EDIT: Giveaway CLOSED
There are so many great examples of women of courage throughout history, and even in legends. One such woman was Lady Guinevere, King Arthur’s queen and the supposed lover of Sir Lancelot. Our next Memphis in May featured business takes its inspiration from Lady Guinevere. Let me introduce you to Gwynevere Creations. Shannon, the owner of this company chose Lady Guinevere (also spelled Gwynevere) as her muse because she wanted to evoke feelings of strength, independence and creativity in her jewelry designs. Her work is also inspired by romance, and all of these elements combined made her think of this legendary queen.
Shannon is a graphic designer by day, and turns to jewelry making as a way to express her creativity through a means other than the computer. While she enjoys making all types of jewelry, she is particularly fond of making earrings. She says, “The combinations of texture, color, and design are interesting — from weaving to wire wrapping — each pair makes a specific statement about who you want to be and how you want to present yourself that moment … from demure and simple pearl earrings to glamorous dangly chandeliers, and in such a small space.” She has an excellent point, don’t you think? Your choice of earrings really can say a lot about your personality, your mood and your personal sense of style.
Shannon sent me a beautiful pair of pinkish amethyst earrings with wire-wrapped tops in sterling and sterling ear wires. I loved the shade, which almost seemed a bit closer to lilac than pink to me. The earrings were very delicate and simple, yet far from unnoticeable. I have yet to find an occasion for which these earrings aren’t perfectly suited. If you take a look around Shannon’s shop, you can’t help but feel as though each piece has been inspired by something in nature, or some romantic idea. I was surprised (but loved) hearing from her that while she finds inspiration in those things, she also often finds inspiration in the food and bedding aisles of Target. Ha! Creativity and beauty really is everywhere, if you just take a moment to look for it. Two of her pieces that are making me swoon right now are the cascading flowers earrings and the alchemy necklace. So lovely!
Shannon had two answers when I asked her about her very favorite Memphis thing. First, she said that she absolutely loves Playhouse on the Square, which is a wonderful community theater company with a brand new amazing building! She says of it, “From the shows they choose to perform to their support of the community; it’s just an impressive concept.” She also said that she loves the mockingbirds that call Memphis home. She says, “They don’t live near Syracuse, where I grew up so the first time I had ever seen one was when I moved here. They’re so fun to watch and beautiful, especially their tails. And they look so very elegant.” I think I’ve always taken these birds for granted, and I’m glad she brought them up so that I could take a moment to really appreciate them and their true beauty. Thanks, Shannon!
If you live in Memphis, you can see Gwynevere’s Creations in person at Rivertown Gallery downtown, as well as at Mango Street Baby in the Saddle Creek Shopping Center. For everyone else, check out Shannon’s shop on Etsy…I think her photos give you a good sense for the beauty of her work.
Win it!: Here’s your chance to bring the legend and legacy of Lady Guinevere to your jewelry collection! Shannon is offering any pair of earrings that are similar in style to the ones I received and that cost $18 or less. There are many beautiful pairs on her site to choose from! The contest will run until Sunday, May 23rd at 7:59pm CST when a winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected. Open to residents of the United States.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.