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New Timeless Classic Equestrian Jewelry Designs

December 30, 2015 10:24:48 AM EST

 

When in doubt, simple classic equestrian jewelry handmade in sterling silver is always in style.  The handcrafted bit bracelets, horseshoe necklace and earrings, and stirrup bangles embrace everyday elegance.  Beautiful jewelry that you can wear and cherish everyday.

 

I love this classic Sterling silver Horseshoe Necklace with matching Horseshoe Earrings and Horse Shoe Pendant.  Shop more Horse Jewelry here!

 

Gorgeous bracelets -- Silver Stirrup Bangle, Silver Double Bit Bangle, Silver Horse Head with Bit Bangle, and Silver Horseshoe Bangle. Try wearing them together! Discover more Equestrian Bracelet Jewelry here!

 

 

Two sizes of stunning Sterling Silver Horse Bit earrings. More Horse Jewelry here!

 

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What Jewelry to Wear at the Horse Races and Gala

August 27, 2015 10:38:59 AM EDT

What kind of jewelry do you wear to the horse races and gala? Equestrian jewelry of course! Beginning in 1864, Saratoga Race Course is regarded as the oldest sporting venue in the USA. One of my favorite race/equestrian museums is the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Located in Saratoga, NY, this gem is just around the corner from the historic Saratoga Race Course. Here you will find an fabulous collection of horse race paintings, sculptures, photos, artifacts, and memorabilia documenting the race history of eighteenth century to the present history of Thoroughbred racing in America. Their largest fundraiser is the yearly gala.
 

Polo Player MedallionEquestrian Silver Charm Necklace



Renee wearing the polo player medallion and Jaymie sporting her famous equestrian silver charm necklace at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Gala, Saratoga, NY.


Attending both the races in Saratoga, NY and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Gala, my girlfriends, Jaymie Klauber and Renee Strickland wore their Chris Bales equestrian pendants to every event. Jaymie designed her own personal horse charm necklace using the sterling silver oval collar and her ever expanding collection of Elligators silver equine pendants to create her own one of a kind equestrian charm necklace. Needless to say, their necklaces were a hit with the horsey set.
Discover Elligators Silver Jewelry horse, equestrian, fox hunt, race jewelry here!

Mark & Chris Bales

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Why Buy Designer Art Jewelry?

July 27, 2015 11:15:05 AM EDT

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Higher Quality Designer 
Art jewelry is produced by hand is higher quality. Artisan jewelry studios are found in homes of the artists and not some large factory setting. Taking pride in their work, the workmanship of a jewelry artist is quality crafted with care and attention. A beautifully designed piece has just the right mix of texture, semi-precious stones, color and shape.

Individual Style
Look for art jewelry that speaks to YOU! For yourself or your jewelry store, boutique or gallery--the handmade jewelry designed by a talented artist expresses your individual style. When you purchase unique jewelry designed by an artist, you are purchasing one of a kind accessories. Art jewelry never goes out of style, and you will enjoy it for years on end. Discover the magic of designer art jewelry in your store. Promoting a jewelry artist gives your customers a reason keep adding to their personal art jewelry collection.

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Special One of a Kind Gifts 
Designer art jewelry makes the meaningful and thoughtful present that will be remembered and worn for years to come. The recipient will appreciate the care and attention you gave to selecting their unique wearable art gift.

Support the Art Community
When you buy beautiful designer art jewelry, you are promoting the creative handcrafted work of jewelry artists, and supporting the continued future of original wearable art. Buy the extraordinary, not the ordinary!

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Fall in love with Chris Bales Designer Jewelry here!

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Wedding Jewelry

June 10, 2015 1:10:02 PM EDT

Blue Topaz Necklace
Something blue....and bold.  It’s your big day, make it special!
When my girlfriend, Nina Desloge, was looking for wedding jewelry, she really wanted something unique and one of a kind, and blue!! She fell in love with our silver chunky blue topaz necklace accented with a pear shaped aquamarine drop. Nina wore it with a beautiful strapless white dress--absolutely stunning!
 
