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Gwynstone sees each of her handmade pieces as an expression of her life experiences. Her academic focus on the global seas was born of a longtime passion for nature and connection. Together, her interests led her to travel seeking shores and open waters to connect with the unexpected. Her eye is drawn to gemstones that evoke sea, sky and sand, interspersing them with silvery ripples of sterling silver components.

Gwynstone’s designs emphasize the organic, raw materials that have become increasingly precious as natural resources diminish. While her science background certainly informs her work, the influences of nature dominate, permeating her handcrafted jewelry with the colors of nature, the undulations of water and wind, the passion of fire, and the luminous translucence of clean air.

She sees the integration of materials as power of mind and body  that support focus and clarity as central to her designs.  These creations are sensual but strong and are effortlessly assimilated into a woman’s every movement.

Gwynstone is over the moon happy that everyone who gives a Gwynstone Originals handmade gift knows they are getting a gift that is authentic, unique, and made with the receiver in mind. Before the creation of Gwynstone Originals as a budding handmade gift venue, she was a college professor teaching marine science. Then one day a friend showed her how to work with semi-precious gemstones to make a necklace, after seeing the beauty of ocean jasper dancing among sterling silver beads she was hooked. There was a concern at first that no one else would like the designs, but happily they are very much appreciated and people love to get and give Gwynstone creations as gifts! So then,  it was time to try at sharing at local farm market and art fairs — this failed miserably!  Wonderful in sunshine but not so much in rain! It was then decided to set out to create an online site that would allow people to find and attain these great gift items so people who need help finding that cool gift that no one else will find for them can browse as long as they like rain or shine 🙂 Handmade jewelry and custom designed bookmarks or jewelry will make the receiver smile. It turns out, the road was more difficult than one might have imagined. It is very difficult to get in contact with those who need to find a quality gift, so there was a need to learn as much as possible about  both working with stones AND website design! This learning journey took Gwysntone from selling buckeye necklaces on ebay in 2000, to the two lines of products she designs  and oversees today.  A designer line of jasper jewelry is found within the Zenmundi Design group, this jewelry line has been worn by celebrities and appeals to those who want to feel connected to the planet while having a rustic but stylish look. You can find these designs at www.zenmundi.com.  Here at Gwynstone Originals you will find all kinds of other gifts including wine stoppers, magnifier glasses, and many earrings some especially for the animal lover. Among the links in Gwynstone Originals you will find a quick and dependable location for best quality handmade jewelry and gifts to help you give the gift that no one else will find. Of course if that gift turns out to be a gift for you, even happier. You deserve it! After many years having a store on ETSY,  Gwynstone is moving on to face the global cyber world by offering these gifts in a stand alone website.  Let it help you find the perfect surprise for that person you want to please with a one of a kind gift. Join the VIP email list to see new product lines and get the best discount around! Gwynstone ~ Many people ask about my name, it is part of my first name Gwynne, and part of my maiden name (that is also the materials I love to work with the most – stone!). Thanks Mom for naming my business endeavor just right!        

 

Gwynstone Originals– Handmade Gifts Designed with Nature in Mind 

Semi-precious stone jewelry and custom gifts embracing themes of nature to make your gift giving easy and thoughtful.

Are you looking for a gift for an animal lover? Need a gift for yourself that will tell the world you want to feel connected to nature and live the boho lifestyle?  Choose from varied and earthy stones from land and ocean here among Gwynstone’s creations. Order and quickly receive your needed gift. A Gwynstone creation will stand out as thoughtful and unique while being easy for you when it arrives in a gift box ready for you to give!

These stones and beads are embellishing adornments and useful home decor. Magnifiers, bookmarks, or wine stoppers are all unusual and appreciated gifts. Jewelry designs appeal to your eyes body and mind, as they are made from minerals that feel both powerful and calming. All designs are hand crafted for the unique style of the receiver.

