~~ One-of-a-Kind ~~|
All of my creations are one-of-a-kind. If you are interested in any of the items shown, please
I will gladly work with you to design a similar piece with the elements you desire and within the budget you specify.
Rest assured that your jewelry will be lovingly handmade... exclusively for you. - Ruby
My ID bracelet
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Purchase Ruby's projects from the Interweave Store
The Best of
Creative Jewelry 2010
Stringing Spring 2007
See Ruby's creations on pages 36, 47, and 56.
Stringing Fall 2006
See Ruby's creations on pages 17, 32, 60, and 62.
Stringing Spring 2006
See Ruby's creations on pages 17, 26, 42, and 61.
Stringing Fall 2005
See Ruby's creations on pages 19, 24, 60, and 87.
~ Compliments ~
"Congratulations on having such gorgeous work published in Bead Stringing! I really like the cornucopia necklace. The jasper is beautiful! ... great job!" -- Tracy M., Alabama
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"Just wanted to say how much I love your "smoke on the water" design. Very elegant and simple." -- Nancy L., Morristown, NJ
~ How It All Started ~
I started stringing beads a few years back; first plastic beads, then wood beads. Just to keep my fingers busy, I made novelties for myself and some friends.
One day, I found myself bidding for a pack of assorted gemstone nuggets at eBay. When I got my order, I wanted more, so I went to the nearest Michael's where I hauled a ton of beads and findings.
I suddenly felt compelled to study the beading and wire art craft. Luckily, there's the Internet, where a lot of professionals are kind enough to share their knowledge. I visited bookstores to browse craft books. I bought magazines for inspiration. I asked my brother overseas to send me beads and crystals. I knew I was hooked when I rearranged my craft room to accommodate my growing inventory of beads and jewelry.
I practiced every new skill I learned until I realized that I had manufactured a stash of jewelry to wear to every occasion for the rest of my life.
My fingers want to make more because I learn something new everyday; but I need funds to buy more materials (talk about addiction!). That's why this mini-site had to be built. Some of my jewelry will have to find new owners so that I can keep creating new designs for myself, my friends, and you!
~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.
The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come here at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.
~ Snapshots ~
08-01-10 - NOW OPEN: RubyBeads - my jewelry blog on Wordpress format. You can now leave comments and subscribe to an RSS feed of my latest posts. Follow me there because sometime soon this section will be archived for good. See you there!
07-21-10 - Took me a while to get around to it but I finally posted the story and photos behind my year-long bridal jewelry project (for the Star Wars Wedding last Feb). Some highlights are in the Necklaces page; the whole story is in the Articles section: Project: Bridal Jewelry: The Story.
06-29-10 - I call it a double whammy! My bracelet and earrings set came out in Stringing Summer 2010 (pages 35 & 58) and my necklace and earrings set appeared in Creative Jewelry 2010 (page 24)! Here are the photos of my precious items (click image for large version):
04/28/10 - Watch for the Stringing Summer 2010 issue, coming out on June 22. I have earrings and a bracelet on there. And, also from Interweave Press, Creative Jewelry Magazine, an annual publication coming out soon, will publish one of my bridal theme necklaces.
12/01/09 - NewsFlash: RubyBayan Jewelry will be in Manila on Feb 2010. Manila Folks, place your orders now -- I will personally deliver your jewelry items to you! I will also conduct a *free* and open-topic jewelry-making "Howdja Do Dat?" session. Prepare your questions and reserve your space now. Email me.
11-09-09: Check out the Necklaces and Bracelets pages for new images! Let me know if you see an item you particularly like... I'd be happy to use it as the inspiration for designing your own one-of-a-kind piece. You choose the elements you prefer, and specify the budget you want me to work with. E-mail me and let me make a personalized piece exclusively for you... or your special someone.
09-06-09: What can be more challenging than to do the bridal jewelry for a Star Wars wedding? Very close friends Rej and Oneal are getting married on Feb 2010, and I will be handcrafting the bride's and her bridesmaids' necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The materials I've chosen are Swarovski crystals and pearls, freshwater pearls, and 14K gold-filled findings. It's a big task, but I'm really excited!
09-06-09: Stringing Magazine is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a "The Best of Stringing 2009" supersized issue featuring a compilation of the best designs published in the magazine since it first came out in 2003. I am so very proud to be included in the magazine. Twice. My Peach Princess and Olea Europea are in there! Dance of joy!
06-25-09: Visit my new online presence: Orlando Beading Examiner at Examiner.com. I hope to share my beading passion there.
