New Etsy Items For Your Pleasure

I just added four new items to my Etsy Shop that can go from the office to after-hours with ease and style. They are all different, featuring my original designs in various colors.  The red one in particular has five different beads in the front of the necklace that I found interesting.  This unusual necklace features a variety of beads from my large collection.

The others are fashionable as well.  The dark blue, smooth, beaded necklace is a classic piece for your day or evening wear,  The two   pastel blue necklaces feature the beads themselves to make them distinct and special.  One is made of sculptured beads and the other is paired with small oval beads and octagonal shiny crystal beads.

I think you will find them interesting and I hope you like them. I enjoy the process of creating new, different and original  items and hope you will share the pleasure of wearing something that no other woman can wear.

http:mizmlu.etsy.com

Every Lady Should Have a Pearl Necklace

I have three. Mine are not real, but I love them.

Every lady needs a pearl necklace for those special occasions. It doesn’t matter if they are faux or real. Really nice white pearls look lovely on a dark outfit. I just finished listing two on my Etsy site that I had restored.  As I was looking at them to describe them I realized how beautiful they were. I imagined who might wear them. You? Or someone you would give them to?

The two I listed are not real oyster pearls, but they are vintage and they have a luster that doesn’t show their age. Which, as a lady, I can’t divulge. I really don’t know it, anyway. But I loved re-stringing them and recapturing their loveliness.

These two beautiful pieces are priced at $11.97 each with free shipping in the US. All my necklaces are shipped in an organza pouch so that they are protected in shipping, and might be placed in a jewelry box with all your other pieces. One of them would also be a charming gift for someone you appreciate and love.

You’ll find them at http://mizmlu@etsy.com.

Follow your heart

Necklace (1)Don’t let Valentine’s Day just slip by.  Let your significant other know what you would like for this special day.  Along with the candy and flowers add a new red necklace.  Find the perfect piece to wear in one of my three places where I have listed several colorful accessories for you to choose from.  You’ll  have a choice of many different types in every one.

I ship within one day and shipping is free in the US from my Etsy shop.  Every necklace is enclosed in an organza pouch to make it special and protect it when not being worn.  Take a look.  Thanks.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

http://jewelryalamode.com

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Unusual magnetic jewelry

P1630854Come see the four new items I just added to my Jewelry Ala Mode site. I had some pieces I couldn’t list on Etsy because I didn’t make them. But I had purchased them because they were different and interesting. Three of the items are combination necklace/bracelets. They are made with magnetic beads that stick together so they can be wrapped around your wrist. The picture shows what the bracelet looks like. I could only list one picture. Those three bracelets have black beads with either gold tone or pink, or a mixture of reflective dark colored beads. You can see all three pieces on the Jewelryalamode site listed at the end of this page. When the bracelet is unrolled, for lack of a better word, it becomes a 35” necklace which can be worn doubled. The stringed beads come together and stay. Someone with imagination can wear this necklace in different ways. I wore one of the bracelets one time and it was noticed and commented on. You would probably get the same result wearing one as a necklace.
P1630887The fourth item newly listed there is a set of three pastel glass bracelets in pink, yellow, and blue. They are very shiny and when worn as a set are quite attractive. The set is on sale for $8 and the magnetic necklace/bracelet items are $6 each. I hope that you find them interesting and share in my enthusiasm.

http://jewelryalamode.com

How Marlene’s Necklace Affected My Jewelry Making

Marlene-necklaceI belong to a group of ladies who meet once a month for brunch and to exchange the books we have read and pass them around. We originally began meeting to discuss our yearly trips to the library for family research in Salt Lake City. Four of us, Pam, Ruth, Kay and I were avid genealogists and made the trips each winter along with a few other friends. Kay has since passed away, too soon, and the three of us no longer make the trip to Utah although Pam is still involved in finding her ancestors.
It’s been a long time since those days, and as our small group grew in numbers the book exchange was the next step giving us a reason to meet and compare our activities. There are now up to 9 of us who meet, but often there might be 7 or less each month. I am, no doubt, the oldest of the group. One lady who was older recently passed away in her sleep. But I have a story to tell about her and her necklace, and how it affected the necklaces I now make.
All the ladies know that I make jewelry and I wear a different necklace to each brunch gathering. One day Marlene asked me if would make her a black necklace and I said, “I’d love to.”
Marlene couldn’t describe exactly what she wanted, but knowing her, I thought I could create something she would like. I had some beads in mind and I put together three different short length bead patterns with alternating black and silver beads. She chose one and I made the necklace and gave it to her. Needless to say, she was delighted and wore it many times. However, it broke. Beads fell all over the floor. She and her daughters collected as many as they could find and gave them to me. I made a new necklace for her at no charge. I don’t remember what she paid for the original necklace. I had offered it to her as a gift, but she insisted on paying me.
That experience made me think that if that happened to one of my necklaces, it could happen again. And indeed it did. One necklace broke while a friend was looking at it. That is not good.As any necklace is worn there is friction on the clasp as the necklace is put on and taken off. The friction rubs the small wire and wears it away. I finally found what I think will help to keep that from happening to the necklaces I now make.
I use a very tiny metal guard that holds the wire and keeps the clasp away from direct contact with the wire. The horseshoe shape guard prevents that friction so the movement of the clasp doesn’t erode the wire. All necklaces are susceptible to wear and tear, but this guard makes it less fragile.
The guard is very, very tiny and it is a bitch to put the ends of the strung beads together. My hands often shake, making it a tedious process, but I do it now for every necklace I make. Some of my necklaces are long enough to easily pass over the head, but not all. So the guard is used on those.
I think that what I do is a reflection of how I feel about the jewelry I make.

http://mizmlu.etsy.com

Mother’s Day is approaching

Have you been thinking about a present for your Mother on Mother’s Day? You should. It’s not that far off. Shoppers will be crowding the stores looking for that perfect gift. Here’s an idea. Give her a piece of jewelry in her favorite color from my shop. It’s not expensive, and shipping is free in the US. And you’re covered. You can now shop for something meaningful for her special day. And every time she wears the necklace you gave her she will think of you. Find just the right style, and the right color at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu or http://www.jewelryalamode.com for a larger selection.

Mother’s Day is coming soon!

Have you been thinking about a present for your Mother on Mother’s Day? You should. It’s not that far off. Shoppers will be crowding the stores looking for that perfect gift. Here’s an idea. Give her a piece of jewelry in her favorite color from one of  my  two shops. It’s not expensive, and shipping is free in the US. And you’re covered. You can now shop for something meaningful for her special day. But every time she wears the necklace you gave her she will think of you.  Isn’t that what you want?  Find just the right style, and the right color at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu or http://www.jewelryalamode.com for a larger selection.

Shipping notes:  All shipping from Etsy to US locations is free.  International shipping is at USPS rates.  Jewelry A’la Mode shipping is free in the US for items of more than $10.  Lower priced items are shipped at USPS rates.  International shipping for all items is at USPS rates.  No charge for handling.

It’s almost Spring

Necklace-Bag1 (19)Spring is coming. Isn’t it time to refresh your wardrobe with a new accessory? Find something to perk up your wardrobe with a new necklace in Jewelryalamode.com. Over 100 items to choose from in every color, size and shape. Bargain prices, fast shipping in an organza pouch. No shipping charge with any order over $10. Come on over, take a look.