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

How to Make a Pearl Ring

collageWe have made about 12 youtube videos and this beautiful pearl ring has the most views by a lot!

This is by far my favorite ring that my dad makes.  How I love this Pearl Ring!  This youtube video is incredible. It makes me really appreciate the talent that my dad has in both designing and making the jewelry. Read more

All I Want for Christmas…

All I Want for Christmas…

101 Link Parties!Christmas when I was a kid seemed to take forever to arrive, but as I grow older it comes here before I know it!  So I already know what I am getting for Christmas.  The main reason is because I get the presents myself.  Surprises are not my favorite, never have been and probably never will…  So for next year I would like for Christmas is…

 

Last week I talked about Semi precious gems that look a lot like the Precious stones, Emerald, Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond, but are a lot cheaper.  So this week my quest was to find out the durability of these Semi precious gem copycats and then find a beautiful jewelry piece to go along with it.

The Emerald Look a like

Chrome Diopside has a brilliant green color that resembles an Emerald.  It is a soft gem and can be easily scratched.  But with this ring, I think that it can be well protected by having the Chrome Diopside be a smaller stone and then being protected by Diamonds (probably not real diamonds, because the ring is not that expensive:))

The Tourmaline can be several colors it can range from a pretty Emerald like color to a Ruby color.  In fact the only drawback it has is that it is rarely found to be colorless.  They can be multicolored and even dichronic which means that depending upon the angle of how you look at the gem it can appear to be a different color.  Add to the durability of this gem, and you’ve got your perfect gem!

Here is what I would choose for the Chrome Tourmaline  I do not have a lot of necklaces.  Probably because I have three boys that like to grab anything they can touch.  But for this I will make an exception.  I will wear it when my boys go to bed:)

Now to the Ruby look a likes:

The Sunstone Gem – is more of an orange color, but the darker the orange is like this ring you can pretend it has a little tint of red in it!  It is a beautiful gem regardless.  And it is the official gemstone of Oregon because there is a lot of Sunstone Gem available there.  This gem literally sparkles because of the beautiful copper in it.

With the ever versatile Tourmaline, it can also appear like a ruby, but with a much lower price tag.  I was drawn to this Rubellite Tourmaline ring just because it is from the 1960s.  How I love vintage.  Call me an old soul, but I believe I should have been born in the Cary Grant age.  So yes, I LOVE this ring. And it is an original, there will not be a copy cat of it, which I love:)

Sapphire Look a lite

This Sapphire look a like is also a Tourmaline.  This is a cool ring, it is not listed yet on etsy, but don’t you worry it will be!  Just keep on scrolling down and find the Afghan Tourmaline.  There are a lot of cool designs.  What a talented lady:)

Diamond look a likes

White Zircon is hard and durable.  It will not be as hard as a diamond, but nothing is!  This ring is quite the deal and if I wore it I would definitely be stepping out of my comfort zone, but it is stunning!  And just think if it was a diamond ring, how much more the price would have been?

White Sapphire – It is hard, and not just blue, Sapphire can be pink, pink-orange (which is really rare), yellow, or can change colors, blue outdoors, purple in doors, green gray or black.  I chose a wedding ring to show you how closely it resembles a diamond.  Isn’t this beautiful and for a fraction of the price.  Not only is it cheaper but a sapphire is also a precious stone, so you can’t go wrong:)

Goshenite Beryle got it name from being found in Goshen Massachusetts.  It is a hard material and in the past has been used for eyeglasses and lenses.  It comes from the same family as the Emerald which is also from the beryl family.  This Wire Ring is literally an artistic creation.  I love all the wires being wrapped around continuously around this gem to keep it safe.

Petalite – Was discovered in 1800 and can be grey, yellowish brown or pink.  It is also very durable.  I went with this simple, elegant and classic teardrop pendant.  It seems like it could be kid proof as well!

Danburite is durable and can be pale yellow, yellowish brown or pink.  It is named for being found in Danbury, Connecticut in 1839.  I chose another pendant that is artistic.  What she did was take the Danburite as it was and then created a beautiful wire setting to compliment the raw beautiful gem that it already is!

So there you have it!  May you have a Merry Christmas!

