Let’s Start Over …

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Jewelries, My Story

I can’t believe myself – that I have been NOT attending to this blog for almost a year and when I came back, I didn’t like what I see at all.

I had this ideal vision – that people can actually shop here and feel comfortable with it. And I like the idea of an online gallery – something that you just can browse and read through your busy life, and adding a small shop that would make people be able to buy my artwork eventually sounds cool.

Let’s start over.

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“Key To My Heart” – a past work (2014) commissioned by a dear friend who fell in love with the London Blue Topaz right after I post the gem’s pic on Facebook

I am a jewelry artist. My medium are wires – my favorite is fine and sterling silver wires. I am not that fond of gold wires and I got cold sweat handling them; a matter of perspective I must say but nonetheless the price of the medium still send jitters to my nerves. I like doing jewelries also from electrical wires – coiled dynamo wires to be exact, and you will see some of the work here.

I am a Deviant. I have an active account (DreamsOfGems) in DeviantArt and you can read about my rants and my visions and dreams there. I am also on Facebook, you can visit my personal page Maria Renata and my Facebook Page DreamsOfGems. I am also a translator – I have another blog here in WordPress but I write in Indonesian there so you English-speaking people have to literally struggle to read it, so I am not going to link it to this site. My Instagram is ALSO dreamsofgems.

And then you would ask …. why that name over and over?

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This was my first jewelry work in 2008, posted in Multiply. I found the free pattern on some Russian site (I forgot which) and decided to make it to compliment my Kebaya.

DreamsOfGems was born out of a confusion. Once I had this site in Multiply (yeah, remember that site? Closed down long ago) and when I was about to name the blog, the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over” occurred to me. My life was about that – not wanting anything to be over. So I titled the blog “Don’t Dream It’s Over”. And when I started doing jewelries I was thinking about another title that is still connected to dreams, and so “Dreams Of Gems” was born – because in the course of becoming a jewelry artist, I have found my long lost love for gemstones.

I DO love gems. I love looking at them, I love collecting them, making jewelries out of them, and it broke my heart to see gems being dyed. I don’t mind radiations and other color enhancements but dyes have been my worst enemy so far. I am not a gemstone expert – you will read some of my opinions here about gemstones but basically they are just …. basics. I don’t fret about fakes

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This year I have discovered a profound love for orange color. This is an orange sapphire – one of the few that I have in my stash.

and synthetics and don’t call them trash. For me, identifying the genuine from the fakes has been the greatest challenge in dealing with gems, but I have been better during the last year even though I made small mistakes from time to time.

To me everything is beautiful as long as it is being handled with care and love. I chose this medium because I can express myself freely without any constraints on molds and fire. I have been meaning to study more about metalsmithing but found myself reluctant to touch that subject.

From this day on I promise to write more. I will post some of my Work In Progress and also my views on stuff, some free tutorials and hopefully a lot more. I am building this site with a gallery in mind so I hope I can entertain you with more photos.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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A happy wife, mother of two amazing sons, half-born spiritualist, gems lover, Tarotier, translator by day and jewelry artist by night. I enjoy life as it goes.

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