06-17-09: Wow. It's been a year and three days since I last posted an update here. It doesn't mean that nothing happened this last year. Okay, not much jewelry happened for a while, but things suddenly picked up these past few months. For example, a friend of one of my daughters asked me to transform her emerald ring into a pendant. It's been a while since I wire-wrapped a gemstone (actually, the last time I wire-wrapped a pendant, it was a stone -- a real stone, as in a rock). So, I was a little nervous working with this emerald. Luckily, it came out nicely, and my daughter and her friend are pleased.
06-14-08: RubyBayan Jewelry has been on hiatus since last year. I'm setting up a new beading room; hopefully, I will be more inspired to create my favorite pieces. So, please visit every so often. Meanwhile, check out the new Interweave Online Store, where you'll find beautiful jewelry design projects that you can grab for just a few dollars. My own "Peach Princess" is available. Enjoy!
02-22-07: Stringing Magazine's Spring 2007 issue is out.
My Crystal Veil necklace is on page 47, a bracelet (#21) is on page 56, and two earrings (#s 18 and 20) are on page 36.
"By hanging beads with simple wire loops, Ruby created a draping crystal veil pendant that shimmers with every move."
If you string beads for jewelry, you may want to try submitting your work to the magazine. Their contributor guidelines are at www.stringingmagazine.com.
02-03-07: An online buyer has received her order of a batch of customized zipper pulls for her friends.
She said, "Ruby, I got the zipper pulls in the mail today and they are beautiful. Thank you very much. I appreciate your hard work and promptness. I will be sure to refer friends to your website." - Rebecca J., Texas
I'm glad you like them, Rebecca! Looking forward to hearing from your friends!
01-23-07: Another promising year ahead! I finally upgraded my digital camera, and am busy brushing up on my photographing and Photoshop-ing skills (with the patience of my photographer brother). Hopefully I can post better images of my jewelry soon. Speaking of which, the Spring 2007 issue of Stringing Magazine is coming out in a few weeks. Check out my "Crystal Veil" creation! I'm so excited!
10-29-06: I've decided to share some of my designs with the world! Not just photos but a list of materials and step-by-step instructions as well. So, click on down to my Articles page and choose a project to indulge in. Feel free to email me if you have questions.
10-23-06: Stringing Fall 2006 should be in the stands already; I received my copy today. And I'm on page 32!
This is my Olea Europea (the scientific name for the olive) -- "Inspired by the olive branch, a symbol of wisdom, peace, and plenty, this necklace celebrates the elegance and vitality of Athena, the olive tree's patron goddess."
The beads and findings are from a local bead store, Bead Dreams. I visited them one time and noticed these funky ceramic coins that reminded me of black olives. I grabbed some seedbeads to match the ceramic beads, and voila! I'm on Stringing magazine again!
09-03-06: A favorite customer emailed me last week saying, "The red necklace you made was incredible and my friend told me she has received many wonderful comments about the necklace!" She then went on to say she wanted a second necklace on the same theme but with blues and purples this time. Here are the two pieces -- the start of a series?
07-10-06: I just received my August/September Beadwork Magazine where they announced that starting next year, Stringing Magazine will be released quarterly (instead of twice a year). More opportunities for everyone to get published. Will we see you there soon?
Also, Beadwork will start accepting entries to their next juried expedition -- "The Beaded Bag" -- on August 1st. If you're into beading bag-related items and want to have the chance to be showcased in the 2007 Bead Expo exhibits, the competition details are here. Hmmm... maybe I'll give it a try.
05-14-06: My latest commission project was for a lady who wanted a special gift for her sister. Here's her reaction to the tourmaline piece:
"Hi Ruby: I got the necklace (and my bracelet!) yesterday! They are both exceptionally beautiful! I wanted to wait to email you, because I was having dinner at my sister's house last night and wanted to give it to her and see her reaction. She really liked it and it looks really beautiful on her. My family was impressed too!... Thanks again for the lovely work and the quick response to my inquiry! Thanks also for the "Scorpio" bracelet. I am wearing it now." - Tanya C, Michigan
02-25-06: Stringing Spring 2006 is in the stores! My necklaces are on pages 26 and 42, bracelets are on pages 61-63, and earrings are on pages 17-19.
On the right is a composite snapshot of the necklace pages.
See them better here:
Visit Stringing's new website: http://www.stringingmagazine.com. Don't forget to check out the Gallery where you can submit your work. Then meet all the contributors to the magazine in the Contributors page.
01-01-06: Just a quick update for the new year... Stringing Magazine has accepted two of my necklace designs (plus five bracelets and three earrings) for their Spring 2006 issue coming out next month. Soooo excited! Meanwhile, I'm completing commission pieces -- identical Colombia-inspired necklaces for two brothers in the UK, and another Colombia amulet bag for the lady who ordered the first one I ever made. The brothers asked me to create necklaces for them after they saw the amulet bag I posted on this page. Isn't that interesting?!
* Go to News Archives 2005 for more stories and photos.