I first wrote about Sheridan Joslin's work in my past post on Plaincraft where she had submitted her spectacular wire pendants.

The one design that garnered a lot of oohs and aahs on Plaincraft was her Exotic Paisley gemstone pendant from her Etsy store (left).

There are many things about this Bainbridge Island, Washington artisan's designs which inspire. Not every design is elaborate nor does it have to be for the wow factor.

 But hers show a quirky flair and a wonderful ability to put her own mark on common designs. Take for instance her Cherry Oh Baby earrings made with red hydro quartz and a peridot "leaf" or her Sometimes Violet wire wrapped earrings based on the popular wire wrapped briolette style and the elfin ear wire style. The color-change chalcedony marquises she used can be violet or blue depending on the type of light.

Her attention to detail including her photography setups are another. Her Flickr photostream shows how she experiments with different ways and composition styles to showcase her jewelry designs.

 I've tried using a crystal glass for my jewelry photography but the photos never really turned out as well as Sheridan's. Probably because I could never get my glasses as sparkly as she does! Her Sangria earrings below left are perfectly named and show her deftness at mixing gemstones - garnet, carnelian, peridot and citrine. I could imagine these on the ears of an East Indian Maharani. The clear pink of the Rose de France amethyst earrings do go well with the pearls in her Pink Champagne earrings.

She took the time to compose her Heart of Roses with the flowers and made her composition of amazonite and yellow jade in her wire wrapped bracelet look delicious. Isn't this a great color combination?

Last but not least is her Shaylee natural 3 carat emerald and pearl pendant in sterling silver. She also has a way with naming her pieces. The inspiration for this design came from a small Celtic knot work ornament in the Book of Kells (beautiful Irish illuminated manuscripts c. 800 AD) so she called it Shaylee after the mythical Irish fairy princess.

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