“D is for ‘Doorway’”
So sometimes a stone will be very opinionated about what it wants to be, and hoooboy did this one ever have a plan for itself.
The front of this piece of labradorite is mostly unremarkable, unless you hold it at a pretty sharp angle to the light, or catch some of the glittery silver sparkles in it. But flip it over, and, well.
I had intended to set it with the glowing side facing out, but it had other ideas, and it was easier to go along with it than to argue. I did however make it pretty much reversible, so if you want to wear it fairyland-side-out, go for it... or you can keep it a secret.
Labradorite, smoked opals, silver wire, and a whole lot of liminality.
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!