RealRoseJewelry

Fleur du Jour Handcrafted Jewelry from Nature's Roses

Littleton, Colorado

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Announcement    TIS THE SEASON! And we are back with our forever roses designed into delightful wearable art. : We want to thank all our fabulous faire friends for patronizing our live, in person events during our summer/fall season on the road. After the year long quarantine, it was exhilarating to see you all again. Now, with holidays fast approaching, we urge you to plan ahead. We are hearing the post office will be inundated with packages galore this year. So, please, ORDER EARLY.

All my jewelry is made from nature's own roses. Each piece is one of a kind, a miniature work of art. Extremely unusual and an absolute delight for anyone who LOVE ROSES.

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Last updated on Oct 24, 2021

TIS THE SEASON! And we are back with our forever roses designed into delightful wearable art. : We want to thank all our fabulous faire friends for patronizing our live, in person events during our summer/fall season on the road. After the year long quarantine, it was exhilarating to see you all again. Now, with holidays fast approaching, we urge you to plan ahead. We are hearing the post office will be inundated with packages galore this year. So, please, ORDER EARLY.

All my jewelry is made from nature's own roses. Each piece is one of a kind, a miniature work of art. Extremely unusual and an absolute delight for anyone who LOVE ROSES.

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About RealRoseJewelry

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The evolution of Fleur du Jour Real Rose Jewelry. Or how I got this business got off the ground.

It was one of those times when THE PROVERBIAL LIGHT BULB went on. It was so bright; it was blinding. I got this idea while working as a floral designer, my fifth career change in eighteen years. Before that: Women's fashion sales, Shopping mall secretary, Fireplace shop manager, Print and radio advertising sales, and an Interior design student. My double BA was in English Literature and Theatre. Variety, they say, is the spice of life. And yet all of these studies and work experiences together guided me through this incredible adventure.

IT WAS PROM SEASON. I was whipping out dozens of absolutely gorgeous three rose wristlets. All the while I kept thinking, "Wouldn't it be amazing if these stunning living art forms could last longer than the weekend!" Then, just a few weeks later, I got FIRED! It was now Mother's Day week, when tensions mount and tempers fly. I may have called the head designer something I shouldn't have.

There is no greater motivational experience than getting fired. It also begs the rhetorical question: "Why aren't you working for yourself, dummy!" I tried a few local school craft shows with my dried florals, shelving the forever lasting corsages idea. The dollars were good; but they didn't cover the bills. I landed a job in silk botanicals working for a high end boutique specializing in floral wall art and centerpieces.

OVER THE NEXT 8 YEARS, I developed my own recognizable "style" which I will describe as wild flower garden chic. But that damn LIGHT BULB KEPT FLASHING in my head. I started experimenting with different rose varieties, drying techniques and ways to harden the blooms. My goal: to find a successful way to preserve the roses, making them hard enough for everyday wear, and still beautiful and recognizable as roses. It took two years to figure out and perfect a process and achieve the look I wanted. A lot of experimentation. A lot more error than trial. Of course, no surprise. My first pieces looked a lot like corsages and boutonnieres.

I MOVED INTO UPSCALE ART EVENTS. Again with some degree of success. By this time, I was selling more jewelry than floral. But those single weekend outdoor shows have their drawbacks. Besides, the constant travel with gas and hotel expenses and hours setting up displays, there's THE WEATHER. Heat, cold, wind, rain, hail can destroy your art as well as kill the crowds. So, while shivering in my tent and praying the pea size hail wouldn't turn into golf balls, I contemplated wholesale. I booked gift and apparel market shows specifically geared for the professional craftsman. I hired a sales rep. My rose jewelry line landed me some impressive accounts including Walt Disney in Orlando. A great feather in my cap. But still, not enough to live off of.

Then I spent a Saturday as a patron at the COLORADO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL I fell madly in love with the entire concept, the crafts, the artists. I just knew this was where I was meant to be. I applied. I got REJECTED. I was devastated. My work was perfect for this venue. I had a niche. I was creating miniature permanent wearable bouquets from real roses. No one was doing what I was doing. The next year when applications came out again, I found out there was a new craft coordinator, a new decision maker. I applied a second time. HUZZAH!!! I made it into the professional crafts. Big League. Everything fell into place. I added more fairs; creating a circuit. Now, I get invited to guest artist at other festivals. While this is one of the best compliments an artist can receive, you buying another piece for your collection is the most flattering of all.

SO WHAT'S NEW on the horizon? Presently, I am taking Fleur du Jour into a totally different realm where the required costume is jeans and t shirts. . My apprentice, Sullivan and I are off on a new venture. into the World of the Wild Wild Web. You could say we time travel like Dr. Peabody and Sherman.. I play Sherman this time. The internet move is is scary and thrilling at the same time. Fortunately, I thrive on challenges and so does he. So why don't you join us in celebrating our 21st Century Renaissance?! It's just not a party without you!

