From where you can buy my work/ Creatiile sunt disponibile acum online

Most of my creations are available now in an on line shop. Each piece comes with a short description about how it has been made, what are its dimensions and how is it going to be shipped. Feel free to browse through my shop and choose your own Coloured dream.

Creatiile mele sunt disponibile acum intr-un magazin online, fiecare piesa este insotita de o scurta descriere a materialelor folosite, a dimensiunilor si a modului in care vor fi expediate. Va invit asadar la o plimbare virtuala in magazinul meu in speranta ca veti gasi acolo o creatie Coloured Dreams care sa devina a dumneavoastra.

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Pendants in Silver

I have been doing pendants in sterling silver lately. I have pretty much given up the silver plated stuff. Jewelry should last forever and the beauty of the semi precious stones can not be tarnished by the silver plated stuff. Quality requires quality and details.

Some have been sold, some are still available in my online store. And it ships worldwide.

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Am inceput sa lucrez in ultima vreme doar cu Argint 925 astfel incat am renuntat la materialul placat cu argint. Bijuteriile ar trebui sa dureze o viata iar frumuseata pietrelor semi pretioase pe care le folosesc in creatiile mele nu trebuie sa fie pusa in umbra de materialele placate cu argint. Calitatea cere calitate si atentie la detalii.

Unele dintre ele s-au vandut, altele sunt disponibile in magazinul online pe care va invit sa il vizitati. Creatiile se livreaza oriunde in lume.

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New Stuff- fabrics, beads and stiching

 

Ihave been brave so  I ventured a little bit further. I tested fabrics, beads and different techniques. Here are some of the creations that followed this process. Some have been sold, some are still available. You can find them in my online shop.

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Am testat diferite materiale si tehinici. Am lucrat cu matase naturala, margelute, pietre semipretioase si snur soutache. Acestea sunt unele din creatiile care au rezultat in urma acestui proces. Unele sunt vandute, altele sunt disponibile in magazinul online.

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brown resin cabochon necklace

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About the term “Handmade”

Handmade jewelry: “Handmade jewelry is jewelry which has been assembled and formed by hand rather than through the use of machines. According to the guidelines of the FTC, in order to be stamped or called “handmade” the work must be made solely by hand power or hand guidance.[1] This means that jewelry may be made using drills, lathes, or other machinery, but it must be guided by the human hand. This precludes the use of punch presses, CNC machinery, and casting, to name a few processes the use of which would make the jewelry not qualify as “handmade”. Beyond that, handmade jewelry can be made out of any material and with a wide variety of techniques. The American Gem Trade Association Spectrum awards,[2] the Gem Center Idar Oberstein, and the De Beers Awards include awards for handmade jewelry”. (Wikipedia). Just because you have a setting and you put a stone in it, it does not make it a HANDMADE JEWELRY….. just because you put 2 pieces together using your hands, you can not call your product HANDMADE…handmade is LESS COMMERCIAL but rather more PERSONAL..

 

This post is about all those who throw the term “Handmade” on all commercial, machine and China made stuff.

Going “Silver”

Sooner or later I had to give it a try and give Coloured Dreams what they deserved: long lasting life. So I started to use silver, sterling silver, because jewelry in silver will stay with you for a ling period of time (if not forever). Everything else will sooner or later fade, change its colour, the trend will change and so the colours. But silver will always be silver. Coloured Dreams in silver means jewelry, everything else is just another piece of accessory.

Mai devreme sau mai tarziu era necesar ca accesoriile Coloured Dreams sa primeasca ceea ce merita: o viata cat mai lunga. Din aceasta cauza am inceput sa folosesc argintul 925; argintul va dainui peste timp, daca nu pentru totdeauna. Toate se vor schimba in timp, culorile vor pali, tendintele se schimba, accentele se modifica. Argintul va fi intotdeauna argint. Accesoriile Coloured Dreams in argint 925 sunt adevarate bijuterii, toate celelalte sun doar acesorii.

