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Drawing On My Sister for Inspiration

Anyone who has the courage to change careers or go back to school for further education deserves applause in my book.  My sister not only changed careers and went back to school (George Washington University to be exact), but she graduated with her Doctorate in Psychology today!

To commemorate the occasion, I decided to dust off my jewelry design chops and create a special jewelry piece for her.  I knew I wanted to incorporate 5 diamonds that  were once part of our grandmother’s eternity ring.  Taking inspiration from the initial of my sister’s first name (“M”) was a logical first step, although I also wanted to bring in her love for butterflies into the design.  In the end, the concept not only suggested an “M” and a butterfly, but also a heart.

My rendering…

Butterfly pendant with diamonds copyright Joana Miranda


For the actual manufacturing, I turned to my talented colleague Tim Pinkert at Corner Studio Jewelers in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  He created a series of computer aided designs (CAD) so that we could further iron out the details of the design.

And, here’s the final version we settled upon.

cad butterfly pendant with chain

The pendant was finished in early May and I braved the Diamond District to find just the right chain.  (I’m happy to report that Alex at the Royal Jewelry & Diamond Corp. took care of me very kindly.)

Here is a close-up “selfie” of the pendant.

Marta's pendant finished on model

Today was the big day – my sister’s graduation – and although I couldn’t be there, my mom presented her with the pendant and took these lovely photos.

Marta before her graduation

I think we can all agree that she’s lovely…and that the pendant is the crowning touch.

Marta gets her Doctorate

Congratulations Marta!




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Joana Miranda Studio Jewelry Featured by the Argentium Silver Guild


Photo of Akoya Pearl Swirl pendant in Argentium Sterling Silver by Joana Miranda

I’m honored to be  a featured member in this month’s Argentium Silver Guild.  This wonderful organization provides resources, member support, publicity and information about Argentium Sterling Silver.  My jewelry is available exclusively at 3rd Ward Jewelry in Milwaukee, WI.  If you are in the area, please drop in to see my work–it’s not too late to own a Joana Miranda Studio hand-fabricated original jewelry piece!


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Argentium Sterling Silver Guild Features Joana Miranda Studio Jewelry in “Pick of the Month”

Argentium Akoya Pearl and Rubber Pendant hand-fabricated by Joana Miranda

Argentium Sterling Silver and Akoya Pearl Pendant on Black Rubber Cord available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy

Do you love jewelry?

Are you on the lookout for hand-crafted artisan pieces?

Wish you didn’t have to spend so much time polishing your silver jewelry?

Then you’ve got to check out the Argentium Sterling Silver Guild’s website.

(And not just because Joana Miranda Studio is a featured member this month!)


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