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The Ring Holder Necklace

It's A Kind of Magic!
Last year (2021), I was contacted in regards to making a customised ‘Ring Holder’ necklace. I have to admit I had no idea what that was - and had to look it up!

What I found was something magical! 🤩 It involved a chain with a shaped pendant - that was open at the top, enabling a ring to be passed around the whole pendant, so that it would then ‘sit’ on top of the pendant - without having to take the necklace off.

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Rainbow Smiles Collection
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The Rainbow Smiles Collection

Be Uplifted
A few years ago, as part of an art exhibition at the Upstairs Art Gallery in Titirangi, I created a new collection along the theme of “Uplifting” - it was called the “Rainbow Smiles” collection.

The Rainbow Smiles collection comprises dangly earrings, a necklace, a bracelet and a brooch that all feature recycled Sterling Silver wire in the shape of a shallow u (or a smile 😊) with 9 different types of coloured semi-precious stones on each piece. For some reason, I never added the ...

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Men’s Jewellery

Creating Jewellery for Men
When I started out making jewellery, I mostly made it just for women - and kids - as at the time, I had a young daughter keen on sparkly things!However, after a few years I started thinking more about creating jewellery for men. Unfortunately though, I don’t really know many men who wear jewellery! Do you?The only jewellery my husband wears is his wedding ring - which is made from Titanium, as we knew it would need to withstand some heavy wear and tear over the yea...

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What ‘Supporting Small’ Means in New Zealand

2020: The Year That Changed the World
2020 was a crazy one - wasn’t it? The world was taken over by the pandemic COVID-19 and all of our lives - the way we lived, socialised, worked and travelled - dramatically changed. Forever. I don’t think we’ll ever go back to being ‘how it was before’. In many ways, this is a good thing. Some things, however, will definitely be missed.

Like many people, my business was ‘not essential’ and so I had to stop making whilst in levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. I c...

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Birthstone Jewellery ~ Behind the Scenes

The Peas in a Pod Collection
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A couple of years ago, a good friend had another baby. I wanted to make something special for her, and to celebrate the new addition to their family.  I found out the birth months of all her kids - and found that I had the birthstones for each of them! So I decided to make something that represented them all, especially for my friend.   Previously,  I have made jewellery pieces using a particular method of wire wrapping - called the “herrin...

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Living with Invisible Illness

"Don't judge a book by it's cover"
How do you know if someone has an invisible illness? I often think about the quote above - and try to use it when on the outside looking in to other people’s lives, in the hope that they can also use it with me.

Looks can be so deceiving!
What you see on the outside, is completely different from what I’m dealing with on the inside.

I have several different medical issues, or syndromes, most of which are a topic society deems as unmentionable - despite...

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The New R3 Collection

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose
My "R3 Collection" is the second of two collections launching next Tuesday (8th September).

For some time, I had been thinking about how I could produce some jewellery by recycling or repurposing some sort of material. The material had to be one that I had easy access to, and also one that I had the tools to create something new from. But I don’t have the tools (or know-how) for woodwork, nor glass (yet!)

What could I use?
What can I do that is different, disti...

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Suzie Horne as Owner Creator of Curlicue NZ
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The story behind Curlicue NZ

The story behind Curlicue NZ

Hello and Welcome!
My name is Suzie Horne and I am the Owner, Creative Director, CEO and everything in-between for my small Handmade Accessories business: Curlicue NZ.  I thought I'd start off by introducing myself - and tell you the story of why I started Curlicue NZ.My "Why?"I made this video clip a little while ago explaining why I do what I do ~ the reasons behind starting my small handmade business. You can watch my WHY vid...

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