Awe-Inspiring Autumn…

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Autumn is a season full of magnificent colour! The crispness in the air recharges my artisan soul and the inspiration to create surrounds me. A stroll through the countryside. A glass of Pinot Noir. Even the squash I baked for dinner is bursting with brilliant colour! Autumn is truly a season for artists to explore…

In the studio I begin the creative process designing with gold as the precious metal. I find high karat gold gleams with a richness that begs to be accented with deep amethyst, topaz, and carnelian. A hint of wild rubies and misty colored fresh water pearls strung on silk come into form as a necklace. The faceted amethyst beads- with their indulgent colour remind me of a cluster of grapes getting ready for harvest into wine… my bracelet has come to reflect that vision. In the studio there is no concept of time as the meditation of jewelry design takes hold. And it is here that semi-precious gemstone beads- precious metal- and silk begin their journey into an Autumn Collection. Available 10/14/14 online at http://www.LoriFrantz-Koenig.com

'The Harvest"

‘The Harvest”

"Jewelz from the Autumn Collection 2014"

“Jewelz from the Autumn Collection 2014″

'' The Harvest Necklace"

” The Harvest Necklace”

"Topaz Autumn Moon"

“Topaz Autumn Moon”

"Chrysoprase and Rubies pendant"

“Chrysoprase and Rubies pendant”

The artist...

The artist…

The Mixed Metals Ombre’ Trend

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Mixed metal jewelry is trending this season and I was inspired to capture both lightness and depth in my Ombre Metal Collection designs. Working with precious metals affords an artisan the option of working the metals texture and color while giving it an almost industrial feel. After creating the bracelet bangle in shining sterling silver I decided to take it a step further by adding dripping chains and oxidizing parts of both in various colors and patterns with-in the metal. The look is hip and edgy with a Rocker vibe. With Autumn now here I created hammered sterling leaves and designed them into earrings while again oxidizing parts of the sterling metal to give it a burnished element. A few droplets of pearls add interest and allows these earrings to complement the bracelet. In creating the Mixed Metals Ombre’ necklace I again used the hammer technique to create texture in my sterling links and then added 14 kt. gold fill ovals to add warmth…dipping the center three large links halfway in my oxidation solution gives this choker necklace artistry and flow. These pieces are now available at http://www.LoriFrantz-Koenig.com


“The Job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery…”  ~Francis Bacon

Mixed Metal Ombre’ Choker Necklace

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Mixed Metal Ombre’ Bangle

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Mixed Metal Ombre’ Earrings

Not Your Mothers Pearls…

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My sister who happens to be a well known T.V. make-up artist  stopped by my studio- picked up a strand of pearls and mentioned ”I rarely wear pearls- they always seem so formal ..”  I was struck by her comment as I actually have heard this quite a few times before. Many women feel  as she does and reserve wearing pearls for their wedding day or black tie affairs. As a jewelry designer I find myself drawn to working with fresh water natural pearls and love incorporating them into my designs. I want to show you that pearls don’t have to be intimidating and worn only on special occasions. Feel free to toss them on with a t-shirt and black leather jacket, add a pair of great boots, perhaps some red lipstick and skinny jeans– and head out to that cocktail party!!!


”Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world”…                -Jean de la Bruyere


Wear some strands of pearls with your leather Moto jacket for Fall 2014

Toss on strands of pearls such as these from my “Heirloom Collection” with your leather Moto Jacket and head out the door looking fabulous…

The Artifact Bracelet from my Natural Stones Collection

The “Artifact Bracelet” from my Natural Stones Collection shows you that layering pearls with hammered jet agate stones can give a hip vibe all your own…

The Artifact Earrings

Who says Pearls have to be formal wear? The “Artifact Earrings” made with sterling silver and hammered agate stones is proof that pearls can be an everyday accessory…

A great pair of Jimmy Choo Boots will add an urban feel to your pearls...

A great pair of Boots such as these Jimmy Choo patchwork boots will add an urban feel to your pearls and take them to the streets…

Waterfall Couture Pendants

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While working in my studio yesterday evening I found inspiration from the sound of the trickling water from a nearby fountain. I found it calming and thought of the stream of water that continually flowed from the aged sculpture. Soon I was immersed in my work while listening to the water. I began weaving silver -mirrored Austrian crystals thru precious metal chain- both dark and bright sterling silver, allowing the shimmer of the crystals to reflect the light and slowly flow through the sterling links like that of a stream of water. I had allowed the creative process to take over and found my sense of time had vanished and soon I had the makings of the “The Waterfall Couture Pendants”…


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the sametime…”              -Thomas Merton


Waterfall Couture Pendants

Waterfall Couture Sparkling Pendants and Necklaces…

Waterfall Couture Pendant Necklace

The Silver Waterfall Couture Pendant Necklace

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The inspiration…

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Couture Gatsby Bridal

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Couture Gatsby Bridal

The Couture Gatsby Bridal jewelry collection is reminiscent of the 1920’s and 1930’s. I designed and created this collection to be worn together to make a statement that will transcend you to that era. These jewelz were all created by hand in my studio with sterling silver, white fresh water pearls, and silver coated “Swarovski” Austrian crystals. For this photo I layered a collection of my various bracelets in both crystal and pearl. The rhinestone headband with silver encrusted crystals are hand wrapped in sterling silver to form a glamorous accessory that is perfect for any bride. The statement necklace is designed to be just that- a statement! You can go to my website for more bridal collections at http://www.LoriFrantz-Koenig.com

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