Hello, fabulouses! I would like to introduce y’all to the VIP’s newest handmade jewelry addiction Ethereal Energy, an Etsy shop owned and operated by Liz Stechschulte of Washington, DC. Liz’s shop offers brilliantly handmade pieces for both men and women and has a beautiful selection of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The VIP + Ethereal Energy = A very happy fashionista!
“We use the finest materials in our jewelry, yet we are able to create pieces that are highly affordable for anyone. Our stones are hand selected from The International Gem and Jewelry show, and some of our jewelry pieces use exotic stones which are not always accessible to the public – such as our raw Chrysoprase gemstone slices, Ametrine, and African Opal Jasper. We take great pride in handcrafting our Made in America products in our small home studio, and through the VIP blog we hope to reach a wider audience who may be interested in our Artisan made Jewelry Collection,” explains jewelry artisan Liz Stechschulte.
“I am delving into designing jewelry mixed with vintage components….I submitted a piece to the stylist for consideration for the TV show, The Vampire Diaries…To my surprise and delight it was chosen for the New Season and to be worn in the show by the main character, Elena! I was beyond thrilled to be one of the lucky artisans chosen. My gratitude goes to The Artisan Group (TAG) who made it possible,” states Liz.
Now, without further ado, I give y’all the spectacular interview with Liz Stechschulte of Ethereal Energy! Come on, let’s get fabulous!
VIP: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Liz: I was born, reared and educated in Washington, DC. I have lived my entire life in this wonderful, culture-filled city, our Nation’s Capital. I am half Filipino and half German, and I am the middle child of three siblings. I have a small family, and we all live very close by to one another. I studied Psychology, Health, and Art at American University. After graduating, I worked in various medical settings. Although I enjoyed the health care field, I have always loved jewelry and gemstones, and so I took a leap and enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to study gemstones in depth. I am absolutely passionate about working with natural gemstones, designing, and creating beautiful pieces of jewelry for others to wear and enjoy.
VIP: When you are not making jewelry, what do you enjoy doing?
Liz: There are so many things that I cannot list everything. I always enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love shopping at department stores, the farmer’s market, and flea markets. I love reading fashion magazines and spiritual books, cooking with organic food, sewing clothes, and visiting museums. I also enjoy singing and listening to pop, classical, country, and classic rock music. My absolute favorite places to visit are the Gem and Mineralogy exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, The International Gem and Jewelry Show twice per year, and the National Zoo to see the wild and exotic animals.
VIP: What color best describes you?
Liz: I like many different colors but the color that best describes me is pink because I am a real Girly Girl. As a young girl, I took ballet and felt so much at home wearing a pink leotard and ballet slippers. I love everything about being feminine-putting on makeup, curling my hair, wearing stylish clothes and pretty jewelry, especially many rings on my fingers. I am happiest and most confident when I am feeling and looking pretty, so I think I’m a pink girl.
VIP: What is your favorite time of the year?
Liz: My favorite season is summer because I love hot weather and wearing cute summer sundresses and sandals. I love the colors of summer with the vibrant greenery of nature and the beautiful tropical flowers, such as Hibiscus and Tiger lilies which bloom at this time of year. I also go with my family to the beach- the Outer Banks in North Carolina during the summer.
VIP: How would you describe your personal style?
Liz: I would have to say that I am fairly conservative yet colorful in my style. I like to wear classic pieces of clothing- fitted tops in vibrant colors and pencil skirts in basic black, and earth tones. During the summer, I like to wear halter dresses with colorful floral patterns in greens, turquoise and orange hues. I bring a little edginess to my style with the accessories – in the jewelry, belts, make-up, and hairstyle.
VIP: Describe Ethereal Energy jewelry in five words.
Liz: Colorful, feminine, elegant, organic, and earthy.
VIP: What inspires your jewelry?
Liz: The ocean, nature, fruits and flowers, and recently sweet treats like candy, cupcakes and ice cream!
VIP: What inspired you to name your shop “Ethereal Energy”?
Liz: My Father gave me a book by Edgar Casey on the electromagnetic properties of gemstones and the positive energy they emit. I had in mind that I was going to create beautiful pieces of jewelry for the website using gorgeous gemstones that reminds me of flowers, the ocean, the sky, and things of a heavenly nature.
VIP: VIP Question: What is one item in your closet you would never toss out and why?
Liz: My black leather pencil skirt! I’ve had it for years, but it still looks brand new. This skirt matches everything, it always makes me feel pretty, and it provides a bit of edginess to any ensemble.
Shop the lovely items available in Liz’s shop NOW because it is never too early to start your holiday shopping!