Sundrop Jewelry News

Ear rings, pendant necklaces and more in custom colors: birthstones, recycled bottles...
May 25 2016

What's your favorite color?  Everyone has one... or two... or more...I get so inspired by colors for ear rings, pendant necklaces, and other pieces.  A new bottle color I see in someone’s recycling bin, a sheet of multicolored stained glass, new millefiori rods in the glass shop – I want to try them all! So... that means I have a LOT of colors of Sundrops that have never quite made it into the limelight.What do I do with those drops?  In many cases, they simply languish - gorgeous, sparkling, vibrant... stuck in a drawer because there are already so many...

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Custom jewelry design to express your artistic soul
May 18 2016

You may remember that a month or so ago I mentioned I'd been doing a lot of custom jewelry design recently. Working with customers to design the perfect piece for their own style, I've been inspired in so many ways! The Liana Collection grew out of that inspiration, and more new designs and collections will be coming later in the year.But, maybe it won't be exactly what you desire...  And who wants to wait??So, if you long to express yourself and turn your own creative dreams into reality, contact me!  I’d love to work with you and design a piece of artisan...

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Sometimes, Less is More: Eco Friendly Jewelry
May 11 2016

It's been a while since I talked about Sundrop Jewelry's mission statement, and why I design eco friendly jewelry.  I know, the phrase "mission statement" sounds so corporate-feel-good-talk-while-really-maximizing-profits.  But I really do believe in the idea that less is more. Eco friendly jewelry - Eriantha Earrings in kelly green, made from recycled Reeds Ginger Brew bottles! The core value behind Sundrop Jewelry is living lightly on the Earth. Sundrop Jewelry is just one example of the amazing things that can be done with less... less trash from the glass bottles we melt down & repurpose, less toxic waste spewed into the environment by...

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What can you do with a giant magnifying glass? Melt glass into gorgeous handmade glass drop jewelry!
May 05 2016

I'm curious, what first drew you to Sundrop Jewelry?  Do you love the vibrant, glowing colors of sunlight shining through a stained glass window? The simple elegance and serenity of a raindrop? Or does the geeky 10-year-old kid inside of you just love the idea of melting glass bottles at 3000 degrees with a giant magnifying glass?  (If it's the last one, take a look down below!)Comment to let me know - I'm in the midst of a huge burst of design inspiration, and need some help narrowing my direction! I’m Tawny Reynolds, and I design elegant, sun-melted glass jewelry for your sustainable...

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Exclusive 25% OFF Mother’s Day Sale - this Thursday!
April 25 2016

Hey there,  I've got something to tell you...In just a few days, I’ll be holding my annual Mother’s Day Sale.  Everything in my online shop will be 25% off! One day only - Thursday, April 28th.  This sale is for members only!  (So, join now!)Early Thursday morning, a special email will land in your inbox...  An email with a secret code...  Your secret code to get 25% off everything in my online shop.Do you know a mother who would just love to receive a special piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day?  Whether is your own mom, your mother-in-law, daughter, niece, or simply...

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Argentium silver - what IS it, anyway??
April 14 2016

When I talk about Sundrop Jewelry to people, what jumps out is always the glass - the vibrant translucence, the repurposing of empty bottles, the “no way!” awesomeness of using a giant magnifying glass and sunshine to make jewelry.What doesn’t strike people is the other material in a piece of jewelry, which frankly has a much larger environmental impact that anything to do with glass.  Silver.  Turquoise Bohemian Earrings, wrapped in recycled sterling silver wire, with recycled Argentium® sterling silver ear hooks. Since the very beginning of Sundrop Jewelry, in 2005, I’ve wanted to make the transition from using standard sterling...

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The Liana Collection has Arrived!
April 07 2016

Guess what?  It's here!!  Click on over to the shop and explore the new Liana Collection - Lightweight and dramatic, this collection of dangling jewelry was inspired by twining vines and clusters of drooping flowers.I’ve been working on these for a while, and I'm super excited to finally bring these dramatic dangles into the light!  From dainty minimalism to enchanting blossoms of dangling glass and silver.  Which are your favorite? Some of the colors and styles are quite limited, so click on over to the shop now to get first dibs!

