Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Bewitching Baubles of Oz Pt. 3

Are you a good witch? Or a bad witch? Not a witch at all? Can’t decide?
No matter your style or demeanor Tarina Tarantino offers enough variety to cover it all! Some pieces are even reversible to accommodate spontaneous swings of mood.

The jewelry of Tarina Tarantino is not for the faint of heart. She designs bold accessories that are meant to command attention. All of her jewelry is handmade behind the moon, beyond the rain in downtown Loz Angeles at her headquarters The Sparkle Factory.

She is best known for her Lucite components, Swarovski crystals, and for implementing a whole host of mediums infused with kaleidoscopic dizzying colors that defy nature. All of which are apparent in the My Pretty collections.

Each collection is inspired by and reflects the distinctive traits of Glinda, the Wicked Witch, and Dorothy.

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The Bubble Pop collection is abundant in shimmery ethereal effervescence. The essence of Glinda the Good is defined with opalescent Aurora bubble beads, crystals, butterflies, and stars.
Please note measurements are approximate. Bracelets are one size fits all.

Bubble Pop

Metal and Lucite filigree drop earrings on crystal posts

Multibead stretch bracelet with Glinda cameo stone Cameo measures 1 ¾” tall

Ivory glass pearl necklace with metal and crystal framed Glinda Lucite cameo pendant Adjustable 21" chain with a lobster clasp Pendant measures 2 3/4" long

Double row Lucite and crystal beaded bracelet with metal butterfly slider embellished with crystals and carved Lucite cameo center Butterfly measures 2 ¼” long

Lucite Glinda cameo drop earrings with aurora bubble beads on crystal posts Earrings hang 2 ¼”

Puff heart toggle necklace with crystals and Lucite butterfly embellishment Necklace is 16” long and pendant measures 1 ¾” long

Beautiful Wickedness pays homage to the Wicked Witch with ebony allure tinged with beguiling burgundy for a hint of femininity. Whether you’re a little naughty or a bad girl through and through, anyone can show their beautifully wicked side.

Beautiful Wickedness

Lucite filigree double drop earrings with skull and crystal embellishment on crystal posts Earrings hang approximately 3.5"

Extra large pave’ heart pendant on Lucite multibead necklace Necklace 17” long and pendant is 2 ½” x 2 ½”

Lucite crescent bead stretch bracelet with Lucite Wicked Witch cameo stone Cameo
measures 1 ½”

Lucite heart pendant necklace with crescent bead, carved rose, and crystal framed Lucite Wicked Witch cameo Necklace measures 19” and heart pendant measures 2” wide

Adjustable chain necklace with baroque Lucite and crystal framed Lucite Wicked Witch cameo Necklace measures 22” and baroque cameo measures 3” tall

Black organza layered flower anywhere clip with burgundy spring silk flower and Lucite filigree center Flower measures approximately 3.5"

At the time she was in the Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was a vibrant, bubbly teenager, but onscreen she carried herself with beauty and grace. Tarina Tarantino’s Emerald City, Over the Rainbow, and Ruby Slippers pieces capture the elegance exhibited by Judy Garland personally and as the character of Dorothy Gale. The emerald and rainbow hues may be indicative of Dorothy’s wistful aspirations, first to escape, then to return home.

Emerald City

Metal heart drop earrings with crystals and Lucite bows on crystal french hooks 1” x ½”

Long crystal framed Lucite Dorothy cameo pendant necklace with Lucite frame and gold heart bead Gold toned chain is 32” long and cameo measures 1 ½” x 2”

Adjustable emerald Lucite and gold bead necklace with metal and crystal framed Lucite Dorothy cameo pendant Necklace measures 20” and pendant measures 2”

Emerald Lucite and gold bead stretch bracelet with Lucite Dorothy cameo flip bead

Three row emerald Lucite and gold bead stretch cuff bracelet with large Lucite framed Dorothy cameo Dorothy cameo is 2” tall.

Crystal embellished metal key pendant necklace Adjustable chain is 16”-18” and key measures 2 ½” x 1”

Ruby Slippers/Over the Rainbow

Rainbow hued Lucite and crystal adjustable necklace with double sided Lucite Dorothy and Ruby Slippers cameo flip bead Necklace measures 18” long Available in purple, blue, and green & yellow, orange, and red

Double sided heart pendant toggle necklace with crystal framed Ruby Slippers and Dorothy cameos. Silver toned chain measures 16” – 18” and heart measures 2” x 1 7/8” Also available in silver toned heart with Glinda and Wicked Witch cameos.

Rainbow hued Lucite stretch bracelet with double sided Dorothy and Ruby Slippers cameo flip bead. Stretch bracelets also available in Glinda, Wicked Witch and website exclusive styles of Dorothy in aqua and Ruby Slippers in red

Bag candy with crystal framed Lucite Ruby Slippers cameo

Six strand rainbow hued Lucite and crystal adjustable necklace

Large crystal framed Lucite Ruby Slippers pendant necklace. Also available in small.
Large silver toned chain measures 32” and pendant measures 1 ½” x 2”
Small chain measures 18” and pendant measures 1 ½” long

These pieces and many more can be purchased at Shop LA Style http://www.shoplastyle.com/ and direct from Tarina Tarantino at www.tarinatarantino.com

Stay tuned to the Curiozity Corner for some pics from the handbag collection and the Clockwork Punk collection inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

Thanks again to Mat Wallis for my beautiful graphics

Jewelry and My Pretty book photos courtesy of Jacey Kunka - Shop LA Style Thanks to Jacey for the photos and very patiently answering my emails.

Cameron Diaz photo courtesy of Cher Ross - http://Cameronfan.com

Thanks to Melissa Rosenfield - Tarina Tarantino for taking the time from your hectic schedule to speak with me, answer my questions, and emailing research material.

Most especially on behalf of the Oz community, I thank Tarina Tarantino very sweetly for making two Oz-some jewelry lines, a gorgeous book, and for supporting and promoting the love of Oz by donating to the Wizard of Oz festival 2 years in a row!

Many of the research sources I consulted are listed below. I know it's a lot of information, but it's well worth your time.

Learn More About Tarina Tarantino:

Select pieces from the My Pretty collections made their world debut at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s Wizard of Oz exhibition featuring The Ruby Slipper Collection and the Inspirations of Oz art collection

My Pretty – Includes behind the scenes photos and video

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