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Archive for December, 2008

Archive for December, 2008

Red Tag Sale: 30% off

Update: Red Tag Sale extended through Jan. 9th!  Full information. Monday & Tuesday, December 29-30, Rings & Things is having its big annual Red Tag Sale with 30% off items so marked.  Monday started off with a sequel to the snowstorms that we’ve been treated to for a couple of weeks, but the snow has let up.  So come down...

What do turquoise and chrysoprase have in common?

Both are birthstones of December. (It depends on which tradition you’re following!) They span a surprising range of colors you can pick from to brighten someone’s short solstice days! Chrysoprase, a.k.a. Australian jade, has long been associated with magical powers, from invisibility to being able to understand lizards, not to mention generally balancing one’s mental and emotional state. It comes...

Jewelry organizing tools from Rings & Things

Are your beads escaping? Are your tools AWOL? We feel your pain! The end-of-year holidays, and those winter days when you just want to stay in, are a great time to pause and re-organize your jewelry-making stuff. Let’s check out some helpful antidotes to the insanity. Beadsmith’s six-compartment storage container not only corrals those beads and findings, but can actually...

Unique African art is 20% off at R&T

Through January 1, 2009, Rings & Things presents an African art sale. Get 20% off a wide array of African carvings, pendants and beads at Rings & Things. These unique handmade wall hangings, figurines, finished jewelry and more make great gifts! Plus, find a selection of African metal beads & pendants. Look for the yellow & red sale icon next...

Making time for the holidays

Before things get too hectic, we want to take a moment to wish you, our readers and customers, the very best this holiday season.  Without you we’re nothing!  Here’s a holiday card from us to you.  It features our famous bead in the likeness of our owner Russ: Why not stretch the holiday theme a bit, and share one last...

Stylish new black-lip shell pendants

Black lip shell from French Polynesia (think Tahiti) has just arrived in our store to heat up your jewelry designs. With deep-gray to black coloring and occasional white sections, this shell also can exhibit a greenish color or a full rainbow. Black mother of pearl, as it’s also known, is most likely to be cut from a special black-lipped mollusk...

Growing your craft jewelry business (part 1)

Sometimes, some extra money is really welcome. Make that “all of the time”. And sometimes you’re tempted to take the leap into being your own boss. In both cases, a sensible option is to turn your craft jewelry into a business. Today let’s start talking about helpful resources for growing that business. (In honor of our readers’ interests, let’s say...

Gifts that won’t burn a hole in your wallet

Some like it hot. Not content to just string beads, some folks need to fire up a kiln to create metal-clay wonders. Some get their kicks with torches and lampworking. Others fuse glass. You know that person. Reading the Rings & Things blog, there’s a good chance you are that person. But the rest of us are stuck with the...

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