Free Diamonds. 'Nuff Said

What's better than diamond jewelry? Free diamond jewelry. 

It kinda doesn't get any better than that, right? And while I could go on and on about how investing in your own jewelry collection is empowering and all that - the truth is? It's MUCH better when all you have to do is click a few buttons and wait for the UPS guy to ring your doorbell.

My favorite Diamond Diva. Who's yours?
So - without further ado - here is how a jewelry hound can get said free diamonds.  My sugar momma, Jewelry.com launched their Diamond Diva Sweeps today and they're handing out a 1/2 ct diamond right hand ring worth a cool $1749 this time around.

Not too shabby.

Click here to enter (it's free, people) and check their Facebook Page on Monday, November 7th where they'll announce the winner. 

Easy. Breezy. Bling-tastic!  Good luck, and weigh in here with any ideas you have for their next giveaway. They picked the piece their Facebook Fans like the best the last time - so just let me know what piece YOU want to win and I'll make sure they get the word.

Things you should know about your Silver Jewelry


You can find sterling silver jewelry from any jewelry shop. Sterling silver jewelry items are much popular among people because of several reasons. Even though we call sterling, these silver jewelries are not made by using pure silver. Making a silver ring or any other type of silver jewelry by using pure silver is not possible because they would not retain their shapes. To overcome this problem, tiny quantity of other metal is combined with the silver to retain the desired hardness of it. Copper is the metal that mixes with the silver to make sterling silver jewelry. Generally, sterling silver jewelry contains 92.5% of silver and 7.5% copper. If anyone says that they use pure silver to make silver jewelry, they are lying to you.
As stated earlier, sterling silver jewelry items are very much popular among people because of several reasons. The first reason is the shine and the color they have. Silver has a stunning luster with a white color that can be matched with platinum.
Also there are various jewelry types available in the market such as silver earrings, silver necklaces, silver pendants, rings and so on. These jewelries come with wonderful designs and patterns. Sometimes sterling silver jewelry items are far head from their stunning look and shine than gold jewelries.
Another reason for its popularity is the intrinsic value it has. Silver is an internationally traded commodity and it has its own value. Also the value of the silver does not change much due to fashions and trends.
Also silver jewelry items are less expensive compared to gold and platinum. Therefore many people buy sterling silver jewelry items because they are available for affordable prices.
One major problem that silver jewelry has is, by the time it loses its shine and stunning look. This happens because of the oxygen in the air. Therefore, when you are not wearing your sterling silver jewelries, make sure to keep them in tarnish prevention cloths or bags. If your silver jewelry lose its shine and become dirty, clean them by using a special jewelry cloth. Do not use any chemical liquids unless you cannot polish it well with a help of a cloth. Also do not store your silver jewelry with other robust objects because it may cause to make scratches on your jewelry.
Now you may have some idea about your silver jewelries and these tips also will help you when you are going to buy jewelry and when polishing them.

Elaine

"Elaine"
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
Available at www.dskjewelry.com

"Dear Elaine,
I'm sorry for a lot of things. I'm sorry for lying to you, and I'm sorry for disappearing. But most of all, I'm sorry for not being able to get you anything for your birthday. Happy belated birthday. There's so much I want to say, but I don't think I have the capacity to convey my message in words. I hope you had a great one. -Erik"

Boo!

Historical home in Carson City, Nevada
Happy Halloween! 
I hope you are finding fun things to do and delighting in the spookiness of the season :)

I've been enjoying some scary activities around Reno the last couple weeks that I wanted to share. One of my most memorable experiences was going on the Carson City Ghost Walk.

A combination of historical tour, theatrical re-enactments, and a peek inside old Victorian homes, the Carson City Ghost Walk was a great way to connect with the stories of the Wild West and how Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864.


Guardian of the Bates Motel, Carson City, Nevada
I also got a chance to check out the theatrical version of Dracula playing at an innovative downtown theater in Reno called Good Luck Macbeth. An intimate and ghoulish experience with lots of people dying at your feet, screaming vampires, and a live piano player setting the mood with eerie music.

I've posted a picture of one of the historic homes we passed by on the Carson City Ghost Tour that housed a former governor back in the 19th century. The current owners created this amazing rendition of a mini Bates motel complete with a cat guarding the gate. Isn't she wonderfully spooky?

What scary things have you been up to this Halloween?

Boo!

Historical home in Carson City, Nevada
Happy Halloween! 
I hope you are finding fun things to do and delighting in the spookiness of the season :)

I've been enjoying some scary activities around Reno the last couple weeks that I wanted to share. One of my most memorable experiences was going on the Carson City Ghost Walk.

