From Prince to "Empire" - Iconic LoveSexy Tour

I'm so lucky to have awesome relationships with costume designers, many whom I've worked with for many, many years. It's always thrilling to get a text with a request for a a piece of jewelry from my handmade jewelry Peggy Li Creations. But a few weeks ago, the request was a little different. It was a challenge I did not expect!

Steffany, working on the hit Fox show Empire, texted me this image and the message, "Can you make the charms on this belt?"


Whoa. Prince? Empire planned a special season 4 episode with a tribute to the Purple One, with the Lyon family holding a Prince-themed birthday party for baby Bella. At first, they were asking for just the charms, but over the course of our conversation it became clear they needed the whole belt. And, per usual, they needed it within a week or two!

So I gathered my tools (and my wits) and got to work! First I traced out the shapes I wanted onto paper, which I then cut out. Using a glue stick, I affixed these templates onto my sterling silver sheet. With my trusty GreenLion saw, I set about getting those shapes released!

A few hours of sawing, filing and hammering later, I had a pretty cool collection of oversized Prince-themed charms.

Just bits and pieces of silver and lots of dust.


The finished, assembled belt complete with flower, peace sign, guitar, dove, heart, cross and male/female symbol. Which symbol is your favorite?

One of the iconic Prince looks that inspired the Empire costume department, from his 1989 LoveSexy tour, which supported his album of the same name.

The final product, which aired on the Empire season 4 episode "Bleeding War". Star Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon and Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon sing a cover of "Let's Go Crazy" for baby Bella and the Lyon clan. Empire also stars Taraji Henson as Cookie Lyon and Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon.

More polka dots from Prince. How do you think the Empire crew did? All of the looks at the party were so amazing and on point. It doesn't hurt that an executive producer and show director Sanaa Hamri was a friend of Prince and even worked with him on his music video for "Musicology".

I loved working on this special costume design project and was thrilled to see it come to life on the show. Hope you loved it too! Check out more of the jewelry designs I've made that have been seen on TV back on my website.

xoxo
Peggy


A Touch of Rose Gold

You've seen it - from headphones to iPhones, "rose gold" is popping up all over the place! Rose gold, otherwise known as red gold, pink gold, or more romantically called "blush" is an alloy or mix of metals that include karat gold, silver and some copper to create that pinkish glow. It's that warmth of color that makes rose gold so amazing - softer than yellow gold, but warm unlike sterling silver, rose gold complements all skin tones and is a surprising addition to your jewelry box.

Here at Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry, I am so excited to add touches of 14k rose gold-filled (a more affordable option!) to some of my latest designs. Check out some of these unique and feminine designs below!

Floating circles earrings
Floating Circles Earrings are light and lovely! Available in all 14k gold-filled, sterling silver, and a mix of 14k gold-filled and 14k rose gold-filled. Minimalist chic earrings that will go from day to night.

My Half-Moon Lariat Necklace balances a simple hammered half-moon shape with an organic spike. Choose a Half-Moon Lariat with a 14k rose gold-filled half-moon and 14k gold-filled mix.  It also looks pretty stunning in mixed silver/gold metal or all sterling silver or all 14k gold-filled! With so many options, you might have to have one of each color combination.


Half-Moon Gemmed Necklaces give you the choice of sparkling CZ or white pearl and of course a 14k rose gold-filled half moon as your pendant! The subtle warmth here will catch your eye without being overwhelming.

This may be one of my favorite jewelry designs in a while - a layering necklace that works in a bunchof different lengths AND finishes, including a mixed metal with 14k gold-filled and rose gold-filled links. Which combination of the Floating Circles Necklace is your favorite?

It seems only natural to team these sparkling pink sapphires with a 14k rose gold-filled option! The pink metal tones really emphasize the color of the stones. Shop the Sapphire Droplet Earrings here.

Lastly, some Thin Gold Rings in 14k rose gold-filled. Who doesn't love some delicate and dainty minimalist jewelry that you can stack on any (all) fingers! These are handmade by me in my San Francisco design studio.

