New Item Preview!

ALL of these new pieces will be hitting the shop throughout the day tomorrow starting at 12pm, EST.

Necklaces at different sizes, rings, and several earrings so everyone has something to choose from!

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Keep an eye on the main shop folks!

xx Stray Arrow

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Rock Appreciation Day

Hey folks!

Its been QUITE awhile. I can’t even recall when the last of these rock appreciation days occurred, but the desire sparked after acquiring some of these lovelies…this month we have:

MEXICAN FIRE AGATE.

You know. The mesmerizing stones that look like fire spewed from a Phoenix and then solidified? Because well, they kind of are. Formed in volcanic activity that is.

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Mexican fire agate is formed in volcanic activity in the Tertiary Period, and found in the Southern USA and northern Mexico. It is actually a form of layered chalcedony quartz (agate is in the quartz family). This type of agate is rare because of its iridescent qualities that give it the look of fire and flame. It ranges 6.5-7 on the MOH’s hardness scale, and like other quartz can be polished to a great reflective waxy shine. My favourite pieces are ones with solid white or semi transparent quartz as a host rock to the fire agate. Iron oxide is what gives the fire agate its browner colourings. Rarer types include rainbow colour patterns to their shimmer from specific minerals. Metaphysically Mexican fire agate is used for calming, grounding, healing, and creativity.

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Past Mexican Fire Agate pieces:

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^these two stackers available at Arcana Healing Arts in Portland, Maine.

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Two rings with Mexican fire agate have been made for the shop, to be included in Sunday’s update. A little twisted band stacker, and this glorious mini shadow box inspired piece:

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Stay tuned for July 4th news, and thanks for reading!

If you have any requests for stones, gems, or minerals for the next Rock Appreciation Day, comment below!

xx Stray Arrow

New Stones & SALE News!

Beltane and the coming of Spring (truly, finally) has brought on a wonderful weekend.

Friday night featured a great jewelry show called “Piercing the Pickle”, depicting jeweler’s interpretations of the pickle fork, at a groovy cocktail bar called The Jewel Box in my new hometown of Portland, ME.

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Saturday morning I feasted on rocks in all forms at a gem show. 

All are currently up for grabs for custom orders, but I’m only accepting a certain amount of customs this month as the shops will be closed from May 20th – June 5th.

I did go a bit overboard on the succulent labradorite….

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^Carey plume agate for Fire Rise rings.

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^ocean jasper and red horn coral

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^pyrite and native silver

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^kyanite

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^seriously amazing dendritic opal

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^ocean jasper, blue chalcedony, dendritic opal

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In other news, the annual MAY SALE has started!

In the main shop enter in the coupon code: MAYBABY for 10% off of your order from now until May 20th. This doesn’t apply to custom orders or the plugs shop. Please be sure to enter in the code at checkout as I will not be able to refund those that forget.

That’s all for now!

xx Stray Arrow

New Item Preview…

All of these pieces will hit the shop today at 12pm EST.

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Giveaway news coming soon!

xx The Stray Arrow

Materials and Sourcing…

Spring is almost here in New England and I’ve been getting back into using deer hide in my jewelry. I have wonderful customers of all types, sizes, backgrounds, and beliefs, so I know pieces with leather aren’t for everyone. That being said I want to share with you all what I use and how it is sourced…

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As with my stones, quality and sourcing is extremely important and a lot of time and effort goes into it. All of the deer hide I use, and it’s currently the only kind of leather I use, I get solely from my local annual powwow. None of the beautiful creatures it is gifted from are hunted for sport of any kind, but for food. Every part of the deer is used and nothing is wasted. I acquire the natural hides in full, so I can cut my own cord pieces from them for another layer to the hand crafted nature of my work.

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In addition, I’ve been hanging full hides in front of my window so certain folds can be lightened by the sun. This has over months created a really lovely ombre effect in the leather colouring.

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With this hide sourced respectfully I’ve made a few fun earrings to add to the shop this afternoon. So far there are three pairs with different kinds of stamped markings. All sweet and simple to add to any woodlands lover’s collection:

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***Giveaway news with mythical ties coming soon***

xxStray Arrow

New Stones…

Throughout my years of collecting and research, I’ve established some really wonderful contacts for the materials and supplies I use in my work. This goes especially for my cabochon and gemstone collecting. I feel extremely fortunate with how wonderful the folks in the mining and lapidary business I’ve met are. Them enabling me to provide the best choice stones for my customers and my work just makes this full time gig of mine that much more delightful!

