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How to Love Your Silver

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We know– it’s hard not to be crazy in love with sterling silver jewelry. Many of us love it so much, we wear it day and night (even sleep in it!).

But rocking it this way can result in one sad thing: tarnish.

It requires mindful loving care to maintain the timeless shimmer and shine of fine sterling. To keep your Betty B. silver treasures beautiful for years and years to come, here’s a few key facts to know about the metal, and some helpful tips on how to love your silver even more.

 

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Glistening Mermaid Tears

Tarnish: A Natural Nuisance 

Tarnish naturally happens– and unfortunately, it makes silver look dingy or dirty.

Basically, when oxygen or sulfur come in contact with silver they chemically bond to its surface, and cause silver to appear discolored.

Tarnish will happen especially quick when exposed to salty ocean air (attention all you beach babes!), humidity, and any substance containing sulfur and, or chlorine– including body and household products (i.e. cleaning sprays or bleach wipes, lotions, fragrance, etc.)

Sparkling Wave Studs

Shimmering Wave Studs

Top Tips to Prevent Tarnish

To remove and prevent tarnish, regular cleaning, polishing, and proper storage is necessary to keep silver looking shiny and bright.

You can bring your Betty B. jewelry to the shop, and we’ll happily polish it in our ultra spiffy ultrasonic cleaner to get it looking new again, free of charge.

Not local to Ventura? Here are key tips on keeping your silver sparkling:

  • Use a specialized silver polishing cloth (which we sell for only $3) to lovingly clean your jewelry by handA soft polishing cloth is perfect for designs with have delicate or fine details, as tarnish is hard to remove from small surfaces and deep grooves.
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Bring brilliance back to your silver with a sunshine polishing cloth

  • This one is especially tough for you surf Bettys and mermaids, but taking off your jewelry before you get into the water, bask on the sand, or dip in the pool is crucial to keeping you silver in sweet shape.
  • When not wearing your jewelry, store your special pieces in an air tight place– either a jewelry box or dedicated drawer are great. Although not the most glamorous, reusable bags with a zip tight seal are the best thing to use. We’ve also discovered this is a great way to keep your jewelry organized and safe while traveling. Come by the shop, and we give you as many as you need, plus some a new sticker to add to your collection!
  • Use this simple home remedy when your silver is in need of some serious TLC:
    • Place sterling silver in an aluminum pie tin, or, in a glass baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup baking soda over the silver. Keeping the pan in the sink to minimize splashing, and pour enough boiling water to cover the silver. Repeat if necessary. When the tarnish disappears, remove the silver, and rinse with clean water and toothbrush if needed.
  • Wearing jewelry while washing your hands is typically fine, as long as you dry your rings or bracelets along with your hands. If your jewelry gets submerged for a long period of time, place pieces in a warm, dry, safe place asap– and leave them out for a while (try a sunny window sill). This should thoroughly evaporate any moisture, and deter the chance of mold developing. This is especially important for closed-back bezel set jewelry. If mold does develop, your jewelry can be brought to the shop for a cleaning and resetting, which costs $7. 

Have more silver care questions? Give us a buzz at 805.648.6997 or, shoot us an email, and we’ll be thrilled to help.

Betty B + LiV Blue = Earth Day Love

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With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.” – Sylvia Earle

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Happy Earth Week Betty B Family! Every Spring we’re urged to “Go Green”. But when we really think about it, there’d be no “Going Green” if it weren’t for our “Beginning Blue”.

Our precious ocean, and all life giving water– is severely threatened. To truly honor our whole Earth, we must not only cherish the land we live upon, but re-sanctify the very element that allows the Earth (and us) to exist; Water.

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As an homage to the Water, we are donating 20% of all Betty B sales (both in-store & online) to the for-purpose organization LivBlue over the weekend and on Earth Day itself. As a dedicated member of 1% for the Planet, Betty B is also part of the LivBlue Angel tribe that supports the imperative, on-going research of passionate scientist, wild water advocate, and blue movement-maker Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols.

He is the author of Blue Mind; a ground-breaking book which “connects the dots: neuroscience and psychology, nature and conservation, art and science, poetry and practice in profoundly important new ways. The result is an emerging, exciting, fast-growing new field we call Neuroconservation.”

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Every cent we can give counts tremendously towards this much needed cause.

As inspiring marine-biologist, and role-model mermaid Sylvia Earle reminds us,

“[The ocean is] the blue heart of the planet–we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.”

So thank you. Thank you so very, very much for your continued support and participation in giving the ocean and all of nature the care and respect it deserves.

With deep blue gratitude,

Donna & Team Betty

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Sirena: Enchantress of the Sea

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Bold, seductive, Sirena

Told across oceans of the world is a timeless tale of an enchanting aquatic being with beauty so sublime, and voice so alluring, sea men would walk off the decks of grand ships hypnotized into deep waters never to surface again.

Her legend spread from the deep to distant lands. They called her Sirena; a spellbinding siren of the sea–a captivating damsel with the face of an angel and the shimmering tail of a fish. We know this maritime maiden as the Mermaid.

