I recently hosted an illustration contest on Instagram, where I asked all Gardens of the Sun fans to post an original drawing or mixed media art with their favorite jewel somewhere in it.
I was absolutely amazed at all the wonderful entries, and had a hard time selecting a winner. There are so many absolutely amazing pieces of art and you can tell that they've been made with heart and so much passion.
The first entry was by Sarah from @skdraws. I love the colors and the open heartedness of this one. And then the sparkling details. Can you spot the kyanite necklace, baguette blue topaz ring in oxidised silver and the pear cut diamond ring?
The second entry is by @__lingling__ from Dublin, featuring my sapphire eternity threaded earrings being stolen by a feathery thief! The earrings feature three sapphires to celebrate your past, your present and your future.I love how she incorporated "Gardens of the Sun" in her theme.
This drawing by Colleen from @cfkdesigns put a big wide smile on my face and kept me grinning for the rest of the day. The vibrant colors of my rose cut sapphire necklace, spinel earrings, mismatched Unicorn earrings and Unicorn cluster ring work so well with the young lotus flower. I have two pots with lotus flowers blooming my garden and I really appreciate how much thought she put into this work of art.
Colleen actually posted 5 watercolor entries. This is another one of my favourites. I spot Larimar earrings, spinel earrings, apatite earrings, sapphire crystal, landscape quartz ring, custom iolite ring, rough tanzanite ring, rose cut garnet ring and so many more. And of course I love it that she painted these in a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board design. I have so much gratitude for your thoughtfulness Colleen!
I was inspired to get my watercolors out when I saw the "mermaid" ring. The energy of the stones combined with Meri's intuition of just how to tell their story are magic. You can feel her heart and passion in each piece. When I started looking through her work it was too hard to choose individual pieces so I decided to incorporate the beautiful stones she uses. Inspired by a photo of her paddle boarding on her IG page & dreaming of what life in Bali must be, this is what happened! #gardensofthesun #gardensofthesungiveaway #gardensofthesunillustrated #sunstone #bluetourmaline #roughrubies #sapphires #tanzanite #garnet #iolite #landscapequartz #hauyne #sphalerite #illustration #watercolorillustration #jewelrygiveaway
Artist Lia Eunike @liaeunike.s from Indonesia posted two entries. I love the wind in the hair, that free spirited feeling of enjoying the small blessings nature brings us if we just stand still and allow ourselves to feel it. Wearing the tourmaline statement necklace and dangling lapis lazuli post earrings with flecks of golden pyrite.
Lia's other entry is of the blue topaz cluster ring that was the first cluster ring I ever made and led me to start the Unicorn collection.
And then there's this dreamy one by Natalia @ntlmd featuring dangling opal earrings. Her work has something so raw and intimate, yet delicate.
This is my personal visual representation of @gardensofthesun's beautiful multi gem earrings with round diamond cut tanzatine and sapphire. Whenever I look at a photo of these alluring earrings, my mind immediately pictures the sea that always dazzles us with its elusive and deep cobaltish blue hues! I enjoyed the process of making this illustration. Another attempt to combine my hand-drawn line art and photos ? #gardensofthesunillustrated #jewelrygiveaway
She understands the fierce freedom fighters, the strong independent women with their own sense of style and the quiet happiness seekers I create my jewels for. Sometimes I feel like my pieces allow me to connect to complete strangers on a deeper level. It's like an understanding beyond words. Her second entry is this dreamy sketch below.
Kate @katec25 created multiple kaleidoscope pieces. This one is my favourite. It features a white topaz and moonstone cluster ring from the Unicorn collection. I sent this very ring to Leighton Meester, known for her role as Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. It's one of the most popular cluster rings I've made, and requests for custom orders of similar rings keep trickling in.
#klccollage @gardensofthesun has some unique and #mystical #designs that take on a #magical quality. While playing with the photos I discovered that they look like the inside of a #kelidoscope with some amazing #patterns Stay tuned... #gold #goddess #gypsy #boho #bohochic #gem #gems #rough #goddess #jewelry #jewelrygram #jewelryaddict #jewelrydesigner #jewelrylover #jewelrymaking #instajewelry #sapphire #moonstone #gardensofthesunillustrated
My gosh! Drawing jewelry is hard.. I never sketch out my pieces .. Prob because I would probably take too long trying to make it look perfect - this was my 3rd draft of my first attempt to ever draw a piece of jewelry ... All for the @gardensofthesun illustration giveaway :) - because I love her cluster rings and dream of having one for myself ?... I hope the winner isn't based on skill .. I'll keep practicing ?#gardensofthesunillustrated #jewelrygiveway
Katie from @magicarpkai drew this amazing piece featuring my butterfly statement necklace. Filled with sunflowers, this fills me with happiness. And how did you know that I own a sunhat exactly like the one?! You can find some more of her artwork for sale here.
And then I saw this one by @charlottesegaller. Wow. She's taken my Larimar cocktail ring and taken it's message and healing energy (to be gentle with yourself, dissolve patterns of self sabotage and allow unconditional love) and turned it into this powerful piece. The feelings this piece evokes....
Saw this Oval Ocean LariMar ring at @gardensofthesun and it spoke to me so I had to draw this. It means a lot as I needed to hear this message! Amazing how the gemstone looks exactly like the gentle Caribbean waters it came from.maybe I'll go there one day to let them wash over me :) Thanks for the chance to take part in this contest.It's been inspiring and healing.@gardensofthesun #gardensofthesunillustrated #jewelrygiveaway
By Jess @splatasketch made this amazing cat sketch, wearing red garnet choker necklace and Montana sapphire and diamond ring. Love the splashes of color and this one is the most adorable model I've ever had!
This watermelon tourmaline slice necklace by Alex @alexxisrael sold a while back. She captured all the colors so well. The balance of colors helps to balance the male and female energies within yourself. The green feeds you with a lively and fresh energy, whilst the pink soothes and harmonizes. It also is believed to calm nerves, lead your intuition to new insights and find the right path in your life. I have a few more watermelon tourmaline slices available for bespoke jewels.
I was playing around with watercolours and did a quick sketch of a watermelon tourmaline necklace design by @gardensofthesun ...and even tho it's very rough, I thought it turned out quite pleasant for the #jewelrygiveaway she's hosting! I thought the watercolour captured the inside of the tourmaline quite nicely... #gardensofthesunillustrated #tourmaline #watermelontourmaline #handmade #necklace #jewels
And how about this one by @_elokin_lunapearl
This tiara by @terry_heat made me laugh - no words needed! Thank you Terry for giving me a good time!