Sundrop Jewelry News

I've heard of a Prince Rupert's drop - are Sundrops the same thing?
September 18 2017

  I get this question all the time! The short answer is, "No, Sundrops aren't the same as Prince Rupert's drops." But that doesn't clarify things much, does it? So, to start off.. What is a Prince Rupert's drop? Prince Rupert's drops usually look like a curving tadpole, with a bulbous head and a long thin tail. If you've ever heard of Prince Rupert's Drops, you've probably heard that they are incredibly strong... unless you break the long skinny tail, at which point they shatter into a million pieces. How are Sundrops different than Prince Rupert's drops? Like Prince Rupert's...

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Sapphire blue recycled glass earrings steal the show from sapphires and diamonds!
September 14 2017

These extra-long recycled glass earrings garner more attention than sapphires and diamonds! If you've been thinking fine jewelry has cornered the market as the sparkling attention-grabber, think again!  These art jewelry earrings are upcycled from Risata wine bottles with sun-melted glass teardrops from Skyy Vodka bottles, and finished with recycled sterling silver - eco-friendly and irresistible!     "I receive more compliments on my Risata bottle-neck earrings.  I'm wearing my diamond and sapphire ring - however, the Risata earrings are the only thing that gets noticed.  People rave about the beautiful blue color.  Then I tell them how they are made, and they...

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What is gold-fill?
August 23 2017

Have you seen jewelry listed as gold-fill and wondered what it meant?  Is it actual gold?  Is it just another word for cheap gold plating?  Or is there gold inside something else?   So, what is gold-fill anyway? The term "gold-fill" is a bit of a misnomer.  A thick coating of gold is pressure-bonded to the surface of another, less-expensive, metal.  Unlike the thin layer of gold coating on gold-plated objects however, gold-fill will not flake off or change colors, making it a safe option for those with allergies.  Plus, they'll keep their gold appearance for life, giving the look of...

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Clear teardrop earrings - why doesn't Sundrop Jewelry have any?
August 15 2017

If you've been looking for clear teardrop earrings amongst Sundrop Jewelry's veritable rainbow of colors, I'm sorry to tell you - I don't make any perfectly clear glass teardrop earrings (or necklaces).  Why not?  Well, it all comes down to color - or lack thereof. The closest I can get to clear teardrop earrings, these are made from green-tinted Coca-Cola bottles. At this point, you probably know that Sundrop Jewelry's glass teardrop earrings and necklaces are melted using sunshine. (If this is the first you've heard - go watch the videos! They're pretty cool, if I do say so myself.)...

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Lost & Found Sale ends Tonight!
August 04 2017

The sale ends TONIGHT!  Don't miss your chance to shop these gorgeous, newly-uncovered pieces at 30% off!  Are you looking for vibrant, summery colors or are ready to go more subdued for fall? Do you prefer elegant minimalism or a multi-colored explosion? Whichever it is, you'll find something to love in this sale!After languishing in the dark for nearly a decade, these gorgeous earrings and necklaces have emerged into the light again!  The swirling, glowing glass is longing to escape the box and add some color to your life...Never-to-be-seen-again colors, limited editions, and one-of-a-kind pieces - all 30% off! The sale ends tonight, and...

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Your invitation to the Lost & Found Sale!
August 03 2017

The flash sale is on!  Be the first to shop these gorgeous, newly-uncovered pieces - at 30% off!  After languishing in the dark for nearly a decade, these gorgeous earrings and necklaces have emerged into the light again!  The swirling, glowing glass is longing to escape the box and add some color to someone’s life… will it be yours?Now in the shop, you’ll find never-to-be-seen-again colors, limited editions, and one-of-a-kind pieces - all 30% off!  The sale ends tomorrow, and when these pieces are gone… they’re gone. Shop the Sale >> P.S. There are also a few sets of wine glass charms and hair sticks.  Both...

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Lost & Found Sale: Variations on a Theme
August 01 2017

These three pairs of earrings are similar, but not exactly the same…  think of them as variations on a theme.  Subtly swirling ice-blue, paired with vibrant turquoise. In just a couple days I'll be having a flash sale on all these newly-discovered pieces! For a limited time - pendants and earrings, wine charms and hair sticks - all at 30% off! Mailing list members get to shop first, and there were only so many pieces in that long-lost box! Get first pick - join here.

