After becoming an empty nester I began making custom jewelry designs in my spare time. On occasional shopping excursions I would compare the jewelry pieces I made to those available in local retail stores. I was astonished to see the vast difference in quality and escalated prices for bohemian style pieces very comparable to my custom-designed jewelry.
To my surprise and delight, the uniqueness and premium quality of my most recent jewelry designs has garnered the attention of many friends and clients. After being asked, “Where did you get that?” more times than I can count, I have decided to offer a limited selection of leather and pearl jewelry designs to you on a custom order basis.
Introducing Leather & Pearl Jewelry Designs by Kelly
Point of difference
All leather jewelry items are made with the finest deer hide lace or Greek leather cord, the best option for creating natural and organic looking jewelry. Premium Greek leather cord is precision cut from the center of the hide and is double painted and lacquered for long lasting color that resists rubbing off. The unique drying process allows the leather to continue to breathe, which adds life to both the cord and the paint finish. Superior-quality Greek leather cord is soft and supple yet very strong and pliable making it the cord of choice for my custom jewelry designs.
Select items are strung on deer hide lace (a/k/a deerskin) harvested through the Fish & Wildlife Service’s scheduled thinning of overpopulated regions. Tanned, dyed, and cut in the USA.
Lustre, size, shape, color, surface, nacre quality and matching are all characteristics used to determine the value and beauty of a pearl. I personally purchase each pearl from a respected, family owned gemstone business with more than 15 years’ experience in the worldwide gemstone market. All of my pearl designs feature the highest quality, well matched freshwater pearls that show excellent luster, excellent nacre with full bodied off round or baroque shaped pearls. Pearls of white, off white, cream, pink, peach, and silver hues are undyed. Pearls of all other hues are expertly dyed per expert gemologist specifications during the manufacturing process.
How to care for your pearls
Pearls thrive when worn because they absorb the natural oils and moisture from your skin. A good rule to remember is “last on, first off” when dressing to avoid chemicals or damage. Clean pearls by gently rubbing each pearl using a slightly damp, soft cloth to remove debris such as perfume, makeup, or perspiration. Store pearls in a non-airtight container within a soft pouch to avoid drying out and nacre damage.
The majority of my jewelry creations are made to order with your choice of natural, dark brown or black Greek leather cording. Please be sure to specify length and leather color when placing order if you would like something different than item listed. Turnaround is 10 business days following receipt of payment unless otherwise noted in direct communication from me. Feel free to contact me with your comments or custom design questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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