Finally Here…Almost…

Having an abundant number of interests and getting inspiration from a vast number of sources always seems to leave me flustered and behind. Well-not this week! It is officially crunch time. Why? Because it is summer, and like most folks I’d love a day or two outside myself! This week I will be finishing up ALL pending commissions, and FINALLY releasing these RUNES I’ve been hinting at. The affordable Runes line will include the mini bronze & silver necklaces already currently in the shop, bronze and copper rune bangles, and larger copper runes on deer hide leather for fellas and ladies alike. Odin’s ravens will also make an appearance in the silver bangle bracelet persuasion. This will tie in my Black Bird pieces. A blog post Thursday will explain the origin of the Runes in Nordic mythology, the original purpose and use of runes, and all of the runes to choose from for custom pieces. In one weeks’ time, next Sunday, will be my first Rock Appreciation day! Check back then for a full post dedicated to the controversial White Buffalo Turquoise~

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xx Stray Arrow

In The Shop Tomorrow!

These will all be in the Etsy shop- TheStrayArrow.Etsy.com – tomorrow! They’ll be listed all throughout the day, so keep checking back…

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ah-mazing items for those with stretched earlobes will be coming to the GaugedbyStasia Etsy shop next week!

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xx Stray Arrow

Preview and Past Customs

This past month I’ve been working on mainly custom orders as well as some new goodies for the shops. Below are pics of the custom pieces I’ve been creating in the past few weeks, and after…a preview of the new jewels before they hit the main shop!

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PREVIEW:

Hitting the shop over the next couple of days, we have iolite gemstone ‘Starry Night’ earrings that are screw backs for those with no ear piercings~

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For the fingers, we have fresh additions to the Petals theme and the White Sands-White Buffalo Turquoise. A crinoid fossil ring of silver and gold will be joining them~

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Now for my favourite new addition. Hand sawed of bronze and silver, turquoise flower hair pins and braid ends! These hair adornments can double as hair ties, or can be slipped onto a bobby pin. Sold in singles and pairs, below are examples of custom orders~

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That’s it for now! Also in the works are new goods for the Gauged by Stasia shop, and ever so slowly, the RUNES line is becoming fully realized…

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PEER VENTURE:

In other news, fellow artist Tory Novikova has released a new line of spritely summer bags in her Etsy shop! As many artists, we each agreed to a trade-a turquoise hair tie for my very own FOX bag. These are 100% cotton, slightly sheer, and EVER so much more sturdy than you could possibly imagine. It is now my staple “going to the Post” tote, and can take a great amount of weight. The antique faded colour palettes of these three designs (FOX, POLAR BEAR, and OWL), make these the perfect beach bag. The adorable subtle tags on the inside give them an extra level of professionalism and class. I also hear that a fairy&mushroom theme will be forthcoming! These make spectacular gifts. Behold the lovely artist and her newest creation!

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find them in her shop @ ToryNova.Etsy.com

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Check back to the Etsy shops over the next couple of days for these new creations to emerge, in the meantime, why not take a peak at my new Facebook page? You can now find studio pics, custom creation pics, and more at http://www.Facebook.com/TheStrayArrowJewelry. Also now posting on Instagram under thestrayarrow. 

 

xx Stray Arrow

Rock Goodies…

Well, it looks like I’ve been neglecting the blog again. Since my last tidbit, I’ve been banging out commissions and slowly collecting some more turquoise and gemstones. I thought I’d share a few…

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below, we have a BEAUTIFUL 2.79 carat emerald cut natural green Columbian emerald. I know I’m always ranting about turquoise, but there’s a special nook in my heart for my birthstone…

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next up, natural chrysoprase on the left, and pink & dark green tourmaline on the right-all fantastically microfaceted for maximum sparkle!

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A stunning .44 carat natural conflict free terra rose coloured rose cut DIAMOND means it is time for me to start getting fancy! Kyanite gems, and grade AAA wampum join the other sparkling gems in the treasure chest…

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As for turquoise, we have ribbon cut White Buffalo Mine turquoise from AZ, Southwest, and light sky blue Campitos Mine turquoise, perfect sizes for rings~the White Buffalo ribbon cuts can be seen in the “White Sands” series, of which two have sold…and another will be joining the shop sometime Friday…

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Last, we have some seriously high grade Koroit Boulder Opals from Queensland, Australia. You may have seen these stones around as they’ve been growing in popularity within the jewelry world. I decided to do some digging and found an amazing source. These stones are BRILLIANTLY cut, with glowing opal orbs, and the most unique designs I’ve seen. I cannot wait to start using these, but thought I’d let you all take a peak first. If you fall in love, let me know ASAP. These may go quickly!

