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Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

We recently wrote about a
beautiful boho photo shoot where we were asked to supply the wedding jewelry for. Talented videographer Danielle Dobson put together this fun behind the scenes peek of a rustic boho wedding in the woods which will transport you deep into a magical perfectly accessorized forest. 

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Posted in behind the scenes, bohemian jewelry, bohemian wedding, conflict free diamonds, eco friendly engagement ring, fairytale wedding, nature inspired wedding, Perfect Weddings, photo shoot, press, recycled gold jewelry, sustainable jewelry

Rustic Boho Wedding In The Woods

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

Lucky us - we were asked to provide jewelry for a magical bohemian photo shoot last summer in Vancouver, BC. Perfect Wedding Magazine, the Canadian luxury blog and magazine loved the concept and images so much that they've featured it both in print and online for Spring/Summer 2014 but we had to keep it hush hush for almost a year.... until now.....

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Starting a Business on Etsy - Rio Grande Jewelry Interviews Barbara

Posted on September 09, 2013 by Barbara Polinsky | 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I  had the privilege of being interviewed by Amy Cliser, the director of social media for Rio Grande Jewelry which happens to be one of my favorite places to buy tools and equipment.  Our conversation resulted in this article in the Rio Blog.  Amy wanted my take on starting a jewelry business on Etsy, something I set out to do five or six years ago. In case you're unfamiliar with Etsy, it's an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items, as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range, including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food, bath and beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys.  They see themselves as "anthropologists of commerce", connecting buyers and sellers of unique items.  As a maker, Etsy has been a wonderful and complex gift, linking me with amazing like minded customers and allowed me to get the business off the ground quickly without having to build an e-commerce web site. I've since developed by own site and online presence and also continue to be very involved with the Etsy community. Thank you Rio, for the recognition!  I would love to hear about your experiences with buying and selling on Etsy.  Please leave a comment.   Here's a reprint of the article:

 Barbara Polinsky with her beautiful rings masterfully cast from twigs I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Etsy jeweler and business woman, Barbara Polinsky, who has built a successful jewelry business over the past five years. We spotlighted Barbara's cast-from-nature jewelry here on The Studio back in April, but in today's conversation she will share some of her best advice about how to find success on Selling as Barbara Michelle Jacobs on Etsy, she has been featured on Summer Jewelry Finds 2010, Etsy Weddings, Lucky Magazine, Refinery 29,  Huffington Post Weddings—where her work was the Handmade Object of the Week in October 2011,, and more.

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Posted in BMJNYC News, Etsy, Press, Rio Grande Jewelry, starting a business, studio

Featured in Rio Grande's Blog

Posted on April 18, 2013 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

 I recently attended the annual MJSA trade show at which Rio Grande Jewelry was a major sponsor. Marketing Manager, Eugene Brill, gave a rousing seminar on e-commerce and he invited designers and other industry professionals to submit articles and ideas for blog entries on Rio's web site.  I submitted my article " Flora Refashioned,"  published in Belle Armoire Jewelry.  To my great delight, they accepted and posted it!  See their posting titled "In the Spotlight: Barbara Michelle Jacobs Casts from Nature in the Concrete Jungle".  I am so thrilled to be endorsed by Rio Grande, a well respected industry resource for tools, supplies and training.

Examples of jewelry cast directly from nature can be found here.

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Posted in BMJNYC News, Press, rio grande blog, Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, the studio blog

Flora Refashioned - How to Make Jewelry Cast from Nature

Posted on January 03, 2013 by Barbara Polinsky | 2 Comments

This past summer I was contacted by the Editor of  Belle Armoire Jewelry and asked to write an article about casting Jewelry from nature.  Specifically, how to make coiled twig rings.  What a thrill to see it in print!      Bell Armoire is published by Stampington Publications who are known for fine magazines on crafting.

by Barbara Polinsky
Belle Armoire Jewelry, Winter 2013
Have you ever seen something ordinary yet so profoundly beautiful that you wish you could freeze the moment in time? What if you can alter that object and use it in a fresh way? I enjoy trying to blur these lines between reality, fantasy and time. I usually trip over my most interesting ideas and this is exactly what happened one spring afternoon. Just missing the cross-town bus, I decided to meander home through Central Park instead of waiting for the next bus. Enjoying the magnificence of the day and deep in thought, I heard a loud snap and looked down realizing that I had stepped on and broken a branch a branch. Picking up the very ordinary twig I imagined what it would look like turned into metal and embellished with gems.
Fast forward a few years, I’m so delighted with how this lucky find has taken on a life of its own. The likeness of those little twigs, from that sunny say are now being worn people around the world as Wedding Bands, Engagement Rings, Earrings and Bangles. Who would have thought that a walk in the park would have been SO inspiring? I would like to share with you how my one-of-a-kind wild botanical rings are made.

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Posted in casting from nature, How-To, Informational, Press

Featured in Huffpost Weddings

Posted on October 02, 2011 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

Huff post weddings object of the weeks - unisex twig wedding rings

The brand new Huffpost Weddings launched this week and I'm pleased to say that the Unisex Golden Twig Rings were selected as the Handmade Etsy Object of the week.  




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Beauty in Imperfection in Belle Armoire Jewelry

Posted on April 12, 2010 by Barbara Polinsky | 0 Comments

Last summer I wrote an article about the creative process behind my collection, Beauty in Imperfection.  My friend Alma suggested that I submit the story to Stampington Publications and it was just published it in their lovely Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.

 Beauty in Imperfection

Belle Armoire Jewelry Spring 2010
By Barbara Polinsky

It’s not perfect, and that’s the point. File marks, visible seams and solder – things that other jewelers might consider bewildering - are the trademark of my collection. Inspired by the imperfection that abounds in nature, people, and in life, these rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings are a tribute to acceptance. The forms are clean and simple. As in life, It’s the blemishes that add the depth and character.

Beauty in Imperfection was born in a moment of frustration. I was working in the studio, trying unsuccessfully to fabricate a new design. That day, nothing was going right and I kept making careless mistakes. In total exasperation, I squished the entire piece I was working on through a rolling mill! When it emerged through the other end of the mill, I was astonished at the graceful irregular form. I sat back and smiled.

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Posted in Beauty in Imperfection, Belle Armoire Jewelry, BMJNYC News, DIY, Press, Stampington Publications