October 3, 2014
Hi Joe and Jennifer,
I received it this morning! The ring is absolutely beautiful, I know my girlfriend is going to love it. You’ve created something really amazing that we’ll hold on to for generations (if she says yes ;) ).Â . . . .
Thank you so much for all your help and hard work. You made the whole process an interesting and even educational one. If there are any reviews or star ratings I can give you, please direct me to the place to do that!
Thanks again for everything, I am definitely a satisfied customer!
September 30, 2014
For many jewelry designers, Etsy is the place they call their virtual home. Let’s take a moment to applaud some of the out-of-the-box creators on this site!
September 29, 2014
Actor George Clooney and lawyer Amal Alamuddin thrilled crowds on Sunday in Venice when they took to the waters of Venice to show off their wedding rings as their first day as a married couple.
The 53-year-old was begged by the crowd to show off his ring, a wide band in white gold, but jokingly looked at his right hand in surprise â€“ after so many years as a bachelor, you could forgive him for taking a while to get used to being married.
Alamuddin’s ring was more delicate and looked like it featured a band of small diamonds.
September 24, 2014
Key rings have driven us close to the madness since the beginning of humankind. Okay, well that might be a slight exaggeration. But it can be annoying. So here’s a quick and easy technique to save your fingernails and mind.
Have you ever broken a fingernail or injured yourself trying to open a split key ring?
Some of them are so sturdy you can hardly slide a key onto them.
But hereâ€™s a simple everyday item that can easily open this type of key ring:
All you need is a regular staple remover (available nearly anywhere you can buy office supplies).
Just sink its fangs between the main part of the key ring and one of the ends â€“ and the end spreads open easily so you can slide your key (or a decorative dangle) onto the ring.
You can quickly and painlessly load several keys, using this nifty little tool to hold the key ring open!
(Thanks to Rena Lingenberg for this advice.)
September 23, 2014
This NPR piece gives the behind-the-scenes reason why jewelry stores conveniently hide the pricetags. (Hint: it’s not the reason you would think!)
“It’s about emotion.”
September 22, 2014
Yesterday marked the largest climate change march in history, with hundreds of thousands gathering worldwideÂ to bring awareness to a very real ecological problem.
So today, in honor of the march, we’d like to bring your awareness to eco-friendly jewelry.
Q: Is there such a thing as eco-friendly jewelry? How can I be sure the necklace Iâ€™m buying doesnâ€™t have any Earth-killing karma?A: Good question. Any industrial jewelry mining can have numerous harmful negative impacts on the environment, ranging from erosion of the land, to leakage of harmful chemicals into the water supply, to the alteration of an entire ecosystem. And letâ€™s not forget about the carbon footprint of the heavy machinery thatâ€™s used in the process. So yes, there most definitely is such a thing as eco-friendly jewelry â€” that is, any jewelry that was mined with the least possible negative impact on the environment, or not mined at all.
First, a few retailers out there offer recycled gold jewelry. By buying recycled gold jewelry, youâ€™re not only being environmentally responsible; youâ€™re also lowering the demand for newly mined gold. And while youâ€™re at it, why not recycle your old gold trinkets?
Another option is to consider vintage jewelry, which recycles valuable resources and doesnâ€™t require new mining. And a vintage necklace or ring is always in style.
One eco-friendly jewelry option (and my personal favorite â€” hubby dearest, are you reading this?): Pearls!Â The pearl industryÂ is quick to pointÂ outÂ thatÂ pearls arenâ€™t mined at all and say that they are more eco-friendly than your average mined gem. That being said, aquaculture canÂ be damaging to the environmentÂ because of the use of high-powered hoses to clean the oysters. There is an eco-friendly solution though â€” some pearl farmers use tropical fish to scrub the oysters clean.
September 17, 2014
Nobody is quite sure why Apple dropped its infamous lowercase “i” from it’s premiere timepiece. But nobody expected the watch to look like this either. The designers went with a more classic, simple look that certainly doesn’t screen “Apple.” Take a look or read The New York Times piece on the watch (who called it stunning! Hmmm…not sure about that).
“A wearable device that combines health and fitness tracking with communication.”
September 16, 2014
It’s hard to imagine the Queen of England having only one piece of jewelry that she loves above all others considering the bounty of jewelry she possesses. But rumor has it, this is her fave:
September 15, 2014
Campuses are a perfect calibrator of emerging fashion trends. Why? Students are often the ones most likely to be on top of fashion news but more than that, they create trends.
So what’s happening on campus this Fall?
If you’ve taken a walk around campus lately, you’re sure to have noticed girls walking around with wrists covered in gold- and silver-colored bangle bracelets, or wearing necklaces with a clear locket filled with tiny charms around their neck.
“I like how personal the jewelry is designed to be. I choose what best suits me and add whatever charms I want to it. To me, it’s just another way to outwardly represent myself and my tastes. That’s why I wear the things I wear. I guess you can say fashion is simply a manner of expressing oneself and communicating with others nonverbally,” says one student.
September 10, 2014
Some great pointers on how to dress up a casual work outfit and make it sparkle.