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"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

The Worth of Silver September 24, 2009

Filed under: Character,Facts — precioussadies @ 10:03 am

On todays market the worth of silver for an ounce, is just over the $16 range.   I use a lot of sterling silver in my jewelry.  Sterling silver, is the compoment of 92.5 Silver, and 7.5 copper.  As I work, I have a little container where all my wasted silver goes, so hopefully one day I can turn this in to a reputable company such as Rio Grande, and get paid for my waste, as they melt it down.  In return though, I only would get a fraction of what it is originally worth.  For some, the going rate is about .25 an ounce, but this too can add up to something over time, rather than just throwing it away.  With the silver it can be melted down, and be made into granules, which then also can be melted down and casted in a ring.

I heard on the radio recently, that silver production is down, because now the production of digitial cameras, does not need it.  I didn’t even know they used silver in the productions of cameras!  Which, is one less demand for this popular commodity.   In other countries, silver is actually traded in lieu of money.  Here is an interesting info about silver commodity.

Sterling silver tarnishes, but with the correct combination of ingredients, or a fibre interwoven cloth where certain pigments are implanted, and perhaps even a little elbow grease can remove the dull and black layers that develops, and restore it to it’s natural state.   Tarnishing is a natural process.  It really is a chemical reaction that occurs, because the metal becomes expose to non metal (air) and causes corrosion, if left long enough it could develop rust.   When I store my earrings, I wrapped them in anti-tarnish paper.  I also keep my sterling silver in a plastic bag to keep the air out, or add a slip of carbon paper, into the container that holds the sterling silver, to prolong this process.  This is what I love about silver, it has the ability to be renewed!  So, it is with each of us.   

Each of us, tarnish…and we each have the potential to be polish and improve who we are, no matter how many layers we have.     Sometimes, we are tarnish by life experiences, our attitudes, our own actions, our reaction from others,  traditions, pride,….  the list goes on.  But, we have the ability to remove those layers of tarnish, and we can’t always do it ourselves.   Being a christian, and having the name ‘Christ” in my name, I realize that I have to rely on him, where and when I fall short. 

Benjamin Franklin through his self reflection discovered 13 virtues that he wanted to improve on.  I’m sure you could come up with your own, through self reflection.   Very few of us, take criticism well, or enjoy being told we are in the wrong, without becoming defensive, this doesn’t mean we can’t have our own opinions, but we need to submit ourselves to be polished, and take a step back, and be willing to be teachable.  As we do, layers of corrosion can be removed, and we will discover our true character, who we really have become, because we are willing to be polished.

Got to get back to creating….Christina

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The Worth of Gold September 21, 2009

Filed under: Facts,Types of Products — precioussadies @ 6:20 am
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Digging for Gold?

Digging for Gold?

In the past month, archaeologists discovered a 2,900 year old tomb on the Greek Island of Crete.  Three woman (2 were young adolsecents) were buried with jewels.  The surprizingly discovery was that they did not expect that this level of craft existed earlier.  They believed it was from the Hellenistic Era (a few hundred years after) because of the style of the jewels.   The jewels that were discovered were gold necklaces and medallions that were decorated with lion heads and in the form of their ancient gods.  

It does not surprize me that they had this ability to create with precious materials, and to have the skills to do so.  Looking through history, we marvel at the creations of pyramids, and other ancient structures that are still left standing.   In Bibical times, we know that they were able to create a golden calf!  Wow, consider the mold that was made for that one, and the amount of gold used, it would of been so costly considering what gold is worth today! 

An ounce of gold worth today is around $1,000, give or take.  How big is that ounce? 1 ounce is about the size of 10 pennies, or 4 quarters.  There are 16 ounces in 1 pound.    I wonder how much those mediallons and necklaces are valued at today, considering their age and the amount of gold in them. 

Now, gold in an ounce, just looks pretty, it doesn’t have to even do anything to be valuable, but just sit there.   We get to admire it.

Have you heard of the saying, “you’re worth your weight in gold’?.   Imagine that…let’s throw out a #. Perhaps you weigh about 150 pounds.  150  x 16  x 1,000  =2,400,000 million dollars.

Are you worth 2,400,000 dollars?  You are worth even more, we each are royalty!!   Even though lots of people LOVE gold, love is something that we each have to give.  We each have the ability to pass on our love to others, it may be a friendly smile, a phone call, a word of encouragement, note in the mail, or perhaps a welcoming hug.  To the receiver, of your love, You are priceless! I’m sure you have made a difference to at least one person in your life, and you may not even know it!

Do you think that perhaps these 3 woman who were buried with their jewels even despite if they were royalty… knew how valuable they were to each other? I sure, hope so!     Christina

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Grosgrain Ribbon September 19, 2009

Filed under: Types of Products,What I am up to! — precioussadies @ 6:57 am

pony o streamersGrosgrain ribbon is known to  look a bit glossy and tighted ribbed.  It can be made out of silk, or nylon and synthetics.   It comes in solid colours and in patterns.  It’s my favourite type of material I use when making hair accessoires, and most of all it’s very important to heat seal, or it can unravel leaving you with nothing.

Can you ever have too much ribbon?  When my rolls are almost out, and I sigh a bit of relief, that I don’t have to create anymore…I somehow end up restocking with fun patterns! Boy, aren’t colours and patterns just amazing.    One of the things that I have been creating over the years, is the “pony o streamers”.  They are combinations of layers of ribbons, glued and stitched together on an ouchless elastic, and heat sealed to prevent fraying.  I just made over 70, in the last week!   I started making these for children that wore uniforms, so that they had more choices than the standard headband or plain scrunchy that was offered at the uniform shop.   They are also really fun to customize with a team colour or sport.  For a girl, who likes to change several times in a day…it’s a great combination!  $8 each.

I have added a new product line… I want to design everything, but can’t find the time, skill or afford all the stones.  You can order directly through me at www.925silvercatalog.com    Here you will find an assortment of jewelry, fashion trends for all ages, even men’s jewelry.  My Vendor code is PRE609   Great products…pricing from me is in Canadian dollars, and no gst!!  Only a small shipping & handling fee of $7 if within Canada, or $15  to the USA, will be added.  28 day return policy.   Payment accepted: Visa, Paypal, Cash.

 

More Great Products! September 3, 2009

Filed under: Try this!,Types of Products — precioussadies @ 11:54 pm

I have added a new product line… I want to design everything, but can’t find the time, skill or afford all the stones.  You can order directly through me at www.925silvercatalog.com    Here you will find an assortment of jewelry, fashion trends for all ages, even men’s jewelry.

My Vendor code is PRE609   Great products…pricing from me is in Canadian dollars, and no gst!!  Only a small shipping & handling fee of $7 if within Canada, or $15  to the USA, will be added.  28 day return policy.   Payment accepted: Visa, Paypal, Cash.