Saturday, May 5, 2012

Wandering Laur Giveaway ends 5/13


Hi, I’m Lauren!  I live in Manhattan.  I was always an artsy kid, and that never changed as I got older.  I’ve always loved pencil drawing and painting with watercolors, as well as making all different kinds of jewelry.  My grandfather was a jeweler, so maybe it’s in my blood!  I’ve taken classes and learned to make bone-carved pendants in New Zealand, bead weaving in the American Southwest, and metalsmithing right here in New York. 


In the past few years, I found myself increasingly fascinated by wire wrapping. As a way to relax and enjoy myself in free moments after coming home from my very hectic full-time job, I sat in front of the TV and made beaded jewelry using wire wrapping.  Soon I was making more than I could possibly wear, and getting so many complements on my necklaces, that I was inspired to start an Etsy shop.  I’d been an avid buyer on Etsy for years, and it seemed the perfect platform and outlet for an emerging, part-time artist.



My inspiration comes from all over- the streets of New York, the places I’ve visited and people I’ve met, glimpses of nature, saturated color, movement, and especially vintage pieces, which I love to deconstruct to create something new and evocative.  I especially love taking bits of vintage chains and antique unloved beads that I’ve discovered, and putting them together in original ways to create something new and beautiful. 
My shop is named Wandering Laur because I love to travel and explore, and the cultures and places that I discover around the world influence the pieces that I create.   I studied anthropology as an undergraduate, and think that jewelry is a wonderful expression of culture and personality.  My jewelry is eclectic, whimsical, natural, and a little bit nostalgic.  I hope it makes you as happy as it has made me to create it!


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42 comments:

Nancy said...

I love buying special one of a kind jewelry pieces on Etsy!

Nancy
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clenna said...

I have two favorites: Lampwork Bead Necklace - Blue Teal Green Glass and Orange Long Necklace - Vintage Glass Lampwork Oval Beads


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clenna said...

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway. I love her jewelry.

jhitomi said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87211215/turquoise-and-orange-long-necklace
is my favorite.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

guymon said...

I like the gunmetal necklace, or the long black necklace

Lindsey Gain said...

I LOVE the bright pastel necklace!

Blue Wave Glass said...

My favorite...Green Vintage Glass Necklace. So pretty! http://www.etsy.com/listing/88939814/green-glass-neclace-vintage-bright-glass

jennifer said...

My favorite piece is the Orange Layered Necklace - Multi strand wire wrapped vintage beaded

Karen F said...

I love the Rustic Bead Bracelet - Multicolor Jumbo Jumble

Karen F

katja9_10 said...

I love the Turquoise Necklace - Multi Strand Layered Gold Beaded Necklace. (Les Johnson)

Cecil Atom said...

Awesome giveaway! The jewelry is gorgeous, I love the Bright Pastel Necklace - Vintage Bauble Bead.

Cecil Atom said...

Thanks for the coupon code!

RJ said...

Wandering Laur has very pretty jewelry!

Wendy said...

Love the Multicolor Floral Jumble Bracelet!

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

I found lots to love in both of your Etsy Shops (as you can see by all of the items/CREATIONS "Etsy Hearted" by me, Jesselyn.

Among my favorites in YOUR shop are the Sini Necklace, Carie Necklace, Silver Feather Earrings and Silver Swirl Cherry Quartz Earrings (which are actually now in my Etsy Cart.)

Thanks Janelle!

(Jesselyn A/Jesstinger)
jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

Christy Ann said...

I like the Thick Chains Necklace - Forest Green and Gold!

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Erin said...

her necklaces are beautiful!

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jayedee said...

what a lovely giveaway! many thanks to laur for sponsoring and you for hosting!

Ashley said...

I like the green glass vintage necklace and the multi string turquoise necklace.
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Ashley said...

I really like the quality of the necklaces and she has a lot of choices in her shop that I like. Thanks for the giveaway.

Stephanie H. said...

Pink Heart Necklace - Lampwork Beads is my favorite. The shop is nicely set up
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Stephanie H. said...

Thanks for this giveaway an review and introducing me to these new products

Jennifer Hiles said...

LOVE the Turquoise Necklace - Multi Strand Layered Gold Beaded Necklace! So pretty! jmjoliet@gcc.edu

Jennifer Hiles said...

Love the jewelry! Thank you for the giveaway!

G said...

beautiful jewelry! hard to pick just one...Green Leaf Necklace - Glass Beads
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G said...

thanks for introducing me to Wandering Laur--I love her jewelry!
ceis8009 at yahoo dot com

Renee Sexton said...

I Hearted several pieces on JewelryByJ, so interesting! :)

Gianna said...

Gunmetal Necklace - Quartz and Hematite Semi-Precious Beads.

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

I have quite a few favorites (and Etsy "favorited" items/creations in your wonderful shop. \

Among them are the Green Leaf and the Amethyst & Pearl earrings. Also the Carie Necklace and the 36" Fancy Freshwater Pearl Necklace... to name a few.

Your shop itself is a favorite of mine!

Jesselyn A/Jessinger
jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

Maretta Hostetler said...

I absolutely love all the necklaces on your page. But my favorite is the trio circle. So delicate and expressive

Marisa M said...

I love the blue and green lariat.

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FromFurrin said...

--- Vicki Vix on Rafflecopter ---

Love the Turquoise Necklace - Double Strand Vintage Gold Wire Wrapped at http://www.etsy.com/listing/87180769/turquoise-necklace-double-strand-vintage. Thanks for the giveaway. There are some lovely piece at both sites. Love your Dainty and delicate Circle Trio silver necklace. Simple and beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway and for introducing me to a new Etsy store. (fromfurrin at gmail dot com)

Valerie & Its the SimpleThings said...

I love the multiple strand Turquoise Necklace. It's gorgeous.

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Kamilah said...

Very creative jewelry...can't wait to see more.

NedraM said...

There were several I really liked, but I would say my favorite was the yellow bead - Vintage necklace. I love yellow and this is a very pretty piece of jewelery. :)

Paige said...

the pastel necklace is my favorite

STF said...

the Bright Pastel Necklace

jodi lasher said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97268729/hot-pink-necklace-sea-glass-pendant-dip

carole said...

love all her jewelry

Brittany Boardley Renaldi said...

The Purple Amethyst Necklace - Natural Rough Cut Stone Beads is amazing!
britibee@gmail.com

Trasina said...

Love the http://www.etsy.com/listing/87284163/crystal-lariat-sparkling-swarovski-bead
Crystal Lariat - Sparkling Swarovski Bead Necklace

Jessica said...

I love love love the Green Glass Necklace - Lampwork Vintage Bead Cluster!

jessicaahays at hotmail.com