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That’s all for new rock goodies!

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COMING SOON:

I’ll be working on finishing up commissions, and slowly cooking up the “RUNES LINE”. I also have several super ornate lovelies for the Gauged by Stasia shop in progress that’ll be hitting the shop by the end of next week. Get ready for some Spring flowers people! “Dainty Petal Wear” will be arriving shortly…*que mystery music*

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xx Stray Arrow

Preview Pieces for Tuesday’s Shop Update!

Time for a sneak peak! These newbies shall hit the shop Tuesday afternoon…

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A touch of gemmy greenery will embellish the shop with the “Emerald Sweet Heart” ring, featuring a rose cut faceted emerald gemstone and mini silver heart on oxidized sterling band….currently in a size 5, can be sized up to a 6 or “made to order” in your own size!

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And of course, what would an update be without a vast amount of turquoise pieces? The Green Grasses No. 2  ring features a huge stunning green piece from the Crow Springs Mine:

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Another beauty from the Crow Springs Mine features a strange and unusual deeper teal colour: the Ocean Bird Turquoise Ring, with feathered band stampings:

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The White Sands-Buffalo Turquoise Ring features a grand ribbon cut piece of turquoise from…you guessed it! the White Buffalo Mine of Nevada. It reminds me of all the old beach stones I’m sure most of us collected as children…

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In addition to the recent Thunderbird necklace, I’ve added another little guy to the “TOTEM” collection: a turtle! The Turtle Totem necklace features a freeform piece of Kingman Mine turquoise, and to match the cutie pie-a turtle totem ring! The ring has a piece of Royston turquoise as his shell. The ring is a size 6.5, but I will be offering custom turtles with stones of your choosing in your own size once listed on Etsy!

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Little Royston Turquoise Drop Necklaces will also be available in different shaped turquoise stones for simple and classic wear:

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Look for all of these lovelies and a VERY SPECIAL Turquoise Directions Ring this Tuesday in the Stray Arrow Etsy shop!

xx Stray Arrow

Royston Conquest in the Treasure Chest….

Isn’t it wonderful how there are always new goodies to share? I’ve recently acquired a vast amount of beautiful, natural, turquoise from the Royston Mine, Southwest…

~Royston Turquoise Mine~

Royston is actually a district that contains 3 different mines in Nevada. Royston mines, along with the Pilot Mountain mine, are known for their extreme color variations. Blues, greens, rusty bronze browns and dark colors spin together with or without matrixes to make these lovely stones look like landscapes. This rare turquoise is still being mined today and continues to be one of the most popular.

***all cabs below are great quality, no pits,

and currently all are up for grabs!***

for extreme stone detail-double click on a picture. please excuse the working hands…

this lovely especially is of very high quality, and features a stunning colouring and patterns:

the darlings below are great for matching (earrings or gauges):

The Royston Mine is similar to the pilot Mountain, Crow Springs/Bluebird, and Ajax Mines in that they all have some serious variation in colours, patterns, and quality. They are all roughly around the same area and the more variation on one stone, the more desired.

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Other new turquoise conquests have led me to matching pairs! These NATURAL BEAUTIES are from the White Buffalo Mine in Tonopah Nevada, and the Nacozari Mine in Sonora, Mexico. The round Nacozari pair would be perfect for any gauges 00 gauge or larger, or just huge statement earrings….all of these pairs are perfect for dangling earrings or hoops, see examples below that are in the GaugedbyStasia Etsy shop,

the White Buffalo hoops have already sold and are being worn with love ❤

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In other news, two new pieces have been added to the Shop today~

a sweet little pair of wampum studs, and a new necklace featuring wampum and Kings Manassa Mine turquoise…

the “West of the Woodlands” necklace

a blending of Woodlands Native (wampum) and Southwestern Native (turquoise)…

~*more jewelry coming next weekend*~

xx StrayArrow

“Low on the Sand, and Loud on the Stone”…

Before I post new work to be added to the Etsy shops tomorrow, and recently completed work,  Etsy has made a few changes to their hosting websites where my shops are. They have recently added the option to change a Shop Name. While my shop for the gauged folks will remain “GaugedbyStasia”, my shop name for my StasiaSalvucci account will now be “TheStrayArrow”, permanently. All bookmarks and URL’s will be forwarded to http://www.TheStrayArrow.Etsy.com

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Tomorrow, in The Stray Arrow shop…

a new addition to the Grave Series, featuring sweet little silver and copper Momento Mori studs:

Also new, an addition to the Stormy Night miniseries in the form of a splendidly fat ring of substantial size and weight, inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson

This lovely features a square flashly labradorite gemstone flanked by two hand sawed sterling black birds. The back is adorned with a raven and the quote..

