Donna Sanders' Profile

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"These gems have life in them; their colors speak, say what words fail of." ~George Eliot

I've always been fascinated by color. When I first moved from the East Coast to Southern California in the spring, it was the lush, contrasting hues in the landscape that drew me in and made me want to stay. Natural gems inspire me with their diversity of color and texture and translucence. Just as every leaf and mineral cluster is unique, I want each piece of ColorSpeak jewelry to have its own character. All are one-of-a-kind creations, designed with love of color, shape and material. One of my highest rewards is having a necklace or bracelet "find" the right customer in an organic fit.

I've been asked if I can duplicate a certain design, sometimes using slightly different materials. I can't. I purchase my raw materials in small quantities, and often the exact…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 27
  • Joined August 11, 2007

Favorite materials

Natural gemstones, freshwater pearls, vintage beads and findings, sterling silver, gold filled and antiqued brass metals, Swarovski crystals

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About

"These gems have life in them; their colors speak, say what words fail of." ~George Eliot

I've always been fascinated by color. When I first moved from the East Coast to Southern California in the spring, it was the lush, contrasting hues in the landscape that drew me in and made me want to stay. Natural gems inspire me with their diversity of color and texture and translucence. Just as every leaf and mineral cluster is unique, I want each piece of ColorSpeak jewelry to have its own character. All are one-of-a-kind creations, designed with love of color, shape and material. One of my highest rewards is having a necklace or bracelet "find" the right customer in an organic fit.

I've been asked if I can duplicate a certain design, sometimes using slightly different materials. I can't. I purchase my raw materials in small quantities, and often the exact items cannot be found again -- particularly when it comes to vintage findings. I don't use patterns. I design as I go, and when a piece is finished I often don't know exactly how I reached the end result. I also just get bored easily and don't care to repeat myself! But I can frequently create a similar piece to the one you admire, given some leeway for creativity and available materials -- so please don't be afraid to ask!

ColorSpeak embodies a wide range of designs. I love leaves and flowers, so you will see those repeated in different forms in several of my pieces. I also love beads and findings that have a history and designs that echo the past. The pieces of jewelry that electrify my attention are most often those that I see worn in period films, when I want to hit still-pause and get a closer view! My love of vintage components and designs is evident in my work.

I'm always searching for ways to stretch my creativity and expand my collection, so I hope you will check back often. What will not change is my commitment to using high-quality components – principally sterling silver, gold-filled and antique brass metals, natural gemstones and pearls, vintage beads and Swarovski crystals. A quick word about materials cost and pricing ... As you probably know, the cost of gold and silver have skyrocketed in recent years. I don't raise the price of a finished piece of jewelry to reflect current value, but I do have to pass on the additional cost of raw materials bought at today's higher prices. I hate that as much as you do!

Thanks so much for visiting! Please E-mail me with any questions or comments. I'd love to hear from you.

Donna

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