Crystal Corner

Which one comes first? Check out how I picked

Posted by Brenda McDermott on

Do you buy the outfit and then decide on the jewelry or the other way around? I'm not big on clothes shopping but I needed a dress for my jewelry show coming up next week in New Jersey. I ventured over to a little boutique store, Radix in Encinitas since I prefer to shop local from a small business owner. I found the perfect outfit in a matter of minutes. Now that the outfit is taken care of I suddenly got inspired to design a unique necklace to go with my outfit. I already have lots of options to choose...

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Limited Edition Collection Releasing Soon

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I am about to introduce a new LIMITED collection to my website! Make sure to head over to www.reioflightjewelry.com to sign up for my newsletter to be notified when this collection will be brought into the light! I love when I'm given the freedom to create, when a customer has a special request but leaves it up to me to come up with the design using a specific stone. Off to creative land I go with ideas swirling in my head and then comes the moment when I know in my heart that I have come up with something spectacular....

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The Magic of Opals

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I love opals! I received my first opal from my boyfriend when I was 16 years old. I would have bought the ring for myself if he didn’t surprise me with it. I had my eye on it for weeks and just knew I had to have it. I still have that ring, and I am nowhere close to being 16 any longer.  Perhaps my passion for opals was the reason that one of my first jewelry designs after a long hiatus was the necklace I named "Tranquility."  It was the first piece that I sold to a customer.  What...

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Apex of Light - Fall Equinox

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"For the Fall of the year is more than three months bounded by an equinox and a solstice. It is a summing up without the finality of year's end." Hal Borland The Fall Equinox is at the apex of the autumn season, when growth is finished and readying for winter begins. This day of balance provides us a moment of clarity to reflect on where you’ve been and where you are going.On September 22nd all parts of the planet receive the same amount of light from the Sun. It is an excellent day to set intentions and offer prayers to...

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How to Create the Unexpected and Survive the Day

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Have you ever set out to do one thing, and then found yourself at a mental road block, only to end up doing something totally unexpected?  Well I have, and here's a story about determination and perseverance: People ask me all the time how I come up with my designs. Do I draw them out first, or look at catalogs, or use a computer program for instance?  I actually don’t do any of those things to come up with my creations. What I do is spend a lot of time swimming, and that activity gives me quiet time to create...

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