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Coming soon: a long-lost treasure trove
July 31 2017

Look what I found!  It’s a long-lost stash of jewelry from eight or nine years ago... I wonder how many long-out-of-stock earrings and necklaces I’ve just uncovered?We’ll see soon - because this discovery means it’s time for a flash sale!  All these newly discovered pieces will be 30% off - and mailing list members get first dibs! ...as soon as I get them added to my shop. Not a mailing list member yet?  Join today to get exclusive early access - direct to your inbox!  

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Mix 'n match for a summer wedding
July 31 2017

Do you get tired of seeing wedding jewelry that's too matchy-matchy?  Go ahead and mix it up! This set was custom made for a lovely young lady I met at a fair recently.  Sandy said that pretty much everything else for the wedding would be matching her pearl-colored dress.  She really wanted to bring in some of the cobalt blue of her fiancée's suit for her bridal jewelry.  Isn't that sweet?     The pearl and blue swirls in the necklace are reflected in the sparkling silver spiraling around the pure cobalt blue earrings, harmonizing for a cohesive look without feeling repetitive.

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Summer's best-seller is back in stock!
July 20 2017

These two-tone Morning Glory Solaris Earrings were so popular they sold out just a few weeks after their arrival!  But now... they're back in stock! Grab yours here - I'm not sure how long they'll last! Shop Now >> Love the color, but looking for a necklace or different design?  Browse everything in Morning Glory.

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Silver for Summer
July 11 2017

I love the simplicity of a circle.  The eye follows it round and round, never ending...Thin rings of sparkling silver (framing a tiny drop of vibrant glass) all swing freely in this bold pendant necklace. Find the perfect color of Eclipse Pendant to compliment your summer, whether you're spending your time at the beach or out on the town.  Or a bit of both - this bold yet elegant pendant necklace will transition effortlessly with you from your casual sunny day to your sleek night out!Add the bold, circular sparkle of these silver and glass pendants to your summer! Shop...

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What is my birthstone? Birthstone chart and fun facts.
July 11 2017

  Have you ever wondered "What is my birthstone, anyway?"  Well, here you'll find the answer!  Scan the birthstone chart below to find the month you were born.  Then, go ahead and click through for some fun facts and meanings about your birthstone!      January's birthstone: Garnet Garnet fun facts February's birthstone: Amethyst Amethyst fun facts March's birthstone: Aquamarine Aquamarine fun facts April's birthstone:Diamond Diamond fun facts May's birthstone:Emerald Emerald fun facts June's birthstone:Alexandrite Alexandrite fun facts July's birthstone:Ruby Ruby fun facts   August's birthstone:Peridot Peridot fun facts   September's birthstone:Sapphire Sapphire fun facts October's birthstone:Watermelon tourmaline Tourmaline fun...

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Sky blue circle drop earrings, pendants, and statement necklaces
July 07 2017

They're here!  By popular request, the Circular Motion Collection has now expanded to include sky blue, made from Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles!  Shop all the designs in my online shop. So far I only have one of each piece - three earring designs, and two necklaces.  As a mailing list member, you’re hearing about them first, but you won’t be the last!  So click over to SundropJewelry.com to shop these new, highly requested pieces before someone else snaps them up! Shop Now >> And in case you're worried about weight... while these earrings are a bit heavier than my usual pieces,...

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July gemstone: ruby birthstone jewelry and fun facts
June 30 2017

July birthstone fun facts Like sapphire, ruby is a gem-quality piece of the mineral corundum. Red corundum is a ruby, while any other colors of corundum are technically sapphires - even though we think of them primarily as deep blue. Rubies are the most prized gemstones of all, called the “King of Gems." Large rubies are rarer than large diamonds, emeralds, or sapphires. The largest ruby ever discovered was known as the Liberty Bell Ruby, weighing in at four pounds. It was stolen in a 2011 heist and never recovered. Ancient stories from Asia and Greece depict the ruby as...

