Blink Blink.....it's March already! What happened in the last two months! Feels like we have just set new goals for the year and we are already in March ...
Coming off from two trade shows definitely keeps us busy for a few good months! Some orders have shipped, more are on the way!!
While we keep up with our wholesale orders we do also have to keep up with our personalized rings online orders!
Rings on the right (arrow shape) are rings that we have just finished soldering but have not been put in the pickle pot yet. Rings stacked up on the left are rings that just came off from the pickle pot. So what is a pickle pot? Or why do we pickle our rings?
Our pickle pot contains a very acidic solution. Pickling is a metal surface treatment used to remove the firescale (gray or bluish purple color) that surface when metal is heated (e.g. from soldering). Sterling silver and copper contains copper. When heated, copper oxides rise and mix with the air to create this grayish or bluish purple color on the surface on the ring which we called firescale.
We are also working on items to be sold at the Green Scene comping up in April! ....here is a sneak peak of some items we will sell....more photos coming soon!
Q: What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
......(scroll to the bottom of this blog post for answer)
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Sterling silver is an alloy and the .925 marking refers to 92.5 by weight of silver and 7.5 by weight of other metals (usually copper). Fine silver on the other hand is 99.9% silver content and is much softer than sterling silver.
Why do sterling silver tarnish over time? This is due to the other metal (usually copper) in sterling silver. When copper reacts with moisture and sulfur in the air, it causes the sterling silver to tarnish. The rate of tarnish depends on a few factors including skin's pH, the environment (humid/dry) and if it will be exposed to other chemical (lotion/perfume etc.). You can easily remove silver tarnish with jewelry cloth that you can get from your local jewelry or online.
Although sterling silver is harder than pure silver, it is still not the toughest material thus it can still get dents. We do not recommend wearing your silver jewelry to your gym where you will be rubbing your ring against other hard metals (e.g. dumbbell bars). Take your rings off during showers or lotion time would also lower the chances of getting your ring tarnish.
And just for your information, for those who actually prefers the oxidized or tarnish appearance, you can always request for us to help you oxidize the ring just like the picture shown below.
"When one ton of plastic bottles is recycled, almost four barrels of oil are saved. That means there is more oil available for home heating, which in turn helps keep the price down. Furthermore, recycling just one ton of plastic saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space." (reference 1)
Many people are aware of recycling plastic bottles. However, you can also recycle the following commonly used plastics.
- Yogurt container
- Bottle caps (e.g. from juice pouches)
- Grocery bags from grocery stores
- Shampoo, conditioner or body lotion bottles etc...
- Used plastic forks or spoons from take out
You can find recycle centers in your neighborhood once you enter your zip code: iwanttoberecycled.org
Plastic bottle are coded with different numbers as you can see from the image above. Typically those that are labelled 1 or 2 can be recycled. (Reference 2).
Monkeys have decided to participate as a vendor at the upcoming GREEN SCENE event held at the Fullerton Arboretum in April. More information will be provided in case you are interested to check out their plant and garden.
Happy new year to you all! We are already in 2017! Did you get a chance to reflect all your achievements, failure, success, happiness, or tearful moments in 2016? No matter how it went we are sure we have gained and/or grew a little wiser from it. Now that we are at the start of 2017, it is a great time to plan ahead what we would like to achieve this coming year. What are your top three 2017 resolutions? Here are ours...
1) Conserve on water usage. Yes, we have high water bills in California but the rain lately is definitely helping so maybe one day we will not be in a drought and hopefully we will all have a green garden again.
2) Come up with 50 new product designs.
3) Set aside quiet time to read/write each week.
We are actually in Atlanta Georgia Americasmart getting ready for an amazing trade show to kick start the year. Interestingly the weather here is just like California, I know that sounds funny especially when it's Winter here. Well, partly we have been having a lot more rain in California so that for sure helps drop down the temperature. Though no rain and no snow here in Atlanta is great so far :)
We know Winter starts in December but January is typically when it starts to get a lot cooler. So what are some best ways to heat up your home without turning up your heater? Here are some ideas that work well for us at the studio:
1) Close off any unused room. This help contain the heat generated by you or other sources such as fireplace or radiator.
2) Open curtains to allow the Sun shines through. Definitely helps warm up the space.
3) Put down a rug or carpet.
4) Wear socks. There is a saying that if your feet is warm your body is warm.
5) Sip hot water, coffee, or tea. This warms up your body super fast~
It is not too late to order your personalized Holiday gifts form us~
Christmas Order Information
Domestic Orders: Last day to submit the order is 12/12/16 (Monday)
Must select USPS Priority during checkout.
International Orders: Must contact us for rush production and expedited shipping rates. Standard shipping will not arrive by Christmas.
***Please understand that we can not be responsible for any delays caused by the postal office.
It's been a few good productive weeks getting these new jewelry designed, made, photo shoot and listed. This season we focused on finer rustic jewelry, dainty yet can still be personalized. We used material including 14k gold, sterling silver, and some are also set with gemstone (ruby & sapphire). Please click into the gold rings, necklaces, and bangles sections to check them out.
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Here are some snapshots of a few of those new jewelry we have just listed.
Here is a recap of some of our favourite photos! We appreciate those that were sent to us from our customers :)