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Think on these things.......

Consider your thoughts,

for they become your words

Consider your words,

for they become your actions

Consider your actions,

for they become your habits

Consider your habits,

for they become your character

Consider your character,

because that will become your destiny

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Pure Silver, Sterling Silver, Silver Plated Jewelry. What is the difference?

If you learn the differences between silver, silver plated, and sterling silver jewelry it can make a difference to the types of jewelry you decide to purchase and it can help you determine if an item’s value is worth the purchase price.

Most often, price is a good indicator of what kind of silver a jewelry piece is composed of, but it isn't always reliable.

Even though they all sound similar, there are significant differences between silver plated items and sterling silver items.

Be sure to read carefully what the item is made up of so you will know what you are paying for and what you can expect in terms of wear and durability.

Pure Silver Jewelry

Pure silver will always contain trace amounts of other elements, even though it is 99.9% pure.

Pure silver does not make a very high quality jewelry item. It is extremely soft and therefore does not retain its’ shape very well.

Instead, look for sterling silver jewelry.

Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver contains another metal mixed in with the silver to give it increased strength and durability.

Sterling silver is a mixture made up 92.5% silver and 7.5% of an alloy such as zinc, nickel, or copper.

Sterling silver jewelry may be marked with 925, .925, or 92.5% somewhere on the piece.

It may tarnish over time, but it also has the benefit of being shinier than pure silver jewelry.

To keep this type of jewelry looking its best, keep it from getting wet and store it in a small, sealed plastic bag when it isn't being worn.

Silver Plated Jewelry

Silver plated jewelry means that the item is coated with a thin silver coating; however the materials used underneath the silver coating can vary greatly.

Silver plating is often used for cheap fashion jewelry that is made of steel or other poor quality metal.

Jewelry made with silver plated material often bends, stretches, and breaks, and the finish can wear off quickly.

When purchasing silver plated jewelry the key is to look for the thickness of the coating.

In general, the thicker the coating, the longer it will last so long as it is cared for properly.

Whenever you are looking for handmade jewelry, being educated about the differences between silver, silver plated, and sterling silver jewelry will allow you to make an informed decision about your purchase.

If you are looking for a fun every-day piece, silver plated jewelry is fine.

If you are looking for quality, however, look for well-constructed sterling silver items and wear them with confidence knowing that you are wearing an item that is durable and will stand the test of time.

At Beaded Embellishments, I use only sterling silver beads and findings in my handmade jewelry because I am committed to presenting quality jewelry.

My personal preference is for Sterling Silver Jewelry, what is yours?


Baby, It's Cold Outside....

...so I put my Mommy's hat on!
Do you like it on me?
Flaps up or down?

Online Shopping ~ Understanding Shipping

Unique Mailbox by DavidScottGallery

Do you get just a bit irritated by paying the cost of

shipping and handling when you make an online

purchase? If so, you are not alone.

I can't make it go away but maybe I can help you see it in

a new persepective.

I'm a very busy person and, like most of us, my time is a

very valuable commodity.

In this instance the phrase "Time is money" is true.

Online shopping has brought a whole new dimension

to  shopping for us.

Now we can sit at our computers and shop and make

purchases with just a few key strokes.

If you are from a smaller center, like myself, shopping is

limited, so we can bring a whole new

shopping experience within our grasp by

shopping online on sites such as Etsy.

If you are from a larger area, by shopping online you can

avoid the time and inconvenience of travelling to a

shopping center as well you are virtually eliminating your

parking expenses.

As you can see there are many advantages of online

When you think about the time and money saved by

staying at home and then begin to think of that in

terms of a monetary value, then you might just begin to

agree that spending a bit of money on

shipping/handing charges may not be all that 

 unreasonable and may be well worth the cost.

 In general, shipping refers to the

postal fees and generally handling refers to the cost of

the packaging materials.

Having said all that, the shipping/handling a seller

charges should be reasonable with respect to the size and

weight of the item you are having shipped.

I hope that this puts a new perspective on your thinking

when it comes to paying shipping/handling fees for your

online purchases and encourages you to give it a try if

you haven't tried online shopping yet!

Has this given you a new perspective?

Happy Shopping!


What's In Store for Valentine's Day.....

Valentine’s Day is very fast approaching and is traditionally associated with gift giving. When you shop online you have to be a little more cognizant of the fact that there will be shipping times involved when ordering that special something for your special someone. With Valentine’s Day approximately one month away, it's definitely time to shop for your  Valentine’s Day Sweetheart or treat yourself to a special jewelry gift...
With that in mind, I am going to give you a head start by showcasing a selection of my own handmade jewelry as well as jewelry from other Etsy seller's that would be more than appropriate for gift giving for Valentine’s Day
 Just click on the links beneath the items to take you directly to the shops where they can be purchased.
Happy Shopping!

What type of Valentine’s Day gift would you love to receive?


My Renewed Face...

I had the opportunity to sample some products from a fellow Etsy shop, MyOrganicChemistry over the past month and a half. I have seen the evidence of myrenewedface. I just wanted to share with you, how pleased I have been with the products and the shop owner Adrianne. I have noticed improvements in the texture and clarity of my skin since I have been using these products so I just wanted to give a "shout out" to this shop and let you know that I would highly recommend her shop and her products. I should also let you know that I am usually hesitant to purchase face products because I have tried many that don't live up to their claims.

Organic Facial Serum Restorative

This is what Adrianne says about her products
"My Organic Chemistry is all about balance + harmony and finding both in the skin care products that you use every day. Each product is formulated with thought, care and plenty of research. Many of our ingredients have been used as remedies for centuries and today science has proven them worthy of their noble history."
Here are some of my Favourites:

Organic Facial Mask

This mask really helped slough off old dead skin cells and contributed to my fresh, soft and smooth complexion.

A very lovely and soothing eye serum

A light and lovely face cream.

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

Everything a lip balm should be and more ~ moisturizing but not greasy!

 I encourage you to take a look in Adrianne's Etsy shop and see what she has in store for you and your skin at
   My Organic Chemistry


Giving Thanks for the Beautiful Memories....

Chloe with her Daddy (Claude)

Chloe all bundled up and ready for fun

Chloe's sled ride with Mommy and Mia (Denise)

Chloe with Bunny

Some of the girls (Kristin (niece), my sister Donna, Brianne (niece), Danielle (niece), my sister Deborah, Denise

My daughter Karly, Chloe, Claude

Mia (Denise) and Chloe in her Christmas dress

4 Generations (Karly, Denise, Chloe, Theresa)

Chloe wearing her new headband
Headband purchased from Etsy store ctschofield

Beautiful memories I will cherish forever ....