Tales from the Shop:

Everyone will be there this year except for me!  How I love my family.  I am one lucky girl:)

I asked everyone what there most memorable Christmas present was:

Angela – I got my favorite print from Storytellers festival and dad made a frame for it.  It is hanging up in my boys room.  And whenever I see it I think of my dad and the awesome Storytellers festival!

Nicole – Speed bag I secretly wanted it but didn’t dare ask it was a great surprise for my 15th Christmas.

Thomas – My most memorable was the year I got a tennis ball machine!

Lisa – Doll house I got with pops.  It was supposed to be one you build together, I was sooooo so soooo excited.  We opened it up and saw it was basically in pieces the size of popsicle sticks.  I think we spent two times on it.  And one of the times dad claims he waited in the garage for an hour waiting for me to come work on it with him.  I do not recall this, but it was a nice dream.:)

Dad – My first sleeping bag.

Mom – a doll that came with a bed, high chair and stroller.  I kept looking around at my siblings and wondered how come I got so much stuff!

 

 

 

Inexpensive Beautiful gems that you might not know about.

Inexpensive Beautiful gems that you might not know about.

101 Link Parties!The four Precious Stones the Sapphire, Ruby, Diamond and Emerald are beautiful but expensive.  There are other stones that may not be as rare, but still have a lot of great qualities to them.  In fact there are some stones that closely resemble these Precious Stones but for a fraction of the price.

Why would you want just one gem for a huge price tag when you can get other stones that are just as beautiful for less?

Let’s begin with the this Sapphire, it is perfectly eye clean and heated for $5,250.00 for 1.32 carats.  There is a lot lesser quality Sapphire that is 1.22 carats for $195.00.

Tanzanite is a beautiful color it has a more purplish color, but you can get it in a  Sapphire blue.  For the same price of the quality 1.32 Carat Sapphire you can get  9.41 Carats of the beautiful Tanzanite.  Or a 1.22 carat Tanzanite if that would suit you more with the cost of $136.00.

Let’s move on to the Rare Beautiful gem the Emerald.  The Emerald is the most rare Precious stone.  So lets look into other beauties such as:

Chrome Diopside, it is a softer gem, so it is best in earrings.  It is possible to put in a ring, but you need to be VERY CAREFUL!  However it is inexpensive enough being $112.o0 for 1.56 carats, that it will be Okay if something happens to it.  Which is the beauty of these least expensive gems, it will not be the end of the world if it happens to be lost or scratched!

Chrome Tourmaline – is another fun inexpensive option.  For $160.00 you can get a beautiful 1.06 carat gem.

Let’s move on the beautiful Ruby this beautiful Precious gem is worth $9,500 for 1.26 carats.

For those of you who love the Ruby color, there are other beautiful gems that can give you a beautiful reddish color!

There is this beautiful stone called the Rubellite Tourmaline, that does not necessarily have the deep red, but it has a lighter tone, which makes it more on the pink side, but there is a hint of red.  And the cost is significantly cheaper, for $255.00 you can get 1.74 carats.

Fancy Tourmaline is a neat gem, because it can be a lot of colors, including a red!  The Tourmaline I chose is more on the orange side of a red, but I am sure with all the choices of colors that tourmaline offers, that there could be a closer replica of that Ruby Red!  For $99.00 you can get 1.49 carats.
Since my birthday is in January I am a huge Garnet fan.  I know that Garnet is not a Ruby.  However, a Garnet can be darker or lighter depending on the gem that you find.  And the lighter the Garnet, the more of a Ruby like appearance it will be.  Take for example these two Garnet pieces are redder in color and for $70.00 for 3.21 carats, it is worth a shot!

The Sunstone Gem is more on the orange side.  It is a beautiful gem and very inexpensive, you can get a 0.97 carat for $58.00.  This stone can be as light and as dark you as you would like.  The darker you go, the more you will find the Ruby look.  Who doesn’t like orange though?  It is my moms favorite color!

The finale will be the Diamond.  I know that it will be hard to convince diamond lovers that there are other options…But I will do my best!  In fact this is the easiest one to duplicate, because it is white!  For the other gems, it is hard to get the perfect color to match what a Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald is.  But the diamond has some tough competitors:)

White Zircon is beautiful and to be able to get a 2.61 carat for 90.00, that is awesome!

