Heart Earrings.

Oh Valentine’s Day,

You have come again,

For those of you who are wondering what to give their loved ones, here is an idea…

These beautiful Heart Earrings!



Equipment needed:

4 inch 20 gauge Sterling Silver.

Pen: Here is a video how you can use a pen to make a heart earring

Round Nose Pliers

Cleaning Cloths

The heart earrings above are made out of niobium, which is an awesome material that I covered extensively in this article.

Niobium is tougher to bend than Sterling Silver, so it will be best to learn how to make these with Sterling Silver wire, or Gold filled wire.


Tales of the Shop:

Here are my Valentine’s, I am so lucky to have them in my life.  HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!




The Rise of Rose Gold

Oh Rose Gold where have you been all my life?  Why did I not know that you existed until now when it seems like it is appearing on everything?

I typed in Rose Gold on Pinterest, and found watches, cupcakes, cups, headphones, bikes, faucets and shoes.  Apple i phone has called rose gold the new pink and now apparently people are dying their hair a rose gold shade, which is quite lovely.

So with all the hype of rose gold, I have gathered some information about this wonderful type of jewelry that has inspired this craze.

There are three kinds of Rose golds, Red Gold, Rose Gold and Pink Gold.  The more copper it has in the gold the more Red it is.  Gold in and of itself is very soft and hard to make it into jewelry and can easily be dented with the wear and tear of life.  That is why an alloy which means another metal is combined with gold to make it more durable and easier to work with.  To create the rose hue copper is added to the gold.

To help you understand how much copper is added to it can be found in what Karat they are made of.

24K Gold is 100% Gold

22 K gold is 91.7 % Gold

18 K is 75% Gold

14K Gold is 58.3% Gold

12 K gold is 50% Gold and

10 K gold is 41.7% gold. anything below 10 K is not considered to be real gold in America.  That is why it is important to make sure that any ring that you see has the Karat stamped inside the piece of jewelry to make sure it is legit.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some amazing pictures of Red, Rose and Pink Gold

18K Red Gold has 75% Gold and 25% Copper

These beautiful rings can be found on My Golden Age

18K Rose Gold has 75% Gold 22.5% Copper and 2.75% Silver

Frosted 18K Rose Gold Ring (Thin)

This stunning pair can be found on JewelPalor

18K Pink Gold has 75% Gold 20% Copper and 5% Silver

Tulip Ring (18K rose gold)

This delicate little beauty is found on ruiandaguri

To let you see the contrast between the white, yellow and pink (Rose)

These beautiful rings can also be found at ruiandaguri

History of Rose Gold:

Rose Gold first showed up in Russia in the 19th century and known as Russian Gold

Antique Russian Rose Gold ring sterling with sweetheart flower OOAK

This Ring can be found at Vintage Sparkles

Mid Victorian era was also a time for Rose Gold which symbolized romance and love.

Early Old European Cut Diamond (.85ct) in 18K Gold Victorian / Art Nouveau Engagement Ring with Black Enamel R941

This ring is a vintage beauty from the 1800s and can be found at pebbleandpolish

1920’s found a resurgence of the rose gold ring thanks to cartiers trinity Rolling Ring.  This ring has the best of three worlds, for those that have a hard time deciding what type of gold they like best, why not just combine all three?  Rose gold, yellow gold and white gold.

Vintage Cartier 18K Trinity Rolling Ring / Cartier Rolling Ring / Cartier Trinity Ring / Vintage Cartier / Cartier Pendant / 18K gold ring

Heist Vintage is the place to find this beautiful ring with a fun excerpt of what each of the bands represents.

During the World War II there was a ban against platinum because it was used for the military, so rose gold proved to be a great alternative from the 1930s-1950s.

This Gold Signet from the 1950s, can be found at MSJewelers.

The 90s came and went and rose gold fell in the background because minimalism and sleekness were in.  But FINALLY Rose Gold came back and is better than ever!

Here are some of my favorites:

Super Thin 14k Rose Gold Ring(s), 14k Rose Gold Filled, Rose Gold Stacking Rings, Simple Rose Gold Ring, Thin Rose Gold Rings, Dainty Rings

14K Rose Gold Rings found at Alaridesign

Tiny Dot Rose gold earrings, pink gold earrings, hammered rose gold discs, dainty earrings, everyday earrings, simple small dangle earrings

Tiny Dot Rose Gold earring found at KGarnerDesigns

I see pearls and always get excited, this can be found at milajewellerydesign

Open triangle necklace // Geometric jewelry - Rose Gold

This simple necklace is so refreshing, this is from bySiukwan

WOW! Thank you artmasters for creating this!

Rose Gold diamond wedding engagement Rings

And to finish off my love Rose Gold here are some rings that are just perfect! Thank you Elegant wedding invites for finding them!

All I can say is Hallelujah Rose Gold IS BACK!



Tips on how to Ship Your things

Our least favorite time of day working in the shop was 4:00 pm when we had to have all the jewelry cleaned, packaged and in the box to send to the UPS man.  My mom liked to made sure that we used up all our working time right to the last minute.  We would send Nicole off to meet the UPS man (because she knew how to get there FAST!)  While we waited anxiously hoping that the package got there in time.  More often than not, we were able to make it in time!  When we missed the UPS man…that was not a good moment!!!

What I have learned about myself moving to Canada!

