Artist Feature and Giveaway: PoleStar Jewelry


Ah Autumn and her dance of vibrant color where as Albert Camus says, “…every leaf is a flower.” The Etsy Artist feature has returned from her summer rest. On this day I bring you a cherished individual who I have gotten to know through her daily tweets on Twitter. I am continually astounded on the internets ability to connect individuals. I bring you a friend, a mother and an extra-ordinary cultural creative Jennifer Cogwill of PoleStar Jewelry.


The two pictures above illustrate the beauty filled adornments Jennifer so skillfully creates. In the very wide Universe of the Etsy “jewelry” marketplace Jen has garnered herself over 1255 sales since joining in September 2008. Part of the mastery of her skill set is expertly crafted items, well photographed products, excellent customer service and great marketing skills which include both Facebook and Twitter.

Personally, I can vouch for all of the above. I own a pair of the Peloponnese, Peridot Onion Earrings which are absolutely divine. Jennifer is one of those individuals that embodies all aspects of the feminine. By looking at the artistry she creates it is quite obvious she is very skilled as a jewelry artist. Her wit and cleverness is seen best on her Twitter feed. Check it out, you will see what I mean, in fact I suggest following her. As a fellow member of the tribe of mothers, wives and online seller, her tweats have me chuckling quite often.

I first came across Jennifer through a series of auspicious events. It began with a “Bee” themed treasury I created on Etsy. In that particular treasury I included a pair of little honeybee earrings of another seller on Etsy which eventually led me to PoleStar on Twitter. One never quite knows what road the Universe may lead you, just remember to always follow your own guiding principal, your polestar, your heart.

Here are a few questions I asked Jennifer so that we could get to know her just a little more:

1.) What is the one thing you find most inspiring to feed your creative spirit?

I suppose walking in the woods and being around nature is the most inspiring to me. We live in front of a protected wetlands area and I try to get back there fairly regularly. I really feel an energy from a natural environment and I feel revitalized after spending any time in a forest setting. I used to live in a very forested area where I graduated from college and to this day if I need to calm myself I close my eyes and imagine myself in the little clearing where I lived, the soft sounds of the breeze and the soft buzz of insects, the warm dappled sunlight. I am very homesick for it!

2.) What is your favorite scent from the natural world?

When my parents lived in Hawaii for a few years I visited a few times and the air was always so fragrant from flowers, it was like living in paradise. I also have fond memories associated with a relative’s house on a lake, the woods behind her house backed right up to a lake and there was a shady area with a mossy carpet you could lay on and throw Cheerios to the fish. I loved the earthy smell of the lake and the moss.

3.) If you were Queen of a village what would you wish for your kingdom?

My wish would be that we could all work together to sustain each other, so we could all flourish.

4.) How did you find yourself creating jewelry?

I have made little things all through my childhood and up through high school, beaded necklaces, etc. I thought I would get more serious about it one day, bought some books and started making things and decided to start selling.

5) As a work at home mom of two young boys what tips can you give other work at home moms?

I could probably talk for an hour about this subject. My first advice would be to not forget your marriage partnership, whatever that entails in your own relationship. Try to get as much done while your children are napping or in school. I devote the first half of every day my kids are home to getting out of the house and doing something with them, whether that is taking them to see friends, to run errands or go to a park. I cannot make jewelry when my kids are awake, they would be entirely too curious and it would lead to conflict for all of us, so I only make jewelry at night. I do the marketing, administrative, photography, listing when my toddler is napping or we are having a siesta time where my two boys (4.5 and 2.5 years old) relax and play quietly. You may feel guilty at times, but try not to. Chances are, 200 years ago, you would have been working in a farm field with your children at your side. Work is part of the human experience, it is only a modern ideal that women can stay home and devote ALL their time with their children. Most households need two incomes, and if you want to stay at home with your kids and can maintain a work at home job as well, you will find it very rewarding.

Thank you so much dear Jennifer!

NOW…the Giveaway!


