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GOLD by Green: Catch a 2nd Glimpse!

I’m excited at the response that my first sneak peek into GOLD by Green has received! Thank you all xo. We get a little more done each day! This fist collection will have some multiples (multiple pieces of same design) but also have some one of a kind pieces because I found a stone I loved and wanted to make something out of like the moss agate pendant I shared last week. I paired it with two green amethysts. Green amethyst’s real name is prasiolite. Amethyst is heated to create this lovely green gem. My birthstone is amethyst and my last name is green. It’s a total no brainer if you ask me!

As I started talking with my business coach, Heidi Lowe, about the first piece I wanted to make, she kept saying you have to figure out your aesthetic. This also gave me moments of panic. There are so many awesome designers in the world who make beautiful pieces of jewelry. WHY is someone going to want to buy something I made? How will I differentiate myself? I know what I like but how does that translate into making pieces that appeal to others? I mean, your friends and family can only be your customers for so long right? LOL! (Note subtle hint.)

I have always loved pear cut stones. I look in my jewelry box and I have pear cut rings, necklace pendants, bracelets, earrings, everything. If you read my post about how I chose my engagement ring, which you should if you haven’t as it will explain a lot about me (HA!), you know it all started with Jessica Simpson. I have read that for those shopping for engagement rings this cut, along with marquise cuts, are good for those looking to elongate the finger. I already have long, thin fingers. We call them Landon fingers – my dad’s side of the family all has them. Keep your nails short and they look even longer! (And your diamonds look bigger!) But still I am always drawn to that cut. I can’t explain it.

Here is where my aesthetic started to reveal itself to me. GREEN. PEARS. It’s ironic right because pears are green? (Can you hear ba dum bump in the background?!) This first line will have either one or both included in each piece: stones that are green or stones that are pear cut. The moss agate piece is one that has both.


My jeweler has told me I have a good eye for color. I’d like to think so! Pearing colors is just as fun as pearing stones. And no those are not typos! That being said here is another small glimpse into GOLD by Green. You can again see how BASIC my drawing skills are – HA! Never the less, I hope you enjoy!

Enjoy this day and stay PEAR GREEN!
Mary Green #goldbygreen

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GOLD by Green: Your First Sneak Peek!

I started on this journey back in the late fall with a totally different plan. I was ready to start an online jewelry store. I made it very clear to my business coach that NO, I did NOT want to design my own jewelry. So we talked about the things I needed to do to get it going. We made lists, I defined my customer, I started noting lines I wanted to carry. I started checking some of the boxes. The one thing that kept giving me moments of panic was the need for a website. I knew enough from my 9-5 job to know that I didn’t know enough to create an e-commerce site. DEAR LORD!!! The thought of keeping inventory online, confirmation and shipping emails for purchases and printing shipping labels made my head spin. I talked with a web designer one evening about creating my site. We discussed me starting my blog site (thanks for reading by the way!) and then when I was ready, he could upgrade it to an e-commerce site. But there was a big shift that evening in my thinking. Within maybe an hour, my whole desire for this journey changed. I wanted to design my own pieces.

For some reason I started to think this was an easier route to take. Not that I was looking for the easy way out, but I thought I could dip my toes in the pool instead of diving right into the deep end by starting off with something smaller and more manageable for me. (Note the water example by the Pisces.) I was channeling Meg Ryan in the movie, The Women, which I LOVE. She plays Mary (so it’s often like they’re talking to me in that movie) and after her successful solo fashion show she admits to her best friend played by Annette Bening who brings a Nordstrom rep to see the show, she’d just like a small line carried in a few boutiques. Sorry, got a little side tracked there….

So literally, in the middle of the night with only the TV for light, I drew out about 10 – 15 pieces in my notebook. I even wrote out the guest list for the launch party. I LOVE to throw a good party! Yeah, yeah I know, cart, horse….whatever!

There was one hurdle I was going to have figure out if I went this route. I don’t make jewelry. Small problem. Well, maybe a little bigger than small. I kind of didn’t even know where to start. So, I reached out to a designer that I follow on Instagram and asked if I could just run some things by her that were swirling around my brain. She said SURE! Here is an example of just throwing it out there to the universe. We don’t even know each other except for IG and I think we have traded more messages about cats than jewelry – go figure! Thanks to Marie Pierre I was able to get over this hurdle. I told her I needed a freelance jeweler. Do they even exist? She gave me a name and I went out on a limb and sent him an email. I got a response the next day. It was unnerving but exciting! I’ll keep him under wraps for now. In the meantime, do check out Marie-Pierre’s work – it’s AWESOME! She makes all of her own pieces and they are gorg!

