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Let's Get Personal! Jewelry With Sentimental Value

Let's Get Personal! Jewelry With Sentimental Value

The year 2020 is a year we all would like to forget. It will go down in history as an era where the world, not just the US, has changed forever. We still do not know the full extent of the new normal. I don't know about you but I seek out fewer material things and instead I want items with the best quality and sentimental and personal value to me. Initial, name, faith and talisman fine jewelry has led the sentimental product sales this year.

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What is more personal than monogram jewelry? I know I wear my A letter necklace almost everyday. I have been very busy making monogram necklaces the last few months. Many orders are for moms that want to wear their kid's initials or of a loved one that has passed away. Popular inspirational word jewelry such as LOVE, BOSS or COURAGE give the wearer a feeling of comfort and confidence. 

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In this time of uncertainty a special jewelry piece that reminds us of something or someone special, including ourselves, is essential. Gifting someone close to you with a custom personalized piece is such a beautiful expression of caring. This is something they will always cherish and remember you by. 

Anette

"Life Is Short. Wear Jewelry."

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2020 The Year Of Micro & Virtual Weddings! Is There A Bright Side? Yep.

2020 The Year Of Micro & Virtual Weddings! Is There A Bright Side? Yep.

I would like to wake up tomorrow and realize that 2020 has all been a dream. But, No. It is real and our lives have been flipped upside down in so many ways. Even more painful is that our personal and big events that we used to share in person with many of our friends and family have had to stop, be condensed or gasp!, be done virtually. This really sucks! What did that mean for large crowd wedding plans this year? Cancelled....

At least for this year and until further notice the 200 person wedding, well heck, the 50 person wedding depending on your state restrictions, is not even allowed. People still want to get married though! They don't want to put it off until next year. The consensus is that we don't know what is going to happen anymore. No more waiting! Life is short! Let's do this! We've got sh%t to do!

There is a bright side to having an intimate and virtual wedding. Now you can actually enjoy the wedding, not stress about a million details and really be a part of it. You can go a little wild and have fun with it. And think of the money saved! Imagine the different ways you can focus your spending! 

  • You can allocate more money to that dream dress or the new Couture Tux everyone is talking about. You know, the one you really wanted but couldn't afford? Say Yes To The Dress/Tux Now! 
  • Oh! And upgrade that ring baby. Now you don't have to wait until your 10th anniversary to upgrade since you are saving so much money now. Yep, that's what I would do.

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  • You can have the wedding in the backyard. Come on, the Zoom screen only shows so much. No one will know. Think $ signs now. And that ring.

 

  • Go for color! Looks better on film. Dye your hair pink. Or "Something Blue".

 

  • Have a destination wedding that you two are now able to splurge on. Many hotels are offering the Virtual Wedding Packages that cost only a couple thousand dollars that cover room, venue, flowers, meals, etc and even setting up cameras for your Zoom guests. 

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  • Boy will your bridesmaids be stoked they don't have to fork out money for that dress. The "dress you can wear again". Yea right.

 

  • Floral decorations need only fill the area around the couple that shows up on the Zoom screen. No need to fill the wedding venue and reception venue with miles of flowers. More flowers for you to hold if you are in to that sort of thing.

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  • Instead of feeding and serving drinks to over 100 people, many of whom you barely know and who usually complain anyway, you can have an intimate, fine sit down dinner at a hotel or restaurant of choice with the best wine and champagne all to yourself. Yum.

 

  • Spend the money on a dream honeymoon. That is if that country allows you in.

 

  •  Better yet, rent a vintage Airstream and see our beautiful country up close and personal. Not too close though. Wear a mask. You can stick streamers and write "Just Married" all over it. No, on second thought, don't. Tacky.

Life Is Short. Laugh A Little. Or A Lot.

 

 

 

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Sparkle Of The Week! Healing Olive Jade

Sparkle Of The Week! Healing Olive Jade

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What I love most about creating jewelry is finding gems or beads in small batches. One of a kind gems to make one or a couple of fabulous pieces that no one else will have. Well here I have some gorgeous olive jade beads I found many years ago and finally did something with them. 

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A 60" olive jade beaded long necklace.  Did you know that the soothing energy from jade relieves irritability while helping to eliminate negativity? I suppose the only good thing about this COVID time is that I am able to use my time going through stock and making new and one of a kind pieces. With these olive jade beads I made an ultra long necklace that is about 60" and can be wrapped two or three times. I closed it with a handmade sterling silver cross box clasp. An RB Steel bead and black onyx bead are thrown in for some edge. The olive green color of these jade beads is amazing and can be worn formally or my fave is with a basic white tee. A little bit of rock n roll for you.

