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The Process of Removing Gemstones From Settings

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Sometimes, it takes a combination of something old and something new to get the perfect ring. In some cases, people love a gemstone that is set in an old ring but want to update the ring itself. This may be triggered by a personal preference for a certain type of metal or the positioning of the stone in the old setting.

This is a process that is best left to professional jewelers. They have studied gemstones and know how to remove them without damaging them or changing their appearance. Some jewelers provide this service for free to those who have continually done business with them. Others may charge about $10 per stone. It is important to get prices before leaving the stone with a selected jeweler. No matter what they charge, they will likely ask to see the stone first to determine what must be done to remove it from its setting.

ring drawingMost jewelers use a process that allows them to melt the metal around the gemstone using a chemical. Then they carefully remove the gemstone from the chemical solution. They have to clean the gemstones after this process to make them safe for other uses. They do not discard the solution that contains the metal. Instead, they use another chemical to remove the fine metals from the first solution. Then they melt the metals into bars and measure the purity of the bars.

Although many people try to do this process at home themselves by pending the gemstone prongs and removing the stone, it is not recommended. This do-it-yourself technique does not preserve the stone. It defeats the purpose of removing the stone in the first place.

 

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Got The Creative Bug – Classes and Workshops – Review


I have the Creative Bug lately and I had an invitation to try out a Month of Creativebug Classes and Workshops for a review. What wonderful timing as my stress has been maximized as of late, and any number of fun DIY Crafting Projects can distract me. Now I was a latecomer to the Month of classes, just reviewing about 4 or 5 class videos today and accomplishing one craft project today. But wow, what a well needed break for the creativity that seems to be lacking in my life lately. After all crafting is second nature to me since I was raised on all sorts of DIY Craft projects in my creative family, my parents are artists and they kept us 6 kids pretty busy with crafting and DIY projects.
Creative Video Workshops on Creativebug.com
The classes that I looked at were for a “found necklace,” basically an upcycling project with beads from jewelry, friends will know that I love to collect old jewelry and beads. Family knows that I have done this since I was a little girl, but I have to say that I learned a few new things such as what to do with the tail from the filament you tie to the clasps.

I also looked at a really cool project for Image Transfers too. I have my packing tape set aside here as I am going to immerse myself in one of the 3 methods of Image Transfers she shows us how to do in her video. I can’t wait to find the perfect colored magazine page to use for this one! Yay!

I glimpsed at the bracelet crocheted with beads, cool… however I don’t have the cord that it called for in materials and my embroidery floss is MIA at this time, hiding in the deepest darkest recesses of some poor neglected moving box at this time.

Finally for my first project I was extremely inspired to dig out my Shrinky Dink Printable “paper”, and play with it for the first time in about 5 years. Oh, I don’t think it counts that this past Winter I just used Shrinky Dinks for making luggage tags for my trip to Florida to see my friend Joan, I really didn’t play with it, it was just something I figured I needed spur of the moment, then night before leaving. lol

What Shrinky Dinks at my age? Yes I love that stuff! I knew exactly what I was aiming for, and I had just the perfect picture to make into an outline in the picture/photo editor program. It was about an hour and suddenly I remembered how to get a good outline out of my colored picture, I used to do this for the Tattooists in the Tattoo Shop my husband and his partner had owned for a few years. Nice to know I haven’t forgotten all those old skills and it came in handy again. lol

In the Shrinky Dink Jewelry Class, I did learn some unique hints and tips from the video and it helped out so much better than the instructions that came with the Shrinky Dinks. I won’t spoil it for you, you will need to join Creative Bug to learn for yourself.Honestly Mariah Shrinky Dink Jewelry

My problem with my printer/copier is that it only prints in black… So I had to spend many hours with my detailed design to have it ready for the oven. And when the design curled up and folded itself it seems that the lovely Victorian Lady in the middle turned into The Freak Show Bearded Lady as the pencil marks or the ink smeared just perfectly on her face, before the Shrinky Dink flattened out again. lol

But all in all, this does look quite pretty, don’t you think? Now I have to decide it the original idea of putting two holes in it for jump-rings is what I want or to attach it to a Barrette Blank (or make it into a brooch) … oh and then figure out who would love a bearded lady piece of jewelry. lol Oh and I added to my design an outline around it some gold leafing permanent ink from a pen to further enhance the design.
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So much fun, a project that is normally thought of as only for children, was revisited by me once again. Five years ago, I did have fun making Christmas gifts for everyone, it was about time I revisited this old favorite for fun once more.

