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Posted by byHillTribe on November 30, 2013

Some Unusual Events You Can Celebrate With Silver Jewelry


Some Unusual Events You Can Celebrate With Silver Jewelry

Silver jewelry makes a fantastic gift, particularly at this time of year. Silver pendants  make lovely and thoughtful Christmas gifts. They are also wonderful for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and silver is the traditional metal of christening and confirmation gifts, particularly for little girls. But what other, slightly more unusual, events could you celebrate with a piece of silver jewelry? Here are a few ideas:

Celebrate Coming Out at The Other End of a Dark Tunnel

Many people who have a problem with abusing drugs or alcohol (or even both) will make the difficult decision to attend a rehab facility. Some people think that entering rehab means all their worries are over, but actually it is just the start of a new battle. Going through rehab isn’t easy: Inpatient drug rehabilitation can take anywhere between 30 and 90 days, and some statistics suggest that as many as 30% of patients that attend an inpatient recovery facility won’t even manage to stay for the first week. That’s why a piece of silver jewelry makes such a fantastic way to celebrate your sobriety, and going through the rehab process. Sobriety jewelry is a popular new trend across the country right now, and a great physical reminder of what you’ve achieved. What’s even nicer about choosing a piece of Asia Charisma jewelry for this occasion is that each piece is handcrafted by Karen hill tribe artisans, and that keeping a Karen artisan working will help to keep another Karen from turning to drug trafficking and therefore can break the drugs cycle that ultimately ruins so many lives.

Commemorate Your Divorce

This may seem unusual but there is a new emerging trend of divorcees choosing to celebrate their divorce with a new piece of jewelry. Some people choose to buy a new ring, simply because they don’t want to wear their wedding band or engagement ring any more, but just can’t bear to leave their ring finger bare either. Other people see their divorce as a new beginning and the start of a new life, and want to commemorate that with a new piece of jewelry: something to keep as a keepsake and remind them of their brave decision to end an unhappy marriage or break away from an unfaithful partner. In this circumstance a pendant or necklace would make a wonderful reminder to treasure.

Congratulations for a New Job

Getting a new job is an exciting time of change, and for college graduates gaining their very first job it is an even more special reason to celebrate. People often send cards and small gifts to express their congratulations on gaining a new job: why not make it a reason for jewelry too? An ancient proverb once said that “if nothing in the world ever changed their wouldn’t be butterflies” and as that applies so perfectly to changing your career, a butterfly would make the ideal gift for the special successful job hunter in your life!

Celebrate the Birth of a Baby

When a woman has a baby it is traditional for her husband to give her a gift (more commonly referred to in some countries as a ‘push present’). Jewelry is the obvious choice for this kind of gift, as it is something that can be kept and treasured forever, and Asia Charisma can help you celebrate in a unique and unusual way. Did you know that as well as being assigned a birth stone, each month of the year is also assigned a birth flower? You will find the list of birth flowers below, and the site offers each of these flowers as pendant charms. If you have more than one child you could even construct a charm bracelet and and feature each of your children’s birth flowers on it.  Charm bracelets make fantastic gifts, as you can continue to add more and more additional charms to celebrate any special occasion.

January: Carnation

February: Violet

March : Daffodil

April: Sweet Pea

May: Lily of the Valley

June: Rose

July: Larkspur

August: Poppy

September: Forget-me-not

October: Misty Blue Limonium

November: Chrysanthemum

December: Narcissus


Posted by byHillTribe on November 6, 2012

New silver heart charms no number by hill tribe only


It’s been some time since our last update. We are pleased to be able to upload these images as we’ve had several request for new heart charms over the last quarter. Manufacturing has been very slow as orders are not coming in as rapidly. This pushes us into a situation where many items will be deleted from our current catalog to make room for these new designs. It’s a good thing– yes, we agree but unfortunately, upgrading our catalog will take time and some effort. We appreciate your patience in the mean time.

