Summer, in a blink, it seems, has washed away with the tide, and the crisp feel of autumn is once again carried in on a salty ocean breeze. Beach bonfires are crackling and the sky is side lit. The beach, just a moment ago, bustling with visitors and brightly colored canopies for miles, is now muted and softly diffused. Quiet really does have an echo. We gently embrace this new season, and like the lotus flower, we begin anew, stronger and empowered, and with a feeling of childlike anticipation.
I don’t know about you, but springtime to me has always meant lightening everything up quite a bit; your space, your emotions, your workload maybe, depending on what it is you do, and your wardrobe, and that goes for your jewelry wardrobe too.
With its earthy organic feel, handmade boho jewelry is perfect for this time of year and summer as well, especially those pieces with a beach chic vibe. You want to coordinate your jewelry with your sundresses, jeans and lighter fabric tops, keeping it soft and breezy sometimes. I live and design in a coastal town and it’s pretty casual here, not like where I was raised in southern California, in Redondo Beach. I look around and don’t see a lot of jewelry being worn most of the time, yet, just a drive over the hill to Los Gatos or down to Carmel and the scene is so much different, trendier, more colorful and certainly more fashion- fun to me!
Several times a year I visit the huge bead shows in California and pick my choices for my beach inspired handmade jewelry collection for spring and summer. This year I was fixated on coin pearls, but then decided to try some abalone shell, for a twist on beachy hoop-like earrings. These boho luxe earrings are what I came up with. If I had my way I would paint everything with a sea-foam blue patina… it makes me happy. These hoops were born bronze, but I gave them a a few swipes with my brush.
Happy Springtime Everyone!
Soften it up with Springtime Jewelry.
At the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains lies a spiritual retreat, Land of Medicine Buddha. Tranquil and serene, it is surrounded by enormous redwood tree energy, and is truly a sanctuary and healing place. I come here when the chaos of the ordinary world becomes way too much for me, which sometimes, is much of the time. Too many people, too much traffic, too much noise, too many choices. Of everything. It is where I come to seek solitude and inspiration for my spiritual designs. Often, we are not able to literally go "on retreat" when the responsibilities of everyday life can make us feel so tied down, yet the need to retreat from every day life at times is so very necessary. There is a retreat, though, deep within each one of us that we can access through the simple practice of silence and meditation. A beautiful world of quiet and non thought. Sometimes it is easy to follow the path to this place, and sometimes we slip up and step backward on our journey. Sometimes we just need a little help with guidance along the way, in the form of a caring friend's empathy and compassion, a loving animal trotting joyfully by our side, or a special treasure in our hand to hold tight to when we need to remember what this world is really all about. Since the beginning of time, we as humans, have looked to connect with a higher source and transport to us "that place." The handmade jewelry pieces I create are meant to help us on our path.
Wire work Up-cycled Glass Beads and Thai amulet.
This month has been really exciting for me. I am honored to say I am a featured artist on Carolyn Edlund's blog at Art Business Institute.
The Art Business Institute is a non-profit dedicated to helping artists of all mediums enhance their business skills. They have local and online courses in different aspects of the business of art. Dedicated to art-and craft-making communities, they provide practical business education for creative entrepreneurs.
Carolyn Edlund asks about what type of client I design for and my studio practice and inspiration. Come take a peak into the creative process behind Rio Jewelry Studio Collection! https://artsbusinessinstitute.org/artists/artist-profile-jann-bauer/
Here is a peek at my latest handmade boho jewelry designs. Early morning photos at the "Flats" on Rio del Mar Beach before packing everything up for Los Gatos Fiesta des Artes this Saturday in downtown Los Gatos! The hypnotic and meditative sounds of the ocean in the background make this an effortless task, how blessed can I be! The beach is my giant soft box!
Summertime, Rio del Mar Beach after fog lifts in the bay. Rolling waves, seagulls soaring and dipping, blue-blue skies.
Turquoise, aqua Czech beads and chalcedony on stacking bracelet with leather cord..
Inspiration: a beautiful blonde goddess named Heidi...
Thank you Heidi.
The earthiness of raw, rough gemstones such as citrine, amethyst, and turquoise really call to me. Each stone is said to be known for its unique properties of empowerment and intention, along with its own rich history. While designing my jewelry I keep in mind the intention I would like to imbue in each piece, and create it accordingly. I meet many artists who love to wear gemstones that are known to enhance creativity, for example. Others are looking to enhance their spiritual connection through the vibration and energy of stones and crystals.
This bracelet features a raw amethyst and turquoise, draped with Peruvian opals and wire worked in vermeil. Amethyst worn on your wrist is said to help attract abundance and prosperity, Turquoise is a stone of protection and is known to improve communication. I added Peruvian opals to calm the mind and build a strong connection to the beauty and tranquility of the sea. This piece is a personal favorite, and was bought by a friend of mine. It lives in Los Gatos presently!
You can look up your favorite gemstones at Crystal Vault's Crystal Encyclopedia, it's truly amazing!