For Melissa's Mom!






A personalized DSK Everything Bracelet made by me for Melissa's Mom this holiday.
Her birthday is in January making garnet red crystals the best choice for this custom bracelet.
This bracelet will be off to the UK very soon! : )

Happy holidays!

Happy Holidays Here & My 10-Year Salute to Braille's Best!

I probably shouldn't blab it on my own web blog, but, I do often tell people I have no business having a business!

Ten years ago, I flew to Shanghai to propel an order for 2000 (that company's minimum) braille hearts. I had no business 'plan,' and no idea if the hearts I designed for mass-produced would actually sell or if we would just end up with an expensive bunch of Christmas ornaments for our tree the following year.They sold!

It was also ten years ago that my husband and I stumbled (before everyone had a home computer) on a braille literacy conference being held in Philadelphia; definitely meaningful to have it in Freedom City - it was certainly where our own braille freedom was born!

Eric and I flew to Philly, leaving our two little boys with a university student the boys knew from the child care lab. Tucked into my purse was a little piece of paper I'd been wagging around for a couple of months; on it, I'd drawn a heart design with the word 'love' in braille amidst some lovely swashes culled from 17th century bookplates from one of Eric's old letter press books. I showed the drawing to a few people that weekend, and they were all encouraging me to continue pursuing the braille jewelry dream, as well as the dream of crossing over the bridge to braille with Ethan, who was four at the time. We couldn't imagine letting him go off into real braille literacy without us, any more than letting him go away to school!

That conference was an incredible turning point in our lives, and I couldn't be more proud to be able to help out the amazing people who pull this conference together every two years on a limited budget, by donating my time making the 'keys to knowledge'.

Over the net few days (and nights) I'll be casting 300 flying book-keys with the phrase "key to knowledge," and will be hanging them from book hooks, key rings and lovely, rich, deep-turquoise satin ribbon for tree ornaments.

Whew! Hopefully, that will leave me enough time to make (with help from my new high school pal/bff, Sally - thank you, dear : ) lots of fun pieces to take with me to exhibit at the Getting In Touch With Literacy conference next week.

I hope you'll be able to take some time to check out GITWL's site. At their conference you'll learn all kinds of things about braille literacy, contracted braille and where that's going with new global braille codes, as well as meeting lots and lots of wonderfully nice, talented, underpaid braille divas! (It's for the fun; they do it for the laugh's, right?!) And my favorite - meeting 'new' parents. <3

I hope you'll have a wonderful, family-and-love-filled holiday, everyone. Remember to call me if you want to place a special order, but keep in mind my little side trip to Louisville for GITWL, Dec. 7-10. Otherwise, I'll see you on the flip side of the calendar!

Cheers and best wishes,
Leslie, Eric, Ethan and Spencer

Bermuda Helix Necklace



Bermuda Helix Necklace
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Helix Chain Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
$48








I'm trying to get more of the Sterling Silver Helix Necklaces in stock. :)



Scarlet Red
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Small Helix Chain Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
$38








Scarlet Red
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Small Helix Chain Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
$40






November's Pendant Set
Swarovski Crystals, Sterling Silver
$40










The Promise Bracelet and Necklace


"The Promise Bracelet"
7" .925 Italian Sterling Silver Heart Link
Sterling Silver Heart Clasp
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$40








Match the bracelet with the Promise Necklace!
"The Promise Necklace"
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$45








"The Promise Necklace"
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$50






Happy holiday shopping!

Behind the Scenes: Turning Your Circus Upside Down


The other day I received an e-mail from The Crave Company that said "Flip It!" The concept asked women to envision flipping their business upside down. I thought, "Wow, this is an awesome idea. I do this exercise for drawings, writing, and other creative endeavors why not apply it to my business?" I even read a book last year called Lucky Everyday by Bapsy Jain that proposes when things get confusing, turn yourself upside down and stand on your head. I still hadn't embarked on this technique as a way of looking at my life as one big circus act, so I saw this e-mail as wake-up call and sat down to write a list of things that make up Hint Jewelry:

charms
symbols
animals
cute
small
universal stories
constructing necklaces
adding components
colorful gems
collecting
metal (solid)
exploring identity = Who am I?
intrapersonal

Then I went through my list and came up with the flip side or what might be the opposite:

uncharming
literal
people
serious
big
personal stories
deconstructing
subtracting things
colorless
give away
intangible
no identity = Who aren't I?
interpersonal


When I looked over my list, a huge smile erupted across my face because the concepts for this new business are actually already in process. All year I've been working on publishing my book called Lemonade Mantras. A simple 10-step process of self-acceptance that transforms your hidden negative beliefs into a personalized prescription of positive affirmations for inner peace.

