Jewelry Business Tips and Hints: Branding, Packaging

I'm often completely focused on cranking through my designs and fulfilling my Peggy Li Creations orders. Packing up the orders is my LEAST favorite activity. But that step after the order is completed can be equally important! I'm talking about packaging and other finishing touches. After all, the first impression a customer gets of your work is when they get the package in the mail and first open it!

I ship using USPS Priority shipping because they provide the boxes/packaging -- that in and of itself looks consistent and professional. I also take advantage of their online postage printing -- a printed label also looks more professional than a hand-written one. It can also help eliminate errors in addresses.

For the product itself, after some trial and error, I've settled on a system that works for me. Zip-top bags for each item (to prevent items from scratching each other), bubble wrap and colorful tissue with a branded sticker. It's simple and functional and doesn't cost a ton (you have to consider all of your packaging part of your expenses. After time, it definitely adds up!).

I've also started giving my jewelry a final polish before packaging -- seems like a no-brainer, but when you are tired at 1 am, it's something I usually forget to do! Smudges, fingerprints, I try and make sure those are cleaned up before the item gets bagged. I like using a Sunshine Cloth, but Pro-Polish pads are great, too (just remember that there is an abrasive on one side).

Some great resources for packaging, including hot-stamped boxes and other custom pieces:

Nashville Wraps
Bags and Bows
Bags of Bags

I use RioGrande, which requires a wholesale account, Nashville Wraps and Bags of Bags.

Got packaging tips and hints? Post a comment and please share!


Jewelry Gifts for Grads!

Every year, as Spring turns to Summer, students turn into graduates. It’s the long awaited and well deserved break many of these hard-working kids have been working toward for years. Many of us get stuck trying to think up thoughtful and creative presents to celebrate the amazing accomplishment of those we love. We search department store shelves, Pinterest boards, and fashion magazines, but of course you are looking for something a little more special and personal for your graduate.

That's where the team here at Peggy Li Creations jewelry would love to help!  Why not treat your grad to some sparkling Diamond Earrings?

Mini Rose Gold Pave Diamond earrings! Rose gold is so hot and is a wonderful, soft golden pink. 

Draped Pave Diamond Earrings are made just for Peggy Li Creations! Traditional sparkle with just a hint of fashion edge. 

Another great way to celebrate your grad with a gift is to give them something personalized. A personalized necklace featuring their initials or the date of their graduation will make your gift even more special.

Nameplate Necklace by Peggy Li Creations. Seen on Rachel Bilson on TV show Hart of Dixie!

Large Letter Initial Necklace by Peggy Li Creations.
What kind of gifts are you thinking of getting for your grad?


Pretty Little Liars Endgame Fashion

I can't believe that iconic TV show Pretty Little Liars is ending after seven seasons! While we wait until April 18th for the final episodes, here is a sneak peek of what's going to happen to our girls Hanna, Aria, Spencer, Emily and Alison. 

Will we finally find out who AD is? Which couples will end up together? So many questions! What we know so far is that there are many characters who will return and there will be another time jump! What else do we know? That Peggy Li Creations jewelry will be a part of the amazing Pretty Little Liars fashion. Check out the screenshot below, featuring Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse). Hanna is wearing my Open Sunburst Necklace and Alison is wearing my Onyx Drop Necklace.

Open Sunburst Necklace seen on Hanna (Ashley Benson)

Onyx Drop Necklace seen on Alison (Sasha Pieterse)

Even more exciting for me is that in this back half of the final season, we have Aria (Lucy Hale) wearing my designs! Aria has always been the boho chic, fashion-forward liar, so it's super exciting to see my work integrated with her style.

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Aria (Lucy Hale) in my Nameplate Necklace (hers reads 'liar" - could that be an AD hint?)

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Aria (Lucy Hale) wearing my Have a Heart Necklace on Pretty Little Liars!

Click here to see all the jewelry
used on the show so far. Did you know, the current costume designer of the show also designed Hart of Dixie and the upcoming Famous In Love? It's a pleasure to work with such talent over and over.

What are you most looking forward to in the final few episodes of Pretty Little Liars? I'm sure there are many Haleb and Ezria and Spooby fans who are hoping their OTP actually end up together. Will they be able to tie up the story in a satisfying way? Who do you think will ultimately be AD? I'd love it to be one of the Liars, maybe Aria? She is the original "shushher" after all.


