my holiday special offer for friends & fans

for your cyber monday shopping convenience, I wanted to get all the details on my holiday special offer together in one place, complete with pictures and links.

  • what’s the deal?

    every year I do a ‘thank you’ promotion for everyone subscribed to my email list, where I try to come up with something to help you with your holiday shopping.

    gold vermeil gemini zodiac pendantand ever since the Steals and Deals promotion on the TODAY show in March, people have been asking me for the trinkets in gold at a similar huge discount– nearly an impossibility in this year’s touchy gold market.

    I posted recently about finding an expert chemist and voila! this year’s special: limited edition gold vermeil trinkets, genuine 22k gold plate on my sterling silver originals, gold that will last and age gracefully, at about the same price as the silver originals.

    the deal is both silver and gold trinkets are available to subscribers at 40% off, with free shipping in the US, until December 15, 2012.

  • do the pendants come on chains?

    gold vermeil wishbone necklaceto keep the price down, the trinkets in this special come knotted on rawhide only, with both tan and black included. in the spring i was able to offer matching chains or rawhide with matching sterling clasps, but I decided the corresponding price in gold wasn’t worth it.

    besides enough people (like me) are wearing their trinkets on chains they already have or with other pieces that new gold chains especially seemed exorbitant.

    and of course I can get you the right chain if you want it.

  • gift wrapped?

    in cute little silver and gold organza pouches with ribbons and my label.

  • did you say free shipping?

    I did, USPS in the continental US, guaranteed on me if you order before December 15, 2012.

  • ok, what do I have to do?

  • gold vermeil capricorn on black rawhide
    if you are on my list, check your email. you received a special password and instructions already.

    if you’re not on the list, sign up here. you’ll get the password and directions directly upon confirming your email address.

    you’ll need to use the password twice, once to access the gold vermeil trinket page here and then again when prompted at checkout to get the 40% discount.

  • I have more questions

    no problem. click here to email me and I’ll get you sorted out. after all, where would I be without you?

good luck with your shopping!

gold trinkets for my fans at the holidays

when I think of you – my friends, fans and subscribers – at the holidays, I always want to do something you’ll really appreciate, and if possible, something you’ve been asking for— this year, the overwhelming request been gold trinkets at a price you can afford.

so while I haven’t solved the crazy gold market, I have found a way to get gold trinkets (and they are gorgeous, check out his picture) into your hands this holiday season, for gifts or for yourself, gold for about the same price as sterling silver, and whats more, a holiday discount on both! read on to find out how.

gold vermeil trinkets for the holidays

here’s the story:

leave it to one of my custom clients to come up with a solution to the “gold market fiasco”, as I’ve been calling it. a couple of months ago a client came to me with her very sentimental angel medallion in sterling silver. she wanted to have a replica made in yellow gold. it priced out a mere 3k. that’s right, a solid gold replica would be $3000, and that itself was heavily discounted from the “suggested” or traditional jeweler’s mark-up.

ummm, no.

the client actually suggested the solution: how about plating the silver medallion in gold?

well I have always shied away from gold plating. there is so much stuff out there done with sub-standard plating. full of nickel, too thin, lousy color etc. you’ve seen it: the color doesn’t look quite right and within months, you are left with some base metal (of indiscernable nature) “shining” through.

not cool and not worth it.

the universe however, is kind to me. after a few calls to some of my mentors in the biz, I found myself chatting away with a chemist, a woman who has been plating for over 55 years. she plates in 22k yellow gold and will match any gold color desired. the medallion was sent off and returned with the most gorgeous 22k gold vermeil. in the rich color of 18k “european” gold. absolutely stunning.

well, this got me thinking: expert gold plating on sterling would last longer than on base metal. the trinkets are not heavy wear items like rings or watches. her services are quite affordable compared to my costs to fabricate or cast in solid gold. so……

so I sent off a package of solid sterling silver trinkets. peace signs, little wishbones, ohm symbols and zodiac signs… and they too have returned with a gorgeous 22k gold vermeil, again in the color of 18k yellow gold, that you see in the pic above.

