April Collection 2023

April Collection 2023

- New for April -

Since April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day, jewelry purchased from Wise Handmade during this month will help support the planting of new trees. Wise Handmade will donate a portion of each sale to plant one new tree for each piece of jewelry purchased in April. Let’s make a greener earth this month and every month!

Speaking of green, you’ll see plenty of this verdant hue in April’s collection of pieces. Emerald, a classic green stone, makes several appearances in the new pieces. Some of the other green stones this month include serpentine, jade, chrysocolla, chryoprase, peridot, lucite, jasper, and green onyx. You’ll also find a few druzies, turquoise, labradorite, and rainbow moonstone to round out the mix.

To continue with the earthy theme, I focused on organic shapes like petals, leaves, and branches for many of the designs. Some of the pieces are great for simple and versatile everyday jewelry while others have a little more sparkle and will make a larger statement.

If you would like to learn more about how these pieces were made, keep reading below.

One-of-a-kind, limited edition, and made-to-order pieces will be available in the shop starting April 4th.

Behind the Scenes

Here are a few photos which show some of the latest pieces while they were in progress.

In this photo, I’m getting parts arranged for some of the new one-of-a-kind pieces. The first steps for these pieces include making bezels to fit around the stones and to cut out sterling silver sheet metal for backplates.

Here I am texturing a piece of sterling silver metal with a metal stamp. I’ve marked out even sections so that I know where to place the stamp.

I am soldering the oval bezels onto the backplates for a pair of earrings. I’ve propped the different parts up on scrap copper discs to keep all parts level and properly aligned.

Here I am getting stones ready to set into a new 3-stone pendant. I’ll carefully set each stone one at a time by pushing the bezel wire over the edges of the cabochons. Typically stones with sharp corners and uneven edges are the most challenging to set. In this case, that druzy in the middle was definitely the trickiest to set.

Shop Updates

The full collection will be available starting April 4th. If you’re interested in ordering, visit the shop here.

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