Jewelry seen on Famous in Love

Did you binge the whole series of Famous in Love like I did? Peggy Li Creations jewelry was featured in the entire first season of Famous in Love starring Bella Thorne! Bella is crazy gorgeous and comes hot off of her Disney Channel show (among other projects) Shake it Up, which also starred Zendaya.

Based on the novel by Rebecca Serle, the story is about starlet Paige Townsen who gets her break on a big Hollywood blockbuster and finds her world turned upside down. Not only does she have crazy chemistry with her costars, but she also finds herself getting embroiled in Hollywood deals and maybe even a murder!

The series also stars Niki Koss, Georgie Flores, Charlie DePew and Carter Jenkins. Produced by I. Marlene King of Pretty Little Liars fame, the show is full of drama, romance and mystery. And the fashion? The fashion was amazing young-Hollywood-of-the-moment amazingness! Follow the Famous in Love TV show on Instagram to see great sneak peeks - I spy some awesome 40's inspired dresses and the best ingenue outfits for Paige.

Paige wore my Star Charm Necklace in several episodes, which is fitting, since she is on her way to being a big star in Hollywood.

Bella Thorne star necklace

star necklace
Niki Koss as Alexis Glenn shows her softer side, wearing my Little Leaf Necklace in gold plated silver. She's the villain, but don't underestimate her! 

I adored this scene with Bella Thorne and Carter Jenkins practicing a sexy dance routine. Bella looks amazing in simple dancewear and my Tiny Feather Charm necklace.

The costume designer on this show also designed Hart of Dixie and the final season of Pretty Little Liars (pretty amazing, huh?). Be sure to check out the jewelry designs seen on those two shows, just click on the links.

Are you excited for this show to start? Won't get to us until April 2017!


Choker Necklaces (That Aren't Cheesy)

This past season has seen the return of a 90's favorite - the choker necklace! Maybe you want to rock them at Coachella or Burning Man, or just to your local coffeeshop. Either way, you don't want to look like you pulled it out of your wardrobe past (um, like I could*), you want a fresh, new take on a favorite trend!

Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry has some great choker necklace options.

For the Boho Chic girl:
silver charm choker necklace
Shield Choker on leather cord with a sterling silver pendant with beautiful granulation detail (handmade by wonderful artisans in Bali). Sure, you can wear this to Coachella, but also to coffee out with friends. Festival, but refined.

For the Fashion Girl:
diamond cut choker necklace
The best part of this Like Lace Choker is that the rhodium plated silver chain is diamond cut for extra edge and sparkle. An unusual take on a choker necklace with a little bit of goth glam edge to it. All of these chokers come with 2" of an extender, by the way, so you can wear any of these as a regular 16" long necklace.

For the Glamour Girl:
multi bar rose gold choker necklace
Elegant 14k rose gold plated chain exudes warmth and luxury. My Multi Bar Choker necklace that doesn't feel trendy, just feels right! A choker necklace that is refined enough to dress up or wear to the office.
For the Artist:
handmade choker necklace
Handmade links are woven together with chain and jump rings to create a delicate and delightful Spark Woven Choker Necklace. You'll love the detail and the matching Spark Earrings.
Do you have a favorite? Are you wearing this trend? Sound off in the comments, below! Let me know what styles of necklaces you'd like to see more of, I'm always trying to give you new designs you'll love!

* Want a real choker necklace blast from the past? Check out my floating "invisible" line and Swarovski crystal necklace I made that was worn by Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Wowza!


Switched at Birth Final Season - Jewelry

All good things must come to an end... including the heartfelt family drama Switched at Birth. The final episodes have been a great look back at past storylines plus setting up the exciting question of where with the Kennish sisters go from here? Where can you go after tackling issues like racism, sexism, campus rape, rights for people with disabilities and let's not forget, a switch at birth?!

Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc) have worn Peggy Li Creations jewelry since the second season, along with other amazing cast members like Lea Thompson(!) and Oscar winner Marlee Matlin. Here are some of the favorites, below! Huge thanks to costume designer Courtney Stern and her team, which gave me so much freedom, often tasking me to make pieces for specific characters! So much fun.

Champagne Citrine Earrings, worn by the ever lovely Rachel Shenton as Lily.

Star Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish, the artistic, tattoo artist sister, in my Pearl and Leather Necklace.

One of my favorites from the show, B.K. Canon as Mary Beth wearing my Two Hearts Necklace.