White Sapphire is available for 1.31 carat for $225.00.  Sapphire is a fun gem, because it can be several colors, the dark blue is the most famous.  They do come in a brilliant white though!

Goshenite Beryl is hard, clear and it comes with a beautiful price of $48.00 for a  5.31 carat rock!  

I am not even finished yet:)  Here is Petalite for 3.74 carats for $56.00.

I will save the best for last, let me introduce Danburite, you can get 2.2 carats for $32.00!  I don’t know about you but I will be able to save up for that!

Oh let me remind you how much a Diamond is,  $1,056.00 for .40 carats.

My next challenge for myself will be to find a perfect jewelry piece for each of these beautiful gems and also research to know how hardy each of these gems are.  Stay tuned for next week!

My main point here it to let you know that there are other beautiful gems out there.  And though they might not be as rare, they are stunning nonetheless!  In fact how often do you see these gems around?  So many people are wanting to get the four main precious stones that oftentimes the most common but beautiful gems are overlooked.  And so by buying the semi precious gems, you may be the most unique of all!

Tales of the Shop! 

December 6th was my Dad’s Birthday, the creator of the jewelry designs in our Shop .

I asked each of my brothers and sisters something that our dad has taught them.

Collette – Dad has taught me many things but one of the things I admire most and have learned from him…is he has lived in a way that has taught me that anything is possible.  What a great way to think!  All things are possible!

Angela –  My dad has taught me how to be patient.  I cannot think of one time that he raised his voice to us.  He has always been so soft spoken:)  I also love how creative he is, he has taught me to think outside the box and to pursue your dreams.  He has also taught me how to work hard and to keep on learning.  I consider my dad the smartest man alive!

Nicole – He has taught me that taking the time to teach us kids how to make something was more important than getting the job done.

Thomas – Dad taught me the importance of trying new things and experimenting to find what’s the best!

Daniel – I learned from his incredible patience in forgiving low quality work.  he never gave up on me & never showed frustration.

Lisa – When I was playing tennis, dad would tell me to read books on how to serve better.  He’d come to all my matches and remember pointers to tell me after.  He always had a different outlook aside from my coach, I loved it.  When dad teaches you something, he’s willing to support it all the way.  He’d play with me, buy books (always buys books), and follow up.  The best kind of teacher.

 

 

Why Emeralds and other Colored Gems can be Disappointing.

Rule Number one – Before you buy a colored gem/stone, be sure to see it!

My dad when he was first starting out in jewelry, wanted to make a ring that included a nice Emerald.  Until this time he had only worked with diamonds and was only familiar with the strength and cut of a diamond.  So when he received the Emeralds he had purchased for his rings.  He was disappointed in a lot of ways.  The gem itself was very cloudy and not clear, the cut was different than a diamond cut and when he was working with them to set them in the ring they would break because there were a lot of weak spots and inclusions.

 

Gems and stones are measured in terms of quality by the 4 C’s: Color, Clarity, Carat and Cut
CLARITY
What you are looking for is for a gem that has no blemishes, cracks or inclusions to the naked eye.  An inclusion are the imperfections that nature caused to the stone., like rocks, minerals, change of heat, etc Some gems are harder than others and so can withstand what Mother Nature throws at them a little better. Which is why when my dad was trying to set the Emerald which is a softer gem, the stone broke because it has more inclusions than a Garnet that has less inclusions because of it’s hardness.

COLOR
If you were to find some colored stones that have good clarity and zero inclusions.  The next step is how intense you want the color.  In gems there are three categories in Color –
The Hue – describes the Primary color
Tone  – describes how light or dark a stone is. An example of this would be a Garnet. The color can range to a red that is almost ruby like to a deep purple that is almost black.
Saturation – which describes how much of the Primary hue a stone contains, without grey or brown being included in the color.

CUT
Buying Colored gems is completely different than buying a diamond.  Gems are cut differently than a diamond to show off the color.  The cut of a colored gem does not come to an abrupt edge, because the gem is fragile and it is less likely to break with this type of cut. Some of them like an Emerald if they were cut like a diamond, it has so many cracks that it would break.  They are instead cut flat to keep it strong.