Tales of the Shop:

My family and I recently moved to Canada, and I would like to tell you a couple of things of what I learned about myself:

1.  I am a pack rat and keep all things that are of sentimental value, which led me to be able to fill a 26 foot truck!

2.  When I get nervous I have a hard time sleeping at night.  Luckily this only happened the night before we crossed the Canadian border.

3.  I am not a very good solo driver, especially if there are kids involved, which there always is:)

4.  No matter where I go there are good people everywhere who are willing to help.

5.  As long as I have my wonderful husband and sweet little boys, all will be well!  I learned this tip from my parents:)

6.  I always need to look forward to something to get me through stressful moments.  Which makes Daniels wedding in August perfect timing:)

7.  I tend to get frustrated when things don’t turn out right the first time.

8.  Whenever I feel like things are too overwhelming the best thing for me to do is go to sleep!

9.  Whenever I feel sad or wish I could be closer to family, I count all the blessings in my life…there are A LOT!

10.  My strategy for unpacking is to put all the boxes in the basement and then go from there!

11.  Moving is not my favorite thing.  Period!

How to Make a Heart Earring With a Pen!

We are a family of four sisters and two brothers who were lucky enough to have a dad who has been a jeweler for over thirty years and taught us some of the tools of the trade. We love to share what we have learned over the years of growing up in the jewelry business.

My dad has made hundreds of designs, some of which can be found on our site.  In this post we will focus on his heart designs:

heart loop

gold heart

double heart

All of these heart designs are incredible, and require specialized tools that are only in the shop.  So I challenged my dad to come up with a design using tools that everyone has.  With that challenge, he created a beautiful heart earring using a pen, which you may or may not have on hand.  I know that in my house, it is hard to find a pen:)

How to Make Heart Earrings in Two Minutes

The supplies that you will need are:

  • Pen
  • Wire cutters
  • Ruler
  • Sterling Silver Wire, or any wire you have on hand.
  • Pliers – These red pliers are my favorite pliers and can be found at the Home Depot.
  • Polishing cloth

Here is the youtube video of How to Make Heart Earrings in two Minutes

The first time you make these earrings will probably be a little tough, but do not let that stop you.  Every time my dad taught us a design, it took a lot of work to be able to get it right, but over time it got better and we even enjoyed making whatever style he taught us. Then he immediately would show us another design to make!  that is the great thing about making jewelry, there is always something to learn.

Happy Jewelry Making!

We are doing a special giveaway for the Proper Pinwheel crowd. To enter the giveaway like our Facebook page and leave a comment below.

The winner gets to pick anything from our Hoops by hand or etsy shop


The hoopsbyhand team:

DSC_1291From left to right, Angela, Nicole, Collette, Lisa, Daniel and Thomas

Exercising – A Family Activity:)

My parents love exercising.  They make it a priority to exercise everyday.  This began at a young age, my mom would put in her current aerobic video which happened to be Homestretch with Lee and Ali and we would be running around her while she was exercising.

Later on we would go to the rec center at Snow College and go swimming, play tennis, or racquetball.  As we got older we learned how to play tennis and afterwards get a Hogi Yogi ice-cream, because we deserved to gain back those calories that we just burned:)  We would walk our beautiful dog Queenie every day, and on Sundays we always take our family walk around the massive huge block in Spanish Fork, UT


We later moved on to the Dana tapes, then to The Firm, which I have inherited from my family and still use today:)  I have a feeling though that my siblings an mom and dad have moved on to other exercises, let me explain:

Collette – is one of our best tennis players and is good at going to the gym.

Angela – (me) – Stick to my favorites from the 90s, the Firm tapes which we lovingly call the white, lady and the yellow lady.  I also do the elliptical and Homestretch.  I am grateful for these videos because they are modest!  I have four boys six and under who are very aware when someone isn’t modest, so if they have something less than a modest swimming suit, I get a lot of comments from the peanut gallery…. Also four years ago I did the couch to 5k program which I loved, and hope to do it again soon.  I did the first day last week and my knee started hurting, so I will keep you posted on that progress, or not… I also have the Insanity tapes, when I am brave I will attempt those again, but not right now!

Thomas – Is quite the tennis extroadinaire is a runner.  He doesn’t like candy, and is the healthiest out of us all, so he will be forever lean!

Daniel – Can play tennis until the cows come home, his endurance is incredible, which is why he can do P 90X with a smile:)

Lisa – the little baben is a slight little thing, but don’t let that fool you, she and Daniel have the best dance moves known to man.  Which makes her the perfect candidate of Zumba

My mom – Goes to the gym everyday, does weight lift training, the elliptical, and an amazing walker.

My pops – Reads a lot about exercise and changes his strategy all the time on what is the best way to lose weight.  Although his workouts are not as crazy as Daniels, he eats the healthiest, and can walk forever, tries to incorporate exercising while working, and believes in weight training, and the sauna:)

I will save the best for last, Nicole is the wonder of all.  She has the most endurance out of all of us and beyond!  Every time I exercise with her I end up on the side of the road and she has to go get my dad to come pick me up.  She has run a marathon, does tap dancing, wakes up at 5:30 am in the morning to go to exercise classes, barely run the ragnar.  Which I didn’t know existed until she told me about it.  She also does P 90X and has not met an exercise that she couldn’t do!

Tales of the Shop

For the 4th of July, we are all going to be together for a wonderful family reunion! The last time we got together was for Collette’s amazing wedding which happened to be in June:) Congratulations Collette and Buck on your one year Anniversary. WE LOVE YOU!

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