October 17, 2009

Recently, I took part in a discussion about sea glass and it’s use in jewelry. As well as the immense difficulty it is to find real sea glass to use if you happen to not live anywhere near a coast.

I was honestly surprised at how many people said ‘Why not throw some glass in a tumbler with sand and water?’. That repeated response set my mind spinning. Not about how to make my own sea glass, but.. moral integrity.

The more I thought about this, the more it bothered me a bit. I know personally, I could not ‘toss glass in a tumbler’ and then market it as sea glass. I would be obligated to called it ‘man made sea glass’, and honestly I don’t see it faring too well sales wise. In my mind, a person wants sea glass because it has a history behind it. From beginning as a simple bottle, or piece of clear glass all thru it’s journey to become a precious milky colored piece of prettiness.

My mind then shifted gears to ‘To I have too high standards and expectations for my business?’. I decided after about 5 minutes on this thought train that.. no, I do not. I want to offer high quality, genuine materials and craftsmanship in my jewelry. I scrutinize every stone, pearl, piece of metal before I even consider using it in a piece I make. I realize that this ends up increasing the price of a finished piece of jewelry, but I want to offer something better than a big box store. And that’s the way I will keep on doing it!

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October 4, 2009


This afternoon, I was using the amazing powers of the internet to hunt down some ideas for future supply purchases. My 3 year old daughter was nearby, as usual and came to see what I was looking at (because I am a crazy lady and talk to the computer monitor). She wormed her way up on to my lap, asking me a million questions while settling herself in. ‘What are you doing?’ ‘Why?’ ‘Why do you need more stones?’ ‘Can we make jewelry tomorrow?’, the typical 3 year old line of questioning. As I settled back into the searching and note taking her attention shifted to the computer monitor. ‘What is that?’ ‘Click on that pink one, mommy!’ ‘That’s labradorite, you have some of that mommy.’

Her intense interest caught me a little off guard. Normally toddlers bounce from like to like in a fashion similar to grasshoppers. And yet, the child knew that they grey stone which hints of pretty blue-green was Labradorite, that the pale, milky pink stone was Rose Quartz. And she caught on quickly with others. Black Onyx, Rutilated Quartz, briolettes, rondelles.

Perhaps this early budding interesting in jewelry making and gemology may be an interest that stick with her for life. The idea of getting her an assortment of large glass and wooden beads, thick cording and plated pewter beads for Christmas is sounding more and more like a very good idea.

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