I LOVE them, and I’m particular. they are so rich, so warm and so pretty, and sooo affordable as my holiday special offer to my subscribers, fans and friends–

so here’s the deal

because they are experimental, I only have a few of each trinket in gold: peace signs, ohm pendants, wishbones and all 12 zodiac signs. I’m not sure if they will be part of the line yet, but John is going to make new items in the online store for them anyway, and we will send out a private link to them to my email subscribers only on Thanksgiving morning, along with a discount good for 40% off all trinkets in the online store. (yes its been a good year, thanks to all of you :)

the gold trinkets will retail for $135, the sterling silver ones remain $117, so at 40% off, gold trinkets will be $81 each and the sterling trinkets will be $70 each. they will arrive to you prettily packaged for the holidays. two pieces of rawhide , black and natural. cut long so you can tie the rawhide at any length.
delivered in one of my silver, gold or black organza pouches.
super simple, super sexy, super grateful.

the discount code will be good until December 15, but when the gold trinkets are gone, they’re gone for delivery this holiday. (if you really like them, I will add them permanently to the line next year.)

get yours early

now if you know you want one (or more, for great holiday gifts!), you can email me now to reserve yours and I will get back to you and handle your purchase personally. new subscribers will get the code, so tell your friends who love your pendant to sign up here, this is their chance to get the best deal I can do outside of morning television ;)

as always thank you for your support of me and my work, and have a fantastic holiday with your families this weekend!

more soon,

heather

hurricanes and holidays

there is nothing like 8″ of nor’easter snow to make you think about the holidays, and nothing like a massively destructive hurricane to make you grateful for everything you have in life, especially heat, running water and power!!!

Connecticut nor-easterwhile thousands around us lost absolutely everything, we are extremely grateful to have fared really very well.

we didn’t get any work done for a good two weeks…my jewellery studio was cold, powerless and had a bunch of big huge pine branches blocking it’s entrance. getting back to work was just about the last thing on my mind as I struggled to maintain a sense of calm for the sake of my wee ones who missed an entire week of school… it would seem that to me ‘calm’ means food. so i cooked our way through the storm (thank heavens for gas stoves).

so this year, my holidays are going to be really stream lined. simpler. less stuff! everyone will get a gift of something they need (yes, socks do count!) and a gift that expresses how much they mean to me. something small, something sentimental, something that brings joy and expresses my love.

it is at this time of year that I traditionally offer one really amazing deal to all of my loyal friends and fans.
those of you who have stood by me, championing my work and supporting my latest endeavors deserve to be thanked, properly with an incredible bargain!

I have a great special for you this year, one that so many of you have asked me for, but as you can guess, I need a few more days to get it together…. stay tuned!

Leo Zodiac Pendants

okay, I have always known that leos are proud, they are the lion right, so of course they are proud. but this I still find this to be so funny…

when I was preparing for the NBC segment of Steals and Deals back in march, I made an equal number of all of the zodiac signs. I have a special affinity for certain signs, simply because some of them are easier to forge than others… some flow better with my style of forging than others.

for instance, my own sign of aquarius is really a challenge to create. something about those zig zag lightening bolts that just don’t want to match up under the hammer. the leo glyph however is an absolute joy to make, it just flows so smoothly and I love making the little knobby bit at the bottom.

so is this why I have all of 7 leo pendants left in inventory and only about 40 left of aquarius? because my joy in forging them signs through? or is it because leos are so proud of their sign that they, unlike us ever so understated…cough, cough… aquarians, just love to show the world that they are born under this fiery sun sign?

either way, here’s another photo of another happy leo, Marisol Benejam Donovan, wearing their sign and their kind words as posted on my Facebook page:

Absolutely LOVE my birthday present from my sister, Isabel!

Marisol's leo pendant

celebrate with me: six years clear!

i am a cancer survivor.

in fact, today as i write this tonight, i celebrate 6/13/06, my six year anniversary of being cancer free. six years ago, 6/13/06 a miracle doctor cut out an egg-sized tumor and 21cm of my colon–

from that moment on, i have never been better. ever.

if you’ve been following my work for a while, you know that this spring was a different kind of magic for me. for the first time i developed a fully production (not custom or individually crafted) line of jewelry in the trinkets and they got a tremendous amount of attention through their appearance on the TODAY show.

what you may not know is that the evolution of these trinkets pulled me through these past six years: the meditation of making each one individually, the people I’ve touched through them and the new friends I’ve made, and the universal meanings and messages contained in their symbolism:

  • the wishbone > our deepest wishes
  • the ohm > our rejoicing in being alive
  • the peace sign > our ideals of harmony & serenity
  • the zodiac > the eternal return of seasons & life milestones

a powerful lexicon for a mother, metalsmith and fortunate survivor of one of the greatest health scourges facing us today.

of course, my heart still yearns for the personal & private immersion of bespoke/custom jewelry design, and the universe granted me that in abundance this spring, too– one commission has actually given birth to a beautiful new life affirming pendant that will soon be an official new addition to the trinket line. (hint: some of you may have seen the photos on my facebook jewelry page last month)

anyway, i want to celebrate.

i always do this time of year, and especially this year, so it is with much gratitude for all of this, to the universe and to all of you that I offer my friends and fans my very best wishes indeed.

so here’s the deal:

small sterling silver wishbone necklacejohn made a special page with a special price on the most popular trinket of the Steals and Deals sale, my small sterling silver wishbone pendants.

if you already get emails from me, check them tomorrow morning (June 14) for a message from me with a special URL & password to get a small wishbone at a special price of $66.13 (regular price is $117).