CARAT
The size of the stone is important. To truly show off the color saturation of a colored gem they need to be a substantial size.  Sapphire, Garnet, Topaz and Amethyst look great regardless of the size.  And in fact make great accents to a diamond.

WHERE TO BUY GEMS

My dad uses a service called Memo where they send you colored gems for you to see them, and if you do not like them you can send them back.  You do need to be careful with this process because they try to get you to take the whole lot.  Sot there are few good ones with a lot of duds.  Another option is to go to a Gem show to know what you are getting and there will be a lot of options.  With this method you can see the seller in person and you do not need to buy in bulk

The hardest gems to find are the Rubys and Emeralds. They are more rare than diamonds and it is hard to find a clear one of these without inclusions and great color. In fact the best place to get a quality Ruby or Emerald is to look for antique jewelry.

So remember that when you are buying a Colored Stone/gem be sure to see it to know what you are exactly getting.  There are also other beautiful gems that are not as well known as the Birthstones but are equally as beautiful and more affordable.  You still get a beautiful gem that is natural but without the price tag.  I will write next week about my dad’s favorite Colored gems that are not as well known!

Tales of the Shop

Our Birthmonths – In our family, our birthdays would be a week long celebration and was eventually changed to your Birth Week.  We still carry that tradition as we start our own small families.  I myself have tried to extend it to a Birth Month…

Dad – December (For his birthday we would sometimes go up to Provo and go see three movies in one day at the movie theatre, we loved that!)
Mom – January (Loved having her birthday in January because you get the after Christmas sales!)
Collette – November It’s coming up! (She always got the best presents and she would always celebrate with the family instead of having friend parties.  We loved that!)
Angela – January (I always felt special having my birthday be two days after my mom.  We would celebrate our birth week together!)
Nicole – March (Always reminded us months in advance that her birthday was coming up!)
Thomas – July (He didn’t make such a big deal about it.  We would usually play tennis on his birthday or doing some athletic event.)
Daniel – June (Such a precious one.  He wouldn’t make a big deal about it.  But we would!)
Lisa – December – (If there was a girl that loved her birthday it would be Lisa!  Not only did she plan her birthday with a power point to show us what she wanted to do for her whole day.  She also would celebrate her half birthday in June!)

 

Celebrate your Anniversary with a Birth Stone!

Celebrate your Anniversary with a Birth Stone!

I have finally found a way to accumulate all the birthstones!   And that is through celebrating your Wedding Anniversary or any anniversary.  I focused on the Birthstones.  But there are several lists out there that has something for every year.  It will take time to get all of the birth stones…but it is possible!

 

January – Garnet – the stone of “Passion” -18th year

February – Amethyst – the stone of “Sincerity” – 4th and 6th year

March – Aquamarine – stone of “Beauty and Loyalty” – 16th and 19th year

April – Diamond stone of “Love around the world” – 30th and 60th year

May – Emeraldstone of “Everlasting love” – 20th, 35th and 55th year

June – Pearlstone of “Love and Happiness” – 1st, 12th, and 30th year

July – Rubystone of “Fire and Passion” 40th year

August – Peridotstone of “Dignity and Protection” 16th year

September – Sapphirestone of “Loyalty and Fidelity” 45th year

October – Opal stone of “Hope, Happiness and Truth” 14th and 18th year

November – Topaz –  Stone of “Strength” – 4 and 19th year, 23rd year will get an Imperial Topaz

December – Tanzanite stone of “Healing and Spirituality” 24th year

There are several lists out there of Anniversary gifts and meanings, like this one, this one.  or this one.  So the best strategy to receive as many jewels as possible, is to go through all the lists on google and start adding up all the jewelry that you definitely deserve!

So have fun looking and dreaming of all the fun pieces of jewelry out there.  My husband and I have been married for six wonderful years.  So according to this list, the jewelry items I qualify for are an Amethyst, Pearl and Topaz.  I also know that if I  search long enough, there are some more jewels that I could add!

Tales of the Shop!

My parents have been married 31 years.  They are wonderful and my brothers and sisters are lucky to have them as parents!

Nicole will have been married three years when January comes.  Her husband actually proposed to her on Halloween day!

Thomas will have been married two years when March comes.

They are wonderful additions to the family and we are so grateful to have them!

*Every birthstone is highlighted, when you click on it, that is the jewelry piece that I would love to receive!

