Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Girly Girl Trunk Show! July 31st! Meet Natalie

Girly Girl Jewelry Trunk Show-This Friday, July 31st from 3-8-Meet Natalie
This is Natalie's Story...

1. What would you love to tell the customers about your line? Ruby Castle Designs is about femininity, creativity and beauty. Several techniques and elements are used with each piece, resulting in a high-quality finish and an intriguing look. Many of the beads used in my designs come from different parts of the world. Any time I travel abroad I search for components that reflect the culture of the area; therefore, the flavor of these pieces is different from anything else you will find in the area. I use the highest-quality materials available, including solid sterling silver, 14k gold-fill, gemstones and Swarovski Crystallized Elements. I attempt to showcase beautiful beads, stones and precious metals in an elegant way, with an occasional touch of whimsy.
2. What do you love most about making your jewelry? Creating jewelry has been an exciting creative outlet for me. I derive immense satisfaction and accomplishment from working with my hands, whether it be gardening, playing the piano or sewing, so making jewelry was a natural extension for me. Seeing the ideas in my head come to fruition in my hands is an amazing feeling.
3. Where do you get your inspiration for your jewelry? Inspiration can come from any number of places, but I tend to rely heavily on the colors, patterns and combinations of nature. My Grandma Hazel was a talented artist and taught me at a young age to find beauty in everything, especially nature. I formed a habit of looking closely at the details in nature, developing a deep appreciation for the spontaneous beauty found there. I also peruse various publications for trends and mimic cultural elements from my travels.

4. When did you start making jewelry and why?Several years ago my sister Rebecca introduced me to jewelry
making, but it was only last year that I began pursuing the hobby myself.