Pay-It-Forward Labradorite Pendant #1

About two years ago, I got a small package in the mail from an unfamiliar European address. Inside was a set of beautiful labradorite beads, and a very sweet note thanking me for some advice about jewelry making that I’d given this person several years previously. I barely remember sending the email - it was during the worst of the brain tumor years - but apparently what I’d said had been helpful and when she saw the labradorite beads she decided to get them and send them to me.

That note has been sitting in my stack of “I really need to respond to this” papers ever since, and every so often I come across the labradorite beads and think “I really need to do something with these” - but I never got around to either. 

Yesterday was a rough day for me, and while I was packing a work kit to take with me for the evening, I opened the bead box that the labradorite was in and felt compelled to take a couple of beads with me. Once I started setting them, I realized what I needed to do with them: keep paying it forward. 

Really good labradorite like this has gotten very expensive in the past few years, which means pendants like these are usually $95+, and I know that’s out of the reach of a lot of my customers. So to keep paying the gift forward, I’m putting these up for essentially just the price of the setting. If you buy one, all I ask is that you find a way to do something nice for somebody else at some point in the next few years. 

This one has a smooth teardrop of warm golden-red labradorite; the opposite side of the stone flashes gold and green, so I designed the setting to be reversible. 

$ 45.00

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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!