The next thing I know I just started buying stones for my pieces. It was super fun and I could be totally addicted to it! I was looking for certain stones in certain sizes which I was mostly successful at finding.


But then I just started seeing stones I liked. So I just started buying those, too! I figured once I got those, I’d figure out the design for it. And that was almost more fun! I’m kind of learning how to draw out designs. I put emphasis on kind of. I’m also learning that the devil is in the details! I’m definitely one of those people who starts to leave out half of an email because I think the end reader has heard the conversation I have already had in my head with said end reader. Moving forward I will begin to include more details in my drawings.

It’s really exciting to see something that you have created in some way, shape or form come to life. Here is a little sneak peek at what I’m working on.

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I hope you like it! Clearly, there will also be “silver by green” for my silver girls – lol! I am excited to show you the rest though soon. I applied for my business license yesterday! Onward and upward!

And as always, stay golden and stay GREEN!
Mary Green #goldbygreen

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What is your crystal?

So, do any of you believe in the healing properties of gems and crystals? Back in the day I was totally into crystals as jewelry. I’m sure you’re shocked. There was a place in Rehoboth that you could buy a bag of dirt and basically sift through it and look for gems and crystals. It was set up as if you were really sifting through it in a real setting. I remember this trough like thing set up with water running down it to help you find any little thing that may have been hiding in there. It was like a treasure hunt – literally. If you found one, they’d wrap it for you as a pendant. This was the perfect activity for me – I loved it! I still have all of those crystals. Some are prettier than others. I even wrapped a few myself. Some aren’t bad. Some I look at and think it’s obvious I was about 12 at the time making pendants – lol! But regardless it was fun!

I’ve talked about wearing jewelry with special meaning (sorry probably ad nauseam at amethyst crystalsthis point!) but I also like the meaning of stones. Recently, when I wasn’t feeling great physically I kept thinking about an old amethyst crystal set in silver that I thought I should wear for some reason. I also have an amethyst crystal set in gold plate with citrine at the bottom. It’s not an ametrine, which is one stone with a mix of amethyst and citrine, it’s two separate stones set together in one pendant. I have had it forever and I love it so.

I looked up the healing properties of amethyst and it certainly made sense to wear it. It helps clear negative energy including stress and anxiety. I think a lot of physical pain can be attributed to both! It’s associated with the crown and third eye chakras. In relation to the crown chakra because of its location it’s associated with the brain and nervous system. I find that interesting as I felt as if my entire nervous system was basically screaming at me last week! (Another story for another time.) Hmmm, also ironically a blocked third eye chakra can wreak havoc on your physical well being. Again, I find that interesting as I felt as if my physical well being was being wreaked with havoc!

I have a small collection of stones and crystals. These are my loose stones I keep by my bed. This little glass jar has a top.  I need to keep it covered for obvious reasons (middle photo is all the evidence you need).

 

I sometimes just go through the stones and look at each trying to remember what each is and where it came from. In my jewelry journey I’m finding that I’m more and more interested in what the stones I’m drawn to mean. I think it will be interesting to include that information for the pieces I’m designing!

While looking up the healing properties of amethyst I came across this Crystal Test. Check it to see what crystals are right for you!
And remember stay gold and green! #goldbygreen

 

 

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Charms are Trending

I realize this kind of plays off of my post last week but today I’m going to talk about charm bracelets and charm necklaces, jewelry with meaning. Tons of brands have become famous because of their charm bracelets, think Pandora, and even Trollbeads have that charm theme. Many people wear charms or pendants on a necklace but now people are wearing multiples just like bracelets. This isn’t new but I am seeing it more and more. On Thursday of this week Melanie Auld launched her Adorned adornedline in partnership with Jillian Harris. First, I love Melanie Auld and her jewelry line. Basically, whatever she does, I want. I have four rings of hers and am hoping to add an Adorned charm necklace soon. It’s a super clever and thoughtful campaign. They simply ask #whatsyourwhy? Check out the video on the home page of her site to hear them talk about the campaign and what their why is! For now here is what I’m planning on buying when the time is right….I want them to add some kind of kitty charm to the collection!

