FAQ: What's in a name? Naming your jewelry.

Is it important how you name your jewelry pieces? Yes, yes it is! A good name is part of the overall branding experience and you should follow similar rules. That is, know your target market and name your pieces with the same flair as you would treat any of your other branding materials.

Creative vs. Actual Names
I used to give all of my handmade jewelry pieces "creative" names. And we've all seen jewelry lines where every piece is named after a persons' name, like the "Julia" or the "Rebecca". While there is nothing wrong with creativity, or by naming pieces after friends/family/famous people, I now prefer to do a mix of creative that evokes a feeling or image (that your customer would relate to) OR a direct name, which is beneficial for SEO reasons.

Creative Names:
A creative or evocative name helps the customer imagine the mood/situation they'd wear the piece for. For that reason, I try and stick with positive names (remember, do what works for your branding) that someone would feel good knowing they are wearing. For example, the Nested Jewel Necklace. To me, that name feels warm, comfortable, yet luxe, and also can describes the actual "nested" design.

Some of my most popular designs have tongue-in-cheek names, for example:

Weather the Storm! Necklace

Tuxedo Crystal Earrings

Fly Free Necklace

Clever names must make sense with the design, so it becomes memorable and creates an image in the mind. Otherwise, it can become silly.

Actual Names:

The Fly Free Necklace is a good example of an actual/creative name. The name creates an image, but is also descriptive of what the item actually is. Same goes for the next piece, the Bird on a Branch Necklace. An "actual" name can be useful if you are using keywords -- in the above example "bird necklace" is a search term. "Pearl Necklace" is pretty boring, but people are probably searching for "Pearl Necklace" when they shop. How about, "Gunmetal Pearl Fringe Necklace"?

So remember to keep in mind when naming your jewelry creations:

1) Spelling counts!
2) Keep it short (if you can)
3) Think SEO
4) Evoke a feeling
5) Be descriptive
6) Think of your brand/image

Hope that was useful! You can read more about naming jewelry in this article by BeadingDaily.com -- How to Name Your Jewelry Projects

The Birds! Charms, Toggles and More...

I've noticed recently that I LOVE all things avian -- I have bird charms in many styles, shapes and finishes. I even have some bird-themed clasps! So, in honor of this feathered madness, I've created a new Necklaces category of "Bird Necklaces"!

Check out the latest Bird Necklaces, including the fabulous Rumi Bird Pendant (a poem is on the back) from Green Girl Studios.

Need Bird themed earrings? I have those, too!

Bird on a Branch Earrings


UPDATE -- Peggy Li Creations Holiday Jewelry Events

RAG Co-op event CANCELLED Due to rain! But there's still time to order online! Use coupon code "rainyday" to get 20% off* this Saturday and Sunday Dec. 12-13th at http://www.peggyli.com! Place your orders before Dec. 14th to ensure delivery in time for xmas!

* Limit one coupon per customer. Expires 12/13/09. Not valid for orders placed before 12/12/09.

I have three events this week where you can meet me and see my handmade jewelry in person! I always have unique, one-of-a-kind pieces plus great discounts on your Peggy Li Creations favorites. Want to see something specific? Please email me in advance and I'll do my best to bring it.

Appel and Frank is this Thursday, Dec. 10th from 5-10 pm. If you RSVP online by Wednesday, you'll get in FREE.

The Regency Center: The Sutter Room
1270 Sutter Street at Van Ness
San Francisco, CA

RAG Co-Op Sidewalk sale this Saturday and Sunday Dec 12-13, 12-4 pm (weather permitting). I'll be in Hayes Valley outside the RAG Co-op with my jewelry! Come on by.

541 Octavia St.
San Francisco, CA

For more details on the location and times for these events, please visit my Events page.

Happy Holidays!

Rio Grande Emerging Artist Call for Entries -- Deadline December 3

Rio Grande is one of the world's leading wholesale suppliers of jeweler's equipment, materials and finished goods. Every year they sponsor a design competition for jewelry artists in many categories. This year, the entry deadline for Emerging Artists is December 3, 2009.

The Emerging Artists category is for designers 18 years or younger. First place is a $500 gift certificate to Rio Grande plus having your winning entry named during JCK Las Vegas in 2010.

This is a prestigious competition not to be missed. Submit your entry online at the Saul Bell Design Award website. The website also contains details on entry qualifications, examples of past winners and more.