CreativeBug’s offering are such a wide variety, from beginning sewing to advanced knitting and kids crafts too! Creativebug has a class to inspire your creative side. And the classes can be purchases A La Carte or as part of a Subscription… Subscriptions would make great gifts, for the crafter in your life. Better yet, make homemade gifts from these classes and workshops, these gifts are the best gifts, as they come from your own hands and your own heart!

Thank you to CreativeBug for helping me find a way to relax and have so much fun I lose track of time! What a stress relief for me.

Now, who wants to buy a Victorian Freak Show Bearded Lady piece of jewelry? It’s ONE OF A KIND (that’s for sure!). I will finish it (or you can) and I will sign the back of it too. Do I hear $25.00? Hey, can you blame a girl for asking? lol

 
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Free Simulated Diamond Earrings for my Readers

Hi all I would like to extend to you all a special offer of Free Simulated Diamond Earrings! Yes free from my wonderful friends at http://darcustori.com! The Cubic Zirconia Earrings are in a set (one for each ear, just in case their was any doubt) they are 6mm in size (that translates out to .2 inches, so almost a quarter inch wide), the posts are made of Sterling Silver.

darcus tori logoWhat is the catch?

CZ earrings free side viewYou pay shipping and handling, don’t fear they have a calculator there for the cost, for one pair the shipping and handling charge for me will be $5.95 and I can add on optional insurance to the order for an additional $1.10.

And there is a limit of 3 orders per household, I may try to squeeze out enough from the debit card (and hubby) to order 3, that would only run me $13.85 and the insurance (if I chose to do it) would run me an additional $1.10 (again). 🙂

CZ earrings free front viewNot bad have a few little gifts to sock away for birthdays, holidays and special occasions. You may know by now that I like to keep a special box with gift items stashed away in it for such times as I need a little extra gift for someone. Well, why don’t you start a gift box too? I learned this habit from my Mother, when I was younger she had a box of gifts stored up in the attic for gift giving and for when us kids were invited to birthday parties. It was such a great idea, that I started doing the same myself and I continue on today. Hey I gave a cute little blinged out character key chain that I to a neighbor who invited us over to her house for an Easter Sunday Party this year, it was nice to have a hostess gift all ready in my house waiting for the prefect time for gifting. So why not go over and pick up not just one, but all three Simulated Diamond Earrings so you can start up or add to your gift box.

Now here are the details:

Take 100% Off DarcusTori’s Flawless Diamond Stud Earrings
Use coupon Code 0704.
Limit 3 per order please.
Follow this link to the earring page.

 

This page is not sponsored nor have I received anything to review or for free to post this and I am not an affiliate with this company. This is just another deal that I could not keep all to myself and simply felt I had to share with you all.

Shared Positivity Review And Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Alexa's Angels inspired designsI was so very fortunate to have been asked to review a set of 3 bracelets. What is so special about these bracelets? They bring with them a message of positivity and sharing that positivity as well. I am a firm believer in trying to let myself find the positive in so many situations, and passing on that feeling… whether it be smiling at a stranger, laughing with a friend and trying to bring hope to them when they are feeling down or hopeless.

 

What an appropriate name for the company that is spreading the message of positivity, “Alexa’s Angels”

positivity bracelet closed tissue paper in box pink

I received my box from Alexa’s Angels in no time at all and instantly as I opened up the box, I found myself so impressed with the presentation of the bracelets. Inside the plain cardboard box I found myself staring at (and trying not to rip) a beautifully wrapped gift like presentation, as I saw the pink tissue paper closed with a golden “Alexa’s Angels inspired designs” sticker. Beneath the sticker was a lovely message that stated:

 

“We are all angels with only one wing – we can fly only embracing each other”

 

Sweet huh? Yes, I thought you’d like that after all, you my beautiful followers, tend to be so much like me and you find yourself touched by lovely quotes and loving messages, like this. 🙂

Alexa's Angels Box with positivity bracelet enclosed

Once I opened the tissue paper I was greeted by lovely pink paper “grass” and a lovely little box that contained the beautiful set of 3 elegantly simple bracelets in a shear golden bag. The message on the bracelet is simply the words positivity (spelled “posi+ivi+y”). I love all the plus signs used instead of the “t’s” in the word… I thought the word was so creatively thought out and is spelled out on the silver toned metal area of these bracelets. The band is much like a “tie back” for the hair, like I keep saying elegantly simple and simply elegant… that is my reaction to these bracelets. And the first person I shared this with was my mother, and she too agreed with me, she simply loves wearing her bracelet! The third bracelet I plan to mail off to a friend that in a support group that my friend Joan and I started (Women Supporting Women) had mentioned her message about positivity. How wonderful for that old friend to mention living life with positive thought and her timing was perfect, I knew then that I would sending her a bracelet too! 🙂

Mariahs Wrist Positivity bracelet

 

Different Colors of Positivity Bracelets

Alexa’s Angels has a nice selection of different colored bracelets from the black bracelets, like my Mother and I are wearing, to light pink and 6 vivid colors. They also have some school/team two-toned colors as well. As Alexa’s Angels says:

 

“They are a great way to build team spirit and support a good cause.”

