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March 2007

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March 2007

Since 2007 started, I've gotten several emails asking if I was still in business. I guess I took that "don't spam your customers" maxim to heart a little too seriously. Since it was suggested that I start a monthly (or so) newsletter, even if just to say, "Hi, I'm still alive," here it is. Pulse normal.

A lot has happened in the past year, but I'll spare you the personal trauma and drama for now. Business-wise, the biggest news has been the steady increase in metals prices. This from my website:

On August 30, 2005, market price was $6.80/ounce for sterling silver and $440/ounce for gold. Prices have been going up steadily all year. On August 20, 2006, market reached $12.20/ounce for sterling and $630/ounce for gold, a 79% and 43% increase respectively. Because I can no longer purchase many of my findings for the prices listed on this website, posted prices are good for existing stock ONLY. Additional items will be priced at current market. (and my husband thinks I'm crazy for not raising all those old prices, but hey -- he's not the one revising the website.)

This February, prices went to $665 for gold and $13.90 silver. While the skyrocket has slowed down, it's still going up. Will this trend continue? Nobody knows, at least nobody that I know. And not my suppliers, either. Your guess is as good or bad as mine.

What this means to you:
If you purchase findings, prices are continually elevating. I try to keep my prices competitive, but my status as an officially registered charity has not yet been approved *ahem.* This increase includes plated items as well, because all metals are now affected.

If you purchase jewelry from me, new pieces will be higher by a few $, depending, of course, on how much metal is used.

In the past two weeks, 32 new pictures of jewelry have been added to both my websites! A few old pics were removed, either because they sold out or I was just plain tired of them.

Next update in April sometime. I've already planned what I'm going to write about.

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