For the giveaway Jen has graciously selected the stunning necklace pictured above titled Glowing Lunar Light Necklace. At her PoleStar Jewelry shop she describes this beauty as:

AA Grade fire blue Rainbow Moonstone faceted briolette is wire wrapped in oxidized and polished sterling silver and suspended on an oxidized and polished sterling silver chain at 18 inches (45.5cm) with a lobster trigger clasp.

The Moonstone briolette reminds me of a full glowing moon on a clear night.

Moonstone briolette is 10mm x 10mm
Gem has a natural tiny black mineral deposit which you can see on the photos.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Begin by leaving a comment on this post mentioning your favorite item on Jennifers shop on Etsy, PoleStar Jewelry. You may only enter once and you must include your first name -and- etsy username or email address with each entry or it will not be included.

For additional entries you can do the following and post in the comments to let me know:
(2 extra) Twitter this Giveaway and supply your twitter name. You may do this every day, each tweat counts as another entry if you submit them individually.
(2 extra) Become a fan of PoleStarJewelry on Facebook, (if you already are a fan of PoleStar on Facebook, just let me know)
(2 extra) Purchase an item of $25 or more from PoleStar Jewelry shop during this Giveaway.
(1 extra) Follow my blog (if you already follow, just let me know)
If you do any of these you must let me know for your additional entries to be included. You got the “let me know part” right?

If you do any of these you must let me know for your additional entries to be included. You got the let me know part right?

More fine print, learned along the way
1. If we cannot contact you we will give your prize away to someone else.
2. The featured seller will do their very best to mail the winners package in a timely manner, please contact them directly if you have any questions.
3. Each entry is assigned a card from several decks here at the house, I then shuffle all the cards and have someone handy (like my daughter or husband) choose a card for the winner and a runner up.
4. If you have won the Artist Feature and Giveaway in the past you may enter again.
5. Please don’t make up any new guidelines, what is outlined above is what we follow.

The giveaway ends Sunday, September 20th at 1opm PST with the winner announced on Tuesday (The Autumn Equinox) on September 22nd. Please help us get the word out.

Good Luck!

182 comments

  1. I adore PoleStar's jewelry!One of my favorites is her Medoc Noir necklace. I am already a facebook fan of PoleStar.I now follow your lovely blog :)I tweeted this (moonovermaize)My name is Monica and my etsy name is moonovermaize Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!!

  2. I adore PoleStar's jewelry!One of my favorites is her Medoc Noir necklace. I am already a facebook fan of PoleStar.I now follow your lovely blog :)I tweeted this (moonovermaize)My name is Monica and my etsy name is moonovermaize Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!!

  3. I adore PoleStar's jewelry!One of my favorites is her Medoc Noir necklace. I am already a facebook fan of PoleStar.I now follow your lovely blog :)I tweeted this (moonovermaize)My name is Monica and my etsy name is moonovermaize Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!!

  4. I adore PoleStar's jewelry!One of my favorites is her Medoc Noir necklace. I am already a facebook fan of PoleStar.I now follow your lovely blog :)I tweeted this (moonovermaize)My name is Monica and my etsy name is moonovermaize Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!!

  5. I adore PoleStar's jewelry!One of my favorites is her Medoc Noir necklace. I am already a facebook fan of PoleStar.I now follow your lovely blog :)I tweeted this (moonovermaize)My name is Monica and my etsy name is moonovermaize Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!!

  6. OMG!! I'm so sorry, I'm such a nut! I have been having trouble with blogger lately and I thought that it wasn't taking my comment. Now I just noticed the comment will be available after owner approval! Hahaha! So sorry, please excuse my lack of common sense 🙂

  7. Wow, what gorgeous jewelry! I dabble in it a bit myself, so I know what work and care has to go into it to make such beautiful things! My over-all fave has to be the \”By the Light of the Silvery Moon\” necklace. I'm a sucker for moonstone and iolite!!I'm a follower of your blog & tweets, and I'll RT this posting.PamsterG

  8. what a great shop!My favorite is the Fixed in the Firmament Earrings – AA Topaz on Sterling Silver. Gorgeous!Thanks!Eliane T.eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

  9. My favorite item is the Solidus Bracelet.I'm already a facebook fan of PoleStar.I now follow your great blog :)I twitted the giveway (julie_c_m)My name is Julie and my Etsy username is jmoulardeThank you!

