I will be opening to orders the first week of April, but I probably won't have all of my listings up in the shop for another week or two. I need to go through and makes some changes and also add new things that I made last year and would like to have in the shop. Sorting through my iphoto seems like a monumental task right now, so that will probably have to come last.
I'm right in the middle of carving a new eternity style ring, maybe seven diamonds across the top half of the band. I have a smaller diamond solitaire carved already, I'm going to call it the Itty Bitty. The diamond will be around 3.5mm. I think it will be sparkly and sweet and suited for people who don't want a giant rock. I have a new matching set in mind, but I haven't started it yet. It will be smoother and more rounded than my other things. Maybe with a few flush set stones in the wedding band. I am also planning on a pair of diamond/moissanite studs, and I want to bring back the Raw Circle studs as well, in palladium with moissanite.
Pricing earring is always hard though, since they take a lot more work than a ring, but people can't/don't want to pay as much for earrings. Does that make sense? You have to make two of something, for the price of one. So I haven't offered many earring styles since I find it a bit boring to make two of the same thing, but I'm going to try to streamline their production and see if I can make it work. I might have the people who do my casting also do the rough finishing, so I'm not stuck at the bench for hours at a time getting all grubby doing the grunt work of heaving polishing (which I despise!). I have carved designs for at least four pairs of earrings, with molds made and everything, but for some reason I have avoided finishing them. I would also like to make a couple of necklaces again, maybe this and a raw circle pendant?:
Anyhow, a lot of things on my mind. Still not sure how this work thing will work out with two tiny sweet babies. Having a nanny come 20 hours a week is great, but even now I can see how much I will miss them. They're so sweet and just starting to become little tiny baby people rather than larval humans. :-)