Men Wear Eco Friendly Too

posted Nov 25, 2015, 8:29 AM by Jennifer Lawlor   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 8:30 AM ]

Sustainable Fashion is not just for women.
Men are on board this fashion movement as well.
RiverGlass Creations carries a line of necklaces just for this purpose.

 Small yet strong glass pieces wrapped simply in silver or copper wire and strung on black leather
provide masculinity when worn on a man.

I love when my husband wears his RiverGlass... and you will love when your guy wears his!

Do you have a special guy in your life? A husband, son, father, boyfriend, or even just a guy pal that always has your back. Is he environmentally conscious?
Then consider RiverGlass Creations for your holiday shopping.

What Is Eco Fashion?

posted Nov 19, 2015, 9:53 AM by Jennifer Lawlor

Eco fashion, Slow fashion, Sustainable fashion, Eco chic, Ethical fashion.
What does it mean?

Google it and this is what Wikipedia tells you: Eco fashion "is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility."

Simply put, Eco fashion is good for the environment and for people.

There are different categories of Ethical fashion.

 Ecofashionworld has a wonderful list of the various classifications and the criteria for each.

Vegan products are items that are not made with leather or any animal tissue.
Ethically produced items are created with respect for people and the environment.
Craft/Artisan fashion is produced in a manner that preserves ancestral tradition.
Custom items are made to order and encourages slow fashion over mass produced disposable fashion.
Organic fashion is made from natural fibers that are grown without the use of pesticides and toxic materials.
Vintage/Second Hand fashion is using items that have been previously used.
Recycled products entail fashion that is made from existing material.

Blue RiverGlass & White Orgnaza Ribbon

RiverGlass Creations is proud to produce jewelry in the Recycled category. We gather our glass from the Hudson River and use it to create a product that is unique and elegant.
We also are a Custom shop as we create made to order pieces for our clients. Slow fashion means quality and it means you are buying fashion that is not mass produced.

Do you know what you are wearing?
Do you know how it was made?

Was it made with fibers doused in chemicals?
Did a little girl in a factory stitch your shirt?
Is your pendant made with "blood diamonds" from Africa?


These are some things to consider when you shop.
In a day when it is easy to run to the Super Store and buy cheap, mass produced fashion items~
consider some of these question.

The holidays are here.
Buy unique. Buy quality. Buy Eco.

** In our next blog post look for our Eco Shoppers Guide for sustainable fashion.

Earthy Brown Recycled Glass Transformed

posted Oct 30, 2015, 10:12 AM by Jennifer Lawlor

The most exciting part of a necklace design is designing the necklace. Taking a piece of glass and matching it to its lifelong partners is what I enjoy most at RiverGlass Creations. 

Here, I chose brown glass with rippling at the top and a smooth, curved bottom. To keep it earthy, I pulled out some marble ~ taupe diamonds and brown rectangular tubes. For a little bit of elegance and sparkle, I gathered my khaki colored Swarovski bicone crystals. Lastly, olive cats eye beads were added for richness and depth.

Because I chose brown glass, it was set in my mind that I was going to use copper wire. Its warm tone blends well with the natural green and brown hues I have pulled together here and I tend to have an affinity to copper for most of my designs.

Once my design was set, it was time to create the links.
In this project, I began with the taupe marble and Swarovski bicones. I made a rough measurement of the beads together, added a little extra to the length, and cut a piece of 22 gauge copper wire. I then carefully created a loop on one end of the wire, strung the crystal - marble - crystal, and then created a loop on the other end. This process was repeated with all of the taupe marble and then was mimicked with the brown marble and cats eye beads.

Once all the bead components were completed, I created enough s-links to attach the beaded links together. I assembled the necklace and made adjustments to create an appropriate length.

For my linked necklaces, I like to make a simple s-clasp.

Here I have hammered them slightly to strengthen the wire and to add a different texture to the clasp.

Hammering causes the wire to flatten and provides contrast to the round links in the necklace.

The final step in my design process was to wrap the pendant. Here I chose, again, to be simple. I created an elegant looped design at the bottom and wrapped the top.

Once the pendant was complete I attached it to the center s-link on the necklace and finished my design.

The end result is a necklace that is eco friendly, earthy, and elegant.

Visit us on Etsy
to learn more about this necklace
or any of our other eco and elegant creations!

The Week in Pictures: October 19 - 25

posted Oct 26, 2015, 4:17 PM by Jennifer Lawlor   [ updated Oct 26, 2015, 4:22 PM ]

Earrings Everywhere

posted Oct 8, 2015, 1:56 PM by Jennifer Lawlor   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 2:32 PM ]

Creating earrings
to compliment the RiverGlass necklaces I create
is exciting for me.

It is a treat to see them come together so quickly.

From design to pairing gemstones, crystals, and wire
these little treasures are an elegant addition.

We Have Gold! Green Recycled RiverGlass Dressed in Gold Wire

posted Sep 7, 2015, 1:27 PM by Jennifer Lawlor

This is the first gold necklace to be listed in our online store.

I am so excited to share it with you.

The perfect piece of green recycled RiverGlass was chosen to be the focal point of my choker length necklace.
My hope is for the glass to be the centerpiece, so I've dressed it simply in 12K gold filled wire.

