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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

I had a very successful tax free day this year, in particular thanks to a few of my wonderful customers out there. But it's left me busier than ever. Besides trying to make up a bunch of new stock ahead of time for it (pictures will be forthcoming), I have been somewhat swamped with custom work as well. So I've been working 6-7 day weeks and nights. It does however get my creative juices flowing and I'm still putting out new stock. I just got in a triple strand of magnificent blue sheen moonstone beads that are going to the stringer this week (a picture will be forthcoming after the stringing) with a handmade clasp. I also just got in a South Sea black mobe pearl that I'm working on a pendant for. There is a large Asian gem and jewelry show about to take place and I've talked to a number of my suppliers about what it would be nice for them to pick up for me this year. This is just a brief check in but my next posting will be about alexandrite because Laurel asked about that and it is really a pretty interesting gemstone. I hope to get to that in the next few days.
The ring above is one of my wife's pieces and one of my favorites. It has a beautiful tourmaline in it.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sales Tax Holiday and Too Much Work

Well as always seems to happen with my vacations I've been worker harder than ever since returning (hence my lack of posting of late). It's always a lot of work to get ready to go and then a lot of work to catch up. Unfortunately the vacations seem to fade way too fast because of this. It seems to be a big engagement ring time and I've had a slew of orders I've been working on so that all these couples can start a new life together. I do love to see couples in love! Actually it's the part of my business I like the most. Some of them are custom designs and as soon as I get them made up I'll get some pictures up.

The weekend of August 14-15 has been declared a tax free weekend in Massachusetts. It is a great time to buy those wedding bands or engagement rings that you know you're going to need anyway and to do a little early holiday shopping. My existing customers should watch their email folders for a special offer from us as well for the weekend (well only Saturday actually as we're closed Sundays). The tourmaline earrings above are currently available. They are hand built in 18k yellow gold with some beautiful dark green tourmalines.