Showing posts from September, 2011

Featured Item: Handmade Unakite Rose Niobium Necklace

I just love the combination of colors in Unakite. It has a great blend of olive green and coral/peach. Each bead is different because of the natural blend, which adds to its interest and variety. 

This necklace is 20 inches long, which is a great length to drape nicely, but still not get in your way. The Handmade niobium wire chain is made of hammered 20 gauge figure-8 loops. The niobium is anodized to be the color of bronze, and complements this design fabulously. The clasp is a modified "S" clasp which I have handmade, and it is comfortable, secure, and easy to put on and off. 

The pendant is a 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) across. A great centerpiece necklace. 

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Argentium Silver Post Dangles

I want to show you some of the fun I'm having with post dangles. These little pretties are made of Argentium Sterling Silver, which, if you've been reading my blog, you know why I love.

This stuff is not only nickel free, but it also doesn't tarnish - how cool is that? It doesn't need polishing, just basic cleaning.

Posts are preferred by some people, and others rely on French hook dangles or hoops.  But did you know it is actually recommended that during the first 4-6 months after your piercing, you continue to wear posts earrings? This is so the little tunnel of skin can heal very solidly, all in the same direction. Even though you can switch earrings after only 6-8 weeks, the the tissue is still fairly soft. This gives it a little more time to heal completely. But who can wait to start wearing all those pretty dangles you're dreaming of? That's why I think these are so fabulous - the best of both worlds. These and others are available at  I only…

"Mom, I'm allergic to my braces"

It sounds like one of those "allergic to homework" lines, but this one might be true.

With school starting and fall approaching, we start to think of some of those necessary little family chores, like going to the dentist. Most visits aren't too dramatic, but once in a while you get some bad news. The news that you need braces, though is not at all uncommon, and most families will have at least one member who needs to go through this ordeal.

If you have nickel allergies, or you want to avoid them, these little suckers pose more of a problem. Think about it. These things are in your mouth all the time, most likely when you are young. Over a couple of years, your mouth is the site of a host of little cuts, sores and irritations, many of which come and go without much notice. These little irritations are the perfect entry point for nickel to get into your body, and make an ideal environment for an allergy to develop.

Also, it is good to remember that even if you don't …