I think many of us grew up coveting our mother’s or grandmother’s charm bracelets. I believe they were big with those generations. Not so much with mine but they are making a comeback! I love anything with sentimental value or meaning so a few years ago I got my special charms/pendants together and assembled my own charm bracelet. I had a gold bracelet and just bought gold jump rings online. From making beaded jewelry I figured I had the skills to put it all together myself. Honestly, anyone with no skills could have done it! When I was done I was so happy with it. I made sure to not add any pendants that I might still want to wear more often on a necklace. It only has six charms and it’s on a smaller bracelet chain than I think you’d normally use for a charm bracelet but it works.

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Each piece has meaning – DUH – of course right? The guardian angel as my mother was/is into them when I was growing up and don’t we all hope there is a special angel watching over us at all times? The heart locket that was a piece given to me when I was little (I can’t remember why though), it has a pretty engraved design on it but no photos inside; the tennis racket as I wanted to move to Florida when I was in my early teens and practice at the Nick Bollettiere tennis academy and wear Diadora just like Jennifer Capriati (I WORSHIPPED her); the seashell for my love of the beach; my Chautauqua bell tower for my favorite summer vacation place as a kid and let’s face it as an adult even though I haven’t been in years (boo), you could have the time on the bell tower clock engraved with your birthday – how cool is that?! You can barely see it in the photo but the time is 2:21. Finally, a ruby heart and again not sure why this was given to me as a kid but it’s so cute. I don’t wear the bracelet as often as I should only because it’s hard to put on by myself.

Then when I decided to write this I realized I had another charm bracelet! These types of bracelets were popular when I was living in California. I haven’t worn it in forever probably because it’s not really ‘”in style” anymore but really who cares?! I think I’m going to wear it today.

I see a theme in this one along with my traditional bracelet….this one also has a tennis ball and a seashell. I have a few from places I’ve been, Italy, the San Diego Zoo, Hawaii. A pink ribbon for my mom for being a breast cancer survivor, the Golden Gate bridge from living in San Francisco. And the funniest one that I don’t even remember getting. It says Bling Bling – how hysterical is that!??!! Just goes to show this jewelry thing has been in the works for a long time and I didn’t even know it. Hi Universe. Yes I’m still listening!

I love to hear the meaning behind jewelry. Share pics of your charm bracelet with your story and I’ll post them on my IG! You can send them via DM on IG or via email at goldbygreen@outlook.com.

Happy Saturday my jewelry loving peeps!
Mary Green #goldbygreen

 

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Jewelry as Mementos

I have talked before about how I love jewelry not only for the sparkle but also for the meaning. Pieces remind me of birthdays, holidays, travel and relatives. Today I wore my grandmother’s gold and diamond cross on a long gold chain. She wasn’t able to open and close the clasp because of the arthritis in her hands so she had it put on the chain and it just slips over my head and the clasp  is soldered closed. I wear it when I need a little extra “umph” in my day. Last night I made an unexpected trip to the emergency vet so I wore it today in hopes that the little nugget really was okay. She is fine. But she is sneezing like an old man! Kitty allergies? Who knew?! (Note this was written on Wednesday, April 10th)

Nicholas kittenWe adopted the nugget almost a year ago because we had lost Ridiculous Nicholas a few months before that. We adopted him in the spring of 2010 so we only had him a little less than seven years. Growing up the cats in my family lived to be 20! It was really painful and I was really sad. The weekend after I was at home by myself and I said screw it I’m going shopping! I’m not really a shopper to make myself feel better. I’m too cheap for that. So I put on my cat socks – yes I’m a 40 (something) year old woman who wears cat socks. I admit it!

I went into town and went into South Moon Under. I didn’t go in to look at clothes or shoes. I went in to look for jewelry. Duh. As soon as I saw the sale rack I knew I was buying SOMETHING. I found an awesome pair of earrings that I would get a lot of wear out of and they were 10 bucks. SOLD. A nice young gentleman checked me out and I  was on my way. Onto the next store.

