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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.

Sister Betty Bees

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The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labours for others.” –St. John Chrysostom

To truly live the life of a Betty from the heart, is to practice the daily wisdom that we are One with the Earth, the Ocean, and all living souls– that includes our kindred animal spirits- among them, are bees.

Honey bees face serious survivability today. In our connected world, that means we too may be facing trouble. As in the last blog post, we’ll share another way we infuse Made with Dignity into our community.

The guiding light of Made with Dignity is ultimately compassion moderated with cultural intelligence. The two facets create a wise and intimate connection to our precious blue marble, and all life up on it– even that of the tiniest creature, for she too, is precious.

Local Bee performing her pollinating miracle

In the last decade, bees have endured a state of extreme crisis. In 2005, honey bees started to mysteriously die in alarming numbers from what is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

With a decade of  research behind it, CCD appears to be  the result of generations of bees inheriting a deficient immune system due to exposure to harmful pesticides, lack of nutritious food from over-harvesting honey for the mass market, and other destructive commercial farming methods.

The impact of such practices leave bees more susceptible to devastating disease, developmentally crippled, and is leading towards apparent dearth of sustainability–as we have a direct dependency on them to pollinate over one-third of the world’s fresh food supply.

Because of human disconnection and misunderstanding, our vital pollinators– who help not only us, but the whole planet grow– are in critical condition, and could now perish without our help.

A portion of Betty B 1% for the Planet membership proceeds now support the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association.

 

On a local level, they “bring goals of education, awareness, and honeybee preservation to a new level.” This for-purpose organization exists to offer “Learning [on] how to take care of the Honey Bee, so that she can continue taking care of us.”

A colony is a tribe of sister bees working very hard to keep our flowers, fruit, and their family alive. What they miraculously create within their home hives inspired one of our freshest designs; the Honeycomb— an ode to our sister Betty Bee.

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Betty Bee Honeycomb Ring in sterling

Our hope is that through our Betty Tribe wearing this strong, dedicated symbol, we can bring awareness to the continuing struggle of our sister bee, and spark action towards healing her– for a sweet, healthy life is truly dependent on hers.

Betty Bee Honeycomb Stud Earrings in sterling

Betty Bee Honeycomb Stud Earrings in sterling

Betty Bee Honeycomb Charm Pendant  in sterling

Betty Bee Honeycomb Charm Pendant in sterling

Please visit us at our cozy corner boutique in Downtown Ventura to keep the buzz going, and shop in-store for the most current selection of styles and sizes.

Not in town? Order online, and we’ll deliver the sweetness to your doorstep.

With honey love,

Donna & Team Betty

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

upcycled surfboard resin jewelry

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!

More DvH Signature Sea Glass Designs

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You can now find some of my new genuine sea glass designs on my new website.

As always, Made with Dignity.

Smiles and Aloha,

Donna von Hoesslin

Sea Glass Trio Pendant

Genuine Sea Glass Trio Pendant "Mosaic" from the DvH collection of Betty Belts

Ocean Lovers sea glass and wave charm necklace

Sea glass ring in sea foam, single bezel, hand made 925 sterling

Sierra Partridge of Team Betty with the new single bezel sea glass ring in sea foam.

Italy Sea Glass Rings by Donna von Hoesslin for Betty Belts

Italy Sea Glass Rings by Donna von Hoesslin for Betty Belts

 

New Designs Ready

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Wow, two posts in one day!

Just a quick announcement here:

Today, on Thanksgiving, our new designs are ready to see and shop for and wish list at www.Bettybelts.com

Tip: use the code FRIEND at checkout for 10% off your entire order when you are directed to our shipping partner Essential Surf.

I am thankful on this day of thanks to have YOU to share this with!

Wherever you are today, enjoy the love that surrounds you.

Smiles from Ventura,
Donna

SOL Necklace $48

SOL Necklace $48

Bliss Necklace

Bliss Necklace $48

Bliss Earrings $42

Bliss Earrings $42

Ashley Stretch Belt $46

Ashley Stretch Belt $46

Zuri Wave Stretch Belt $46

Zuri Wave Stretch Belt $46

Cause Collection – Four Surfers | Four Designs | Four Causes

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I have a beautiful new collection coming out shortly (check www.BettyBelts.com starting May 10th). I’ve been busy tying up all the loose ends to get it on the site and available to you. Meanwhile, my S.O. David Pu’u, who shot all the designs and the women behind them, Team Betty, wrote a beautiful piece on his blog, which is also a source for a sneak peek at the new Betty B. designs for 2010.

As a local yoga teacher always says: Come see!

Confidence Necklace and Compassion Bracelet

Excerpt from David’s Blog:

My girlfriend, Donna Von Hoesslin, who heads up yet another globally connected small business that is based here (Betty B) told me that she was in desperate need of images for a new line of jewelry which is designed by members of Team Betty.

So we dropped in on the party at J’s, sat in the window booth and shot the girl’s designs there as Bobby and crew rocked. Typically we would do this away in some distant land, or somewhere on the coast. Definitely not associated with any particular business. (I actually have developed a penchant for Ventura night, street shoots) But deciding to both take care of Betty B’s business needs, and provide bodies, texture and a few extra dollars to the day’s till at J’s, allowed for an exponential increase of benefit for everyone involved.

Here is a video that explains in 4 minutes, the gist of Donna’s remarkable company. We did the piece for the Intuit Small Business United program. It helped Donna win a 5000 dollar grant from Intuit, which she used to help fund her Bali expedition.

Jeanette wearing her "Marie" cause design On Bali last season, Hailey and Sierra Partridge, Jeanette Ortiz, Mary Osborne, and Donna, did a Betty B design trip. Each one of the girls worked with the local artisans who comprise a portion of Donna’s creative team, to produce collection pieces that exemplified themselves as ocean connected women. Each young woman then selected a cause or charity, whereby Betty B would donate a portion of the income from sales of each piece.

Donna’s company is a very active member of yet another organization, which was the brainchild of Ventura’s Chouinard family (Patagonia), which is called One Percent for the Planet. Through One Percent, Donna and other companies support David Booth’s fantastic Organization, the East Bali Poverty Project, which literally is changing the face of Bali, by educating the youth on their connection to the environment via the Arts and cultural action.

So with our country on the ropes, it all starts here. With me. With you. In our own back yard.

The answer is right there in your community: your dollars are a part of your voice. Now do something. Do it for yourself. Do it for your town. But more importantly: do it. By acting locally you affect Globally, as well as Nationally. Do it.

Visit David’s Blog to read more and, of course, see all the PICTURES!