WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
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WigJig Inventory Reduction Sale: Beginning this month, we are going to start our Inventory Reduction Sale for 2011. This sale starts now and runs through the end of August. Discounts in the sale will run from 20% for new items up to 40 to 60% for items that we intend to discontinue. Some items will only be on sale for one month, some items will be on sale until we sell out of that item. This month we are discounting several silver findings significantly. These items were originally priced before the price of silver doubled, so the discounts shown are very significant when compared to the current retail prices for newly manufactured findings. For most of these findings the discounts will only last one or two months. For some, the discounts will run until the end of August. Since many of the items being sold will be discontinued from our store as soon as we sell out of that item, if you plan on waiting to purchase one of these items, you may find that it is no longer available. (Items discounted 40% or more, will be discontinued once we sell out of that item.)
Please note that because of the dramatic increase in the price of silver, most of these prices will never be available again. If you want to make silver jewelry, this is the time to stock up on findings. In a year, the same findings may cost up to 10 times as much.
If you make jewelry using silver findings, there will never be a better time to shop in our Internet store!
WigJig Jewerly Making Design Contest:
March was our third and last month of our WigJig Design Contest. We received many excellent designs. You can view all six designs submitted by selecting here.
Judging this months contest was very difficult for us because all the designs submitted deserved to win. We received six designs for the contest and each of the six were excellent. We evaluated all the designs on originality and creative content, on workmanship, and on practicality. (By practicality we mean would this design pass the "baby grabs it test" without being pulled out of shape. Is the design practical and could it be worn by the general public without getting damaged in normal wear and tear.) We thought all six had wonderful creative content and originality. Selecting just one from the six proved to be more than we were capable of doing. We had intended to select one for March and then select one Grand Prize winner. Instead, we have decided to combine the March prize and the Grand Prize and split the prizes with the three best designs from this month. For that reason, we have chosen three winners for March and we will award each of these three winners a $100 in free merchandise from our web site. The three winners are:
Erin Baker of Canada,
Lee Ann Messerschmidt of Douglassville, Georgia, and
Zoraida of Patchogue, New York
You can view the three winning designs here:
Lee Anne Messerschmidt
Please select here to view all six designs submitted for March.
Birthstone for April: The birthstone for April is the diamond. For more information on diamonds, please select here. We strongly recommend against anyone purchasing a diamond for the simple reason that the price of diamonds is artificially inflated by the DeBeers corporation. If the law of supply and demand were to operate normally here, diamonds would cost about 1/2 as much as they currently do. In addition, with man-made diamonds becoming readily available, we really believe that the price of diamonds will drop dramatically in the foreseeable future. Instead of purchasing diamonds we recommend purchasing cubic zirconia (CZ) gemstones at a fraction of the price of a diamond. CZs appear so similar to a diamond that most professional jewelers can't tell them apart based upon visual inspection alone. You can view our selection of clear or white CZs here. Marcia, our customer service manager, likes these CZ's so much that she has a bowl of them sitting on her desk in a spot where the afternoon sun hits them every day. She loves the sparkle that results.
Birthstone for May: The Birthstone for May is the emerald. Please select here to view more information on emeralds. Emeralds are made from beryllium aluminum silicate with traces of chromium. This makes emeralds very similar chemically to aquamarine. Mined emeralds usually have imperfections called inclusions. The inclusions reduce the value of the emeralds because they are aesthetically unattractive and because they weaken the gemstones. Because of this, emeralds may be the most delicate gemstone. We recommend that real, mined from the earth emeralds be used in earrings and necklaces only, and not in rings or bracelets. WigJig does not sell real, mined from the earth emeralds because 1. they are too expensive and 2. because it really takes a trained jeweler to know the value of an emerald based on the amount of inclusions in the stone. We do sell emerald colored CZs. These stones are much stronger and less delicate than real, mined emeralds. You can view our selection of emerald colored CZs gemstones by selecting here.
New Jewelry Making Supplies:
Since our last newsletter we have added several new Precosia glass crystal beads to our inventory. Precosia is one of the leading bead manufacturers in the Czech Republic. These beads are a high quality alternative to Swarovski, Austrian crystal beads at a slightly lower price. Please see the table below to view our new selection of Precosia beads. Please select any picture below to view our selection of Precosia beads or select the item number below the picture to view that item in our Internet store.