ShopPretties

Jewelry for today's multifaceted woman

Georgia, United States · 451 Sales

ShopPretties

Jewelry for today's multifaceted woman

Georgia, United States 451 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   I design jewelry for today's multifaceted, professional career woman. My one of a kind and limited edition necklaces, bracelets and earrings are designed for a confident woman who wants to project a professional image while making a statement about her individuality.

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Last updated on Apr 2, 2016

I design jewelry for today's multifaceted, professional career woman. My one of a kind and limited edition necklaces, bracelets and earrings are designed for a confident woman who wants to project a professional image while making a statement about her individuality.

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Deb Lonergan

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I am so excited! I was asked to have my necklace featured in "Bead and Button" magazine. The August issue with my necklace is on news stands now.
These pieces are perfect for a special event, romantic dinner, or wedding.
Three necklaces in one....wear any way you choose!
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About

Happily retired and playing with beads!

I began making jewelry about 10 years ago. I’ve always enjoyed creating things and have dabbled for years with all sorts of art and various crafts. My career in marketing also necessitated a creative bent, which suited me perfectly. But about ten years ago I discovered beads, and my life changed! I found that I really enjoyed puttering at my work bench, putting together different shapes, textures, colors and materials.
As time went on, I began giving relatives, friends and work mates things I had made, and of course wearing my own creations. I began toying with the idea of selling my work. As this idea took hold, I realized that I was creating for a woman who was much like myself: a woman who was professional or career oriented; who wanted to express individuality in their attire, particularly accessories; who was interested in quality as well as fashion; who wanted to be in style but not necessarily trendy; and who appreciated her own individuality and sense of self.
I believe my customer wants pieces that are versatile but not boring; that are classic but not old fashioned; pieces that can be worn with a business suit or a dinner dress or a casual Friday outfit. I like to use sparkle. My designs quite often feature crystals, but it is always understated bling! My customer is interested in what she can wear to work and look feminine, stylish, individual and still professional. I recently created a line of bridesmaid jewelry when I realized that my customer, like myself, probably had children who were soon to be married.
I use materials that I think are beautiful in and of themselves. I let the materials speak to me and play with different combinations until one (or more) clicks into place. I get inspiration for color combinations from almost everywhere – it might be a flower or bouquet, a painting, a dress or fabric, a photo of a beach, a butterfly, or a particularly beautiful bead. I don’t always have a preconceived notion of what I will make…..it may be untidy, but there are usually various loose beads on my work table. Sometimes I put out a bead or finding that I particularly want to use but haven’t quite come up with an idea. And I have found that keeping a few loose beads scattered about has often brought about the Ah Ha! Moment – when beads roll together into combinations that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought of. My method is somewhat organic, rather than disciplined. Essentially, I play with beads. And I have a great time doing it!

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  • Deb L.

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am recently retired from a marketing career. I worked for many years in retail as both a manager and buyer, for a direct marketing company as a marketing manager and even owned my own store for a short time.

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Last updated on Apr 2, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Sizing details

In many cases, the length of a necklace, bracelet or even dangle earrings can be changed to suit your needs. If the change is minor there would be no charge for this service. However, if a piece would need to be restrung or a significant change in materials would be required, a charge may be necessary. I handle this on an individual basis and would advise you if necessary so that you can approve of any additional charge.

Custom orders: Have a jewelry piece designed specifically to your taste or to match a special outfit!

I enjoy modifying an existing design, or creating an entirely new design for my customers. You may request a custom order by using the "custom order" button from my shop, or you can begin the process by contacting me via Etsy convo.

Please be aware that this can sometimes be a process that can take several days or even several weeks to complete, as we discuss details and materials for the design and you are provided photos to approve. Plan accordingly, especially if the jewelry piece is to be worn on a specific date.

If a design will require me to purchase special supplies or materials, you will need to pay a NON refundable deposit to cover the cost of these supplies or materials.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I package all jewelry in a gift box, with cotton cushioning and tissue paper on the inside, and ribbon and decorative seal on the outside. I have gift card inserts available, at no charge. If you wish me to include a gift card insert, simply indicate the message to be used in the "comments" section at check out.

Care instructions

Magnetic clasps: To open, gently insert the tip of your fingernail between the two halves of the clasp to break the magnetic seal, then slide apart. Please do not attempt to pull a magnetic clasp apart as this will result in damage to the piece.

Sterling silver and gold vermeil: Both of these materials can tarnish over time. Please use a soft anti-tarnish cloth as needed. To help prevent tarnishing, store in a closed box or zip-lock baggie (this protects the piece from the air).

What is gold vermeil?

In order to qualify as gold vermeil and not gold-plated silver, a piece of jewelry must meet strict requirements. The base must be pure sterling silver or fine silver. It may not be coated with any other metal prior to having the layer of gold applied. Finally, the gold layer with which the silver is plated must be at least 10-karat gold, and the layer must be at least two and one-half microns in thickness - significantly thicker than gold plated or gold filled metal.

If I know the karat value of the gold plating, I will specify this in my listing - ie, 24k gold over sterling silver.

What is fine silver?

Some of the components I use are made of fine silver. This is generally true of charms and other components that are made by the Karen Hill Tribes of Thailand.

Technically, fine silver is "pure" silver - .999 (99.9%) silver content with only a trace of other metals to form the alloy. Fine silver used in most jewelry making has a silver content of .965 (96.5%). Sterling silver has a silver content of .925 (92.5%).