What does Your Jewelry Mean to You?

What makes you want to wear to wear jewelry?  What kind of jewelry do you like buying? Does it matter to you if you know where the jewelry is made?  Are you looking for the latest trend, a timepiece, or something unique that can be found from second hand sources such as a garage sale, thrift store, craigslist, or a pawn shop?

Jewelry to me is something that is special, the only piece of jewelry I wear on a consistent basis is my wedding ring, without it I feel like I have lost a longtime friend.  TO me it symbolizes what is important in my life and keeps me focused on what matters most to me which is my family.

How can a piece of jewelry mean so much?  Jewelry is one of those things that increases with value over time and meaning the more you wear it.  My Sister in Law wears her wedding ring and a necklace with beautiful little rings that symbolize each of her kids.  My other sister in law wears no jewelry except her wedding band.

When I went to a garage sale I saw pearls and I instantly got excited asking if they were real, they were not, but she replied my most important pearls are inside in a special spot. When a person wears a piece of jewelry consistently you know that there is a story behind it, and sometimes you are lucky to have the benefits of hearing that story:)

A piece of jewelry can add character to your clothing, it is the one unique feature where everyone can wear the same shirt, but the accessories make all the difference.

To me jewelry means my family. We have worked together over the years learning the tools of the trade.  I would like to think I have two degrees one a music education degree, and another as a jeweler.  I look at jewelry differently and life differently after working in the shop.

Let me explain:

You may look at this knot ring and think oh how cute (well, I hope you like it:).

When I look at this knot ring, I see the first glimpse of hope for our Hoops by Hand business, we had started this business for over a year and not much was happening. And then Nicole put up the knot ring, and the sales started coming. Then our hopes began to grow and expand because of this blessed knot ring.

I see a hoop earring and it makes me happy, because this is a classic of the shop and one of the first pieces of jewelry that we learned to make, it was the gateway into the jeweler life. It is tricky enough to make you feel like you made something worthwhile, but also there was so much more to learn.

I look at the braid ring and I see a love and hate relationship with this ring.  It was one of those rings that I didn’t want to learn how to make but my dad had decided that this was the piece of jewelry that would become my specialty.  Now it is one of my favorites to make and the only braid I can legitimately make:)

I see the Double Wrap Earrings and feel very possessive of these Earrings, because they are mine!  I made them summer after summer, this was where I made the big bucks (Well in my mind anyway…) and I was sad when I could not make them anymore and someone else had to take over.

One of the hardest things for me in leaving Utah, was of course saying goodbye to my family, but second, I wasn’t able to make jewelry anymore.  I missed being with my family, but a part of me knew that what I really missed is taking a piece of wire, and making it into something beautiful, for a special someone out there who was kind enough to make a purchase.  In the end I see myself only wearing my wedding band, I never seem to be able to keep both sides of a pair of earrings, a necklace makes me feel strangled, (probably because I have had a baby for the past 11 years and they like to tug on it) so I will chalk that up to a stage in my life.  But I miss the craft of making jewelry.  Have you ever learned something, and you miss it with all your heart?  That is what jewelry means to me!


Now I probably got you worried, now you may think…who makes the jewelry in your shop?  My mom, dad, and Lisa, are the ones at the helm, and I help whenever and wherever I can. Each of these pieces from our Etsy shop are made from a cute little basement in Provo UT. The shop keeps changing locations, but the heart and makers of it never do, in fact they get better with age:)

Thanks for supporting us in what we love!

Love Hoops by Hand



DIY Pearl Pendant

pearl pendant


Hello everyone! How has your week gone?

This is what our week is looking like:

Tearing out the linoleum and putting in beautiful grey tile. It is hard to have the house in disarray (because it already is without added help!) But I must remind myself that one month of craziness will give us many YEARS of enjoyment, or at least two years of beautiful tile.



My Mare Mare is growing so fast!  4 Months going on 16.  She is perfect!


The artist that I wanted to sponsor this week was Emma Stone.  Her jewelry tends to be minimal or not at all! A girl after my own heart. So after a fun Pinterest search, I found my picture:

picture found from the site InStyle

I saw that beautiful pearl necklace and then began the process of making this simple, classic pendant.

