Sundrop Jewelry News

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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Sundrop Jewelry: Winter Lookbook
October 19 2016

Do you love flipping through glossy magazines?  Seeing what's new.  Goggling at the extravagantly large pieces in style these days.  Secretly thinking, "I wish I could carry that that off." Let me tell you a secret - you totally could.  I usually hate the "Fake it till you make it" mentality, but in this case it's totally true.  Or maybe it's more a case of "Fake feeling comfortable wearing it until you get used to wearing it all the time."  Almost by definition, being used to it is being comfortable - and with comfort comes confidence. I never used to wear...

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And... a giveaway! Enter to win
October 16 2016

As part of the launch of the newest collection, we're having a giveaway!  A set of Meteor Earrings in Kelly Green, plus a pair of gorgeous tumbler glasses in matching green, made by Deana of Groovy Green Glass.  Enter here.   Whether you plan to be the holiday hostess this year, or simply dress up for dinner and drinks with your hubby, you'll dress up any type of party after winning this giveaway!  Winner will be announced Oct 20th.

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The newest collection - circle drop earrings, necklaces, and handmade glass jewelry
October 13 2016

You may have seen glimpses of the upcoming Circular Motion Collection as I've been designing it behind the scenes for the last few months.  With elements of current trends towards large hoops and long dangles, these new designs start at medium and just get bigger!Sun-melted glass pairs with dynamic circles of recycled silver and upcycled glass in the newest collection.  Bold circles of sterling silver are set off by sparkling pops of color, all swinging freely for a lively look.  Preview (and pre-order) the new pieces in the shop.  Take 10% off your pre-order with code:  CIRCLE I've partnered with...

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Win Christmas this year, with custom jewelry designed just for her!
October 05 2016

I know, I know.  Nobody wants to think about the holidays yet - certainly not me!  But the fact is that they're coming.  And that a truly personal gift can take time - time to think about, time to design, and, most of all, time to create.  And, with the "creation" part of Sundrop Jewelry so dependent on the weather, we have to start early to be sure a spate of cloudy weather doesn't prevent your perfect gift from being ready to give - on time! For inspiration, take a look at my Custom Jewelry Design page.  Then come back...

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October birthstone lets you get pretty in pink!
September 28 2016

It's been tough finding a good, vibrant pink - but it's finally here!  And, just by coincidence, it's the perfect color for those October birthday girls.  :)As you might have noticed, I started doing this birthstone series a couple months ago.  I have made a LOT of colors of jewelry through my nearly 12 years making Sundrops, and pinks have always been tricky.  Red and pink glass tends to do some strange things when heated, turning from a clear vibrant color to yellow, rust-red, or streaky.  And often the red or pink color comes from the kinds of chemicals whose...

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THE gift for September Libras...
September 21 2016

Were you born between September 23rd and 30th?  If so, first, Happy Birthday!Second, I have the perfect birthday present, just for September Libras!  Do double duty with the September birthstone - sapphire blue - in the Libra Bracelet... Libra Bracelet in Sapphire Blue Just like it’s namesake, the Libra Bracelet is perfectly balanced - in this case, with a pair of silver spiral-wrapped glass drops made from Skyy Vodka bottles! You’ll make a dramatic statement wherever you go with this irresistible bracelet dangling from your wrist. Designed to make you feel elegant in any situation, the bracelet has two vibrant cobalt blue...

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Bay Area Events: Ever long to see the Sunset?
September 14 2016

Do you ever long to see the Sunset?  No, not the sun setting - although that's certainly lovely.  I'm talking about the Sunset District in San Francisco!  :)  If a trip to the Outer Sunset is on your list, Saturday would be a great day for it!  I'll be at the Sunset Mercantile fair from 10am - 3pm, just a mile south of Golden Gate Park. Sunset Mercantile has a little something for everyone including shopping galore, performance artists, a beer and wine tasting garden, kid's activities, locally made goods and delicious food!Why not make a day of it? Take a...

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Bay Area Events: Take a stroll down Solano this Sunday
September 09 2016

If you live in the Bay Area, you’ve probably heard of the Solano Stroll… It’s the largest street festival in the East Bay - over one mile of entertainers, food booths, local artisans, fair rides, and more!  I visited last year with my preschooler and it was everything a street festival should be, cotton candy and rides, free balloons and fireman hats, and of course tons of handmade, artisan crafts.  I’m super excited to be part of the fun this year!Find the Sundrop Jewelry booth between Ordway and Peralta Streets, in front of Solano Cellars & Bistro.  Solano Stroll When:...

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24 hour sale! 10% off sapphire blue jewelry for September
September 07 2016

You may have noticed that I often offer a discount if you come to an event - but I realized that's kind of unfair to everyone who doesn't live in the Bay Area.  So, today I have a special discount just for you!For 24 hours, you can get 10% off any sapphire blue September birthstone jewelry!  At checkout, use code: SAPPHIRE16

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September gemstone: Sapphire fun facts
August 31 2016

Happy birthday, all you September sapphires!  While I’m pretty happy with my own aquamarine birthstone, I’ve always been a bit envious of those of you who lucked out and got a deep, vibrant color like sapphire for your birthstone.  A little sparkle is nice, but this vivid, cobalt blue really draws the eye!  No wonder it’s consistently one of my best sellers...While not a traditional gem, the sapphire blue glass used to make Sundrop Jewelry (made from Skyy Vodka bottles!) definitely hits the traditional vibrant sapphire blue color.  Longer drops have an ombre shading of blues from the thinner, paler top to...

