About Our Products
Natural Materials from the Earth
- Most of the natural materials that I use in making jewelry I obtain at gem and mineral shows where I am able to select each piece.
- The semi-precious stones are natural, not dyed. Most are polished or have a matte finish. Many have organic shapes.
- The fresh water pearls naturally vary in size and shape. The growers of the pearls are able to produce a variety of sizes and shapes during their growth.
- Shells are carefully carved into shapes and have a remarkable variety of colors.
- Wooden beads are mostly carved from tropical woods and are very lightweight to wear.
- Glass and crystal are used in the jewelry for design effects and to lighten the overall weight of especially stone necklaces. Glass is made from sand which has been altered with heat and is therefore considered to be from the earth.
Clasps for Necklaces, Bracelets, and Anklets
- Lobster Claw - The easy grip large clasp works with a spring and is placed in a loop of the 3-inch long extender chain. Measurement of the necklace is at the shortest attachment and can be worn up to 3 inches longer as needed. For example a 15 inch necklace can be short to wear above the clothing neckline in the summer and be able to be worn at up to 18 inches in the winter to fit over winter clothing. The lobster claw is used for most necklaces.
- Spring Ring - Similar to the lobster claw; usually used with anklets.
- Toggle - Usually used with bracelets because they are easier to fasten with one hand. When used for a necklace there is no extender for length adjustment.
- Hook and loop - Easy to use, improves independence, especially when clasps are a challenge; there is no extender for length adjustment. Clasp Metals Metals are usually chosen for the color to be harmonious with the piece. Customers may select a color or metal that suits them when creating a custom order. Please let me know if you have any allergies to certain metals.
Clasp Metal Options
- Sterling silver - is hypoallergenic and used in most necklaces.
- Silver over brass - is used mostly for bracelets and anklets.
- Antique silver -is used mostly in bracelets.
- Gold filled over sterling - is hypoallergenic and used mostly in necklaces.
- Gold plated over brass - is used mostly for bracelets and anklets.
- Antique gold - is used mostly in bracelets.
- Copper - is used in both necklaces and earrings.
- Antique copper - is used in necklaces and bracelets.
- Strung - Most necklaces are strung on 49-strand nylon coated professional jewelry wire. This provides strength and flexibility without kinking.
- Knotted - Necklaces that are knotted require the use of silk or nylon thread.
- Lariat - A necklace without a clasp is made with nylon thread, cord, or leather thong.
- Beaded Lace - The lace is intricately made with small beads sewn in patterns with very fine nylon thread. One 16 inch necklace requires about 5 yards of thread to complete.
Full Moon -The stone/shell pattern covers the entire length of the necklace.
Half Moon - The pattern covers half to three quarters of the necklace length with delicate small beads toward the back of the neck for a lighter look.
Quarter Moon - The pattern covers about a quarter of the necklace length with the center being the focal point and the delicate beads carry the theme.
Pendant - A pendant is not sold by itself, but it could be a part of the design of your necklace.
- Please indicate the length of a bracelet that fits well.
- Also, please measure your wrist/ankle where you will wear the bracelet/anklet to help me create the right length for you.
Bracelet - Approximate length Length of your bracelet Wrist circumference
Anklet - Approximate length Length of your anklet Ankle CircumferenceSmall:
- Pin - The earring has a straight dangle drop.
- Hinged-pin - The earring has two pins connected making a hinge for added length and movement.
- Sewn - Very fine nylon thread is used for more fragile or small-holed beads which makes a flexible dangle drop.
- Hoop - Handmade wire hoops are made with sterling wire that is coated and colored to resist tarnishing.
- Loop - The design is made with flexible jewelry wire (same as used for necklaces) and formed into a loop with a short beaded drop at the top.
This is the length of the earring drop from the ear wire attachment to the bottom of the earring.
- Earring wires can be changed to suit your needs.
- Earring wires are usually “fish hook” style unless otherwise requested.
Options for Earring Wires:
- Fishhook - It is easy to push through the ear piercing. Some people use a stop to keep earring from coming out of the ear
- Kidney - The kidney shaped wire goes through ear and the end is clasped behind a hook; once in place it will not come off.
- Lever back - This wire has a hinge with a lever behind the ear that attaches to the portion that goes through the ear.
- Stud - This style requires some decoration on the ear as it pushes straight through the ear with a stop placed on the back to hold it on; a dangle may be attached .
- Non-pierced - This is an earring wire for those without piercing. The tension is adjustable and it has a hinge for easy application.
Fish Hook Kidney wire Lever back Post (ear stud)
Non-pierced hinged screw-back clip
Standard metal for ear wires:
- Silver plated over stainless steel - hypoallergenic (no nickel)
- Gold filled over stainless steel - hypoallergenic (no nickel)
- Copper and antique copper (tends to be hypoallergenic)
Other Options for Earring Wire Metal:
- Niobium -gold color (other colors available)- hypoallergenic
- Stainless steel with electro-phoretic coating - gold colored (no nickel)
- Niobium - silver colored - hypoallergenic
- Stainless steel with electro-phoretic coating - silver colored (no nickel)
Colors for orders made with glass beadsJewelry pieces made with glass beads include: Anklets , Bracelets, Glasses Holders, Lariat necklace, and extra long necklace that can be put over the head and wrapped twice or hang long.
- Please select the primary and secondary color range for your piece.
- A texture of different shades and sizes of beads will be created.
- You could choose one to three basic colors.
- Please indicate which color should be predominate.
- Red-purple (fuchsia/raspberry)
- Blue-purple (lavender)
- Blue, Medium - Dark
- Blue, light
- Green-blue (blue teal)
- Blue-Green (green teal)
- Blue-green Iris
- Green - woodland
- Green - olive
- Yellow - light
- Yellow- amber
- Brown - dark
- Brown - tan
Color blend: Blue-green Iris