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I’ve been slowly adding items to my shop. Turns out I have a ton of jewelry patiently waiting to be listed! Here’s a peek:
And in other news, I started collaborating with my friends Alfredo and Paco, who organize the interdisciplinary design festival FID here in Costa Rica [if you’re into design of any kind, look into it! The past guests have been amazing, and the ones to come are awesome too]. We are working together on their blog, to hopefully reach out to the design community in Costa Rica and other (spanish speaking) countries in between events. There’s a lot of information floating out there, and not too many virtual venues in this region that filter and share it. We want to promote central and south american designers and makers as well, so if you have any suggestions we’d love to hear them, as well as design from everywhere else.
Here’s a screenshot of how it looks for the moment. Take a few minutes and browse if you like :)
I’m happy to be posting about these pieces finally. They are inspired by Greek and Roman mythology, specifically Athena, the “goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Minerva, Athena’s Roman incarnation, embodies similar attributes.“ I have a soft spot for ancient jewelry and ancient techniques, and that’s what I wanted to recreate with this collection.
I made these from brass sheet and silver half jump rings with balled up ends. The brass, with its temperamental attributes, seems to interact with the person wearing the necklace, reacting to body chemistry and changing colors. The warm golden and reddish tones in the metal were a product of the heat from the torch when I balled up the silver wire unions. I decided to embrace the patinas that the metal naturally obtained, and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like its changing nature.
These pieces are very flattering and comfortable. And there are more coming.
Here’s the link to my store –> Jimena Bolaños on Etsy.
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I get a lot of emails and questions regarding ring sizing, especially since knuckle rings have become a thing. I always worry that when I sell a ring and the size isn’t right, things are gonna get complicated with the shipping back and forth and all that, so it’s great to have a sizing tool that doesn’t require any extra effort like going into the mall jewelry store to get measured.
I have to confess I did not invent this by any means. I just asked and my friend Google provided! So go ahead and type ‘ring sizer’, ‘ring size chart’ or something like that into your search engine and you’ll get tons of results (a lot of big name stores need to provide these documents for their customers’ convenience). Follow the download and printing instructions, and like magic, you’re done! And you can use this little trick every time you forget your size or want a ring for a different finger.
If you are a seasoned jewelry buyer, you might want to get an inexpensive ring sizer. They’re made out of plastic, and if you have it nearby you can measure your own fingers anytime.
This past week in Costa Rica was a holiday. I went to this wonderful place with my family to relax, work a little, collect some rocks and see what edible wild things I could find (of the plant variety). The view from the house is breathtaking, right?! And the view from my room was pretty great as well (you can see my stuff spilled everywhere on the desk). The weather was warm and sunny, which is amazing, considering it rains all year round there in Orosi. Some friends came to spend the day and we ventured out on some off roading adventure and even got our swimsuits on and braved the ice cold water in the river (dunked our heads in and all!).
My cousin was really cool and she lent me her nice camera so I could take some new photos of my work, so here you go. Enjoy!
It’s nice when pictures are taken with a real camera instead of a phone right?