Black Friday 25% Off Coupon for Peggyli.com!

take a break from cooking and shop early! Here it is, a huge 25% off savings for Handmade Jewelry by Peggy Li Creations! Just enter coupon code "holiday09" at checkout until 12/1!

Items that normally are $49 are now just $36.75!

There are new Swarovski crystal earrings and Swarovski crystal necklaces on the site. Go shop!


FAQ: Why Social Media?

This year has certainly been the Year of Social Media. Suddenly you can't turn around without somebody mentioning Facebook or Twitter. As sites like these continue to blend the lines between friends and businesses, information and speculation, it leaves many small businesses wondering, "do I need to get involved?".

It's especially difficult because small biz owners are already so busy! We run our sites, manage our orders, write in our blogs (remember them?). The first question to ask yourself is, do you have time for the upkeep additional outlets would require? They only work as long as you can feed the beast. Luckily, there are a few tricks to make this part easier, but it still requires time... keep reading!

What are the benefits of having a Facebook page and Twitter account? Here we go:

There are millions of people using Facebook these days to interact with friends (and let's be honest, it's great virtual people-watching). It makes sense to put your product/brand where the people are! In addition, you get "free" promotion by taking advantage of the Kevin Bacon effect -- when you build your pages you can populate it with your friends and current contacts. Any action they take on your page is pushed out to the News Feeds, where *their* friends, who may not know your company, can see it!

I recommend making an official business (or "Fan") page for your business. That way you can keep your personal stuff personal (but realize customers may find you there, as well) and business just business. If you stay disciplined, you can absolutely keep the two separate, and Facebook provides permissions tools to help you manage those accounts.

With Facebook, you have a platform for people to become "fans" of your work and interact with you directly. The interface is probably something they use already (unlike blogs), so it's easy and spontaneous for them to reach you. Give your fans insights into your daily work life, plus don't forget to try special offers/coupons just for fans!

Twitter: Twitter is a strange place. It's like an ongoing stream of information, and your customers can "follow" this stream of updates from you. In many ways the content is similar to Facebook -- give followers a peek into your everyday business life. It is also a platform to instantly communicate to your followers -- they will most likely only see the message if they are online at that moment. Keeping this in mind, play with Twitter to do "of the minute" promotions and contests.

It can be difficult to keep up with all of these outlets in addition to running the business. However, there are tools to help you connect your blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts so one update can appear in all places.

You can follow Peggy Li Creations Handmade Jewelry on Twitter.

and on Peggy Li Creations on Facebook!

Have other thoughts on Social Media? Post a comment here!

Good luck,

Holiday Jewelry Picks From Peggy Li Creations

It's never to early to get gifts for the holiday or pick out items for your Wish List! Here are my top picks from Peggy Li Creations for everyone on your gift list.

The Girl Who Has Everything

There's only one answer for this one; diamonds! Classic, classy, and oh-so-unique, I recommend these Rough Diamond Hoop Earrings.

The Girl Who Doesn't Wear a Lot of Jewelry
This is always a toughie. You wanna give a little glitter but not go too over-the-top. Luckily, Peggy Li Creations Handmade Jewelry has a wide variety of styles to choose from! My pick is my Simple Dot Necklace, because it is exactly that -- simple and easy to wear!

The Girl Without Pierced Ears
No worries! Most of my handmade earring designs can be converted to clip on earrings. Click here for more info.

The Fashionista
I like to take trends and do them my way -- right now the tangled chain look is hot hot hot. My version is a little more refined while keeping the edge! Oxidized Mesh Necklace.

The Hippie Chic Chick
I can't pick just one! Check out all of my Yoga/Spiritual Necklaces; you can't go wrong.

The Fashionable Mom
No question, a great pick for Mom would be a Personalized Necklace, like my Floral Initial Necklace.

Need other suggestions? Post a comment, let me know!

FAQ: Where Do You Get Your Materials/How to Navigate a Bead Show

I go to the International Gem and Jewelry Show at the San Mateo Expo center every time it is in town to get fabulous beads for Peggy Li Creations Handmade Jewelry. This November 27-29th you can browse for amazing finished jewelry as well as for everything you need to make your own! These large shows can be very overwhelming for the first-time visitor. Here are a few tips and hints for making the most of your visit if you are looking for jewelry making supplies.

1) Sign up for the event mailing list. They will send coupons and brochures previewing the exhibitors that will be attending the show.

2) Dress comfortably -- you'll be on your feet for potentially a few hours!

3) Bring a snack and water with you, the only concessions are your basic greasy/soda offerings.

