Sundrop Jewelry News

Last hours for this one-of-a-kind jewelry!
May 31 2018

Today is your last day to shop the Bold as Bronze Collection - the remains of the collection will retire at midnight tonight! Ranging from these stunning statement earrings to layered necklaces and geometric dainties, this is your last chance to shop this one of a kind jewelry collection!The Bold as Bronze collection shuts its doors at midnight tonight. Shop Now >> If you want an idea of what's coming next, sign up for my mailing list for some sneak peeks - and to be the first to hear when they're available!

Keep reading

Bronze collection closing soon...
May 24 2018

Back at the start of the year, I decided this was going to be a year of designing and experimenting - trying out new looks and new techniques.  The Bold as Bronze Collection was just the start...   The one of a kind pieces in this collection pair geometric handcrafted bronze with my signature sun-melted glass teardrops for a bold new look.  And while I had a ton of fun making them, I'm ready to move on and try something new...So, the Bold as Bronze collection will close May 31st.  Ranging from these dainty geometric dangles to layered necklaces and stunning statement pieces, this...

Keep reading

Featured Shop: Modern Mouse
May 15 2018

This week's featured shop is Modern Mouse, in Alameda, California - fairly close to Sundrop Jewelry's home base in Berkeley, as a matter of fact! Why did you start your shop? Modern Mouse opened its doors in 2009 under the watchful eye of OG owner, Eleen Hsu. She wanted to create and cultivate a more community-oriented and intimate retail space, showcasing all handmade, locally-made, and/or independently designed goods. Since Matt and I, Mynt, became the new Head Mice, we've only sought to perpetuate that vision.   What types of products do you carry? We carry a little something for everyone!...

Keep reading

Expecting to get noodle art for Mother's Day?
May 04 2018

I just love this note that came with an order last year: These are gorgeous!  Thank you for having a mother's day sale.  I'm buying these for myself because my kids will be giving me noodle art :) As a mom of a Kindergartener, I can relate. And while I'm not having a Mother's Day Sale this year, I still have some great news...  If you haven't visited my site recently, you probably haven't noticed that over the past month I have quietly reduced my prices. A lot of factors went into this decision, but the biggest is that I...

Keep reading

Mother-Daughter necklace sets: behind the scenes
April 11 2018

(Or, what happens when I do a photoshoot with my 6 yr old) Not long ago I launched a set of Mother-Daughter Necklaces.  I was in a rush to get everything done before I left on a family trip, so I just took a quick look through all the photos we took, grabbed one, and used it everywhere.  But now I've had a chance to look at the rest of the photos - and they tell such a fun story of the day!   The selfie photoshoot started off great - we got some really cute pictures together, with both Mother...

Keep reading

Mother-daughter necklace sets have arrived!
March 29 2018

My 6-yr old daughter is always wanting to "borrow" my jewelry.  Anything Mommy is wearing; from a simple pendant or elaborate statement necklace (that hangs to her belly button) to long dangly earrings - she doesn't even have pierced ears, so she hangs the earrings from her glasses!  "Ooh, that's pretty!  Can I wear it?  Pleeeeaaase?"If your daughter is anything like mine, she will love this Mother-Daughter pendant set - and you'll love that you get to keep wearing your own jewelry! You'll receive an elegant Maressa Pendant for you, and a dainty yet sturdy Demi Drop Pendant for your little one! Since a...

Keep reading

The birthday sale is ending soon!
March 24 2018

Thank you so much for helping me celebrate my birthday!  The birthday sale is winding down, but you do still have a few hours to grab your favorite pieces at 39% off!Whether you're planning ahead for Mother's Day, or feel like treating yourself to some sunshine to freshen up your spring wardrobe, this is definitely your best chance to grab those earrings or necklace you've had your eye on... The sale ends today, at noon Pacific.  Click here to find your favorite piece, and remember to use code BIRTHDAY at checkout to get 39% off!   Use code BIRTHDAY >>...

Keep reading

The birthday sale is on!!
March 21 2018

  On your mark, get set, go! Whether you're updating your wardrobe for spring and summer, finding the perfect gift for a birthday or Mother's Day, or have been casting a longing eye at a certain piece for a while now, hop over to the shop now.   Use the discount code BIRTHDAY at checkout to take 39% off all jewelry in the store!   Use code BIRTHDAY >> Any questions? Check out my tips for shopping the birthday sale or send me a message!

