Personal Collection: pietersite
Pietersite is probably my favorite opaque stone. (I usually don’t like opaque stones. I don’t know why. It’s SO shimmery. Photos really don’t do this pair of stones justice. I bought a strand of these beads somewhere out west in 2006, and these were the best two on the strand.
One of the hazards of my job is that I tend to hoard pretty beads for myself, and sometimes I actually get around to making them into jewelry. A few years ago I was doing a lot of work in copper and bronze, and I made myself quite a few pairs of earrings... which proceeded to hang on my earring rack gathering dust for half a decade. (Seriously. I had to wash these.) I’ve never worn any of these, because I just... don’t wear metals that aren’t silver. And it’s long past time for them to go out into the world and be worn.
(I’m quite certain I’ve never worn any of these, but if you’d be more comfortable having me put on new hooks, just put a note on your order and I’ll be happy to switch them. I didn’t do it because they’ve developed a nice patina over the years, and bright copper would look a little jarring.)
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!