Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bracelets I Cannot Afford


The newest selection in the on-going series now titled, "Bracelets I Cannot Afford."  While I love the black coral pictured above (it's actually a necklace), I'd really like to have a bracelet made with the white branch coral pieces that I collected on my honeymoon.  I wouldn't even need the fittings to be jewel encrusted.  That's how grounded I am.

The necklace, and many other amazing pieces, at Kara Ross New York.

Image above from Elle, issue and photographer unknown.

18 comments:

Anna Spiro said...

I too would love that black bamboo necklace as a bracelet Mrs B! I'm loving these bracelet posts. I am hoping and dreaming of a beautiful present from my husband when this baby arrives, maybe I should tell him to start following your bracelet posts for some inspiration!

Hope you are well. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog this week.

xx
Anna

Karena said...

That would be such a wonderful keepsake! I say do it.

Karena

pve design said...

While we were in Florida, I spotted some wonderfully mod looking coral in necklaces and immediately thought now that is not my Grandmother's coral. "A gift from the sea" - is always a perfect gift to give.
Why not have those branches made into a bracelet-
hunt around on etsy for some clever jewelry designer.
Lots of artists need work and you could "put them on the map~"
pve

Acanthus and Acorn said...

No you can not afford these or their distractions...focus on the dining room! HA!

Greet said...

Hello Patricia,
Gorgeous collection by Kara Ross!
I also love the black corals!
Thank you for introducing us to Kara.
xx
Greet

Kathy said...

I love the idea of a bracelet made with the coral you found. There must be a local artisan who could make that happen for you. I have some prized Cape May diamonds (sea polished quartz) I found when I was a teenager (many moons ago). You are inspiring me to finally do something with them.

soodie :: said...

there is a place in brookside that has a silversmith. he has made a number of things for me over the years -- rocks and such i've brought in and fashioned them into chunky necklaces. i say do it! sketch something out for a bracelet and it will get your creative juices flowing for your dining room.

mary said...

Hi Patricia, Last year when I decided to embellish chinoiserie lanterns with rock crystal and coral and other semi-precious stone, I discovered that there are some good ebay dealers with great coral--probably not at the level of the black shown here, but still great. For Christmas last year, I made the girls (big girls) rock crystal, coral, jet, etc. (big chunks) necklaces--I loved them--they were not that different in concept than these and very DIY and affordable. Then I went to gem shows----amazing!! Definitely do something with the found coral--it is not that difficult. Thanks for this post--now I can show the girls that my designs were really "with it".... xo Mary

home before dark said...

Totally way off topic here: You were such a good sport about the dining room. As luck would have it yesterday I unearthed a pile (still in the death throes of bath remodel that has affected the whole house) of magazines and thereit was a fresh, unread February's Spaces. Your interview with Thomas Britt was wonderful. Having 10 minutes before Britt took center stage in any of our living rooms would have terrified the holy hell out of most of us. You handled it with grace, intelligence and good humor. And you surely will with the DR makeover.

Emom said...

I photographer jewelry for an artist, Heather Marks,
she is very busy with a new line, but has used coral in her work before. I find her work to be very affordable. Maybe you could contact her about a custom piece...check her out

http://www.verychic.us/index.htm

Cheers!

cynthia - thedailybasics.com said...

I've discovered good Vintage for the answer to the bracelets I cannot afford. Even though they are pricey, they are still less expensive than those coveted Kara Ross's! It gives me a good excuse to pound the isles at Brimfield once a year! Great site. Love your name. Loved the movie!!!

Poindexter said...

ever since I caught a glimpse of the blue enamel tiffany bangle in the last catalog mailer, I've been thinking of little else. Here's my covet list, inspired by that lovely bangle. But honestly, whose arm could have only one?
http://poyndexter-diarypics.blogspot.com/2010/02/coveting.html

SPLENDEROSA said...

Hi Patricia...if you would like, we could make the coral bracelet for you at no charge. Do you have a photo, or can you quickly take one & send it to me at my email address, splenderosa@gmail.com .

If you email me we can exchange phone #'s & discuss. It would be my pleasure to do this for you.

xx's Marsha

Millie said...

I love it when a Mother sacrifices jewelled embellishments for her children's College fund. I have an old engagement ring from That Other Husband stashed away somwhere. You are welcome to the diamonds from that dear Mrs. B if that would help your bracelet project. Can't vouch for the veracity of the stones though, MOTH's always says there's something a bit fake about TOH.
Millie ^_^

Lacquered Life said...

Mrs. B,
A fabulous jewelry designer, Janet Porcher Gregg, is based out of Charleston and you would love her stuff. She is a dear friend and her pieces are stunning.
www.jpgltd.com
Check it out, really wonderful.

The Muddy Dog said...

Oh, that black coral number would be tops on my list. But my favorite bracelet is the charm bracelet my parents started for me when I was 6!

Penelope Bianchi said...

Hi there!

My daughter Ella....has a close friend.....Kisa.....who makes beautiful jewelry!

send me a picture......she can make the most divine thing out of your white branch coral.......

I am not kidding. Amazing.!

Penny

Jane Schott said...

"That's how grounded I am." Brilliant!