In one of the most powerful episodes of the season, Shannon Piere-Lewis as Iris tacked racism with her own personal hunger strike, wearing my Butterfly Twist Earrings.

Bianca Bethune as Sharee wears my Teardrop Necklace and Octagon Hoop Earrings (large) on Switched at Birth.

What are your thoughts on the show and the series finale? Which season 1-5 was your favorite? Share them in the comments below! And visit my Switched at Birth jewelry page to see all the looks seen since season 2!


Elementary Jewelry Season 5 Lucy Liu Ophelia Lovibond

Elementary, the CBS show featuring a contemporary Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and his co-detective Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) continues to go strong. Here at Peggy Li Creations, I feel so fortunate to have long working relationships with TV shows of this caliber. 

The fifth season of Elementary saw Holmes' protege Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond) return in a two part episode "Wrong Side of the Road" and "Fidelity". While the strained relationship between Sherlock and Kitty are explored, it is revealed that Kitty has gone back to a more normal life and has even become a mother. In the end, Kitty asks both Sherlock and Joan to be godparents to little Archie.

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Kitty Winter (Ophelia Lovibond) in Peggy Li Creations Half Moon Earrings.

In the amazing season finale (and yes, we have confirmed a season 6 of Elementary!)  Joan wears my Thick Nested Wire ring in 14k gold-filled. She's worn this previously in a sterling silver version!

Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) in a Peggy Li Creations Thick Nested Wire Ring. 

To see all the jewelry pieces used on the show, including on star Lucy Liu, click here for Jewelry Seen on Elementary.

Are you hoping for a sixth season on Elementary?

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The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Jewelry and Farewell

The last episode of The Vampire Diaries series has come and gone and I have finally dried my tears! Whether you loved or hated the ending (were Delena and Stelena fans satisfied?) I will say I loved seeing the true camaraderie and chemistry the cast has had for each other all these years. 

Peggy Li Creations jewelry has had the privilege of working with one of the hardest working crews in the biz for over 5 seasons. In this last and final season, everything was a little more simple, yet a little more epic. 

Kat Graham as Bonnie wore my Warrior Woman Necklace in the episode "Coming Home Was a Mistake". During the finale, I saw a tweet that said that the Bennett witches coulda had their own show and I agree! Spinoff, anyone?
Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) wears my Warrior Woman Necklace.

Candice Accola King as Caroline Forbes wore my Orange Sapphire Cluster Earrings in the episode "The Lies Will Catch Up With You." I've loved seeing the character of Caroline grow over the seasons and her optimistic nature get tested with heartache. Did you think she should have ended up with Stefan and a happily ever after?
Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola King) wears my Orange Sapphire Cluster Earrings.

Check out all the jewelry pieces used on The Vampire Diaries from my collection here. Huge thanks to Virginia and Leigh for letting me a part of this epic show.


Jane the Virgin season 3 Jewelry

Jane the Virgin season three has been a season of change, including the SPOILER ALERT death of Michael #TeamMichaelforever *tears*. After this huge shift, the show jumped three years into the future, with Jane still coping with her immense loss.

Jane is even more battle tested three years later and her wardrobe reflects her more worldy and sophisticated self. Her pop-y accessories are a little more grown-up. Luckily there is still a lot of fun color and great figure-flattering silhouettes (courtesy of costume designer Rachel Sage Kunin).

Happy to say that Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry continues on this journey with Jane, Petra, and Xo.

Jane the Virgin arrow ring
Adjustable Arrow Ring, worn by Jane (Gina Rodriguez).

Petra Jane the Virgin earrings
Petra (Yael Grobglas) wears Peggy Li Creations Bronze Point Earrings on Jane the Virgin.

Jane the Virgin silver earrings
Jane (Gina Rodriguez) wears my sterling silver short Triangle Cage Earrings.

Now that Jane and Michael's chapter has ended, what do you hope for Jane? Should she end up with Rafael? I'd rather she find a different path, as it would seem too pat for her to end up with Raf.  I love the unusual family unit Jane, Raf and Petra make. In any case, I will be watching to see what happens next! Will you?


Basic Beaded Jewelry Collection

Sometimes I wish I could create the most elaborate, bejeweled and bedecked designs possible. But then I remember that creating simple pieces is often more challenging. Voila, my Basic Beaded Jewelry Collection for Peggy Li Creations!