4) Bring a shopping list, set a budget for yourself and walk the whole floor! The best way to stay focused is to have an idea of what you are looking for and to walk the whole floor before making a purchase decision. Many vendors will carry the same supplies at different prices!

5) If you have a resale license, you can enter the wholesale area at the back of the venue. Bring a copy since you will get great wholesale deals and exclusive vendors in the back!

6) If you are trying to match stones or other materials, bring a sample with you so there can be no question about what you want to get.

7) Pick up business cards or catalogs from your favorite vendors so you can find them again next time!

8) Get your hand stamped at the door if you want to exit and reenter later. They also often hand out free passes for the rest of the weekend at the exit, so be sure to grab one.

9) When in doubt, don't buy. If you're not an expert in the materials you are looking at and you feel pressured to buy something, go home and do research and sleep on it, or if you do buy, ask whether there is a return policy (often there isn't). There's always going to be some cool supplies you wish you could get, but put it on the list for next time rather than have buyers remorse!

10) When you get home, write down notes on your favorite vendors, including what you bought from them and the prices.

Shows like this one can be a fantastic resource for the jewelry maker. If you follow these tips, you'll have more time to focus on your creative inspiration while you're there! Have fun and see you there!

Do you have other tips? Feel free to add them as a comment, below!

JA Warns Industry About 60 Minutes Segment on Gold

JA Warns Industry About 60 Minutes Segment: "Jewelers of America sent out a letter Monday in an effort to prepare the jewelry industry for the upcoming CBS 60 Minutes segment that focuses on the issue of artisanal gold mining in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo..."

I had a jewelry customer ask me yesterday if I knew where my gold came from (I've also been asked about my diamonds)... alas, I do not know firsthand. And when I've tried to source materials, often my suppliers don't know the true origin, either. This information is often lost in translation or because materials change so many hands before becoming a final product.

This has gotten me thinking -- I see many jewelers who claim to be "eco-friendly jewelry" that state that their materials come only from recycled metals, etc. How do they know this? I'd love to hear better ways of sourcing my materials.

I do want to say that I source the majority of my materials through the largest US companies as well as through local suppliers. I'll try and do a little more research, though, and will post on what I discover!


Swanstrom Disc Cutter - Review

When running your own small business, it is often a difficult decision to invest in tools. I find that I purchase new equipment rarely, especially since I do more beadwork than benchwork in my handmade jewelry business, Peggy Li Creations. However, I recently purchased a Swanstrom disc cutter from Rio Grande and love it! It takes minimal force from a brass (I use a 1 lb) hammer to punch perfect discs from soft metal sheet. Metals such as copper, sterling silver, fine silver no thicker than 20 gauge. Be sure to use burr-life lubricant on the cutting tools to extend their sharpness and a piece of scrap sheet opposite the hole you are punching (in the same gauge of sheet) to extend the life of the tool.

The Swanstrom disc cutter is a bit on the pricey side, but look at the cool handmade jewelry pieces I've been able to make with it. See these and other handmade jewelry pieces at Peggy Li Creations:

Domed Pearl Necklace

Patterned Disc Earrings

Peggy Li Creations on Vacation!

Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know that I'll be on vacation from 10/19-10/29. Orders can be placed during this time BUT you will not be charged until I return and your order ships.

Thanks for your understanding! Aloha!

Peggy Li
Handmade jewelry by Peggy Li Creations

Jewelry Accessories at Peggy Li Creations -- Rolls, Cleaning Cloths, Trays

Don't forget that Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry carries accessories for your jewelry! Including fabulous Stephanie Johnson jewelry travel rolls (these things are sturdy and substantial and make a great gift), jewelry trays for your table, and Sunshine jewelry cleaning cloths (perfect for sterling and gold-fill items).

Check these out on my Accessories page!


Peggy Li Creations Holiday Shipping Dates!

Holiday shipping dates are now posted at peggyli.com and below:

Please remember that mail often takes longer than posted delivery estimates around the holiday season. Please place your orders early to give me time to make and ship your goodies!

For (Continental US) USPS Priority Mail, FedEx and Global Express customers, please place your order by December 14 to ensure delivery by December 24th.

For USPS Global Priority Customers, please place your order by December 1 to ensure delivery by December 24th.

If you miss these dates, I'll do my best to ship your packages as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! Please feel free to email me if you have questions about your order.

Private Practice Season 3 Premiere!

