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Mother's Day

Mother's Day

In her eyes, you’re everything. She’s the one who’s always there for you, good and bad, thick and thin. She’s a role model, teacher, mentor, friend. She’ll tell it to you straight but loves you anyway if you ignore her advice. She’s your mom, grandma, aunt, or big sister, and you always want her to know what she means to you. 

In a world of blended families of every shape and size, Mother’s Day is not just about your biological mom. Mothers, grandmothers, and stepmothers (even fur moms) show up every day in extraordinary and ordinary ways. She’s your BFF when you want to have fun, and your reality check when life gets rocky. The two of you are inseparable, connected for life.

Even when you’re far apart, separated by miles or oceans, she’s there for you. When the road gets bumpy, or you’re celebrating a significant accomplishment, she’s right there beside you. There’s no one like her in this world, and you want her to know how you feel.  

On May 9, we’ll celebrate every type of mother figure (even fur moms).  And while she’ll probably say, “oh, I don’t need any gifts,” you’re already planning to celebrate and honor her with something that’s as special and unique as she is. 

Show her how much you love her by giving her a gift that lasts a lifetime.   

 

 

About My Signature Mobius Collection 

The Mobius strip motif, utilized in various ways in each piece, is a continuous loop made from sterling silver (some designs have 14K yellow gold rings intertwined with sterling silver). It symbolizes balance, unity, and eternity from mother to child to grandchild.  Perfect for Mother’s Day gifting! 

Shop the Mother’s Day Gift Guide  for the perfect piece of jewelry! Touch her heart, make her day, and show her how much you love her.  

Mothers Day Gift Guide

All orders Mother’s Day orders over $100 will include an extra little gift: a beautifully scented candle, perfect for wrapping her in a luxurious blend of warmth and love. 

 

scented candle with fresh flowers or fruit

 

Use code MomsGift to redeem your complimentary gift!   Enter 'MomsGift' in the coupon code when checking out.   Supplies are limited.  Don't miss out.  These candles smell wonderful. 

 

 

 

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Show Your Power! Wear Jewelry that Inspires You

Show Your Power! Wear Jewelry that Inspires You

Who wasn’t mesmerized by Amanda Gorman, the young woman at the podium on Inauguration Day, captivating and holding the nation’s attention as she read her original poem?

Amanda is more than an inspiration; she’s a shining example of what women can do with their gifts. On January 20, 2021, she stood in front of the Capitol building, our nation, and the world to uplift and inspired us. She commanded respect and admiration despite her age because she was empowered to do so. Amanda is a role model for all women of all ages. And did you happen to notice her jewelry?

The bird-in-a-cage ring on Amanda’s finger was gifted to her by Oprah Winfrey in honor of  Maya Angelou’s poem; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Amanda wore this ring to make a powerful statement and give herself the extra boost of confidence needed to share her wisdom before a very divided nation.

Jewelry is much more than adornment; it’s an opportunity for personal expression. It can help us make an impact, initiate action, and inspire change.

 

Jewelry can be used intentionally and purposefully to make a statement.

Jewelry has power!

Jewelry is more than just adornment; it’s a celebration of strength, courage, and our unique beauty.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th and Women’s History Month, we recognize our sisters doing amazing things every day...

  • The moms who have found a way to work while also overseeing their children’s education during virtual school,
  • The women business owners not merely surviving but thriving because they were savvy and smart and grew their online businesses,
  • The women scientists, doctors, nurses, and front-line workers, putting themselves in harm’s way and making monumental sacrifices to fight the battle against COVID-19.

Jewelry is a personal expression of who we are without words. It makes us feel empowered when we wear that ring, necklace, or bracelet against our skin, like armor. We send a message to the world...

As we celebrate Women's History Month and  International Women's Day on March 8th remember:

  • we are strong.

  • we are smart.

  • we are role models.

  • we celebrate each other, and

  • we are unstoppable! 

Feel the power with a piece from my Culler Lake collection.  The design is a series on concentric circles, reminiscent of the the ripples in a lake.   The circles are continuous and reaches out in an ever-growing circles just like women all around the world connecting and growing together.   Happy International Women's Day to each of you.  We are stronger together. 

 

 

 

 

 

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7-Reasons to Fill Your Jewelry Box with Sterling Silver

7-Reasons to Fill Your Jewelry Box with Sterling Silver

She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.

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Have you ever wondered about this phrase? The term is associated with luxury and wealth, yet many people still think of sterling silver as just a cheap alternative to white gold. But, I’m here to tell you it’s SO much more than that. 

From a jewelry designer’s perspective, sterling silver is the perfect combination of malleability, beauty, and durability. It has everything I need to design and make beautiful, versatile, and timeless jewelry. 

“Sterling silver comprised of 92.5% silver and a mere 7.5% other metal alloys, brings the tradition of luxurious silver to jewelry.” 

Whether you're looking for everyday accessories or a timeless statement piece, you'll find sterling silver jewelry that seems tailored to your personal tastes.

 7 Reasons Why You Should Add Sterling Silver To Your Jewelry Box....

  1. Sterling Silver Jewelry is Durable 

When taken care of correctly, sterling silver jewelry can last a lifetime. Savvy women already know that their sterling silver pieces can still look new, even after forty years! 

