Oct 102017

Just because a piece of jewelry isn’t make of precious metals and gems doesn’t mean it’s not worth wearing. As far as I’m concerned, if it’s pretty or interesting to look at, I’ll wear it!

precious hearts necklace cover

That being said, there are times when it’s nice to have something closer to fine jewelry. Especially if you are thinking about gift giving.

The traditional definition of fine jewelry is that it’s about gold, platinum and diamonds. However, you might want to read this interesting article: Redefining Fine Jewelry.

costco pearl ombré necklace

Like I mentioned in the video, my idea was based on the above piece of jewelry available at Costco last Valentine’s day. I was curious to see how much it would cost to recreate this in all karat gold materials, thus making it truly “fine jewelry.”

What I found at Fire Mountain Gems and Rio Grande (choosing their best prices):

Grand total = $137.62

Of course, you still have to take into account shipping costs, that fact that you may left over quantities you don’t need, and your time and labor.

Looks like that Costco price was quite reasonable!

Here are the tools and materials for my rather nice, but slightly less posh version:

Personally, I’d be just as happy with a pretty, well-designed piece that is made of gold-filled materials, rather than all karat gold.

The only thing that would make a difference in my thinking would be knowing that solid gold jewelry doesn’t lose its value, and will be worth something in a financial crisis. 

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Precious Hearts Necklace-Swarovski Crystal and Gold Filled Findings Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Dec 112015

ff rose gold

Rose gold his been around at least since the 1800’s and first became popular in Russia where it was known as Russian gold.

It then was very much in demand during the Victorian era because of its pink color. And in the 1920s Cartier designed his trinity ring using yellow gold, rose gold and white gold. This brought the metal even more to the public eye.

Because it’s made with an alloy of copper it is a little bit less expensive than pure gold and also the copper makes the gold more durable. Rose gold is often favored by those whose skin tones are not complemented by the color of yellow gold.

Did you also know that there’s green gold, gray gold, blue gold, purple gold and black gold? The story of gold alloys is quite fascinating, you can learn more about it here.

In the video I tell you just what red, rose and pink gold are made up of and show you some examples of how they are used in jewelry making.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Rose Gold video over at YouTube.