Victorian Jewelry: Samantha Garnet Earrings

by Kristine Schroeder
(St. Germain WI, USA)

Samantha Garnet Earrings

Samantha Garnet Earrings

I'm always trying to re-interpret Victorian style in jewelry, and these earrings are my latest version. Lately I've been pushing beyond Victoriana into steampunk (it's not just wings and watchparts, y'know!) Antiquing the sterling silver makes all the difference here.


I set 12x10mm garnet cabs in sterling silver wire, then embellished with loops, spirals, and sculpting. I added little 2mm sterling beads, "stitching" them on with fine gauge sterling wire, which also stabilizes the sculpture.

Thank you Christine for providing this place where I can brag on my jewelry a little bit!

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Mar 20, 2012
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So Beautiful
by: Angel'sGarden

Wow. These are so beautiful, I can't say more.
^_^

Nov 29, 2011
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Pricing
by: Kristine Schroeder

I don't mind answering, as of the first of the year these earrings will retail for $225.

I avoid telling people how long it takes me to create any one piece, because you can see them doing the math in their heads.

Art jewelry is not about "hours for dollars", it's about the feeling, the dream.

Nov 29, 2011
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Bragging?
by: Anonymous

It's not bragging when it's the truth!

These are honestly stunning. Your skill and talent as a jeweler are awesome.

Would it be too rude to ask what your retail range for work like this might me? This is one area in which I know almost nothing, and the topic seems to be rarely discussed outside of major manufacturers.

Thanks for any info you might care to share.

Once again, no bragging for someone like you who sweeps blue ribbons!

Oct 28, 2010
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Samantha Garnet Earrings
by: Niki

These are balanced, delightful and beautiful. You have Victorian down pat

Jul 21, 2010
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great
by: icequeen

Fantastic piece of art!

Jun 30, 2010
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No, there's no base
by: Kristine Schroeder

No, I didn't use any sort of base, I simply started with 10 strands of sterling silver wire (5 for each earring) and went from there. The antiquing of the silver creates a depth that makes the setting appear to be cast.

Jun 30, 2010
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beautiful
by: Anonymous

these are beautiful, did you do all of that wire work yourself or did you start with a base? Did you take a class to learn to do that? Love these earings.

Jun 01, 2010
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Love the goth/Victorian aesthetic
by: Anonymous

brag on!!!
and please show us more of your beautifully intricate work

Jun 01, 2010
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Garnet never looked so good!
by: Rhonda

WOW!! The way you incorporated different types of wire, twisted, round, and square . . . I am very impressed with the detailed design. They look like something you'd wear to the princess ball!!

May 29, 2010
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Gorgeous
by: Teresa J

You most certainly deserve to brag - these are a masterpeice. Absolutely lovely.

May 07, 2010
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Wow
by: Sammie G

Thank you for using my name on such beautiful earrings.

Apr 29, 2010
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wonderfull
by: Diane

I would love to learn how to make these!!!

Apr 27, 2010
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Stunning!
by: Laura

Absolutely amazing, the colors and design are so romantic!

Apr 24, 2010
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I'd brag too.
by: April

I just lovelovelove these earrings. They are a really cool new twist to vingage. Just beautiful.

Apr 24, 2010
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Garnet Earrings
by: Pam

I am finding it difficult to type with my chin on the keyboard, OMG these are to die for! I really like how you used the swirls. Impeccable work Samantha, you have every reason to brag!

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