Once I started with the Basic Beaded Necklace with One bead, it grew from there. Here are the foundation pieces for the collection, it's great that you can see the whole collection in a series on this blog, sometimes it's hard to get the scope of a collection just on the website! Mix, match, and of course layer these necklaces together to create something even more complex. Enjoy!

Delicate Beaded Necklace

Basic Beaded Necklaces 

Basic Beaded Earrings
Basic Beaded Lariat

Basic Beaded Bracelet

Which pieces are your favorite?


Jewelry seen in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017

Another great year for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition magazine, featuring not one but three Kate Upton covers for 2017! I remember when Kate Upton wore Peggy Li Creations jewelry the first time my work appeared in the magazine... what a thrill and what an honor to again grace a beautiful model in a gorgeous tropical location.

This year, the model is Myla Dalbesio and she is photographed in Curacao by Ben Watts in Indie Soul swimwear. Wearing my simple Star Charm Necklace, Myla is anything but a simple girl. She wrote a piece about diversity and embracing all body types for Sports Illustrated and her attitude reflects the changes going on with the magazine that is headed up by editor MJ Day and other strong women.

Shop this look and all the other jewelry looks seen in Sports Illustrated Swim by Peggy Li Creations!

Myla Dalbesio Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Jewelry seen in Middle School Movie - Lauren Graham

So fun to have my handmade jewelry appear in the feature film Middle School: The WORST Years of My Life, based on the best selling novel by James Patterson. The movie is about middle schooler Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck) rebelling against his tyrannical school principal. Lauren Graham stars as Rafe's mother, Jules. Lauren Graham of course is best known for her roles Sarah Braverman in Parenthood and Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls. She also rocked two great episodes of Law & Order back in the day! 

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Lauren Graham in Middle School movie wearing Peggy Li Creations Draped Pave Diamond Earrings.

Catch all of my creations on film and TV over at my website,!

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Jewelry on Arrow Season 5

Another exciting season of Arrow has begun and Peggy Li Creations jewelry couldn't be more thrilled that costume designer Maya Mani has selected PLC pieces as part of the wardrobe of the show!

Some of the earrings and necklaces seen so far have been worn by Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and Susan Williams (guest star Carly Pope). See all the pieces worn on Season 5 of Arrow and beyond here.

Felicity Smoak earrings

Emily Bett Rickards earrings Felicity Smoak

Carly Pope Arrow Necklace

Keep watching for even more pieces of Peggy Li jewelry seen on Arrow!  What do you think will happen in the back half of the season? Will Oliver and Felicity get back together? Will the reappearance of Laurel Lance mean Black Canary is back (or maybe just Black Siren)? So many questions! Luckily, Arrow has been renewed for another season, so here's hoping for even more adventure and fabulous fashion, in season 6!


Jewelry on A Rose for Christmas starring Rachel Boston

Another year has gone by and what better way to start 2017 than with a sweet Hallmark movie starring Rachel Boston? The actress known for "Witches of East End" stars as Andy, the plucky daughter of a float maker in A Rose for Christmas. When she has to take over and create the float for banker Cliff, sparks (literal and figuratively) fly. I love that her movies always feature her learning a new craft - see Ice Sculpture Christmas - and this movie is no different. In fact, in this movie, Andy does double duty - not only is she making a float for the venerable Rose Parade in Pasadena, she is a struggling painter, too, looking for inspiration for her work.

Working with Rachel is always a dream. She produces her films and I am so grateful she gives me the opportunity to hear the character breakdown and send anything I think would work for the character. Knowing that Andy would be involved with flowers, love and of course, Christmas, I sent over a few simple pieces. Hope you love!
Rachel Boston A Rose for Christmas Leaf necklace
My favorite look for Andy - my Little Leaf Necklace, so fitting for the artist and flower float-maker! 
Rachel Boston in A Rose for Christmas
Andy (Rachel Boston) wears my Diamond Leaf Necklace and Little Leaf Earrings. 

Rachel Boston snowflake necklace
Who doesn't need a Snowflake Charm Necklace for Christmas?

Rachel Boston jewelry A Rose for Christmas
Another Christmas-party-ready necklace with tree and pine cone (fun fact - the costume designer shortened this necklace, which was sent as a long piece to Rachel).

At the end of the movie, Andy and Cliff unite as a happy couple, of course! Here, Andy (Rachel Boston) wears my Triangle Cage Earrings in small bronze.
Did you catch this romantic holiday movie? What's your favorite holiday movie of all time?

Here's to a happy and healthy 2017!