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Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Earrings are Up!

Here's an example of one of my new earring styles. This one comes in a number of variations in both silver and gold. I don't have most of the new styles posted yet, but I'll try to get them up this week. Right now I'm working on a woven necklace for a show application.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Earrings

Hooray!! The photos are all taken.

I'm going to put my new earring styles on the website and on my Etsy site this weekend. The designs are different from what I've done in the past and I'm doing different variations on handmade earwires and other touches.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Necklace Design

Here's a prototype woven neckband shown with one of my earlier pendants. I'm hard at work designing another neckband for my moss agate and pearl pendant

I don't have this new necklace or any of the earring designs up on my sites yet - I want to get the rest of the photos done and I'm trying to finish the neckband for the moss agate pendant in time to apply for a show.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Gems for Jewelry

I'm getting closer to having photos of some of my new earring styles to post. Most of the earrings are done.

I have new gemstones to work with - smokey quartz, rose quartz, dark amethyst, citrine, peridot, tourmalline, and gorgeous aqua chalcedony - all in a variety of cuts. I'm looking forward to pairing peridot with turquoise or some of the aqua chalcedony. I'm expecting some pearl drops that should look wonderful in earrings for the holidays and special occasions.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Photos Coming Soon

I'm almost done with a batch of new earring designs. I'll try to get photos taken and posted as soon as I can.

Please give me some feedback on these designs.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I have the first of what I hope will be several tutorials available to purchase and download from my website.

Monday, August 17, 2009

No more Ana

Mercifully, Ana is no more - just a rain event. We'll be watching Bill now!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hurricane Watch

We're watching the weather forecasts now to see what happens to Ana.

Friday, August 14, 2009

My New Site

For those interested in my wedding jewelry, I have a new site on Wishpot. Take a look at one of my custom tiaras.

My Wishpot site will be linked to my Etsy store soon, as well as to Facebook, and I’ll be able to Tweet about all my new pieces as I’m uploading the photos!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Not really on top of things

I've been updating my website and also my Etsy store, but mostly I've been going back and forth to the dentist!

You can see a lot of new stuff - on the website in necklaces and earrings and in the Etsy shop, too. I hope things will soon be back to normal.

Friday, August 7, 2009

My New Wishpot Site

I spent the afternoon setting up a new site on Wishpot. It emphasizes wedding items, but I'll also have links to my website, to Facebook and also to my Etsy store.

I'll be Tweeting about the new jewelry pieces I'm posting. I've posted a link to one of my tiaras.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Necklace and Earrings on Etsy

I jsut lilsted a stunning turquoise and coral necklace with matching earrings on my Etsy shop. You can see the photo on the right.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gemmies Arrived

I'm including some of the gems I got recently in my latest designs. I'll have a photo of some rose quartz earrings posted soon.

In the meantime, here's a photo of a turquoise and coral necklace with matching earrings.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Taking Care of Your Jewelry

Here are some tips for taking care of your jewelry. These tips apply to all jewelry, not just my handcrafted silver and gold pieces.

Don't exposre your jewelry to perspiration and dirt. You should remove your jewelry before working in the garden or engaging in other physical labor, exercising, swimming, bathing, etc. Avoid exposure to household cleaners and chemicals that can damage your jewelry - remove your jewelry before dealing with chemicals. It seems logical that pearls and other porous stones can be damaged by chemicals, but even karat gold can be discolored by chemical exposure (to chlorine, for example), even from something like a soak in a hot tub.

Apply your cosmetics, make-up, hair spray, and perfume before putting on your jewelry. Remove bracelets and rings before applying hand lotions and creams. Remove earrings when you have your hair done, especially if you are having it colored.

Jade, turquoise, malachite, and lapis are among porous soft stones that should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or soaked in jewelry cleaner solutions. Softer, more porous stones such as these require extra careful treatment. Avoid using hot water on these stones.

Remember that pearls are precious gems, too. No ultrasonic or soaking in jewelry cleaners – just wipe off with damp soft cloth. If more cleaning is required try soapy water (Ivory flakes) on a soft cloth and dry thoroughly.

Jewelry often comes in a protective bag or box. Store your jewelry flat in a plastic bag. Store pearls in soft bags away from other jewelry which might scratch the pearl’s surface. Never put your jewelry away wet – wipe it off with a damp cloth and air dry.

Store your jewelry in a clean dark dry place. Don’t just toss your jewelry loose into a jewelry box or drawer. Your pieces will scratch each other. A fabric lined jewelry box is ideal and individual bags and jewelry boxes are excellent, too. Store your silver jewelry in a tarnish resistant bag.