Next I went into Sole. They always have fun jewelry of all kinds in all price ranges. Best of all what I consider “my price range.” There were a bunch of rings that had been there for a while and I had been eyeing them a year and a half earlier. I didn’t buy one at the time and never really thought about it again. On this day though I was on a mission. I tried on different sizes, color stones and shapes of this one style of ring. There were green pears, blue squares and clear rounds. I finally settled on a light brown almost clear square stone. All were set in “gold” and the one I chose fit my ring finger. I was super pleased with both of my purchases that day.

The next day I was standing at my kitchen counter next to where I had set my treasures. I looked over at the receipt for my earrings. I thought to myself, are you kidding me? The nice young man, as my mother likes to say about people my age although who am I kidding he looked 12, who rang me up….his name was Nicholas. WHOA!!! I literally stood there in utter disbelief. I would have expected Nick from a nice young man. But Nicholas? The universe had spoken and I was listening. To be honest I’m not sure what she was saying to me but I was paying attention. I like to think she was telling me my boy was now fine and not in any pain and my purchases were spot on.

The week of the one year anniversary of losing Ridiculous Nicholas I wore the ring every day. And I totally CRUSHED on it every day. I wore the earrings I had purchased and the bracelet that had been sent to me from a dear friend in his memory. This is what I mean about jewelry having meaning. It really hurt to lose him but having these little mementos make me smile and remind me how ridiculous Nicholas really was. I even opened up to someone at work in a different department about having started my blog and the purpose behind the ring I was wearing that day in memory of my cat. For me that was a risk because while I knew she was cool I really wasn’t sure if she’d think I was crazy. She was completely understanding about it and we talked about jewelry for 10 minutes.

To see him and all of his ridiculousness check out his Instagram photo album by looking at #ridiculousnicholas.

Meow, meow, meow,
Mary Green #goldbygreen aka #crazycatlady AND PROUD OF IT!

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April = Diamond

I have talked before that I didn’t really want a diamond until it was time to get a diamond. Ever since then, Frank says I need a knuckle extension. I mean let’s be honest, nothing sparkles like a diamond! That is because diamond is truly a one of a kind gem. It’s the only gem made up of one element, carbon. It’s about 99.5% carbon and the other .05% is made up of trace elements that influence color and shape.

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This is the month for diamonds! April’s birthstone is diamond so I thought this was a great blog topic. Most people have heard of the 4 c’s when it comes to diamonds: cut, color, clarity and carat. If you don’t know much about these and want to learn more check out Stephanie Gottlieb’s Diamonds 101 series on YouTube. Her quick videos are easy to watch and understand. She just did one on marquise and pear shapes which, of course, I loved! She says this is one cut that helps elongate the finger and isn’t as popular right now. It’s for the girl who wants something a little different which I did even though like I have also mentioned before I picked out the same ring as my mother-in-law without knowing it at the time!

I saw an Instagram post recently in which someone asked one of the jewelers I follow about synthetic diamonds so I thought I’d do a little research on this and colored diamonds instead of getting further into the 4 c’s.

Synthetic diamonds, also knows as lab grown or man made, are actually real diamonds they are just made through an artificial process versus real diamonds which are made through a geological process and are typically found 100 miles below the earth’s surface. Synthetic diamonds have the same chemical composition which is why they are considered real and not fake. There is nothing wrong with these diamonds as long as it’s disclosed to a buyer that they are synthetic. They also go through the same grading process as natural diamonds.

Any true Sex and the City fan knows of black diamonds. Big gave one to Carrie at the end of the second movie. She asked why black and he responded, “because you’re not like anyone else.” Black diamonds can be natural, man made or treated. All are considered real. Natural black diamonds are rare. They are an impure form of pollycrystaline diamond consisting of diamond, amorphous carbon and graphite. It’s basically a white diamond with a high number of graphite inclusions which gives them their black appearance. They have the same meaning and symbolism as white diamonds. They are found in Brazil and Central Africa.

Fancy color diamonds get their color from impurities and defects in their structure. Intense heat and pressure, nitrogen, boron, the absorption of naturally occurring radiation and possible hydrogen affect a diamond’s color; not all of those at once but one attribute affects one color. For example, blue diamonds are affected by boron.

Source: https://www.naturallycolored.com/diamond-education/how-are-colored-diamonds-made

This science is so much more fun than the many (too many!) biologies and chemistries I took in college!

Diamonds are also the symbol for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. I’m hoping they are also representative of lucky #13 (in October).