The special is good for six days, or through midnight next Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

if you don’t, click here to sign up for my mailing list and check your email for the confirmation message. when you confirm your subscription, you’ll get the link and the password straight away.

the wishbones have made many powerful connections this spring that have made me so happy to hear, like this post (Facebook again) from my new beautiful friend Michelle wearing her wishbone necklace.

Michelle's wishbone necklace“Grandpa and I had a tradition of breaking the wishbone, I came across this piece randomly and had to have it! It came in today! Truly appreciated, thank you Heather!”
– Michelle

please feel free to share with your friends or anyone you think would appreciate the wishbone necklaces. just like Steals and Deals, there’s no limit, either, so if you need a few extra for gift-giving later…..

be so well,
heather

megan’s take on her virgo zodiac pendant

in addition to some lovely comments from fans who purchased trinkets through the Steals and Deals promotion, I also received some great pictures of people wearing their pendants, including this one from my sister-in-law, a talented creative in her own right, who added this beautiful customization to her trinkets.

“I got my pendants today from Heather Reilly Hiemstra! Along with special extras, including Logan’s drawing. Smiling from ear to ear tonight :) :) :)”

Megan's spin on my virgo zodiac pendant

I love this! if you do, too, let me know and I’ll keep bugging Megan to make this collaboration happen on a regular basis for purchase on the site!

love my friends and fans!

i started shipping trinkets from the Steals and Deals offer last week and have already gotten some wonderful responses. i wanted to share these two from longtime friends and fans who have been wearing my jewelry for years.

you guys totally made my day!

my dear friend Miranda (i made her wedding rings!) even changed her Facebook profile pic to the one below when she received her ohm pendant and sent me this message:

“Thank you Heather for the stunning Om Pendant.
I LOVE IT!!!!!!”

Miranda loves her ohm pendant!

you’re SO welcome Miranda, my beautiful friend!

to make sure none of my friends and fans missed out on this deal (the biggest discount i’ve ever offered) we created a new page on the site at the same special pricing and emailed a new discount code out to everyone on my list, prompting this beautiful message from Audrey, a custom jewelry client and friend for years now:

“Congratulations on your Today show shout out. Of course, I couldn’t resist the deal and just ordered the wishbone pendant. BTW, you won’t even believe how many compliments I get on the 3 ruby cuff. I love it as much as I did the first day I received it. Maybe even more. It’s such a part of me that I rarely take it off.”

seriously, i love you people, its an honor to create for you!

click here to see the sterling silver trinket collection in all their newly photographed glory.

click here to get in on the second chance friends and fans deal (76% off!) good through April 15, 2012.

barn raising?

i smell spring.

and i am smelling it from our “true” pittsburgh home, goodbye townhouse rental, hello 1903 victorian just east of downtown.

snow abounds, and yes, recedes and disappears in the sun.

hooray as hunter, logan and i would say!

we are inheriting the last third of a community garden and damn, to my kids and i love to dig, sow and reap. we will have pumpkins this fall, just you wait…

in this garden/backyard of ours i envision a fabulous wee smithy of sorts, next to the pumpkins. basically an amish barn that takes up residence in our backyard, providing a safe for me to work with fire. a place in side for jewellery, outside adjacent, my 250lb anvil and my forge. a smith adjacent to a jewellery studio!

grateful inside and out that our move is complete and psyched about setting up my new temporary studio (till i get this barn you know). back to work with a wave of really cool new clients (return of some old) and some new newsletter subscribers (thanks maureen-burke.com, for featuring the “life chain”!).

and i am thinking…

i want to send out a newsletter as a house blessing, create something for you guys, whilst manifesting a barn raising for me :)
but i would like your opinion.

what would you like to see me run a special on right now with mother’s day, graduations, spring! all on the horizon–

would you like to see some OM pendants– or wishbones perhaps– on sale?

it would be great to finally have the opportunity to finish the astrological pendant line.

john is a huge proponent of these little guys and i daresay, they are so simple and pretty, charms indeed. was thinking that i could offer a really great discount to all who commission the first of their sign (leo and sag are the only ones finished).

any and all thoughts are so welcome and appreciated.

i love making om’s, wishbones and peace signs, but perhaps you want a discount on custom creations?

now i must to garden exploration with my wee companions and baby wolf. the snow is melting so that i can actually see soil.

shine sun, shine

xo,

heather