Sunday, 28 December 2014

Mink Vertebrae

I love natural shapes and I couldn’t have imagined a more stunning shaped sculpture than this.
I have cast a vertebrae bone of a mink from an old collection in Sterling Silver.
It carries a Freshwater Button Peacock Pearl, which shimmers in the most amazing purple and blue colours and has an excellent lustre.
The high quality Sterling Silver chain has been rhodium plated.

Monday, 19 May 2014

BLUE BREEZE necklace

Totally blue today. I mean the sky.
Now I think I just caught that sky into a necklace and that's why it's called BLUE BREEZE.
It carries lots of semi-precious stones as polished facetted discs which are light blue Chalcedony and Swiss Blue Topaz.

The necklaces' links and settings are all in Sterling Silver that has been covered with Gold.
Check out my new collection here: ADFK Jewellery by Alexandra da Fonseca-Klein

Saturday, 3 May 2014

It's May already, the time for Emerald. Here's the lowdown on this precious stone.

Sakura Green faceted Emerald crown Sterling Silver Ring
Sakura Emerald Sterling Silver Ring by ADFK Jewellery
The name ‘Emerald‘ comes from
the greek word ‘smaragdos‘ through the
old french ‘esmeraude‘, and again latin
‘esmeralda‘, meaning ‘green gemstone‘.

Funny enough, in German
the greek word prevails: ‘smaragd‘.

The Incas and Aztecs, in whose former realm the best emeralds are still found today,
regarded the this precious stone as holy.

However, the oldest known finds were once made near the Red Sea in Egypt.
These were already exploited by Egyptian Pharaohs between 3000 and 1500 b.c.
being referred to as the ‚Cleopatra‘s mines‘, and had been exhausted by the time they were
rediscovered in the early 19th century.
Emeralds can be more valuable than Diamonds.
The green of the Emerald is the colour of life and spring.

For centuries it has been the symbol of beauty and of constant love.
In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love.
Part of my new Emerald collection is now on the website of ADFK Jewellery.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Rainbow Labradorite Ring with double shank in Gold vermeil
Rainbow Labradorite Ring double shank in Gold vermeil
Today I want to show you one of my favourite pieces in the new collection.
This is my new Gold vermeil ring with the most delightful round Rainbow Labradorite.
You can see why they call it Rainbow.
Sparkling in green and blue that appears to be hailing from within it is very captivating.
It's a gemstone that is characteristically translucent and comes in different base colours with reflecting layers. This specimen has been finished in a cushion cut
The twofold shank gives the ring a certain delicacy and it likewise allows the light diffusing through.
The light comes just from below the surface of the precious stone.  Gold vermeil is
Sterling Silver that has been covered in Gold.
Check out ADFK Jewellery in Hessle or online.
Alexandra da Fonseca-Klein
Alexandra da Fonseca-Klein with Labradorite Jewellery

Friday, 11 April 2014

First blog of Alexandra da Fonseca-Klein

I guess that's it.
I'm sitting in my workshop in front of my macbook and have a coffee on the side.
I'd better begin, before someone gets bored.
I'm Alexandra and I make jewellery. Fine jewellery that is.
Gold and Silver and precious stones, gemstones.
Not just throwing together a few glass beads, no I have actually learned the trade and studied 3 D Design.
If you ask me if the degree has given me any boost, I prefer not to answer.
I am greatly self-taught and learned from great goldsmiths and stone setters.
There are some other very nice materials in my collection like leather, Murano Glas and the list goes on, but more at another time.
I draw my inspirations from nature's beauty, that literally means
I cast twigs or seeds or the odd sea urchin into Sterling Silver and
turn it into really nice precious little jewels.
I practically adore gemstones, also the odd ones, the rough ones,
the lesser known and the stones that have a special meaning.
Join me on my journey making unique pieces.
Right now I'm working on catalogue number 1245, I think.
That's right. Every item is one of a kind.
I never do an item twice, at least not exactly.
Well, if you really ask me to do a second version- but that is exceptional.
I have a website- of course, how can I live, when I don't sell.
I can't keep all of the jewellery, though I would like to...
See more infos at ADFK Jewellery.