Cheers!
Mary Green #goldbygreen

 

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I Forgot…I’ve Been Making Jewelry Since the 6th Grade!

This jewelry journey, as I’ve said many times already, has taken me on a few different paths. I said from the beginning when I started to explore possibilities I do not want to design my own pieces. Fast forward a few months and oh how that has changed. I’m dying to have my own pieces brought to life. I’m working on that now. I find it hysterical at how bad I am at drawing! I’d say I’m around a kindergarten level artist. But I think I can get my point across with my less than basic skills.

So as I am thinking about this it takes me back to 6th grade. I literally remember sitting in Mr. Smith’s class wearing my handmade earrings. I crafted them out of cardboard or poster board or a think paper material like that and earring hooks. Man I WISH I still had them! I think I made a few pairs. Apparently I was crafty back then. Who knew Gold by Green was really created around 30 years ago! If only I had business cards made then.

Flash forward to us living in Huntington Beach around 2004-2005. I have no idea how I got into beading. My aunt has made tons of jewelry beading and maybe that sparked it? I really can’t remember but there was this cool little beading shop on my way home from work. I had the best time looking through stones and beads of all colors and sizes and matching them up for different designs.


I made necklaces and a few pairs of earrings. I freakin’ loved it! I even sold some! The Laguna Beach Art Museum put some in their shop! In all honesty though I never sold any there. Boo. I made all of my bridesmaids necklaces as gifts. I even thought I’d make my wedding earrings. I made two very similar prototypes and loved them both. However, when it came down to it I decided both were (way) too big and never finished either pair. earringsEvery now and then I look at them and think they are so pretty but not sure I could complete them today. I was just a tad more patient then. Which is really shocking considering I had to drive to and from work every day on the 405. People here in Rehoboth complain about summer traffic. And I do it, too (mostly because the out of town drivers are just so bad!), but really if you have never driven in California, especially Southern CA, you don’t know traffic.

Anyway, my point is that it really shouldn’t surprise me that I want to design pieces. And I’m excited to have this realization that I have already created my own designs! As I’m going through this new process I am finding my aesthetic more and more. First, I know I am a pear girl. Thanks Jessica Simpson (see previous post My Engagement Ring Confessions)! I have a lot of pear cut pieces. And as I was proofing this I noticed every necklace above and the earrings all have pear cut stones! When I decided on that for my engagement ring I never thought it would continue on and on an on! Regarding specific stones, I have been thinking a lot about moonstone from the beginning. It’s hot right now. Everyone is making pieces with moonstone. The colors in it are just radiant. The glowing whites and blues are like none you’ve ever seen when captured in really good lighting.

What is surprising is this piece of moss agate I came across. I am obsessed. It is white, clear, green and even has a tiny bit of orange. It’s so gorgeous. And it’s not something I would have thought I wanted to use. But of course I HAVE to make something that is based around greens….set in gold (plate) — in my head I’m losing my sh*t!

So….exciting stuff at this point!

Stay tuned. Stay golden. And stay green! It’s St. Patrick’s day today after all!
Mary Green #goldbygreen

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Cheers to My Tribe #IWD2018

International Women’s Day was this past week. It’s always celebrated on March 8. I was lucky enough to be part of a team that hosted an event locally honoring women making a difference in our community and we had two amazing keynote speakers, Delaware’s Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Michelle Freeman. The room was filled with amazing energy. The theme of our (not so) little cocktail party, not planned, seem to be around authenticity and who’s in your tribe per our speakers. I like to think I’m authentic. I know my tribe is awesome.

So in an attempt to be authentic I have decided to invite you all along onquote my jewelry journey a little more. I previously wrote a little about how this journey started with the blog but there is more behind that. At first this journey was totally clear. And one thing I was clear on was that I didn’t want to design my own jewelry. But like I wrote before, the universe works in mysterious ways. A few twists and turns, speed bumps as I also like to call them, caused me to reevaluate what I wanted. And overnight my vision completely changed. All of a sudden I wanted to design my own jewelry. In the middle of the night, with just the TV for light, I drew out 15 pieces of jewelry. A few necklaces, bracelets, earrings; ironically I think only one or two rings!  Some silver, some gold, lots of drusies. I even wrote out the guest list for the launch party! I do LOVE to throw a good party! It was all very clear. I get very excited to think of the possibilities but I also get very overwhelmed in the how the hell can I pull this off? There are lots and I mean LOTS of boxes to be checked. The biggest being, I don’t make jewelry! But throw it out to the universe and see what comes back. That is where I am right now. It might happen. It might not. But you’ve gotta just keep on keepin’ on. I keep telling myself, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been,” by George Eliot. This has been my favorite quote for YEARS.