Very excited for the debut of a new season of "Private Practice"! You'll be sure to see lots of Handmade Jewelry by Peggy Li on there. Here's a sneak peek of items they may feature:

Cascading Gold Bracelet

Tiny Om Necklace

Butterfly Post Earrings

Fall Jewelry Fashion from Peggy Li Creations

I've been inspired by cool new materials to create some Fall-inspired pieces. From deep dark lava stone paired with rich jewel toned stones to the sheen of a green-purple pearl, these are some of my latest handmade jewelry picks for your Fall wardrobe. Above, the Caviar Pearl Earrings.

Lapis and Onyx Necklace

Pearl and Black Necklace

Your Inspirational Quotes/Words

Hi all,

I'd love to know what quotes, poems, sayings or words you find inspirational. I wear a charm bracelet with the word "create" on it... I bought it after moving out of LA to remind me to stay creative (why I had moved to LA in the first place).

I've also been thinking lately about the Robert Frost poem, "The Road Not Taken" and the lines,

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

I'd love to create more pendants/stamped items with your favorites. In the meantime, check out my Live, Laugh, Love Tag Pendant at handmade jewelry by Peggy Li.

Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Delicate Leaf Earrings

Listen to your customers! This was a request to match the Delicate Leaf Necklace... introducing, Delicate Leaf Earrings! Available in gold-fill or sterling silver or a mix of rose gold-fill and gold fill.

See the Delicate Leaf Earrings and other handmade jewelry items at Peggyli.com

Save 20% off Until 8/25 on Handmade Jewelry

Only a few more days left to save at Handmade Jewelry by Peggy Li! I've just added some awesome items to the site, including a revamped Round Initial Necklace and Gypsy Hoop Earrings (in 3 sizes!).

A wealth of jewelry finds, all for 20% off when you use coupon code "save20" at checkout. Hurry, this offer lasts only until 8/25/09.

Step into the quirky, tender, lumious world of Wena Poon

A jewelry client of mine, Wena Poon, is super-talented and has written her 2nd book. Here is an excerpt from the book jacket:

"Wickedly funny, full of little turns and surprises, warmth and humanity."
Suchen Christine Lim, winner of the Singapore Literature Prize and author of The Lies That Build A Marriage

Step into the quirky, tender, luminous world of Wena Poon.

In California, a dot com executive falls in love with an Asian barista in a coffee joint. In Malaysia, a Chinese woman boards a plane to London for sex tourism. In New York, an English couple abandons their baby at the door of a Japanese restaurant. In New Hampshire, a depressed transvestite snowboards into an avalanche in emulation of his favorite opera heroine.

Poon’s first book, Lions In Winter, was listed for both the 2008 Irish Frank O’Connor Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. In her second book, Poon writes of chance encounters and impossible romances in the digital age. Her characters are beautiful, damaged, funny, serious, and always relentlessly cool. Wry, observant and assured, this is contemporary storytelling at its exhilarating best.

"The sassiest of writers. Her characters don't just 'live', they bounce off the page and pour themselves a drink. Poon has a real, enviable gift."
Vanessa Gebbie, winner of the Daily Telegraph First Novel award, the Fish Short Story Prize and author of Words from a Glass Bubble

Sounds great, right? Check it out!


Peggy Li Creations Facebook Fans get 25% Off Until 8/11/09!

That's right! Become a fan of Handmade Jewelry by Peggy Li Creations on Facebook and get the scoop on how you can save 25% off any www.peggyli.com order!

Just go to my Facebook Fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peggy-Li-Creations/18327437389

and Fan me!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Bean Hoop Earrings

Introducing... the bean! This unusual shape is the latest in my delicate handmade hoop earring collection. Available in sterling silver, gold-fill and rose gold-fill.

Stock up now on this and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Diamond Hoop Earrings

Luxurious but affordable! These handmade earrings feature a small hammered loop and a dusting of platinum colored rough diamonds. These give a ton of sparkle when they hit the light.

See these and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Butterfly Twist Necklace

I am loving my abstract Butterfly Twist Necklace. The square wire provides shine and I hand-twist each pendant, so each necklace is unique. In your choice of gold-fill or sterling silver, this handmade necklace is sure to please.

See this and other handmade jewelry at peggyli.com!


July Monthly Business Goals

Hi! I'm participating this month in a blogging Business meetup from Modish Biz Tips. Here's a list of what's on deck for my handmade jewelry business, Handmade Jewelry by Designer Peggy Li.

Ok, here goes:

July Business Goals

  • Finish consignment order
  • Finish custom wedding order (bracelet and earrings)
  • Finish TV costume orders
  • Pack and move to new apt!
  • Don't forget to do quarterly sales tax payment/report
  • One blog post a week

Hm, now that I look at the list, they are BIG, general goals. But considering that I'm moving this month, that's about all I can muster.

