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What You Get When You Buy Handmade Artisan Jewelry.

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What You Get When You Buy Handmade Artisan Jewelry.

Why handmade jewelry is worth the investment and what you’re really getting when you buy artisan products. When you buy handmade, you’re supporting real people, keeping the art of craftsmanship alive. You’re getting exclusivity and uniqueness, as well as quality and integrity just to name a few. You also get a more realistic pricing structure because designers tend to use traditional methods and tools verses the mass-produced method of jewelry that is readily available on the market today.Let’s take a quick look at some of the reasons why handmade jewelry is worth the investment and see what it is that...

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How to Layer Necklaces

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How to Layer Necklaces

  How to Layer NecklacesJewelry trends come and go, but one of the trends that never seems to fall out of favor is layering necklaces. In fact, it's once again coming back in style, and in order to look the part without missing a beat, it's good to know how to properly layer your necklaces. It doesn't have to be complicated and is instead as simple as thinking about which necklaces go well together based off of their length, appearance and material. To begin, take inventory of the necklaces you already have in your collection to get an idea of...

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3 Popular Bracelets and How to Measure for the Perfect Fit

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3 Popular Bracelets and How to Measure for the Perfect Fit

How do I measure for a bracelet?   This is often the question we ask ourselves when looking for that perfect bracelet. Some like a tight fit, while others prefer a more loose fit, it all comes down to what you like and how it feels.You want something that will be comfortable to wear and doesn’t bother throughout the day.   There are basically three ways to consider wearing your bracelet. A loose fit, a comfortable fit and a tight fit. With a loose fit, you will want to add at least a full inch of extra space, allowing the...

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What is Argentium Silver and How is it Different from Sterling Silver?

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What is Argentium Silver and How is it Different from Sterling Silver?

Not sure what the difference is between Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver? Let's look at the differences.   What is Argentium Silver? Argentium Silver is a superior, high performance silver with a number of unique properties. These properties differentiate Argentium Silver from traditional Sterling silver, making it perfect for both artisans and volume manufacturers.  Argentium alloys do not contain nickel.   Argentium Silver is 100% recycled silver.   Is Argentium Silver different from traditional Sterling Silver?  Yes. It is purer than Sterling (935 or 960), has increased tarnish resistance, a whiter color, antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties and a fire stain...

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What is Patina, anyway?

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What is Patina, anyway?

  Pa-ti-na: Noun. A green or brown film on the surface of bronze, copper, silver or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period. A patina is a surface coating on a bare metal surface formed by a chemical reaction. It is different from applied coatings like painting and powder coating in that the effect is caused by actually reacting to a solution with the metal surface. Metals react with moist air on their own at a gradual pace. Working with different metals for a jewelry design or project can be exciting, especially if you want to see the different effects...

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