Daily Archives: June 27, 2016

Some Custom Orders

“Filigree Forest”

22k vermeil Filigree ear studs adorn 18k goldfilled handmade discs customized by various Swarovski faceted bicone crystals.

Nostalgia

“The Gold Loop”

18k goldfilled wire embraced by Swarovski faceted bicone crystals

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“Diamonds & Pearls”

A timeless classic.  The customer specifically wanted something that describes what our philosophy is all about.  Handmade 18k goldfilled discs are surrounded by beautiful rice pearls from where 12mm South Sea shell pearl hangs.  The discs are attached to 18k goldfilled diamond Swarovski ear studs.

Diamonds & Pearls

Let me know if you want me to create something as unique as the pictures above.  Leave a comment or add us up in Facebook

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Birthstones & Their Meaning

July – Ruby

The red ruby represents passion, desire, achievement and strength.  Ruby is also a gemstone of mystery and can evoke strong emotions of love, strength, leadership and power.

August – Peridot

As one of the emerald colors, peridot is a beautiful gemstone that represents mystery, passion, beauty and enchantment. Peridot has been adored since ancient times and has been valued for centuries. People in the Middle Ages wore peridot to gain foresight and divine inspiration. Legend has it that pirates favored peridot to protect them against evil. Peridot was greatly prized by Egyptian Kings. Some of Cleopatra’s emeralds were in fact peridots.

Chrysolite means “golden stone” in Greek.  Peridot is the anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage.

September – Sapphire

A calming, soothing and beautiful stone, sapphire represents confidence, wisdom, strength and idealism.  It is uplifting and can evoke strong feelings of love, harmony and peacefulness.  If you have a peaceful but strong personality, this may be your gemstone!

October – Opal

Opal is considered to be a mystical gemstone and is commonly found as black opal, dark grey or a dark blue.  Black opal is the rarest, but it can also be found in fiery colors such as orange, red, and yellow.  It is considered to be the stone of good luck and fortune, and has healing properties that can ward off bad dreams and increase energy.

The name opal is derived from the Latin word opalus, meaning seeing jewel. According to another theory the word opal comes from upala, a Sanskrit word simply meaning a stone.

Opal is the anniversary gemstone for the 14th and 18th years of marriage.

November – Yellow Topaz or Citrine

Another “strength” stone, topaz is a yellow or brown “royal” stone that can balance emotions, calm passion and release tension.  It is also considered to be the gemstone of rejuvenation, and can be used to relieve mental pressure.

The name topaz is derived from the Indian Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire.  Topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 4th and 19th year of marriage.
Imperial topaz is the anniversary gemstone for the 23rd year of marriage.

December – Turquoise

One of the most attractive green-blue stones, turquoise represents wealth, happiness and strength.  It is considered to have healing properties and can ward off illness, but ultimately serves as a stone of happiness and good fortune.

The name turquoise undoubtedly comes from turc (Turkish in French) as it was transported to Europe through Turkey.  Turquoise is the anniversary gemstone for the 5th year of marriage.

 

What’s in Store

Now that Angela’s bridal headband has been sent out to the courier, I have yet to finalize the details on my next collection: The Webbed Series

 

 

The Art of Pricing

He replied,
” I don’t advocate pricing by time and materials, price is so much a part of the perceived value of art and that has to be taken into account. But if you decide to go that way you need to take into account all expenses and time.. You need to know how much it costs to pay someone $10 an hour.
FIRST: If you are figuring it takes me so long, at such a price per hour, and materials are this much, you are pricing the cost of manufacturing. So double that for the final price. (This is what you would give to a gallery etc to market, advertise and sell your work.) If you are doing this, you will need to get paid.
SECOND: Your overhead; studio rent, utilities, heat and ac , phone and internet. (Even if your studio is in your house, you will be spending money to light and heat and cool it when working there which you wouldn’t if you were out working somewhere else) and equipment depreciation. You will have to replace that computer, those brushes, upgrade software ,  vehicle, cost of use and insurance etc. Insurance, health insurance. (No one has offered me free insurance yet). PO Box rent. the list goes on. Paper for the printer, postage and envelopes.
THIRD:  Time, how much time is spent working but not creating, bookwork, research, picking up supplies. Delivering work. If you are doing commissions, you can include meeting the client under marketing markup, but time photographing clients, sorting photos, time spent cleaning your studio. Janitors get paid too. Answering phone calls. etc etc.
FOURTH: Downtime: Don’t forget the days that you get sick or can’t work…You need to bring in enough when you are working to cover when you can’t……..
So 10 hours at the easel with a twenty five dollar canvas and ten dollars of paint doesn’t add up to the price of creating your piece of artwork.”
Steve’s summarization takes in all the factors of coming up with a “real” price for what you create.  Don’t randomly paste a price on your artwork based on vague factors such as “5 hours of time and $8.00 worth of canvas and paint” or “$3.00 per square inch should do it.”  Proudly acknowledge to yourself  TWO things when you establish a due diligence price for your artwork.
You and your art are worth every dollar of the price you establish!

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Apologies, I forgot the source.  I just got this from the web.  It struck me because it somehow encapsulates my pricing philosophy.  My pieces have very competitive prices.  I keep the costs low while at the same time without sacrificing on quality.

So, browse around here and in our Facebook account.  You might find something to your liking AND at a price you can afford 🙂

Interpretations

“A Diamond in the Rough”

(Smooth Kyanite briolettes embrance natural Herkimer diamonds)

“Teardrops”

(18k goldfill discs with natural Herkimer diamonds)

“When Stars Fall”

(Natural Herkimer diamonds)