A combination of historical tour, theatrical re-enactments, and a peek inside old Victorian homes, the Carson City Ghost Walk was a great way to connect with the stories of the Wild West and how Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864.


Guardian of the Bates Motel, Carson City, Nevada
I also got a chance to check out the theatrical version of Dracula playing at an innovative downtown theater in Reno called Good Luck Macbeth. An intimate and ghoulish experience with lots of people dying at your feet, screaming vampires, and a live piano player setting the mood with eerie music.

I've posted a picture of one of the historic homes we passed by on the Carson City Ghost Tour that housed a former governor back in the 19th century. The current owners created this amazing rendition of a mini Bates motel complete with a cat guarding the gate. Isn't she wonderfully spooky?

What scary things have you been up to this Halloween?

*SOLD* Everything Bracelet: "Rosaline Moonlight"

"Rosaline Moonlight"
DSK Everything Bracelet
7" .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Chain
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Pearls
*One of a Kind*
$68
Sold

Thank you Sally from the UK!





Thread Earrings: Light Rose AB Sterling Silver Threads



Light Rose AB Sterling Silver Thread Earrings
3 Inch .925 Sterling Silver Earrings
Swarovski Crystals
$20







*SOLD* Everything Bracelet: "A Little Bit of Violet"







"A Little Bit of Violet"
DSK Everything Bracelet
7" .925 Italian Sterling Silver Heart Link Chain
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Pearls
*One of a Kind*
$75
Sold

Thank you Thuy from Canada! ^-^

Hey everyone! Thank you for visiting my jewelry blog today. I apologize for the lack of updates. I've been backed up with current orders as well as custom orders. I hope to catch up with everything by this weekend and start creating new pieces for you here on the jewelry blog. :)

I really appreciate your interest in my work, and I hope to see you back again! -Steph

New Charms

Bear, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver bear charm
I just added some new sterling silver charm designs in Hint Jewelry's shop for Fall. A couple charms are old favorites and two are new. This little bear pictured above was hard to photograph, but he is incredibly cute and could be polar, black, brown, or grizzly. You decide!


Sun Kissed, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver sun charm
I figured since I will be enjoying more sunshine in my life while living in Reno, Nevada, I ought to celebrate by getting my sun kissed charm cast in sterling silver.


Yoga (Sun & Moon), Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver sun and crescent moon charm
Over the past year, I've dedicated a lot of time to my Bikram yoga practice and have been delighting in unexpected results.  In particular, I have noticed a balancing of feminine and masculine energies in me: passive and active, introverted and extroverted, and relaxing and strengthening. It's quite amazing how this feels in my body because this harmonizing of opposites seeps in almost unconsciously through the process of doing yoga. The word yoga means union and the symbol is a sun (masculine) and moon (feminine). This sterling silver sun and crescent moon charm are my new favorite.


Valiant Milagro, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver cross charm
Lastly, I've been longing for this tiny cross back in my shop. It holds so my memories for me in one simple symbol. It's perfect for every day wear as a profession of faith in the divine or in remembrance of someone lost.

New Charms

Bear, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver bear charm
I just added some new sterling silver charm designs in Hint Jewelry's shop for Fall. A couple charms are old favorites and two are new. This little bear pictured above was hard to photograph, but he is incredibly cute and could be polar, black, brown, or grizzly. You decide!


Sun Kissed, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver sun charm
I figured since I will be enjoying more sunshine in my life while living in Reno, Nevada, I ought to celebrate by getting my sun kissed charm cast in sterling silver.


Yoga (Sun & Moon), Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver sun and crescent moon charm
Over the past year, I've dedicated a lot of time to my Bikram yoga practice and have been delighting in unexpected results.  In particular, I have noticed a balancing of feminine and masculine energies in me: passive and active, introverted and extroverted, and relaxing and strengthening. It's quite amazing how this feels in my body because this harmonizing of opposites seeps in almost unconsciously through the process of doing yoga. The word yoga means union and the symbol is a sun (masculine) and moon (feminine). This sterling silver sun and crescent moon charm are my new favorite.


Valiant Milagro, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): sterling silver cross charm
Lastly, I've been longing for this tiny cross back in my shop. It holds so my memories for me in one simple symbol. It's perfect for every day wear as a profession of faith in the divine or in remembrance of someone lost.

Kyler Martz

Kyler Martz
I stopped by Blossoming Lotus in Portland, Oregon for a yummy raw food dessert just before I left town and caught a show of Seattle artist Kyler Martz' drawings.