 

For the alt-brides needing something green for your alternative wedding or green wedding theme, this necklace is perfect for you too. Instead of Something Blue how about Something Green! For those of you reading this article I will offer you a special price for this beauty.

 

Use code OLIVEJADE20 at checkout to receive 20% off this beautiful necklace. Of course we ship for FREE and your necklace will arrive in a gift box. Are you going to be one of the very few unique and awesome women to wear one of these? I hope so!!

 

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Sparkle Of The Week! New Weekly Jewelry Gift Ideas

Sparkle Of The Week! New Weekly Jewelry Gift Ideas

rudyblujewelrysparkleoftheweekthecrabcrackerLiving on Camano Island in Washington for the last year has been a dream come true. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still close enough to get to if I want. It is an active and close knit community. I have never seen so much support for one another to make the island and surrounding county a wonderful place to live. One favorite thing of the locals and weekend and summer residents is a small printed bi-monthly publication called The Crab Cracker.

The Crab Cracker is the local "What's Happenning" source for the area. A free community magazine featuring calendar of events, community news, announcements, tide tables (We are on an island afterall), feature stories, recipes, kid activity pages, and more. You find it in every store, post office, bank, you name it. I mean it when I say that EVERYONE READS IT! From cover to cover.

My friend who owns a real estate company on the island has a monopoly of the back cover of each issue. People look forward to her ads. So did I. Advertisers hold on to their spots in this publication. I noticed the inside fron cover page had all of a sudden been a couple of different advertisers so I called The Cracker and asked if I could take that full page space over permanently. Talk about perfect timing. They said yes, I said yes! Now I just needed an idea of what to use the ad space for. Every two weeks forever from now!

 

I was inspired by the local animal shelter who always had The Pet of The Week for adoption in each issue. Why not a jewel of the week I thought? So I created The Sparkle Of The Week! Feature one pretty piece of jewelry in a pretty, colorful photo. I was not sure how it would be received or how long it would take until people actually noticed it. Apparently people do notice it. 

Like I look forward to each issue and the regular promotions and articles, readers love to see my Sparkle Of The Week on the first page they turn of the magazine. I have heard from locals and friends they love to see the page and it brings a smile with the fun and colorful images. That is all I could ask for. 

Especially now during the Covid nightmare I decided to keep the page running. I have decided to have a Sparkle Of The Week on my website and social media accounts too. I just want to give people a bright and shiny Sparkle Of The Week in these not so sparkly times. Tune in here on my blog and my Instagram account @rudyblujewelry every Wednesday for my "Soarkle Of The Week". I hope you enjoy them.

Stay safe and healthy and let's look forward to seeing each other in person again.

Anette - RudyBlu Designer

**Check out the online version of The Crab Cracker. It is fun! 

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Wearing Jewelry During Covid 19 SIP. Yes You Should!

Wearing Jewelry During Covid 19 SIP. Yes You Should!

Days go by, weeks and now months of having to stay home. I am going a little batty. Actually, I'm going Bat Sh$T crazy. You? What day is it anyway? Although I have always worked from home in my jewelry studio attached to the house, this SIP situation is a whole new beast. Before, I'd still get out, meet with friends, family and clients, go shopping, out to dinner, have people over at our home, etc. "Normal" stuff. Now? Except for the once weekly food stocking trip I am stuck! Day in and day out I need to motivate myself to get up and look on the bright side. But I still struggle. Should I get out of my pj's or lounge wear? Should I even get out of bed? Um, yes. Yes I should. 

 

 

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Now more than ever I NEED to make everyday like a "normal" pre-Covid kind of day. I need to keep to a schedule, I need to wake up everyday at the same time. I need to take myself and my dogs for a long walk. I need to have a plan and a schedule for my day. And most of all I need to shower and get dressed like I am going to work. This may sound crazy but what makes me feel better is to put on something dressy or colorful, brush my hair, (put on makeup if I am really feeling fancy) and most of all put on some jewelry! Yes, jewelry. 

 Jewelry to me is a feeling of luxury no matter what it is made out of. It is inspiration. It is sentimental. It is a connection to a person, a memory, a time and a feeling. The extra touch of something sparkly that is bold or delicate makes me feel awesome. 

 I feel it through out the day on my neck, wrist or ear lobes. I touch it and it reminds me of where I got it, the story behind it or who gave it to me. Something I inherited from my mom, my wedding band or something I made that was inspired by nature. You can't go wrong by putting on jewelry of any kind. Some days I put on way too much that some would consider obnoxious. Stacks of bracelets and necklaces and big earrings too! Who cares? No one sees me right now. Just me. Oh and my husband who just chuckles. But he gets it. 

 Trust me. It feels good. Just do it.

 Anette

 

 

 

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Yes! Pearls Are Cool Again. And Awlays Will Be!