Keep reading

Get ready for the big birthday sale!
March 14 2018

Next week is my birthday, and I've got a present for you!   In the past I've held a Mother's Day sale in April/May, but I decided to change things up this year with a birthday sale instead!  Everything in the store will be 39% off starting Wed, March 21st at noon Pacific time to noon on Saturday.  (And yes, I'm turning 39 - it's a bit of a give away, huh?)     Excited to start shopping the big sale?  Here's everything you need to know: Everything at SundropJewelry.com will be 39% off!  (ok, not the gift certificates or gift wrap,...

Keep reading

Purple rain: the complete Ultraviolet jewelry series
March 08 2018

Sometimes bad weather is a blessing...A few weeks ago when it was warm and sunny I spent every minute out in the sunshine melting glass.  Now that it's been chilly and rainy (well, chilly for California) I have time to do all the backlogged indoor work (like writing, photographing, etc.)  And that means... the rest of the new Ultraviolet series has landed in the shop, like these Purple Rain Duet Earrings! A few designs were available last week, but now the whole line is here.  If you're a fan of multi-colors or more elaborate pieces, this is your chance!  Hop over to...

Keep reading

New Ultraviolet glass jewelry: blue or purple?
March 06 2018

Is it blue, or is it purple? Well, sometimes one, sometimes the other, and sometimes both!  I've spent a lot of the last couple weeks out in the sunshine melting more of this gorgeous Ultraviolet glass, stocking up on everything from tiny teardrops to earrings (and pendants) elegantly spiraled with silver.   I love how the glass starts out pure blue, but transforms under the heat of focused sunlight... Some teardrops turn a little more purple, some less, but they all have that eye-catching two tone color scheme going on, adding an extra bit of interest to their elegant simplicity....

Keep reading

Start with your favorite color, then find the perfect jewelry design!
March 06 2018

There are times you stumble upon a piece of jewelry so lovely you just have to have it - you don't have an event planned, or a particular outfit that needs a final touch, you just want it.But then there are the times when you're looking for something specific.  Like a red dress that needs some matching earrings and all your current jewelry leans toward blues and greens.  Or you need a gift and just discovered that her birthstone is alexandrite (and maybe you're wondering, "What color is alexandrite, anyway?"  Hint - check out my roundup of all the birthstones here.) When that's the case, you...

Keep reading

Mixing and matching jewelry styles: theme and variations
February 21 2018

Do you just wear earrings and eschew necklaces (or vice versa) because you're not sure what goes together?  Or tend to only wear perfectly matching sets of jewelry because you're not sure how to mix things up?  Here are a few examples of mixing and matching jewelry styles running the gamut from a basic matching set to eclectic style, while still keeping a cohesive look.  The secret: sticking with a color palette as a theme and adding variations.   Matching Let's start with a basic matching set.  If you're not confident mixing designs and aesthetics, this is the place for you...

Keep reading

Simple style inspiration to dress up your Valentine's - or any day of the year!
February 14 2018

I hope you have a wonderful evening planned tonight for Valentine's Day!  But, do you know what you're going to wear?If not, don't stress out!  (This is supposed to be a fun night, remember?  And how can you relax and have fun if you just spent the whole day fretting over which outfit to wear?)  My advice - start with something basic, like a simple white top and your favorite slacks or skirt.  This is your blank canvas.  Then, dress it up with colorful jewelry! Do you have a piece of jewelry you bought or were given that you just...

Keep reading

Enliven your outfits: dress up a basic white top with colorful jewelry
February 12 2018

Sometimes it's good to stick to the basics.  Sometimes, you're required to (I'm remembering the choir and band "uniform" of white top and black pants from high school).  Sometimes it just requires less thinking when you're getting ready for the day while still half asleep.  And sometimes, you want your clothing to serve as a blank canvas, ready for whatever you may care to add!   From minimalist style to statement jewelry, here are three ideas for adding color to dress up a basic white top.   Minimalist Style Simple drop earrings and a small pendant in swirling yellows and reds dresses up a...

Keep reading

Coming soon: ultraviolet-colored jewelry!
February 07 2018

While I'm still excited to keep working on more new bronze pieces, the weather has been so warm and sunny this week that I just had to get outside and melt some more glass!I've replenished my stock of pale Coca-Cola green and vibrant Magenta (both now back in stock!), plus I went all out with this new purple...   You may recognize it - I tested it out last year before the sun went south for the winter and I loved it then.  When I heard this year's Pantone color was Ultraviolet, I just knew it had to be next!I've...

