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July Birthstone – Ruby Red Gemstone

July Birthstone – Ruby Red Gemstone Here we are right smack in the middle of summer! It’s July and half of the year is gone. Nevertheless, exciting times are upon us! As the season changes we will soon be thinking about gift giving ideas.   Since we’re in July, we will focus on birthdays for now. However, this information is useful for most gift giving occasions. That being said, let’s dive into July’s birthstone. The birthstone for the month of July is ruby. The ruby is a semi-precious stone and is revered for it’s gorgeous blood-red color. It is one of

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Custom Jewelry Order
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Custom Jewelry Order – Behind the Scenes

Custom Jewelry Order – Behind The Scenes 6 Part Video Series Have you ever wondered what’s needed to place a custom jewelry order, and what goes on behind the scenes? Ever wondered why someone would want to place a custom order in the first place when they can easily go to the store and buy jewelry that’s already made, and inexpensive? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this Custom Jewelry Order, 6 part series. I will share my thought process and the decisions I made based on what my client wanted. You will also learn

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Eternity Circle Necklace Giveaway

Eternity Circle Necklace Giveaway. *Note – Earrings aren’t included in the giveaway. Enter to Win The Eternity Circle Necklace Giveaway By Jamie Santellano Enter the Eternity Circle Necklace Giveaway below to win this GORGEOUS sterling silver choker! It’s one of my favorites to wear because of its classic style. Timeless jewelry like this silver necklace goes with almost any outfit in your closet. This necklace is so comfortable to wear you’ll forget you have it on! I just know that it’s sure to become a favorite of yours too! Eternity Circle Necklace Measurements Handcrafted with the utmost care to detail

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Behind The Scenes With Jackie Cleveland

Behind The Scenes With Jackie Cleveland While behind the scenes with Jackie Cleveland, you can get a real sense of her processes. She’s moved by bringing beauty into the world and expresses her vision through various mediums such as oil painting on canvas, and handmade mixed media art cards. Jackie’s a master at color and explains her signature use of the palette knife in her paintings. This is one of the ways she brings vibrant colors to life with texture. The emotion and movement in her work make it’s viewer literally want to touch what is seen.  Jackie’s love for color and creativity lend

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Why does silver tarnish
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Why Does Silver Tarnish?

Why does silver tarnish? So the big question is, “Why does silver tarnish?” Sterling silver is an alloy. “What’s an alloy?” You might be thinking. An alloy is a combination of two or more metals such as fine silver and copper. When two or more metals are combined greater strength is achieved. Sterling silver is made of 92 1/2% (.925) silver and 7 1/2% (.075) copper. Fine silver alone is very soft and not a good choice for making jewelry.  Sterling silver is a combination of fine silver and copper and makes a stronger metal to work with. Sterling silver (.925)

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Jewelry Polishing Cloth DIY Video Tutorial

How To Make Your Own Jewelry Polishing Cloth Tutorial Did you know that you can make your own DIY jewelry polishing cloth? You can, and it’s super easy! I’ll show you step by step how I make my jewelry cloths. It’s simple to do. This is the cloth I use for light cleaning jobs when my jewelry just needs a little buffing up. After watching this video tutorial, you won’t need to buy any of those commercial jewelry dips. They’re made of chemicals and if not used right they can potentially ruin your silver plated and oxidized jewelry. Your jewelry cloth

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Handcrafted Artisan Silver Ring

How A Handcrafted Silver Ring Is Created Have you ever wondered how a handcrafted artisan silver ring is created? Where do you start? Is having an idea enough? Perhaps it starts with a drawing, or a sketch. Is it possible to just start playing with the materials such as a favorite gemstone, or preferred metal?   Do You Start With A Sketch Or A Perfect Drawing? Questions about whether to start with a sketch or create a perfect drawing have flooded my mind in the beginning. And in my experience it can vary depending on the project. So, today I’m

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Jewelry Repair
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Can You Repair Jewelry?

Can you repair jewelry? Oh my goodness! I get asked this question all the time. It happens all too often when someone finds out that I make jewelry. The first thing that comes out of their mouth is, “ So, I have this ring,” and I’m thinking to myself, “oh no! Here it comes!…” and they say, “It’s too small and I want to wear it on this finger. Can you size it for me?” This is such a popular question so I’d like to clear up this misunderstanding straight away. Repairing jewelry is a whole other ball game compared to

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Your Jewelry Is Like A Romantic Dance

Crazy things you can do in Ireland Have you ever felt so deeply about something in your life that you just couldn’t ignore it? A calling that the more you put off, the louder it got? That’s pretty much my experience to a tee. You see, I have a passion for working with my hands and learned that I love swinging a hammer. Sounds crazy, right? Well, not totally crazy. Before I started creating jewelry, I took a silversmithing workshop in Ireland. In that workshop, I learned how to use a hammer to hammer out simple shapes from copper sheet.

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Santellano Signature Jewelry Collection Story

Tree bark inspiration Celtic knot Inspiration Venice Inspiration Nature inspiration Old World Inspiration Passion from around the world Personal connection and originality In the studio carving silver Jewelry Ideal for stylish women that want personal connection Santellano Signature Jewelry Collection On my travels, I was walking down some old streets in Europe and couldn’t help but feel so much inspiration! I’m there in a place I’d never heard of until now and staring at some old structures. All I could do was stand there and imagine their stories. It was as if I could see cycles of life’s ups and

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