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October is such a fantastic month! (And I'm not just saying that because my birthday is on the 2nd!) The weather starts cooling down, people get campfire fever, and a whole new smorgasbord of delicious seasonal foods are rolled out! As far as birthstones are concerned, if you're born in October, or shopping for someone that is, than you have every color of the rainbow available to you, or even a stone with every color in it! There is SO MUCH to learn and discover about opal (and its history- Queen Victoria!), but this is your QUICK GUIDE!   Quick opal tidbits:...

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Often, when you have your old gold recast into a new piece, the jeweler has to add in fresh gold and your finished piece is a mix of new and old. If you have a super sentimental piece and you want to keep it as much of the original material as possible, I have a solution!

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Jewelry Tips -

The biggest concerns for comfort with a statement ring are: Does it catch on everything? Can you still use your hands? There's a really easy way to rule out rings you can wear and rings that can wear you- TRY IT ON! If it doesn't "fit like a glove," you're going to risk comfort. But there's more to it than that... As for concern #1: Does it catch on everything? I recommend giving a new potential ring in your life the "sweater (or stocking) test." CAUTION: YOU CAN DAMAGE YOUR CLOTHES WHILE PREFORMING THIS TEST. (Basically, you would TRY to catch the...

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Jewelry Tips -

Here's your quick guide to sapphires and how you can get more of them in your life!

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Life -

The beauty of being self-employed is the amount of flexibility your life can have! Sure, you can easily get wrapped up and just as busy as any other 9-5er, but if you're intentional about having a flexible life, you can have it! As an artist, it can be very inspiring to switch your medium and explore a different avenue! The other day, Malachi, my very soon to be husband, decided he wanted to sit at my bench and make something. He's a third generation jewelry, but most of his experience is on the computer designing engagement rings for people with...

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