It's fashion post Mondays again, and this week I decided to get all wrapped up in what I call "Uncultured Pearls". A bit of word play on my part, but it all started with a little look about for irregular shaped pearl jewelry, and then it turned into something else. Irregular jewelry is something that is not really seen in the local jewelry store at the mall or big name designer stores. Those places offer mass produced items, and even if they have customization options, as with a charm bracelet, they are not truly one-of-a-kind [OOAK] items if they can be duplicated exactly by just about anyone with the cash. You would have to work with a jeweler to design something really unique for your Valentine Sweetheart, the only other option is to go with a vintage jewelry piece, which is also wonderful but sometimes very costly.
Genuine Irregular Shaped Pearl Wrapped in 925 Silver, On Silver Chain - B039 by bettylaboutique on Etsy.
|Broken China Jewelry Handcrafted August Birthday Month Pendant Necklace By Charmedware on Etsy.|
|Irregular Beautiful Colored Porcelain Pendant OOAK by Porcelain Art Jewelry on Etsy.|
|Broken China Red Heart Necklace by Robin's Nest Creations on Etsy.|
So what are the options for those of us who want to wear, or gift, OOAK jewelry items that don't take weeks of planning or searching in a little independent jewelry store or consignment shop? Well, the internet of course. Etsy in particular is a great place to look for really high quality items, it offers small cottage industry artisans a place to sell their one of a kind designs to a wide audience. If you are buying something for a OOAK person, then you want a OOAK item.
|Dark Matter - Alchemist - Original Dall Parts Locket Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy.|
|Baby Blue - Retro Specimen, Cabinet of Curiosities Doll Parts Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy|
|Red and White Dots Brooch, Love Valentine's Day by Cerasa's KITCHen on Etsy.|
|Golden Pyrite Necklace, Freeform Chunky Gemstone Cube, Oxidized Sterling Silver by Great Expectations on Etsy.|
|Natural Agate Necklace by Kezi Handmade Jewelry on Etsy.|
Strings of beads in semi-precious stones, shells, pearls, glass, coral, or wood strung in unique colour combinations can become absolute show stoppers when they go 'outside the box' and use seemingly random combinations. Using materials not normally associated with fashion jewelry making is also really special. Crochet, ribbons, silk flowers, or fabric yo-yos can have huge eye appeal.
|Irregular Textile Choker by PirilampoRiscado on Etsy|
|Chunky Beaded Necklace by Crafts and Love on Etsy.|
|Dark Red Tones Crochet Long Necklace, Handmade and Beaded, Fabric Roses Flowers by seragun on Etsy.|
Even if there are traditional elements to the piece of Jewelry in question, a unique color combination or unique construction method can be very special for a wearer that may not be looking for a statement so much as a piece with personality.
|Hand Beaded Green and Light Brown Toned Necklace by ObsidianRain on Etsy.|
|Charming Mother of Pearl Ring In Warm Colors by DortheasDesign on Etsy.|
|Necklaces With Free Form Embroidered Pendants MADE TO ORDER by MisPearlBerry on Etsy.|
|Awesome Three Mother of Pearl Flower, Leaves, Beads - Twisted Wire - Show Stopper by Bella Mia Creations on Etsy.|
|Copper Wrapped Champaigne Keishi Pearls Necklace by Mayahelena Jewelry on Etsy.|
So love those irregular Uncultured Pearls, those OOAK wearable pieces or art. If you want to be a cookie cutter and have the same heart shaped dog tag around your neck as every other person in your circle of friends, that's fine. But I am more partial to being the one wearing the piece that no one else will ever be able to duplicate because it is mine alone. Show your Valentine that they are your OOAK work of art by giving them jewelry that is as OOAK as they are.