Elk Antler: Stunning and Sustainable

As an artist who specializes in creating handmade wooden jewelry, I have always been drawn to natural materials like elk antler. These materials add unique textures, patterns, and colors to my pieces that simply can't be replicated with man-made materials. One of my favorite materials to work with is elk antler. Elk antler is the fastest-growing mammal tissue and the only tissue that regenerates completely every year. Each year, elk grow new antlers, which are covered in a soft, velvety skin. Once the antlers have hardened, the elk will rub the velvet off on trees, leaving the antlers bare. Elk...

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All About Abalone

Are you looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry that stands out among others but still retains an air of elegance and sophistication? Pieces made from abalone shells are what you're looking for, combining a vivid color palette with a gorgeous sheen. What’s more, abalone shells are a natural material, ethically sourced from sustainable farms. In other words, you can wear exquisite jewelry while remaining environmentally conscious! What Is Abalone? Bill Gracey | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Abalones are marine snails that usually inhabit colder coastal waters of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the West Coast of North America, and Japan. These mollusks cling...

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How to Check Your Ring Size at Home

People often ask me, “Benjamin, how do I figure out what my ring size is? I’d love to order one of your amazing, sustainable rings, but I’m afraid it might be the wrong size when it arrives.” And I completely understand the feeling. After all, there’s nothing worse than buying a ring for yourself (or your loved one) only for it to barely fit or slide right off. Obviously, the best thing you can do is to visit a jewelry store and have the shopkeeper measure your finger. But there are ring manufacturers that don’t have brick-and-mortar stores, or simply...

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The Hit Show Bringing Back a Classic American Style

Season 5 of Yellowstone premiers November 13th on Paramount. As such, I thought it would be timely to address the influence of Native American and cowboy cultures on style and current fashion trends and how Sticks & Stones jewelry fits in. Academy Award-winner Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther, 2018) was chosen as the show's costume designer for Season 1. Carter set out to deliver western wear/ranch wear "with a modern twist." Viewers see drool worthy custom jackets and hats. Carter even reproduced a discontinued style of Ralph Lauren jeans for John Dutton, played by Kevin Costner. High-end designer pieces are...

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Can You Wear Two Rings on One Finger?

Rings come in many different shapes, colors, and styles, making them perfect accessories to show off your personal taste. You can get simple gold or silver ones, rings with gemstones, or even more unique ones made of wood, bones, and other natural materials. Whatever you choose, they’re sure to complement your look perfectly. But what if you want to wear several rings at once? Could you wear them all on the same finger, or is it better not to go overboard? Of course, the choice is yours, but I suggest you give it a try. If you style them properly,...

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Brown Lip Mother of Pearl - One of Nature's Most Beautiful Gifts

Brown lip mother of pearl is one of our favorite precious materials to work with. Not only is it absolutely stunning, but it is also sustainable and can be ethically sourced. It's not so easy to find though. While mother of pearl may look like pearls, there are some key differences between the two. In this post, we want to talk about brown lip mother of pearl and what makes it so special.   What is Mother of Pearl? Mother of pearl is made of an iridescent material called nacre, a calcium carbonate substance secreted by some species of mollusks....

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