Just in time to accompany the lush colors of autumn and the sentimental giving season, Bang-Up Betty’s newest collection of handmade jewelry features gemstones in all their natural, glowing beauty, set in resin and displayed uniquely, a beautiful contrast to the polished and perfect way gemstones are traditionally set and sold for top dollar.
My brand new Birthstone Cluster Collection was inspired by nature and the gorgeously imperfect way the world’s gemstones come to us before they’re cut, set and made to look like something completely otherworldly. It’s easy to forget, or never know at all, where the perfectly faceted sapphire in my wedding ring came from. I’ll admit that before embarking on this collection, I’d never seen a rough cut sapphire. The stones in this collection are not “gem quality.” Their clarity isn’t seamless. They may have little inclusions that make them unlike any other stone — imperfections that fine jewelers may deem unworthy. Maybe they can’t be shaped into a shimmering round- or emerald-cut sparklers.
I cast theses stones in clear resin, letting them fall from my fingertips into the liquid wherever they land. Over several days, it hardens into a little cluster of gemstones that look like they’re bursting forth. Glowing peridots, moody sapphires, rich rubies, warm citrine crystals… all the colors of the birthstone rainbow.
These necklaces were born from by wedding. I wanted to create something unusual, beautiful and and valuable to the people I love most — something they would keep forever, hold onto when they’re anxious, gaze at when they need a reminder that somebody out there loves them very much and thinks they’re more precious than the rarest of gemstones
Each of these necklaces is completely unique, from the stones themselves to the way they rest in the resin, meaning they’re all one of a kind, just like their wearers.
They can be customized with monograms, initials or, my favorite, the word “mom.” There are two lengths of gorgeous chain available, so the wearer can have what’s right for them. And each stone is associated with its own healing and spiritual properties; if you’re seeking courage, clarity, love or wisdom, you’ll find what you need.
Click here to see the whole collection, and let me know which stone you think is the most beautiful!