Why natural stones? First of all you will look great wearing a one of a kind design, and the feel of natural stones is a pleasure.  Rather than wear some less than pure metal, choose sterling silver for its shimmering and clean glow.  The glass that is used in these designs is art glass of good quality with wonderful purity and colors that shimmers and glow.

Most of all – choose a gift from Gwynstone Originals to share a connected feeling.  That special person who could use a bit of tranquility in their busy day will be thrilled with a gift of jasper or glass that is both beautiful to hold and to wear.  For work or just to wear something that is both casual and beautiful to see and feel.

Since everyone can use a reminder that that are connected, join the Gwynsiders by choosing a one of a kind adornment that will fill the wearer with joy and calm at the same time you are connecting in a peaceful and ever present way with the biosphere.  Men and women both appreciate natural beauty, it can be as primitive as a ocean jasper choker or as delicate as a floral glass bead on the handle of a magnifier glass.

Exclusive categories hand-crafted by Gwynstone and found populated with a great variety ready for you to easily order and receive in a gift box ready for gifting:

  • Animal Lover Gifts: from dogs to zebras, these gifts are created for those who love all animals.

  • Foodie Gifts: functional kitchen and hostess gifts – coffee scoops, wine stoppers, dip knives, and more…

  • Ocean Lover Gifts: the perfect set of gifts for beach bums and ocean life-lovers.

  • Book Reader Gifts: a unique take on classic reader gifts for that beautiful bookworm in your life.

  • Office Décor Gifts: magnifiers, desk set, and more – these gifts transform any office into your focused space of Zen.

  • Novelty Sports Gifts: from golf, tennis and basketball, to soccer, softball/baseball, volleyball and more – these gift sets are perfect for sports fan in your life.

  • Natural Stone Gifts: the heart of Gwynstone Originals, these gifts are for natural stone-lovers carved into beautiful animal figurines.

  • Artisan Designed Jewelry: if you value the high quality artisan design promises, you’ll be delighted by these handmade jewelry sets created from natural materials and sterling silver.

And if you love this Artisan Designed Jewelry, you’re a perfect fit for the enlightened world of Zenmundi.  By choosing a one of a kind adornment that will fill the wearer with joy and calm while connecting you, in a peaceful and ever present way, with the biosphere. You can find the zenmundi line at zenmundi.com.

Do not forget to join the Gwynsiders list to get your 20% discount code for both Gwynstone Originals AND Zenmundi Designs! Gwyniders always get free shipping too.

Gwynne Rife, is the founder of Gwynstone Originals, and designs most of the gifts found here on the site. These designs are meant to be used and enjoyed!

“I create gifts for men and women looking for that special gift that shows they care.  My jewelry and gifts are for everyday use and wear. I create my designs to be both functional and beautiful, to see and feel.

Everyone can use a reminder that they are connected to the earth and to each other, I use natural stones and create one of a kind adornments that will fill the wearer with joy and calm as they wear, or use, a Gwynstone-created gift.”

Gwynstone Original gifts and jewelry are created using only the highest quality semi-precious stones along with sterling silver ensuring your treasured pieces will last.

Favorite stones include:

  • Jasper
  • Amethyst
  • Aventurine
  • Quartz
  • Turquoise
  • Moonstone
  • Lapis Lazuli

Designer pieces move from thought to reality under reflection and focus of all-natural stone collection within Gwynstone Original’s studio, and come together based on how the materials speak to the designer and what compliments the subject of the design.

A testimonial:

“I love Dolphins so I feel it was fate that I found these. They are just the right size. Not tiny like a lot of earrings you see. But not too big to be too heavy either. They really stand out. And I got a matching pendant too. The colors match my other Sodalite jewelry so I’m all set. Very nice seller. Very pleasant to work with. If you’re an animal lover like me check out her shop. You will fall in love with something I’m sure! It’s amazing!”
Dawn Streater | Verified Customer, Gwynstone Originals

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