Nina owns and is chief certified instructor of Pilates Works of Sarasota, a fully equipped pilates workout studio. Here Nina coaches her students to improve posture balance, reduce stress and muscular tension, improve balance, agility and athletic performance using the pilates training method.  
 
Nina's Wedding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gorgeous Sarasota Bay, Florida was the picturesque wedding venue for Art and Nina’s beautifully romantic day. Explore more designer wedding jewelry here!
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Top Five Best Sellers for the Summer!

June 3, 2015 2:51:05 PM EDT

All our beach jewelry is popular, but some designs just sell over and over. I wanted to share with you some cherished go every where jewelry styles ready for your cruise, vacation at the beach, or bbq that we all love!

Seahorse Pendant

Inspired by the sea, our hand painted ceramic seahorse tile pendant is hand crafted in sterling silver. The brilliant faceted blue topaz is a dreamy accent to this sea life designer pendant.

Starfish Bracelet

I love this unique mother of pearl starfish bracelet handcrafted in sterling silver. Our starfish is surrounded by white pearlescent druzies, iridescent biwa pearl and mother of pearl. A sea blue topaz is tucked under the starfish. The Chris Bales designer bracelet is complete with a sterling silver fish toggle clasp with adjustable lengths.

Sea Turtle Pendant

Beautifully carved rose cut mother of pearl forms the back of our simple polished silver sea turtle pendant. Everyone loves the sea turtles. This is the time of year these admirable sea turtles nest on many beaches in the US, swimming sometimes 1,500 miles to return to their special beach. Our one of a kind turtle pendants are show stopping. My aunt tells me she always gets compliments when she wears her treasured sea turtle pendant. 

Mermaid Pendant

The mermaid has become a signature of the Chris Bales designer jewelry line for Elligators Silver Jewelry. Our beautiful hand carved mermaid is particularly irresistible. We design a complete collection of mermaid pendants, bracelets, and necklaces. This popular mermaid is hand made in sterling silver and is crowned with a blue topaz ocean blue topaz. She happily delights many of our customers!

Sea Glass

Sea glass, sea glass, sea glass! Sea glass jewelry in all shapes, colors and designs hand crafted in sterling silver are all best sellers. We love the beautiful irregular shapes, the cobalt blue, kelly green, frosty finish from years in the sea. Nature joined forces with old glass bottles and created a very collectable glass-- perfect for artistic jewelry designs. So here it is! Some tried and true favorites for summer. You'll also find your own best sellers when you explore our new jewelry here!

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Rough Stone Designer Jewelry

May 26, 2015 9:53:18 AM EDT

I am a big fan of natural rough gemstone jewelry.  Vibrantly hued raw stones set in brushed sterling silver results in a stunning combination for wearable art jewelry. 
             
Rough Stone Necklace
 
Irresistible raw rocks of aquamarine, apatite, tanzanite, and peridot are carefully handcrafted in sterling silver to create show stopping gem studded necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The handcrafted bezels are brushed to create a stunning contrast with the beautifully irregular semi precious gemstones.

Rough Stone Bracelet

When you can have the real thing--luxury silver jewelry, why settle for anything less?  Big bold jewelry is trending for spring!

Explore the natural wonders of Elligators Silver Jewelry one-of-a-kind gemstone collection designed by Chris Bales here!
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Check us out in Sarasota Magazine!

April 27, 2015 3:38:11 PM EDT

Turtle PendantWe were recently featured in Sarasota Magazine under 8 Great Sarasota Shopping Finds.  Check out the article here, and be sure to visit our blog for the latest news and trends!

 

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5 Basics to Photograph Jewelry

April 22, 2015 11:09:47 AM EDT

PhotographyHere are five easy tips from our in house Elligators Silver Jewelry photographer (my husband). Since the launch of our website several years ago, He has experimented cameras, lighting, and props to create great gemstone jewelry photos of my one of a kind design jewelry collection --Chris Bales Jewelry.


1. Diffused Lighting

The use of movable lights that are diffused, i.e. housed in a tent or box that use compact fluorescent light bulbs will uniformly light the jewelry. These “tents” or “boxes” can be moved by hand to create the most camera angle options as possible. An arrangement that allows for pictures to be taken from the front or the top of the piece is best. This type of lighting can be purchased from many sources. Be sure to turn off your camera flash.


