautiful. such a talented artist.

76 Jen Ty May 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

sapphire necklace gold pink yellow wire wrapped gemstone flowers

77 Karen May 19, 2012 at 10:14 am
78 rose May 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

I love the Statement Jewelry Turquoise and sterling silver LARGE pendant wire wrapped necklace. That is an awesome pendent! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

79 Sekhmet May 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm
80 Chelsea W May 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I love the black opal bracelet. Very cute AND vintage!

81 Emily Abu-middin May 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I like the Aqua Mint spring necklace with Japenese Lampwork, but every single item there is soo beautiful.

82 Kat May 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm
83 Lee May 20, 2012 at 7:04 am

I love this beautiful bracelet! thanks for the generous giveaway.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/78988032/butterscotch-bracelet-with-vintage

84 Lubaska May 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

I love MOONBEAMS sterling silver gemstone earrings moonstone white topaz. thanks

85 Kali May 20, 2012 at 9:23 am
86 Barbara May 20, 2012 at 10:13 am
87 Sarah May 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

Beautiful work all around, I love how so many pieces have a delicate antique feel! And the wire wrapping is lovely.

88 Sarah P May 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

My favorite is the pastel pink necklace spring jewelry with vintage floral Czech art glass.

89 Maz May 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I don’t know if I can choose just one! I like the Gray Blue Filigree Shabby earrings, the filigree is just adorable and wanted to pick that. But then I saw the Black opal earrrings with vintage art glass stones, and they are so colorful, I thought about picking them. The Pink Opal necklace with vintage art glass would have won, but I’m not a pink girl, and the blue in the VIRGO rhinestone earrings vintage blue crystal is fantastic, but I’m not a virgo. So I ended up deciding I’d pick Shabby charm bracelet with vintage baby blue glass and filigree because I’d actually wear it. I hearted it on etsy.

90 Rebecca May 21, 2012 at 10:31 am
91 kris August 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

i like sapphire necklace September Birthstone Nature Inspired wire wrapped gemstone flowers

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