The price of silver has almost doubled in the past six months! For interesting chart reading, check out the Kitco charts on silver here. Just a year ago, I could buy an ounce of silver for less than $20. Today, the price of that same amount will most likely hit $40. There are predictions that the prices will continue to climb, possibly hitting $60 an ounce.
I'm sorry to say, I will have to raise some of my prices. I'll be going over my costs on the silver pieces and adjusting prices. If you have been thinking about a certain piece, please order it now. I still have a small amount of silver stock that was bought at lower prices that I can use for orders in the next day or two.
Another option that now makes more sense, is for you to provide the silver for your pieces. If you have old broken, out of style, orphan earrings, etc., that are marked sterling or 925, they can be melted down and cast into something fun. This is also a nice option if you have some old silver that is sentimental, but is in such bad shape that it's unusable. You can be assured the same silver that was given as a gift many years ago is now in the new piece you are wearing.
Most of the pieces in the Bones of the Sea Collection can be made from your silver.
I'll update the site soon with more details about this option. Meanwhile, contact me if you are interested.
I've been going into the city to browse museums since I was a teenager in high school. No matter what my passion of the moment was, there has always been something to inform and inspire me, in the city's great museums.
On Friday, I went in to the city for some shopping.
Afterwards, I took advantage of MOMA's free Friday night admissions (a saving of $20).
There's nothing like seeing great works of art in person. You can fall in love with a work through photographs, in a book or on the internet. But I really don't think you can fully appreciate what makes it a recognized masterpiece, until you see it up close.
For example, can you really get a sense of how large some of Monet's work is, unless you walk in a room full of Waterlilies? Or the size and thickness of Calder's jewelry? Or the beauty of Jackson Pollack's work? Or can you focus on one small section of a canvas, unless you see it up close?
Warhol's soup cans & Jasper John's flag
It's also a place where you get to understand what quality means. Once you see quality, you can recognize it. When I dealt with antiques, I needed to be able to recognize quality when I saw it. No antique price guide is ever going to have every possible antique you will find, even if you were able to look them all up, before deciding on a purchase. What I had to rely on, was knowing how a piece would stand up sitting in a gallery with the best from that era. And I couldn't do that, unless I saw enough of the best.
I didn't see any jewelry at the MOMA on Friday. But I saw quality, I saw passion, I saw boldness and thinking outside the box. Those are all the factors I'd like to show in my own art jewelry creations. So, I am inspired for the new week. I hope you are too!
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.