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It’s Halloween time!

Get ready to show off the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Check out the pictures of some of the new additions to my Halloween collection. The knotted cord pieces can be worn as a necklace or wrapped as a bracelet. The jack-o-lantern pendant and dangles can be removed or interchanged, and the necklace can be worn long or doubled using the magnetic clasp. The candy corn necklace is made of memory wire to wear as a choker. ♥♥♥

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Seriously…costume jewelry? No way!

I had never even thought about jewelry categories until I rode by a house with a big sign out front that said “Costume Jewelry”. What? Why would anyone call their jewelry by that name? To me, when I think of costume jewelry I think of cheap looking plastic stuff. But that sign made me start thinking…and researching. I discovered the jewelry I design is not considered “fine jewelry” which is made out of gold and diamonds and emeralds and sapphires and other precious gems. The jewelry I create really does fall in the category of costume or fashion jewelry. I still slightly cringe at that name, but it’s getting better. Writing about my feelings has always helped. Renaissance wench costumeThe best quote I found came from an article in Forbes “The design is what makes the difference between junk and costume jewelry”. I surely hope my designs make that difference plain!! Then I found a very informative article in Wikipedia which contained a wonderful word, which I wish I knew how to pronounce. Fallalery. If I ever have another cat that will be their name. I looked up the definition of fallalery, and there were a few. The Oxford dictionary definition was “tawdry finery”. Maybe that’s why my favorite costumes at the Renaissance Festivals are the wenches! But, I do NOT consider my jewelry designs tawdry, which means cheap and poor quality. Definitely not. The definition I liked the best was “a bit of finery; a showy article of dress”. My jewelry is fallalery!!

Peace and love, Phyllis