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“THE SILVER ETRUSCAN NECKLACE & EARRING SET, & THE ETRUSCAN CUFF”

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…………………….You have heard it from me many many times……….I am enthralled by ancient cultures and the artists who lived in ancient times. These were men and women who had no preconceived  notions about what they created. It came from the heart and their God given talent. They didn’t worry about costs or being commercial……they made what they loved with their hands and the tools that they made……….I had seen beads like these at Jacques Carcanagues store in soho. They came from North Africa. They were real gold and cost thousands of dollars. They were displayed in a locked case for a long time. There were four of them in different lengths. After a time I was told by the manager of the store that a celebrity came in and bought the two longest necklaces……I think it may have been Madonna, at least she hinted at that……..In recreating this necklace we tried to come as close as possible to the irregular conical shape as possible. I wanted the look of hand made….an ARTISAN look……..nothing perfect or highly polished. They had to look like something you would see behind a case in a museum. I think that was accomplished and more….Remember, these pieces are supposed to look ANTIQUE….They are not perfect and are not POLISHED, so if that is what you want…..this is NOT it…………………The necklace is 72 inches long, which is the same length as my pearl necklaces and faceted glass bead necklaces from past collections. This length gives the wearer a lot of choices on how they want to wear it….As you can see in the photos above….it is doubled, tripled and quadrupled. Wearing it quadrupled is when the extender comes in handy. Not everyone will be able to wear it quadrupled, but for those who can it’s a fabulous look…… In between each conical bead, which are approx. 1/2 inches long, there is a small round bead which is there to “frame” the conical bead, and also to make the necklace more flexible……….The necklace will be sold with the drop earring. It has 5 tiny beads linked together, and at the bottom one conical bead. It has a Shepard’s Hook, so it is for pierced ears only. The earring is approx. inches long. If you so choose to make it shorter it’s an easy task. Just remove as many beads from the top and slide the remaining link back onto the Shepard’s Hook………..The bracelet has 5 rows of the conical beads and round spacer beads. The rows are held together with a slim bar at the back. I purposely had the bracelet made looser so it slides down. Of course it will fit everyone differently. It will be avail in one size. It is a stretch bracelet, but it does not look like one. It is a little over 2 inches wide. Since each row is separate it is very comfortable to wear……….These pieces are super light in weight for those who are concerned. The beads are hollow so there is literally no weight to them……..You all know I love abundance, so in the photos to the right you will see TWO necklaces doubled up………Tripled up is a fantastic rich look! I also love mixing the metals….the SILVER with the GOLD, the GREEN PATINA with the GOLD, and the GREEN PATINA with the COPPER…………………….I know you will enjoy wearing these Etruscan pieces for years and years and years. They are as timeless as ancient pieces that we all covert………………………………………………………..enjoy……………………..much Love……………………..Louis

“THE RUSSIAN GOLD ETRUSCAN NECKLACE & EARRING SET, & THE CUFF”

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………………………There are gold LOVERS AND THERE ARE silver LOVERS. As a designer I love all metal colors…….but……if I had to choose only one it would definitely, hands down be GOLD. Now, there are many colors of gold. Some like the look of 12, or 14 karat gold, some like rose gold……..but……..I love 24 karat GOLD. Russian GOLD has the same warm glow and depth as 24 Karat, which is the purest gold used for making jewelry……..I think all of the other metal colors have their place and importance, but there is nothing like Russian Gold and Black!………Extend your wardrobes by mixing your metal colors, as shown above. I love the look of silver and gold mixed. I think the look of mixed metals is becoming more and more accepted…….All of the pictures on the right show two necklaces worn different ways……doubled, tripled and mixed metals. If you haven’t tried it….it’s time you took another step out of the box!………………………………………………………….