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What to wear to a casual summer wedding
June 21 2017

We are truly into wedding season now!  How many weddings do you have on your calendar this summer?Whether you're searching for an entire new outfit or just a little something to freshen up an old favorite, here are six of my favorite pieces to mix 'n match for a casual summer wedding. 1/ Aurora Necklace in Morning Glory   2/ Kite Earrings in Magenta   3/ Duet Earrings in Swinging Blues   4/ Celia Bracelet in Turquoise   5/ Demi Necklace in Morning Glory   6/ Lanata Earrings in MagentaWhether you're dressing up for a fun night out (bachelorette party, anyone?) or...

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Oval Obsession
June 12 2017

You could rightly say I'm obsessed with the way these sparkling silver ovals frame tiny teardrops of sun-melted glass. These earrings are some of my best sellers - not too big and not too small - and I adore this new magenta color!And if pink isn't your thing, these Cameo Earrings come in a whole rainbow of other colors as well! Find your favorite color in the online shop. Shop Now >>

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Two-tone teardrop jewelry
June 05 2017

I know I'm not supposed to play favorites... but if I really had to pick, this two-tone magenta and turquoise blue is my favorite of the new colors! Because the colors are side by side, depending on which direction you're looking from the color looks different - two separate colors, or overlapping to make a whole new color! Hop over to the online shop and add twice the color to your summer outfits! Shop Now >>

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June gemstone: alexandrite meaning and fun facts
June 05 2017

The June birthstone, alexandrite is a recently discovered gem, first found at a Russian emerald mine two weeks after Tsar Alexander II ascended the throne in 1831.  (You can see where they got the name.) Under sunlight, alexandrite looks blue-green, while it shows reddish-purple under artificial light!  The original Russian miners thought they had brought emeralds out of the mine, but looking at them in the fire light that evening they looked red!  The next morning, under sunlight, they again appeared green. Tiffany’s legendary gem buyer, George Kunz, fell in love with alexandrite and traveled to Russia in search of...

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Introducing new summer colors!
June 01 2017

They're here!  The newest, vibrant colors of sun-melted glass jewelry are now available in the online shop! From sparkling lavender, to vivid magenta, to the striking two-tone morning glory - they're now all available in numerous designs... Which one is your favorite? Shop Now >>

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Making magenta - vibrant pink glass jewelry
May 26 2017

After years of searching for a pink that pops, I have totally fallen in love with this vibrant magenta glass!Now in the shop (along with two more brand new colors for summer!). And, for a peek at how these elegant teardrops are formed, using just sunshine and gravity, watch the video below...

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Coming soon: wisteria for your wardrobe
May 26 2017

These lavender colored glass earrings were inspired by trailing wisteria flowers - and I finally found the perfect color of glass for them!

These and more will be arriving in my online shop next week - quantities are super limited, so join the mailing list to shop ahead of the crowd!

Update: They're here!  Find these earrings, or shop all lavender jewelry!

Long dangle earrings for an elegant Gemini
May 23 2017

If your birthday falls between May 21st and June 21st - first, happy birthday! And second, congratulations - you're a Gemini!Whether you're an actual twin or an astrological one (or if you just like long danglies!), I think you'll love these sparkling Gemini Earrings! These silver spirals will bring a breath of bohemian flair to your day - find your favorite color in my online shop. Shop Now >>

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Turquoise blue glass jewelry fit for a mermaid
May 22 2017

These gorgeous turquoise blue sun-melted* glass earrings (made from this stained glass from Bullseye Glass) are just the thing for a day at the beach - or to remind you of your favorite beach when it's far away!  Pair with a floaty turquoise colored cover-up if you're beach bound for the weekend, or add a pop of turquoise blue to your favorite date night outfit!   Wherever you go, I've been reliably informed that they are exactly what a mermaid would wear! Shop more turquoise colored jewelry   * Wondering about the "sun-melted" part of Sundrop Jewelry?  I have a giant magnifying...

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Featured Shop: Talisman Collection
May 08 2017

This week's featured shop is Talisman Collection in El Dorado Hills, California - a full-service fine jewelry store, including custom jewelry, repairs and appraising.  They carry over 65 couture designer jewelry brands, and I'm super excited to have Sundrop Jewelry join them!   Best of all, I will be doing a trunk show at Talisman Collection this weekend in conjunction with the El Dorado Hills Art, Wine and Beer Festival!  Take a trip out West of Sacramento this weekend to sample some wonderful wines and craft beers, enjoy the amazing art - and, of course - stop into the shop and...

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