Gorgeous and natural Agate stone with colorful layers is carefully wrapped in 14K Gold filled wire and hung from hand brushed 14K Gold filled circle bail. Bold and Beautiful, hang this beauty from your own chain or one of ours – in the shop!
The addition of 14K Rose Gold to the collection has created a need for Rose Gold findings.
For necklace charms, like the beautiful Smokey Quartz Charm shown above, I am offering a 14k Rose Gold plate over sterling silver chain. This necklace has a clasp that I have hand forged to be easy to use and beautiful. Each clasp is carefully shaped, hammered, and then polished to a high shine. The slim design of the clasp allows for charms to be added and removed easily.
For earrings, I created a new French hook that I call Swan. It’s curvy design is Oooo La La and allows for it to be used for interchangeable charms as well as permanent earrings. Hand forged hoops are now being offered in a variety of sizes from 1/2″ to 2″ for those insisting upon artisan all the way.
The new earring findings are available 4 finishes – Sterling Silver, Blackened Sterling Silver, 14K Gold, and 14K Rose Gold.
Find it all at www.etsy.com/shop/queeniejewels
I love when my packages come from India. The anticipation of what’s inside makes me to want to rip them open. Not such an easy task, however. Parcels from India are boxes, sometimes metal and other times plastic, that are wrapped in much packing tape – so much so that the box material cannot be seen. After the taping, the box is then wrapped in a natural woven fabric with the edges being folded in neatly as if wrapping a present and then hand-stitched closed. The finishing touch is wax stampings along the seams. I’m not sure if customs will send me a bill. The package never appears to have been opened.
This was a very exciting parcel to receive as there are new stones that I have never worked with before, the first being the blue mystic topaz gemstones shown above. Mystic coatings have been around as long as I’ve been beading with my first mystic stones being pink topaz. Traditional mystic topaz was of no interest to me as they were so heavily coated – reflecting deep dark purples and teals with a mirror like finish – ok for some, just not for me. These newer mystics are more translucent adding color and dimension in a way similar to that of pink topaz. The color above is also known as “Paraiba Blue” Topaz and it is created by coating white topaz.
Other gemstones shown are Pink Amethyst, Blue/Green Fluorite, and Grapefruit Corundum (another new one for me). I await one more parcel and then I’ll begin designing. I can hardly wait 😉
Television has been getting a really bad rap lately, and it’s no wonder. But I have to admit, there are a few shows that I like to watch ~ if it weren’t for all those commercials! ( Is it just me or are there more of them these days?) I know I could record the shows and fast forward . . . but I’d rather make things. Here are a few things I’ve been working on. It started with some beautiful rubies . . .
Simple, pretty, and practical, I call it the Raindrops Collection. Gemstone briolette dangles to wear alone or stacked like charms on a simple chain. Special earwires allow you to switch out the gemstones – wear pink topaz one day and pearls the next – all with one pair of earwires. These are classics that you can wear again and again, day into night. Gemstones never go out of style.
It began about a year ago. I had made a simple necklace for myself with 11 tiny grey diamond dangles. And, as pretty as it was, I felt the need to add some color by layering. I selected two of my favorite gemstone briolettes – London Blue Topaz and Smokey Quartz – and made them into pendants that could be switched out on a single chain. For the last year, this has basically been my jewelry wardrobe – the necklace with the tiny diamond dangles layered with a simple chain with interchangeable gemstone pendants. I’ve refined the look and am now offering it in my Etsy shop “Queeniejewels”.
Wow! It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since my last post. And even tho I haven’t been making much jewelry, I’ve been busy. Besides making and selling jewelry extenders, I helped plan our high school reunion, returned to crafting, opened a new Etsy shop, and more recently have been de-cluttering with Craigslist.
Below are a few of my favorite jewelry pieces that have sold:
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Apatite, Labradorite, Smokey Quartz, Iolite, and Gold Vermeil.
my son inspired me to make them in colors. I’ve named that collection of bears “Colores” and they are currently available at my Etsy shop Bitty Boo Gifts.
I’ve truly enjoyed making these little creatures and hope they put a smile on your face. With many jewelry ideas swirling around in my head, my return to jewelry making is just around the corner. But first, I must streamline the photography process . . . ahhh, another idea for a future post – “Photography Made Easy”.