……….enjoy………………much Love…………………..Louis

“THE COPPER ETRUSCAN NECKLACE & EARRING SET, & CUFF”

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………………………………COPPER……………..is a relatively new color for my Linea Jewelry collection, and I love adding a new metal color to the group. The plating color is actually called COPPER OX, Ox being short for oxidation. What oxidation does for the color is give it an antique look. It starts off like a bright shiny new copper penny, and then it is aged. The shine you see is only the flash! Do not expect a shiny finish. For some reason, without the flash, all the pictures looked gold, so I was forced to use it…….With all of the autumnal colors coming for fall, COPPER will be a wonderful accent………In some of the pictures I have layered two for a more dramatic effect……… I know there are many of you who don’t own anything in this copper color. I think the ETRUSCAN GROUP would be the perfect place to start…………………………………..enjoy………..much Love……………………Louis

“Notification”

Hello everyone……..I have some news to share with all of you and I’m afraid it’s a bit disappointing……..None of the Green Patina pieces will be delivered. I am extremely disappointed in this news. It seems that this particular plating and finishing requires just the right weather conditions for it to come out correctly. Unfortunately, it has been non stop rain and extremely humid in this region of China where these pieces are being made. The factory has tried over and over again to plate the beads and the fish, but it has not come out right. My buyers were even willing to take these pieces in later, but the factory can’t guarantee when this will happen…….Since my initial samples came out perfectly, we had no idea this would be an issue until production began. This is truly artisan workmanship, and we were totally unaware of the delicacy of this process……I have been showing the Green Patina pieces for months now , but little did I know the problems we were to face….I know you are as disappointed as I am, but there is much to choose from, and the MINT MIST SPIRIT NECKLACE will work on any outfit you had planned for the Green Patina……..I have not given up on the Green Patina color, but I may be standing alone facing a storm on this one. I was hoping that we could bring it in later in the year when the conditions were right for the process to be done, but that would mean QVC holding back money for months, and I doubt they would be willing to do that. Again, I am very sorry to disappoint, but this was something that is totally out of anyone’s control. If there is any news going forward I will let you all know……………………………………………………..

……………………………………….much Love……………………..Louis

“THE BRIGHT FACETED BEAD NECKLACE”

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…………………………..Color, Color, Color…………there is no better way to create a colorful piece of jewelry than a 72″ long FACETED GLASS BEAD NECKLACE!…..J350149 is the style number…..Many of you own a similar necklace that I did a few years ago. It was also 72 inches, and it was made out of the same glass faceted beads. It was avail. in Black Jet, Clear Crystal, Gunmetal and Chocolate…….The major difference between that necklace and this is the CONSTRUCTION. The previous necklace was “strung” with silk string, but there were some problems with the cord, due to the weight of the necklace, separating from the closing [nobody makes 72 inch necklaces]……..This time we have linked the beads together with metal rings, as you can see in the photos. This makes the entire piece much STRONGER……………….What came first….the chicken or the egg? In this case it was a beautiful new WINTER FLORAL PRINT that I fashioned into a beautiful simple blouse. It’s the print that is the focal point. It’s coming in Sept., but you will be able to get the necklace on my up coming jewelry show on Aug. 25, QVC2, at 6:00pm……I selected the color of the beads to match the colors in the floral. I chose to link the beads together with gunmetal links so nothing would detract from the color of the beads. Unfortunately, I could not capture the beauty of all of the beads, but I think you get the idea…..The colors will work with many many things you already own……The WK TUNIC SWEATER above is a new style that will also be avail. in Sept. The color is PARADISE RED…………This is the necklace that will get much attention especially from the little ones who are captivated by colorful sparkly things………………………………………………………..