  10. I think my favorite would have to be the Night Dew Necklace. I can see that becoming a permanent entity of my fall wardrobe. The simplicity of this jewelry makes it so elegant. sully DOT christian AT gmail DOT com

  11. I'm very excited, I love polestar's work, the jewellery is exquisite, and the photography out of this world.now then, a favourite, well I settled for 6 of them, then read the other comments, saw they were all other things and now want to go back!if pushed, I'd go for the 'verdant' necklace. wow.I'm Rachel from Rachel Lucie Jewellery Designs http://rachellucie.etsy.com and twitter is rachellucie too.already got Jennifer on facebook!off to tweet this

  12. My favorite piece would have to be the Pampas Necklace, but it is so hard to choose one.Love your blog (I'm now following), I tweeted the giveaway (herblueyestudio),I am Shonda and my etsy name is herblueyestudio.Thanks!

  13. Hi (Again!) Roxana:Thank you for hosting another giveaway. Jennifer's pieces are all beautiful, but the one I like best is the Nereid Necklace (though I also love the Pink Cubist Necklace and the Botanical Bracelet with its autumnal palette). The Glowing Lunar Light Necklace prize is quite fabulous, too. I love moonstones!Please give me an extra entry for following your blog.From your blogging-challenged friend in SM . . . <3 Peg

  14. Wow, what a beautiful shop!I'm struggling to chose my favourite item, so the best I could do is note two… :-DSage Evening Garden Earrings – Czech Glass Flowers on Brass& Darkness Falls Earrings- Labradorite and Blue Goldstone on Oxidized Sterling SilverSuch stunning pieces.Roxana – I follow your blog already!Many thanks for entering me in the draw!Hollyhollyjae [@] gmail dot com

  15. I have been coveting the 'Havana earrings' for a while, I love the stones and Jen has matched the gold perfectly with them.My name is Deepa and my etsy name is 'lazygiraffe'I hope I win 🙂

  16. Autumn Gilded Leaf Necklace – Gold Plated Leaf on Oxidized Sterling Silver is my favorite necklace! Thanks for the opportunity! meredith(.)targarona(at)gmail(.)com

  17. oh, my goodness…I want everything! but I especially love the Winged Migration Necklace – Moss Amethyst with Brass Patina Butterfly Charm on Copper. That stone is almost unearthly.My name is Alison, on etsy I'm gemini5757 (I'm a buyer, not a seller…yet!)gemini5757 at hotmail.com

  18. Wow! this necklace is amazing! The stone is gorgeous. After much deliberation I have decided that Aura Totem Necklace is my favorite piece http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28445951 and Life and Letters Necklace http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27835372came in as a close second.Thank you very much for the chance to win this wonderful necklace! -Lily Greighttp://lovecharles.etsy.comhttp://lovecharlesvintage.blogspot.com/

  19. I adore Jennifer and her shop. PoleStar jewelry is amazing. I am wearing a freshly purchased necklace right now… this one… http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=19328549 it is simply stunning and delicious 🙂 LOVE. I am a facebook fan of Polestar! I have RT this.. I am IvanaMixalot on twitter 🙂 I am currently coveting the Winged Migration Necklace.. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31065139 it is gorgeous and so unique!!

