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Repair-a-palooza!


There’s nothing worse than catching your favorite long necklace on a handle or knob as you lean over to grab something… or your child tugs on your bracelet and it burst open, beads flying everywhere, or losing just ONE of your favorite earrings!
I take great pride in creating high quality jewelry that lasts and lasts. I first started making and selling jewelry in San Francisco in 2004 and some of you have been my loyal customers since then! In fact, many of you have shared photos of your jewelry that is 8, 10, even 12 years old that you are still enjoying regularly. This makes me happy.
From time to time jewelry will break, and beaded jewelry will occasionally need to be restrung. I am happy to do this for you when it is my jewelry. I typically have a small fee to cover the time it takes us In the studio to re-string or repair your bracelet or necklace or create a matching earring to replace your lost one.
I wanted to offer you the chance to get your jewelry repaired virtually free. All of the details are below. I look forward to getting your jewelry back to you as good as new so you can continue to enjoy it for the coming years!

 

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There's still time!

Get it by Christmas!

Remember that I need a little time to make the jewelry! Below are my shipping time frames for the holiday to make sure you get your gifts delivered on time.

  • Order by Monday, December 19th with Priority Shipping to get it by December 25th
  • Order by Tuesday, December 20th with Express Shipping to get it by December 25th

Happy shopping!

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We're getting in the holiday spirit!

While I'm away in the Czech Republic for my bead buying trip, the girls at studio started to get ready for the holidays! I'm so happy to see that the studio is all sparkles and glitters!

Holiday decorations at the studio

The stockings are hung by the fireplace. 

Shiny glitter bows and ornaments right where you can find some gifts for someone on your list!

Garlands, ornaments, bows and lights are twinkling with my jewelry and I'm so excited to be getting in the Holiday spirit with all of you!

There's also a few new designs I'd love to share with you. I've added a color mix and a medley perfect to add more sparkle to your holiday ensembles!

 Island Fog Medley

The Island Fog is inspired by the shades of gray from the island's winter hues. It is made of striking banded agate, smoky quartz, white jade, goegeous faceted mother of pearl, crystals, freshwater pearls and Czech glass tiles.

 

 New Trilogy Wine & Chocolate Mix

The Wine & Chocolate mix is added to my Trilogy Collection, think merlot and dark chocolate by a cozy fire.

 

Come on by the studio to see the new designs! And don't forget about Christmas in Edgartown next week, December 8-11. We'll be having some hot cider for you while you shop!

 

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How the heck do I put this bracelet on myself?

How to dress yourself- You all love the look of my multistrand bracelets but many of you are intimidated by the clasp. I've been clasping and unclasping my own bracelets for years without much trouble at all and I thought it was time to share my methods. I demo this often at craft shows and a few simple tips have helped many of you get fully dressed by yourself in the morning! In this video I demonstrate my tips.

Sizing- My multistrand bracelets come in three sizes:

  • Small is 7 1/4 inches long
  • Medium is 7 3/4 inches long
  • Large is 8 1/4 inches long

I am happy to fill custom orders for additional sizes- just let me know what you need! 

Caring for your multi-strand bracelet- Keep your bracelet's clasp shiny by wearing it often, storing it in a closed container (such as a sealed baggie in your jewelry box), and polishing it with a silver polishing cloth if it becomes tarnished or dull. It's air and especially humid air that causes sterling silver to tarnish, so if you live in a humid climate you may notice your silver tarnishes more quickly.

A small amount of tension holds these clasps shut as the narrow bar (an electrician or mechanic might call this the "male end") slides into the wider bar ("female end"). Your clasp should be snug when it is closed and it should take some gentle force to open the clasp. If you find that after much wear your bracelet seems too easy to open or close, you can tighten it yourself or bring/send it back to the studio and I'll be happy to do it for you. To tighten the clasp yourself, open the clasp and take the "female end" and give it a gentle squeeze to narrow the gap, this will yield a more snug fit next time you close the clasp. If you do notice that your bracelet seems too easy to open, tighten it up (or bring it back to me to tighten for you) before continuing to wear it-- and you will be able to enjoy it for years to come!

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3 Ways to Wear the Gold Leaf Necklace

I've been wearing my gold leaf necklace as a wrap bracelet at my summer shows and so many of you have been commenting on it that I thought I'd share this video. See the full gold leaf collection here.

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Vintage locket earrings: a unique gift in 12 colors

In this video I model my unique vintage locket earrings and walk you through the color choices. These sweet earrings are made from a tiny locket (that really opens!) below a crystal in your choice of 12 colors. The video was taken in my booth at the ACRE show in Las Vegas, where I was a vendor (ACRE stands for American Craft Retailer Expo). The earrings come in either original vintage brass or sterling silver plated.

I salvaged the tiny antique lockets from a vintage jewelry warehouse and breathed new life into them. I even sent some off to a metal plater to get a brand new coat of shiny sterling silver on them, creating a whole new, brighter look.

Find them at my studio in Edgartown or online here.

Below are images of me digging for treasure at the warehouse:

Me & my loot today

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Pot of gold

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Below is an image of some of the amazing pieces I uncovered at the warehouse:

Found a few cool #vintage pieces today #marthasvineyard #artisan #jewelry #edgartown

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Below is an image of how I bagged the brass lockets, along with other components, to get them ready to be silver plated.

 

Below is the first batch of locket earrings I made with colorful Czech glass crystals.

Vintage locket earrings #marthasvineyard #handmade #artisan #jewelry #vintage #brass #lockets #earrings #antique #stefaniewolf

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Below is an image of how the locket earrings came out, both in original vintage brass (left) and sterling silver plate (right).

 

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How to make a statement piece from 2 Trilogy 60-inch necklaces

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Seven Ways to Wear My Trilogy 60-Inch Necklace

I spend my summers outdoors at the Vineyard Artisans Festivals on Martha's Vineyard interacting with customers and sharing my enthusiasm for my jewelry. I love watching customers' reactions to my newest colors and styles and observing as they interact with my creations. I was inspired to create this video after Julia, my booth helper this past summer, discovered YET ANOTHER way to wear my already versatile Trilogy 60" necklace! A creative gal by nature, one day she was playing around with the long necklaces in my booth and she came up with a way of creating a pendant by tying a knot. Now this is one of my favorite ways to wear this classic necklace. We spent the rest of the summer demonstrating this new knot to customers as they browsed in my booth, complete with puns like "you will knot believe how many ways you can wear this necklace" and "are you ready to get knotty?". In this video I share this knot as one of the seven ways to wear the necklace. How do you wear your Trilogy necklace? Please share below in the comments. Enjoy!

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