……………………….enjoy……………….much Love……………………..Louis

“THE ALABASTER FACETED BEAD NECKLACE”

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………………………………..The ALABASTER MULTI color necklace was created to work with the new Alabaster WINTER FLORAL blouse, which is shown above with the Dark Umber Super Ponte Pant and the new Blackberry WK pant. Of course it works beautifully with the alabaster slim pant too. You have to look at the beads closely as some are two tone……They are really fascinating!…………This necklace is linked together with chocolate links in keeping with the color of the beads……………………………….enjoy…………………much Love………………………….Louis

“THE BLACKBERRY FACETED BEAD NECKLACE”

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……………………………………….BLACKBERRY MULTI……………..is the third and last color this necklace will be coming in. Again, the colors were chosen to coordinate with the colors in the print. The necklace and the print look wonderful with my new WN TN with the wide ribbed border [remember that one], and the new WK long skirt….all in BLACKBERRY! I do have to mention that the red beads came out much brighter and redder in the photos than they actually are. Actually, all of the colors are a little brighter then they are………They do coordinate with the print perfectly, and again, will work with so many things you own…………..enjoy……………………….much Love…………………….Louis

“THE “INDIA” PENDANT”

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…………………….If you love the idea of exotic places, exotic cultures…..this pendant can take you there!

“THE “INDIA” PENDANT”

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……………………I am always searching and on the hunt for beautiful ethnic jewelry from around the world……………….Sometimes I find fabulous pieces on my travels, and sometimes they are right under my nose………….For this beautiful pendant from India I didn’t have to go far. I purchased this from an incredible store in SOHO right in NYC. The owner of the store was Jacques Carcanagues, and his name was above the door. The store was very large, and it was filled to the brim with treasures, mainly from Bali, Morocco and Africa, but he also had wonderful things from India. He carried, tapestries, rugs, fabrics, object d’art, boxes, sculptures, beaded African hats, and incredible antique furniture. He even had wonderfully carved wooden doors that people used as wall hangings, and head boards for their beds. Whatever caught his eye, and he thought was beautiful, he would buy for the store…. He also had an incredible collection of jewelry. Jacques had impeccable taste. He was an eccentric man, and though he would be in the store often, for the most part he would ignore the customers, but we became friendly. He would even allow me to go in the basement where all of his inventory was kept……it was Ali Baba’s treasures!!!! Over the years I bought many of his pieces. I was terribly sad when he decided to retire and close the store. It was a great loss for me and the city. There has been nothing to replace it……. I showed the India pendant I purchased at Jacque’s to the people I work with and they loved it. In the pictures at the upper left you can see the original piece and my reproduction. The original piece is to the right. I was hesitant about trying to have the piece reproduced, because honestly my experience has been that they never capture the beauty of the antique pieces. I said OK try it and let’s see what you can come up with……I was astonished when I saw the new piece. It had all the patina I had hoped for. They took the old piece and made it new, but kept all the character…….no missing stones and no missing metal fine wire surrounding each stone as the original. We even when one better and added an ENHANCER to the back so you can open it up and add any cord, ribbon, chain or whatever you can think of to wear it around your neck. As you can see in the photos you can wear it at full length or double the chain up and wear it at a shorter length depending on what you are wearing………All of the stones in the pendant are faceted glass. The fringe at the bottom is made as the original with links, and a metal ball bead at the bottom……..The metal is done in a BRASS OX plating to look like the aged original….It is approx. 2 1/2 inches round, and with the fringe it is approx 4 inches long….The EARRING that comes with the pendant is a simple RED FACETED Stone surrounded with the Brass Ox metal and a Shepard’s Hook……To illustrate the versatility of the piece I photographed it on some of my WK swing sweaters in different colors plus the new PORT DRESS and the new PORT TN…..all with my olive slim pant……To say that I was pleased with the final pendant would be a huge understatement………If you are a lover of all ethnic jewelry from different cultures as I am, I know you will love this necklace. If you haven’t ever bought a piece like this before, this would be a wonderful place to start…..I know some of my world travelers among you will really appreciate the authenticity of this piece……………J350150 is the style number…………………………………..enjoy……………….much Love……………………Louis

“THE “SPIRIT” NECKLACE”

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……………………………The “Spirit” necklace is the first of my jewelry sneak peeks!…………………………enjoy………………much Love…………………………..Louis