“SILENCE FELL WITH THE WAKING BIRD”

from Part 1 of Tennyson’s “Maud; A Monodrama”…

Come into the garden, Maud,
      For the black bat, night, has flown,
Come into the garden, Maud,
      I am here at the gate alone;
And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad,
      And the musk of the rose is blown.
   For a breeze of morning moves,
      And the planet of Love is on high,
Beginning to faint in the light that she loves
      In a bed of daffodil sky,
To faint in the light of the sun she loves,
      To faint in his light, and to die. 
   All night have the roses heard
      The flute, violin, bassoon;
All night has the casement jessamine stirr’d
      To the dancers dancing in tune;
Till a silence fell with the waking bird,
      And a hush with the setting moon.
   I said to the lily, “There is but one
      With whom she has heart to be gay.
When will the dancers leave her alone?
      She is weary of dance and play.”
Now half to the setting moon are gone,
      And half to the rising day;
Low on the sand and loud on the stone
      The last wheel echoes away.
   I said to the rose, “The brief night goes
      In babble and revel and wine.
O young lord-lover, what sighs are those,
      For one that will never be thine?
But mine, but mine,” so I sware to the rose,
      “For ever and ever, mine.”
   And the soul of the rose went into my blood,
      As the music clash’d in the hall;
And long by the garden lake I stood,
      For I heard your rivulet fall
From the lake to the meadow and on to the wood,
      Our wood, that is dearer than all;
   From the meadow your walks have left so sweet
      That whenever a March-wind sighs
He sets the jewel-print of your feet
      In violets blue as your eyes,
To the woody hollows in which we meet
      And the valleys of Paradise.
   The slender acacia would not shake
      One long milk-bloom on the tree;
The white lake-blossom fell into the lake
      As the pimpernel dozed on the lea;
But the rose was awake all night for your sake,
      Knowing your promise to me;
The lilies and roses were all awake,
      They sigh’d for the dawn and thee.
   Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls,
      Come hither, the dances are done,
In gloss of satin and glimmer of pearls,
      Queen lily and rose in one;
Shine out, little head, sunning over with curls,
      To the flowers, and be their sun.
   There has fallen a splendid tear
      From the passion-flower at the gate.
She is coming, my dove, my dear;
      She is coming, my life, my fate;
The red rose cries, “She is near, she is near;”
      And the white rose weeps, “She is late;”
The larkspur listens, “I hear, I hear;”
      And the lily whispers, “I wait.”
   She is coming, my own, my sweet;
      Were it ever so airy a tread,
My heart would hear her and beat,
      Were it earth in an earthy bed;
My dust would hear her and beat,
      Had I lain for a century dead,
Would start and tremble under her feet,
      And blossom in purple and red
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New to the gauged shop tomorrow…
one pair of 10 gauge faceted rainbow moonstone ornate plugs
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one pair of 4 gauge Stormy Night plugs with black pyrite fool’s gold
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12 gauge dangles for tunnels that feature a MATCHING PAIR of natural, genuine,
White Buffalo Turquoise
These lovelies have been oxidized, brushed and filed for serious contrast and are a comfortable weight so that they will swing in the most amusing arc, and still not weigh your ears down in the slightest…
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Recently completed is a necklace made with a turquoise I had posted in recent months…
featuring a museum quality webbed piece of natural Pilot Mountain Mine Turquoise, a cabochon of Kings Manassa Mine Turquoise, and four beautifully micro-faceted genuine emeralds…
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check the shops out tomorrow (Wednesday) for new goodies!
xx Stray Arrow

Neglect

I have truly been ignoring updating this blog of jewels, life, and any imaginative light bulb moments.

