Friday, March 4, 2016

MAMA METAL for Adoption by Maggie McMane Jewelry Designs

             "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."  Oprah Winfrey

Originally, I made this Mama and Baby Duck Pendant for a woman who had just adopted a baby from another country.  She wanted a design to represent her blessing, but didn't know what.  I asked her to tell me what she loved and she said, "I love God, life, family, nature, animals, hiking, etc."  That very day, I stopped to let a family of ducks cross the road and it hit me.  Ducks and Geese are well known for "imprinting".  They can recognize and bond with their caregivers, even if that caregiver isn't their biological mother.  I guess you could say that a profound bond between a parent and a child, no matter what biology or lack of biology they share, is a form of imprinting we call love.

When I showed her this design and mentioned imprinting, she nearly jumped out of her chair.  "I LOVE IT!  It's Sooo Right!"  She purchased another one for her, "adoption buddy," and told a few others about the design.  I've sold several of them with slight variations here and there.  Finally, I had the time to list one on Etsy.  So, at her suggestion, I call it my Adoption Design, but really it applies to all parents, all guardians.




This Pendant is made from Fine Silver, which is  .999% Silver.  It connects to a Sterling Silver Chain via two Sterling Silver Clasps and Sterling Silver Wire.  It has been hammered to add texture and additional sparkle.  This piece follows my strongest design theme, Simplicity and Beauty mixed with Faith.  I hope you like it as much as I do!  You can find it in my Etsy Shop, Maggie McMane Designs.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns


Here are some other Mama Metal Necklaces listed in my Etsy Shop.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Graduation Jewelry: Keeping the Faith




"What we are is God's Gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God." Eleanor Powell

Once again, I'm posting about Graduation Jewelry, but I suppose it should be called Transformation Jewelry.  That's what graduation is, but the word, "transformation," encompasses so much more.

Lately, I've heard from a number of parents, as well as some aunts, sisters and a very proud God Father, who wanted to give their loved one a different style of jewelry.  One that reminds them to keep their faith, especially when they find obstacles in their paths.

You will find an example of the variety of Christian Faith Jewelry I have sold recently.  All of these pieces can be worn by both men and women, however the majority of male gifts have been the Rustic Fine Silver Cross On Leather Cord, The Sterling Silver Surfboard Cross on Leather, 14 gauge Gold Or Silver Cross Rings, Jesus Fish Rings, and the Celtic Crosses Necklaces.

The majority of females have preferred the thinner 16 gauge Gold and Silver Cross rings, including the adjustable Fine Silver Toe Cross Ring; The Infinity Cross Rings and Necklaces, the Small Gold Or Fine Silver Cross Necklaces, the Jesus Fish Rings and the Celtic Cross Necklaces.


If you wish to give your special someone Faith jewelry, please visit my store.  Just follow the links below .  

The first is my Christian Faith Jewelry Section: 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns?section_id=5623659&ref=shopsection_leftnav_6

This link will lead you to my Infinity Eternity Cross Section:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns?section_id=14582288&ref=shopsection_leftnav_7


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Graduation Jewelry: The Traditional

“Graduation is only a concept.  In real Life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.”  Arie Pencovici

Graduation, whether it is from middle school to high school, from high school to college, or something like a left or right turn off your original path involves change.  Sometimes, the change is barely noticeable.  Maybe, all of your friends are taking the same journey with you so things are more exciting than scary.  Sometimes, our graduation is more of a life change, one that involves a monumental step, a step so forward you can’t go back, a life you can’t relive.  Throughout our lives, we will all do both – many, many times. 

We often want the jewelry we wear or gift to others to reflect that change.  Some people want their pieces to show the world who they are now and who they’ve been in obvious ways.  While others, choose a less obvious, abstract way to wear their story.  Still, others follow a family tradition that follows not just their own lives, but the parent’s and grandparent’s lives. 

 I decided to do a series of posts, reflecting the different ways my customer’s show the passing of time or place with a selection of jewelry they've chosen.  

The traditional:  A gemstone or birthstone ring or necklace, marking a graduation or special birthday, is very old tradition in many families, including my own.






Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Mother's New Taste In Jewelry

                                  

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which made me think of all the gifts I’ve given my mother over the years.  When I was in elementary school, there was always a PTA flower sale.  Every child in my class ended up walking home with at least one small container of Marigolds.  There was a time when I gave my mother flowers from a neighbor’s garden.  From what I understand, money and apologies were offered the next day. 


Things are easier these days.  My mother likes more than flowers.  She loves jewelry, but her tastes have changed over the years.  The things she asks me to make for her continuously surprise me.  I’ve included a few of them here:


I've no idea why her taste has changed from a traditional strand of pearls to a handmade Celtic Cross Necklace or Wide Hammered Sterling Silver Band, but her taste has definitely gotten cooler!  Happy Mother's Day, Mom!  I love you!

You can find the jewelry above in my store on Etsy by clicking the link below: 

Celtic Cross Necklace :https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Celtic+Cross+Necklace&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Green Amethyst Ring: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=green+amethyst+ring&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Circles Necklace: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Circle+Necklace&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Green Quartz Ring: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Green+Quartz+Ring&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Wide Sterling Silver Band: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Wide+Sterling+Silver+Band&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Blue Sandstone Ring: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Blue+Sandstone+Ring&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Monday, September 5, 2011

Infinity Jewelry: To Infinity and Beyond!


If you look up the word Infinity in the dictionary, this is what you will find:

in•fin•i•ty  Noun  /inˈfinitē/
1. The state or quality of being infinite.
2. An infinite or very great number or amount.

Okay, so what does infinite mean? Well, it means endless or limitless. What a perfect way to describe your feelings for the one you love. The recent popularity in Infinity Jewelry is quite obvious. Locally, I've received a number of orders to create Infinity Rings and Necklaces as well as a few Bracelets. I've also sold them online and have noted a definite spike in searches for them.

Here are two samples of my Infinity Jewelry, completely handcrafted by me in both Sterling Silver and Fine Silver.

  The Infinity Ring


The Infinity Necklace


              All the jewelry I have listed in my Artfire and Etsy stores are finished and ready to ship today!