Here is the concept of the book using the words from flipping Hint Jewelry:


Uncharming
Exploring criticisms, judgments, and negative thinking patterns.

Literal
Looking at language and how we use words.

People
A project that explores the relationships between people and how to create more peace within them.

Serious
Dealing with issues that evoke strong emotional reactions such as anger, guilt, and saddness.

Big
Creating a large network of people through a project of self-awareness.

Personal Stories
Examining personal stories and seeing how they limit our thinking about situations and future actions.

Deconstructing
Breaking down beliefs so as to come to a place of positive uncertainty -- a way of being where the mind knows nothing for certain.

Subtracting Things
Neutralizing negative thinking and addictive behavior. 

Colorless
Moving towards a way of being where you are no longer reacting to the colorful storyline created by your mind.

Give Away
Universal teachings that are indirectly passed on to other people simply through experiencing your presence, language, behavior, and positive thinking.

Intangible
Dealing with the ephemeral world of beliefs, intuition, physical sensations, feelings, needs, and the desire for wholeness.

No Identity = Who aren't I?
Learning to see that your negative reactions to other people are in fact judgments about yourself and offer an opportunity to connect your unclaimed nature.

Interpersonal
Learning self-empathy as a foundation to practice empathy for others so as to become a more loving communicator, creator, and peacemaker in all your relationships.

***

Your business a living thing. Like a circus act your business has it's own cycles of learning, being on stage, and breaking down the tent. You may be sensing you've hit a plateau and new learning needs to happen or you need to cut a piece of your business and let it go. From this experience of flipping Hint Jewelry, I saw that I was already unconsciously developing a new part of my business but was never completely acknowledging how important it was for me or how they were interconnected.

If you're stuck, things have gotten boring, or you hit a road block, consider turning your business upside down and check out the flip side. Maybe you're already growing something new that just needs your attention to nurture it further or perhaps you'll see your business isn't working and start something completely different. Whatever the outcome, I hope you take a moment to turn your circus act upside down!

Behind the Scenes: Turning Your Circus Upside Down


The other day I received an e-mail from The Crave Company that said "Flip It!" The concept asked women to envision flipping their business upside down. I thought, "Wow, this is an awesome idea. I do this exercise for drawings, writing, and other creative endeavors why not apply it to my business?" I even read a book last year called Lucky Everyday by Bapsy Jain that proposes when things get confusing, turn yourself upside down and stand on your head. I still hadn't embarked on this technique as a way of looking at my life as one big circus act, so I saw this e-mail as wake-up call and sat down to write a list of things that make up Hint Jewelry:

charms
symbols
animals
cute
small
universal stories
constructing necklaces
adding components
colorful gems
collecting
metal (solid)
exploring identity = Who am I?
intrapersonal

Then I went through my list and came up with the flip side or what might be the opposite:

uncharming
literal
people
serious
big
personal stories
deconstructing
subtracting things
colorless
give away
intangible
no identity = Who aren't I?
interpersonal


When I looked over my list, a huge smile erupted across my face because the concepts for this new business are actually already in process. All year I've been working on publishing my book called Lemonade Mantras. A simple 10-step process of self-acceptance that transforms your hidden negative beliefs into a personalized prescription of positive affirmations for inner peace.

Here is the concept of the book using the words from flipping Hint Jewelry:


Uncharming
Exploring criticisms, judgments, and negative thinking patterns.

Literal
Looking at language and how we use words.

People
A project that explores the relationships between people and how to create more peace within them.

Serious
Dealing with issues that evoke strong emotional reactions such as anger, guilt, and saddness.

Big
Creating a large network of people through a project of self-awareness.

Personal Stories
Examining personal stories and seeing how they limit our thinking about situations and future actions.

Deconstructing
Breaking down beliefs so as to come to a place of positive uncertainty -- a way of being where the mind knows nothing for certain.

