My good friend invited me to a jewelry party. I was intrigued by the idea of a jewelry show and wanted to support my good friend. I ended up having a great time. I took my favorite escort, Jamesy Boy and I was able to try on some jewelry.
What I liked most about the party is that the lady who was talking about the products did not talk a long time. I think she talked for 10 minutes and the rest of the time we could try on the jewelry. The jewelry was lovely and it was fun to put on, and I ended up buying some pearl earrings, because there are a few things I cannot resist supporting: an entrepreneur and pearls:)
The jewelry she was sponsoring was a Canadian Jewelry company Tocara and the lady said that each piece of jewelry was:
Stainless Steel and was Rhodium dipped.
She said the jewelry can be worn by anyone. She asked if anyone was allergic to jewelry and this lady rose her hand. The saleslady put a bracelet on her, and I just watched the lady all evening waiting to break out in hives and she did not:)
The jewels that are used in the pieces are manufactured in their factory and takes three years to make each one.
If you lose an earring, you can just buy one side of the earring, and she does not know of any company who does that. I thought that was a clever idea, and a really smart thing to do, because I have lost a lot of earrings.
After all of this spiel, I just kept thinking, Rhodium, what is this magical ingredient that makes Sterling Silver not tarnish? That is the problem about Sterling Silver, is that it tarnishes. As soon as I got home I looked up Rhodium and found this great article that answered all my questions and more.
Here are some Rhodium highlights:
1. It is the world’s most expensive precious metal, costs 6 times as much as gold.
2. When cleaning Rhodium plated jewelry you need to use mild liquid shampoo water and a microfiber rag. Anything else like an Ultrasonic cleaner, chemicals, polishing cloth, or anything else would hurt the Rhodium.
3. In the 1930s Rhodium was used for Silverware, so that people would not have to polish their silverware all the time. Later on it was used for jewelry.
4. Rhodium can wear out over time, it depends on a number of factors, but if you wear your jewelry a lot the Rhodium wears out between a 6-24 month period. If you wear jewelry infrequently like a broach, then it will last a LONG TIME.
Overall the night was wonderful. I enjoyed how relaxed the atmosphere was and how I did not feel pressure to buy. When I did buy the jewelry though I was surprised how fast the price went up. The Shipping cost was $7.99 and then the tax added on top of it, was $5.00. Luckily they gave you a free piece of jewelry that was a pendant for attending the party. That made me feel better about the whole purchase. Now I am just waiting for the wonderful pieces of jewelry to come in the mail, and I am sure I will love them.
Tales of the Shop:
I have always wondered if I would like to do home sales. I watched my friend get so excited about the event, and as it got closer more and more people started canceling, and some of the excuses were pretty funny. It made her wonder if anyone would show up! It was a great showing, but it is hard to get people to do something extra, because there is so much to do in life:)
In some ways it is hard to sell jewelry because it is not a necessity, like food, rent, and other things in life that always seem to pile up.
Jewelry is not a necessity but I love it and I don’t wear it nearly enough, but when I do I must say I feel like a princess. Even while I am running around cleaning up who knows what, and chasing toddlers. Seeing something sparkly and pretty makes me smile and I have to remember, it is okay to spend money on yourself sometimes!
So will I ever do home parties? Ummm, probably not for a while. I am happy when I get a blog post up! In the mean time, I am having fun watching this:)