MagpieMadness offers beautiful hand-made jewelry that is fashionable and affordable. I specialize in turquoise, crystal, pearls and semi-precious gems. I really enjoy working with silver, vintage bronze, and antiqued copper. Each piece is carefully crafted in my studio with attention given to style, design, and quality. Magpie creates wedding party jewelry, offers home parties, and provides custom-design.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Go Anywhere Elegance ~~ Silver Gray Swarovski Crystal Earrings SOLD

I've been creating earrings lately with Swarovski elements...and here is my latest go-to pair in soft gray Swarovski pearl, tiny czech glass and long dangly gunmetal kidney wires.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Blue Lagoon III SOLD

Blue Lagoon III


Return to the blue lagoon with matte Biwa stick pearls in soft gray, diminutive czech glass crystals, fresh water pearls, silver wire balls, and chunky sodalite. 36 inches of statement. This shade of blue is so versatile...a perfect match for your favorite jeans and white t-shirt.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lei Over SOLD


Now this is a layover you can live with! Triangles of brilliant red coral interspersed with sparkling czech glass. 17+2 inches. Necklace $35, Earrings $11

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

On a Wing and a Prayer SOLD

Sometimes we feel as if we're just making it on a wing and a prayer. I like to reflect on what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"


I've made previous pieces with this darling sparrow pendant. This time I added an afghan lapis charm and a little crystal. 31.5 inches of vintage bronze chain are finished with blue jade stones by the clasp.
Necklace $22, Earrings $8

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Breathe SOLD

At Narratives Church www.narrativeschurch.org Pastor Mark has been sharing a series on worship entitled, Breathe. Breathe reminds us to take deep refreshing breaths from the Spirit of God as we lift up our lives in worship. Go online to listen to this life-changing sermon series. I promise, you'll be blessed.

Here I've taken a vibrant blue turquoise stone and wrapped it in stainless steel wire then suspended from  31 inches of antiqued silvertone chain (yes, it does slide off for exchangability).

For the bracelet, I wrapped turquoise coins adjacent to faceted rock crystal rounds in antiqued silver wire, then attached a silver toggle clasp.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mauve STOLEN


Mauve Biwa Pearls are suspended on a silver connector and gray czech glass from 30 inches of silvertone chain (will come off). Necklace $22, Earrings $10

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A drop or two of turquoise SOLD

Faceted Turquoise Rounds on Bronze Kidney Wires $13

Red Coral and Turquoise dangling from Heavy silver french hooks $14


Friday, July 20, 2012

La Luna SOLD


La luna, la luna, bellisima, look at the beautiful moon! Luna features a faceted calcite pendant  suspended from vintage bronze chain which has been finished in the back with petite calcite rounds. Simplicity itself. Necklace is 30 inches long and $22, Earrings on 1 inch bronze kidney wires are $13.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Iron Maiden STOLEN



Iron Maiden is 34 inches of silvertone basemetal chain featuring a weighted round silver pendant. For the simple side of all of us. Necklace $20

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bracelet in Black and White SOLD

Clear as ice! Crystal clear czech glass crystal and German silver.



Black as night! Black Swan Bracelet in black czech crystal glass and German silver. Bracelet is


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Into the Wild Canary ~~ Zebra and Mustard Long Colorful Statement Necklace SOLD


I made another one! Animal prints are IN! Embrace your wild side and sing like a canary with 39 inches of  zebra calcilia, yellow turquoise and faceted black czech glass. You'll feel wild all day! Necklace $50, Earrings $18

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jenny's Gift

The Pearl Necklace
The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!"

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.

"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.

On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere--Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you."

"Then give me your pearls."

"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess--the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite."

"That's okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?"

"Daddy, you know I love you."

"Then give me your pearls."

"Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my babydoll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."

"That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.

"What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"

Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver,she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you."

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.

He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure.

What are you hanging on to?


