Posts Tagged ‘sterling silver’

Feature Friday #15: Perfectly Pretty and Pure earrings by hybridhandmade

September 17th, 2010
** Update: Cari-Jane’s earrings have been purchased and are no longer available.
The buyer contacted us
directly, so the listing has been removed from our etsy shop.
Please visit hybridhandmade to see more of her original and funky creations. THANKS! **

Last month, we were featured in a treasury created by fellow etsian Cari-Jane Hakes (aka hybridhandmade); shortly after, Cari-Jane wrote us to say that she’d like to make a donation to D.A.D. — she’s the first complete stranger to do this! And with that, I received a package from France and these gorgeous Perfectly Pretty and Pure earrings:

Made from sterling silver and rock crystal, they dangle just shy of 4cm (1.5 inches).

An architect (who’s exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London… WOW!), Cari-Jane runs a firm with her husband. Her love of details brought her to jewelry-making, where her work is obviously influenced by her design background. Please drop by her shop; this is one talented gal who makes truly original, versatile and beautiful jewelry!

This project has been wonderful for my sister and me for a variety of reasons… It gives us a feeling of purpose and positivity amidst a situation that is otherwise challenging. It’s given us an imagination-driven project to work on together and pushes us to be constantly creative. We’ve been inspired by many people who’ve written us with encouragement and kind words, many of whom have gone through (or are going through) similar circumstances.

And we’ve been shown heartwarming and humbling generosity… exemplified by Cari-Jane, as someone who’s never met us before but was touched by our project enough to reach out.

And with that, happy Friday!

Feature Friday Donations , , , ,

Feature Friday #12: Angel wing necklace by Melonie Higashi

August 27th, 2010
** Update: Melonie’s necklace has been purchased (in one hour flat!) via Etsy and is no longer available! If you would like to make an order with Melonie, please contact her directly at
mel [at] higashidesign [dot] com **

Today’s donation comes from dear friend and über-talented jewelry-maker, Melonie Higashi. Mel has been incredibly supportive of The D.A.D. Project from the get-go, and told me that she chose to contribute an Angel wing necklace “because I think you and Serena are both angels for coming up with this wonderful project.” How sweet is that?

Keeping company with the sterling silver angel wing are a Peruvian opal, a wire wrapped London blue topaz briolette, and a freshwater pearl. The angel wing measures 1-inch (or 2.5 cm) long. The chain measures 18″ (or 45.7 cm) long.

Love, protect, and inspire….

  • Wings are generally symbols of protection.
  • Blue Topaz and the Peruvian Opal are said to promote artistic inspiration/creativity.
  • Freshwater pearls are said to enable someone to accept love.


If you’d like to know a little more about Mel, her gorgeous work  and her quirky sense of humour, take a look at the feature I did on her last year.

Thanks Mel! I’ll share my wakame salad sushi rolls with you ANYtime ;)

Feature Friday Donations , , , , , , , ,

©2010 The D.A.D. Project / Serena and Emily Chen. All Rights Reserved