Moonshine Jewellery!

Maybe I’ve gone a little crazy, but this design has been begging me to make it for a couple of months now, and I could hold back no longer. I’m really pleased at how it turned out.

I’ve hand-shaped square sterling silver wire to create bars on each of which 3 gorgeous translucent blue lace agate beads are encased. To connect them I contrasted the shapes created by the square wire with twisted jump rings. I finished off the whole 1930’s deco feel by using a genuine vintage glass bead I have recycled from an old flapper necklace.

Why ‘moonshine’?. The name refers to illegal whiskey distilled using grain which was popular in America from the 19th century and really took off during the Prohibition period, for obvious reasons. Trying to avoid getting caught, deliveries of grain and equipment to make the stills often happened during the night….in the moonshine!

I thought this was an apt name, seeing as how this has kept me up. Being a little fancy-free and high spirited, like you might feel after a tea-cup of moonshine in a New York Speakeasy, why not!

Other Speakeasy jewellery coming soon!

Rachel x

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A reply to the writer of this letter

Dear Anon,

Thank you for your letter, received today at my home address. It appears you have forgotten the first page of this letter and also to include either details of who you are, how you may be contacted and of exactly what (if anything specific) you feel I have done regarding copyright infringement of (your?) photographic images.

I, along with many other people use Pinterest as a way of collating things I find on the web that inspire and interest me. Pinterest itself will log the website that this image was originally taken from when pinned. I also normally, where possible, include the name of the person or website it was taken from. (Have I been remiss in some cases?)

I recently included ‘pins’ I had collected for my mood boards for my new jewellery collections here on my blog. They linked back to the Pinterest pages they came from and I spent time finding out where possible, where they had originated from. I have not used any one else’s images for my own commercial gain, and whilst I may have been naive about image use and copyright law, I certainly have not deliberately acted deliberately to ‘steal’ images.

If my use of an image has upset you, I am very sorry. However, the effect of a letter sent anonymously to my home address is quite intimidating and I have reported this incident to my local police station. I find the tone of the letter very upsetting and completely unnecessary, it’s certainly not the way to approach things if you want a resolution to your actual problem as I have no details to go on! I have also contacted Pinterest.

I am more than willing to remove any offending images immediately from where ever you feel I have used them out of turn, their use is only meant to share something I love, and not to upset. However I can’t do this without any information from yourself. Please contact me via email (not letter) if you would like to resolve this issue and move on.


Rachel x

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