Archive for January, 2009


There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.

~Albert Einstein


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Forest Depths




In the midst of the winter cold, I found warmth in the combination of these greens, browns, and golds.  This necklace set leads me on a journey deep into the forest with glints of sunlight shining through fresh growth.

This necklace is a combination of Petrified Green Opal coins, Bronzite, Golden Pyrite, Smokey Quartz, and Sterling Silver.  I love the varying shades of green in the Petrified Green Opal, and the way the Bronzite shimmers like dancing sunlight.  The necklace measures about 18 inches in length, and it is finished off with a square sterling silver toggle.

I have paired the necklace with earrings that incorporate a Petrified Green Opal coin dangling from Golden Pyrite suspended within a sterling silver ring.

I hope you find warmth in this design!  Enjoy!

For more information or to view other designs, please take a peek at my collection at www.KaraAnnis.com!

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dscf1142_2THE SNOW had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.

Every pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm-tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.

-James Russell Lowell, The First Snow-Fall

Our town is covered in a blanket of snow!  The beauty and serenity of a snowfall is something to be cherished.

Around here, everything slows down with a snowfall.  Businesses and schools are closed, and there is plenty of time to stop and enjoy the world in fresh new ways.  This picture was taken in my front yard – I just love the way the snow has gathered on the berries!  I will have to create a jewelry piece based on this picture.

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!

Handcrafted jewelry makes a great Valentine’s Day gift!

By creating a Wish List with KaraAnnisJewelry, you can give your significant other some hints to help them with their Valentine’s Day  (birthday, anniversary…) shopping.  Send me your wish list, including the jewelry items you would love to add to your collection, and I will pass on some hints to your significant other to give them an option for a fabulous gift for you!  You can also send ideas for Custom Orders if there is something specific you are looking for!

Get some ideas by browsing through www.KaraAnnis.com!

To Create a Wish List:
Copy and Paste the following into an email   2) Fill in your info  3) Send your email to kara.annis@gmail.com
***I will not share your personal information with anyone for any reason***


Your Name:

Significant Other’s Info
Name:                                                  Email:
Phone Number:(      )                        □cell □home □work

Items on your wish list: (provide item name and number or a description for a custom order)


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Love is in the Air

heart1Posy and pearls
Amethyst and gold
Forever you and I
Our precious love to hold.
~Astrid Alauda

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Don't Break My Heart Earring

Don't Break My Heart Earring

Silver Moon Earring

Silver Moon Earring

White Wave II Earring

White Wave II Earring

This week, I have had the urge to work metal with my hands.  Pictured above are a few of the earring designs I have come up with.  I have hand formed and cold forged each of these unique pieces using heavy gauge sterling silver wire.  Cold forging adds strength and texture to the wire, creating sturdy pieces that will hold their shape.

The “Don’t Break My Heart Earring” incorporates delicious, faceted red Fancy Jasper rondelles.  They make me think Valentine’s Day.

In the “Silver Moon Earring,” a faceted labradorite drop is balanced with a faceted crystal quartz coin.   The combination reminds me of a full moon on a clear, cool night.

In the “White Wave II Earring,” I have attached a white coin pearl to a sweeping curve of wire to create a simple-but-stunning design.

You can see these designs and more at my website www.KaraAnnis.com.


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“Time, our most precious currency, is the most valuable thing we humans can spend.”

–  Chris Johns

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