2. Use Of A Tripod And Remote Shutter Release

The use of a sturdy tripod, combined with a remote shutter release (or having a shutter release timer function), enables the camera to be completely stationary when the picture is taken. This is critical to producing good gemstone jewelry images. The slightest movement of the camera as the shutter is released will produce blurry images.


3. Photo Editing Software

A required step in producing good, usable designer jewelry images is the photo editing process. The cost of photo editing software can range from little or no cost to thousands of dollars. For our handmade silver jewelry photography purposes, We use Adobe Photoshop Elements which costs around $100. There are many other much more expensive versions of Adobe Photoshop available which are overkill for our purposes. Photoshop Elements can even be used to produce the brochure level photos needed for printed materials. The steps required for complete image background removal however, can be very time consuming and require a certain amount of acquired skill.


4. Recommended Camera Settings

Good handmade silver jewelry photography can be created with both digital point and shoot and SLR (interchangeable lenses) cameras. The camera should be able to be used in auto focus and manual focus modes. The camera should be able to manually set the aperture, or F stop settings, optimizing “depth of field” which allows for more of the image to be in focus at one time. The more expensive the camera, the more options you will have relating to focusing, aperture and exposure settings. Some cameras can be purchased with tethering software which allows the jewelry image to appear immediately on a computer screen for editing.


5. A Few Important Jewelry Photography Props

Having access to and experimenting with a few items such as a black acrylic background (as opposed to just using a white background all the time), additional lighting sources such as small led lights which can be used to provide sparkle to gemstones, jewelry prop wax used for optimum staging of small items such as gemstone earrings, one of a kind pendants, and silver rings, can make your silver jewelry photography easier and give your jewelry images a more professional look. View our latest Elligators Silver Jewelry images here!

 

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Pantone Spring Colors: Tangerine

March 25, 2015 12:29:43 PM EDT

TANGERINE Pantone 2015 Spring color is edgy, stands on its own, adds vitality to my art jewelry collection. This juicy orange shade works well with turquoise gemstones, aquamarine, opalescent pearls, and beautiful mother of pearl. I love the punch of this tangy tangerine color adds to my one-of-a-kind silver jewelry.
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This fun loving color gives a tangy zest to the calming aquamarine gemstone in this Elligators Silver Jewelry sea horse bracelet with hand painted ceramic bead, tangerine quartz point, drusy, and faceted blue topaz gemstone. 
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The vitality of these genuine tangerine spiny oyster shell earrings hand made in sterling silver, make them a "must" addition to your spring wardrobe.  A natural gift from the sea--beautiful pearls combined with the tangy orange shell crafted with .925 silver makes a stunning sea life earring statement.   These earrings with their clean lines are appropriate for day or evening, to the beach party or on a cruise.  Enjoy!
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Swimming right into spring is our hand carved fish bracelet accented with tangerine bamboo coral, abalone, amazonite cabochons, chrysocolla, peach moonstone, and faceted apatite. The sterling silver toggle clasp is a fish! Elligators Silver Jewelry offers the entire Spring designer jewelry collection created by Chris Bales.

Find new Chris Bales designs for Elligators Silver Jewelry here!

 

 

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New Pantone Colors for Spring 2015!

February 26, 2015 3:40:52 PM EST

The top 10 new Pantone Colors for Spring 2015 are here! I love the new Pantone colors --Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, Classic Blue, and Tangerine. Each week, we will show one of my five favorite Spring 2015 Pantone colors with our new Elligators Silver Jewelry rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and necklaces ready for the spring fashion season!

spring 2015 pantone

AQUAMARINE pantone color -- dreamy, watery, restful blue.
I love this rough aquamarine ring handcrafted in .925 sterling silver. Goes great with our vibrant faceted blue topaz pendant with ocean blue aquamarine gemstone. Beautiful one-of-a-kind designer gemstone jewelry to wear day and evening!

aquamarine

Take a peek at our new Chris Bales Jewelry collection in Pantone colors for Spring for Elligators Silver Jewelry here!

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