Meanwhile, here are some silver heart charms made by Na Sai’s best silversmiths. Over recent months, many of our Karen hill tribe artisans have moved on to do other things as the substantial slowdown in our global economy has cause many changes in our small silver business. Although we have every ounce of appreciation for the business and clients we do have, the orders submitted to our artisans are not enough to keep many hard working craftsmen working. Due to lack of work, many have found themselves in need of other jobs to make ends meet. We are sorry to see such effects, however we also realize how difficult it is for everyone around the world during these turbulent times. That said, we truly feel blessed for what we have.

God bless and do make sure to drop by and browse our online catalog at Silver-by-HillTribe.com!

Posted by byHillTribe on October 27, 2012

Rugged Jewellery is all the Rage!


Back to Nature: Rugged Jewellery is all the Rage

Gone are the days when people yearned for a perfectly-formed dainty piece of jewellery. These days, in a fashion world inspired by bohemia and the desire to be “unique”, people are turning instead to naturally formed materials that convey a sense of spiritualism and earthy charm. The trend for “New Age” jewellery is aimed at the fashion-conscious young consumer and features layered, bulky and rugged pendants, chains and beads. Jewellery design is taking on new levels of originality and “soul”, presenting a new “maximalist” trend where asymmetry, mis-matching and layering are all prevalent. Precious stones, gems, crystals and feathers, as well as leather, rope and aged metal are all used to create a unique sense of imperfection.

Crystals – with their many jagged shapes and unique formations – are an integral part of this new jewellery design trend; no two crystals can ever naturally be the same. These rugged crystals are often paired with other naturally inspired materials such as brown worn leather, treated wood and even flowers. The unique pieces are then combined with precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum to add that luxurious edge.

Beautiful wilderness

Bohemia is the buzz word, and these aesthetics are combined with fine top-end design to create jewellery that is more akin to art; a type of dishevelled luxury that is geared towards the young and trendy. Examples of this ever popular trend are apparent in both emerging and well established brands. One such brand is Dreams of Norway. The Norwegian jewellery designers are inspired by the country’s harsh and beautiful wilderness, fusing soft colours with rugged and sharp shapes and textures. The brand uses locally sourced natural materials such as native crystals, wood, stone and even animal horn to reflect the weathered feel of the vast Norwegian outdoors. Each unique piece of the jewellery range – which includes necklaces, bracelets, rings and even body harnesses – is handmade by a member of the design team, in order to give customers a sense of owning something that nobody else can ever replicate.

Inspired by travel

Australia based Maripossa was created when founder, Lauren Besser, got back from his travels through Central and South America and Africa. He felt inspired by the sights and materials he encountered on his trips, and decided to make a range of jewellery that encompassed the natural beauty of the countries he visited. Featuring natural silver and crystals, each of his beautiful pieces bares its own shape, colour and size. The crystals are cut and dyed by hand in order to make each one extra special and personalised. Besser’s avoids symmetry to create an intended lack of perfection in his designs and also uses his signature web-style woven silver pendants and chains.

Authenticity and intrigue

One particularly unique designer is New Zealand-based Anna Ross, and her label, Kester Black. Instead of the typical sparkling finish epitomised by most crystal pieces, Anna’s crystals are purposely given a matted and scratched finish, making them appear dark, but with hints of deep fluorescent colour. The rock-styled crystals are designed to give off an air of mysteriousness and intrigue, their unique appearance almost startling to the eye. The Kester Black range of crystal pendants are then moulded into chunky shapes and paired with fine distressed silver chains or rings. Anna Ross’ range of eye-catching designs pay homage to the current trend for mythical and tribal authenticity that is becoming increasingly popular.

High cost

The trend for naturally-sourced and rugged jewellery is apparent throughout both high end and high street fashion. However, it is particularly prevalent in the luxury sector, due to the high cost of sourcing real crystals, precious metals and leather, coupled with the high production cost of handmade pieces. Due to their individuality, they are also, unfortunately, more attractive to thieves. When building such an impressive and personal collection of jewellery, it is important to protect it. One is encouraged to protect from theft when buying high-end pieces like the ones mentioned above by seeking out a specialist insurance package that is tailored towards high-end jewellery ownership. The downside of losing jewellery pieces like this is that they are very often one-of-a-kind works of art that are very hard to replace; to protect from loss, make sure you keep detailed records and photographs of your jewellery collection should you be unfortunate enough to lose any of it.