Thanks for visiting, Diana 😉
The colors of Spring 2009 include a wide variety ~ from the soft chiffon colors of Rose Quartz, Lemon Quartz, Pink Amethyst, and Green Amethyst . . .
to the hothouse brights of Pink Tourmaline, Orange Sapphire, Peridot, and Yellow Citrine. For a taste of something in between, try Peruvian Pink Opal, Peruvian Blue Opal, Pink Coral, and Blue Chalcedony.
Texture plays an important role with textured chains creating matte finishes, diamonds in the rough, and pearls. While classic pearls are hot, hot, hot, Frangia pearls pick up on the fringe trend and in the case of these lavender ones below, show a rainbow of pastels within their luster.
I use Google Analytics for my website. When I first put up my website years ago I had the simple counter on the front page. Although informative, it really was more entertainment than anything else. Today, there’s probably alot I can do to improve my website based on the info I get from Analytics. Lets take a look at the results:
The chart above compares the results of one month to the previous one. The blue line is Feb/Mar and the green line is Jan/Feb. The dots represent each day and when I hover over one, I get the number of visits for that day. Total website visits for Feb/Mar were 1959 – a 3.93% increase from the previous month. Total pages viewed were 7310, and the average number of pages per visit was 3.73. These last two values decreased from the previous month.
The chart also shows a bounce rate of 52.17%. Bounce rate is the number of people that came upon your site but it wasn’t the result they wanted so they left. To lower this number I need to hone in on what I’m selling in my content and thus limit the rate of error. Average time spent on the site was 2:01 minutes – adding more visually interesting links to each page could increase the amount of time people spend on my site. Of the 1959 visits, 81.3% of them were new visits – first time from that address.
Interestingly, when I click on the report for the map overlay, I learn that over the course of two months, my visits came from 81 different countries! The darker green the area on the map, the more visits from that region.
Another important section is the traffic source overview or how people found my site – via the search engines, via links from other sites, or directly using my web address www.dianabostany.com. The fact that most of my traffic comes from search engines emphasizes the importance of SEO or Search Engine Optimization. If I link to more websites, I may increase that value over time. I am beginning to see that SEO is a job best left to the professionals. Mostly because there are so many jewelry websites on the internet.
Because I have Analytics tracking most of my pages, I get a chart of which pages are visited and how many times each. This lets me know what pages are of interest to my customers and how new pages should be tailored. I’ve also used this information to eliminate pages that don’t get enough visits. Even tho eliminating pages may eliminate valued content, in the end, it can also reduce website maintenance.
Notice that more people visited the jewelry extender page rather than the front page of my site. The reason for this is how my site ranks in the search engine for that particular word/phrase. The higher I rate in the engines, the more likely people will find that page of my site. For example, if you do a google search for pink tourmaline briolettes necklace, you will see that my rank is #2 out of 15,400 results. However, if you search just for pink tourmaline necklace, the number of results grows to 204,000. Where am I ranked? I’m #98 on the 10th page of the google results. Still pretty respectable when you figure there are 204,000 results. However, that’s really not good enough since people generally look to the top 10 and mayyybeee the top 20 results.
So how can I get more people to come to my site to buy more jewelry than extenders? Optimize for beaded jewelry – seems obvious. The difficulty is that right now, there are 2.2 million results for that phrase. Bottom line is, if you’re thinking of starting up a website to sell your beaded jewelry designs, make sure you focus some of your energies on SEO – or get a professional to do it for you.
When the sun comes through the window and shines upon my orchids I feel grateful to be alive. The petals sparkle in the sun as if calling out for attention and the colors can’t be beat.
Most of the year, while my orchids are sleeping, they surround my tub and soak up the humidity that spills over the shower wall. It’s as if they’re collecting their magic for when the time to bloom comes. As they begin to bloom I bring them down to the kitchen so I can enjoy them all day. The bright sun and humidity from washing dishes keeps them happy.
The bloom season is long with flowers opening one by one. The tallest plant has been blooming since the day before Thanksgiving when I purchased it. The other orchids are in their second or third season of bloom. Orchids are an excellent value for this reason – they will reward you again and again if you don’t over-water them.
Enjoy! Diana 😉
That said, I can’t help but admire my collection of Peruvian Blue Opals . . . those may have to be next.