ChristmasOrnaments

Christmas Ornaments by Catherine Ross aka Beadmatrix!

Portland, Maine · 55 Sales

ChristmasOrnaments

Christmas Ornaments by Catherine Ross aka Beadmatrix!

Portland, Maine 55 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(22)

Announcement   My heirloom quality ornaments are made with the finest materials, like Swarovski crystal, Murano glass, and Sterling Silver. They are inspired by Mother Nature's winter wonderland, the elegance of Christmas past and the magic of Solstice traditions from around the world. Most are one of a kind, truly treasures that will last a lifetime, and beyond!

Be sure to check out my sister shop, Beadmatrix.Etsy.com, where you'll find my woven jewelry and my distinctive wirework designs.

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Last updated on Nov 29, 2016

My heirloom quality ornaments are made with the finest materials, like Swarovski crystal, Murano glass, and Sterling Silver. They are inspired by Mother Nature's winter wonderland, the elegance of Christmas past and the magic of Solstice traditions from around the world. Most are one of a kind, truly treasures that will last a lifetime, and beyond!

Be sure to check out my sister shop, Beadmatrix.Etsy.com, where you'll find my woven jewelry and my distinctive wirework designs.

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If you're in Maine I'd love to see you at the Kennebunk Brick Store Museum Saturday 2-5, or take 10% OFF your entire order starting at 9 pm on Small Business Saturday thru 11:59 pm Cyber Monday. Same goes for my distinctive jewelry at Beadmatrix.etsy.com!
Thinking about up cycling some cool old stuff for Christmas Ornaments, and adding a few more Crystal Snowflakes to the series. I never know for sure which direction things might take, I love to spread out my goodies and play, new stuff ready next weekend!

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Extraordinary Ornamental Designs from Beadmatrix by Catherine Ross

When I was a child, we were allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and my sisters and I eagerly opened the gift from our Aunt Marion, my namesake, who got us beautiful one-of-a-kind ornaments every year. We still treasure our collections, and add to them now and then.
After I took up beadwork as an adult, I began weaving tiny tiny seed beads, and made some intricate ornaments for myself. Then I was given a big box of broken jewelry that contained giant silver hammered balls, and it occured to me I could go in a whole new direction. Early on I was inspired by the beauty of Greek and Russian Orthodox churches I grew up in, and as I grew older, the Old World artistry of traditional craftsmen. I've also studied mythology and folklore for most of my life, and many Christmas traditions arose from Old World Solstice celebrations ~ so those ideas, and others from around the world, also shape my creations.

Nowadays I am having fun creating more complex wire designs, alongside my Chocolate Cream Batiks, Sugarplums, and Murano Glass ornaments. Some designs are worth repeating but most are one-of-a-kind, like my Crystal Snowflakes, and my out-of-this-world Celestial designs. I've been collecting vintage glass and Swarovski crystal for over 25 years, much of it created before World War II and locked away until the end of the Cold War. I think this is their destiny, combined with Sterling Silver, 14Karat Goldfilled, and the finest materials from around the world.

I hope you find a little magic here in my Winter Wonderland!

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  • Catherine

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    As a child I was awed by the beauty of our Greek Orthodox church, as well as the art of ancient civilizations. Later on I discovered Art Deco and Art Nouveau, and the Asian art and return to craftsmanship that inspired it. After I took up beadwork as an adult, I began weaving tiny tiny seed beads, and became known for my masks early on. Today I also enjoy experimenting with more complex wire designs, and I'm also inspired by the incredible variety of quality gemstones available today. Most of my work is created in the spirit of pure beauty, but some pieces are informed by mythology and folklore, especially my Celtic Moon series and my Celestial Ornaments. I sell my jewelry in my sister shop, Beadmatrix.etsy.com, and my Ornamental Designs here, in my own little Winter Wonderland, where I hope you'll find a bit of magic you can treasure, however you choose to celebrate the Holidays.

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Last updated on August 7, 2016
Welcome to my Etsy Christmas Shop, the sister site of Beadmatrix, Distinctive Jewelry & Ornamental Designs ~ these are my lux Christmas Ornaments.

Each of my heirloom quality Ornaments are made with the finest materials I've collected over the last 25 years, including pre-WWII vintage Swarovski crystal, sterling silver and 14karat goldfilled beads and wire, pearls, shell, and beads from around the world.
My Ornaments are inspired by the magic of Mother Nature's winter wonderland, and the European Solstice traditions that arose celebrating the changing of the seasons.
These were gradually adopted by Christians, especially decorating with evergreens, which is a reminder of the endless cycle of life and death, and the renewal that we can look forward to every spring.
Cultures around the globe mark the changing of the seasons, and I've created designs that blend motifs and beads from around the world, with a special nod to the Victorian era and the turn of the last century, when many of our modern ideas about Christmas came into being.

So I hope you'll find a bit of magic here, to help you celebrate however you choose.
Happy Holidays!

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Shipping
If you want gifts shipped to another address, just tell me who it's for in the Message to Seller and I'll be happy to wrap and tag each item! One address per order, thank you.

💠 IN THE USA: Orders paid with a credit card or Paypal are shipped within 2 or 3 days, Made to Order items may take up to a week and should arrive 2 - 5 days later. I ship everything via USPS First Class or Priority Mail with Insurance, and you don't have to be there to sign for it if it's less than $200. You will need to sign for anything over $200, but keep in mind I can ship things to your office or work address too.

✈️ Overnight Express shipping is $24 in the USA, fully insured. Express shipments will be USPS Express Mail or FedEx overnight, and will require a street address and contact phone number, no exceptions (remember I can also ship it to your office or work address).

🌎🌍🌏 INTERNATIONAL: Orders paid by credit card or Paypal are shipped within a week. Made to order items may take longer.

All International shipments over $100 will be sent Priority Mail, with insurance, for a flat rate of $24 ($20 to our Canadian neighbors) to insure a safe, speedy delivery, usually within a week or two.

Orders up to $100 will be sent via USPS Airmail for a flat rate of $12 ($8 for Canada), without insurance, UNLESS you add a Priority Upgrade at checkout. When 2 or more items under $100 are ordered together, shipping will be automatically upgraded to Priority Insured.

Please allow 2 - 4 weeks for delivery to clear customs; purchaser is responsible for all taxes and duties, values are declared on each customs form. The seller assumes no responsibility for uninsured shipments lost or damaged in transit. Global Express Guaranteed 1-3 Business Day Delivery to most major International cities is now available with the International Shipping Upgrade option at checkout!
Refunds and Exchanges
Your complete satisfaction is my number one priority so please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any problems or concerns. I will be happy to fully refund the purchase price if you return any item in its original condition and packaging within 7 days of delivery. Refunds for shipping will only occur in the case of a lost or damaged shipment. Please let me know right away if your ornaments were damaged in transit, save the packaging and take pictures to expedite settling a claim.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please feel free to contact me for any special requests, wholesale & consignment inquirires are welcome. Keep in mind that with very few exceptions each ornament is completely unique (my Shell Spiral Tree and my Shooting Star are two designs I have reproduced).