Happy shopping today! We’re kicking off the biggest holiday shopping weekend with 25% off at our Etsy shop.
When people ask where I get my inspiration from when creating jewelry designs I draw a complete blank and am at a loss for words. I could say “I draw inspiration from the shapes of the clouds” or “the colors of sunset” (sounds nice and deep right?), but that wouldn’t be completely true. To be honest majority of my inspiration comes from my customers. I pay attention to what items sell, what colors are purchased, the feedback they give, the suggestions that they make and pictures they send me wearing the jewelry they’ve purchased from me. That’s the real deal inspiration for me. I could sit here all day and draw inspiration from external sources and create something lovely, but if my customers don’t love it then what’s the point.
One of item that received much attention from my customers is the Gold Brass Envelope Necklace below. It’s one of the designs that I have continuously worked on to make it my “own” over time. Every time I’ve sat down to create a modified version to it I found my self making it more and more personal. Recently I took a completely different angle when designing the newest modified version of it (3rd picture). I even added a little “textured” look by hammering it a bit. This version comes hanging from a 14kt gold filled chain to give it a more timeless appeal. Since I’m all about personalizing I even added a hand stamped option in the listing. Hope you like you.
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Here are some of my picks for the fall, after all fall fashion is all about accessorizing!
Oversize Clutch – A great grab and go handbag that can be worn with literally any look. It’s especially perfect for evenings out on the town.
Sole Society Sunglasses– The sun in the fall can be very brutal. Some people think sunglasses are only for the summer season, but we actually need them year round, especially during the colder months.
Yellow and Brown Quartz Ring – Make your statement this fall with this statement ring.
Merlot Tinted Lip Balm – A perfect fall color that will also keep your lips moisturized.
Brown Pashmina Scarf – Scarves are an essential accessory for the fall. The great thing about a pashmina are the many ways you can wear it.
Gold Hoop Earrings- Hoop earrings are my favorite accessory all year round, but especially during the fall. These have a tear drop shape which adds a little twist on the simple hoop look.
Welcome to Make It Monday. Today’s video is a simple project that you can do in 5 minutes or less. If you are like me and have excess beads laying around from previous projects, here’s a great DIY idea. These cute keychains can make great party favor gifts or even a project with your little one. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to our list for more videos!
As a jewelry designer the most commonly asked question is, “What type of metal is your jewelry made from?” I use a variety of metals that include brass, sterling silver, gold filled and bronze. The next question that usually follows is “Do those metals have nickel?” Usually when people are allergic to fashion jewelry, most times it’s nickel that they are allergic too. Luckily, you don’t have to turn down a nice piece of jewelry because of this allergy. Here’s a guide that you can use to help you avoid nickel altogether when shopping at my store:
Brass is actually an alloy (which is a combination of metals) made up of copper and zinc. It is free of nickel and generally safe to wear. Everyday wear and contact with liquids, lotions or any form of chemicals will lead to a bit of tarnishing, but you can clean it off. Warm soapy water with a soft cloth works well or even toothpaste believe it or not. Just be sure to shine it with a soft dry cloth afterwards.
Bronze is also an alloy composed of copper and tin and is also nickel free. Bronze metal makes beautiful jewelry pieces because it gives sort of an aged and oxidized, but shiny look.
Copper is a pure metal and allergy free. It makes great jewelry, over a time copper develops a Patina look which is an oxidized greenish color and still manages to look very nice. Wearing copper for extended periods of time can make your skin green. Copper is also super easy to clean, check out how here .
Sterling Silver .925 sterling silver is usually nickel free, 92.5% is silver and the remaining 7.5% is made up of other metals usually copper. Besides for tarnishing, which can easily be cleaned sterling silver is a pretty good choice for jewelry.
Gold Filled is not to be confused with gold plated. Gold filled jewelry means that gold is permanently bonded to as base metal (usually brass) for durability (if you ever notice how higher carat gold is softer). Gold filled is a great choice for jewelry because it doesn’t tarnish and doesn’t contain nickel.
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The term “City Slicker” usually doesn’t depict the nicest images when used, but I’m re-inventing the meaning into something more positive. Through my eyes when I hear the term the words that come to mind are “Edgy” “Upbeat” “Fast Paced” and “Night Owl.” As a matter of fact if I had a vision of what a City Slicker looked like this is what I’d envision. She stands out, but can blend in whenever she wants!