Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Suite-- Colors !

Spring Colors Bracelet
Last week was a wash out in the bay area, it rained pretty much all the time.

It was also a little girl's birthday.
She wanted to have her birthday party outdoors, in the park with the flowers blooming and birds singing. But the weather here did not cooperate.

This set was created for her in color tones reminiscent of spring she could have spring with her even when it rained.

The bracelet is made with amethyst, aquamarine, citrine and peridot beads interspersed with gold Toho spacers.

Spring Colors Earrings

The matching earrings are strung with gold wire
for a little bit of shine and sparkle.

What a lovely way to carry some of the charm of spring with you all the time !

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Neelakshi's Pendant

Its ready...Neelakshi's unique peace pendant is finished ! It took a little bit of work, what with the weather being so rainy in the San francisco bay area. Resin I find, can be temperamental if there is a lot of humidity in the air. Thankfully this came out well.

First Cast of Pendant

This is after the resin was cast and set. While the pendant is pretty, I could see that it lacked something....maybe some beads or crystals around the edge of the pendant.

Nope, the beads or crystals seemed to make the pendant feminine and soft...not something Neelakshi might find appealing.

Peace Pendant

After racking my brains and raiding my supplies box, this is what caught my eye....hexagon shaped spacer beads that look like grommets.

They add the right amount of detailing to the pendant and make it more edgy and tough...surely Neelakshi will approve !

This peace symbol is distinctive....three swords have crossed to declare peace. It shows that there is hope for a conflict free resolution of all differences.

The grommets have been placed at the hilts and points of the swords to draw further attention to the uniqueness of this symbol.

And finally, the pendant is strung on to a leather cord necklace.....its tough, stylish and different, like Neelakshi herself.

You can read more about
Neelakshi: The Quest for Amrit here

Friday, March 18, 2011


Whole Gifts Logo
Remember the collaboration I mentioned a couple of posts are the details.

I have a very talented graphic designer friend, we go back a long way......right up to our school days in Madras. He very generously created this beautiful logo for Whole Gifts.

His name is Asvin and when he is not creating lovely web pages, logos and designs, he is also a graphic novelist.

Neelakshi wearing her pendant

His latest project in collaboration with Ashok Rajagopalan is "Neelakshi : The Quest for Amrit". Art work is by Judit Tondora and colors by Roland Pilcz.

It is a visual treat, a lot of very talented folks are working together on it and when it comes out, its definitely going to create a splash !

Now, Whole Gifts has been commissioned to create the unique, one of a kind pendant worn by the heroine of the novel, Neelakshi herself.
The pendant and many other cool prizes are being offered to all those who contribute to make this novel a possibility.

You can read all about it and view the prizes here

Whole Gifts sure is excited, the pendant process has started and should be ready in a a few days' time. Stay tuned for pictures of the finished pendant !

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Jewelry Party !

Last week, Whole Gifts had a jewelry party for a baby shower. It was great fun.
All those who attended could choose one jewelry item that was custom created for them, on the spot, as door prizes. Talk about instant gratification !

Black & Silver Necklace
Obviously because of time constraints, elaborate designs could not be created on the spot, like this necklace for the mom to be.

This necklace is made with black onyx beads intersperced with sterling silver roundel beads.

The pendant is a beautiful resin cast set in a silver bezel (Whole Gifts is working on a whole new set of resin pendants for spring, more on that soon) !

Blue-Green wire ring

One lovely lady chose this wire wrapped ring as her take home prize.
This is made with a translucent blue-green glass bead wrapped in anti tarnish silver wire.

And of course, all the little kids who were in attendance received colorful, beautiful bracelets to wear home. All baby bracelets at Whole Gifts are always created with 100% sterling silver or 14KT gold components.....because nothing but the best will do for the precious gems in our lives !

White Cats' Eye beads with Gold TOHO Spacers

Multi-Color Agate

Black Bicone Crystal with White TOHO spacers

Blue-Green Coin Cut Glass with Clear TOHO Spacers

Pink Bamboo Coral with Gold Spacers

Needless to say the party was a huge success and everyone went home happy.
If you want to do something different for your next party, do plese contact Whole Gifts...we have a wide variety of packages to suit all your requirments. As always...."we strive for perfection" !

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


It has been a while since the last post....but lots of  things are happening at Whole Gifts !

Spring themed jewelry is being designed in full swing

Requests for jewelry parties have come in....very thrilled about that.

Also, a very special collaboration is in the works. More on that later.

Thanks to all the loyal readers who keep coming back. Just wait for a couple more days. Exciting new jewelry designs are coming your way !

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Special Birthday Necklace

Red Fish Necklace
Today is the birthday of a very special  girl.

She might be small but has a large personality and loves things that are bold. No wonder she chose a red frock for her birthday !

This necklace matches both her dress and attitude perfectly.

Fire polished glass beads in red are strung together with TOHO bead spacers, also in red.

The lovely sterling silver and red enamel fish pendant adds a touch of playfulness.

This necklace is bold and effervescent.
It made the little diva happy....thus making the Mama happy !

Whole Gifts has many such lovely ideas for the little (BIG) persons in your life. Do drop us a line and we will be sure to oblige !