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The Liana Collection: Arriving April 7th
March 31 2016

I have been incredibly inspired for the last few months, with tons of ideas for new designs!  Partly that’s because I’ve started doing a bunch of custom pieces.  The back-and-forth conversations while developing the perfect piece for someone has sparked a bunch of new design directions - you’ll be seeing more of them this year, so stay tuned! (But that’s for later.  This is now, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.)One of these "new directions" has flowered into the new Liana Collection... Lightweight and dramatic, this collection of captivating earrings and necklaces was inspired by twining vines and clusters...

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My favorite method for cleaning silver: easy, DIY and non-toxic!
February 25 2016

Want an easy, non-toxic, and DIY way to get rid of that tarnish? Look no further!Last time I gave you four tips to keep your silver sparkling.  But what about when it’s too late?  To paraphrase, "tarnish happens."  No matter how well you care for your silver, unless you keep it hermetically sealed in a dry, dark place, it will eventually start to tarnish.  And what’s the point of having jewelry hermetically sealed away??So, when it happens, here are my go-to methods for getting my silver sparkling again... Method Number 1: Buff with a soft cloth.  I use Sunshine polishing...

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Tired of Polishing Silver? 4 Tips to Keep Your Silver Sparkling Like New!
February 18 2016

Brace yourself for a sad story (and some tips to keep it from happening to you)... You see the. most. beautiful. piece of jewelry in the store. The intricate detail is set off by the glinting silver, and it calls to you. You have to have it. A few months later, you see it in your pile of jewelry on the dresser. The silver doesn’t glint whitely at you. In fact, it looks a little yellowish, and not in a gold kind of way. You say, "Oh, I better clean that before I wear it again. I’ll do it tomorrow."...

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Tornados Have Touched Down in the Shop!
January 28 2016

They're here!  The new Tornado Collection just landed in my online shop! I think these are some of my favorite Sundrops ever!  The red, green, and blues swirl organically within a clear glass droplet, each one individual and unique.  Click here to shop the new collection! For continuing glimpses behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram @SundropJewelry. These beauties are limited editions, so hop on over to the shop and get yours first!  If there's another style you adore, let me know - I'll be happy to work on a custom order just for you!

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It's a Whirlwind - New Colors Touch Down Next Week!
January 21 2016

Are you ready to start the New Year with a bang?  I have four fun new colors in the works just for you! These new pieces have a vibrant streak of color swirling around within each clear droplet - some straight, some curved, some u-shaped, and some look like an upside-down question mark! These colorful handfuls of tiny tornadoes are going to be landing in my online shop next Thursday, January 28th - in perfect time for Valentine's Day!For more glimpses behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram @SundropJewelry. I don't have a lot of these little babies made yet (and...

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Best Sellers Make the Best Gifts
December 14 2015

What's inside??? Sometimes there are just too many choices, aren't there?  That's why I've put together this little list of 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 direct to the recipient!  And, if you're running late, you can always opt for Rush Shipping during checkout.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...

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Join Me at the Indie Holiday Emporium in San Francisco
November 26 2015

Skip the lines at the big box stores this Black Friday, and come on out for Small Business Saturday instead!  The annual Indie Holiday Emporium is at Pier 35 this year - come support over 180 local artisans and small batch food vendors, and get the best possible start to your holiday shopping! I've got a few new colors that I've been playing with, and a new design or two - stop by my booth and let me know what you think!  (And mention this post and I'll take 10% off your purchase at the fair!)If you aren't in the Bay Area,...

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Interview with OOAK Artisan Showcase
November 19 2015

My guest post on the OOAK Artisan Showcase blog was published today!In case you're wondering, "OOAK" stands for "One Of A Kind" and they work on promoting some really great artists - be sure to look around when you visit!Here's an excerpt, and you can read the full interview on their blog. "My pieces have a bit of a bohemian feeling with the simplicity of the natural, free form droplet shape.  Anyone who has fallen in love with sunlight through a stained glass window will recognize the same vibrant, glowing translucency in much of my jewelry." Read more

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Sample Sale - One of a Kind, Limited Edition, and excess inventory, all 30-50% off
November 11 2015

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?

