Totemic Necklaces ~ Iconic Animal Inspired Jewelry

August 31, 2013 § 1 Comment

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about totemic animal jewelry, and crafting new necklace designs for fall! The inspiration for my handcrafted jewelry and accessories comes from thinking about the role of cultural narrative in constructing identity. My process is to create narratives for my work that intertwine ideas about mythology and tradition, creating a collection of animal jewelry was a natural evolution of this exploration, because animals play key roles in many culture’s creation myths where they are essential to survival, are respected as equals and are meaningful representations of human potential.

Handcrafted Totemic Animal Jewelry

Handcrafted Totemic Animal Jewelry


Summer At SoWa ~ Early Summer

June 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

You can find me at SoWa again this summer! Touted as the best outdoor shopping in Boston, at SoWa Open Market you can buy top-notch items from local artisans, making everything from couture fashion and leather accessories to jewelry, ceramics, and glassware.

You can find us at SoWa on the following Sunday dates:

June 2, 2013, June 23, 2013, July 14, 2013, August 18, 2013, September 22, 2013 and October 27, 2013

SoWa Summer Market Jenne Rayburn

SoWa Boston Outdoor Craft Market

Handcrafted Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Necklaces by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Cuff Bracelets by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Cuff Bracelets by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Cuff Bracelets by Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Cuff Bracelets by Jenne Rayburn

SoWa Open Market is an open air crafts and art market, in the cultural district of Boston located South of Washington Street, showcasing handmade goods by talented small business owners from all over New England and beyond.

Handcrafted Jewelry Collection Trunk Show

April 30, 2013 § 1 Comment

My dear friend Rhiannon is hosting a Mother’s Day Trunk Show during the Fort Point Arts Community Art Walk Spring Open Studios in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 11th, from 11am to 5pm.

Handcrafted Story Charm Bracelet By Jenne Rayburn

Handcrafted Story Charm Bracelet By Jenne Rayburn

I am a member artist of the Fort Point Arts Community, and am thrilled to be showcasing my handcrafted jewelry collections as well as one-of-a-kind statement necklaces and limited edition leather handbags and textiles.

Date: Saturday, May 11th

Time: 11am-5pm

Location: Rhiannon Hayes’ Loft, #225, 21 Wormwood Street in Boston, MA

Year of Snake: Snake is the symbol of the 2013 Chinese New Year

February 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

The snake is the symbol of the 2013 Chinese New Year, which is the 10th of February. The Snake Jewelry in the Ark Collection of animal charms are made of polished sterling silver, lustrous 18-karat matte gold-plated brass, antiqued sterling silver plated brass, and matte raw brass, and strive to capture the organized, intelligent, intuitive, and elegant snake in a contemporary, silhouetted form. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny. The saying is: ‘This animal hides in your heart.’

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Black Snake in Antique Silver, and Gold 18k plated Snake with Garnet and Ruby

According to Chinese astrology snakes are the deepest thinkers of the 12 zodiacs. Legend has it that inception of the Chinese zodiac signs began when Buddha called on all the animals to bid him farewell before his departure from the Earth. However, only twelve animals arrived at his summoning, so those were given a place of honor in a year being named after each. Those born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and now 2013, were born under the sign of the snake. Snake people are born charming and popular. Snakes are spotlight magnets, and they will not be ignored.

Jenne Rayburn Ark Collection 18k Gold Plated Snake Earrings

Jenne Rayburn Ark Collection 18k Gold Plated Snake Earrings

We are leaving the year 2012, which was the year of the flamboyant dragon. The dragon is a legendary animal and the symbol of the emperor in China. Together the lucky dragon and the wise snake bring good fortune. The Chinese New Year always begins on the second new moon after winter solstice.

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Jenne Rayburn Ark Collection of Animal Jewelry: Grasshopper, Snake, Elephant, Raven

The Ark Collection of Animal and Symbolic Jewelry is crafted from thin metal then hammered for texture and strength. Beautiful jewelry that is easy to wear, lightweight and durable!

Fresh and Frisky: Getting Back To Work In The Design Studio

January 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

The wind is blowing fresh minted snow, and all those leaves I never had time to rake, in swirling piles over the sunny back patio. I just want to sit inside and day-dream – about new jewelry designs and new collections! And of course, with the wind and cold, why would I do anything else?

Jenne Rayburn Animal Jewelry

Jenne Rayburn Ark Collection of Animal Jewelry in 18k Matte Gold and Antique Silver

The bustle of December has turned to the quite and reflective days of January – what worked? what needs work? and where to go from here? I am pulling out all of the pieces and reworking and re-assembling them.

Jenne Rayburn Brass Jewelry

Jenne Rayburn Brass Jewelry

Stay tuned for new work, new pictures and new venues in 2013!

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