** The pictures at the beginning of the post are of my husband and I at our reception.  Then fast forward six years, this is our family now.  I am one lucky girl!

 

 

 

The 10 Most Popular Diamond Shapes

The 10 Most Popular Diamond Shapes

I love to look at Diamond Rings.  To me each cut and shape of a diamond is beautiful in it’s own way.  I researched about the different diamond cuts and then went ring shopping  to find what I would choose for each Diamond cut!

The Round Cut  – It really is a Round Brilliant cut.  This is the most popular design accounting for 75% of sales.  This Round cut will give you the most sparkle out of all the diamond shapes when cut right.

The Princess Cut (Square cut diamond) – Every once in a while a cut comes along that has a massive amount of following in just a short time.  Majorly introduced in the 1980s this has become the second most popular shape after the round cut, and for good reason.  Throughout the years more facets have been added to make it more sparkly and helps hide the flaws in the diamond better than any other shape.  Because it wastes the least of the diamond when being cut, it is  cheaper than the round brilliant.  The Princess cut will cost more to be set because it is easier to chip the corners than round.

The Emerald Cut – Created in the art deco period which began in the 1920s.  It is named because this cut is best to show the Precious stone Emerald.  But the Emerald Cut on a diamond is beautiful in it’s own right.  Because instead of sparkle you get a clear, glasslike look that shows off a diamonds clarity more than any other cut or shape.  Smaller Emeralds are good accent stones because of the clarity.

Asscher Cut – Was created in 1902 by the Asscher brothers of Amsterdam, Holland.  If you are into the vintage look, this diamond is for you.  This cut was especially popular in the 1930s.  It looks like an Emerald cut except it is square.  Make sure that your diamond clarity is exceptional because if it is not, you will definitly see the flaws!

Cushion Cut – Is a very old fashioned cut and was made beginning in the 1830s.  This cut was the most desirable before electricity came into existence, because this diamond looks amazing in the candlelight!  This was a time when the cut of a diamond was done by hand.  A cushion cut looks better on a bigger size diamond because there is more room to create the facet.  This cut is also having a comeback as people are once again wanting to find the classics once again.

Marquise Cut – also known as “nevette” meaning little boat in French.  The story behind this shape is that in the 18th century Louis XIV,  created this diamond for his mistress Marquise de Pompadour to resemble her amazing smile.  There are several pluses in getting this cut, not only is it unique and sparkly but it helps your fingers look longer and leaner.  It also helps your carat look a lot bigger.

Oval Cut -Created in the 1960’s by Lazare Kaplan. If you have shorter hands or fingers this shape might be for you because it helps elongate them.  Another plus of this cut is that it is 20-25% cheaper than the round brilliant.  And like the Marquis makes the Carat seem bigger than other cuts.  There needs to be at least six prongs to help the diamond be securely in place.  If you want to have the brilliancy of a round cut but be a little different, this shape perfect.

Pear Cut – Here you get the best worlds of a Marquis and a Round cut! created in 1400 by Lodewyk (Louis) van Berquem.  This also creates a slimming effect on the fingers.   Accent stones do not work as well with this shape because of the cut, but it can stand on it’s own.  Another fun thing about this cut, is that you can wear it any way you want.  For a more slimming effect you can have the pointed edge down, but if you want to change the look you can by having the rounded part at the bottom. Requires at least five prongs to keep it steady.  This shape is very popular for Pendants and earrings.

Radiant cut – Provides the fire of a round cut and the shape of the Emerald shape.   It is hard to find a Radiant diamond that is under a carat on-line.  The square or rectangle shape helps the fingers appear smaller.  Trimmed corners are a signature look of the Radiant.  This cut is designed for maximum sparkle.  Because of the sparkle it is a lot more forgiving of flaws than the Emerald cut.

Heart cut – This shape requires a masterful diamond cutter, because it is hard to get it right!  This cut is all about the heart.  Buy a setting that is specifically made to highlight the heart.  Be very thorough in looking for flaws because of the intricate cut!  This is also the most romantic shape out of all the diamonds.  Be careful with the setting because if set wrong, the heart shape doesn’t stand out.  The heart shape needs to be bigger to be recognized as a heart.  Which is why it also is hard to find a heart smaller than a carat on-line.  The heart shape is basically a pear shape with an indent on top.

