Marion Berry ~ Jewelry Artist
Which comes first, the jewelry or the beads? In my case, inspiration always comes from the beads first. Then with the right beads the design naturally flows into place. Sometimes I contemplate a bead for weeks and even months before I actually use it or a grouping of beads in a design.
~Vintage Glass Earrings~ - Made with Vintage Glass from 1900-1920's Germany, Japan, Venice, Italy. These Vintage Glass Earrings range in styles from Elegant to Casual. These are very limited in Quantity and a Rare Find!
~Antique Carved Ivory Earrings~ - Antique Ivory from Africa, which has never been used in Jewelry - Imported before the embargo on Ivory - I in no way condone illegal killing of animals. The ivory is in the form of small beads that have flowers like Roses Carved around.
~Lampwork Glass Necklaces~, - ~Lampwork Glass Bracelets~ - ~Lampwork Glass Earrings~ - My Unique Jewelry with this beautiful handcrafted glass is all Kiln-fired for durability. In My Gallery, I use Handcrafted Lampwork Glass - from USA Artists, 1900 Vintage German Lampwork Glass, and a little which was made in India.
~My Casual Jewelry Designs~ - Feature Carved Bone, Mali Wood, Horn, and Puka Shells which many of the Younger Guys and Gals seem to like. As nowaday, many wear Jeans, Tees or have Casual Days at the office, these Casual Jewelry Designs would look great for those days. (NOTE: All Natural Components used in My Jewelry are from Animals that died of natural causes.
~Natural Gemstones~ - These are used as a natural element in many of My Unique Jewelry Designs. A small sampling of Gemstones that I use are - Black Onyx, Jade, Malachite, Rubies, Hematite, Turquoise, Rainbow Obsidian, Leopard Jasper, Amethyst, Aquamarines, Sardonyx, Tiger's Eye, Amber, Peridot, Carnelian, Rose Quartz, Red Jasper, Mocha Mint Jasper, to name a few.
~Classic Pearl Designs with a Fresh Contemporary Twist~ - I use Freshwater Pearls of an Excellent Quality. These I use for My Pearl Earrings, Pearl Necklaces, Pearl Bracelets and as just beautiful accents in many of My Jewelry Art.
~Czech Glass~ - Glass made in the Czech Republic. I use faceted fire-polished Czech Glass in Czech Glass Earrings, Czech Glass Necklaces and Bracelets. Czech Glass is also featured in many of my other jewelry designs.
~Swarovski Crystals~ - This is considered some of the finest quality crystal produced and it is made in Austria. I feature this fine quality crystal in My Elegant Crystal Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces.
~Boulder Opals~ - Direct from Yowah, Australia and handcrafted into beautiful Wirewrapped pieces of art. I feature some done in the Free-Form Wire Wrap Styles as well as some Sculptured Wirewrapped Styles. Boulder Opals are found in a 1 Square Mile area near Queensland, Australia, and this is the only place in the world these are found. Also in this gallery shop for Agates and Quartz Pendants.
I would consider all of my designs timeless, including some that would be considered classics. Many of my classic designs are done by individual order. The classics include Pearls, Black Onyx, Hematite, Amethyst, Red Aventurine, Turquoise, Rainbow Obsidian, Tiger's Eye to name a few.
As an Artist, I showcase my Handcrafted Jewelry in My Online Gallery, as well as at many shows throughout South Carolina. Many of these are Juried Shows, which means that only a limited number of Artist's participate, based on merit. Some of the shows that I have been priviledged to participate in are as follows:
Francis Marion University, Florence, SC. Art's Alive, A Celebration of the Visual and Performing Arts. I have been juried into this event for 2 Years - 2005 and 2006. This show is held in March of Each Year.
Lynda English Annual Showcase of the Arts Christmas Show. I have been priviledged to be a part of this show since it's inception in 2001 and each year thereafter. If you are ever in Florence, SC the weekend before Thanksgiving, this is a show to checkout.
Arts Alliance of Florence, SC Exhibit and Show, February 2006. This was a juried show, and I was fortunate to be a part of it during the first year 2006. It is to be an annual affair and I plan to be a part of it in 2007.
Merlfest Americana Music Show held on the Campus of Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC. This is a juried show featuring a large variety of Artist's and I was able to do it in 2003.
The most extensive Portfolio of my jewelry art is showcased in My Online Gallery of Jewelry! [~Please Use this Link to Visit My Gallery and Feel Free to Browse~] Please be assured that sensitive information, such as payment information, etc, is done through a Secure Server. You also have the option of using PAYPAL to pay for your transaction! Also, below is my return policy, I want you to be Happy!