Saturday, May 3, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide from An Appealing Plan


Happy Saturday!

I had to share a beautiful gift guide created by Krayl Funch of An Appealing Plan.  I am so privileged that out of an abundance of submissions, she has chosen a piece from my Solitaire Collection to feature in the guide.

I have my eyes on the Marie Todd "Rest" candle, the Sea Salt Goat’s Milk Soap (I have a thing for sea salt) and the Lavender Body Lotion by Wholistic Inc.

I don't have children of my own, but do stepmothers count? :)
Which items do you love?

Have a beautiful, enjoyable weekend!
xoxo,
Amy
AnAppealingPlan Mothers Day Gift Round Up
  1. Rest Candle / Mind Body Soul Collection - Marie Todd Candles - $54
  2. Green Amythest Pendent Necklace ~ Amy Holton Designs - $217
  3. Lavender Body Lotion ~ Wholistic Inc. - $28
  4. Quilted Sari Throw Orange ~ Buy The Change USA – $89
  5. Sea Salt Goat’s Milk Soap ~ Simply Caprine - $7
  6. “HOME” Paper Quilling ~ Paper Liberated – $520

Saturday, August 24, 2013

London Blue Topaz Necklace - The Finished Piece


I changed my mind so many times while constructing this piece.  At first, each London blue stone was going to be separated by clusters of small, yellow sapphires...didn't like it.  Very odd, since London blue topaz and yellow sapphires are two favorites of mine.  Then, as shown in my sneak peek post, I decided to show them off in their beautiful simplicity.
London Blue Topaz and Citrine Necklace
-- London Blue Topaz and Citrine Necklace

However, I still felt compelled to add some yellow to the piece.  I just like the contrast.  I was going to use one of my large custom-cut citrine solitaire stones but that didn't seem right either.

With no large focal, the piece seemed too long, so I removed six stones which became a lovely pair of earrings, finished with some beautifully faceted citrine teardrop briolettes.
London Blue Topaz Earrings with Citrine
-- London Blue Topaz Earrings with Citrine

Having shortened the necklace, I added a 2 inch extender chain and finished it with a single piece of the same citrine stones.  Extender chains are so great.  They give the wearer more versatility in how they style the piece.

As I was photographing the necklace, I suddenly had a brainstorm.  Why couldn't the extender serve double-duty as a focal point of the piece as well?  Back to my tools I went...
London Blue Topaz and Citrine Necklace
-- London Blue Topaz and Citrine Necklace - Close Up

I adorned each link of the extender chain with more of the faceted citrine stones, creating a cascade effect.  The necklace can now be worn with the extender to the front as a pendant, or with the extender chain at the back, sparkling citrine dripping down the nape of the neck.
London Blue Topaz and Citrine Necklace
-- London Blue Topaz and Citrine Necklace - Extender Chain Worn to the Front

What do you think?  This piece was definitely one of those that morphed from one design to the other, but I'm pretty pleased with the result!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Trunk Show – Open to the Public


Amy Holton Designs will be at Barton Creek Resort today from 2:00-7:00 p.m. between Eliza’s and Bella’s boutiques, just off of the main lobby.  If you happen to be in Austin, stop by and say hello!  These new beauties will be making their debut…

Turquoise and fine silver cluster necklace
Turquoise and fine silver cluster necklace

Turquoise, carnelian, fine and Argentium silver earrings
Turquoise, carnelian, fine and Argentium silver earrings


Turquoise and fine silver cluster bracelet
Turquoise and fine silver cluster bracelet

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Sneak Peek – London Blue Topaz


I love London blue topaz…absolutely love it.  When these arrived in my shipment, I couldn’t wait to use them.

Beautifully colored, delicately faceted London blue topaz nuggets
London blue topaz necklace in the works

Now to decide, do I leave it in its delicate simplicity or add an amazing focal?  Perhaps citrine?  I think a nice pair of drop earrings need to happen as well.  I’m itching to finish it and get it into the collection!

Watch this space…


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pink!

I always think it's interesting to witness a person's design process, so thought I'd share a few photos of mine.  I'll bringing this necklace with me to Barton Creek tomorrow.  It's just gorgeous in person.  I'll be there from the usual 2:00-7:00 outside of Eliza's and Bella's boutiques.
Pink sapphire, tourmaline, yellow sapphire, amethyst and topaz necklace by Amy Holton Designs in the works.
Gemstones poised on head pins, ready to be linked together.  This process alone takes several hours.

Pink sapphire, tourmaline, yellow sapphire, amethyst and topaz being linked together to form the necklace by Amy Holton Designs.
The links are coming together! I love this part of the process. It's so satisfying.  It takes me about three to four hours to link this entire piece, then another 30 - 45 minutes to hand coil the finishing loops which hold the clasp and extender chain.

Pink sapphire, tourmaline, yellow sapphire, amethyst and topaz necklace by Amy Holton Designs.
The finished piece ~ packed up and ready to go to Barton Creek Resort for the afternoon!

This piece is composed of pink and yellow sapphires, deep pink tourmaline, "pink" (lavender) amethyst, rose quartz, white topaz and a bit of pyrite for contrast.  The combination makes for a really soft, feminine necklace.

If you happen to be in the area, come see us at Barton Creek Resort.  They have great boutiques!  I generally can't help but leave with a bag in hand.  Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend!