And jewelry? Ha! With 3 kids to care for and one income, mama doesn't get gifted with bling. The only real jewelry I have is my wedding ring set, which my husband always points out is worth more than both of our vehicles combined. (We got a fantastic deal direct from the diamond mine, and had it custom made. It ended up appraising for 4 times what we paid for it!)
Now don't get me wrong...I love jewelry. I really do. But I like pieces that are more sentimental than flashy. I am much more likely to gravitate towards one of those family pendants or a charm bracelet with my kids' names on it. I like simplicity, and I like things that are thoughtful. So I will leave the big, gaudy jewels for the Kardashian clan. I don't need them! (Although I would kill to have their genetics. I am still convinced they're not quite human...No one is that perfect all the time!)
So when I discovered Metal Pressions, I was super excited. Not only can I get the beautiful, simple styled jewelry I love so much at an affordable price, I get to design it myself. There are options at every price point, and the design possibilities are basically endless.
About Metal Pressions :
"For as long as Elisha can remember she has been dabbling in all things crafty. Her forays into the handmade crafts and jewelry world started back in her college days with custom designed oil lamps that she sold to local shops. As time went on her horizons expanded into other types of crafts like stamping and scrapbooking. Around 10 years ago she was introduced into the world of hand stamped and handcrafted keepsake and photo jewelry by a close friend. Her skill and expertise developed quickly as did her passion for making beautiful jewelry.
At the time her full time career limited her to practicing her craft as a part time affair or, as her husband likes to describe it, an accelerated hobby. Like many other hand made jewelry designers around the country, the crossover from part time hobby to full time work came when Elisha left her career to raise her children. In her spare moments she somehow found the time to grow her business.
After a little of prodding, she convinced her husband, Andreas, to help with the business by developing a website for her jewelry designs. With a background in internet business systems analysis, web marketing, and a stint in technical manufacturing, he was quick to identify opportunities to help her make and market great products. Together they have created a vision to bring you outstanding crafted hand stamped jewelry, an innovative shopping experience, and exceptional customer service. The end goal is to provide jewelry products at the quality, price, and convenience of the big internet jewelry sites but with the hometown feel of your local mom & pop shop.
We are constantly working hard to source the best silver, gold, and copper necklaces, bracelets, key chains, earrings, charms, pendants, and gems. At the same time we are always working to improve our process to deliver you a superior product than the competition. We have spent countless hours refining our process of stamping, texturizing, blackening letters, and polishing. There are lots of options for customized & personalized jewelry on the internet and we are confident that our handstamped jewelry is the best."
The Creation Process :
Once you're all set and have a design in mind, you simply go to create a new piece. You will be taken to their customization section, where you can choose elements to your creation, like chains, charms, and more.
I chose a 20 inch silver cable and bead chain. Once you select a product, it appears on the screen so you can see your changes and customizations as they happen.
Once you are done creating your jewelry, you will see what it will look like. You will also receive e-mail production updates where you can confirm your design.
The Finished Product :
I would definitely recommend Metal Pressions to anyone who loves giving (or receiving) unique gifts that come from the heart. If necklaces aren't your style, be sure to check out their rings, bracelets, key rings and more. They also have options in gold of all colors, as well as gemstones. There are so many products to choose from, so you're bound to find something for everyone!
How to Connect :
You can also connect with them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
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***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***