Oh, is it wedding season?!

Lia's Bouquet.jpgThe folks at Etsy reminded me it’s wedding season!  While my appreciation of weddings is primarily relegated to drooling over bouquets, head-pieces and gowns, I did remember serving as a bridesmaid in several friends’, then my sister’s, wedding.  I got my dress together, my shoes, my makeup, my hair, and then, despite being a jeweler, found I had no clue whatsoever what jewelry to wear.
The weddings were all fairly traditional, with bridesmaids in similar, if not identical dresses, and I wondered if I’d blow up the whole cabal with some off-kilter embellishment.  And if you’re thinking, why worry about such a thing?  I hand you the following anecdote.my hairdo and fascinator at Glo's wedding
Standing in the chapel doorway at my best-friend’s wedding, I went to take the arm of my assigned groomsman, a gentleman I had just met, before we walked down the aisle.  I was wearing the pre-selected bridesmaid uniform, marcasite post earrings and a feather fascinator.  He leaned over to me and whispered, “Now, we don’t want to take any attention away from the bride, now do we?”  Ahem!  So, people notice these things!
Accessory-shaming aside, I thought, there should be tasteful, customizable jewelry pieces available, preferably that a bride can select and purchase for her bridal party, that she could match to their dresses.  The bridesmaid would’t have to worry about selecting appropriate jewelry for the occasion, and the jewelry would double as a gift from bride to bridesmaids as a thank you for supporting her on her special day.Set of gold drop earrings main
I have just listed a set of gold and semi-precious gemstone drop earrings in my Hieropice on Etsy shop, customizable, of course, for exactly this purpose.  Earrings are available in turquoise, lapis lazuli, coral, and malachite, and other colors are available upon request.  The set comes with four pairs, but more, or fewer, are also available.  Happy wedding season, everyone!

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New Photos

Hieropice and Uni-T  I just want to share some new photos taken by friend and fellow artist Eujin Kim Neilan, proprietor of Uni-T at the Natick Mall.  They feature Hieropice’s Teal & Gold Maasai Beaded Necklace and Uni-T’s yellow Owl tank top.  Eujin was so right that these pieces look great together!  And thanks to Lexi, for modeling!  Uni-T’s yellow racer-back owl tank top available here, and at Uni-T at the Natick Mall in Natick, Mass.  Hieropice’s Teal and Gold Maasai Beaded Necklace available here, and at Uni-T at the Natick Mall.Lexi in Hieropice and Uni-T2Hieropice and Uni-T

We’re at the Natick Mall!

Quick post today!  Eujin Kim Neilan is the proprietor/artist behind Uni-T, a fabulous handmade brand offering her Eujin’s original illustrations in screen-printed tee, necklace, hoodie, and card-form.  Uni-T recently opened up in the Natick Mall, a very swanky collection of stores in Natick, MA.  And Hieropice is the featured artist there for the month of May!  Check out Hieropice’s collection at Uni-T, at the Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester Street, Natick, Massachusetts, 2nd floor, right near Nordstrom.Table at Uni-T

Announcing a new partnership!

abeilleHi all,

I hope everyone’s Autumn is starting out on a good note.  The Gifford Shelter fundraiser was a lot of fun, it doesn’t feel like work when you get to snuggle adorable kitties periodically throughout the day!  Thank you to everyone who came and made purchases, your money really does go to an amazing cause and the Gifford kitties deserve it!

abeille beadsAnd guess what else?  You can now purchase Hieropice’s jewelry at a wonderful bead/jewelry/clothing boutique in Brookline, Mass, called Abeille.  I love this store so much because, let’s face it, it’s purty, and have been a long-time customer, so I’m really excited that they’ll be selling our wares.  The store has such a great vibe, with it’s contemporary romantic decor and vibrant spectrum of color.  I have spent many an hour there sifting through baskets of seed beads and strands of semiprecious stones.  If you’ve never been and you’re in MA, Abeille is definitely worth checking out.  It’s a lovely place to pass a couple hours on a crisp Fall day.  Have I mentioned Fall is my favorite season?  Summer heat is not for me but Fall, Fall I can get behind.  Enjoy, everybody.

 

Happy Fall!

Dara

Tiny pig in a glass

Pig terrarium necklace for tessa

Recently, a customer requested a mini terrarium necklace for her sister, who has a pet pig. The customer had an existing terrarium she loved with a tree and blue eggs inside, so I created a pendant incorporating elements she mentioned with some Hieropice twists. The miniature pig was a particular challenge! The opening of the glass vial is only 3 mms wide, so creating a pig with enough signature details (a coiled tail, miniature snout, etc.) that could be maneuvered into the vial without being damaged. I’m pleased with what I created, and really hope the customer, and her sister, are happy with it!

Arts on the Arcade!

***update: the August 15th show has been cancelled due to weather. Shows will resume on August 22nd.****
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Hieropice is back in Boston!  And I’m excited for the art/craft/farmer’s market/concert series sponsored by the City of Boston, Arts on the Arcade, beginning tomorrow!  Hieropice will be one of the juried art vendors, and I’ve got some pretty cool new items to debut.  ArtsontheArcade2

Arts on the Arcade will be every Wednesday, through August 29th (so Aug. 15th, 22nd, and 29th) from 11 AM to 3 PM, in City Hall Plaza/Government Center.  We’ll be under the tent, and hope to see you there!

For more info on the event, check out the City’s site here: http://www.cityofboston.gov/arts/visual/artmart.asp

Or, check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/417390741650449/

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Finally, it’s here!

Susan G Komen terrarium necklace with flower

Susan G Komen Necklace terrarium necklace, by HieropiceRecently, a good friend, Jaime Parker, told me she’d be doing the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, a 60-mile fundrasing walk to raise awareness/raise funds for breast cancer research.  (You can read more about the walk: here).  She was looking for support in gathering funds for this daunting challenge, and asked if I could help out.

Like a lot of people, I have personal experience with breast cancer; my grandmother battled it for most of her life.  It’s a life-changing diagnosis, and the current treatments (mastectomy, radiation, chemotherapy, etc.) can be devastating, and often only temporarily effective.  We are definitely in need of better treatments that will improve patients’ quality of life and keep them healthy long-term, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation is doing important research toward that end.Susan G Komen Necklace terrarium necklace, by Hieropice

So, I created a new Mini Terrarium Necklace, in the signature pink of the cancer awareness movement, to help Jaime raise funds for the Komen 3-Day.  30% of all proceeds from the sale of this necklace will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I hope you’ll support their efforts, and Jaime’s, and buy it!  The break-throughs they may make could change our lives one day.

With lurve,

Dara