Sundrop Jewelry News

Out with the old to make room for the new!
March 24 2017

I heard about the snowstorms in so much of the country last week, but here in my neck of the woods it was warm and sunny.  I’m not saying this to brag - I think you’ll be happy too when you hear what you’ll be getting out of that California sunshine… new colors!!  I’ve had some glass sitting around all winter that I have been so excited to test out - and they turned out absolutely gorgeous!  But before I release the new colors, I’ve decided to retire ten colors and a few designs from my collection. I always have the hardest time cutting any color (or...

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The making of rain jewelry from sunshine and recycled bottles
March 08 2017

One of Sundrop Jewelry’s most popular colors is “Water.” Not only is it a gorgeous color in its own right - the pale blue teardrops look just like little drops of rain jewelry - it is also the perfect color for the March birthstone, aquamarine.  Best of all, these pale blue translucent glass drops are made from recycled Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles!Take a look behind the scenes at this elegant rain jewelry in each stage of the process.   Long strips of glass are cut from this big square bottle that once held Bombay Sapphire Gin. Using a giant magnifying glass to focus sunshine, the strips are...

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March gemstone - aquamarine fun facts
March 01 2017

Happy birthday to me!  (Well, not quite yet - I still have to wait a couple more weeks. :) ) I love the color of my March gemstone, pale blue aquamarine.  But I'd never dug a bit deeper until now - so here come the fun facts! March gemstone - aquamarine fun facts Aquamarine ranges in color from deep blue to blue-green of varying shades.  It was named by the Romans from the words “aqua” and “marine", as it looked like sea water. (No wonder I named my own aquamarine glass color “Water”!) Ever since associated with the sea, aquamarine was a...

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Featured Shop: The Marine Mammal Center
February 22 2017

This week's featured shop is The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. The mission of the Marine Mammal Center is to advance global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. The Marine Mammal Center is free and open to the public every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. This time of year (February to May) is pupping season, and The Marine Mammal Center has northern elephant seals and California sea lion pups!   What do your customers love? Our customers love to find unique products that they’re not likely to...

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Lightweight silver hoop earrings
February 15 2017

Heavy earrings give me a headache.  So, I always make sure to keep Sundrop Jewelry light - like the lightweight silver hoop earrings from the new Circular Motion Collection! Back before I started making Sundrop Jewelry (I can't believe it's been 13 years!) I often couldn’t wear earrings for a whole day.  Maybe my ears were extra-sensitive or something, but the weight of the earrings made the holes hurt before the end.  And I wasn’t even wearing earrings that were particularly big or heavy, especially compared to some out there!   These lightweight silver hoop earrings won’t get you down....

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Handmade earrings - how many glass teardrops to find a pair?
February 08 2017

How many glass teardrops do you think it takes to find a pair of handmade earrings?

The answer - it all depends.  The percentage of my glass teardrops that make good pairs for handmade earrings depends a lot on the number of teardrops I start with - the more glass teardrops I have, the better chance that they will match up.

February gemstone: purple amethyst fun facts
February 01 2017

Fun facts about purple amethyst, the February gemstone

Amethyst always possesses a distinct violet hue, ranging from light pink to dark purple, often within the same stone.  The color of purple amethyst is sensitive to high heat, changing to red, brown, or green, and even without heating the violet color can fade over time.

Are sterling silver earrings hypoallergenic?
January 25 2017

"Am I allergic to sterling silver earrings?" you ask?   Like so many things, the answer is, "it depends." Is sterling silver hypoallergenic? Sterling silver must be at least 92.5% pure silver, with the remaining 7.5% filled in by another metal. Most of the "fill" is copper (another soft, but non-allergenic metal), with a tiny bit of something else to help the soft metals keep their shape and not get damaged. Sometimes, that other metal is nickel. Quite a few people are allergic to nickel. However, often the other metal is something benign to most people - zinc, tin, boron, lithium,...