“See them all at http://alexas-angels.com/product-category/collection/positivity/?orderby=price

 

Oh and I almost forgot, the reverse side of the bracelet has a wonderful link on it, if you follow the link: http://www.shareyourpositivity.org, you will find a website where you can read or publicly share inspirational stories, photos, and quotes.

Speaking of positivity, and inspirational stories… I will share something I find inspirational with you.

My Mother loves the message as well as I do (and you wondered where I got my positive attitude to life, with all the health complications and chronic pain I go through… now you know, I got it from my Mother! Lol). As many of you may recall, my Mother went into surgery about a year ago and suddenly during surgery they lost the nerve connections to the legs and my Mother has become a paraplegic. Throughout all my Mother has been through, I’ve found her strength to be very inspirational and surprisingly she’s remained so positive. Even as my Mother is currently dealing with 3 infections, and some sores, taking 5 antibiotics, she is amazing as she takes all of the news in stride and that woman’s strength as she remains positive, is just inspirational to me. The most amazing part is that she is so positive even though life has slowed this once very active woman down and is now basically bed ridden. My Mother is truly an inspiration to me and I hope that I can continue to be a positive person despite all that my illnesses may bring my way and that I may have the strength that my Mother shows.

Attitude is a choice message
The message that is enclosed in the Posi+ivi+y Bracelet Card.

 

I cannot close this off without mentioning how amazing my Father is too, all the things he’s taken upon himself and still he too remains positive through it all. I am truly lucky, I have two very inspirational parents that have taught me to look at life from a positive perspective and I hope that I can help be an inspiration to others, like they have been for me.

Set of 3 positivity braceletsYou, my beautiful friends/readers, may win a set of 3 of these little lovelies for yourself and some people that inspire you or wish to inspire to be positive too! This is a speedy giveaway here my friends, so enter now…

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Winners List – World Wide Bling and More

 

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We have winners! If you see your name in this post, check for your email. You have 72 hours to reply with the information that I’ve asked for in your email to make your win official and save me from worrying about disappointing you when I need to pick a new winner. 🙂

Congrats to the 3 winners of the World Wide Giveaway for Bling by Mont Bleu! And I am so very thankful that one of our winners was online and watching twitter when they were almost disqualified from the Giveaway…. the problem was that the names in the comments area didn’t match the name in rafflecopter. I will see what I can do to help makesure this doesn’t happen again. Thankfully everything was straightened out in record time when it came to finding that winners entries that I couldn’t locate, to that, I think you for being such a good sport and helping me see where you were and see something that hopefully I can change about Rafflecopter…Thank you very much!
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This next Winner, this poor winner… I was checking and verifying their entries (as always) and suddenly I felt devilish and had to tease them! I couldn’t help myself as I sent them a tweet stating:

“oh my goodness, watch for an email with a win on it soon! 🙂 Wonder what you won? I’m not telling… it’s a surprise!!! lol”

  What was so funny about that? The Prize that they won was the Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa Surprise Pack Giveaway. 😛 I couldn’t help myself. Okay, so it was funny to me ! lol  Here is that Hard Rock Surprise Pack Giveaway Winner:

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Now again checking through the next winner that Rafflecopter chose, to make sure the entries were legitamit, I have to say that something on their facebook page was so great that the picture alone should have won a prize.

The picture on their Facebook Profile Page, was so hillarious that I almost wet myself! Really it was the best laugh and one that I really needed. I could just imaging the woman in the Tale that comes with the picture going through the surprise when her dog came so joyfully running up to greet her. Lol I shared the picture with my husband and then proceeded to get up and run to the little bloggers room for some needed relief as I laughed so hard on the way that I had to hold my arm out to support myself on the walls. Lol

 

First, I feel I must share the picture with you:

Halloween Dog Spider Costume, so funny to come home to this running up to greet you... omg too funny!

And now for the winner of the Garlic Gold:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Watch for your emails folks, again I give 72 hours here for a reply to my email announcing the winners, giving you an extra day to save myself the extra work and hopefully saving you, my readers, from the disappointment of my needing to move onto picking another

Please winners, I’ve love to see you or the recipient of your the win with their prize! It would be a special treat to have a picture of you and your prize along with a comment that says something about your win or whatever you want to say… I would love to start sharing some of the winners and their quotes on the blog. 🙂  This could also help show that these prizes are real. 🙂