Friday, November 29, 2013

December's Birthstone: Turquoise (and a few others)

Turquoise Matrix Scarab Vintage Glass Cabochons.
December's birthstone is turquoise. 
The gemstone turquoise comes in many different shades ranging from white to yellow-green. But when we talk about turquoise in vintage glass it is always about shades of blue and blue-green. We have a large selection of faux turquoise vintage glass at Bumbershoot Supplies and Bumbershoot Designs.
Turquoise Blue Vintage Glass Charm Chandelier Earrings.
Turquoise Sky Blue Vintage Glass Melon Grooved Cabochon. 
Turquoise Cherry Brand Vintage Baroque Glass Beads.
The gemstone turquoise sometimes has flecks of pyrite (commonly known as "Fool's Gold") in it that gives it a metallic variation. Often vintage faux turquoise glass is veined or flecked with metallic gold, brown, white and/or black for an organic appeal.You will often see this type of glass referred to as "turquoise matrix" glass.

Turquoise Matrix Vintage Glass Round Cabochons.
Turquoise Matrix Vintage Glass Cabochon Brass Set Charms.
Turquoise Matrix Cherry Brand Vintage Glass Cabochons.
In 1870 Tiffany & Co. published a birthstone poem in one of their pamphlets. The poem for December goes:

"If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate'er you do."

Turquoise Matrix Vintage Glass Octagon Cabochons.
Turquoise Matrix Vintage Glass Oval Cabochons.
Turquoise Green Matrix Vintage Glass Scarab Cabochons.
Turquoise Matrix Vintage Glass Pear Rhinestones.
We hope this brings you some December inspiration. For more, check out our turquoise collection at Bumbershoot Supplies and Bumbershoot Designs.

And if turquoise isn't for you, you're in luck! December has two other birthstones: tanzanite and zircon. Be sure to check out our tanzanite and zircon supplies and designs at Bumbershoot Designs and Bumbershoot Supplies as well!

Tanzanite Swarovski Vintage Octagon Rhinestones.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Featured Artist: Jhone of Persephone on Etsy

Our latest featured artist is the fabulous Jhone, Propriatrix of Persephone, who makes "pretty things for weird women".
Jhone's designs caught my eye because of their strategic use of images and delightful, intricately detailed mixture of materials.

Several of her designs are inspired by famous persons and artists. There are pieces that feature famous queens, such as Elixabeth I and Marie Antoinette, poets like Edgar Allan Poe and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and pieces featuring famous masterpieces like John Singer Sargent's Madame X.

 Jhone says, "Obsessed with archetypes and tales, my jewelry tells stories." Whether you're looking at a pair of earrings or a brooch the story is always there. See these fabulous steampunk pieces, below.

Jhone also makes beautiful floral earrings. The pair below perfectly captures a couple of luscious fuchsia blossoms at their peak, reminding me of sunshine and warmer days.
We recommend you check out PersephonePlus! You may find a story that speaks to you, or even a story that you'll want to share with someone else.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies November 2013 Special for Newsletter Subscribers

Are you ready to get started on holiday creations? This month we are celebrating the start of the holiday season by providing free shipping for our newsletter subscribers during the entire month of November. Stock up on vintage crafting items at Bumbershoot Supplies or get your gift shopping done at Bumbershoot Designs.

The free shipping is for any number of purchases, no limits, no restrictions! At checkout, just use the coupon code provided in your newsletter. The code will work on our websites AND in both our Etsy shops. See your November 1 and November 15 newsletters for details and the coupon code. And yes, we provide free shipping to our international customers too.

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