Each inspired Sirena ring is made of pure sterling, and is crafted by hand with a traditional Balinese “dot technique” used by master Balinese silversmiths for centuries.

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A flawless flush fit

Genuine sea glass is centered in the ring with a silver “rope” surrounded by glimmering texture reminiscent of mermaid scales.The curved oval bezel lays flush to the top of the finger, and is encircled by pearl-like spheres, framing the opulent layers of this treasure. Imprinted inside of the band is the origin of where the sea glass was found, along with Donna’s authenticating initials.

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An authentic story inside every ring

Be legendary, hypnotize, and enchant with one of Betty B’s freshest Spring ring designs.

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Sizes 4-9 available

As are all Betty B creations, the Sirena is Made with Dignity. Our fair-practice design studio sustainably supports the livelihood of our Balinese team of workers and the local community. We feel blessed to be able to connect the talented individuals who skillfully produce our signature jewelry to you, our cherished customer.

 

 

 

Valentines Gift Ideas for Ocean Lovers

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Valentine’s Day for most ocean lovers is a bit different. We love the natural stuff, even found objects. I find it incredibly romantic when I come home from a day at the shop to find some sea glass gems my husband finds for me on his runs at the beach.
For those of you who want something everyday wearable for your ocean lover this Valentine’s day, I have some suggestions that are sure to please.

LAST DAY to order for USA is Monday, Feb 9th for USA and Tuesday Feb 10th for SoCal areas! (We do ship worldwide as well, but shipping times are inconsistent depending on country)

Thank you for making my job such a joy! Sharing the love of the ocean via my designs has been an immense pleasure over the years.

– Donna von Hoesslin

Sea Glass Mermaid Tear with Wave Charm Necklace.

Sea Glass Mermaid Tear with Wave Charm Necklace, $57-72+

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Sea glass rings are #1 on many a mermaid’s wish list. Click image to see more designs, $48+

The Bethany sea glass bracelet is a great everyday piece that fits anyone.

The Bethany sea glass bracelet is a great everyday classic, $79

Upcycled surfboard resin heart necklace is #scraptostyle

Upcycled surfboard resin heart necklace is #scraptostyle. $43

Upcycled surfboard resin charm necklace in sterling.

Upcycled surfboard resin charm necklace in sterling, $42

 

Upcycled surfboard resin heart charm fully adjustable bracelet, $32

Upcycled surfboard resin heart charm fully adjustable bracelet

Triangle Love

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My husband is right. I really need to start blogging more. I’ve been posting a lot on my Instagram and Facebook (@Bettybelts  follow me!) but not very much at all right here on my very own website. And there is so much to share, to fill you in on.

For starters how about some pretty pictures of some of my new designs? I’ve got a plethora of them in my upcycled surfboard resin collection.

The “Tay” triangle collection is my current favorite. This design is named after Taylor Bruynzeel of Team Betty. Yes, our very own surf team! (I name many of my designs after team riders and other women who inspire me.)

Taylor just turned 17 and she’s quite a talented stepper on the waves. I’ve taken to calling her “Switchstance Tay” because she’s so good at riding both ways and switching stance several times on any given ride. she’s a joy to surf with, always smiling when she glides past you perched on the nose. She’s one to watch! Check out her website and follow her on instagram @taylorbruynzeel .

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The “Tay” upcycled surfboard resin triangle necklace. Handmade with 925 sterling.

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The “Tay”, a.k.a. “Play Button” upcycled surfboard resin ring. Call shop or click on contact to order 805-648-6997

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Bethany Fankhauser of Team Betty modeling the “Tay” drop earrings. $42

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The “Tay” handmade upcycled surfboardresin and sterling earrings.

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#upcycledstye #wearyoursunshine #savedfromthelandfill #connectedtotheocean #calistyle #madewithdignity #bettybelts

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Upcycled Surfboard resin studs $42 #colorlove #wearyoursunshine

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“Tay” triangle necklaces are fun for layering $32

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Thank you, @Bethfank for modeling! #teambetty

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Layering it with one of my “mermaid’s tear” sea glass micros. One of our favorite summer looks!

Happy Mothers Day!

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“My daughter and I LOVE our rings!! We call them our ‘power rings’. I told her that since seaglass is something that has been “broken” and tumbled by the sea and comes out even more beautiful, that she can use it as a touchstone for when she goes through tough times. She has already used that thought, and the power of the ring, to get through something tough this week.” – Amy, Plum Goods

Mother’s Day is special around here. It is a reminder of what brings us into this world and inspires us.
I am blessed, as a designer, to get to be a part of your story in a small way. Well, I just love that. It warms my heart every time.

A message of love to moms from David Pu'u and Ocean Lovers

A message of love to moms from David Pu’u and Ocean Lovers

Today, Mother’s Day, I will be in the shop and I will get to see some of you who are bringing mom in to pick out something nice. I can’t tell you how wonderful that feels for me! Thank you for that.

– Donna von Hoesslin (Pu’u) , Designer, Owner, Ocean Lover