Design Inspirations, The Earring Whisperer

The Earring Whisperer: Once upon a time

Searching for something good to watch in the studio a few weeks ago I stumbled across the new Beauty and the Beast on Netflix.  I was familiar with the story of course,  but to be honest, never really watched the original animated one and I think I only saw a few episodes of the TV series back in the late 80’s.   Well,  I got pretty caught up in the beautiful story and amazing special effects.  Feeling inspired, I began working on a fairy tale theme.  I decided to use specific quotes from the movie that inspired me, but these are my design interpretations of course.  You may pick-up on the scene they came from,  but in a couple designs, I overlapped more than one scene  😉




“Forever can spare a minute”






Art beads:  Ceramic deer made by Foxpaws; wire beaded leaves by Ship Wreck Dandy Supply.


“She warned him not to be deceived by appearances for beauty is found within.”


Art bead in brass and paper by French bead-maker, PoppyBis




“She’ll never see me as anything but a monster.”



Ceramic eye charms by KiyoiDesign.



“Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”



Ceramic princess ceramic charms by KiyoiDesign


“She was fearless”




Ceramic wolf beads by Foxpaws


I was particularly taken with the icy forest and castle in the story, so I tried to use accent beads in clear for the frost effect.  I was excited to find the vintage German glass rings in the first pair, they conveyed the feeling I was trying to get across so well.  Also, the white druzy with the jagged edges and glass leaves in the last pair.

As I’ve written previously, inspiration comes from the most unexpected places sometimes…I’m watching a mystery that takes place in the Roaring Twenties …who knows what I will take from that…lol

♥ The End ♥

Loralee xo

loralee kolton – artful in beads

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6 Comment

  1. Cheryl
    December 12, 2017 at 6:15 am

    They are all charming and whimsically delightful!!!!! You are, by far, my favourite jewelry designer!!!!

    1. Loralee Kolton
      December 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Oh, my goodness, Cheryl….geez thank you so much xoxo!!!!! I’m so happy you liked the earrings! It was a fun theme to play with! Must be the snow and the magic I feel this time of year 😀

  2. Divya
    December 12, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I love the mysterious feeling showcased by the pieces. It makes it even more tempting to own them

  3. Erin Prais-Hintz
    December 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

    You always blow me a way with your creativity! I love that you not only were inspired by the fairy tale romance of the story, the setting and the mood, but also the quotes. Well done, my friend! Looking forward to the flapper inspiration to come! Enjoy the day. Erin

  4. Sarajo Wentling
    December 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    You hit it out of the ballpark again, Loralee! I’m especially smitten with the two pairs with the Foxpaws elements in them. The pair with the butterfly masked people are so dreamy. I’ve been wanting to see that movie… we’ll have to see if it’s still available streaming. Enjoy Miss Fisher’s! She has some fab jewelry and I can totally see you getting inspired by that show!

  5. Andrea Ross
    December 15, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    They are all so beautiful. I love hearing about the inspiration too. I can see the icy feel.

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