 
Kyler Martz
Kyler Martz' drawings are the type of artwork that you might glance at and then do a double take and say, "wait a second...what did I just see?" Some make you laugh or scratch your head, but mostly they ask you to go deeper and think a little longer, and that's definitely the kind of artwork that keeps me excited about the craft.

 
Kyler Martz
This drawing is my favorite one. Not only because I've been feeling deeply connected to spiders over the last couple months, but also because there is something special about crossing this particular insect with motifs that are Native American. I get the message of the piece, but for the life of me I can't put it into words. That puzzle in itself is quite appealing to me! Thanks Kyler for stretching my heart and mind.

To see more of Kyler Martz' artwork check out his Flickr site and to purchase a piece contact him at kylernmartz@gmail.com

Kyler Martz

Kyler Martz
I stopped by Blossoming Lotus in Portland, Oregon for a yummy raw food dessert just before I left town and caught a show of Seattle artist Kyler Martz' drawings.

 
Kyler Martz
Kyler Martz' drawings are the type of artwork that you might glance at and then do a double take and say, "wait a second...what did I just see?" Some make you laugh or scratch your head, but mostly they ask you to go deeper and think a little longer, and that's definitely the kind of artwork that keeps me excited about the craft.

 
Kyler Martz
This drawing is my favorite one. Not only because I've been feeling deeply connected to spiders over the last couple months, but also because there is something special about crossing this particular insect with motifs that are Native American. I get the message of the piece, but for the life of me I can't put it into words. That puzzle in itself is quite appealing to me! Thanks Kyler for stretching my heart and mind.

To see more of Kyler Martz' artwork check out his Flickr site and to purchase a piece contact him at kylernmartz@gmail.com

Sterling Silver Designer Rings


Sterling silver rings are something that are commonly thought of as a little juvenile or a cheap imitation of white gold. Recently, though, many companies have begun to re-introduce rings made of this material in a whole new way because of the financial pressures.
Sterling silver
Sterling silver jewelry costs nowhere near what white gold costs. Because of this, it has often been given a little bit of a bad reputation. Instead of being viewed as a quality metal, it has traditionally been considered cheap or a knockoff. This isn’t necessarily a true statement, though. Sterling silver is a quality metal with just as much design capabilities as something more expensive that before today had never really been touched upon.
In tough times
But, things have begun to change in a major way recently. Jewelry designers are now beginning to take notice of this fact. Financial pressures are heavy on most people right now due to major economic downturns in many countries. These have caused the sales of expensive jewelry to decline and many people to opt for something more affordable. This has made jewelry designers take notice. They have decided in order to retain their previous sales, manufacturing more affordable jewelry may just be the thing to do.
And in came sterling silver as a major designer jewelry consideration. This was definitely a new thing. Designers have begun to introduce their quality rings in new silver versions. These are the same great looks that have been popular creations of designers thus far in white gold. They are just offered instead as silver rings, which makes them quite a bit easier on the pocket book – and makes customers more likely to buy them during tougher times.
A great thing
This has been the key thing that has allowed many designer jewelry companies to retain their original sales, and maybe the thing that saved many of these companies during times like these when people in general just aren’t buying the more expensive jewelry. And on top of it, customers like it because they can now afford the great designer pieces from the brands they love – something that before recent times was pretty much unheard of. We will surely see more of this trend.
Before, jewelry creators were somewhat scorning and stereotyping sterling silver as a less-than-deserving type of metal, but now it may just be the new thing because jewelry manufacturers are taking notice of the value of this less expensive material.

New Canvas New Beginnings


With any new start in life it's a good idea to begin with a blank canvas... preferably the blank canvas of your mind :)

To start anew, I have relocated to sunny Reno, Nevada to be near the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe -- places that are extremely dear to my heart. It may take some time for me to settle into my new digs, but my shop is back up and running, and I'm preparing for a beautiful holiday season with charm designs to unveil in the coming months.

If you are starting from scratch in some small way, may you feel the infinite love of your blank canvas and follow it wherever it leads you.

New Canvas New Beginnings


With any new start in life it's a good idea to begin with a blank canvas... preferably the blank canvas of your mind :)

To start anew, I have relocated to sunny Reno, Nevada to be near the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe -- places that are extremely dear to my heart. It may take some time for me to settle into my new digs, but my shop is back up and running, and I'm preparing for a beautiful holiday season with charm designs to unveil in the coming months.

If you are starting from scratch in some small way, may you feel the infinite love of your blank canvas and follow it wherever it leads you.

*NEW* Antique Pink Pegasus Necklace



*NEW* Antique Pink Pegasus Necklace
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
*New* Denim Blue & Antique Pink
*Two Available*
$50








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