Posted by byHillTribe on September 21, 2012

The Rising Trends in Handmade jewellery


Intricacy and Attraction – The Rising Trends in Handmade jewellery

With all popular products and commodities, trends are constantly evolving and changing in order to keep up with changing consumer demands, with handmade jewellery being no exception. As clothes can be laborious and run the risk of not fitting, you bought music last year, and the romantic present of champagne and flowers went down well on her birthday, its safe to surmise that handmade jewellery has long been considered to be the perfect romantic gift. To ensure that you are up to date with the latest handmade jewellery styles when choosing your precious handcrafted gift, take a look at some of the rising trends in handmade jewellery.

The increasing desire to be unique

While the mods of the 60s prided themselves in collectively bragging sideburns, pointed shoes and neat narrow trousers, and the punks with their pierced noses, pink hair and shocking dress sense meant there was no way you could miss them, in contemporary society there seems to be a common desire to be unique.

Unlike the jewellery that has been churned out in factories for the high street and designer brands, the wearer of a beautiful handmade necklace will not run the risk of there being umpteen other ladies at the Christmas Eve party wearing the same necklace.

The raw materials that many handmade jewellers use to produce their products vary tremendously. Materials such as pearls, resin, amber, shell, turquoise and coral are crafted to create geometric shapes, bright colours and truly unique pieces of jewellery.

As the demand for unique jewellery rises, in which no-one in the world would have the exactly the same piece, handmade jewellery is becoming increasing more unique. With asymmetry, striking colours, and bizarre concoctions of materials, progressively gaining presence on handmade jewellery stalls across the world, handcrafted jewellery is evolving with the collective desire to show uniqueness.

Celebrity endorsed statement jewellery

With actress Eva Mendes stepping out in a stunning turquoise collar at the Golden Globes, the handmade statement necklace has made its way into the modern jewellery must haves.

Once upon a time celebrities stood accused of following each other like sheep. They may have more money than sense and be able to afford to wear a different pair of Swarovski crystal earrings every day of the week but there is a growing trend in the celebrity world to exploit the unique and charming merits of handmade statement jewellery. From huge stones, gems and rocks, to metal beads, designs and even feathers, eye-catching handmade statement jewellery is becoming a regular feature of the red-carpet premiers.

For example, American actress, model and film producer, Brenda Song is a self-confessed fan of rare jewellery that has been crafted by hand, and was recently seen stepping out in a fabulous antique handmade jewellery set.

Pieces of jewellery that have been meticulously created by hand with lavender blue gems have been in relatively high demand in recent years. Due to the natural beauty of these semi-precious stones there are always slight variations in the shape, colour and appearance, and no two pieces of handmade lavender blue jewellery could ever be the same. American actress Paige Davis is reportedly a big fan of lavender blue jewellery having been snapped by the paparazzi recently sporting a stunning mystic lavender blue necklace.

Handcrafted jewellery for any occasion

Whilst there may have been certain codes of jewellery practice for different occasions, there is a growing trend for bold, bright handmade jewellery to be suitable for practically every occasion. Weddings, for example, would typically be an occasion where one would wear a small, subtle silver necklace, a pair of inconspicuous pearl earrings and a dainty little bracelet. Nowadays, wedding guests can get away with unique handmade jewellery that can even be bordering on the bizarre. Handmade jewellers are selecting only the finest pearls, crystals, and other beautiful raw materials to guarantee that each piece of handmade wedding pieces of art is finished to an exceptionally high standard.  With the increasing demand for beautifully rare handmade jewels for practically any occasion, items of handmade jewellery could be regarded as being one of the most perfect romantic gifts. Whether it is opening a breathtakingly rare bracelet on Christmas Day that has been painstakingly created in the foothills of the Himalayas, being presented with a stunning handmade ring on Valentine’s Day, or being given an especially well thought out hand crafted amber broach on a birthday, these valuable gifts radiate romanticism, thoughtfulness and are widely regarded as the perfect romantic gift. In fact any woman, and many men for that matter, would enjoy being given an exquisitely made unique piece of jewellery on their special day.   Jewellery that reflects the receivers’ personality rather than the ubiquitous and monotonous factory-churned high street and designer jewellery that, by comparison, has little personality or character, can be one of the most treasured gifts a woman, or man, can be given.

