Monday, December 22, 2014

Jewell Ray Matching Pendant and Ring Review and Braided Opal Ring Giveaway! US 4/1

As much as I've come to adore local artisans and their wares I have to confess that the true holders of my heart belong to the artisans overseas. I've spent long hours coveting the talents of artisans in Ireland, the Ukraine, Germany and France; these countries and more boast some of the most talented artisans I've ever come across. One glance shows how much care goes into just one of their creations, but closer inspection shows just how much talent and time goes into them. This I noticed especially when I came across a lovely little jewelry shop by the name of Jewell Ray.

Located in Galilee, Israel, Jewell Ray is a family owned and operated business that specializes in creating unique Sterling Silver jewelry for women who can truly appreciate original designs and true craftsmanship. At Jewell Ray they believe that jewelry should be beautiful, feminine, comfortable and fashionable; they're aim is to make the wearer of their jewelry feel elegant and special while wearing one of their pieces.

Take a look at what Pina and IIan have to say about their lives, their inspiration and the creative process behind Jewell Ray:

"We live & work in a small place in the Galilee (the north of Israel). Our studio is on a mountain's top, viewing a stunning landscape of the Sea of Galilee, and of the Mediterranean Sea. This surrounding inspires us. This quiet and peaceful Environment enables us to focus inwards when creating and designing. 

We met when Pina was a student in the jewelry school of art, where Ilan was teaching. We have 2 amazing children - our son - Maayn is 6 years old, & our daughter - Neomi is 3 years old. They are happy, fun loving kids that make us happy & proud! They are always in our minds and hearts, in everything we do. We love working together & we hope our love & friendship shines through our work.

We love working with metals, because we are curious about the way the material brings out our spirituality. We are inspired by the world that surrounds us: we love transforming visual characteristics of other materials into metal - the texture of wood, a wrinkle in a fabric, the curves of our son's curls. We also enjoy transforming other crafts' techniques into metalwork, such as Crochet, Origami, Macrame and more. 

We are thrilled that people all around the word appreciate and enjoy our creations."

I was recently given the opportunity to feature Jewell Ray in our Holiday Gift Guide and was sent their gorgeous Purple and Turquoise Pendant Necklace and matching Dual Birthstone Ring  for review.

Let me just say that capturing the true beauty and craftsmanship of this pair was almost impossible; I tried from many angles and in different lighting to o them justice but it just wasn't possible. Even as lovely as the pictures in the shop were I can honestly say even they don't do them justice. Take a look!

The Purple and Turquoise Pendant Necklace is a one of a kind treasure and is made from Sterling Silver and natural Turquoise and Pearls. The size of the Turquoise and Pearls measure approximately 3-7mm each and are the perfect finishing touch for any outfit/occasion. Silver not your thing? Pina and IIan can can craft this lovely treasure in Gold to suit your tastes!

The matching Dual Birthstone Ring finishes the look. It's brilliant colors symbolize Love, Passion and Enthusiasm and Fun. Crafted from Sterling Silver, Turquoise and Purple Amethyst, it's pure perfection. Mine was made to my exact sizing specifications and Pina was very easy to work with. She was very friendly and more than happy to accommodate my needs; she had no problem crafting the ring in a size 11 for me (I inherited my Grandmothers short, stubby fingers) and offers the ring in sizes US 000-16. So whether you've got teeny fingers or stouter fingers like myself you can be assured that your Jewelry needs can be meet by IIan and Pina at Jewell Ray.

From Pendant Necklaces to Rings and Earrings, if you're searching for a truly unique piece to add to your jewelry collection or make a statement at an important upcoming event then I strongly urge you to head over to Jewell Ray and take a look around. You won't be disappointed with what you'll find and you won't find a more genuine and sweet proprietress than Pina herself!

Take a look at Pina and IIan's introductory video and see for yourself!

Want to win a Jewell Ray piece for yourself? Pina and IIan have generously offered one of you lucky readers the chance to win one of their Braided Opal Rings! Isn't it stunning?!

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