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Interview with the Arts Business Institute
October 23 2015

I'm featured in today's Arts Business Institute blog!  I'm so excited!  Here's an excerpt, and you can read the full interview on their blog. "Concern for the environmental impact of Sundrop Jewelry has been a mainstay since the beginning. Though my original partners left to form an environmental non-profit, our shared vision of sustainability and creative re-use continues. I use recycled materials whenever possible, using reclaimed sterling silver findings, packaging with recycled content, and minimizing and recycling the inevitable business paperwork. And, of course, using glass bottles otherwise destined for the trash or recycling bin!"

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New Styles for Fall, Coming Next Week!
September 11 2015

Fall is almost here, and it’s nearly time to haul out the warmer clothes.  And while you might (or might not) be ready for the change of seasons, I know that sometimes you want to add a little something to your wardrobe before settling in.  A little pop to make your familiar outfits feel fresh and new.   The newest styles of Sundrop Jewelry are just what you’re looking for! (And they’ll be arriving in my online shop next week!)   From contemporary lariat necklaces, to a modern take on the traditional cameo, along with new hues of cascading droplets, you’ll...

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New Webstore Grand Opening!
September 30 2014

The new SundropJewelry.com My old webstore had been looking pretty dated and getting hard to maintain. To tell the truth, I was kind of embarassed. So, I was letting it atrophy, using all my marketing oomph on Facebook to focus on selling on Etsy andAmazon. But this is my webstore – it’s supposed to be my main online retail location! So, I am now super-excited to announce my brand-new revamped website and webstore! (If you’re reading this at my blog, you may have noticed that the blog is not yet integrated – I’m working on it!) So, what makes the...

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Etsy Re-Boot
March 03 2014

Wow, it has been a long time since I posted to this blog! So much has happened – my daughter was born, my husband’s employer closed their doors, and we moved our family from Minneapolis, MN to Berkeley, CA (just in time to escape this crazy winter)! In the move, I discovered a whole lot of lovely colors that we are no longer making. The glass was discontinued, our experts in fusing and twisting glass (Hig & Erin) went off and started trekking across Alaska and having kids, the Sundrops or the styles are a little too much trouble to make,...

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Sundrops Has Hit the Big Time!
December 13 2011

Well, I hope so, anyway. Sundrop jewelry is now available on Amazon.com! I’m excited to see what happens – I’ve heard different stories. Some sell tons through Amazon, some get 1 or 2 orders per month. Cobalt 18" Triple Swirl Sundrop Necklace, recycled glass At this point our jewelry certainly comes up when you do a search for “Sundrop Jewelry,” but is sprinkled around after page 2 for a “sundrop” search – after T-shirts and Sun Drop soda, leg warmers, glucose powder, some books and CDs, etc. You pretty much have to be searching for our jewelry specifically. More optimistically,...

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New Jewelry Styles in Time for the Holidays!
November 24 2011

Rainforest Cascade Earrings High Tide Kite Necklace Check out our new jewelry styles!Introducing a number of new, more elaborate jewelry styles – just in time for the Holidays! We’ve added three lovely new styles of earrings and two matching necklaces, all available in a wide array of vibrant colors. Cascade Earrings: A 2-3″ tumbling cascade of glass droplets flow from one color to the next. Available in three color combinations: Rainforest, Fall Colors, andSunset Kite Earrings and Kite Necklace: A stylized frame of recycled silver spotlights attention on the glowing glass. Available in twelve colors. Pear Earrings and Pear Necklace:...

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Green Hosting
November 17 2011

Are We Green? I am ashamed to admit that until recently I had not given any consideration to the energy used by our website. In all our research into reducing our ecological footprint, I hadn’t even thought to look into it! However, that changed when I received an email recently in response to our blog posts researching the impact of our jewelry: “Have you looked into the environmental impact of your website? I have been looking at mine and was shocked to find out how much energy servers use. I have come across some hosting companies in the US that are 100%...

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Sundrops Interview on Celebrate Green Blog
August 09 2011

  Steffany making Sundrops   Lynn at the Celebrate Green blog just posted a great “Three Question Interview” with us! From the interview: “It isn’t often that you run into someone who has either invented or brought to light, a very different process for making something. That’s why we were excited when we first read about Sundrop Jewelry. This company offers gorgeous earrings, necklaces and wine glass charms, made from recycled glass. Maybe not so unusual. But they do it by the melting old bottles and stained glass using a giant lens that focuses heat from the sun’s rays. Now...

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