Jenny's Gift is 36 inches of golden wire, buttery lemon freshwater pearls, and brilliant swarovski crystals. Necklace is $35, Earring on gold plated earwires are $10


* Story from http://www.motivateus.com/stories/pearls.htm

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Steely Blue SOLD


I took this amazonite quartz nugget and wrapped it with stainless steel wire then added it to a 30 inch long antiqued silvertone chain. The charm can slide off to exchange for a different look! Earrings on antiqued silver 2" kidney wires feature wire wrapped amazonite oval drops, too. Necklace $21, Earring $10 Set SOLD but I can make more of these.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Earring Extravaganza


Earrings in an array of crystal brilliance! Wrapped in vintage bronze wire. All can be converted to french hooks as you prefer. Let me know which pair captures your heart. $12/pair

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Inspiration Takes Flight Again SOLD


Our vintage bronze Inspiration pendant is making a resurrection. I added a bird-in-flight and a capri blue Swarovski crystal for added measure. Necklace is 30 inches long. Necklace $23, Earrings $12

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blue Radiance III SOLD



Do you feel especially radiant today? Does your simply-stated out fit need a lift? Blue Radiance will made you feel stylish and on top of your game. 22 (adjustable) inches of blue jade wedges finished with brilliant silver plated chain. Necklace $42, Earrings $11







Sunday, July 8, 2012

Rustic Rose SOLD

Monday's post is going up a little bit early...and that's because I get to leave at 4 AM for summer vacation. Usually I get to sleep in the car while Mark is driving but this time, he's staying here to teach college classes and maintain our growing collection of small animals, while I am taking the kids and cousin to the family cabin for a couple of weeks. It'll be a rustic rest filled with early morning beach walks, gathering  shells, berry picking, old games (and new one's like my Uncle Steve's favorite, Redneck Life), and early evenings.



My favorite stone is back! After months of looking locally I had to order these from Hong Kong. Faceted cherry quartz rounds are accented with vintage copper for a decidedly feminine appeal. Necklace, 18 inches long and adjustable, is $33, Earrings on long copper kidney wires are $10, and Bracelet is $22.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saturday Earring Excitement

Olive Jade Teardrops on Bronze French Hooks $13


Afghan Lapis Cats on Bronze Kidney Wires $13


Chartreause Jade and Crystal on Antique Silver Kidney Wires $14



Friday, July 6, 2012

Wahine Nani--Mapgie Sterling SOLD

In the native Hawaiin dialect Wahine Nani means "beautiful woman". You'll feel resplendent in 17 inches (plus two inch extender chain) of stabilized turquoise teardrops finished in sterling silver. Necklace is $45, Earrings, also in sterling are $12 SOLD



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Chartreuse SOLD

After I created Chartreause I arranged it on one of my necklace displays in my studio simply for admiration. And man did it get compliments! Chartreuse green jade is trimmed with vintage bronze accents and dotted with aqua blue austrian crystal bicones. All 18+2 inches of this snazzy ensemble scream life, energy, and summer! Necklace $32, Earrings on two inch long kidney wires (I do have shorter available) are only $11

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Seashore Delight SOLD

O say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On this day of celebration of our national freedom many of us flock to the seashore with our families. Great childhood memories are generated while digging in the sand for treasures. We upturn rusty bottle caps, old walnuts at times, and oooh, a chief delight, a perfect sanddollar or starfish may even turn up in the receeding tides.

Seashort Delight  is 30 inches of silver plated chain and finished with pearls by the rear lobster clasp. It carries a delighful assortment of charms--freshwater pearls, swarovski crystal, and a silver starfish and sand dollar.  Necklade is $25, Earrings $9

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Persian Purple SOLD

Rich persian purple czech glass and vintage bronze suspended from a 30 inch bronze chain (pendant comes off for exchanging).

Peony Pretty in Pink SOLD

You're going to LOVE these hot pink freshwater pearls! Wear at their full 36 inches or double for a shorter style. Wrapped with vintage bronze wire and filigree then dotted with swarovski crystals, you'll feel pretty, oh so pretty:) Necklace $36, Earring $9

Monday, July 2, 2012

Elven Silver SOLD


A little Elvish magic for you...Elven Silver, light as a feather. Delicate hammered link gunmetal chain is accented with shades of gray pearls and czech glass. Adjustable up to 9 inches. Bracelet $23, Earrings on gunmetal kidney wires are $11

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Hope and a Future

It's always an honor and privilege when I am asked to create wedding jewelry. We girls tend to regard our weddings as one of the highlights of our lives...the occasion when "we" are on center stage and all eyes behold the bride in all her finery. I am amazed at all the ideas that I've seen generated on Pinterest for weddings, the pin boards crammed with ideas for the future wedding. Woman may say they are liberted and don't need marrige, but not for one minute do I believe it. We all want the wedding!

So, when SuAnn informed us that after many years of hoping for Mr. Right, she was blessed to enter into Holy Matrimony, and that she wanted me to create her bridal jewely, I felt warm all over.

I found the most darling petite dancing pearls, interspersed them with indigo sparkling czech crystal, and finished with an extender chain. Matching earrings featured the same stones.


"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jermiah 29:11