Yes! Pearls Are Cool Again. And Awlays Will Be!

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I have become obsessed with pearls in the last couple of years. Pearls in weird shapes and colors especially. Thank goodness all of the fashion houses and designers shout out that pearls are trending right now too. But really, have pearls ever really been out of fashion? 

Even the classic strand of white knotted pearls like Jackie O wore are still in style. Now we are just layering it with multiple necklaces at the same time. Or we change the color of silk knotting cord to a bright green! The odd shaped and colored pearls used to be less expensive. Now they are almost as much as the perfect rounds. They still follow the same rules of quality. Smooth in their shape and lustrous shine makes a peacock colored flameball pricey. But oh so worth it! Flameballs, baroque, dyed, keishi, coin, stars, carved and druzy, oh my! The options are becoming endless for your pearl pleasure! This is what inspired my collection called The Screaming Pearl!

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The weirder the shape the better. The more abnormal the color the better. Carved in to skulls? Yep! Add some bright metals of sterling silver and gold, colorful gemstones and colorful silk knotting cords and you have a modern and awesome pearl statement. 

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The Screaming Pearl Collection consists of mostly one of a kind (since all pearls are different in nature) pearl jewelry. Gemstone hoops with dangly baroque pearls in a variety of colors or carved patterns - big, bold and colorful pearl necklaces in short and long lengths - chunky single and multi-strand bracelets - large pearl pendant necklaces. You will find pieces being added to our collection and site daily. They are disappearring just as quickly! And that, that puts a smile on my face. I love knowing clients are enjoying pearls as much as I love creating the pieces.

Help me Make Pearls Great Again! 

Anette - RB Designer

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HELLO 2020!! New Jewelry Collections From RudyBlu!

HELLO 2020!! New Jewelry Collections From RudyBlu!

Wow! A new decade? Where did the last year go let alone the last decade? So many wonderful and difficult challenges that are a memory now. But I will carry those memories and lessons with me forever. In a good way. Even at the age of 53 I am still growing and learning mentally. I love this. It is never too late to start over or begin a new hobby, career, relocation, or lifestyle. I have had all of those activities happening the past year alone! Makes life interesting right? I personally am looking forward to the next year and beyond and seeing where life takes me and RudyBlu Jewelry in these adventures. 

widebandgoldringwithhugeemeraldcutbluetopazrudyblujewelryI am chomping at the bit to get two new jewelry lines out in the world. I have a High Jewelry Collection available later this month influenced by my mom's original wedding ring. I say original because about 15 years ago she did not know her ring fell down the sink in to the disposal. And yep, she ground it in to pieces. It was a wide band with a basket weave pattern and little diamond and sapphire stones around it. The gold was pretty thin and not strong enough to withstand the garbage disposal. She kept the pieces thinking some day she would have it remade but never did. Dad did get her a lovely new ring so not to worry! I have the original ring pieces now after she passed away this year. I just recently had the design and molds finished for the 2020 version of this ring. (Photo at left is the first new ring in the collection) As you know already, I love big statement jewelry. These rings and complimenting earrings will not disappoint. I also designed a gorgeous Initial Pendant in a sand blasted 14K gold and diamonds. 

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I have always loved letter or initial pendants but I have never found any that I would wear. I knew what I wanted so now I have designed it and made it. Of course I started with the letter A that I wear every day. It is a big letter pendant just like I like it!rudyblujewelryinitialpendant14kgoldanddiamondletterpendantThe Initial Pendants are made to order and will be listed on my website soon!

My second new collection is called The Screaming Pearl. A modern take on pearls that are classy yet tons of fun.  Carved, enameled, colored and paired with gemstones and gold and silver. Yum! 

Stay tuned for some fun luxury from RudyBly jewelry to add some "gorgeousness" to your next year and decade. You deserve it. We all deserve it. Go Crush It!

Anette Wachter - RudyBlu Designer

 

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Christmas RudyBlu Jewelry POP-UPS! Come Join Us

Christmas RudyBlu Jewelry POP-UPS! Come Join Us

RudyBlu jewelry christmas shopping popup camano islandI love Christmas! I love this time of year. I have started posting Christmas themed photos on our Instagram Feed a week ago. Not sorry! We are ramping up for the crazy shopping that starts this weekend. Although all of our sales are online we do enjoy getting out there in person too. 

We are "Popping-Up at two locations this year for your Christmas shopping pleasure! One which I have participated in for several years is at the beautiful Seattle Tennis Club in Madison Park in Seattle and the other for the first time at the gorgeous countryside Arrowhead Ranch on Camano Island, WA. 