  20. Love all of Polestar jewelry. Love the oxidized pieces! hard to pick a fave- but here goes: Nereid Necklace I follow your blog. I tweeted: beadaliciousalready a fan of Polestar!My name is Teri and Etsy shop is gemaliciousbeadsxo

  21. Wow– I really like the Immolation Onyx and Garnet on Sterling Silver Earrings.Thank you for the opportunity!my Etsy username is secretcake and my email address is secretcake (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  22. new follower @tkeigerLOVE the Pampas Grass & the Neriead necklaces!So glad that I spotted that tweet….anyone who is a fellow Robbins fan from NC who also loves perfume and jewelry has got to be travelling and interesting path. Looking forward to following your and your blogNow, off to tweet!Teresa

  23. What gorgeous jewelry! I love the Urban Renewal Earrings – Peach Freshwater Pearls on Oxidized Sterling Silver, and will definitely purchase these for my sister's Christmas present … Cee @ ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. Everything is really beautiful but the October Glow Necklace on the first page just stuck out to me(my fav) but then I continued on and the Life and Letters Bracelet – Amethyst Smooth Ovals and Vintage Lucite Bead on Oxidized Sterling Silver is also beautiful. I also liked the Lava Flow Orange Chadcedo and Mexican fired opal on sterling silver was nice too.mona c

  25. I love PoleStar's jewelry also!! I recently purchased my four most favorite items and I check my mail everyday with anticipation. :-)My new favorites are the Havana earrings and necklace… sooo sexy! I also have my eye on the Silk earrings.I have been a PoleStar fan on Facebook for a while now and I just became follower #100 of this blog. I do not tweet unfortunately, but this contest may just inpire me to start!!I am on etsy as SharonSharalike and my email is sharon(UNDERSCORE)sharalike(AT)hotmail(DOT)comThanks so much!!

  26. A favorite necklace of mine by PoleStar jewelry is the Phoenix Rising Necklace. It is a beautiful and feminine adornment that perfectly reflects your glamorous self. Made with Mexican Fire Opal and Faceted Onyx it seems like it will capture light and softly diffuse the light bringing out the smoothness and creaminess of your skin! Absolutely stunning!

  27. Everything is so pretty!I found a lot of favorites!! I love that the simplicity in all of the creations doesn't take away from the lovely gems. The midnight Berry necklace is adorable.Garnet is my birthstone so i fell for the Claret Necklace right away;)cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

  28. My favourite item of PoleStar's was the Night Dew necklace that you show – so much so that I bought it! before I even saw it featured here. Another favourite is the Inkwell lampwork necklace. Dark, monochrome and moody.So, do I get two extra entries for having bought Night Dew?My name is Lindsay, etsy name BrunetteTabitha. I'm not on Facebook, nor Twitter.Thank you!

  29. It's SO tough to pick a favorite…this beautiful work is just so unique! I just love the Pampas Necklace – Lampwork Bead with Smokey Quartz Shield on Oxidized Sterling Silver.Thanks!Aimeesierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. Hm, not sure the first one went through…didn't get the same green \”your comment has been saved\” message as I just got for my second entry, so here goes again just in case. (sorry if the first one did go through 🙁 )I like the Night Dew Necklace – it's so pretty! melarchi (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. What a lovely find, thank you for this Roxana! I love her labradorite pendants (the smooth one especially!) but my favourite is the Night Dew Necklace of which you included a photo. Magical.Annemarie(or aproos on Etsy)

  32. Lovely shop!My favorites right now are the Heart Afire necklace and the Guilded Garden Lantern Earrings. Beauties!My name is Oleander, and on etsy I'm bearsandwater. Thanks!

  33. Lovely jewelry! Everything is quite pretty! I really love the \”Botanical Bracelet – Verdigris Leaf Charm with Ruby and Glass Lampwork\” on her etsy shop. My name is Eve and my esty username is twoknit. xoxo

  34. Oh wow! I can't pick a favourite, I love sooo many sooo much!! One of the many I am drooling over: the Thunder necklace. Gorgeous!melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

  35. Sea Floor Necklace – Aqua Chalcedony and Oxidized Sterling SilverRecently bought some rough cut chalcedony. I love it.I thought I was too late for the giveaway, then I realized you are on PST. YAY !

  36. Beautiful jewelery! My fave would be By the light of the silvery moon necklace! Gorgeous! I tweeted the giveaway (amykenyon) and I just became a follower of your blog! I luv it! And I am a fan of Polestar on FB. my email is amymkenyon@yahoo.com THANK U!

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