'Til next month!

The Perfect Workspace for Handmade Jewelry

I've been on the hunt for a new apartment, which has made me think a lot about the perfect workspace. I currently have a great live-work situation with big windows and my workbench situated just right (in front of my TV)... Here are the things I consider crucial to my space:

Light! Sunlight preferred
Table top space
Space for storage
Space for computer
Space for entertainment (TV, music)

What do you find most important to your creative workspace? Post a comment here!

In the meantime, check out my handmade designer jewelry at peggyli.com.


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Square Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings are one of the most classic, versatile jewelry items you can own! I handmake them in many sizes and many shapes, including this new Delicate Square Hoop earring version. When worn, they hang in a diamond shape from the ear! So cool! They come in sterling silver, gold-fill or rose gold-fill. 14k gold hoop versions available with a special order. See these and other handmade designer jewelry at peggyli.com.

Have a shape you are looking for? Post a comment and let me know!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Goth Girl Earrings

I love love love this color combination! I have violet blue tanzanites and black garnets on the thinnest hand-hammered links. These handmade earrings are goth and gorgeous -- something even a Twilight fashion fan might love!

Choose gold-fill or sterling silver versions. See the Goth Girl Earrings and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Silver Constellation Necklace

I'm always looking for a light and easy necklace to wear that I can dress up or down. When I spotted this sterling silver bead chain with little daisy clusters, I knew I had a winner.

Made in a long 36" length with sterling silver tulip clasps, you can wear this beauty long or doubled. See the Silver Constellation Necklace and other handmade jewelry at Peggy Li Creations.


FAQ: Choosing a Handmade Jewelry Gift

I often have customers who are shopping for a handmade jewelry for friends or family and need some help choosing an item. While I think it's tough to by jewelry for someone else, (especially when you have so many choices at Peggy Li Creations!) here are some things to think about when shopping for a handcrafted jewelry gift:

1) Do they wear more gold or silver?
Sometimes people have a strong preference of tone or a piece of jewelry that they always wear that they match to (a watch, or ring). If they prefer gold, do they need a solid gold (14k) due to metal allergies?

2) Earrings vs. Necklace.
Do they tend to wear more earrings or more necklaces, or do they prefer matching sets?

3) Simple or elaborate? Do they tend to wear more simple pieces or something more daring/fancy?

4) Classic or funky? I have a lot of funky and classic styles, from charm necklaces to classic pearl necklaces. I really aim for effortless style, so I think all of my jewelry is able to be dressed up or dressed down with any wardrobe -- you really can't go wrong.

5) Would they like a personalized piece? There are a few options for personalized jewelry at handmade jewelry by Peggy Li, including an ID bracelet, Initial Necklace and Stamped Initial Necklaces. It goes that extra step to show that you are thinking about that special someone.

Hopefully you'll find these shopping tips useful when looking for that perfect handmade jewelry gift.


Eco-Friendly Packaging at Peggy Li Creations Handmade Jewelry

I've always been amazed at the amount of waste my small business generates -- but Peggy Li Creations handmade jewelry strives to be as green and eco-friendly as possible!

Not only do I recycle all my scrap metal (many major jewelry supply houses offer recycling programs), but I recycle my paper and plastic packaging. The boxes, bubble wrap and printed paper I use to ship orders all contain at least 20% post-consumer recycled materials. I recycle my ink cartridges and don't use any harsh chemicals in my work.

It may not be a lot, but it's a start!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Silver Branch Necklace

Cast from nature, this sterling silver branch pendant is earthy yet delicate.

See this and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com!

Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Leaf Post Earrings

Simple in shape, complex in impact! I hand-forge these abstract leaf shapes on a single piece of wire. With a post back and soft plastic earring back, these earrings are modern and stylish.

See these handmade earrings and more at Peggy Li Creations.


Staying Creative, Staying Positive

Nina Designs is a local company I respect and admire and who have been in the biz of supplying jewelry designers for many years. Nina recently started a blog and interestingly started her first topic is on the issue of copy cat designers.

Nina has a refreshing take that I think is sensible and the reality of working in the highly competitive world of jewelry design. "While frustrating, copycats are just a fact of life in fashion. They can even help drive up demand for your designs." And whether or not we as designers want to admit it, small designers especially benefit from larger fashion trends, whether it is Swarovski crystal bracelets one year or big chandelier earrings the next. People want to be in fashion and wear items that they see in the mainstream, as well as wear aspirational pieces.

