Wednesday, June 20, 2012
For example, I bought two different types of Sterling Silver earring findings to make simple post studs. I bought the "snap-tite" brand of quick setting, and I bought the traditional cast type. I have made one pair of "snap-tite" (sterling silver) genuine peridot stud earrings (5 mm rounds), and I do not plan to buy these again, as I want to make a higher quality product. However, as I do not have pierced ears, these will be going up on etsy at a very reasonable cost. I have looked around on etsy and there are a lot of people using "snap-tite" brand settings (a lot of them don't even mention that they're using "snap-tite" instead of traditional cast prongs, they just say "genuine sterling silver setting" which is entirely true, but it does explain why you're getting them for around $20 and under.)
So, keep an eye open for that, but I do have goals beyond just simple "plug and play" jewelry - but we all have to start somewhere! And this is my first step. (Step 2 is actually making a special necklace for my Mom. It involves putting several components together. I will post pictures of it, but it will not be for sale, nor will I be making duplicates of it. It's just for her <3.)
I've obviously been doing lots of reading and lots of research while building up to this, and I'll be working in Sterling Silver almost exclusively, because I can afford it, and I've never been much of a gold girl. However, I love, and highly recommend to those of you who prefer something measured in K, to look into rose gold. I love rose gold; ever since my Mom bought me my first nice ring as a tween that was made from Black Hills Gold.
Most of the really jaw-dropping entries under "rose gold" are over my personal price cap; I very rarely plug anything here over $100, and try and keep most entries under $50. (If you want to see something nice, or you can afford things with 4 digits, not counting the decimal, take a peek over here at Anjays Design ) However, for the rest of us . . .
Efy Tal Jewelry has many beautifully wrought, organically inspired pieces, like this one at left which is a combination of white bronze, 18K rose gold and cubic zirconia; all for less than $100! Beautiful! Definitely worth browsing through her pieces.