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GIVING TUESDAY

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How is The Twisterry participating in Giving Tuesday?

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More About Jewelry and Gemstone Care

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Everyday I learn more about the many ways in which various gemstones and precious metal finery might be damaged by improper care. Even something as subtle as too much sunlight may harm certain gemstones.   Attached here is another great resource with excellent information on caring for your fine jewelry.  Some of it is common sense, but it is brief and very worth your while: https://www.gemselect.com/other-info/taking-care-of-gems.php "Taking Care of Your Gemstones - A Simple Guide Cleaning Gemstones Cleaning your gemstone jewelry doesn’t require any special accessories or appliances. A bowl of water with a few drops of dish detergent will do the trick....

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Oblique Right Angle Triangular Pyramid Geometric Thingamajigs...

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Say What?!!  I mean... yeah, probably not a great name for earrings, hehe.   I recently made these Copper & Crystal Twisted Bar dangling stick earrings and then set about trying to learn what this geometric shape is called.  In jewelry making this technique, (where each end of a round wire is hammered flat on opposing planes), provides the look of a half twist with tapered ends, but I feel like "twisted bar" is a misnomer because the bar (or wire) is not actually twisted at all.  I have a similar objection about spirals described as "twists" also, but that I can understand a little better; we call...

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Grand Opening of The Twisterry's new online store!

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The big day is finally here! The Twisterry's website reveal. And yes, I'm nervous.  I have been working long hours for weeks-on-end building this new website and I don't mind sharing that some days it felt like I might never pull it all together.   But here I am, and here it is!   To celebrate this grand opening, I'm offering a fifteen percent (15%) discount on ALL products, storewide, all day, unlimited. Take 15% off everything, including clearance and reduced price items (with code: TTTGO15). Note that I also offer FREE Priority domestic shipping on all orders totaling $150 or more, all day everyday. So, please...

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Cleaning Jewelry and Precious Gems

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As I incorporate more and more precious and semi-precious minerals, stones, and--well, even glass for that matter--into my higher end jewelry lines, special cleaning instructions become more critical for my buyers. I am learning along with you, and plan to build a knowledge base of sorts for my Twisterry customers, here in this blog, but instead of completely reinventing the wheel, I will share lessons I've learned and link to great articles and reference pages from respected organizations and pros, such as the International Gem Society (IGS).In this post, I share this link to some little-understood-but-oh-so-important information about steam, boiling, and sonic cleaning treatments, provided...

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