Gift Giving 2015-Mininitials Collection

As much as I dislike Christmas taking over all of the fall/winter holidays, there is something kind of exciting about the Holiday season beginning.  As a veteran shopper myself, only outdone by my mother and brother, I start looking around for gift ideas as soon as I start to see the red and green slowly making its way out from the back corner of Target and Michael's.

In recent years, I've been doing more craft shows and have been able to buy unique handmade items for my family from fellow crafters and it's been tons of fun finding unique gifts that can't be found elsewhere, even at Target!  My biggest challenge, if I start buying too soon is remembering that I did actually buy the gift and who it was for. (I won't mention the brie baker that I bought for my mother at a September show and found in my closet a year later...)

At most of my shows, the most popular piece of jewelry that shoppers are excited to find as a gift for someone special is a piece of jewelry from our Min-i-nitials Collection.  These personal, one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets are fun to put together and make a great gift for anyone, including yourself.  Select a tiny monogram charm, several shapes to choose from, and add a birthstone or just have everyone represented by their birthstone, a great option for lots of grandkids!


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Rose Gold Jewelry

Love these new 14K rose gold filled earrings:


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The Problem with Big Earrings

The problem with wearing big jewelry is not so much the size of it.  Some very large pieces look stunning when worn the right way.  The dilemma is the weight of the piece.  I have very rarely worn heavy jewelry but as a teenager in the 80's, we had some large, funky earrings to go with our big hair and I was right in the middle of it.  I'm grateful that decade passed and the 90's came along with small silver hippie hoops!

A common theme when customers talk about Cloverleaf Handcrafted Jewelry is the lightness of the earrings.  There are several larger designs to choose from but each is incredibly lightweight.  Try these out:


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Revelations 21

Last week I set up shop in the cafeteria of a corporate office building.  Since I only sell women's jewelry (I think I have one guy bracelet~), 95% of the folks that stop by my display are female.

At this particular show, I was approached by a guy in about his late 20s-early 30s.  He said, "This is a weird question but you wouldn't happen to know what Chrysoprase is, would you?"

"I do!" said I, "It's a light green gemstone, but I don't have any jewelry with that, sorry."

He continued, "The reason I ask is that every month for the first year of our marriage, I've bought my wife a piece of jewelry based on the gemstones listed in Revelations 21.  Are you familiar with that?"

At this point, I realized that I'd only heard "every month...bought my wife jewelry" and had drifted into a dream-like state.  I recovered quickly to say, "No, I'm not familiar with that."

He went on to explain that there are twelve gemstones in the verse and he had searched for them, in the order that they're listed, for his wife.   Of course, as soon as I got home I looked it up and, sure enough, it's in Revelations 21: 19-20.  The foundations of the walls of the New Jerusalem are adorned with these twelve jewels.

What a sweet way to celebrate the first year of marriage, 

using the adornments of God's New Kingdom!

19 The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.

Revelations 21:19-20 NRSV











Beryl (Aquamarine)






Images courtesy of Wikipedia, Rio Grande & Gem Select

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