Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living

Products, People, Places and Things Representing the Best in Coastal Living.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Betty Burnell's Coastal Inspired Jewelry

Betty Burnell’s exquisite jewelry sets the standard for “elegance with character.” Each one-of-a-kind piece is hand-made from the finest in metals and precious stones. Using sterling silver, kiln-formed glass, mother of pearl, swarovski crystals, and many more brilliant gems and stones, Betty crafts her jewelry into pieces of art that has her collectors and admirers anxious with anticipation for her newest creations.

Seahorse in resin pendant with sterling clasp-oxidized sterling silver chain.

Every time I thought I had my life carefully planned, I came to a really sharp curve in the road or a steep hill that blocked my view of what waited on the other side. The surprises have been interesting and stimulating and, at each turn or rise, have challenged me to try something new or different. I have learned so much along the way and, happily, I’m learning still.

Sterling silver fish combined with brass, lampwork glass, sodalite and sterling silver. Perfect for all of your coastal occasions!        
Sheepshank and smoky topaz necklace. Simple but elegant. Betty has combined a sterling silver sheepshank with smoky topaz pendant on a brown cord choker. Match it with a pair of sterling silver sheepshank earrings!  
Perfect for just about anything! Sterling silver bracelet with fresh water pearls and sterling silver sand dollars charms.

Betty Burnell's new direction has taken her back to her roots growing up near the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay and is the inspiration for her latest original coastal jewelry .  A seaworthy blend of silver, shells, bead, stones and charms create a unique and creative collection of marine themed bracelets, pendants, necklaces and earrings.  Sea horses and nautical chart pendants, sterling silver sheepshank knotted necklaces and earrings, Naga and Paua shells, silver fish and colorful lampwork glass create new compositions sure to please the coastal enthusiasts.

Coastal curio necklace. A great Betty Burnell coastal creation necklace using shells, turquoise, fresh water pearl, antique brass trade ring, antique Chinese coin and sterling silver. Adjustable length

It was during my work with the museums that I became interested in glass, beads and jewelry design. I was fascinated with the range and depth of color and texture in glass forms and beadwork. I continue to learn new techniques and experiment with materials, and I have taken some classes with established artists in kiln-formed glass, lampwork, precious metal clay, and metalsmithing. I also learn by experience, otherwise known and trial and error! I have a renewed interest in textiles and fibers and have begun to dabble more seriously in that medium.

You can see all of Betty Burnell's Coastal Collection by visiting her artist page on Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Galleries Website. Click here.

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