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The thing about red glass...
January 20 2017

...It doesn't stay red! At the beginning of the month, I introduced January's birthstone - garnet.  Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought I'd continue with the red theme, but this time talk about the red glass itself. First off, all the pinks and red glass I use is artists's stained glass, as the few apparently red glass bottles you may have seen are all actually painted - and sadly, the paint just burns off. Red glass is surprisingly difficult to work with.  Because I melt glass using focused sunshine, the intensity of the heat is highly variable -...

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Tree free paper? Reducing the environmental impact of running a business.
January 11 2017

As an eco friendly jewelry designer, I’ve worked hard over the years to reduce the environmental impact of Sundrop Jewelry itself. Using recycled sterling silver, colors made from recycled glass bottles, and, of course, using sunshine to melt the glass! This week on the blog I’m digging deep into the environmental impact of plain old printer paper. There's no way around it - running a business requires paper. Lots of it. No matter how much we try to "go digital" there are still packing slips & invoices, cover letters and paperwork to print, sign and return... And that’s not taking...

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What is red, sparkly, and named after a pomegranate seed?
January 05 2017

I have to admit, the holidays kind of wiped me out this year, and I was really ready for a rest after Christmas!  But now the vacation's over, and I'm getting back into the swing of things schedule-wise.  How about you?  Was your holiday season stressful or relaxing?  Are you coming to the new year re-energized and excited?  I know I am (part of the reason December wiped me out was that there were so many new things I was excited to start working on, but had to wait!)And, while this series on birthstones isn't new, one of my favorite...

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Free Shipping Day is December 16th!
December 15 2016

Tomorrow, December 16th, is Free Shipping Day!  All orders placed tomorrow will ship for free within the US - and arrive in time for Christmas! And, best of all, there's no coupon code needed to get your free shipping - which means that in addition to free shipping, you can use another coupon code as well! All jewelry will arrive in a classic white box with a turquoise ribbon, suitable for giving - or take it up a notch with gift wrap and your personalized gift note.  Whether you will be giving your gift in person or want it shipped directly to...

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How Artists Earn: Wholesale and Online Retail - on ArtsyShark!
December 14 2016

My new guest post on how artists can expand their lines and diversify their income streams is now available on ArtsyShark.com! An excerpt: "There are a lot of ways to make a living from your art these days: online retail, in-person events, consignment and galleries, old-fashioned word-of-mouth, and of course, wholesale." "Wholesale and online retail are great complements for each other. We all dread the “slow season,” but the two together help smooth out fluctuations in both income and degree of busyness throughout the year. Wholesale seasons are usually offset from the standard retail seasons – shops are ordering for Christmas in August and September, and for Spring...

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Win Christmas with a matching earrings and necklace set
December 13 2016

What's a better gift than a lovely piece of jewelry?  Well... how about a matching earrings and necklace set?!   If you want to up your gift-giving game this Christmas, it’s easy with a boxed set of Sundrop Jewelry!  A matching earrings and necklace set comes beautifully packaged in a classic white jewelry box tied with ribbon, ready to give.  These earrings and necklace sets are available in a number of styles and colors. Just click on any image below to browse all the colors in that design. Do you tend to wait til the last minute?  Here are your deadlines if you...

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Best sellers make the best gifts
December 08 2016

Sometimes there are just too many choices, aren't there?  That's why I've put together this little list of the year’s best sellers for you - because best sellers make the best gifts! Remember, order by Dec 19th and your jewelry will arrive by Christmas (within the US) - you can even have me ship it directly to the recipient!  And, if you're running late, you can always opt for Rush Shipping during checkout.Best of all, if you order by Sunday, I’ll gift wrap your presents for free!

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Something ready to give...
December 06 2016

I’m offering free gift wrap on every order this week!  No codes needed or anything else - if you want a message included, go ahead and write it in the notes section, but otherwise everything’s automatic!