Whilst the world of handmade jewellery may be traditional, unchanged and timeless in its making techniques, it is still as fashion commodity and, similar to all fashion commodities, is a dynamic and fast-moving one whereby trends are consistently evolving.

Posted by byHillTribe on September 3, 2012

Elizabeth Plumb Jewelry– unique creations by a focused mother


Elizabeth Plumb Jewelry.

To start of this month, we’d like to give thanks to one of our first and most loyal customer, Elizabeth Plumb. Hands down one of the most creative jewelry creator in the world. She’s also a busy new mother so she’s left us wondering how it’s even possible to give all the love and care to a child while staying focused to create such spectacular designs. If you’re the type of person who just can’t refuse the Sundance Catalog type of jewelry, then Elizabeth Plumb design is for you! Matter of fact, if you’ve ever browsed the Sundance Catalog or receive it in the mail, you’ve already seen her creative designs.

We have designed and manufactured hill tribe silver components for Elizabeth Plumb jewelry for many years and counting. Elizabeth is a loyal customer and from a supplier’s perspective– demanding of quality. LOL. She wants her silver jewelry components handmade to ‘HER SPECIFICATIONS’ always. This is a reassurance to her customers that the designs she makes is not only stunning and practical but also withstanding. Here’s a bit about Elizabeth as described by her.

About Elizabeth Plumb –by E.Plumb –Excerpt from http://www.elizabethplumbjewelry.com

So my story is fairly simple. Ten years ago, I began making jewelry as a hobby. Although I loved the process of creating the jewelry, I found myself stashing my finished pieces in the kitchen drawer. Eventually, I gained enough confidence in my work and to wear some of my jewelry and even began giving pieces as gifts. After a couple of phones calls from people offering to buy pieces they had seen on friends and family members, and even a lady at the grocery store requesting to buy a piece right off of my neck, I was ready to take the plunge. Here in Salt Lake City, we have a wonderful art and farmers market that gives any serious artisan the opportunity to present their work in the open market. Although I was terrified to open myself to the scrutiny , half way through my first showing I was hooked. Within a year I had quit my day job, was doing every market and art show that would have me, and was totally content with where my little business was at. But natural progression and new opportunities required that I refocus my efforts. So to make a long story short, my husband quit his day job to manage the business so that I could totally dedicate myself to new desings. Although we still consider ourselves a bit of a “ma and pa operation,” (and continue to love doing art shows and markets), we now have pieces in galleries and shops throughout the country and have also been given opportunity to design pieces for the Sundance Catalog and as well as a few smaller publications.

If shopping online is not your thing, I will be showing my work weekly at the Downtown Art and Craft Market in Salt Lake City as well as the Park Silly Sunday Market in beautiful Park City, Utah. I also present my work at various galleries and art festivals throughout the year. To date, I’ve been blessed to have fifteen of my original pieces featured in the Sundance Catalog.

Each piece of artisan jewelry you will find is an original design and has been handcrafted using semi-precious metals such as sterling silver, gold, brass, and patina copper. A few of the semi precious stones I love working with are turquoise, garnet, labradorite, citrine, apatite, and chalcedony. You’ll also find cultured pearls, cz’s, hand blown glass, leather,wood, and Irish linen incorporated into various pieces. Wire wrapping is one of my favorite techniques and each piece of wire wrapped jewelry is done with sterling silver or gold filled wire to ensure it’s stye and durability.

If shopping online is not your thing, I will be showing my work weekly at the Downtown Art and Craft Market in Salt Lake City as well as the Park Silly Sunday Market in beautiful Park City, Utah. I also present my work at various galleries and art festivals throughout the year. To date, I’ve been blessed to have fifteen of my original pieces featured in the Sundance Catalog.

We highly recommend Elizabeth Plumb Jewelry and hope you will stop by her website ElizabethPlumbJewelry.com/ and give her some support. Thank you for stopping by. Stay healthy, stay creative and God bless!

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