A Golden Opportunity

Posted by Beth Cyr Kroh on

See below for all the details, but here is the list of designs I will be making, marked as available or claimed

Available

tree and sea, 5-7mm

mountain and sea, 5-7mm

wish upon a star, 4mm

galaxy, with 3 moissanite, 5mm

Claimed

molten, 4 - 5mm

mountain tree and sea, 6 - 7mm

yellow birch, 4-5mm

simple hammered or tooled with love, 4 - 5mm

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Hey friends!

There is a lot shifting around in the jewelry part of my business (some of you may have seen some mention on IG). If you want to read in lots of detail jump to the explanation further down the email.

One of the biggest things is that I'm shifting the focus of my rings, on making and marketing, to gold. There are quite a few designs I don't have photographed in yellow gold and am working on filling in the gaps. My plan was to make a few samples, take photos, melt those down, make a few more, photo, etc. Essentially only using a small amount of metal to create photos of all the designs.

Then I had the idea - why not offer them up for sale at a discounted rate?? It would be a win win - I don't lose out on the labor, and you could get a gold ring at a deeply discounted cost (40 - 50% off). In the end, it seems like a better use of time and resources if you can get something special out of it as well.

These are the designs I will be making in 14k gold - one in each of the designs.

  • tree and sea, 5-7mm
  • mountain and sea, 5-7mm
  • mountain tree and sea, 6-7mm
  • yellow birch, 4-5mm
  • molten, 4-5mm
  • wish upon a star, 4mm
  • galaxy, with 3 moissanite, 5mm
  • simple hammered or tooled with love, 5-6mm

 

You can browse all the ring designs .

 

The offer: I will make one in your size, within the width range listed. They would not be customizable in any way besides width and size and cannot be promised by a date before 9.30.21 (although it will most likely be sooner, I just don't want any restriction on my time for this project) Since you are on my email list, you're getting advanced notice.

How to claim: Email me! Tell me the design/s you're interested in, the width and size. I will give you the exact price. The first person to claim and pay for a design will get that design and it will be marked off the list. I will answer in the order received. I will edit this post as soon as possible to reflect the designs that have been claimed vs available. In all transparency, I do not expect there to be a mad dash to claim these, however, I have started on working on some waxes already and will be moving some designs from the available to "claimed" list next week once they are cast. In other words, if this is a big yes for you, email me before the weekend is over. And if you want more time to think about it, there is probably time since I'll only be doing 2 - 3 next week.

Pricing - because I price based upon size/width/design, I can't list all of the exact prices, but ballpark you'd be looking at $400 - $800 range for most of those.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can't tell you how excited I am to be doing this and I hope some of these designs get to be worn by you and not just melted down after their glamour shots.

 

Behind the scenes details: For many years, the palladium/silver alloy I used was one of the most popular, if not THE most popular metal I sold. The combined cost+durability made it an excellent choice and I recommended it to couples all the time. With the drastic increase of palladium cost, I thought a shift might need to occur, but it wasn't until I tried to re-order the custom alloy that I was given a $16k minimum order quote. Ouch! For some larger jewelers/jewelry stores, that might be doable, but not for me. Not only did the cost of palladium increase, but the company I was working with drastically increased the minimum order. I was already questioning continuing to use it - the palladium cost increase seems so inflated and the "value" of the metal has only changed in that the demand by Chinese car manufacturers changed (there's more to it but basically in my understanding the car manufacturers (gov't? some regulation somewhere) changed their requirements, now requiring more palladium.

It used to be half the cost of platinum and is now 2.5 - 3x the cost depending on when you check the prices. It is kind of truly amazing that what the Chinese car manufacturers are doing would change what I offer in my business, but for right now, that is entirely the case. (plus the pandemic, world economics, who knows what else, like maybe an alien that only eats precious metals has a taste for palladium)

The past few years I've been drawn more and more to yellow gold - incorporating it often in to my artwork and using it when I can in jewelry. I've often felt like I wanted to make more in yellow gold, but I was usually attracting people to the items I already had photos for - all in the palladium/silver alloy. So if I want to keep selling these designs, I need to make them and photograph them so people can see what they look like and fall in love with yellow gold like I have.

Growing up I was all about silver. I think gold jewelry in the 80's and early 90's was, shall we say, not my style. I always thought that silver looked better on my skin, but the reality is, gold looks great on most skin tones. And over many millennia all over the world, cultures have adorned themselves in gold for a reason - jewelers love working with it! haha! I kid, but seriously, most jewelers I know love working in gold - it is truly special and feels a bit magical in handling it.

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Important Info for July 2021 - re: shipping and communication

Posted by Beth Cyr Kroh on

Hey friends, just a quick note to say I will not be shipping from July 2nd - July 19th. I will mostly be out of the studio and at some times may be out of internet connectivity land. Shipping should resume by July 20, though it may take a few days to get caught up depending on how much I need to ship.