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December gemstone: turquoise blue fun facts
November 30 2016

If you happen to be a December birthday girl - Happy Birth-mas! Your December gemstone is my all-time absolute favorite color - turquoise blue! (I might be a tad envious.) But in general, I’ve always thought December birthday kids got a bum deal. When your birthday is so close to a major holiday it’s all too easy to just fold the birthday into the general holiday celebrations - and there’s so much going on this time of year, who has time for another party, anyway? Personally, I like the idea of changing things up and celebrating your half-birthday in June!  Things...

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November gemstone - topaz color and fun facts
November 16 2016

I can hardly believe we're already halfway through November! Thanksgiving is next week, and then the holiday flood gates will truly open. As a kid, I remember the TV playing, seemingly on loop, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Littlest Angel, Charlie Brown Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. Are any of them part of your holiday traditions these days? Speaking of holiday films... "Silver and gold, silver and gold...everyone wishes for silver and gold" The November gemstone is seen most often as a lovely warm honey-gold topaz color. Paired with recycled sterling silver, they'll add some sparkling "silver and...

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Sample Sale is today - 30-50% off select jewelry
November 10 2016

The sale is on!  Find discontinued colors and styles of earrings and necklaces, limited editions, and pieces that never made it into production, all in the shop now at 50% off!  Or, have you had your eye on something for a while?  I've also got some pieces of excess inventory on sale for 30% off - so go take a look! Whether you're looking for holiday gifts or something for yourself (there are a lot of holiday parties coming up!), you’ll find just what you need in the shop.Can’t decide which is your favorite?  Why not buy more than one? From top: High Tide Solaris Earrings with gold-fill...

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Sneak a peek at the one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces that'll be in the sample sale
November 08 2016

The sample sale is coming!  Are you ready?  Got your running shoes by your bed?  Set a reminder on your phone?  Turned on email notifications?  Well, maybe not that far :) The sale officially starts Thursday, but mailing list members will get to start shopping ahead of the crowd, tomorrow night!  So join the wait list now and get ready!  ;p  If you know anyone who would just LOVE to get in on the action, go ahead and share!  But let them know they'll only get early access if they sign up!

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The annual Sample Sale is next week!
November 02 2016

In just one week I'll be holding my biggest sale of the year! On Thursday, November 10th I’ll have discontinued styles, colors, and some designs that never made it into production, all 50% off!  If you're looking for something unique and original that no one else will have, this is the place to be.And, if you've had your eye on something in the standard collection it's still a great time to shop - I'll also have some excess inventory on sale for 30% off!This is a one-day sale for most, but mailing list members will get a chance to pounce on those one-of-a-kind pieces before...

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What length necklace is right for you? How to measure necklace length
October 26 2016

Are you looking at a necklace, but aren’t sure what size to order? Here’s how to measure necklace length so you're certain to get exactly what you want...If you have already have a necklace that is the length you’d like, the answer is easy. Take that necklace, lay it straight and measure it with a ruler. Otherwise, drape a piece of string around your neck and pull it down to a point, the way it will hang with a pendant or centerpiece hanging from it. Hold the string where you want the necklace to land on your chest. Remember, the droplet...

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We've got a winner!
October 21 2016

And the winner of the Green Giveaway is... Jennifer Engquist Even if you didn't win, I've still got a little something for you.  While it isn't free, just use code CIRCLE during checkout and you will get 10% off your preorder!Which ones will arrive at your door just before Thanksgiving? From a delicate pale green sparkling with dainty drops of recycled glass, to bold, vibrant attention-grabbers, you'll find something to love!Because I'm working with other artists on these pieces, they require more lead time than usual.  So, for the first time, these new designs are available for pre-order now, and will ship...

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Interview with Deana of Groovy Green Glass
October 19 2016

I'm partnering with Deana of Groovy Green Glass on the new jewelry collection (order yours here!).  We sat down to chat about glass, recycling and more... Q. Tell us about yourself and your business.  What drives your creative process?Hi!  I'm Deana.  :)  My hubby and I started Groovy Green Glass about 6 years ago after falling in love with glass bottles.   We are on a mission to keep these shiny beauties OUT of our landfills because glass never breaks down.  Never. I have found that every bottle, even those made with the same molds, are individual and unique. I...

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