Certification and Creations

I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I last wrote! With three upcoming shows, I have been busy making jewelry and trying to get myself prepared for the holiday shopping season! Yes, I know it’s only September, but when you craft you have to give yourself plenty of time to get things made.

 

I have two big items to cover in this note. The first is I have finally completed the Associate Jewelry Professional (AJP) certification I have been working on through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA is considered to be the authority when it comes to jewelry, gemstones, and precious metals, so having training through them can be quite valuable to someone who is trying to get into the industry.  The certification gives an overall understanding of precious metals, gemstones, diamonds, and the jewelry industry as a whole. It has been a great experience for me and I feel I have learned a lot through these courses. I hope it will continue to pay off as I build my own business.

 

The second item of note is I received some American-made metals last Friday and have put together a few pieces with it. I don’t know if I can express in writing how excited I am about the idea of creating jewelry with all American-made components.

 

These pieces really encompass two concepts that excite me. The first I just mentioned is the concept of creating truly American-made jewelry. The second is my desire to create more all metal, or mostly metal, jewelry. I think these pieces can be stunning and also very practical because they can match almost any outfit. I focus on the simple elegance concept that I love so the pieces can work on just about any woman for any occasion.

 

Have I kept you waiting long enough? I suppose you want to see what all of my excitement is about?  Here they are….

This is a necklace and earring set I created first. I crafted the squares from a larger sheet of sterling silver. The little rings (called jumprings) connecting the squares as well as the earring hooks (called earwires) were created from a larger piece of sterling silver wire. The earwires and jumprings were an interesting learning experience. I always bought my earwires and jumprings, but I found it would be much more cost-effective if I could learn how to make them myself.

This is a pair of earrings I created on a whim. They didn’t turn out quite as I had planned, but I really like the way the turned out. The edges are a little crooked, but that actually gives them a rustic feel instead of looking like they were not made correctly. I think they are perfect for fall outfits of corduroys and long-sleeved t-shirts.

 

If you are interested in any of these items, you can check them out at my Etsy shop here:

 Sterling Silver Hammered Link Earrings

Sterling Silver Hammered Link Necklace

Sterling Silver Hammered Rectangle Earrings

 

I have also listed a few other new items that really encompass the eleganct simplicity concept, so please take some time and look around while you are in the shop.

Also, I noted my upcoming shows at the start of this note. Here’s what is coming up (mark your calendar now!):

Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13, 2012 – Lititz Artisans’ Porchwalk. 10AM until 5PM. I will be at 26 East Lemon Street, Lititz, PA 17543.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 – Artists’ Alley at the Manheim Railroad Station. 12PM until 5PM. 210 S Charlotte Street, Manheim, PA 17545.

Saturday November 17, 2012 – Holiday Craft Show at Winters Heritage House Museum. 9AM until 4PM. 41-47 E. High St., Elizabethtown PA 17022

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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