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My work expresses my love for all people and the beauty found in God's Creation. As an artist, I believe that the highest calling for an artist is to pursue excellence in craftsmanship and to bring all one's talents to bear in the service to humanity.

I have begun this blog to share with you my journey though the many forms of artistic expression that I use to bring joy and beauty to others. Today I am discussing my jewelry and later I will discuss my painting and textile work .

If you are interested in purchasing any of the art you see here, email me at vickiepoirier @ gmail dot com You can also fax me at 1-303-362-8465. I accept most major credit cards. Click on a category in the archive to see the different types of jewelry.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

News from Lake Sunapee Resort

I have recently been accepted as a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  Every year they have a world famous fine craft show for nine days at Lake Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire.  This year was my first time exhibiting there.  I received two awards in the Craftwear Exhibit for my jewelry.  One for best in beadweaving and the other for most original use of seed beading.  Both awards were for Aqua Garden, which is shown below.   I met lots of interesting folks and wonderful craftsmen in many disciplines.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Bead embroidery uses textile techniques to create detailed pieces that cannot be replicated by metalwork alone. I use a special fused silk backing to sew on that produces a strong and flexible piece. Then I back it with Ultrasuede to produces a soft and sturdy finished piece. I use extremely strong threads (Fireline mostly) to sew the beads. 

I love to use natural elements and semi precious gemstones in combinations that are unique and very complementary to the wearer. Many people who have tried on my more elaborate necklaces are surprised at how light they are and that they do not overwhelm the wearer. Rather, they work with many types of people and outfits from dressy to suits to jeans and tops. My prices range from $160 to $2300.

Lapis Garden $2350 (Sold)    Lapis, turquoise, vintage Swarovski crystal (This is a new jewel, but manufactured in the 1950's.  When they're gone, they're gone. The colors are incredible!), keshi and freshwater pearls, Pyrite drusy, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads, Peyote stitch band. 

Lapis Garden II  $2100  I have finished another variation with amythist crystals, titanium drusy, turquoise Swarovsky crystals, freshwater pearls,vintage gold iris seed beads, and peyote stitch band. . It is similar but slightly smaller.  
Lapis Evening  Lapis nugget, Vintage Swarovsky crystal, lampworked borosilicate glass cabochons, vintage Czech beads.   
Colorado Sunset  $2150  Pyrite druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads, Peyote stitch band.
Klimt Colorado Sunset  $350 (Sold)  Pyrite druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads.  I plan to make more of these smaller necklaces and since they remind me of a Klimt painting, that will be the name of this series.


Aqua Garden  $2255   Aqua aura druzy and rough crystals, amethyst faceted and rough crystals, peridot, freshwater and keshi pearls, 24K gold plated Delica seed beeds, Peyote stitch band. This piece won two awards at the 2010 League of New Hampshire Craftsmen CraftWear Exhibition at Lake Sunapee, NH.

Klimt Aqua Garden  $260  Vintage Swarovsky jewel, peridot, amethyst, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads. I plan to make several of these and each will be slightly different.  

Night At The Opera  $795(Sold)  Titanium quartz druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads, Peyote stitch band.  This necklace is part of a collection that uses these incredible blue with gold flashes vintage Swarovsky oval jewels.  I have several pieces using this crystal.  I have only 2 of these fabulous crystals left.
Melanie   $1100  (NFS)  Pyrite druzy, vintage Swarovsky jewels, peridot, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, vintage gold iris seed beads, Peyote stich band.  I made this for my daughter and she wears this to work with a simple top and a green linen jacket.  I am amazed that these elaborate pieces look so great with simple daytime clothes.  They add a little sparkle without being flashy.   She is always getting comments and compliments.

Turquoise Dream $1000 Chrysacholla druzy, sleeping beauty turquoise, aquamarine, freshwater and keshi pearls, Swarovski crystals, apetite, vintage cut czech beads, peyote stitch band. Matching earrings of a keshi pearl spray available at $50.

Sunflower with Citrine and Amethyst $900.  Chalcedenony rosette, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, citrine and amethyst nuggets.   The citrine and amethyst is outsanding and clear on this piece.  This piece has special meaning to me in that I that I think of myself as a sunflower, always "turning to" the Universal House of Justice.  

Imperial Renaissance $1100  Carved opal flower, geode slice, freshwater and keshi pearls, amethyst, ametrine, Oregon opal, green garnet, tiny tiny 18/0 seed beeds surround the geode.  This piece  may seem elaborate, but it is remarkably subtle when worn.

