Traci Nolan's Profile

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My shop name comes from my favorite color, blue, and my interest in reading science fiction/fantasy. Beryls are often called elfstones. A beryl is used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy to indicate a route of safe passage.

I started out making wine charms to include in gifts for friends. Since earrings are so similar, I branched out. Once I made some earrings, I had to make necklaces to match. Then on to bracelets, and so forth. One year later, I opened my shop on Etsy! Since then, I've continued to explore materials and techniques for creating beautiful pieces to wear. Currently, I'm working a lot with coloring metals - patinas and torch-fired enamel, mostly.

Finding my jewelry identity has been a journey and sometimes a struggle. Thanks for sticking with me through the process! I've always been drawn to natural stones, but I found difficult to find a way to…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 29
  • Joined September 26, 2008

Favorite materials

sterling silver, fine silver, natural gemstones, leather, wood, mother of pearl, porcelain, bone and nut, waxed linen, lampworked glass, antiqued brass, copper, enamel

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About

My shop name comes from my favorite color, blue, and my interest in reading science fiction/fantasy. Beryls are often called elfstones. A beryl is used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy to indicate a route of safe passage.

I started out making wine charms to include in gifts for friends. Since earrings are so similar, I branched out. Once I made some earrings, I had to make necklaces to match. Then on to bracelets, and so forth. One year later, I opened my shop on Etsy! Since then, I've continued to explore materials and techniques for creating beautiful pieces to wear. Currently, I'm working a lot with coloring metals - patinas and torch-fired enamel, mostly.

Finding my jewelry identity has been a journey and sometimes a struggle. Thanks for sticking with me through the process! I've always been drawn to natural stones, but I found difficult to find a way to distinguish my jewelry from all the others. Focusing on any one style has been challenging for me - I have pretty eclectic tastes. Combining natural gemstones with colored metal seems to be my niche. I love how the stones and the colored metals complement each other and the possibilities are endless.

Over the last few years, I've had to take several breaks from selling due to moving cross-country for jobs. I keep my shop open only when I can be sure that I can provide the best quality and service. I think my customers deserve my best efforts and attention, which I can only do when I am not travelling.

For my day job, I'm working toward a career as a zookeeper, which requires moving around to temporary positions until a long term spot opens up. Hopefully, I will get a more permanent position soon so that I can be a bit more consistent here with BerylBlue. Thanks again for hanging in with me through all the changes!

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