Tales of the Shop

I asked everyone what their favorite Diamond cut was:

Dad -Oval the light bounces like a round but you can see better into the middle of the cut.  It also looks bigger.

Mom – Oval because that is the shape of my original diamond.

Collette – Square…but to be wild…I was going to say heart.

Angela – Round, it is my wedding ring, and I love the simplicity and beauty of it.

Nicole – Round. This is my wedding ring!

Thomas -I personally like the Princess cut because it makes the diamond look bigger than it really is.  (That is the diamond his sweet wife has!)

Daniel – Totally square.  Square is powerful & super classy!

Lisa – Oval

 

 

 

 

 

All you Ever wanted to know about a Pearl!

All you Ever wanted to know about a Pearl!

Hoops By Hand LogoI love, love, love pearls. In my eyes there is nothing that is so simple and yet elegant. So here is my tribute to the beautiful pearls. I love real pearls.  Whenever I receive a pearl, I do the check to see if it is real. If you scrape the pearl against your teeth and it is really smooth, then chances are that it is made out of plastic or resin. That trick may not always work… So if you are still wondering if it is real, look at the shape of the pearl. If it perfectly round, you may be looking at a glass pearl. Pearls, because they are made in nature, are not perfectly round.

I asked my dad a lot of questions about pearls and it was a very interesting hour indeed.

1. How are pearls made?
A bit of sand gets into the clam shell and it irritates them because it is sharp and bugs them. They secrete a liquid to coat the grain of sand and it is called nacre. Nacre doesn’t leave their system. Instead it builds up around the grain of sand in layers. The bigger the pearl, the more valuable it is. Nacre has a luster to it.

2. Where do you find pearls?
A hundred years ago, pearls were found by deep sea divers that would retrieve clams and find valuable pearls. Today that is very rare. The modern way of making a pearl is that they take a sea shell of traditionally abalone, and they form them into different sized beads, 3 mm 10 mm, 2mm. Then they open up the clam shell and shove the bead inside. They put the clams in the water in an enclosed area. Then it is a waiting game for the clams to grow a few or several layers of nacre over the bead. There is a law that there has to be a certain layer of nacre, which is why it is important to get your pearls from a reputable person or company.

3. What do you think is interesting about pearls?
Sometimes the clam doesn’t make a circle. Sometimes the sand gets stuck on the wall of the shell and that is called a Mabe or blister pearl. They cut out the mabe or blister pearl shape with a little margin of the clam shell around it and make that into a piece of jewelry, usually enhancing it with gold and silver. It doesn’t happen often–really one of a kind. Here are some examples of a Mabe.

4. What color of Pearl is the most valuable?  The most desirable is a black pearl. They are in a different kind of clam usually found in Polynesia. The Japanese pearl, the Akoya, is also a black, valuable pearl.

5. How do you take care of pearls?
Do not soak pearls. Just get a wet cloth and wipe them down. If on a ring, get a soft toothbrush because the pearl is softer than your tooth enamel. Don’t get the pearl wet because there is a hole in the pearl and can be damaged from the  inside out. Don’t put it in an ultrasonic cleaner because it will break the pearl up.

6. Why do you use pearls in your jewelry designs? I like to design with pearls because they reflect gold and silver really well. They reflect light uniquely. They look good against a black surface and they have a natural beautiful glow to them. We sell a lot of pearls in the jewelry business.

Tales of the Shop
We all have a favorite item of jewelry to make. When we are able to make it, we have a fun day in the shop!
Collette – “Making a simple hoop earring…something so simple but so elegant!”
Angela – “Spiral Earrings found at www.hoopsbyhand.com/shop. I love them because they were one of the harder pieces of jewelry for me to learn and involved a lot of fun steps like soldering, smashing, annealing and twisting.”
Nicole – “Ear wraps, especially soldering on the charms”
Lisa – “I like doing french wires; you know, the part you thread through your ears. When people ask what I’m making they can easily figure out what they are. Plus they’re super easy and I take them everywhere. I have good memories of sneaking them during school, choir meetings, plays, friend’s houses while we watched movies.”

Next weeks question is “What is your least favorite jewelry to make and why…”

The Four Sisters!