Monday, November 29, 2010


The Batak people of Samosir Island, located north of Sumatra, Indonesia, are widely known for their woodcarving expertise and greeting visitors with songs.

The island sits in the dead center of the world’s fifth largest lake, Lake Toba. Indonesia is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Steffi Ciputra.

Ciputra’s nearly year old Etsy store, LittleSev, features feminine and romantic handmade jewelry designs bursting with multi-colored Czech beads, carved resin, and Crystallized Swarovski Elements that are suspended from antique brass, 14-karat gold-filled, and 24-karat gold-plated chains.

Each pendant necklace, gemstone earrings, or charm bracelet pays homage, in some way, to “anything vintage, old-modern and French.” This is readily evident in her “vintage-style” Oval Birdcage Pendant with its gorgeous 24-karat gold-plated cage and beautiful Czech beads of turquoise, opal, and pink that masquerade as tiny bird’s eggs.

Her hand-finished Alice Teapot Pendant, inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, is an adorable piece with whimsical flair that is fashioned from patinated, lead-free pewter and suspended from an antique brass chain.

The recurring theme in Ciputra’s lyrical fashion jewelry—at least in my eyes—is love. There are lots of carved roses, stars and hearts. There is even an oxidized silver Eiffel Tower charm, a lovely heart locket made of aged brass with a cute daisy cabochon placed at its center, as well as a selection of delicate wedding jewelry items.

Every design seems to permeate with this wonderful aura of sweetness, and innocence.

The Australia-based Ciputra approaches design with classic proportions that are punctuated with lots of understated but great minutiae and idiosyncrasy.

“My jewelry designs are whimsical with a vintage and minimalist modern touch. I strive to incorporate my professional knowledge by creating products using materials sourced from Turkey, Austria, and Japan.

My goal is to show people the world of jewelry through my viewfinder and make a little something for every taste.”
Photo 1 (top right): Oval Gold Birdcage Pendant NecklacePhoto 2 (center): Vintage Long Dangle Floral Garden Earrings
Photo 3 (bottom left): La Bella Swan Gold Locket Necklace
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