So, are you ready to add a rose gold jewelry piece to your collection of unique handmade jewelry?


xoxo
Peggy

Jewelry seen on Ice Sculpture Christmas - Rachel Boston

Hallmark Christmas movies are a great new tradition for the whole family. I love working with actress Rachel Boston on her productions (which she often also produces!), creating handmade jewelry from Peggy Li Creations she can use with her vision. One of these new Christmas classics is the movie "Ice Sculpture Christmas" where she stars as Callie Shaw, an aspiring chef. The movie also stars David Alpay and Brenda Strong.

Callie gets a job in the kitchen of the country club of the wealthy family of childhood crush David. David enters Callie into an ice sculpting contest, even though that means she'll go up against her boss, Chef Gloria. David falls in love with Callie's determination, kindness and giving spirit and they end up working together to create a winning ice sculpture.

There are some very Rachel Boston signatures all over this film! Our heroine often wears red (very Christmas spirit) and dazzles in white.

Rachel wears my Smoky Topaz Trillion Earrings and my Rose Gold Tiny Bar Necklace in the opening scenes of the movie!

How amazing is Rachel in this trio of Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry! She's wearing a wire wrapped aquamarine Wire Wrap Ring, some simple Spark Earrings, and a red garnet Bubble Necklace. A perfect example of how to mix and match different jewelry pieces into your wardrobe.

Callie (Rachel Boston) wears my Diamond Pave Wave Post Earrings in several scenes. They are sterling silver and have smoky diamonds roughly faceted.

Looking for a little bit of sparkle? My simple Swarovski Slice Necklace is a mix of crystal shapes that are what you need.

The best part of Hallmark Christmas movies? They will repeat forever on the Hallmark Channel! Be sure to catch Ice Sculpture Christmas around the holiday season and during the "countdown to Christmas" movie marathons they always have.

Do you have a favorite Rachel Boston movie?

xoxo
Peggy

October Birthstones - Opal or Tourmaline

Happy birthday October babies! One of the easiest ways to grab a gift for your favorite October birthdays is to get them some birthstone jewelry. Ok, so what are your options? Traditional circles say you have the lucky choice between tourmaline or opal. Let's explore these gemstones a little bit more!

About Opals from the American Gemstone Society:

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” Dozens of opal varieties exist, but only a few (like Fire Opal and Boulder Opal) are universally recognized. Opals are often referred to by their background “body color”—black or white. Australia has produced some of the world's finest opals and opals from that country makes up almost 95% of the worlds' supply.


I love opals for their unusual colors that change depending on how you look at it! They are a softer gemstone, so should be treated with care. Technically, opals are a hydrated amorphous form of silica and can come in many shades of color, with white being the most common. 

I love these "grey backed" opals that I have set in these oval opal rings!
opal rings

I also have Australian opal chips that are so amazing clustered in my Opal Light Earrings.


Because of their delicate nature, opals are often created as doublets or triplets, that is, backed or covered by other stones or material to strengthen and protect them. 

I have these Mosaic Opal pendants that are protected by clear quartz to preserve their amazing colors.


Not so thrilled by opals? Lucky for October birthdays, you can also choose tourmaline as your birthstone. Tourmalines are one of my favorite stones ever! They come in a rainbow of colors, the most popular being green and pink. If those colors are together it's know as watermelon tourmaline.


About tourmalines from the American Gemstone Society:

The name "tourmaline" comes from the Sinhalese words tura mali, which mean "stone of mixed colors." As its name implies, tourmaline stands apart from other gems with its broad spectrum of colors in every shade of the rainbow.

Tourmaline is not one mineral, but a fairly complex group of minerals with different chemical compositions and physical properties. Certain trace elements produce distinct colors, and many resulting varieties have their own names.


Ancient magicians used black tourmaline as a talisman to protect against negative energy and evil forces. Today, many still believe that it can shield against radiation, pollutants, toxins and negative thoughts.


I can't keep my tourmalines in stock. You can try these gemstones in some classic shapes and colors or be bold and try some more unique tourmaline jewelry designs.

Small Oval Tourmaline Rings - so easy to stack! 
Rough tourmaline and aquamarines makes this necklace so unique! Harmony Necklace.

Delicate Tourmaline Necklace in classic watermelon colors!
Tourmaline Earrings in an easy to wear stack.



So which is YOUR favorite? Really, why choose? Both stones are great to have in your jewelry arsenal. Shop these and other handmade jewelry designs at my website Peggy Li Creations.

xoxo
Peggy