A SPECIAL NOTE to all our present and future customers: Fleur du Jour Real Rose Jewelry, is all about YOU. Over the years I have loved seeing and interacting with you personally. You were the one who PUT the FUN IN FAIRE! In the past, we have always come to you. THANK YOU now for COMING TO US! Like all nature's creations, each and every one of my rose designs is a unique one of a kind. An original just like YOU. Therein.... lies the beauty...

REAL ROSE JEWELRY by Fleur du Jour
Enjoy!
Betty St. Clair, Artist
Sullivan Moore, Artist's Hand

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  • Sullivan Moore

    Owner, Head Of Marketing

    With 20 years of Renaissance Sales experience and 26 years of Troublemaking, I joined Betty St. Clair as partner and artists apprentice. As point man for our online presence, I'm happy to be at your service. Enjoy perusing our wares at your leisure!

  • Betty St. Clair

    Owner, Head Artist

    At 73, my life is EXCITING! Over 32 years in business, I am an established artist and successful professional craftsman. I conceived, design and sell real rose jewelry which I present at costumed historical events. SO LET'S PLAY DRESS UP!

  • Kitty Krell

    Model

    To my beautiful and most outrageously fun and funny Faire Daughter #1. Thank you for designing all my exquisite costumes. And graciously lending us your body parts. Photographed by Torrance Neal.

  • Nam Fernandez

    Model

    To my smart and lovely Faire Daughter #2 with the breathtaking smile.. Thank you for listening when I need to unload. And for letting us repeatedly chop off the top of your head. Photographed by Sullivan Moore

  • Elsbeth Pryer Diehl

    Model

    From a great friend and patron. A direct quote: "Be sure to write, that over the years, I have consistently been your most demanding customer., constantly haranguing you to create ever more elaborate designs." Thanks, Elsbeth!

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Last updated on Oct 18, 2020
Frequently asked questions
What are these made out of?

All my jewelry is made from nature's own roses. But to turn a delicate flower into wearable art is definitely not easy. It took two years to perfect the drying and hardening process. I like to think of my work as floral design in miniature. The challenge lies in my ability to create a successful flow of form, color and line by carefully selecting each rose to not only visually coordinate, but physically fit together like a three dimensional puzzle. My finished work is extremely unusual and an absolute delight for anyone who loves roses. No two pieces are ever exactly alike. Everyone owns an original. Therein lies the beauty....

How fragile are these? How long will they last?

I preserve each bud and bloom individually in a satin finish resin hardener. Using 4-6. successive coats. it takes an entire month to complete this process. The resulting durability is similar to ceramic. The buds are quite strong and will take a lot of "jewelry abuse." The open rose pieces prefer a little more T L C. I have been making and selling my jewelry for over 30 years. Twenty something adults tell me they still have the bud necklace mom bought them when they were 9 or 10. And even more exciting, open rose designs that I made over fifteen years ago, still visit me at Colorado and Arizona Renaissance Festivals. Amazing!

Will they fade? Do they require any special care?

All natural materials including roses "antique" with age. This is normal and gradual. Most likely you won't notice it. When you aren't wearing your pieces, store them away from moisture and direct light in a loosely covered box This prolongs color intensity. While the buds are surprisingly strong, treat all bouquet pieces as you would fine ceramic jewelry. Definitely enjoy your night on the town. But skip the tackle football afterwards . Simple care instructions are enclosed with each item purchased.

Can I have my necklace with a different chain, a different cord? A different pearl? Get earrings with silver wires?

"YES, YES, YES and YES!" Chain, cord, ear wire, and pearl color options are available for you for different pieces. Select what you like best with drop down boxes for these items. Customize for your own special look.

Are they heavy?

No, They are surprisingly light weight. Earrings, especially. You forget you have them on, that is, until you receive a compliment. A feel good reminder of what great taste you have!

Does this rose shape come in this other color?

This question is usually about the focal rose in the design. Unfortunately, the answer is "No." Nature makes this call. Each rose variety dries differently in overall width, depth, and petal configuration. Although I have been known to add or subtract a few petals to get the look I want, these are elements outside my control. Speaking from the artist's perspective, this can be quite challenging.

Where can I see your rose jewelry in person? Try it on?

When Faires reopen in 2021, you can catch me and Sullivan at these prestigious events: Arizona Renaissance Festival (Phoenix), Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire (Los Angeles), Colorado Renaissance Festival (Denver/Colorado Springs), Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire (Bonney Lake, Washington) and the Great Christmas Dickens Fair (San Francisco). Check out their individual web sites for details. We would love to meet you!

What do I wear the rose jewelry with?

I like to smile and say, "Clothing optional." But the simple truth is the Roses look fabulous with everything. Whether you dress it up or dress it down. Try a fun bud necklace with jeans and a scoop neck T. Add a splash of color and style with the small diamond filligree. Or get out there dramatic with the crescent moon or fleur di lis. Whatever you pick, it makes a statement about who you are. Enjoy yourself. Sweet Sixteen to 50th Birthday Bash, we got you covered.