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE SILVER…

Many times since I started making jewelry I have been asked if my silver plated pieces were made with real silver or if the silver pieces were really made with silver. I even heard people saying that silver does not tarnish and it does not turn green…WRONG!!!…Silver it does tarnish (it is due to a chemical reaction with the human body), but this post it is not about that. It is about silver itself and types of silver. So many times I heard people advertising/ or even buying jewelry made from Tibetan Silver or German Silver…and have no idea what is that….the term silver seems to be widely used for a lot of things that look or resemble silver.

So here are some of the terms used for jewelry pieces and this is what they actually are:

 

Tibetan silver , used primarily in jewelry components, is actually an alloy of copper, and sometimes tin or nickel, with a small percentage of pure silver. It looks like aged silver and it  can be polished. Today, the nickel content is reduced or absent, due to common allergies to this metal.

Currently, jewelry, beads and castings described as ‘Tibetan Silver’ tend to be an iron base ‘cheese, overlaid with this pewter and silver plating.

German silveror  new silver, or  albata  is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. It’s usually made with 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. Nickel silver gets its name from  its silvery appearance, but it contains no elemental silver unless plated. The name “German silver” refers to its development by 19th-century German metalworkers in imitation of the Chinese alloy known as paktong (cupronickel

Silver can be tested in 2 ways: one that is very fast and 1 that takes time and uses caustic material.

1)The first method (the magnet test) is quick, but not always 100% accurate but it can give you an idea of what you are dealing with.

You need a rare earth magnet called *Neodymium* which has magnificent pull and is far stronger than any ordinary house magnet.

Keep in mind that precious metals are not magnetic. So if it’s magnetic it can’t be silver or gold or platinum. Of course, if it’s NOT magnetic it doesn’t prove anything. But it is a very good indicator.

Do keep in mind these metals are soft so something has to be combined with them to make them harder such as copper and with silver with a lower purity, more other metals are used.

2). The second method is acid testing.

However, acids are caustic and should be used with caution. And you can not use any type of acid and keep in mind that acid will leave a mark on even your most precious silver

 

Having said that, here are the types of silver:

  1. Fine silver is made from at least 99.9% pure silver and is generally only used in international trade or for reserve stockpiles in the form of bullion bars
  2. Sterling silver consists of 925 parts silver and 75 parts metal alloy, most of the times the metal being copper
  3. Britannia silver is a grade higher than Sterling and contains 958 parts silver and only 42 parts alloy. This is often denoted on silver with ‘958’ or a stamp of Britannia
  4. Argentium Sterling silver or Argentium Silver is a modern sterling silver alloy which replaces the the 7.5% copper alloy with the metalloid germanium.

As it retains the 92.5% silver content of the traditional alloy, it is still referred to as sterling silver.

How do we take care of our handmade accessories?( Silver, silver plated and copper)

Handmade jewelry tends to be more sensitive than the mass produced one, but it has more imagination, more spirit and fun than any other piece made using a machine. All silver or silver plated jewelry will tarnish at some point weather is handmade or not; the silver will react to the air and the chemicals it has been exposed to.

There is a soft method of cleaning the jewelry with lukewarm water and little soap and there is another method for a kind of “deep clean”. For this method you will use a bowl where you place a small piece of aluminum foil and then prepare a mix of water, baking powder and salt; mix them well until they dissolve completely. Place your jewelry in the bowl, on the aluminum foil and then cover it with the mix of water, salt and baking powder. Let it sit for at least 10 min and then rinse under warm water. If the jewelry is very much tarnished you might want to use a cotton cloth a rub it while holding it under the running water. The shine will come back.

 

Copper jewelry is the easiest to clean since all you need is in your kitchen and it is not expensive at all. Many people avoid buying copper jewelry for this reason but this metal can be quite surprising. You can have one piece with multiple looks: nice and shiny, little tarnished with a hint of vintage and completely tarnished with a green hue. All you need to do when you want to clean your copper jewelry is to place it in a bowl and cover it with vinegar or lemon juice. After 10-15 min the shine will come back. You don’t have to scrub just let it sit and do its thing 😉