What is a cabochon?

Cabochon: “Dome-shaped stone, without facets

It refers to the shape of the bead or gem, and in my cabochon jewellery, it’s the rounded, convex resin part of the earring or pendant. Gemstones can come in cabochon shape, although they’re usually facet-cut,

In my jewellery pieces, the cabochon with a picture under it is glued into a frame, or bezel.

A cabochon is a special type of gemstone that has been shaped and polished, rather than faceted. As a result, these gemstones have a domed surface and a flat back.Joseph Jewelry

Christmas 🎅 jewellery

Look at my new jewellery for Christmas 2021. There are flowers, leaves, boho style, and baby Santa styles!

As usual, I’ve named some of the new jewellery after flowers, such as Amaryllis ‘Clown’, Cymbidium ‘Red Lip’, and Hellebore ‘Red Lady’.

See them – and more – on my Festive and Yuletide page, and listings in my online shop bronz.beads.

Market Space

Today was my first time at Waikanae Community Market. Sunny but windy; had to move some jewellery stands off my table and onto the handy ‘shelf’ in the car boot – which actually made a nice display area for the non-featured jewellery.

My main display was of “Floral Bouquet” and “Flora” ranges, and I bought some gorgeous flowers from another stallholder that really complemented my display.

I added a few “Halloween” pieces – for dress-up parties, or lovers of the vampire movie genre. (The pieces have names like “Eudoxia”, “Morticia” and “Blood Lines”!)

Because al fresco jewellery making is just too difficult, but I need to be occupied, I worked on my latest EclecticYarn creation between customers. Almost as many people stopped to admire the stitching as the jewellery; maybe I should take some of my smaller fibre artworks next time.

I was lucky to get a space near friendly neighbours who shared some helpful market tips. Several people asked if I’d be back next week: weather permitting, yes!

Bron’s Birthday

Spoiled for choice: which of my birthday presents to work with first?

Gorgeous colours and shapes – my current favourites of acrylic flowers and leaves – and Christmas beads from Bead Trimming and Craft (Brisbane)

Fantastic mix of reds – shiny, matt, sequins, spacers – plus more lovely leaves from The Bead Hold (Taranaki)

and new, quality jewellery crafting tools and cutters, along with stylish display stands, from G A Warburton (Auckland)