Subtracting Things
Neutralizing negative thinking and addictive behavior. 

Colorless
Moving towards a way of being where you are no longer reacting to the colorful storyline created by your mind.

Give Away
Universal teachings that are indirectly passed on to other people simply through experiencing your presence, language, behavior, and positive thinking.

Intangible
Dealing with the ephemeral world of beliefs, intuition, physical sensations, feelings, needs, and the desire for wholeness.

No Identity = Who aren't I?
Learning to see that your negative reactions to other people are in fact judgments about yourself and offer an opportunity to connect your unclaimed nature.

Interpersonal
Learning self-empathy as a foundation to practice empathy for others so as to become a more loving communicator, creator, and peacemaker in all your relationships.

***

Your business a living thing. Like a circus act your business has it's own cycles of learning, being on stage, and breaking down the tent. You may be sensing you've hit a plateau and new learning needs to happen or you need to cut a piece of your business and let it go. From this experience of flipping Hint Jewelry, I saw that I was already unconsciously developing a new part of my business but was never completely acknowledging how important it was for me or how they were interconnected.

If you're stuck, things have gotten boring, or you hit a road block, consider turning your business upside down and check out the flip side. Maybe you're already growing something new that just needs your attention to nurture it further or perhaps you'll see your business isn't working and start something completely different. Whatever the outcome, I hope you take a moment to turn your circus act upside down!

Accessorize Your Wardrobe







It has been said in common parlance that “, clothes make the man”. This traditional saying is the wine of truth. Research has shown that employees and business people who dress well, and perform daily basic hygiene enjoying a firmer more lucrative relationship with their subordinates and their potential clients. Employees represent the public face of the companies they work for. Employees’ behaviors, diction, hygiene, and work habits are often placed under heavy scrutiny by their employers. One word said in haste, one act done without thinking, one glance at a wrinkled pair of trousers or slacks can end a business relationship before it even starts. It is imperative that businessmen and other professionals purchase quality clothing, and also perform the necessary maintenance such as dry cleaning, washing, and other simple and basic demands, which are required to keep suits and other business attire in the proper condition. This is only the first in ensuring the professional looks their best. Another avenue, which is often employed by businessmen and other professionals, is the addition of a minimum amount of jewelry to their professional ensemble.


Be sure not to overdo it with rings, bracelets, or necklaces, because too many accessories often proves to be quite a distraction for people around you, and can often hinder the wearer when performing many manual tasks such as carrying boxes, writing, shredding documents, and making copies. Furthermore, too much jewelry may also hinder a person's financial security. However, there are methods that can be used to ensure that you possess interesting, unique, and functional accessories without breaking your bank. While gold jewelry is most often worn to demonstrate a person's perceived wealth, social status, and political power, it is not always good to wearer gold to work. Gold tarnishes easily, and is also quite malleable, meaning that it will bend even under the slightest stress. For this reason, many women elect to remove their wedding rings and other jewelry, while engaging in intensive labor such as washing dishes, moving heavy objects, and cleaning. Men also remove gold jewelry while engaging in remodeling operations and yard-work.


A silver bracelet and silver necklace are an excellent addition to any professional or casual ensemble. These types of jewelry can be worn by either men or women, and are also cost effective, when compared to the prices charged for both gold and platinum. Furthermore, silver is a far more durable metal than either of the two that were previously mentioned. Therefore, if you want to work hard, and still look your best, then you might consider purchasing a silver bracelet or a silver necklace to accessorize your wardrobe.

*Extended!* Cyber Monday Love! Free Shipping!

Cyber Monday Love!
[Light Rose AB Necklace (Small & Medium Hearts Swarovski Crystals)]
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$40 + Free shipping on this necklace!









Cyber Monday Love!
[Light Rose AB Necklace]
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$45 + Free shipping on this necklace!









Quantities Limited!

Cyber Monday Moonlight
[Bubbi's Moonlight Necklace (Large Heart Swarovski Crystal)]
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
$50 + Free shipping on this necklace!









Cyber Monday Moonlight
[Bubbi's Moonlight Necklace (Large Heart Swarovski Crystal)]
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
$55 + Free shipping on this necklace!








Free shipping worldwide on the Cyber Monday DSK Jewelry necklaces.

