WigJig Jewelry Tools Presents our Jewelry Making Newsletter -- AKA Boomer Sez:
Our Spokesdog: If an insurance company can have a gecko, we have decided that we can have a spokesdog. Boomer, shown at right, is our spokesdog. If you select Boomer's picture at right, you will be able to view Boomer at work.
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Birthstone for August: The birthstone for August is the peridot. Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in only one basic color as peridot is found in many shades of green, but is always either lighter or darker green. Peridot is one of the softer gemstones and for this reason, is probably not a good choice for use in rings or bracelets. Peridot works best when used in earrings and necklaces which receive less abrasion. The ancient Hawaiians considered peridot to be the tears of the goddess Pele. This is because peridot is commonly found in lava flows from the islands volcanoes. You can view our selection of mined peridot and peridot colored cubic zirconia here.
New Jewelry Making Supplies:
We added many new types of silver-plated Bali-Style beads. These beads are in the Indian "Criss" style with many layers of silver plated onto a copper base bead. In general, these new Bali-Style beads are very high quality and quite an excellent choice. You can view some of these new beads below. Please select any picture to view that bead in our Internet store.
One Maker Afghan Women's Charity: In our past newsletters we have mentioned the One Maker charity dedicated to releasing Afghan women from poverty. Jana Harp, the founder of One Maker spends much of her time in Afghanistan working with 13 Afghan women helping them to make and sell jewelry. At right we show one of these 13 ladies making the King's Garden bracelet that One Maker sells on their web site. Jana was kind enough to share one of the 13 ladies stories below.
"Shakar*, like many Afghan women, has suffered much in her 27 years. At 11, she lost her father. A militant group then kidnapped her brother and forced him to fight. Her sister also died of cancer, leaving 2 children behind. As a widow, her mom found it difficult to financially support her so she arranged for her to be married at 14. Shakar had her first child at 15. When her husband’s father died, he left 7 children behind. Shakar and her husband are financially responsible to provide for his mother and her 7 children. With four children of their own, they provide for 11 children in total, a heavy responsibility. Even so, she considers all these children her own and, even though they sometimes eat only bread and tea for several days, she has persuaded her husband to wait to have the girls married until later. She knows from experience that life can be more difficult when a girl marries so young. She would like to send all of the children to school, but can’t afford to at this time. With her husband unemployed, she is the sole provider for 14 people. Shakar also struggles with health issues and, at present, needs a surgery." * = Shakar's name was changed to protect her identity.
You can visit the One Maker web site by selecting the picture above right . Anyone who would like to donate can visit the web site or can contact Jana Harp at firstname.lastname@example.org.