Keep reading

Your invitation to go bold as bronze!
February 01 2018

Guess what?  The newest collection of Sundrop Jewelry is in the shop now! I say this every time, but I'm in love with these new designs!  The warm bronze adds a whole new dimension to my signature sun-melted glass teardrops.  From dainty dangling triangles to some true statement earrings with a capital "S" - the one-of-a-kind pieces in this new collection are ready to help you make a statement any day of the week! These are just the first pieces in this new design direction, and I'd love to hear which is your favorite! Large or small? Did I leave out...

Keep reading

Coming soon: geometric bronze statement jewelry
January 29 2018

  I wanted to give you some sneak peeks of the new geometric jewelry I'm working on. I usually work in sterling silver, but for this new project I decided to try something else new - bronze! The warm coppery gold color changes up the whole feel of the pieces.  Here's a peek behind the scenes...       Sawing geometric shapes out of a sheet of bronze.       When she saw the shapes I had cut out, my daughter insisted I make a heart too.  Trying a couple different designs with the heart - which do you...

Keep reading

Sneak peek at new jewelry arriving next week!
January 26 2018

I've been working on some brand new designs, and wanted to give you a little sneak peek...   I’ve been branching out, playing with new jewelry designs that incorporate hand-cut brass with my most popular colors of sun-melted glass. These pieces add a bold geometric touch, and will be arriving in my online shop next week!Mailing list members get first dibs, and these new pieces are one of a kind - so be sure to get on the mailing list! Join Now >>   UPDATE: They're here!  The new collection of geometric jewelry in warm bronze is in the shop now.

Keep reading

Worry-free faux lariat necklace
January 17 2018

I can't believe it took me this long to come up with a faux version of my favorite lariat design!   While I love the look of lariat necklaces, I have to admit I've always been a bit leery of them. I can never just throw it on and forget it, I have to keep checking, checking, checking that it's in place and not coming undone. That's not the carefree ease I want from my jewelry!     I'm loving the carefree fun of this updated lariat necklace! It's been my go-to daily necklace for more than a week now,...

Keep reading

Melting glass with solar energy: The next question everyone asks...
January 16 2018

Last week I mentioned my most frequently asked question - how sunlight can possibly melt glass. My second most frequently asked question is "How in the world did you come up with this idea??"⠀I have to be honest - I didn't. A friend of mine, back when he was 14, got his hands on this giant magnifying glass - and, being a teenager in rural Alaska, went around burning everything he could find!  The first magnifying glass.  You may notice our setup has changed a bit since - my current magnifying glass is rectangular, and mounted in a much more robust frame. He melted lines...

Keep reading

The question everyone asks: How can you melt glass with sunshine?
January 09 2018

Whenever I'm telling someone about Sundrop Jewelry I invariably get the question: "Wait, what do you mean - sun-melted glass??"⠀⠀Actually, I mean exactly that!   I use a giant magnifying glass to focus sunshine to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (for reference, most types of glass melt at around 1,600°).  The focused light makes a hot spot about 1 cm wide, and I use it to melt strips of bottle glass and stained glass into dainty, elegant teardrops. The end of the glass strip starts to melt in the hot spot, then, pulled by gravity, starts to drip and cools in the air.⠀It doesn't get...

Keep reading

Free shipping AND a discount!
December 15 2017

Guess what?? Today is the 10th annual Free Shipping Day - which means that everything on SundropJewelry.com ships for free within the US!     Here's the deal:  Everyone gets free shipping today.  Everybody.  No coupon code required.  And your jewelry is guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. How much better can it get?  Well, it can get better... Since you don't need a coupon code for the free shipping, you can use a coupon code for something else... Just use coupon code FreeShipping10 at checkout to get $10 off your order of $100 or more!  Or, if you happen to...

Keep reading

A new best-seller: Scaling the Heavens
December 14 2017

The original Water Eclipse Earrings have been very popular recently - thanks to the absolutely lovely review on Emily Reviews!But, did you know there's now a larger size too?  However, I realized I really needed to show you the two different sizes of Eclipse Earrings being worn so you could get a real sense of the different scales!  So, here they are, side by side... Made from recycled Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles melted with sunshine, these rain drop earrings make the perfect gift for your eco-fashionista friend!And if you like your earrings more elaborate (or are shopping for someone who...

Keep reading