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We will be at the Seattle Tennis Club Wednesday Dec. 4th from 12:30 - 7:30 and at Arrowhead Ranch Saturday Dec 7th from 10 - 6. Both events have multiple amazing vendors and at the ranch will be wreath making classes, Glass Babys and more. We hope to see you at either event to celebrate the holidays and Christmas with you. We will have jewelry from our online store but especially many One Of A Kind pieces.

Both events are open to all and I look forward to seeing you there!

Seattle Tennis Club - 922 McGilvra Blvd E. Seattle, WA 98112

Arrowhead Ranch - 615 Arrowhead Rd. Camano Island, Wa 98282

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November Birthdays Enjoy The Citrine & Topaz Beauty

November Birthdays Enjoy The Citrine & Topaz Beauty

I get excited each month introducing the birthstone for it. There is usually more than one birthstone associated to each month, for November the beautiful Citrine Quartz and Topaz are two to admire.citrine gemstone beaded bracelets november birthstone birthday gift

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Citrine is the transparent, pale yellow to brownish orange variety of quartz. Legend has it, according to the GIA, "Egyptians gathered ornately striped agates from the shore and used them as talismans, the ancient Greeks carved rock crystal ornaments that glistened like permafrost, and the hands of Roman pontiffs bore rings set with huge purple amethysts. Natural citrine is rare, and today most citrine quartz is the result of heat treatment of amethyst quartz. Even so, gems from the Victorian era have surfaced, and it’s not hard to imagine that citrine was treasured even in earlier times." Natural citrine is rare, most of the citrine on the market is the result of heat treatment, which causes some amethyst to change color from undesirable pale violet to an attractive yellow. The amethyst’s original hue can determine the richness of the resulting citrine’s yellow color. Citrine used to be confused with topaz depending on its color. The varieties of blue Topaz get me all excited.

The blue topaz gemstone is one of my favorites. sky blue topaz ring november birthstone rudyblu fine jewelryBlue is my favorite color so naturally I am drawn to topaz. Well, and aquamarine. "Topaz actually has an exceptionally wide color range that, besides brown, includes various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. Colorless topaz is plentiful, and is often treated to give it a blue color. Topaz is also pleochroic, meaning that the gem can show different colors in different crystal directions." according to the GIA website. The history and lore of the Topaz is just as interesting as the Citrine.

**Photo of Topaz ring is of our brand new Fine Jewelry Line The Irmgard Collection. Influenced from my late mom's wedding ring. Coming January 2020.

Taken from the GIA website (I love their knowledge of gems) - "Most authorities agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios, the old Greek name for a small island in the Red Sea, now called Zabargad. (The island never produced topaz, but it was once a source of peridot, which was confused with topaz before the development of modern mineralogy.) Some scholars trace the origin back to Sanskrit (an ancient language of India) and the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire.”

The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave them strength. In Europe during the Renaissance (the period from the 1300s to the 1600s) people thought that topaz could break magic spells and dispel anger. For centuries, many people in India have believed that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty, and intelligence.

The name for imperial topaz originated in nineteenth-century Russia. At the time, the Ural Mountains were topaz’s leading source, and the pink gemstone mined there was named to honor the Russian czar. Ownership of the gem was restricted to the royal family."

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the November birthday gal we have what you need! We ship for FREE and we jewelry comes in our beautiful gift boxes. 

 

Let's not forget also that Christmas is only 47 days away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jewelry That Gives Back - Why We Do What We Do

Jewelry That Gives Back - Why We Do What We Do

I have two dreams. That all of our military vets and wounded warriors get the mental and physical attention they need to carry out a normal (as normal as possible) life and that the stress of finances and mental health can go away. And, that the Parkinson's disease will be eliminated. 

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 My initial passion for starting RudyBlu Jewelry was to support two charities that are close to my heart. Perhaps that is the opposite of how you are supposed to start a business but so be it. The two organizations I try to support through sales of our jewelry are SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors) and The NW Parkinson's Foundation.    These are two issues that hit close to home for me.

One, The NW Parkinson's Foundation, in memory of my dad who passed away from Parkinson's and one of my dear friends who is battling the disease now. It is a crippling degenerative disease and I wish there will be a cure in my life time.  

Two, SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors) an organization that offers support in so many ways to the men that come home with many physical and mental complications. And in memory of one of SOWW's founders who passed away recently from medical issues that could have been prevented had the VA system not strung him along for care.

For every purchase made with RudyBlu a portion is donated to both organizations. 

Below are handmade leather & stainless steel bracelets made specifically for these charities. Awesome uni-sex bracelets engraved with SOWW logo, US Flag or Plain. Pass it along! Great gift idea that you can tell a story with.

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My dream is to say I was able to donate over a million dollars to each organization each year. Hey, a girl can dream right?

Thank you.

Anette Wachter - RB Founder and Jewelry Designer

 

 

 

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