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Another amazing shot by @anna.quinn46 #meetthemaker ...

Now my niece and I will be styling together! ...

Meet the maker: thanks to my grad student Anna Mai for asking me to do what I love to do in my free time for her “environment” assignment! She caught a magical moment when my flower stamen formed beautifully underneath my titanium earring plates! I was so happy when this moment happened. © 2022 Anna Mai. #meettheartist #meetthemaker @anna.quinn46 ...

It’s that time of year: summer is coming and my students are graduating. 6 cicadas will emerge into the world today. Are you ready? ...

Tap “❤️” if these are your new favorites too! Pair No. 6 of #2022earringchallenge #22earringchallenge2022. NuGold, titanium, sterling silver, brass, labradorite and porcelain. More new designs to come!!!! ...

I kind of feel like I have finally found my voice. Pair No. 5 for #2022earringchallenge #22earringchallenge2022 More earrings coming! ...

Newest blossom earring design ...

I’m thinking about adding some #labradorite to these blossom posts… ...

New Art Deco inspired blossom wings in the works ...

Well, looks like my baby bird has a new outfit. Going to work on more orchids! And perhaps chrysanthemum will be next! ...

IT’S FINNNNNNALLLLLY HERE!!!! This orchid ring I sculpted last year in ZBrush at the @baltimorejewelrycenter and 3D printed at @shapeways! And it fits like a glove! Happpppy dance!! @hashtagedgy ...

I love my new tube jig! ...

I just upgraded my bench space with a new rack and I am feeling jazzed now ...

Newest cicada blossom wing dangles in the works ...

Thinking about upgrading my setup a bit… ...

Found this vintage note pad (with someone else’s reminders written in) from way back when. Thought I’d share this little chart that’s printed in the back for those of you who need a quick reference as to what anniversary gifts, birthstones and flowers were appropriate at certain points. Perhaps this is still useful to some. Enjoy! Grab a snap of this and keep it on your phone! Cheers! ...

The Big Cicada, Brisbane, Australia. I want this on my lawn ...

Botanical hoops! These are lighter than they look thanks to the wonders of titanium and delicate silver petals! ...

Another successful 3D test print, from ZBrush to Shapeways to my hands! ...

Double Wing Cicada Bangle, titanium and heat patina ...

Double Wing Cicada Bangle and temporary tattoo ...

Cicada wing blossom dangles! Titanium with nugold and sterling silver. If you want them, they are in my shop, but you’ll have to take them off my ears first! What can I say? I must test-drive to ensure quality 😂 Shop product link here and in bio. ...

I used to use Etsy as a place to buy AND sell handmade crafts and gifts. It used to be a really amazing site. In fact, when it first bloomed, I was nearly addicted to just "window shopping" the site and I discovered so many cool artists, both right here in B'More and across the world. I launched my first official line of hand-crafted jewelry back in 2016 after taking a truly inspiring jewelry production class at the @baltimorejewelrycenter​ with @bethpohlman​. I finally took the plunge to become a real jewelry studio, made my dormant Etsy account active and started selling. But over 2 short years, I found Etsy not only taking way too high a commission on my hard work, but I was competing with junk. Yup, my opinion. I said it. Junk. Believe me, there is quality work on Etsy, but its hard to find because it is peppered unseen amongst wholesalers and resellers with hundreds of thousands of cheap inventory items. If Etsy wants to become the next Michaels, maybe it should separate that stuff. Nothing wrong with Michaels… but that’s right around the corner and not a niche boutique. Being encouraged by my @marylandinstitutecollegeofart​ cohort in the @micagrad program, I got off Etsy. Much like I dumped CafePress over a decade ago! I make 100% of the items I show and sell. I built my own website myself. While it's indeed a side-hustle and NOT my day-job, with IG and WOM, I am a much happier artisan. What's mine is mine. I am not sharing it with Etsy anymore. I suppose I went on strike 2 years ago already. But I am joining this cause for the sake of my other artisan friends and colleagues who I know don't deserve to be taken for a ride. Seriously, until Etsy stops being junk...or the next best thing comes along, I will be frequenting my favorite farmer's markets and art markets this summer. I support the #etsystrike and @etsy.strike and all the artists get buried by monster sized e-commerce. Bye-buy @etsy Petition signed. ...

My FIRST pair of earrings I ever made (beginning jewelry in 2003), bezel set carnelian and tube set faceted peridot with sterling silver, paired with my NEWEST cicada, rose cut trillion carnelian cabochon with 3mm carnelian eyes, set in sterling silver on silver-plated copper (2022). ...

Time for a tattoo design…. Not that I would get one of my own! (Design © Jennifer Fairman) ...

I went upscale thrifting after work today and found this gorgeous beaded gemstone necklace on clearance for $10. Way to upgrade my carnelian mini-cicada! Me thinks I will keep this as an early birthday present for myself? ...

It’s that time if year. Time to break out the crafting supplies and make some kid art to create memories that are sure to last as long as a home made Seder plate will survive. ...

Do you know how many people see this on a zoom meeting and think it’s a tattoo?! It’s hilarious 😆 ...

My ensemble for tomorrow ...

#ukraine #nowarinukraine #peace #peaceforukraine ...

New weekend pieces. 1 of each: necklace, ring, pin and pendant! ...

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I feel like I have grown so much in the last 6 months and I want to thank all of you for following my curiosities here at @jenijewelry! Thank youuuuuuuu! ...

Yosefa Leah, Hebrew name necklace ...

Oh Baltimore. Such raw tragic beauty. This building has been standing like this for as long as I can remember. Feels like these heavy columns are the only things maintaining the facade #baltimore #architecture ...

And for my next custom project (there are a few in the cue) I’m going to create some custom periodic table inspired Tallis clips for my nephew: Ar for Ariyeh… 18 appropriately representing “chai” or life! ...

Love my brass ...

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