Throughout the past few weeks I’ve been struggling to find time to create new goodies for both Etsy shops-and only just now have some fresh bling to share! Being a “one woman show” not only entails creating and photographing items to list, but commissions (convos, sketches, etc.), packaging-cards, decorating parcels, networking, supplying boutiques, and add to that gem/stone hunting and an actual day job and we get a burnt out Stasia. While both of my shops are not taking on any commissions this month (thank you for your patience!), I have literally spent the whole month *catching up* on commissions and finishing them. Don’t even think about interpreting any of this as complaining! The only things that may be sad here are my fingers. I love personalizing and creating for specific moments. I also love to brainstorm more on all the half finished projects in the corners of my studio. I find the pieces I let sit around in stages the longest always come out the best.

What I am essentially building up here to, is a break. *NOT* a break from my beloved Etsy shops, but a vacation for next month. Between September 3 to the 16th, I will be on retreat in Europe with an artist friend. During this time, *my shops will remain open*. Anything purchased between these dates will ship out Monday September 19th. I will be posting this little reminder on EVERY single one of my listings so there is no confusion, as I know many “laid back” folks like myself occasionally won’t read a full shop announcement, etc. During the vacances, I won’t have constant internet access, so I will answer convos whenever it is possible.

I shall come back relaxed, ambitious, and full of new shapes, colours and concepts floating in my mind. I will also have time to do some concept sketches to build my Romantics Line and start a new line that I’m planning for the near future, called the Atsenhaienton” line, which loosely translates to “the fire still burns” in Mohawk Iroquois (i.e. Kanien’gehaga). For most that don’t know, the word “Mohawk” is actually an Algonquin word meaning “MANEATER”…these tribes didn’t get along much. This jewelry line will be semi rooted in the revival of lesser known Native myths, theories, quotes, etc., and feature stones and gems that either reflect on the history or landscape of the specific myth/concept the jewelry piece is based on. I want to create something that will be cherished, rooted in history, and enjoyed by anyone who appreciates learning and sharing.

AND NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU, NEW PIECES

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Lab Created White Sapphire, 14k Rose Gold Fill and Sterling Stackers:

these lovelies will be made to order in your own size, I currently have 3 sapphires in stock (all roughly 1-1.3 carats)

^Sweet Kings Manassa Turquoise Posts with 14k Gold bezels

^The Holy Dirt Necklace:~

This necklace features a beautiful blue chalcedony teardrop gemstone, a nice clean slice of stalactite, a NATURAL microfaceted Columbian emerald gemstone, and soon some other mini gemstone goodies. It is 80% finished! Chain length to be adjustable. The stalactite rests in a “dirt mound” of PURE, FINE SILVER that has been sanded, oxidized, chemically patinaed, buried, and beaten to literally resemble pebbles. The finish on this is fantastic in person. I love the idea of putting dirt on a pedestal, the primordial goo still exists in us all, and comes out from time to time when we walk outside barefoot, and roll in the leaves. Celebrate it!

^ The Siren Ring:~

This ring features a stunningly deep natural variscite stone from Nevada, Southwest. The patterning looks exactly like thick seafoam in the deepest green oceans pounding each other in a storm. The bezel of this ring is highly polished (Not my usual!) while the back and ring band remain oxidized, sanded and rustic. The patina is protected by a museum quality jeweler’s wax.

Also in mid-production are new WAMPUM earrings. I have gabbed about wampum a lot in earlier posts, I can’t get enough of it.

These are part of the new Atsenhaienton line…:~

featuring mini natural genuine wampum shell beads in sterling jump rings and oxidized chains. On one earring mini sawed out circles are stamped with “WAM” on the other earrings “PUM”. To be added are sawed out silver arrows and my jeweler’s tag on each earring..

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6 gauge lapis lazuli (GOOD stuff! not denim lapis) plugs in sterling, and 6 gauge Pilot Mountain Turquoise set in 14k bezels with sterling. These turquoise lovelies are natural, high quality, and have the most BEAUTIFUL water webs…

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NEW ROCK GOODS

Columbian microfaceted emeralds, White Buffalo ribbon cut natural Turquoise, and mini Royston Mine Turquoise ribbon cut-matching pair for gauges! These would work for anything 10 gauge-0 gauge, or anything 00 gauge and up with a border or design around them.

