Should You Put Price Tags on Your Jewelry?

Copyright by Rena Klingenberg

Do you sell more jewelry by placing a visible price tag on each piece, or by leaving the price a mystery until the customer inquires about it?

Some jewelry artists prefer to leave prices off their jewelry, so customers will have to ask about pieces that interest them – thereby giving the jeweler the opening to establish a relationship with the customer and sell the piece.

Others feel that customers will assume jewelry without price tags must be too expensive, and that they’ll leave your booth without ever asking how much that beautiful bracelet costs.

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Amethyst Hope Bracelet

This is the third of the bracelets made on the Cottonwood trip. Like the rhodochrosite bracelet, this one also uses the small hematite beads as spacers so that the “Hope” ribbon charms don’t look awkward. The amethyst beads are a little smaller than the rhodochrosite, so there are four in each segment on this bracelet. The purple of the amethyst in the bracelet could represent any of the meanings assigned to a purple awareness ribbon, a list of which can be found here.

Rhodochrosite Hope Bracelet

This bracelet is the second of the three I made on our trip to Cottonwood. The pink stones are round rhodochrosite beads. With the addition of the “Hope” ribbon charms, the bracelet would have looked a little awkward, so I added some tiny hematite beads as spacers. The pink color worked well for a piece of Breast Cancer awareness jewelry. I plan on making a necklace to match this bracelet and will post the picture of it when it’s complete.

Chrysoprase Frog Bracelet

Traveling through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona got me somewhat inspired. When we came to visit our friends in Cottonwood this weekend, I saw down at the table and started to make some bracelets with the beads I brought with me. Sue likes frogs and, since I had some frog charms with me from the last trip to the bead store, I made her a 5-strand bracelet using chrysoprase beads. Then I attached some frog charms to the strands and voila! I love how the beads look like strands of frog eggs like you would find in a pond. Sue’s husband, Erv, thinks the bracelet has a distinctly southwestern look.

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Text from Emily Gems

This is THE stone everyone should have for protection. This group of stones are variegated chalcedony. The agate is one of the oldest stones in recorded history.

Agates attract strength. Agate is a protection from bad dreams. It also protects from stress and energy drains. Agates have been used in jewelry since Biblical Babylonian times. They were used to ward off storms. They were prized gems in antiquity. The agates with banded colors were placed at the head of a sleeper to give rich and varied dreams. Agates have been thought to be good to harden the gums. Continue reading


Text from Gemstone Education

Chrysoprase is a very rare form of quartz. Its most striking attribute is its beautiful color, that of a green apple. However it should be noted that Chrysoprase also comes in a very dark green. Chrysoprase contains traces of nickel; the nickel that is found inside the Chrysoprase is what gives it its color. Continue reading


Text from Emily Gems

Labradorite is a power stone, allowing you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. It is excellent for strengthening intuitions. Continue reading


Text from Emily Gems

Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve is called amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning “without drunkenness” and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison. Continue reading

Yellow Jade

Text from Trinity London

Where Yellow Jade is Found

Jadeite (one of the two varieties of jade which includes yellow jade) can be found in Japan, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Guatemala, and in California and Alaska within the United States.

Color of Yellow Jade

Although jade is most often considered a green stone, the variety of jade known as jadeite comes in a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, lilac, pink, black, white, and brown. The variety commonly called yellow jade is bright translucent yellow. Continue reading