About Your Jewelry

WHAT SUPPLIES DO I USE?

I strive to bring you a heirloom quality hand crafted charm bracelets and jewelry that is incredibly durable, lightweight and comfortable to wear all day. There is no nickel or inferior metals in any of my findings or charms which sometimes can cause allergies to the metal, nor will your skin turn when you wear my jewelry. Most of the components like the chain, clasps, jump  rings, bails, and other components are 316L jewelry grade stainless steel, which will never tarnish, wear off, change color, or rust. Jewelry grade stainless steel is harder and more durable that sterling, platinum and gold, and has the beautiful look of antique sterling silver and will last a lifetime. The crown frames vintage reproduction sterling silver plated bronze.

The charms for my jewelry are a beautiful solid silver pewter, manufactured and cast in the US. They are guaranteed to be lead free. Pewter can last a lifetime and will never tarnish or turn. All my charm bracelets, personalized jewelry, necklaces and earrings is topped off with radiant Swarvoski elements, annealed lamp glass (to avoid breakage), and other high quality crystals and beads which are hand wire wrapped, are used to create these beautiful pieces. These charms, crystals, chain, and findings cost more, but the quality is unsurpassed. I use these alternative metals to insure that you charm bracelets, jewelry wears like Heirloom quality, and will look just as beautiful 20 years from today, as the day you received it.

HOW DO I MAKE YOUR JEWELRY?

First the images are designed or altered in Photoshop and printed on a 9600dpi industrial printer. The images are then cured with resin under a clear glass cabochon. This cabochon is set into a crown bezel with a setting tool. I fabricate part of the bracelet chain myself and then the charms, chains and findings have a hand patina applied by me, so the colors of the metals match. The crystals are hand wire wrapped, and I create the findings for the flat crystals and chatons. Raw metal strips are hand stamped with sayings, dates, or names, holes are punched with a metal punch and these pieces are hand patina to match the rest of the charms, chain and findings. Once all the materials are gathered, I create your charm bracelets, personalized jewelry, necklaces and earrings on a stainless steel chain with stainless steel jump rings, pewter toggles and/or a stainless steel lobster clasp.

TELL ME ABOUT THE WEAR ABILITY OF MY JEWELRY?

* It must function: this means your charm bracelets, personalized jewelry, necklaces and earrings must not be, to heavy and the elements don't bend, break, catch on clothing. It will be something you can wear every day and will love to wear 10 years from now. "You have to be careful when creating jewelry for the sake of art. The art has to always be secondary to the wear ability of the creation" ~Dea.

* It must be durable: No inexpensive metals that turn, or wear off, like silver plate. This is the reason I love the alternative metals of stainless steel, pewter, silver filled and other high end metals. They are great alternatives to the cost of sterling than can run $35 per ounce before fabrication. I used to work only in sterling...as a silversmith, but it became too costly.

* It must be aesthetic to the eye, with balance of design in both color and shape.

* It must have a magical quality. The crystals sparkle, the bracelet makes a light noise like wind chimes, and I wish it makes you smile and lightens your day every time you wear it.

These are all things I do before I create a charm bracelet, personalized jewelry, necklace, or earrings. I might love a look, a bead, or a charm, but if it doesn't meet my high standards I won't use it.  Your jewelry is created from Stainless Steel and Lead-Free Pewter manufactured in the USA. The charms and findings have a rich antique patina applied, and are sealed with a protective finish. When not wearing your jewelry it is best to keep in a tightly sealed baggie or container, with as little air as possible to prevent oxidation. Your charm images are water resistant but not water proof.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY JEWELRY?

Your jewelry is made from Stainless Steel, Silver Filled and Lead-Free Pewter manufactured in the USA. The charms and findings have a rich antique patina applied, and are sealed with a protective finish. When not wearing your jewelry it is best to keep in a tightly sealed baggie or container, with as little air as possible to prevent oxidation. Your charm images are water resistant but not water proof.

As with any silver jewelry it will oxidize and pickup dirt and oils from your body. You know your jewelry needs cleaning when it starts to look dull.

For a more through cleaning of your chain, and charms use either a silver polish cloth or non whitening toothpaste (without silica) on a soft cloth, rub gently and wipe with a soft damp cloth, make sure that your glass cabochons do not get wet. This should bring the shine back to your charms and chain.

Your glass crown frames on the images/quotes, crystal settings, and crystal bead caps are sealed sterling silver plate, please do not clean as the finish maybe removed.

 ** All jewelry created by Blackberry Designs are for 13 years and older, please do not purchase jewelry for anyone under 13 years of age.

May I purchase just the charms?

I get asked this frequently if I will sell just the charms.  My shop is not setup to be a supply seller.  I sell silver charms, photo charms, hand stamped charms and crystal charms as within the shop to be added to your existing jewelry purchased from Blackberry Designs.  I do not sell the individual charms without the purchase of a bracelet, necklace, earrings or other jewelry. 

Dea

 Blackberry Designs Jewelry
Masterfully Crafted * Magically Charming®