Jasper & Love

I owe you an update - here's a few new items from the backlog, with many more to come. Stay turned for more later this summer!


Agate gold dangle earrings


Carnelian dangle earrings

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Glass dangle earrings


Quartz gold dangle earrings

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A few of you have asked how I name my pieces. Just kidding - no one has asked, but I think it's pretty interesting. So let's go!

Lila I have to start my saying I've been pining after these stones for weeks before I found and purchased them. Wouldn't mind if they were a bit more saturated, but in this case, it works really well to let the garnet be saturated and let the glass just chill in the background. To name these, I typed "purple" into google translate and did my normal strategy - clicked to a random language translation. Who knew? "Lila" means "purple" in Filipino.

Viola You guessed it - "viola" means "violet" in Italian :) I love the tropical colors in this pair, including my favorite shade of chartreusy green. Can you smell the summer breeze yet? 

Kima I'll be honest, I don't write down my methods, so I'm literally piecing together memories as I write this post. I remember starting with "goldfish" on this one, because the large glass bead looks like a fishbowl with an ornate goldfish inside. And yes - when you translate "goldfish" into Amharic, you get ወርቅማ ዓሣ which sounds like werik'ima asa. And I liked the "kima" part :)

Pilar No translation story for these guys - it's more the matching color palette and personality of these hoops and the name "Pilar" (which I love). Excited to find more homes for this set of recycled glass stones.

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Let's call this a "Making Of" or "Behind the Scenes" story. You know me, I don't like stuff. I like multi-purpose objects that store nicely, not bulky one-use-only things like studio lighting or elaborate photography props. 

So how do I shoot my product photos for Jasper & Love, like this one? 


Simple! First, use natural light ALWAYS. This is more difficult half the year when I'm only home during daylight on weekends.

Second, white reflects light. I keep a light source on one side and a piece of white paper on the other, to keep the shadow from getting too dark. As below, white paper below the set is also helpful.

Third, glass! I love glass backdrops, because the surface abstracts whatever is actually there. This will become more interesting in following images.

Once more with feeling! This time I'm shooting toward the window, instead of straight back into the white.

I adore this shot. The warm tones in the earrings pop because the background is so blue. It would be better if the background were more blurred - I'm working on that. 

Using a low fstop blurs the background window, and using a glass vase abstracts it further while being visually less distracting than the black earring holder.

Here's the final shot. Now that you know it's there, you can see the window frame, right? 

Similar setup, as seen from above. Instead of shooting into the window, this time I'm shooting perpendicular to the window, with glass-in-front-of-white-paper as the backdrop.

Here's the final shot. While I love the abstracted nature of the previous, you can see that a white backdrop is less distracting. And adding the glass makes it less boring and impersonal than a simple white sheet backdrop. (I tried that, it looked robotic.

Happy shooting! 


Cheers :)