True .925 sterling silver is an investment, but worth the extra cost for the quality and lifetime value of the jewelry. Some of your well-made pieces may even become family heirlooms. 

To make sure that you're getting the best quality jewelry, always buy from established, reputable jewelry companies, and look for these hidden marks on your new accessory:

These stamps indicate the purity of the silver and also sometimes the country of origin and the maker.

.925 sterling silver mark

 

  1.  Keep Up with Fashion Trends 

Any woman who likes to keep up with the latest styles knows that the fast pace of fashion jewelry trends can be dizzying. Keeping up with what's in and what's out is exhausting, and expensive. 

Luckily, sterling silver's popularity means it's always in fashion. The latest styles in jewelry will always include sterling silver, even if the designs change. 

Recently, for example, gemstones and uncut minerals, set in sterling silver, have become a staple of Spring and Summertime accessories. 

Keeping a few sterling silver pieces on hand in your jewelry rotation is a sure way to make sure you always look your best.  

  1. The Options are Endless 

Because silver is a very versatile metal, it's a favorite for innovation and creativity among jewelry designers. This means you’ll always be able to find new and exciting pieces to fit your personal style. 

Whether you're looking for a locket, bracelet, ring, or pendant, there are thousands of options. 

Even sterling silver loyalists are not limited to the same variations on old concepts. Innovation is constant. There will always be a new sterling silver piece to spruce up your collection! 

  1. You Can Easily Build Your Personal Jewelry Collection 

The variety of sterling silver options makes it easy to completely build or upgrade your jewelry collection. 

Want to build a look around one of your more expensive statement pieces?

Want to build a look around one of your more expensive statement pieces? 

Sterling silver complements most metals, so your pieces will all work together, giving you endless combinations and options to build your signature fashion style. 

Looking for unique high-end pieces?

Sterling silver should be on your list. Designers use it to cast their most creative designs all the time. One of the big perks of sterling silver is that it's not just popular with consumers, it's also popular with designers. 

“People are excited to buy the latest styles that designers create, and designers are happy to keep creating new things. Everybody wins!” 

  1. Incredible Versatility 

Sterling silver jewelry is appropriate for any occasion… 

  • Dressing up a casual dinner outfit? Sterling silver fits the bill!
  • PTA meeting? Yes, sterling silver! 
  • Meeting your girlfriends for brunch? Sterling silver is a perfect choice! 
  • Want to add sterling silver to a jewelry collection that already has a lot of white gold or platinum pieces? Do it! 

You can confidently wear sterling silver jewelry with a white gold or platinum piece and still create a look that is put together. The colors are close enough that you won't look like you're mixing up jewelry. Instead, you'll create a new image that is uniquely you.  

  1. Hypoallergenic Jewelry 

Unlike pieces that are made of inexpensive nickel, brass, or other base metals, which can irritate your skin, sterling silver jewelry doesn't contain metal additives that can cause an allergic reaction. 

This is especially important for accessories like earrings. You can wear them without fear that a piercing will get infected. 

Wear your silver with confidence knowing that you won't face any consequences later.  

  1. Easy to Care For 

As beautiful as silver is, many women avoid it because it’s prone to tarnish. 

It's disappointing to see a favorite piece looking dirty or discolored after sitting in a jewelry box for too long. All silver can tarnish with time, especially if it's not worn often. It’s the nature of this beautiful metal. 

Here's the good news…

  • Wearing your jewelry can actually help prevent tarnish. The oils on your skin 'clean' the metal, which means you don't have to worry about that dirty look.
  • Even if your sterling silver jewelry does dull, there are easy ways to restore its original shine.
  • By storing your pieces in individual bags, or compartments in your jewelry box, instead of sitting out in the open, you can prevent a lot of this tarnish
  • There are gentle cleaners and soft polishing cloths to return your pieces to as good as new!

 Are you ready to add to your collection? Or, just beginning? Check out my newest sterling silver pieces HERE, to get started.

 Or contact me to start a custom, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry made JUST for YOU!

 

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What’s happening at Candace Stribling Jewelry

What’s happening at Candace Stribling Jewelry

Since January, I took a hiatus so I could rethink my business and come up with ways I can better serve you, my customers, now and in the future.  This process has been eye-opening. I’ve learned there are a lot of things I’ve done well but there is room to change and grow.    Read how CSJ rebranded.    

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Be in the Room Where It Happens: Why Buying Jewelry Is Like Getting Tickets to the Hottest Musical!

Be in the Room Where It Happens: Why Buying Jewelry Is Like Getting Tickets to the Hottest Musical!

How do you feel when you buy that ''must-have, gotta have it now” new necklace, pair of earrings or cool bracelet? A piece of jewelry that you have been dreaming about and imagining yourself wearing.  Getting high fives from your friends.  

Well, like snagging tickets to Hamilton!

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Why would a jewelry artist celebrate Pi Day?

Why would a jewelry artist celebrate Pi Day?
On March 14, we celebrate Pi day!  Did you know that jewelry designers use Pi to calculate how much metal to use in our designs.  Read my blog and find out how we use it?   Bonus: a recipe for a favorite pie. Continue reading