Sunday, July 24, 2016

Necklace Standard Lengths for Women

Blue Lace Agate Statement Necklace Baroque Pearl
Unless you make jewelry, necklace lengths for women can sometimes be confusing for people so I wanted to share some information here with you.  The following graphic lists the lengths for women's necklaces and how they will look on.

Listed below is the length and name of each necklace shown on the graphic.  You can click on the name of the lengths to see an example of each one in my shop at Blonde Peach Jewelry on Etsy.

Choker - 14 to 16 inches long - The necklace falls around the base of the neck.  An open collar or a strapless top would look best with this choice.

Princess - 17 to 19 inches long - The most common length of a necklace is 18 inches and falls at the collarbone.  A high neckline would look best with this style necklace.

Matinee  - 20 to 24 inches long - The necklace falls at or below the neckline.

Opera - 28 to 36 inches long - This style necklace can be worn as a single long strand or doubled to wear as a shorter necklace.  This length is a very versatile length.

Bridal - 17 inches long is the average length but obviously it would depend on the style dress.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Beautiful Meaning of the Lotus Flower

A few years back I made a necklace with a silver lotus flower pendant.  I accented the pendant with small white pearls and attached it to a sterling silver chain.  A customer saw the necklace on my website and really liked it.  She purchased it and after she received the necklace she asked me to make a matching bracelet and a pair of earrings to go with the necklace.  I was so happy that she liked my work!  We emailed back and forth for a while and she told me she had always been interested in the symbolism of the lotus flower.  I had always admired the beauty of the flower but didn't know really anything about them.  Her interest in the symbolism of the flower inspired me to do a little online research.  At that point, I decided to share what I had discovered in a blog post.  The post was well received so I decided to add it to my new blog here.

The lotus flower is an Asian water lily that bears delicate white flowers.  The flower opens every morning and closes each night.  It is the only plant that can fruit and flower at the same time.

In Buddhism, the lotus flower can represent many things.  Different colors, stage of growth and where the flower grows can all represent different things.  It is a symbol of purity, faithfulness and enlightenment.

According to the Buddhist, the lotus flower represents a symbol of fortune.  The most literal meaning is the rise and bloom of enlightenment.  Lotus flowers grow in muddy water.  So the muddy water represents our enlightenment or correct path in life.

I mentioned that color is important and can represent different things according to Buddhism.  White flowers refer to purity of mind and spirit.  Blue flowers represent common sense.  A red bloom refers to compassion and love.  Representing the history of Buddha and the historical legends of the Buddha is the pink lotus flower.  A purple flower represents mysticism and spirituality.  A gold flower represents all achievement of all enlightenment.

A closed lotus flower represents the time before a Buddhist follower found enlightenment.  A full bloom represents self-awareness and full enlightenment.  The flower can represent rebirth.  This could be an acceptance of Buddha, a change of ideas or the ability to see past wrongs.

I found this beautiful quote while doing my research that I would like to share with you here.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

"If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong." - Masaru Emoto, The Secret Life of Water

If you are interested in purchasing a silver lotus flower necklace, please visit my shop at Blonde Peach Jewelry on Etsy.

Fabulous Handmade Artisans

I have become familiar with a wonderful group of women who make beautiful handmade items.  I would like to share some of their work here with you so you can see how fabulous it is.

Look at this gorgeous bracelet made by Kathy of Kats All That on ArtFire.  She must have the patience of Job!

Natalie of Adore by Nat makes the cutest little favor tags and other items for parties.  See how fun these tags are?

This beautiful Sodalite necklace was created by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.  She also has a dog rescue line of jewelry that she makes and donates 1/2 of the proceeds to the local Humane Society.  You will drool over her pieces!

If you are interested in lovely hand-knitted items you should check out Nancy's shop at Jazz It Up With Designs by Nancy.  She also makes jewelry and other items like fun pony tail scrunchies.

Mary of Pretty Gonzo makes gorgeous jewelry that includes a line of awareness jewelry like these earrings and also a line of chaplet bracelets.  You can't go wrong with her pieces!

Maybe you make jewelry yourself or know someone who does and might be interested in some eye-catching polymer clay beads like the ones that Julie of Blue Morning Expressions makes.  She makes lovely jewelry with them and has other exciting items in her shop.

Roxanne of ST Bridal is another jewelry artisan that has very stylish jewelry like this ankle bracelet in her shop.  She also makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets!

This very talented lady apparently sings and also enjoys creating musical related jewelry like this harmonica necklace.  Her name is Connie and her shop name is The Singing Beader!

Crafted by a skilled artisan, Ruth, of RSS Fibers in Design this enchanting, crocheted drawstring bag is delightful.  She also makes some beautiful dollies.

I don't know which one is cuter, the dog or the scarf - okay I have to admit the model is adorable! Donna of Sew Amazin is the owner of the terrific dog and the creator of the fun dog bandanas.

We all love the sublime lampwork glass beads that Charlotte of Covergirl Beads produces.  The only problem we all have with them is which ones to buy!

I probably do not have to tell you to visit their splendid shops because the charming pieces will call your name but if you click on the shop names you will be taken directly to their shops and the pictured items here.

Now for my shameless self promotion - please visit my shop, Blonde Peach Jewelry, to see some of my creations like the re-purposed jewelry that I love to put together!  My name is Sharon and I am the creator, photographer, editor, customer service, shipping and listing person in my shop.  This is my purple amethyst re-purposed jewelry necklace.

I hope you enjoy the visual treats that I have included in this post!