Happy holiday shopping season to you!!

Black Friday Deals at DSK Jewelry!

"You Are My Sunshine" Necklace
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
Sold Out
E-mail to order!


"You Are My Sunshine" Necklace
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Necklace
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
Sold Out!
Email to order!



Emerald Drop Cluster Earrings
.925 Sterling Silver Earrings
Swarovski Crystals
*One of a Kind*
Sold!


Engraved 'DSK Jewelry' Tag Earrings
*These were a really fun request, thank you!*
14K Gold-filled Earrings with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals
Engraved 14K Gold-filled DSK Jewelry Heart Tags
*One Pair Available*
SOLD, Thank you Mikie!



Sterling Silver & CZ Heart Earrings
.925 Thai Sterling Silver
*Two Pairs Available*

$19.50












"Locket Teal Everything Bracelet"
DSK Everything Bracelet
7" .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals, Pearls
*One of a Kind*
SOLD, Thank you Joyce!




Rock Star AB! Bracelet
7" .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Bracelet
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
*One Available*
SOLD, Thank you Mikie!










Jet Black Rock Star! Bracelet
7" .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Bracelet
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
*One Available*
$29.50











"Rosaline Creamrose"
7" .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Bracelet
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Pearls
*One of a Kind*
$29.50







Jonquil & Violet Floral Bracelet
7" .925 Sterling Silver Link Bracelet
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
*One of a Kind*
SOLD, Thank you Mai!








"Light Amethyst Gems"
DSK Everything Bracelet
7" .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Pearls
*One of a Kind*
SOLD, Thank you Joyce!

Crystal Clear Snowflake Necklace
16" (40cm) .925 Thai Sterling Silver Snake Chain (the chain is weighty)
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystal
$29.50





White 10mm Swarovski Pearls Drop Earrings
These would make a fantastic gift!
14K Gold-filled Earrings
Swarovski Pearls
$14.50










"The Loveliness Bracelet"
DSK Everything Bracelet
7" .925 Italian Sterling Silver Heart Link
Engraved Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
*An All Swarovski Crystal Bracelet*
$65









Swarovski Charm Bracelet!
::Jonquil Flower, Light Rose Heart, Golden Starfish, Rosaline Crescent Moon, Aquamarine Baroque::
7" .925 Italian Sterling Silver Heart Link Bracelet
Sterling Silver Heart Clasp
Engraved .925 Sterling Silver DSK Jewelry Tag
Swarovski Crystals
$39.50







Gold Vermeil, Fresh Water Pearl Necklace
Measures 18" (45cm)
Handmade/Handwrapped
Gold Vermeil, 14k Gold-filled Clasp
14K Gold-filled Engraved DSK Jewelry Tag
Fresh Water White Pearls
*2 Necklaces Available*
$29.50





Purple Gold Thread Earrings
3" 14K Gold-filled
Swarovski Crystals
*One Pair Available*
SOLD, Thank you Emmy!




Swarovski Crystal Tanzanite Earrings
.925 Sterling Silver
Swarovski Crystals
*One Pair Available*
SOLD, Thank you Kae!


Little AB Star Gold Love Bait Earrings
14K Gold-filled Earrings
Swarovski Crystals
*2 Pairs Available*
$13.50





Rock Star Crystal AB Studs
.925 Sterling Silver Posts & Earring Backing
Swarovski Crystals
$12.50





Rocker Pink Necklace
16" (40cm) .925 Thai Sterling Silver Helix Chain
.925 Thai Sterling Silver Pegasus Wing
(Engraved DSK Jewelry Tag Not Included)
Swarovski Crystals
*2 Available*
$34.50




Just Pretty Necklace
16" (40cm) .925 Italian Sterling Silver Necklace (Fine)
(Engraved DSK Jewelry Tag Not Included)
Swarovski Crystals
$29.50





Gradient Necklace
16" (40cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
(Engraved DSK Jewelry Tag Not Included)
Swarovski Crystals
Sold!
Email to order!



Gradient Necklace
18" (45cm) .925 Sterling Silver Heart Link Necklace
(Engraved DSK Jewelry Tag Not Included)
Swarovski Crystals
Sold!
Email to order!

New deals will be added through the day as items get sold out. :)
Thank you for your interest in my jewelry line!! -Steph


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