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Gold Fill battles Gold Plate: Who wins and why? June 21 2019

I have a spiel for markets and other live events about our gold fill products.  It goes something like this: “All our gold jewelry is gold fill which is a thick layer of 14k gold heat and pressure bonded to a base metal. It is a higher quality than a plate and wears very well.”  Sounds good right?  I have looked up the difference between fill and plate a number...

What should I put on my medical alert bracelet? June 14 2019

About five years ago a client asked, “could you make me a medical alert bracelet?”. After a couple seconds of consideration and a quick search on Etsy I ordered my supplies and made my first medical alert bracelet.  We now have over 50 different styles of medical jewelry and sell these products on a daily basis.  I am so grateful for this client as well as the opportunity to make...

Freshen Up Your Stamped Jewelry June 06 2019

Quick and dirty demo of how to re-blacken your stamped jewelry.  Stamped lettering and designs can fade over time from exposure to water, perfumes and body oils so this will guide you through a simple process of how to make the impressions dark and beautiful again.  All you will need is a sharpe marker, rubbing alcohol, some q-tips, a paper towel and a cotton ball.  Enjoy!!

Feeling Free Again: Entrepreneur Life Reflections May 31 2019

If you read one of my recent posts, you know I took on a part time job last January. I think it is worthwhile to talk about what this allowed me to do, which is take the financial pressure off my creativity and give me physical and mental space.  Both of these have been essential to my progress as an entrepreneur and moved me toward greater success as I returned...

Two Jobs. The reality of being an entrepreneur. May 24 2019

    I have been in business for almost eight years.  The first four I saw fantastic growth, beyond what I could have imagined.  The last four I saw a marked decline in business, accumulation of debt, and struggled to maintain a level of livable income.  So, last January I decided to get a job that would provide me with a stable income and make jewelry in my off time. ...

Revitalizing Your Stamped Jewelry: How to Re-blacken Lettering March 02 2019

Wear and tear is inevitable with jewelry, especially if you done it daily.  One thing unique to stamped jewelry is the oxidation in the lettering.  Jewelers use various methods, chemicals or darkening agents to blacken the stamping but over time it can begin to fade.  There is a very simple method you can use to re-blacken it if it does.  And even better, it uses products you probably have around...

Why I Took Instagram and Facebook Off My Phone February 22 2019

I used Instagram. Every day.  I used it as a tool to generate brand awareness and gain a stronger following. I posted daily about products and included lifestyle tidbits to engage viewers.  This is the reason I would get on Instagram once a day.  But, I found myself scrolling through Instagram senselessly multiple times a day. Not looking for anything, not searching to find an answer, definitely not enriching my...

Jewelry Repairs: Clasps December 04 2018

Finally got around to volume II of jewelry repairs! Short video on how to attach a clasp.  Great for those of you who want to resize your bracelet on your own.  Things you will need: -2 pairs small pliers (I use needle nose and flat nose pliers)-lobster or magnetic clasp-jump rings That's it! Enjoy! I hope you guys find this helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions. :)...

Don't Panic! November 15 2018

Keeping your cool over the holidays  I literally walked into Hobby Lobby the day after Halloween to see Christmas decor taking over every isle.  It's real people, and sorry Thanksgiving but it seems no one cares about you any longer.  Well, in the retail world at least.  As someone working in the industry I do have to think about the holidays well ahead of time and make a pretty calculated plan. ...

Bracelet Repairs: Cord Ends November 13 2018

I cannot tell you how many bracelet we get back for resizing!  There are some fearless clients that want to take the task on themselves.  Happy to assist in whatever way I can, I have created a short video showing how to attach the cord ends that we use here at Thought Blossoms.  Hopefully this will make your task a bit easier, and please feel free to leave questions!  I will...

Gemstones & Gurus November 05 2018

After a visit to the gem show here in Houston I came home with some really beautiful components to start integrating into our line. Of them included a couple of Buddha charms and some absolutely gorgeous strands of wire wrapped gemstones. Both carry beautiful energy and add something remarkable to our otherwise basic chain necklaces. Buddha A “student” of meditation I was drawn to the Buddha. Buddha is not a...

Measuring Your Wrist for a Bracelet October 26 2018

Bracelet sizing can be tricky when ordering online.  I should know, I have changed my sizing strategy in our shop at least three times.  Regardless, we receive A LOT of bracelets back for resizing.  I finally decided to stick with requesting an actual "wrist size" from our clients.  What does this mean?  We want your wrist size, nothing added, nothing taken away.  We want to know exactly what your wrist...
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