With the Northern Lights at Her Throat
I love elaborate vintage costume jewelry, particularly the sort with foil-backed rhinestones, and every so often I get the urge to do something vaguely inspired by those designs. I had a handful of slightly distressed rhinestones at my disposal, so I strung them all together into a chain of sorts, and then wrapped the whole thing in dramatic flourishes of silver wire.
Like all my necklaces, it’s not a specific size yet; you tell me how long you want it to be and I’ll make it happen. I’d recommend wearing this as a choker, although if you prefer looser necklaces we can definitely talk about having it shaped to more of a v that could sit lower on your collarbones.
My silver wire is .999 fine silver over a copper core, encased in a durable clear enamel coating. (My gold, bronze, rosegold, and copper wires also have the clear enamel coating, unless otherwise specified.) I have been using this wire since I began making jewelry in 2003, because it is extremely non-reactive - people with metal allergies can wear it! - and it does not tarnish. It is also easier for me to manipulate than solid sterling wire, which allows me to hand-sculpt it into the intricate fwooshiness of my trademark style despite the extensive hypermobility caused by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
In the interest of being environmentally friendly, I keep my packaging as minimal as possible while still protecting the contents. Most orders are shipped in small kraft boxes inside bubble mailers, with items packed together whenever possible rather than using a single box for each piece of jewelry in an order. (If you ever need an extra box for gift-giving purposes, just ask!) Larger items are usually shipped wrapped in tissue paper in a Priority Mail box.
I am transitioning away from using packing slips or other paper inserts; while many small businesses like mine routinely include handwritten thank you notes in every order, I feel it is more environmentally responsible to express my appreciation for your patronage via email rather than contributing to the contents of your recycling bin!