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

sterling silver bangles at The Picket Fence Shadyside!

Along with everything else, I am so grateful today for the tremendous response to my custom bangle and bracelets idea for the holidays– so thanks to you, everyone who got in touch and everyone who passed the idea onto their friends and family!!

I’ve been having a fun time making the first bracelets and getting a chance to actually speak with new friends and old friends at the holidays; I really can’t think of a better Christmas bonus than that! John’s been taking some pictures in the studio and we put together this gallery of holiday bangle and cuff bracelet pictures for you to check out:

handforged sterling silver bangles in the studio
handforged sterling silver bangles in the studio

handforged sterling silver bangles in the studio
handforged sterling silver bangles in the studio

handforged sterling silver bangles in the studio
handforged sterling silver bangles in the studio

And to round everything out, I’m doing my first trunk show/live event here in Pittsburgh at The Picket Fence tomorrow from 11am to 4pm. The Picket Fence is a fun, intimate little boutique in Shadyside that specializes in bringing unique designer finds for women and kids from around the country to Walnut Street in Shadyside, and so I’m honored to be featured on a major Pittsburgh shopping day– so if you’re out and about in the ‘burgh tomorrow, come down to The Picket Fence to see these pieces in person and design your own custom bracelets or bangles for the perfect holiday gift.

top holiday gifts? handmade jewelry, of course.

*scroll to the bottom for this year’s special holiday shopping offer for my subscribers!*

the studio is starting to get busy with orders and questions about holiday gifts and gift ideas, so i thought i’d write quickly my holiday gift ideas for you before getting back to new custom jewelry projects and photos.

my holiday gift guides

we’ve re-established my online shop for my handmade jewelry: each of my handforged peace sign jewelry pieces (including the earrings!), rune symbols and wishbone necklacesthat have been my top holiday gifts in past seasons.

online payments for my shopping cart are securely handled by PayPal, where you can use any major credit or debit card as well as your PayPal account.

this year i’m pleased to add a new series of pendants in time for the holidays: the ohm pendant designed for my fellow yoga fans and practitioners.

like my other handmade jewelry, the om pendants are made one at a time on my studio and are available on different chains and lengths to order. my current favorite combo is the 22 karat gold om pendant on rawhide, a nice juxtaposition of purity, luxury and simplicty.

gold ohm pendant on rawhide

in time for christmas?

always!

one of the reasons i recommend the pendants is that they are simple enough to finish and ship quickly, even at the last minute. I usually ship for the holidays up until December 15 or so by my usual means, USPS priority mail with insurance and tracking.

doing any holiday specials this year?

yes!

every year i do a special holiday discount offer for memail subscribers, and this year i’m extending it to my Facebook Fans as well.

this year, its called Gold Friday:  you can save from $60 to $260 on all gold jewelry in my online shop this Thanksgiving weekend only.

so join me on my Facebook page for handforged custom jewelry or sign up for my list below before midnight on Thanksgiving, and I’ll email you the special code along with all of my longtime clients, friends and fans first thing on Gold Friday morning! (screw Black Friday– there, I said it.)