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The Choker - A brief history

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 5:15 PM
The choker necklace dates back thousands of years. Beginning with the Sumer empire in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, the choker was used to protect the vulnerability of the neck. The choker crossed all cultures and lands. It was worn though out Africa, India, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Native America and South America. The choker was worn for protection, wealth and power. Anne Boleyn, Queen Victoria, Princess Alexandra signified their wealth and power by wearing chokers adorned with pear... Read Full Post »

JCK /AGTA 2015

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 4:20 AM

I am so excited to be attending JCK/ AGTA in LAS VEGAS.  Planning my to do, to buy. Sessions and Events. I will be purchasing all of my new metalsmithing equipment at the show.  More new Designs and Techniques coming soon!  Check out my Social pages as I will giving you updates and pictures during this event.  If you or anyone you know are looking for a particual Stone, now is the the time to speak up!  There will be gems abound from all over the world and some f...

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Posted on January 12, 2014 at 12:35 AM

Titanium Magnetic Jewelry and Properties

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 12:30 AM

What's New- Titanium and Magnetic Jewelry

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Amber, Pearls and Boulder Opals, oh my

Posted on June 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I had an amazing weekend at JCK Las Vegas.  I am just now recouping from all of the walking and sensory overload.  It was an educational and inspirational weekend.  Best way to get the creative energy flowing again. 

The Amber and Pearls were purchased at JCK.  The Boulder Opal is hand cut by Janice's Opals in Queensland Australia.  All pieces are waiting for a design and a wearer. 


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Gemstone Properties

Posted on December 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Please browse my photo gallery album titled Choose a bead.  You will find gemstone properties and their meaning along with photos.  This is great tool when selection a handcrafted piece of jewelry for either yourself or as a gift.  Click on the link below to visit directly.http://www.marciakerteldesigns.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=11906788



Wire Jewelry Artist of the Month

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I want to thank the wonderful editor, Rose, and the staff at wire-sculpture.com for selecting me as their Wire Jewelry Artist of the Month for August 2012.

You can view the write up at www.wire-sculpture.com/pages/artist201208.html


Thanks Again for this wonderful Opportunity.



Posted on July 29, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Hello All,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. There have been several storms accross the midwest lately. I hope it hasn't put a damper on anyones fun in the sun.

I will soon have some exciting news. I cannot share now, but stay turned in the next week.

I also wanted to repost information about toe rings. I have been sporting mine at the beach....


Summer is in full swing and as I walk pool and beach side, I can’t help but notice all of...

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Posted on December 31, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Titanium metal has a grey almost antiqued appearance that looks great on both men and women. My extra small horseshoe chain is a great men's piece that is so unique with or without a pendant. It is an everyday chain. One of my favorite things about Titanium is that it is so lightweight and comfortable to wear and it is hypoallergenic. I can use Titanium to make my ear wires for a uniform look when designing earrings.


Posted on December 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM



Amethyst, one in a Series on Quartz

As we learned in an Introduction to Quartz, macrocrystalline quartz is when the mineral’s crystals are easily visible. ...

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