Stefanie Says... / Czech Glass

One Necklace: 7 Ways to Wear

The Trilogy 60 inch necklace is my most popular necklace because it's so versatile. This short video shows you all the ways to wear it. Want to learn more? Follow one of the links below.

See all of the color choices here. 

Learn how to tie the knot here [video].

Learn how to make a statement piece by linking two necklaces together here [video].

Get yours here.

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My first ever trip to the Czech Republic, November 2016

  

Czech Koruna

The currency is Czech Koruna or Crowns. The exchange rate when I was there was about 25 Koruna to one US dollar.

 

 

Glass color sample cards

Browsing glass color sample cards over a delicious (and very strong) coffee

 

 

 

A glass pressing machine at the bead factory

 

 

A sampling of traditional Czech meals...

Beef Goulash Czech Republic

Guláš, Beef Goulash (above). A beef stew served with (extra delicious) onions and bread dumplings. Dumplings  (either bread or potato) accompany many meals in the Czech Republic. 

 

Svíčková Beef Cream Sauce Cranberries Whipped Cream

Svíčková (above). Beef with a cream sauce served with cranberries, whipped cream(!) and bread dumplings. The thick sauce is made from carrot, parsley root, celeriac and cream. Beef with whipped cream!

 

Roast pork with dumplings and cabbage (pečené vepřové s knedlíky a se zelím, colloquially vepřo-knedlo-zelo) is often considered the most typical Czech dish.

pečené vepřové s knedlíky a se zelím (above), is often considered the most typical Czech dish... It consists of roast pork with pickled red cabbage and potato dumplings.

 

Apple Streudel! Štrůdl

Štrůdl (Above.  Apple strudel with ice cream!

 

Now back to the bead factory!

 

A snowy morning outside of my hotel window

Snowy morning #czechrepublic #village #snow #working #vacation #czech #snowstorm #buyingtrip #europeanvacation

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These beads have just been cut

 These large coin-shaped beads have just been cut and have yet to be cleaned up.

 

A bagful of beautiful

A bagful of beautiful

  

 

 

 My shopping spree in the Czech glass bead factory!

My shopping spree in the Czech glass bead factory!

 

This photo was taken on what may have been one of the best nights of my life (after, of course, my wedding and the birth of my daughter...). Working late to accomplish many things during my last day and night at the bead factory. We enjoyed pizza and champagne and Jamie and I worked on designing a new collection, choosing beads for Spring, and forecasting our needs for the coming year. Now that's my idea of heaven!

 

A visit to the glass museum in Jablonecs

 

 

 

 

Then off to Prague!

 

  

 

 

 

 

What a trip!

Dare to Dream (at the John Lennon wall in Prague)

Dare to Dream! (at the John Lennon wall in Prague)

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Vintage locket earrings: a unique gift in 12 colors

In this video I model my unique vintage locket earrings and walk you through the color choices. These sweet earrings are made from a tiny locket (that really opens!) below a crystal in your choice of 12 colors. The video was taken in my booth at the ACRE show in Las Vegas, where I was a vendor (ACRE stands for American Craft Retailer Expo). The earrings come in either original vintage brass or sterling silver plated.

I salvaged the tiny antique lockets from a vintage jewelry warehouse and breathed new life into them. I even sent some off to a metal plater to get a brand new coat of shiny sterling silver on them, creating a whole new, brighter look.

Find them at my studio in Edgartown or online here.

Below are images of me digging for treasure at the warehouse:

Me & my loot today

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Pot of gold

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Below is an image of some of the amazing pieces I uncovered at the warehouse:

Found a few cool #vintage pieces today #marthasvineyard #artisan #jewelry #edgartown

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Below is an image of how I bagged the brass lockets, along with other components, to get them ready to be silver plated.

 

Below is the first batch of locket earrings I made with colorful Czech glass crystals.

Vintage locket earrings #marthasvineyard #handmade #artisan #jewelry #vintage #brass #lockets #earrings #antique #stefaniewolf

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Below is an image of how the locket earrings came out, both in original vintage brass (left) and sterling silver plate (right).

 

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NEW! Seaglass inspired jewelry

Spring 2016 Seaglass Collection

Inspired by my seaglass stash from days spent wandering island beaches, my new collection is just beachy. With borrowed hues and textures from ocean-tumbled glass, this jewelry is sure to transport you to the water's edge.


Every Trilogy style now comes in seaglass mix in addition to my classic color palette. Just choose "Mix: Seaglass" from the dropdown menu on a product page to view or purchase any piece in this new color mix.

The seaglass medley necklace (shown below) features freshwater pearls, jade and recycled glass in addition to my favorite Czech glass.

And here's the bracelet:

These are some new hoop earrings:

As well as some new seaglass drop earrings which come with a sterling ball stud, which is new for me and I'm really liking it.

 

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How to make a statement piece from 2 Trilogy 60-inch necklaces

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Seven Ways to Wear My Trilogy 60-Inch Necklace

I spend my summers outdoors at the Vineyard Artisans Festivals on Martha's Vineyard interacting with customers and sharing my enthusiasm for my jewelry. I love watching customers' reactions to my newest colors and styles and observing as they interact with my creations. I was inspired to create this video after Julia, my booth helper this past summer, discovered YET ANOTHER way to wear my already versatile Trilogy 60" necklace! A creative gal by nature, one day she was playing around with the long necklaces in my booth and she came up with a way of creating a pendant by tying a knot. Now this is one of my favorite ways to wear this classic necklace. We spent the rest of the summer demonstrating this new knot to customers as they browsed in my booth, complete with puns like "you will knot believe how many ways you can wear this necklace" and "are you ready to get knotty?". In this video I share this knot as one of the seven ways to wear the necklace. How do you wear your Trilogy necklace? Please share below in the comments. Enjoy!

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Czech it out!

UncommonGoods featured me in their blog today. My obsession with Czech glass inspired my jewelry collection and my jewelry collection inspired their second glance.

“Whenever I was bead shopping I noticed that the richest colors and most luscious finishes in glass beads always seemed to hail from the Czech Rebublic. Often imitated, never duplicated!”

See it here:

http://blog.uncommongoods.com/2015/centuries-of-beauty-and-tradition-the-history-of-czech-glassware/

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