Below are new recent turquoise and variscite scores with their respective origins listed. All are currently up for grabs for custom orders, but please know I have a cap on how many commissions I can take at this time. 

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A few new items also hit the shop this morning

xx The Stray Arrow

New Pieces, New Stones, Commission News…

It’s been a little bit, hasn’t it?

I think it’s time to share some of the new stones I’ve been amassing. I’ve been releasing stones less and less, taking on less commissions so they can be wrapped up quicker. This has proved to be a science; something I’m still tweaking. Commissions are still taking longer than I would like, and lengthening regular production times of “made to order” pieces in the shop as well. There’s much more involved: hashing concepts and designs out, spending hours getting back to conversations and inquiries, sketches, etc. that I do not charge for.

Because of this I will be making a monthly commission amount cap. This will change slightly depending on what the commissions are and how much extra time will be involved for each. I want people to enjoy the process and I love doing them so folks get exactly what they’re hankering for, and I’d like them to not have to wait as long to receive it either! To make this process faster and easier I’ll also soon be drafting up a little form for folks who are interested in custom orders to fill out… basic info that sometimes takes me awhile to get from potential customers that can draw out the process. More on this soon.

In the meantime, here they are!

New all natural stones as listed, some freshly cabbed straight from the mine owners, some old stock. If interested in any of these please shoot me an email: stasia@thestrayarrowjewelry.com, or convo me on Etsy.

Note that as usual, until a solid design is nailed down and agreed upon, and a deposit is paid, no stones can be reserved.

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These new items will be in the shop today~

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COMING SOON:

More stone stackers with Rune Drop sides. Also on the new side and growing in popularity are Rune Weavers and Rune Drop Stackers, for which customizable listings will be created soon with a rune guide!

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That’s all folks!

Thanks again for taking peak into the backgrounds of my jewelry workings, staying in touch, and for the overall general support of my creativity!

Weekend Sale!

Whether you’re celebrating turkey day, the day of mourning, or just getting together with family for some good food, I wish you all a happy weekend!

Black Friday kicks off tonight at midnight, and so does my weekend long sale. Get any goodies listed in the shop at a whopping 15% off! This sale doesn’t apply to custom orders, just any item listed. Coupon code is:

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Please do NOT forget to enter this at time of purchase where it says ‘apply code’. New items will also hit the shop at midnight, including some new one of a kind molten silver stud earrings at discount pricing of $15/pair.

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For THROWBACK THURSDAY:

A few pieces of photo candy of items from 2011 and 2012:

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This has been a very tumultuous year- from moving home and business to a new state, to stocking with Free People. I am ever grateful for the opportunities that have been sent my way, and the ones I’ve worked my ass off for. For loyal customers, old and new, for the peer jewelers I’ve befriended and new rock sources I’ve established. I’m loving every second of this hard earned self employed state of life. To show my excitement for new things to come and gratitude to the faithful who read this blog, I’m offering a special discount code. I don’t often have sales as my jewelry is priced the best and fairest I can with materials, highest quality stones, and labor. This code is extra special…

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Check the shop soon for new items! Making for perfect stocking stuffers, Channukah or Yule gifts!

With this Holiday season I’ll update the blog every Sunday morning with new shop items as I’ll be cranking out a grand amount of new pieces in both old and new designs.

Cheers folks!

xx Stray Arrow

The Stray Arrow for Free People!

Remember all of that quiet hinting in the past few months? News is on the way…news is on the way…

WELL.

Here it is.

Free People are now carrying one of my signature rings

my Chained in Turquoise Arrow Vane Rings, which they are labeling as

Chained Turquoise Arrow Ring“.

They will be sold both online and in some physical stores, including the shop on 5th Ave. in NYC.

For these rings I curated some top natural turquoise pieces, and each ring has the mine name stamped inside the band for authenticity. Mines include Fox, Blue Moon, Candelaria, Skyline…all high grade succulent pieces. I cannot express the level of excitement I’ve been feeling since Free People reached out to me. It’s because of you reading this, and everyone who has supported me on this path that this could even become a reality instead of some distant dream. It hasn’t been an easy road trying to do what I love full time and make it work. Being the creator and sole runner of a business has it’s downsides, but the reward of not just doing what I love but being able to share it with those who also enjoy it is worth everything. Thank you all for stickin’ with me, giving me support and exposure, and taking a peak into my world of myth, stone, and metals.

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with much love and appreciation ((and a decent amount of gleeful squealing))

xxThe Stray Arrow