Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Oh Valentine's Day! We love any excuse to celebrate love!

You certainly don't need to give a material gift to show someone you love them. But, if you're in the market, here are some of our favorite jewelry gift ideas (because I love jewelry - oh and because diamonds are a girl's best friend.)

These pieces are unique, have tons of personality and are of the highest quality. Feel free to drop hints, ladies!


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You know I'm a sucker for antique stones! These old cut stones are bead set in platinum octagon plates - a gorgeous and unique shape. The fine milgrain along the edges of the plates is a lovely detail. Jewels by Erica Grace is owned and operated by two ladies (Erica and Grace) who are experts in old stones and extremely reputable. Let us know if you want to be introduced!


(Langs is located in Union Square, SF)

This silver cuff bracelet is constructed in the classic Victorian style popular during that era. It is sweetly engraved in a simple floral design. I love substantial pieces and you could wear this special cuff every day, and dress it up or down.


(49% off!)

Rose gold plated silver earrings with a hammered disc and faceted moonstones. I love how these are sweet and edgy at the same time. Can be worn day or night!

(price is for setting only, select diamond from BG's diamond inventory)

 
Hand-made bezel pendant with 16" fine cable chain for cushion cut diamonds. I adore bezels and you don't see them paired with cushion cut stones every day! Brian Gavin's craftsmanship is exceptional.

Winter Origami Decoration

Happy Honey & Twine Tuesday Everyone!

We've got a winter wedding coming up that we're soooo excited about! The colors are silver and pink, and the bride & groom are cute as can be

One of the pieces we're working on for them is a hanging origami installation. Theirs will be surrounding a skylight, but we've put together a simplified version for you to use as holiday party decor on the wall.

In our example, we used origami butterflies made from 6"x 6" silver foil paper (following this video tutorial) but this project can be done with cranes, snowflakes, etc!

What you'll need:




What to do:


Using your pin, skewer, or other sharp object, pierce a hole in the butterfly. We want our butterflies to hang at an upward angle, so we're piercing them towards the front. 



Cut string to desired length and tie a bead to the bottom. This will hold your butterfly in place. 



String your butterfly through the hole you pierced and slide it into place. 



Tie another bead desired distance from the first one. We spaced ours 4 inches apart. Slide another butterfly down the string, and repeat as many times as you like!



Once you've strung butterflies to the top of your string, tie the remaining tail to a horizontal string, and secure with hot glue. 




Continue making strings of butterflies and space them evenly apart – we spaced ours 4 inches. To get that undulating rhythm, we strung butterflies seven to a string, then six, five, four, five, six, seven, etc! 

Hang on your wall or mantle to add some shimmer and texture. 

For our couple, we'll also be adding larger butterflies and snowflakes cut from glitter paper, so stay tuned for photos from the wedding!