Crystal Fantasy   Natural quartz crystal formation, mother of pearl, sea shells, fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals, vintage czech seed beads. 

Coral Fantasy  $850 (Sold)  Coral, quartz, freshwater and keshi pearls, vintage Swarovski jewel.  While this one has sold, I have made another one very similar that is available. 

Coral Fantasy Brooch/Pendant  $250 (Sold)  Coral, quartz, freshwater and keshi pearls, vintage Swarovski jewel.  This piece has a hook on back that enables you to hook it on a necklace, like a string of pearls or chain, and also wear it as a pin. 

Antiquity Uncovered  $1335  Pyritized ammonite fossil, lapis, vintage Swarovski jewel, amethyst, vintage button, iron pyrite, freshwater pearls, Czech glass,vintage seed beeds.  This amonite is rare, over 230 million years old.  It looks like cast metal but is entirely filled with pyrite crystals.  It is flexible and light and I have seen petite women wear it without being overwhelmed. 

Citrine Springtime  $850  (Sold) I have another one with a green Peyote stitch band instead of the yellow pearls at $1200.   Citrine druzy, freshwater and keshi pearls, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals.

Hidden Treasures  $850   Chalcedenony rosette, keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, branch coral, faceted coral, ammonite fossil, green garnet, geode, Oregon opal, faceted tourmaline.
Mystic Sea  $800  Keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, branch coral, turtella fossil, ammonite fossil, Czech glass, vermeil.

Grey Gardens  $450  Cerrusite on barite, branch coral, freshwater pearls, moonstone, antique nailhead beads.  This one looks great with casual clothes.

Tsu Shih's Memory  $475 (Sold)  Sponge coral, turquoise, carved carnelian. carnelian beads, faceted tourmaline, antique Chinese brass toothpics, cloisonne, vintage gold iris beads.  I still have some of those toothpics to make something interesting.

Asian Crescent Collar gold  $695 (Sold)   Pyrite and quartz cabochon, cut rutilated quartz, rough quartz crystals, vintage gold iris seed beads, Swarovski crystals.   Earrings available for $99.  I like this design so much I plan to make a series of these.  I have another just made with same color scheme with the crescent reversed (like a mirror image).

Asian Crescent Brooch Gold  $345  Rough quartz crystals, vintage gold iris seed beads, Swarovski crystals.

Asian Crescent Collar Pink $900   Gold infused rough quartz crystals, carved pink shell flowers, Swarovski crystals. Earrings available for $150.

Amethyst Sunflower Brooch   $350   Amethyst druzy, keshi pearls, Swarovski crystal, carved jade leaves.

Aqua Aura Pendant  $430   Aqua aura crystal, freshwater and keshi pearls, peridot, high quality faceted aquamarine, sterling silver.   This would look nice hooked onto a strand of pearls or a heavy chain.  It has a sterling hook in the back and could be used as a pin if you pin a large safety pin from the back ofyour garment and then hook the pendant on it.

Grey Chrysanthemum Brooch  $350  Stick pearls, vintage Swarovski crystal and beads, vintage seed beads.

Bronze Chrysanthemum Brooch  $350 Large bronze Keshi pearls, Swarovski crystals, seed beads.  These are unusually large and high lustre pearls.

Amethyst Fantasy Brooch  $350  Amethyst stalagtite slice, vintage Swarovski jewel, Swarovski beads, freshwater pearls. 
Lapis and turquoise Crescent   $225  Lapis, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Swarovski crystal, fresh water pearls.
Amonite Tiger Brooch  $224  Large amonite fossil, tigereye, freshwater pearls, Swarovsky beads, Czech glass beads.

Spessartine Smoky Quartz Brooch  $300    Spessartine garnet and smoky quartz crystals in matrix.  copper baroque and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals.  God did most of the work on this one.  I just made it so you could wear it!

Python Cuff  $350 (sold)   Peyote stitch Delica beads, some 24K gold plated.  This is the first of series  of snake themed cuffs and necklaces.  They are lightweight, smooth, strong and flexible.  The clasp disappears to make a seamless continuous cuff.  It takes about 7 hours to make one.


The following are pieces that are wired in a free form style done in either gold filled or sterling wire.  The come in many color themes with a central flower and side sprays.  There are little dangles of pearls or Swarovsky crystals which add a lovely shimmering effect as they move. Price depends on complexity and materials.   They come in different colorways.  While no two are exactly alike, I can make one in a specified color.   They have earrings which could also be ordered separately.

