I made a little pin. This piece of coral has been waiting for a setting. I decided to make a special bezel for it, with a swirl design. It looked a little too lonely, so I added a fat little pearl.
Overall, I added a stippled texture, like the bottom of the ocean floor.
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.
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.
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