I love combining my RiverGlass with Swarovski Crystals.

In this necklace I have used
khaki colored Swarovski Xilion bicones
bronze colored Swarovski pearls.

All of our wire components were made in house for this necklace.

Our figure 8 links are crafted with 18 gauge, 12K gold filled wire.

The S-clasp is also created with 18 gauge, 12K gold filled wire
and has been hammered for design and strength.

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Something About Copper

posted Aug 23, 2015, 4:02 PM by Jennifer Lawlor

If you look at most of the jewelry I create you will find that a very common theme in addition to my RiverGlass is copper wire. I work with Argentium sterling silver and have created a necklace with gold filled wire, but by far, my favorite thus far has been copper.

Why copper?
Well, first of all, I adore the color. It is warm and inviting and looks fabulous with so many other colors. I am naturally attracted to hues of orange and brown - those natural woodsy tones as I can be an outdoorsy kinda gal. I can see copper when I'm hiking through the woods, amongst the spring flowers, in a magnificent summer sunset, in the picturesque fall landscape of the Catskill Mountains, or crackling in a toasty winter fire. It is everything warm.

Copper wire offers a uniqueness to my jewelry pieces. It may not be considered a precious metal, like gold or silver, but it is just as beautiful. I certainly don't have anything against precious metals and will continue to add more sterling silver and gold pieces to my collections, but copper is where I became comfortable with wire wrapping. Copper is where I honed my skills. Copper is where wire weaving was first conquered. Copper is my trusted jewelry "companion". I am not the first to use it and certainly will not be the last, but hopefully I have made it stunning.

Kings and queens of Egypt wore it proudly, as did the wealthy. The Greeks believed copper represented their goddess, Venus, and it was used to attract love and guard against evil. Tibetan elders hold on to copper bracelets as precious holy relics. Native Americans wore and traded their copper jewelry with settlers of their time. In the 1930's, Franciso Rebajes created jewelry from solid copper and the popularity of copper jewelry in America began to grow.
Copper is timeless. It has been worn for thousands of years. I use a tarnish resistant product which helps to keep that original color and shine as copper will patina. Your necklace will be a timeless treasure.

Dainty and Elegant: Lilac Stone and Swarovski Oval Drop Earrings

posted Aug 19, 2015, 1:07 PM by Jennifer Lawlor   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 2:23 PM ]

I simply adore lilac stone~
it has a soft, delicate purple hue.

Coupled with lite silk Swarovski crystals we see a simple elegance.

Matte gold seed beads and matte dusty rose seed beads
offer depth and color.

Copper wire has a soft tone and is complimentary to the
purple and silk in our earring.

These earring measure 2 inches in length


are a compliment to our "Noir" necklace,
found in our Copper Collection.

For more information, please visit our Etsy shop.

Recycled RiverGlass with a Southwestern Flare

posted Aug 17, 2015, 11:08 AM by Jennifer Lawlor   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 2:25 PM ]

I always create jewelry that I think is beautiful, but sometimes there is a piece that wins my heart.
Maybe it's the turquoise coloring or maybe it has to do with the beading on the pendant.
Whatever the reason, this is one of my favorite necklaces.

I have a plethora of clear glass shards that I don't think I will ever use up.
This piece is mostly smooth and triangular with curved ribbing from what looks like lettering found on a mason glass jar. What sets this pendant apart from the rest is the dangling blue and brown beads that give it a whimsical feel. Copper wire is the perfect accent to these bead colors.

The brown and amber glass beads offer a soft hugh and are surrounded by light blue bugle beads. Also incorporated in the necklace are magnificent blue green magnesite gemstones, which resemble turqoise and help provide a southwestern style. The magnesite is combined with white cats eye beads for a slight shimmer in the right light.

As with most of our necklaces our clasps are hand-crafted.
This necklace features an s-clasp made from 18 gauge, tarnish resistant copper wire.

The pendant is 1.5 inches in length and dangles at my clavicle.
The entire necklace measures 19 inches long.

This necklace is perfect for any occasion.
It can be worn with that pretty dress for a country wedding
or a simple t-shirt and jeans.

Add this unique, eco friendly piece of wearable art
to your collection today!

Pink and Brown Lampwork with Clear Recycled RiverGlass in Copper Wire

posted Aug 15, 2015, 10:54 AM by Jennifer Lawlor   [ updated Aug 19, 2015, 2:26 PM ]

Often times we find glass pieces that have interesting textures in them. I have found floral designs, diamonds, polka dots, ribbing, and even crosses embossed into the glass. These are some of the most fun shards to work with.

This particular piece of clear glass has ripples moving upwards to the left with a slight curve at the bottom tip creating depth to our copper wrapped pendant. I wrapped it simply with 24 gauge copper wire to highlight the ribbing.

Compliments of
non-tarnish copper s-links and s-clasp,
pink crackle glass beads,
tan seed beads,
brown seed beads,
brown glass beads,
and pink and brown rectangular lampwork beads
complete our necklace.

This statement necklace measures 17 inches long with a 1.5 inch pendant.
It is a part of our Copper Collection.

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