Crystal Creations, Weaving Earth’s Treasures into Jewelry

Wendy Miller, owner of Crystal Creations,  has always been an energetic and creative person who likes to keep busy.  Today, not only does she do hairdressing and work at Clifton Springs Hospital, but she also creates stunning jewelry pieces  of gemstones, pearls, crystals, semi-precious stones and woven wire.

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“Each of my pieces takes at least 15 feet of wire to create the handwoven chains.  On some of the pieces, I weave as many as 300 crystals into the chain design.  You can imagine how long that takes!” she laughed.

Many of her pieces also incorporate pearls that she buys from China and Malaysia.

“The new pieces that I’m adding to my line this year have mother of pearl coins as their centerpiece, and they are really lovely. ”

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When Wendy creates a piece, she selects the gemstone she wants to use and then works her magic around the stone, using it as the centerpiece.  She selects the wire color, the crystals, pearls and other adornments based on the color,  shape and size of the gemstone.  Many of her pieces have a magical aura of the Renaissance about them.

“When I go to the festival, my stepdaughter often comes with me.  She makes children’s crystal name bracelets onsite, often customizing the bracelets for each child.  The kids and parents love it! ”

Be sure to stop by Wendy’s Crystal Creations at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival where her jewelry is affordable, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind works of art.

Jen’s Magnetic Connections, Jewelry for Holistic Health

Jennifer Kessel recalls her childhood love of making jewelry.  She was a frequent customer of the beading store in Fairport, the town where she has just moved her business.

Jen's Magnetic Connections Jewelry can be custom designed in any colors or sizes

Jen's Magnetic Connections Jewelry can be custom designed in any colors or sizes

Today, she has turned that love of beading and jewelry into Jen’s Magnetic Connections, a business that thrives on the ancient practice of using magnets in a therapeutic and holistic approach to health management.

“Some people are surprised that we have such a beatiful assortment of bead designs for both women and men.  We can use a wide assortment of beads because the magnetic power comes from the closure, not the beads.  Depending on whether you go with a single or double strand, the measurement of magnetic strength is either 7000 or 1400 gauss.  If you purchase a piece in a store, it’s usually between 1500 and 2000 gauss, which is not strong enough to help most people.”

Jen and her staff work onsite at the shows and will custom design pieces for the purchaser.  When asked about her most unusual request, she laughed, “I was called by the owner of a horse that was injured.  I made a double strand cuff for it and they wrapped it around the horse’s leg.  I wasn’t sure it would work, but two days later, they called to say they’d already seen an amazing difference!”

Jennifer at work

Jennifer at work

“Our products are a non-chemical, non-invasive approach to wellness and pain management.  Most people  experience relief in 3 to 5 days although for some, it’s a couple of hours and for others, it can be longer.”

The Canandiagua Art & Music Festival looks forward to having Jen’s Magnetic Connections in the festival!

Finger Lakes Jewelry, Art Born of the Earth

Peggy Fusco always loved making jewelry and turned out more marvelous pieces for herself and her 5 sisters than they could all possibly wear, so she began selling her creations.

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“I don’t have a website,” explained Peggy. “I teach full-time and this is my relaxation – I do it for the love of the craft.”

Part of what makes Peggy’s jewelry so distinctive is that she incorporates Kazuri beads, a Fair Trade handmade bead created from the clay found in Mt. Kenya.   She is known for the  fascinating color combinations and textures in her designs, which are created by mixing Kazari beads among gold, silver and gems.

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“I teach Earth Science at the Middle School in Canandaigua, and it’s so much fun to share my love of rocks and gems with the students.  When I can bring a piece of jewelry in to share that’s made out of the stones we’re studying in class, it brings Science to life!”

Even if you don’t have 5 sisters who might enjoy Peggy’s work, stop by her booth at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival and treat yourself or your friends to a piece of Finger Lakes Jewelry, Art born of the earth!

Blossoms Be Jeweled, Nature’s Beauty to Wear

Not everyone can say they pick flowers for a living, but that’s exactly what Kimberly Sigfried does, or at least part of it.

As a single mother, Kimberly was looking for a way to give up her corporate job and work from home.  She was living in Baltimore, MD when her Mother excitedly called to tell her that a space had opened up at the Windmill, a popular Amish Market in Penn Yan, NY.

Kim moved to New York State and began selling  handmade jewelry, crafted from real flowers.

Daisy in a Sterling Silver Setting

Daisy in a Sterling Silver Setting

“I love what I do!  I just finished picking my entire supply of daisies for the year.  If I’d waited longer, they’d have been too big.   Last week, I picked more than 1000 Forget-me-nots,” she laughed. 

Most of the flowers are grown in her own garden.  She carefully dries them  so they retain their natural beauty and color and then seals them in liquid to create stunning jewelry.

Alyssum in a Sterling Cuff bracelet

Alyssum in a Sterling Cuff bracelet

In addition to the daisies and forget-me-nots, alyssum, queen anne’s lace, and even Finger Lakes grapes also find their way into her lovely designs, showcased in fine quality sterling silver, silvertone, brass and gold settings. 

Be sure to stop by Kim’s booth at the  Canandaigua Art & Music Festival to say hello and consider what a lovely gift her jewelry would make for yourself or someone you love.