Karen Himelfarb's Profile

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When my beloved grandmother passed at age 100, I inherited her treasure trove of jewelry. A lifetime of gorgeous adornments lay hidden in her bureau drawers and by bringing them out into the light of day, I discovered that she clearly had many years of fun and frolic, long before I or my mother were born. It was a revelation to discover that my old-world, cookie baking grandmother had a past in which she ventured out in gleaming emerald Czech glass rhinestones, luscious pearl and rhinestone chandelier earrings and ornately beaded wrist finery.

I marvelled and cradled these stunning pieces until one day I realized that I wasn't really wearing them. Some were…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 3
  • Joined March 8, 2009

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anything lovely

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When my beloved grandmother passed at age 100, I inherited her treasure trove of jewelry. A lifetime of gorgeous adornments lay hidden in her bureau drawers and by bringing them out into the light of day, I discovered that she clearly had many years of fun and frolic, long before I or my mother were born. It was a revelation to discover that my old-world, cookie baking grandmother had a past in which she ventured out in gleaming emerald Czech glass rhinestones, luscious pearl and rhinestone chandelier earrings and ornately beaded wrist finery.

I marvelled and cradled these stunning pieces until one day I realized that I wasn't really wearing them. Some were not so fashionable anymore and some had truly seen better days. So I gingerly began to take them apart with my little pliers and re-fashion them into more modern and wearable arrangements. Voila! My love of sparkly, yet everyday accessories was revealed and I began making all sorts of pieces out of my dear grandmother's (sentimentally) precious sparklies. Soon I added my own elements to the mix and the result is the type of product that you see in my shop. I adore vintage beads and findings, for I know that they once belonged to a young spirited girl like my own grandmother. My grandmother's original beads and elements have gone on to live again in many new pieces, and all of my stock is now from newer sources. But my grandmother's long forgotten love of the sparkle lives on in every new bead I offer. It brings me great pleasure to revive this delight in every woman who is drawn to colorful jewelry.

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My very brief bio:

I am a former gypsy, masquerading now as a suburban wife & mom. One of my boys has autism, so I am involved in autism support and education. Camaraderie with other families can go a long way toward making fruitful and fulfilling lives for all of us touched by autism.

I am a graduate of the Evergreen State College and a refugee of the grunge & Starbucks era Seattle.


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WHAT IS TIERRA CAST?
Tierra Cast is an entirely U.S. made, culinary grade, lead free, plated cast pewter, which is much more durable and tarnish resistant than sterling. Tierra Cast is much sought after for it’s impeccable quality and unique design. Many consider Tierra Cast to be the finest pewter jewelry components in the world.

You can learn more about Tierra Cast® here: http://www.tierracast.com/about_process.php

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MY SHOPS:
I keep 3 other shops here, as well:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/FallenAngelBrass
http://www.charmedbykaren.etsy.com
http://www.earringsbykaren.etsy.com

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