Pearls and crystals

We’re both very excited about our upcoming vintage line. We can’t give anything away just yet, but we’ve placed a big order for our components and are eagerly awaiting their arrival.  I don’t know about you, but the time between clicking the “buy” button and when your goodies arrive at the door just seems to take AGES.

Pearls and Crystals
New hair accessories and a pair of earrings, all with sparkly pearls and crystals

As you may have seen on Twitter, I’ve been playing around with making hair accessories.  I recently bought some pearls and crystals in a wide variety of colours, and started playing with blinged-up hair elastics and clips.  How do you like to add colour to your hair?  Comment below, or visit our Facebook page to place your vote!

On the Horizon

Robyn and I have been working behind the scenes over the last couple of months to develop a new line of jewellery for our customers and we are very excited to let you know today that the product line – Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery – will be launching this Fall!

I’ve long had a dream of making a high quality, yet affordable, line of vintage inspired jewellery. Classic and stylish pieces that are suitable for the office, a dinner party or a formal event. After looking through mid-century photographs and old Hollywood movies for months, I finally decided to discuss the possibility with Robyn. We’d both been busy with our lives outside of Drakestail and I wasn’t sure it was the right time to add more to our plates but something in me also felt ‘it’s now or never’.

Robyn was as excited about it as I was and we started discussing design possibilities, business planning and logistics, which is of course necessary but now, we are ready to start creating our new line and we couldn’t be happier.

I can’t give you an exact date for the release yet but the line will be launched this Fall with select retailers so please stay tuned to our site for more details!


Contest winner is Joshua Murray!

We would like to thank everyone who entered our contest. It was a lot of fun for Robyn and I to celebrate our milestone with those who made it possible.

Joshua Murray is our contest winner. We used the rafflecopter ‘pick a winner’ feature to ensure fairness. We hope you will keep with us as we have lots of exciting things happening for our company this Fall and we will definitely be hosting more contests in the future!

Congratulations Joshua!


Gift Certificate

The Cheapside Hoard

Oh, to be in London this fall.  Starting in October, the Museum of London will be showcasing the Cheapside Hoard.  This stash of almost 500 pieces of 17th Century jewellery was a goldsmith’s stock.  It was found in 1912, excavated by workers in a London cellar.  Among the items in the Hoard are necklaces, brooches, chains, cameos, scent bottles, fan holders, and loose gemstones.  I wish I found such gorgeous things when I did my renovations.

Cheapside Hoard Emerald Watch
This watch was carved from a solid emerald that was originally the size of an apple. Spectacular!


Reference: The Guardian

Photo shoot!

We are a day late with our regular Wednesday blog post this week, but we are sure you will agree it was worth the wait!

In studio photo by Dano Tanaka.

We were thrilled to sponsor a photography session with Dano Tanaka Illustrator this week.

Of course, we love how our jewellery looks in studio shoots, as pictured here, but sometimes it’s fun to change things up and see how they would look in a different setting and on an actual person!

Shot at Dano Tanaka Illustrator studio in Winnipeg Manitoba.

I paired this stunning dragonskin jade pendant with base metal dragonfly beads and translucent tree agate rounds that vary in colour from smokey white to dark forest green.

We are very happy with how this shoot turned out. The landscape really sets off the colour of the dragonskin jade stone.




These earthy stones and dragonflies photographed in a natural background in warm neutral colours really give this necklace a different feel from the studio shot. It is amazing to work with such a talented photographer who really understands a client’s vision, and brings it to life!

Drakestail Jewellery Photo Shoot
Our Dragonskin necklace was featured in a professional photo shoot by Dano Tanaka.

Please don’t forget about our giveaway contest. See our blog post from August 6th and enter to win a gift certificate to our ETSY Shop! Contest closes on August 19th, 2013.


What a week! Giveaways, photos, and more

We’ve had quite the week!  For starters, we finally reached our goal of 100 items in our Etsy shop.  To celebrate, we’re giving away a $25 gift certificate for our Etsy store.  Sign up for the giveaway and you could be our big winner!

We had the fortune this week to have some of our jewellery professionally photographed by Dano Tanaka.  He does beautiful work, and made our jewels sparkle!

Agate leaf necklace

We’ve also used the gorgeous photography as an excuse to do a little redecorating.  We’ve got new banners up on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, and even our site here.  These feature a great new photo, and our new logo.  We love the clean, distinctive look.


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