Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My First Collection

Jewelry Collection - I'm excited on creating my first themed collection. Right now I'm fixated with the color black that has color accents like yellow, purple, green, red, and pink...like a daybreak where the first spark of daylight pierces the darkness of the night. My collection will be finished by June before I go to Singapore and visit my big brother. I can't believe that I'm really a jewelry designer!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fantasy Derivations: Nolcha's New York Fashion Week

Right now, I'm thinking about how to be in the Nolcha New York Fashion Week. I'm perfectly clueless in the Fashion Scene. All I know is to create pretty and shiny things that goes well with a woman's wrists, neck, ears and hair. Hmmm... think think think. I guess for now I'll just keep on building my portfolio and make myself more and more skilled with jewelry and photography till my ship comes.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Business Card for My Jewelry Business

My cousin Raffy Blasco made me this really really pretty business card! Je t'aime Photoshop!



Another pretty picture of my pastel cuff by Raffy Blasco

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Past Designs Part 8

This is the last of my Past Designs Series.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Day 2: Purple Cuff




This piece is made up of purple glass beads and purple faux pearls.

Model: Julie

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Day 1: Turquoise Neckpiece




This neckpiece was completed last August 2008. It is made up of turquoise, jade, shells, rose quartz, peridot, and cherry quartz.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Past Designs Part 7

Monday, September 22, 2008

Day 5: Green Necklace with Jasper, Jade, and Smoky Quartz, and Clear Quartz Crystals


I made this green necklace last June 2008. I used some big jasper stones as the focal points and the rest were smoky quartz, clear quartz, and Jade.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Day 4: Green Necklace with Jade, Citrine, Jasper, Quartz, Shells, and Peridot Stones






I gave this necklace to my aunt in California as a present. I used shells, peridot, jade, jasper, quartz, and citrine stones/crystals. This is one of the most minimalistic among my designs. I like combining different shapes and textures in my one of a kind pieces.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Day 3 : Bracelets



Prior to my diva awakening, I used to create these simple/humble designs made up of glass beads, faux pearls, and cloistone beads. Aren't they cute?

I almost forgot...I went to Quiapo, Manila today to find my wires and crystal beads. Miraculously, I only bought what I needed. Bead shopping in Quiapo could be overwhelming to a novice jewellery designer. The place has a marvelous palette of crystal beads, glass beads, pearls, and plastic beads. Almost everything is pretty and shiny. One should learn to plan ahead on which type of colors or designs you wish to create since the place is very conducive to compulsive shopping. Going back to my bead finds, I was able to buy some amethyst crystals and sadly, some quartz crystals dyed by some sneaky business people in China (I'm currently removing the excess dye so they would be shinier too).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Past Designs Part 6

Day 7: Pink Flower Necklace with Shells, Pearls, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Quartz, Jasper, and Green Stones

This necklace is perfect for that flowy cream islet summer dresses. I know it's already fall in some parts of the world but here in the tropics, bright colors are abundant year round.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Day 6: Purple Brooch with shells, Quartz, Rose Quartz, mother of pearl, pearl, citrine, and amethyst

I made this dainty little brooch as a push present for my nephew's teacher in Australia. My sister is one of the most thoughtful people in the world. She requested that I create something for my nephew's preggy teacher and a red and black bracelet for my nephew's teacher aide. I'm glad they liked it.

I'm still star struck right now. I got an email from my favourite author, Joe Vitale thanking me for sending him a letter. Right now, I'm thinking on how I'll design a brooch for his lovely wife.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Past Designs Part 4

Happy Easter!



Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 12: Black and Red Necklace with Black Glass, Rubies, Garnet, Corals, and Hematite


I made this necklace as a present for my sister-in-law. This necklace is the heaviest one I made. This piece made me fall in love with rubies and garnets. The garnet seems like a black crystal but when you take a closer look at it, it is reddish in color. I don't know but I'm usually drawn to garnets these days. I already have more appreciation with rubies. Before, I associate rubies with boring fine jewelry. Now, I see a ruby on costume jewelry as a vibrant and a lively touch of red.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Days 10 &11: White Neclace and Yellow Neclace with Shells, Turquoise, and Cherry Quartz

I had my Licensure Exam for Teachers for the whole day yesterday. That was quite a nosebleed but I'm really relieved that it's over. I can now focus more on my designs not worrying if I still have time to review.

Day 10: White Necklace



In this necklace, I used glass, pearls, and some quartz crystals.
model: Julie


Day 11: This bib necklace had a crazy combination of Yellow shells, blue turquoise, and orange cherry. quartz.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Past Designs Part 3

Friday, October 3, 2008

Days 13, 14 & 15: Purple Necklaces and a White Cuff Bracelet

I wasn't able to take pictures of my creations the past days since I heavily rely on natural lighting.

Day 13: Purple Necklace

This Necklace is made up of steel wire, faux pearls, and glass beads.


Day 14: Purple Necklace
This necklace had an exaggerated amount of twisting and twirling. I used glass beads, an amethyst and some mother of pearls in this piece.

Day 15: White Cuff
This cuff is made up of steel and glass beads.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Past Designs Part 1

I haven't taken the pictures of my new designs... In my other blog, http://gemcaviar.blogspot.com , I showcased my designs for the past year. I'll just repost my former blog entries here:

Saturday, October 18, 2008


I used a lot of pink glass in this bold cuff. Pink is my favourite colour. It's actually the color of my room. Hehe.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 19: Revenge of the Green Fairy


I made a green cuff and it reminds me of the green fairy that comes out when you drink Absinthe.



Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Day 18: Green Jade Brooch




I made this brooch as a present to one of my favourite authors. Actually, it's for his lovely wife. It would look really lovely on a plain dress or on a blazer. Mom criticized my work as heavy. Well if everything in fashion is practical, there wouldn't be stilettos.

Faithfulness in Simple Things

I prefer drama over my pieces. A while ago, I finished a simple pink bracelet for my sister's friend. I just stringed some swarovski beads and attached the necessary components to make it into a little girl's bracelet. Honestly, I got bored doing it. Since I learned about making elaborate pieces, producing a simple design can be an agonizing task for me. The only thrill I had was mixing the different hues of pink. But after peeling the layers of boredom, I became at peace and happy with the process...it reminded me that if I want to be a truly successful Jewelry Artist, I should be faithful and consistent with quality and passion even with the simplest of techniques.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I Make Pretty and Shiny Things

I'm Liza and I design statement jewellery. The Jewel Box Ballerina Blog came from the little ballerina that twirls inside my mother's jewellery box. As a child, I love sneaking it on lazy afternoons to play with the little ballerina and my mother's jewelry in it. It was with these secret rendezvous that sparked my interest in jewelry design.

But the passion in jewelry design faded in my growing years when I started having interest in the socio-political landscape of the Philippines. I went to grade school, high school, and college thinking that I wanted to take up Law and I wanted to be the President of the Philippines. After college, I realized that my real love is not in politics but in art. It took me a while to realize that it is my true passion to make the pretty and shiny things that the little jewel box ballerina used to dance with.