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Mardi Gras Float Mardi Gras BeadsNew Orleans Float

All hail the “ah ha!” moment!

This week it finally (finally!) dawned on me why I chose jewelry as my work.

Every year at about this time there is a colorful little get-together my people call Mardi Gras. And there are fantastic parades with outrageous floats. And on those floats are costumed revelers throwing out beads. Bright, shiny beads. And every kid wants these beads. As much as Halloween candy or a stocking from Santa.

We wave our hands high, hoping to attract the keepers of the beads. We scurry after strands that land on the ground. We hang each strand like trophies around our necks, which become heavier and heavier as the day wears on. Once home, we separate the strands into piles of the most (and least) beautiful and rare. We wear our beads to school and hang them on the doors of our rooms with pride.

So I think that’s the simple explanation of why I have such a deep connection with jewelry. Thank you Louisiana! Thank you Mardi Gras! (Thank you hot shower in which most epiphanies occur!)

To celebrate the carnival season, here is a dynamic collection of art jewelry in the traditional trio of Mardi Gras colors.

Laissez les bons temps rouler, y’all!

Anthony Tammaro, Flow Bracelet

Anthony Tammaro, Flow Bracelet

Tracy Steepy, Swedish Summer Necklace

Tracy Steepy, Swedish Summer

Robin Quigley, Citrus

Robin Quigley, Citrus

Serena Chen, Take a Rest Ring

Serena Chen, Take a Rest Ring

Petra Zimmermann, Ring

Petra Zimmermann, Ring

Lisa Walker, from Unwearable

Lisa Walker, from Unwearable

Lisa Crowder, Brocolli Tree Pendant

Lisa Crowder, Brocolli Tree Pendant

Caroline Gore, Abundant Compartments

Caroline Gore, Abundant Compartments

Kath Inglis, Chinamans Hats Bangle 10

Kath Inglis, Chinamans Hats Bangle 10

Petra Class, Tanzanite Ring

Petra Class, Tanzanite Ring

Devta Doolan, Jade Landscape Earrings

Devta Doolan, Jade Landscape Earrings

Jennifer Trask, Limonata Necklace

Jennifer Trask, Limonata Necklace

Joe Wood, Stem-Hoop Neckpiece

Joe Wood, Stem-Hoop Neckpiece

Uli Rapp, Charms

Uli Rapp, Charms

Ruudt Peters, Sefiroth Chasmalin Brooch

Ruudt Peters, Sefiroth Chasmalin Brooch

Lisa Cimino, A Flower of Colored Leaves Necklace

Lisa Cimino, A Flower of Colored Leaves Necklace

Brittany Sondberg, Enamel Plate Ribbon Necklace

Brittany Sondberg, Enamel Plate Ribbon Necklace

Shana Kroiz, Throne

Shana Kroiz, Throne

Many thanks to the jewelers whose images enrich this blog. I encourage you to visit their websites and explore more of their work.

Serena Chen, Lisa Cimino, Petra Class, Lisa Crowder, Devta Doolan, Caroline Gore, Kath Inglis, Shana Kroiz, Ruudt Peters, Robin Quigley, Uli Rapp, Brittany Sondberg, Tracy Steepy, Anthony Tammaro, Jennifer Trask, Lisa Walker, Joe Wood, Petra Zimmermann

 
 
 
 

One Response

    nancylou says:

    This colorful collection captures the spirit of Mardi Gras so well. Thanks for sharing.

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