This journey has been ongoing for a few months and the blog was the first big step along with the Gold by Green Instagram account. I get tons of joy out of both so that is something that motivates me! We walked into our favorite Italian sandwich shop yesterday and Robin who works there told me she read my blog. I wanted to jump across the counter and hug her! We got in the car and I told my husband that just made my day! When I think about this journey and how to move forward I was inspired by that energy I mentioned at our Girls Night Out event in honor of International Women’s Day. I thought this was the perfect time to thank my tribe! I have bounced ideas off of friends and asked if I can pick their brains over coffee, worked with a mentor, reached out to jewelers on Instagram with questions and it got me thinking how cool it is that so many women are willing to give you advice if you just ask!

Women supporting women is powerful and helps us all move forward.
I even said it last week at the event!
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I’ve tagged the ladies who have helped me so far along the way in the IG post promoting this blog post! Even though not all are on IG they should know who they are. Rock on ladies and thank you!

If an awesome lady helped you along the way give them a shout out here or tell me who inspires you in your every day life! Do you work to inspire others? Tell me all about it!

Cheers ladies,
Mary Green
#goldbygreen

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Necklace hell….

I recently got a text from a coworker that started with: I need HELP!!! I thought it was a work text and was like OH LORD WHAT HAPPENED?! Then when I saw it was sent to: Gold by Green I was like oh cool this is something I can handle! Not that I can’t handle work problems but let’s be real for me this is actually fun.

Necklaces are probably the worst to store, pack for travel, move – well you get the idea. Here is my first PSA: the following photo is a big no-no. rachel necklacesFor any kinda jewelry! Obviously for necklaces or bracelets that aren’t cuffs the reason is because they will all become tangled. I likely wouldn’t do this with most jewelry for one reason or another. Anything with a smooth surface could get scratched like gold or silver bands or bracelets, soft stones like pearls, or items could literally fall out or get scooped out by kids or four legged friends. In my house if something fell out, I would hear four little paws hit the floor running and it would become a toy likely to end up in a pile of litter or lost. I left a ring out once somewhere – crazy to realize I THINK I left it out on the bathroom counter in a dish but really not sure. I realized it was missing and knew it had turned into a toy and would show  up eventually. And it did, randomly on the floor in my closet which is in a completely different room! Toy for sure. Yet they have more real toys than I can count….

A quick note on the issue of tangling. A simple google search of how to untangle necklaces shows articles, Wiki entries and of course YouTube videos. And it must be a popular search because google auto-filled it in while I was typing! Take your pick on what works best for you. I saw a few that talked about baby oil and straight pins. If anyone has tried this let me know. I’m guessing the straight pins are to stab yourself with when you totally lose your sh*t trying to untangle them. But if tangling is a problem, simply google it and try what most appeals to you. I don’t have baby oil lying around and I’m not sure I’d want to put it on my jewelry but it sounds like it works.

necklacesSo here are a few possibilities for necklace storage in particular. Mine are hanging in my stand up jewelry box on the side “door” compartment, in individual boxes in my stand up jewelry box, laid out in my small jewelry box that literally only holds five larger necklaces any longer (was a gift from my parents back in the day) or in boxes laid out on cotton in the end table in my room. When I say “my room” it’s one of our spare bedrooms in which I have the closet because the hubs has the closet in our bedroom. My room also includes the treadmill – cool right? Well it also includes the litter boxes. PLURAL. Therefore, another reason for me to keep everything stored either in my stand up jewelry box, jewelry box or end table. It helps keep the litter dust off of my stuff. UGH.

