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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. 



Anette Wachter RudyBlu Jewelry designer wearing jewelry during Covid SIP


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.





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October Birthstone is Opal!

October Birthstone is Opal!

Fire opal gold earrings rudyblu jewelry October birthstone opal

What I am about to say is something a gemstone jewelry maker probably should not admit to. My birthday is in October and as a kid I was disappointed that my birthstone was Opal. There I said it. But much has changed since then! Of course as a child you like shiny sparkly things. I was jealous of the bright colored gems of other birthstones like peridot or amethyst. At the time I was not looking closely at Opals. 

Fire opal gemstone bracelet october birthstone rudyblu jewleryOf course I now think quite differently. I just did not appreciate their beauty. Each Opal variety has rich and deep color variations in each stone. They mesmerize you with their unique colors that shine differently in specific light. And I also did not realize that this opal gemstone was quite valuable. The more colorful the stone the more expensive they get. I am still learning about this precious "semi-precious" gem. I have started creating delicate opal jewelry with Fire Opal which is in the lighter more creamy color family that has gorgeous blues and pinks glowing through them. The darker variety of Opal which is more blue or black with amazing colors are even more precious. How

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Throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors. Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair. Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth. * (Taken from GIA - Opal History and Lore) 

There is a reason the Opal has been called the "Queen of Gems". I am honored to be an October baby and more proud to call the Opal my birthstone.

Anette - RudyBlu Designer


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