Spring Garland  $225  Pink Shell, Keshi and Freshwater pearls, Swarovsky crystal dangles, Czech glass.

Rose Quartz Garland  $175  Rose Quartz, Keshi and Freshwater pearls, Swarovsky crystal dangles, Czech glass.

The following are wired sprays of Keshi pearls with accents on a pearl necklace. they come in several colors, some of which are not shown such as copper, peach and blue.   The prices vary according to the cost of materials.  The larger and thinner the Keshi pearl is, the more expensive it is.  They make nice bridal necklaces and matching earrings are available.  They are equally at home with a suit or a top and jeans. You could also order the earrings separately.

Keshi Garland White  $185  Keshi and Freshwater pearls, Swarovsky crystal dangles, Czech glass.
Keshi Garland Grey  $380 Keshi and Freshwater pearls, faceted labradorite,  Swarovsky crystal dangles, Czech glass, sterling silver.

Keshi Garland Aqua   $185  Keshi and Freshwater pearls, Swarovsky crystal dangles, Czech glass.

The following are luxurious garlands that comepletly circle the neck.  The have little sprays with tiny Swarovsky dangles that provide continuous shimmer and motion.  The come in several colors such as peach, white, blue, copper and pink.  The color is dependant on the availability of keshi pearls of sufficient quality and properly placed drill holes.  I hand select all my pearls for their quality and lustre.
Peach Blossom Garland  $1150  Keshi Pearls, Swarovski crystals.  I also have this in rose pink and called Apple Blossoms. 
Blue Blossom Garland $1100 (sold)   Keshi and freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, faceted jade.  (I have enough pearls to make a variation of this necklace).

Sunday, May 16, 2010


The following collection is mostly strung.  It is a collection of semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls and antique and vintage beads.

Abalone Pendant  $ 221:   Abalone, freshwater and stick pearls, flourite with vermeil clasp.

Georgia Rose  $160  These are wired large Keshi Pearls with Swarovski Crystal center on a freshwater pearl strand.  There are several variations and colors.  Pink, Grey, Peach, Copper and Blue.  The flower is the clasp. Matching earrings available.

Not Your Mother's Pearls  $150  Freshwater pearl crosses, 14K gold beads, vermeil.

Rose Quartz Leaf $200 Carved rose quartz, freshwater and keshi pearls, amethyst, Swarovski crystal, kunzite. vermeil clasp.

Crystal Fantasy  $425  Sterling and Dichroic pendant by Nancy Geddes, dichroic,Swarovski and sterling beads Vintage 3 cut Czech seed beads, sterling clasp. 

Rocky Mountain Autumn  $155  Carved agate, Oregon opal, freshwater pearls, vermeil.

Mermaid's Collar $254 Fine stick pearls, Swarovski crystals, vermeil clasp. Matching earrings available


Red Crystal Collar  $220  Rutilated quartz, copper stick pearls, vermeil beads and clasp. Matching earrings available.

Queen's Amethyst $510 Carved amethyst, peridot,freshwater pearls, vermeil clasp and beads. Matching earrings available.
Oregon Sunrise $543  Oregon opal, carved citrine leaves, green garnet, vermeil clasp and beads. Matching earrings available.
Evening Agate $198 Agate, pietersite, black onyx, sterling. Pietersite is a lovely stone that is irridescent w flashes of blue and gold. The mine is closed so it is becoming more rare and expensive.

African Raincloud $383  South African agate, Labradorite, Sterling.  Lots of flash and color in the labradorite.
Mother's Love $450 Vintage signed carved netsuke, turquoise, amber, cherry amber, agate, dragon agate, carved carnelian, antique Indian silver cone, sterling.

Silk Road $345 Antique Chinese silver pendant, carved carnelian, sterling. I hung this pendant on the wall as an art piece for 30 years before I decided to incorporate it into a necklace. It reminds me of the old caravans.

Southwest Revisited  $425  Old Navajo sterling and coral naja, turquoise, carnelian, coral, sterling.

Turquoise Tears $375 Turquoise, sterling silver This is a piece that I made years ago when I had access to silversmithing equipment.
New Mexico Memories  $ 1250  Turquoise, Zuni and Navajo pieces, carved fetish beads, turquoise heshi.  This is a collection over 50 years of special pieces.  They bring lots of memories of times and places.