Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bridal Jewelry That Makes a Statement

Custom Bridal Necklace by Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy

Wedding Jewelry for Brides
Wrapping up a busy holiday season with a final custom bridal necklace to ship out today.  This necklace features grey, cream and white pearls, with crystal accents and vintage rhinestones. 

The clasp is a lovely solitaire ring and hook.  Very appropriate for a wedding day.

Lovely ring hook and clasp.
If you're looking a custom jewelry for your wedding day, visit Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy for styles and ideas.  Custom bridal necklaces, wedding party jewelry and mother of the bride accents are our specialty.  Visit Dabchick Vintage Gems for Bridal Jewelry.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Custom Bridal Jewerly for the Vintage Style Wedding

A Trio of Vintage Rhinestone Statement Cuffs

Custom Bridal Jewelry Makes a Statement

At Dabchick, I enjoy working with brides all over the world to create a custom look and feel for their wedding jewelry.  This trio of bracelets is in the studio now. 

The bride, Christie, from Pennsylvania, has a large wedding party:  nine bridesmaids!  And, generous gal that she is, Christie is having a vintage rhinestone statement cuff made for each of member of her wedding party.  Visit for wedding jewelry inspiration or to find out how you can achieve a vintage look on your wedding day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Vintage Restyled Jewelry on Etsy

Dabchick Vintage Gems August Sale:  Get 20% Off One of a Kind Jewelry

Head over to Dabchick Vintage Gems for restyled classic and collectible jewelry while the selection is hot. 

Choose from one of a kind statement necklaces, charm bracelets, custom rhinestone cuffs and unique wedding jewelry. 

It's all 20 percent off when you use coupon code GET20OFF at checkout. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wedding Jewelry with Vintage Style:  

Modern Bridal Looks with Genuine Vintage Jewels

Vintage Modern Wedding Jewelry Inspiration
If you’re looking for vintage wedding jewelry inspiration, this blog post is for you.  Pictured today are some of my favorite one of a kind statement pieces perfect for brides that want a romantic, vintage look but yearn for more modern styles.

True Vintage Bridal Jewelry
Mixed in with these one-of-a kind necklaces, bracelets, and cuffs are true antique bridal jewelry sets modern enough for a 2012 wedding and affordable for brides on a budget. 
I create modern vintage jewelry with pieces curated from auctions, estate sales, and reliable vintage resellers.  I love the look of antique mixed with newer metals and modern style.  Please visit my online store to see more of my collection, get pricing information, or even commission apiece made exclusively for you.

And, don’t forget to fan me on Facebook for special offers, tutorials, and inspiration. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dear Etsy “Con” Artist: I’m Not Flattered Yet, Please Try Harder

The phrase imitation is the sincerest form of flattery is just another way of saying “to copy is to flatter.”  And on Etsy, this form of flattery is everywhere.  If you’re going to spazz out every time you see someone copy another artist, you’re going to need a big bottle of Xanax to sell on this “One of a Kind” (OOAK) venue.

I’ve sold my altered vintage jewelry on Etsy for three years (along with hundreds, who knows, maybe thousands of other vintage jewelry crafters).  I see a lot of copycats but I know it goes with the territory.   I’m practical.  Maybe there are no original ideas, just reinterpretations?  But, this blog rant is not about re-creations, it’s about rip-offs.  And, when it comes to ripping off my product, I must speak my truth.

Them's Some Big Cajones
So, in a nutshell: Another Etsy shop owner buys my least expensive bracelet, copies it (poorly), posts her fugly cuff bracelet for sale in her Etsy shop, and, attempts to return the original piece to me for a refund. As my husband said, “them’s some big cajones…”

And, he’s right. But.., rather than let it go, which is best in all things Etsy and in life, I’m going to ignore the wisdom in my head, and write about it as a form of exorcism therapy. Oh, I’m also going to send “Ms. Cajones” a link to this blog. I’m not going to ask her to remove the item from her shop. No one’s going to buy it anyway. (Secretly hoping April from Regretsy buys it, I have a major girl crush on April, she’s a hilarious version of American Idol’s Simon Cowell - except for handmade artists, and did I mention she's funny.

Just about every month I get a “convo,” (that’s Etsy slang for email conversation), asking, “how do you make your bracelet cuffs?”  Or, “what clasp do you use” to hold this or that necklace together?   Sometimes it so completely unconsciousness that it’s amusing.  And while I usually don’t respond, I do admire the ball-sack.

How to Spot a Trickster
Other times, people know they are violating one of the 10 Cs, so they try to be really tricky.  I can spot a trickster a lot better having sold on Etsy for a while.  The trickster always begins with the back-story.  For example, here’s an actual convo from a potential customer.  “I’m really interested in purchasing this bracelet for my daughter’s 30th birthday next month in Atlanta but I was wondering what you use to create…

Tricksters accidently use lingo, like questioning how a product “adheres” to a “surface”.  Serious buyers don’t use those words.  Serious buyers always ask one or all of the same questions:  What’s the color?  How will it fit?  And, how quickly can I get it?  That’s someone who wants to buy your product, end of story.

Often tricksters are extremely concerned.  They worry the product will fall apart, and because of their immense paranoia, they must be told specifically how it was created to alleviate their self-torture.  A money-back guarantee is not sufficient for them.  My 100% positive feedback is not enough for these worrywarts.  They must have precise details.  Preferably asap, stat, immediately.  And, please include a detailed photo tutorial.  Close-up photos are very important to worriers.

Fabulous, Not Fugly
Over the year’s I’ve played in the sandbox with my tricksters, leading them on a little, revealing just enough to confuse or annoy them, asking them if I can attend their daughter’s 30th birthday party in Atlanta…  But, I’ve embarked on a new path of spiritual growth and I don’t have time to mess around. 

So if you want to rip me off, come and get it.  You can copy my jewelry but ya can’t copy my style, baby. 

Invoice from Dabchick to Ms. Cajones  (Dec., 5 2011)
Dabchick Sends Bracelet to Ms. Cajones in Dec.

Fugly Cuff for Sale at Ms. Cajones’ Etsy Shop (Jan. 2012)
Ms. Cajones lists Fugly Cuff in Jan.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Prettiest Pearl Wedding Jewelry

Pearl Bridal Jewelry from Dabchick Vintage Gems

I adore the luster of pearl jewelry. I believe women of all skin types look lovely in pearls whether creamy white, ivory or champagne in color, pearls have been the "go to classic" for women through the ages. Here are a few of my favorite pearl jewelry pieces curated from my own designs, from statement necklaces to wedding bracelets, and chandelier pearl earrings, this is a simply luminous selection of pearl perfection!


For more pearl inspiration visit Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy @



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wedding Jewelry, Stunning Bracelets for the Stylish Bride

Five Bridal Bracelets That Make a Bold Statement

While browsing for inspiration, I found these lovely wedding bracelets perfect for the bride who's looking for a major statement for her wrist on her wedding day.

Rhinestone Bauble Cuff

Art Deco Vintage Statement Cuff

Source: via Stacey on Pinterest

High End Lorraine Schwartz Cuff

Vintage Belt Buckle Bracelet

Vintage Pearl and Rhinestone Bracelet