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The Creative Brain

There is nothing more fun to me than being in the "Zone".

The feeling of creative flow for me is just like no other! When I am in this space, I can and only want to create all day long. Inevitably, I do have to stop at some point to take care of the people in my life...but, at times I really think I could just keep going for days! Especially because this state of mind isn't always readily available.

Creatives can be lauded for their talents, but what so many people don't know is that it can take days or weeks (or longer!) for a single creative idea to come through. These are the times when I get out rather than try to push through. I look for inspiration in other mediums like visiting the local art gallery or simply just getting outside. Nature and Architecture are both are huge sources of inspiration for me, and luckily are all around. 

When I recently returned from a nice long sabbatical to the Beach, it was completely necessary that I took that break. I didn't even try to think about creating. I was just soaking up the sun, the sand, the salt, my daughter and my family. It was amazing. But, it was eventually time to return to my craft. 

Now, here I am, finally caught up at last with my life that was on hold while I was away... and I had maybe my most creative idea in a very long time. I am really just so excited with the direction my mind went this week when I looked at a tray of semiprecious Watermelon Tourmaline and Aquamarine stones. I have had these stones for...ages. I have not known what I was going to do to really showcase their beauty, until this week. 

Introducing...my latest Semiprecious Bar Collection!

Gold Bar Necklaces with Semiprecious Stones by Laura James Jewelry

What do you think? Just plain yummy, right?!

I am so glad I took that break so that my brain could come up with these fresh new designs. Available very soon...just in time for the Holidays :).

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

xo-Laura

 

Sensitive Ears? Here's A Fix!

Earring Allergy Fix on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

After being in the Jewelry business for the past 11 years, I have come across more customers with Earring Allergies than I can count!

It's certainly not a fun thing to have happen to you, or to have to deal with, I can personally attest. And just WHY does it happen?

Well, the bottom line is this...

Metals often are mixed with a base. Metals such as 14 karat gold are only truly 58.5% gold... which means that there is a lot of base metal that is mixed in! With Nickel being the most common base AND irritant for people, it is often the culprit.

What about those 14k Gold Earrings that didn't bother you for 10 years... but suddenly you have developed an allergy to?

Metals break down over time and use, so after years of wear and tear from sweat, chlorine, etc, that 14k Gold is wearing down to the base metal...which is what is causing the allergy!

What to Do?
Well, aside from having to have your posts or earwires switched out to (rarely stocked) Niobium, Titanium or Stainless Steel...there's a new option I just found out about. Before you have to forego all of those fabulous earrings you see and wish you could wear...I think it's worth giving this Jewelry Shield product a try. I found it on Amazon for $8.99...

Earring Allergy Solution on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Basically, the silicone coating goes on like Nail Polish... and you just coat the metal, wait 6-12 hours for it to dry, then voila...no irritation, they say! 

Earring Allergy option with Jewelry Shield on the Laura James Jewelry blog 

Let me know if you give it a shot...and whether it works for you or not! I am ordering my bottle today... :)

Here's to wearing earrings with ease!

xox, Laura