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NEW ITEMS WILL BE IN THE SHOP THIS TUESDAY NIGHT!

xx Stray Arrow

Turquoise Conquest


Well, what else is new. I’ve acquired more turquoise…

Recent conquests yield 3 pairs and one large cabochon of natural turquoise. The first two pairs are perfect for the gauged folk or those desiring earrings…

NOTE: THESE ARE UP FOR GRABS!

First up, we have mini Pilot Mountain mine turquoise with water webbing. “Water webs” in turquoise is like your basic spider web pattern-which is a web between the turquoise and host rock (the higher of qualities among turquoise). The difference is a water web is a webbing pattern entirely out of turquoise! As you can guess, this means its an even higher quality than your normal webbing. This mini pair is adorable, sweet, and roughly 7mm diameter for each cab. These would work in a plain style for anything 4 gauge and smaller, or higher gauges if given some kind of border…

For our second pair, we have water webbed natural turquoise from the Kingman Mine in Arizona, Southwest. This is the *highest quality* Kingman I’ve gotten my fingers on thus far. These lovelies have a very defined web to them, and are roughly 14mm in diameter. They would work in a plain style for anything 00 gauge and smaller, or anything above 00 gauge with a border of some sort…

Our third and last pair are free form triangles-great for dangling bits/bottoms on gauges or normal sized earrings. They are Nacozari turquoise- a mine located in Mexico that is highly sought after for its extreme “blueness”. It occasionally can have black inclusions-this pair and one additional cab are all that I currently have from this mine. These lovelies have a very slight water web to them. They are roughly 20mm tall. I can see these swinging with open tunnels, moonstone, rose quartz, or more turquoise…

For our last turquoise cab…we have a gem.

This natural webbed cab is from the Pilot Mountain Mine, and is not only the highest quality I’ve had from this mine, but one of the higher quality turquoise stones I have. period. The tight webbing is incredible, these photos are *unaltered*, and the depth of the lush green teals and rusty ochre patterning is drool-worthy (and collector’s quality, too).  I’m thinking about keeping this gem for myself, unless someone

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In other news, just dropped off *FOUR NEW RINGS* for lady Karin at The Muse’s Window in Concord, MA. Behold…what you’re missing out on!

White Buffalo and Kings Manassa Mine rings:

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New GEMSTONES in…
goodies are just waitin’ in the pot!
new gems include: AZ turquoise, white crystal, rainbow moonstone, prehnite, garnet, amethyst, and white topaz…
Well folks, that’s it. We’re having a heat wave in New England, and anyone who knows me knows I hate heat to begin with. No A/C in the studio…it is an official sauna. Today has been a break day (in other words…restocking packaging goodies). New items will not hit the shop until the weekend after this coming one…commissions are in progress!
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Stray Arrow
stay cool ladies ‘n’ gents

Friday Night Preview

For *some* of the items coming this Sunday….

Kings Manassa Mine Turquoise Rings:

 

 

US SIZES from left to right: 7, 5.5, 7 to 7.25…..also soon to be made for Sunday’s update are size 8 and size 9 versions!

 

DRAGON AND CROW MESSENGER BRACELET: to be finished in an oxidized/bright fashion! Featuring a nice piece of Crow Springs Mine Turquoise…see the other side on Sunday 😉

 

Now as most if not all know, being an artist is all about growth. The more you do, the better ya get. So I’m going to be taking old pieces I made a while back (pendants) and reworking them to be better than ever! Here are the goodies now, see them hung up all over again Sunday:

 

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New goodies for the gauged folk:

currently made are prehnite gemstone 2 gauge sterling plugs and 6 gauge faceted rainbow moonstone with silver bullet drop plugs (oxidized). More to come!…Including a super special pair of the new “Stormy Night” styles with 3D silver crows! Additionally more dangles for tunnels. Check ’em out in the gauged shop Sunday (GaugedbyStasia.Etsy.com)

 

Well, that’s it for now! Here are some recently (y’know. today being the recent) finished commissions: 

1/2″ baltic amber and carnelian gemstone silver plugs:

The carnelians are to be added to the shop as a “MADE TO ORDER” item in gauges 0-1/2″.

 

Last but certainly never least, a picture of a necklace I made for a friend’s birthday. This lovely features a hefty piece of genuine wampum, with silver arrow and tear drop tags, and an iolite gemstone silver clasp in my signature style!

 

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Freyja and I bid you adieu 🙂  have a wonderful weekend all, check the shops Sunday during your afternoon tea time!