Five centuries ago, India was under the rule and influence of the Mughal dynasty. The Mughal royalty were connoisseurs of architecture, arts, food, clothing and of course, jewelry. During the Mughal rule, jewelry-making was given utmost importance. This art gave birth to unique jewelry pieces studded with chunky gemstones and enamelled with motif designs. Royal family members and people of high rank proudly displayed such jewelry all over their bodies, from jeweled turbans and head-jewelry to thick-set toe rings. Because jewelers tend to own specific color gems for a long time without selling them, it’s not unusual to see a 500% markup on small color gems. To illustrate my point about not being put off by the prices on the label, I noticed Roger had actually produced a label for my ring, presumably to put it in their stock if I didn’t like it. The price is in local currency but literally seems to be a number pulled out of the air. I have never understood why they do that here in Dubai. Aim roughly to pay a quarter of the price on the label but always ask the salesman what the price is-it definitely will not be what’s on the label! There are so many types of jewelry I love to make! I’m constantly pushing myself to learn new techniques and am always in the middle of an online class! I tend to gravitate toward softer colors, somewhat dainty designs and I try to always incorporate an unexpected, unique quality. I love to make hand knotted pieces and hand stamped charms and focal pieces. Gemstones are my weakness! I add them everywhere, giving each piece a one of a kind element. I’m drawn to mixing metals, particularly 14k gold fill and sterling. Soldering offers so many options for this idea. I also love to play around with patina. Oxidized and aged makes for stunning pieces! Silver jewelry is one of the most versatile among many jewelries today. It has almost outweighed gold’s popularity and have the same quality as well. You can find pieces of silver earring that suit the boardroom and the evening party. Silver is chosen by many for their earrings not just for it’s looks and affordability but because of its quality that less likely to cause allergy. In ancient times people believed that there are some silver jewelry that causes healing power, especially silver earrings and silver rings. This silver jewelry is not intended to replace the medical advice of medical practitioner but it is just an option.

Thank you, Fay @favored! I’m not very organized in general, but if I didn’t have a good organization system in place for all my beads and jewelry supplies I’d never be able to find anything! I find that organizing my beads by color family makes designing jewelry so much easier, too. Many thanks for your visit and your kind words! Zales gives you 60 days to return a piece that doesn’t fit your finger, wrist or taste. …