I gathered all my tools:


Made sure my helpers were involved in their own projects, and then entered into the creative zone:


The jewelry supplies you will need are:

Find any chain! (My boys gave me a chain with an A on it for my birthday, which was so thoughtful of them)  I have a feeling that you will have a necklace chain that would like a revamp!)

Head Pin

Fancy Jump Pin

Glass Pearl or a Real Pearl of any size or color

The Jewelry Tools:


Round Nose Pliers



How to make it!

Grab your Pearl and Head Pin, slide the pearl onto the head pin.

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With your Round Nose Pliers, on the opposite side of the ear pin wire circle the wire around the round nose plier like this:


It should look like this:


Now I straighten the wire, to know how much to cut the wire down by the pearl.  The reason I started doing this is because it takes the guesswork out of how much to cut off on the end that counts, which is by the pearl, I found myself cutting the wire too short, and then it was the waste of a head pin.

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Because the wire and the Pearl are so close together, it is tricky to make the circle, but it can be done!


Open up your Jump ring:

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Close it:


Grab your pearl pendant and hook it onto the jump ring.


Close the circle, and you are done!


And just like that you have a beautiful classic necklace that can be worn with anything!


And in case your were wondering, here are the lego creations:

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The reason why I chose Emma Stone for my inspiration this week, is because she happened to be a show called La La Land, that is sweeping the nation, and I may be as dramatic to say even the world?!  I have not seen it, but I heard this song, and it really spoke to me.

Hearing this song makes me cry. It means a lot to me. I am a dreamer, always have been and I suspect always will be.

My dad is a dreamer, he is a jeweler who has owned his business for more than thirty years, and his business has taken lots of twists and turns.  Yet the thing that remains is his passion for  his trade.

I married a Scientist whom I would not associate as a dreamer type,  is also a dreamer as well. He was offered a job this past weekend that was what he thought he wanted, but felt that he wanted to go another way. Although it was hard to say no, I admired him for being brave to chase another dream.

I am learning that the journey of the becoming process is what it is all about!  In the end I have a feeling that everyone is a dreamer, so here is to all of us, “Crazy as we may seem!”

P.S. I am wearing the pearl pendant, but my blasted hair is covering it!!! I was dealing with a little lamb that was trying to eat the computer, and realized that you cannot even see the necklace until the very end. I was going to make another video, but then realized that Jamesy boy was having a great time as you can see in the background putting  makeup in the carpet. So I decided that this video would have to do, because every minute counts in this house, in regards of keeping things safe and intact!

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!

DIY: Dangle Earrings

I am going to do it, I am going to write this post if it is the last thing I do today!  I realize that I still need to unpack from the New Years trip, that Christmas is still up.  I know that there is a lot to do, but that is why I keep not writing.  I am learning that there will always be something to do.  But today with my baby on one arm and my right hand typing, this post will be finished!

Here are some beautiful Dangle Earrings, that are fun to wear.  I have worn them constantly these past two weeks, because they worked with all that I wore, and…they were the only pair of earrings I could find a pair to at the moment.  I swear that earrings are like socks, pens, scissors, little lego men, bobby pins, gloves, shoes… they just keep disappearing.

the mystery is alive and still happening!



The Items you will need are: Read more

Knot Ring Tutorial

My dad has been in the jewelry business for over 35 years, he has seen a lot of jewelry styles come and go, and there has been one ring that has stood the test of time, and proven to be a top seller from the beginning of its existence  now, and I predict it will continue to be popular, introducing the Knot Ring.

Knot Ring yeah!


This lovely ring can be made in Rose Gold Read more

DIY Pearl Ring

I LOVE PEARLS. I love how pure, simple, and beautiful they are.

I think my love of pearls began with Anne of Green Gables when she wanted  pearls for her wedding ring.

“But pearls are for tears, the old legend says,” Gilbert had objected. “I’m not afraid of that. And tears can be happy as well as sad. My very happiest moments have been when I had tears in my eyes—when Marilla told me I might stay at Green Gables—when Matthew gave me the first pretty dress I ever had—when I heard that you were going to recover from the fever. So give me pearls for our troth ring, Gilbert, and I’ll willingly accept the sorrow of life with its joy.” -Anne” Read more