Fools And Their Gold
At some point a while back, I snagged a gold titanium-coated druzy geode while I was buying some beads, because it was cheap and why not? Only I failed to notice the part where it was also kind of huge, so it sat on my workbench for a few months. I finally decided to see what would happen if I smacked it gently with a hammer, because it was bigger than I wanted to use in jewelry and I didn’t have much to lose… and as it turned out, it was even prettier broken into pieces than when it was a single fully-coated chunk of druzy. The gold flows gracefully into the natural sparkling silver color of the druzy, resulting in a fascinating stone that catches the light in a hundred directions at once. Please handle with some care - druzy can be fragile due to the nature of its crystaline structure. 1.6” long, 1.1” wide.
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. (Gift bags are available!) 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!