Orders can still be placed for any ready to ship or made to order items. This timeline does not affect the timeline listed on made to order items (except perhaps any that say 2 - 3 weeks) Made to order ring orders will still be in the 6 week range. Digital items are all automated.

Communication may be delayed but I will do my best to respond when I can.

Thanks for understand,

Beth

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The 100 day project - starts Jan. 31 - 100 days of landscapes

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I've been thinking about the 100 day project since I found out just the other day it moved from starting in Apr to Jan. 31st! I panicked a bit as I wasn't sure the timing was great, but I love doing it and loved hearing from friends that are thinking about it. Picking a project really gets my creative juices going and I love talking about potential projects with other people.

For me, doing the thing every day for 100 days is important. Skipping a day or two is not a big deal, but my goal is to do a thing every day. (Other people may have a different goal and taking 120 days to do 100 days of a project may work better for them)

I have a few rules when choosing a project:

*Flexible! Too rigid and there will be too many days it can't get done and then I'll get behind and since doing the thing every day is what is most important to me, I need to be flexible. It also needs to be something I can do at home and not just the studio.
*Broad topic - Allows for growth (which really is ultimately my goal!)
*Defined minimum - easiest thing I'll count
*Special hashtag - mostly for fun. I like to use a unique hashtag that hasn't been used.

-This year I've picked 100 days of landscapes - any landscape, any medium (drawing, painting, printmaking, jewelry, pottery, photography or anything else)

-My minium will be a tiny sketch or a photograph I took that day.

-Other guidelines: Can be for sale or not. They may include custom pieces. I'll count starting a landscape, working on a landscape or finishing a landscape. It won't need to be started and finished on the same day because that just doesn't work with some of my processes. But in general I do want to either start, or finish, one each day but that is a flexible goal. If I finish 2 in one day, I may count one the next day but only a few times! haha!

-Posting is kind of the hardest part. I'll post to stories most days (maybe not weekends) and make a highlight. I have a feeling I'll be posting these to my feed a lot and may do away with my IG feed pattern I've had for years... 😬

-What to do for a hashtag? Suggestions? BCyrKrohLandscapes? 100scapesofland?


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Adopt a tree!

Posted by Beth Cyr Kroh on

Earlier this year, Alex and I planted close to 200 trees. Many were moved from our nursery in Chimacum, where we planted the grafted rootstock 2.5 years ago, to the property in Gardiner. While most have made it and seem to be hanging in there, we have had some challenges with shock, disease and deer. We've purchased some 2 year old trees that will be delivered in the spring to replace some of what we've lost. We'll also be adding some other fruit and nut trees to the property.

We'd love your help in funding our tree planting.

We'll be keeping track and tagging your trees so if you come visit, you can say hi! I also like the idea that the tree will feel some extra love from their adoptive parents.

In 1 - 2 years, we will share a bottle of cider or perry with you (or something else if that's not your thing, maybe I'll draw a portrait of your tree for you, or cast a little pruned off twig in silver for a pendant!)

You can adopt more than one of course. We've averaged the tree cost of the 2 year old trees we're buying this round, around $30/ea.

Venmo is an option if that works for you and reduces the fees for us - @Beth-Cyr

This listing is for credit card options. 

Each order (through the website or venmo) will receive a special thank you card. You can enter your mail address when checking out, or I'll be in touch if I don't already have it.

Thank you so much for your help in growing the future.

apple tree drawing that says adopt a tree, grow the future

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Important holiday shipping info

Posted by Beth Cyr Kroh on

As I’m sure many of you know, there are massive shipping delays for a lot of people and not just USPS. 

There never really have been guarantees with shipping but even less so now. Even if I ship by a certain date, there is a chance that your package will not arrive when you would like it to.  First class packages are definitely being delayed the most, but priority packages are also taking quite a bit longer. 

I would say this a good opportunity to release attachment to a specific outcome! Do presents REALLY need to be there by a certain date? You can always print out a photo or make a cute drawing and wrap that. Get creative! Because if you’re shopping online this year, you’re probably going to have packages that are delayed. 

I tend to be more conservative in my estimates, but I would not plan on any first class mail being delivered in under 7-10 days depending on location. For priority I would plan for a week. 

For hope of delivery by Dec 25th - anything after Dec 14 should be shipped Priority. Anything after the 17th - Express. I’m not sure anything shipped after the 21st would arrive in time unless you live in WA.

It’s a bummer for many small online business that the service we rely on the most is utterly overwhelmed. I tend to have lovely understanding customers, but a lot of customers blame the seller as if we have any control over what happens once the package has left our hands. Anyway, that’s my long winded shipping announcement. My advice, don’t care when something is actually received. Hope for the best, but expect delays.

Sending lots of love this holiday season. 

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