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Hello and Welcome to my Etsy Shop! If you are looking for my new wedding ring shop - you can find it here: http://BethCyrWeddings.etsy.com

A BIT ABOUT ME: My name is Beth Cyr and I am an artist living and working in Athens, Georgia. I've been creating art since I was a tiny child, but became involved in the art jewelry field a little over a decade ago when I started in the Jewelry and Metals department at the University of Georgia. I graduated in 2003 and have been working to set up my jewelry business. As of December 31st, 2005 I quit my job and have been working on my jewelry full time to support myself. I am so grateful that I am able to do what I love doing full time. It has enabled me to be creative in so many areas and I just feel inspired by everything!

All of my work is very organic - I like to just go with the flow as often as possible…

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  • Born on October 17
  • Joined May 14, 2006

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Beth Cyr

About

Hello and Welcome to my Etsy Shop! If you are looking for my new wedding ring shop - you can find it here: http://BethCyrWeddings.etsy.com

A BIT ABOUT ME: My name is Beth Cyr and I am an artist living and working in Athens, Georgia. I've been creating art since I was a tiny child, but became involved in the art jewelry field a little over a decade ago when I started in the Jewelry and Metals department at the University of Georgia. I graduated in 2003 and have been working to set up my jewelry business. As of December 31st, 2005 I quit my job and have been working on my jewelry full time to support myself. I am so grateful that I am able to do what I love doing full time. It has enabled me to be creative in so many areas and I just feel inspired by everything!

All of my work is very organic - I like to just go with the flow as often as possible. I do not want my work to look like a machine might have made it. I love hammer marks and file marks and textures that say "This was made by loving hands", because its true! I have very tiny hands, but I think that just allows me a bit more dexterity and fine tuning. It also means I like making small bangles and rings that fit me and other gals like me too! Most of my business has become creating organic style wedding rings. It makes me really happy to be creating something so meaningful.

Though the majority of my work is made entirely by me, I have started hiring one of my friends to help with different aspects of my business.

If you would like to find out more about me and my process, check out these sites:
site: www.bethcyr.com
blog: bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com
flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/bcyrjewelry/

I'm a member of EtsyMetal - checkout my metal artist buddies at www.etsymetal.com

METALS:
-- Silvers --
Fine Silver - .999 silver, as pure as you can get, straight from nature

All sterling silvers contain 92.5% fine silver aka .925 as commonly stamped.

Regular Sterling Silver - an alloy, .925 silver, .075 copper, the copper gives the silver strength among other handy qualities

Argentium Sterling Silver - an alloy, still .925 silver, but in addition to a bit of copper there is a tiny bit of germanium added to the mix. it gives the silver a slightly whiter color, adds an anti-tarnish quality, changes the melting temperature and many other fun things as well!

Palladium Sterling Silver - an alloy, still .925 silver, but with the addition of a bit of palladium (approx 1/2 of the copper content gets replaced w/ palladium). It makes it a tiny bit harder, definitely more valuable and a slightly slightly different color.

-- Golds --
14k golds contain 58.5%

14k yellow gold - a pretty standard yellow gold

14k palladium white gold - a nickel free white gold alloy - contains palladium instead of nickel. It is a bit darker than sterling, almost a warm steel color, often referred to as straw white. None of my white gold is plated in rhodium which is how most white gold actually looks bright white. Palladium white gold is also quite a bit more expensive because palladium is a much more expensive metal than nickel (or silver or copper)

14k red gold (rose gold) - a lovely coppery golden color! Though it looks great w/ the patina - for some reason the patina wears off much too quickly... so I recommend either a very light patina to start, or no patina.

18k golds are also available and contain 75.2% gold and the rest of the alloy are made up of the other metals. The addition of more gold means that the colors will be different than the color of its 14k counterpart due to the variance in alloy make up. It is also quite a bit more expensive as it contains more gold - and gold is the most expensive of the metals in the alloy :)



DEFINITIONS


Fusing - Using a torch to carefully melt metal together while still maintaining the basic original form. This takes much control and precision. I love it!

Fabrication - a means other than fusing to construct a piece, on here, mostly it means soldered, but also includes twisted, bent, hammered, filed, manipulated in general...

I have grouped collections together by style instead of by item. You can still search for specific items by using the search function at the top of the page - simply type in "earrings" or"necklaces" etc, to find what you are looking for.

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