Read Nina's blog on copy cat designers here.

I've been on both sides of the issue and I know that it's a challenge everyday to stay true to your own creative vision. Many small designers (like me) rely on pre-made components, so it's inevitable that designs will be similar, if not identical. I'm making an effort this year to hand fabricate more components in my designs. In the meantime, I still enjoy my charms and chains (that I assemble all by hand) and hope the edit of my collection speaks to my design aesthetic and is something that *you* all enjoy as well.


Graduation Gifts From Peggy Li Creations Handmade Jewelry

Whew! Mother's Day has come and gone and I finally have a chance to take a breath! But, graduation is around the corner and Peggy Li Creations has a lot of wonderful graduation day gifts for your special grad!

Full Moon Diamond Necklace

Round Initial Necklace

Custom ID Bracelet

All the best,

Burlingame Farmer's Market This Sunday

The Summer season begins! Weather permitting, I'll be at the Burlingame Farmer's Market this Sunday, from 9-2PM. See my latest designs and get great deals! Mother's Day is around the corner, so why not pick up a great gift?

Location: On the corner of Park Rd and Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame Sundays 9AM-1:00PM. Look for the blue cloth-covered table.
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For more information, see my Events page.


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Save the Earth Necklace

Happy Earth Day! Show your green streak with this silver charm and necklace that features a map of the world and the words "Save the Earth, Recycle." Words to live by!

I recycle all my scrap metal and as much packaging as I can to reduce my business waste. :)

See the Save the Earth Necklace and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Tiny Charms Necklaces

So sweet and simple, these tiny charms are sure to delight! Come in a tiny enamel and silver apple or a wise silver owl. Seen in the movie "Superbad"!

See these Tiny Charm Necklaces and other handmade jewelry at www.peggyli.com.


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Island Girl Necklace

Imagine yourself on sandy beaches and wear this fun and flirty palm tree and island Island Girl Necklace!

See this and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Leafy Gems Earrings

Organic meets glam with these twinkling leaf earrings adorned with gemstones of your choice! Choose jade, coral, pearls or bright blue turquoise. Yummy.

See these Leafy Gems Earrings and other handmade jewelry at peggyli.com.


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Emerald Isle Earrings

Inspired by Angelina Jolie's gorgeous emerald earrings at the Oscars, I pulled out my greenest stones to create this chandelier style burst of color and texture. See my Emerald Isle earrings and other handmade jewelry creations at peggyli.com!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Rough Diamonds Necklace

A perennial Peggy Li Creations favorite, this simple handmade necklace features glittering tiny rough diamonds and delicate chain. So unusual and full of sparkly goodness!

See this Diamond in the Rough Necklace and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com.


Vote for Me as a Top Twitter Business

Twitter is the new thang out there in the social sphere. I tweet about 2-3 times a day!

Please vote for me as a top Twitter Business

You can sign up for my Twitters here:




Jewelry Item of the Day: Jewelry Rolls from Stephanie Johnson

Jewelry wouldn't be complete without ways to store them! These jewelry travel rolls from Stephanie Johnson are roomy, have tons of slots and pockets, plus come in gorgeous prints.

See these jewelry rolls and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com.


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Goddess Necklace

Every woman should celebrate the goddess in them! This rich gold vermeil Buddha pendant seems hand-hewn and vintage. On simple gold-fill chain, this Buddha pendant Goddess Necklace is perfect for layering with other necklace chains.

See this and other handmade jewelry items at peggyli.com!


Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Ted's Pearl Earrings

I love the clean, simple lines of Ted Muehling's jewelry, and these freshwater pearl earrings are named after him. These basic pearl earrings will go from day to night with you. So simple and affordable!

See these handmade earrings and other handmade jewelry designs at peggyli.com

Peggy Li Creations

New California Sales Tax Rates, April 1 2009

Sales tax has gone up in the state of California. 1% across the board, plus additional county-level increases. That means more work paper-work wise for me, but I guess that's part of the "fun" of having your own business.

But don't let that stop your handmade jewelry purchases! :)

peggy li

Handmade Jewelry Item of the Day: Lemon Zest Necklace

Fresh and bright lemon quartz sparkles on beaded chain. This necklace can be worn year 'round, dressed up or down. This necklace has been on TV's "Private Practice", worn by actress Audra McDonald!

Get this necklace and other handmade jewelry treats at peggyli.com!