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Have fun being a tourist in your own backyard (er, city) this weekend!
August 24 2016

I sometimes feel it’s a shame we don’t do more to get out and see the sights in our own backyard (er, city). What’s the biggest tourist spot near you?  Have you ever been there, or do you think of it as “too touristy”?  But I bet if you hopped an airplane or took a long road trip to a new place you’d make sure to go see the biggest tourist attraction, right?  Who would miss seeing the Eiffel Tower on a visit to Paris?So, this weekend, I challenge you to have fun being a tourist in your own place....

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August gemstone: Peridot fun facts
August 17 2016

Is your birthday this month?  Treat yourself with a piece of jewelry in your birthstone color - peridot!  Not normally available in the shop, this swirling deep olive green is a limited edition color - when it’s out, it’s out! Shop Peridot-colored Sundrop Jewelry Peridot Fun Facts:Peridot is one of the few gems that only occurs in only one color - olive green.  The intensity of the color can vary quite a bit, however, from nearly yellow to brownish-green.  The most valued color is a dark olive green.  Peridot is gem-quality olivine, which is found in lava rocks and meteorites...

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Recycled jewelry: sustainable style and casual elegance
August 10 2016

What does "sustainable style" mean to you?  At its most basic, sustainability means doing things in a way that can continue indefinitely - not using up resources faster than they can be replenished, or contaminating the world for ourselves and others. But what comes to your mind with the phrase? The problem I have with so much of today’s “sustainable style” is that the emphasis is so much more on “sustainable” than “style”. So much of what is made sustainably is too blatant for my taste - its practically shouting, “See! I used to be a bicycle chain!” or soda pop can, or whatever. Don't...

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How to measure your wrist to find your perfect bracelet size
August 03 2016

Do you like the idea of the new bracelets, but are worried you’ll order one and it won’t fit?  No more worries!  Here’s how to measure your wrist to get the exact size you need...   Measure your wrist: Take a flexible measuring tape, strip of paper, or piece of string, and wrap it around your wrist below the wrist bone where you would normally wear a bracelet. If you used a strip of paper or string, mark it where the end meets.  Then measure it with a ruler.  (If you don't have a ruler, print out your own at printable-ruler.net)...

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What’s in a name? Giving voice to the Bohemian Collection
July 27 2016

The Bohemian Collection as a whole had a name long before the individual designs... Naming jewelry is always a combination of fun and frustration. Where to start?! Sometimes a design was inspired by something specific, the way the Liana Collection was inspired by flowering vines and dangling blooms.  I used botanical names for each piece, and the name “liana” itself is a group of vining plants.  Other times, I start from a more literal description, like the two-drop Duet Earrings and Duet Lariat.  As members of the Sonata Collection, they emerged with a descriptive name along the same musical theme.In the...

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Newest collection inspired by custom designs
July 14 2016

While the original bohemian earrings have been part of my line for ages, it has really been the custom requests that encouraged me to finally expand on the theme, leading to the new Bohemian Collection.     Over the years, I have had so many people ask for custom earrings or a pendant necklace with “just the top” of my original bohemian earrings.  And, like the Demi Drop Earrings and Choker Necklaces I added to the shop last month, I have been meaning to add this new single drop, spiral-wrapped design for ages!   (You know how something can be...

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These long dangle earrings with a silver spiral are inspiring a whole new collection
July 05 2016

While I’ve had these long dangle earrings with a silver spiral in my line for years, I haven’t really expanded on the theme - until now.   I love the contrast between the silver spiral wrapping around the glass drops, especially with the darker, vibrant colors.  But besides the elegant look of silver spiraling around the glass drops, I love the freedom of design it gives!  With my usual wire wrapping, I can hang a drop from something else, but there’s no way to connect anything below, continuing the design.   The iconic element of the Bohemian Collection, the silver spiral,...

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Lowering our environmental impact with sustainable packaging
June 29 2016

There's an environmental impact to everything, even solar-powered, eco friendly jewelry. Now I'm taking a look behind the scenes at sustainable packaging. Eco-Friendly Jewelry 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 wherever possible (which has grown increasingly available over the past decade - most of my designs now use 100% recycled silver!), introducing more colors of recycled glass, and, of course, using sunshine to melt the glass! Sustainable Packaging I also feel that Sundrop Jewelry has a responsibility to be equally eco...

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Bay Area Events: Trunk Show this Sunday!
June 20 2016

You've got another chance to see Sundrop Jewelry in person, this Sunday!  I'll be doing a trunk show with some fellow "mompreneurs" at Mothership HackerMoms in South Berkeley from 11am - 4pm.I'll have my new Demi Drops, a number of one-of-a-kind pieces and limited edition colors, along with my current collections.  Best of all, I'll be all set to make customizations on the spot!Speaking of collections, I've been working on some pieces for a few more collections and limited edition colors I plan to launch later this year - and I'll have all of these at the trunk show.  Here's...

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Dainty drop earrings - these won't get lost in your hair!
June 15 2016

Water Demi Drop Earrings andChoker Necklace Do longer, dangling earrings tend to get lost (or caught) in your long hair? As requested, Demi Drop Earrings - no more hiding! Dainty Drop Earrings Most colors are only available in limited quantities, so you’ll want to jump on these!   My best sellers are the longer Solaris Earrings, so I usually concentrate on making longer drops when I’m working under the magnifying glass.   But sometimes the glass melts faster than I expected - maybe the sky’s haziness changes or the magnifying glass’ focus shifts as the sun moves across the sky....

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Customer Stories Series: Sally Gollehon
June 09 2016

This week I've got something a bit different to share with you.  We wouldn't be here at all without you and other people who love Sundrop Jewelry, and I want let you meet each other!  So, periodically I'll be sharing your customer stories here (let me know if you'd like to share your own story!), and to kick off the series I'd like to welcome Sally Gollehon...     Who are you and where do you live?My name is Sally and I live in Hemet, California.What are you up to these days?I have been retired for 10 years after 38...

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