Rhodonite Crystal Point Choker
This morning I woke up with a desire to craft, as I usually do. But I kept hitting a wall. This necklace went through a bazillion and one variations before I settled on this, and I’m still not sure how much I like it, or if I’ve just stared at it for a little bit too long! You know how you can take a basic word of the English language and if you repeat it over and over again it will start sounding like gibberish, or an entirely different language? That’s the same type of experience I had with this. However, I shared it on my Instagram account and it met with a lot more positive feedback than I was personally giving it. So, in the end that is encouraging.
I’m very influenced by the Victorian Age and Gothic styles. I absolutely adore a beautiful Gothic ensemble. There are some beautiful Instagram models who pull these looks off amazingly well, and I spend much longer than I care to admit scrolling through my Instagram feed in appreciation of these beautiful photo shoots. My goal with my designs, is to modernize this Victorian Gothic look by adding a contemporary twist to my creations. Making something you would want to wear out on a date, or a night out with friends at the club. Pairing just enough of that vintage look that you sincerely appreciate the throwback to Victorian times, but adding a dash of modern style – just enough so that you don’t feel the need to cross on over to full costume mode just to do the necklace justice. Something you can choose to dress up, or down depending on your own personal tastes.
I’m really working on making wearable pieces of art that are unique, beautiful but functional all in one. When I’m creating a piece like this I take it on and off countless times, pulling it tighter at the neck or letting it loose, gauging the best fit. I also find taking selfies of it really helps me see it in a different light. Where I wouldn’t see a flaw in the mirror, a photo gives me a slightly different perspective that allows me to really see how it might look if someone else were to wear it, and how they would feel if photographed while wearing it…I would hate for my creation to turn up looking wonky in a photo on a person that had spent their money on it.
I’m so proud of this collaboration with the beautiful Jessica. Aptly named Wings of Winter on her Instagram account and shot in beautiful Sweden before the snows began melting.
This necklace was my first dive into more intricate chain jewelry. It is made with sterling silver and swarovski crystals. While this necklace is stunning and delicate, I do find it requires a bit of patience to put on because of it’s delicate, fiddly nature. I love sterling silver, but making this style in steel would be less stressful as steel is such a hard metal vs silver. Though you give up the delicate look in exchange for durability.
Necklace by KitiaraCreations
Make-Up, Styling, Model: @aeons.of.silence
Photography & Edit: @north.of.arundel
While this isn’t in my Etsy shop yet, check out my other creations!
Aventurine Choker Necklace & Earring Set
Can be found in my 🛍 Etsy Shop 🖤
Aventurine is a variety of quartz characterized by bright inclusions of Mica or other minerals that give a shimmering or glistening effect to the stone. It’s name is derived from the Italian ‘a ventura’ or ‘all’aventura’ meaning “by chance”, and refers to the Italian glass from the 1700s, produced when a worker accidentally dropped metal filings into a vat of melting glass. Once cooled, the result was pleasing with its randomly spaced iridescent sparkles. The name Aventurine was later given to the natural stone which looked like the industrial product. – crystalvaults.com
Gothic Style Choker with a beautiful Black Onyx stone set in a gorgeous 40×30 mm Floral Filigree Pendant made with Old Silver Pewter by B’sue by 1928.
This took about 4 hours from initial conception, design to finish. Follow my creative process on Instagram
Who else loves the dark look of this stone? As if one stared at it for too long it could pull you straight into its black pool of oblivion. 🤷
Something else cool I learned is that onyx is the birth stone for the Zodiac sign Leo ♌ which, coincidentally I just happen to be. 🖤
Fun story. ☟.
This gem’s name comes from the Greek word onyx, which means fingernail or claw. Legend says that one day while the Greek goddess Venus was sleeping, Cupid cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into a gem, which later became known as onyx. . .
I hope to add this to my Etsy shop soon!