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Ye Olde Faire in Camelot #6: Lapidary/Goldsmith

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Ye Olde Faire in Camelot #6: Lapidary/Goldsmith
Group:Keepers of Avalon
Swap Coordinator:NaughtyElf (contact)
Swap categories: Themed  Jewelry  Handmade 
Number of people in swap:8
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.90
Last day to signup/drop:October 1, 2010
Date items must be sent by:December 4, 2010
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

The faire is coming to town! Come one, come all but don't ignore the call!

Note: Please read over this swap carefully, it's not complicated I just like to explain everything with as much detail as I can, but make sure you read all the criteria before signing up.

This is the sixth in what will be a series of swaps based on the old traveling faires. Whether gypsies, a troupe of entertainers or players, whatever names they were called by, they would set up tents just on the outskirts of town and sell their wares, read fortunes, play instruments, and entertain! They would also sell things for the children, potions to cure aliments, weapons, jewelry and so much more. Just a simple faire but something new and exciting nonetheless!

Your experience continues here...

Your head still spinning from your magnificent audition and the news that the troupe will be leaving in a fortnight taking you along as their newest member, has you in a clamor! You must bring something along for luck on this thrilling journey and a token to mark this new chapter in your young life is befitting as well!

Just a few tents over you spy the perfect pairing! The lapidary's tent and the goldsmith's. Very often they will work together each lending to the others talents. So off you go ready to buy a stone or two for luck and a new piece of jewelry to mark this most auspicious day!

This will be a fun swap! You will be sending your partner a small pouch filled with at least 3 stones from the lapidary's tent and a small piece of jewelry from the goldsmith's.

The first part, the stones are simple enough, you can buy or hand make a little pouch for them, read over your partner's profile if you wish to see if they have any preferences, but it is not required, just a nice thought. Send any manner of 3 stones, be it hematite, agate, tiger's eye, moonstone, bloodstone, etc, you get the idea, approximately the size of an American quarter at least.

If you wanted, you could also send a crystal or two in the mix, but that is up to the sender and not required as sometimes they can be expensive, but if you already have some and feel like sending them along, I am sure it would be appreciated.

For more ideas or reading about medieval lapidary please click here

For the next part you may purchase or hand make whichever is easier for you, something in a natural or more of an old style of jewelry. For example, maybe a brooch, necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet (to keep your jewelry gift a surprise I ask that all who sign up please leave your ring sizes, preferred necklace length, bracelet length and whether or not your ears are pierced, that way when partners are assigned we already have the information). This does not have to be an expensive item I would say around $10-$12 if bought if made make it around the same value. If you wish you may include this item in a box or pouch as well. At the very least make sure it is wrapped or padded to ensure a safe arrival through the post.

For more on medieval goldsmith please click here

This is a group swap so everyone should be trustworthy and should have the minimum rating of 4.9, which is the group requirement. I will say this now - if you flake on a group swap you will be dropped from the group. Also, if you are going to be late even by a day please pm your partner to let them know it's just common courtesy...I understand life happens!

I will allow plenty of time to research/craft/complete as I know life can be a bit hectic.

Any questions or comments, please leave them below or pm me.

Have fun with this and let us entertain each other as there is still plenty more faire to enjoy!

Above image: The Goldsmith by Petrus Christus, 1494

Discussion

NaughtyElf 09/ 5/2010 #

Ring size 9 (I wear them on my index a lot), 22 inch length for necklace, about 8 inches for a bracelet and my ears are pierced.

Caranam 09/ 7/2010 #

No idea what my ring size would be, but I pretty much never wear rings other than my engagement/wedding bands. 22 inches for a necklace. 9 inches for a bracelet, 11 inches for an anklet and my ears are indeed pierced. =)

loriglen 09/ 8/2010 #

I have a question...does the jewelry item have to be goldtone in color? I assume that goldsmiths often worked in bronze, silver, etc etc too. Is that ok?

NaughtyElf 09/11/2010 #

The jewelry can be bronze, silver, what every you feel comfortable making or working with. Yes, goldsmiths were jewelers and did often work with other metals as well. Thank you for this question and for joining the swap!

Also everyone who joins should leave their sizes here, don't forget! Thanks everyone!

loriglen 09/11/2010 #

As I don't wear necklaces and the only rings I wear are my wedding rings, I would like a bracelet or earrings. I don't like goldtones, I prefer silver or even black.

Bracelet = 7 inches Ears = pierced

sunshinesuperman 09/26/2010 #

Ring - 10 for index finger, any size necklace, 9 bracelet and pierced ears

NaughtyElf 10/ 2/2010 #

When I said 22 I meant as a min. length it can be 24 or 26 inches too, if that's easier!

bookwyrmm 10/ 2/2010 #

Ring size 6 1/2 or 7, 18" or longer for necklace (but I don't wear necklaces often), 7"-7 1/2" for a bracelet, 9"-9 1/2" for an anklet, and peirced ears but no studs please (the pressure causes my holes to get infected - something went wrong when they were pierced).

midsummermuse 10/ 4/2010 #

Not sure about my other fingers, but my wedding ring is a size 7. I usually like longer necklaces, so maybe a minimum length of 22 inches like NaughtyElf suggested? Unless is is a choker style, so that would be about 14 1/2 inches. When measured tightly, my wrist is 6 1/2 inches, so a good bracelet length would probably be 7 or 7 1/2 inches. Anklet would be 11 inches. My ears are pierced and I enjoy nice earrings, but please don't make them too heavy. :-)

midsummermuse 10/ 4/2010 #

Oh--also I prefer silver tone. But I'm not opposed to gold if you are using some other gorgeous colors that work better with gold (or is you are hand-making and only have gold findings).

NaughtyElf 10/ 4/2010 #

I am so excited this swap is underway, happy swapping to you all and may we find the perfect things for our partners! :-)

tengu2 10/ 5/2010 #

Can't say what my ring size is. I am up for anything. I am a large woman. have fun and thank you

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