In my former post about storage and travel I mentioned that storage is personal. What is it that you want? Do you want to see it all so you can easily decide what you want to wear? Obviously for me I want everything protected from litter dust (ugh my clothes and handbags!). There are different items you can find to hang your necklaces on if you want to see them. I have seen different items at Marshalls and Home Goods. sam necklaces
Thanks to Sam for sending me this photo of how she stores her necklaces. You can also keep them in the boxes in which they came in if you bought them from a store that gives you a box or some kind of packaging. I have mentioned previously that I am a packaging JUNKIE. I love boxes, baggies whatever. Sometimes…BAGGIES COME IN BOXES. Oh good Lord you have no idea. I keep it ALL. And I LOVE IT ALL. The box or baggie is the vessel in which the piece of jewelry was transported to me.  Given to me. It has as much meaning almost as much as the piece. Yes call me crazy but I love packaging.

First, you must decide what kind of space you have. I don’t have space to have my jewelry displayed and I don’t want litter dust all over everything so INSIDE something – jewelry box or table – is right for me. Those who don’t have to worry about litter dust or dust in general (my house seems dusty anyway) then yes I would totally have everything out on display. Some day I dream of a walk in closet for this! I have some really fun necklaces that I love but because they are packed away in boxes in my jewelry box I don’t always remember them! Recently, I noticed this so I literally try go through the boxes almost every other day. I also label the boxes so when I open the necklace/bracelet drawer I can more easily see what is what. This is a big recommendation I have for using boxes. Luckily I have a lot of white boxes that can easily be written on with a regular pen. If you’re boxes can’t easily be written on because of what they are made of consider a label maker! This is an OCD person’s dream! I can say that because I LOVE organization and claim to be OCD when it comes to organization and planning. It really makes me happy which again leads me to say I need another stand up jewelry box. One for gold and one for silver. This would make me so happy! I thought this is what I was getting for my birthday because I’ve talked about it a lot. But alas, it was not to be. I received quite a few items from Victoria’s Secret. EEEEEK! Freaks me out to say and freaked me out even more to go in to return everything – only because everything was all the wrong sizes. I did need some new undergarments so it wasn’t all wasted. But let’s just say my very kind and thoughtful husband (?) got a large credit on his credit card and I’m pretty sure the credit would cover the cost of that second jewelry box. Such a shame that I don’t think he reads my blog. 🙂

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May Your Martinis Be Strong….

It should come as no surprise at this point that I like a good dirty martini. It might come amethyst_2as a surprise that I’ve only been drinking them for less than two years. I noted before that I do NOT like olives so it’s somewhat ironic. This past week was my birthday so I enjoyed more than one. We enjoyed a few in Mexico, too. Seems like the wrong drink for Mexico but we definitely had some good ones.

So for some reason when I was recapping this week and the last few months I had a thought….May your martinis be strong and your faith be stronger. This blog stems from bigger visions for my jewelry journey. I’m not sure where the journey will go but I have learned to just have faith in whatever the universe has in store for you. Or at least try to have faith. I am likely the most impatient person I know. I get it honestly from my father. These Mexico trips have certainly taught me that I am definitely his daughter. We have gone at it a few times to say the least! So being on a journey in which you’d like to think you know where you are going and are in control only to come to find out you definitely are not has been a weeeeee bit challenging for me. But then I think what’s the rush? You know what they say….slow down you’re at the beach. I seem to have hit road block after road block. Actually it’s more like speed bump after speed bump. Again, okay universe I get it. The flip side is that I am a planner. I like to make a list and check things off. So being prepared is important and these little time outs force me to reevaluate, rethink and try to be creative in how I can make this little side hustle become a reality.

Okay I’m a little off since this is supposed to be a jewelry blog. Are you getting a taste of what it’s like inside my head? I mentioned it was my birthday which means….martinis!!! Oh wait I mean AMETHYST!

Photo source: UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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I adore my birthstone. It’s a precious stone that is a variety of quartz. When I think about the color purple – not the movie – literally the color – I realize I like it yet I it’s not my favorite. Let’s face it though it’s the color of royalty and crown royal. Word. Because it’s my birthstone I am a bit obsessed with it. I have lots or rings (duh), a few necklaces and bracelets, a few pairs of earrings. It has meaning to me. Back to my book Crystals by Jennie Harding, amethyst was used in royal jewels such as crowns and in healing it helps open the crown chakras and third-eye. Get it? Crowns and royal. Now it all makes sense. Okay not really but one ironic meaning of amethyst is that the word is actually derived from an Ancient Greek work meaning not drunk. It is said to protect it’s wearer from drunkenness. I mean the irony. Are you lol’ing yet?