Monday, October 24, 2011

Alli's Originals Necklace Review

I was very fortunate and happy when Alli's Originals first started talking with me about reviewing her handmade jewelry because at the time I had not yet been able to get any jewelry to review. So, I was very excited and couldn't wait to see what she was going to send me. When it arrived it was in the cutest little signature keepsake tin with her label on the outside and it says my necklace is from the Princess Charming Collection.

The Princess Charming Collections is about celebrating special relationships or to put it in Alli's words: It's about "wearing your heart on your sleeve". You can be celebrating your children, grandchildren, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, pets or a friend.

There are so many different charms to choose from in this collection and mine is called Cheryl's Daisy Petals. If you want to see all the different charms available to make a necklace from the Princess Charming Collection just go to this link and look around for yourself. You can get your choice of a 16" regular or ball chain necklace to put your charm or charms on.

And as you can see from mine, you can personalize your charm, and mine says Love on it. You can have up to 3 lines on this particular charm. And for the man in your life she has the Prince Charming Collection! I tried to give you the best shot of what my necklace looked like so you don't see the chain really good but it is a strong sturdy chain and very nicely made.

Each piece in Alli's Fine Silver collection is made from PMC (Precious Metal Clay). Precious metal clay (PMC) is a revolutionary material that has tiny particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to make a material that can be sculpted like clay exce. It's then kiln fired at a high temperature to remove the binder. This process produces an object that is pure silver (.999). The rest of her collection is made with .925 Sterling Silver.

PMC or precious metal clay is more pure than sterling silver. It consists of particles of pure silver mixed with an organic binder which during kiln firing burns away and leaves 99.9% pure silver, meaning it can be hallmarked .999 (you will see sterling silver marked as .925, which means its composition is 92.5% silver and the remaining 7.5% is copper and other alloys.) PMC is also referred to as "FINE SILVER."

This process is very labor intensive. After making the charms, she fires, brushes, polishes, sand and files them and then drill the necessary holes for them to attach to bracelets and necklaces. These charms are meant to look hand crafted. It’s what makes this line so charming and unique. She tries to leave each charm in it’s most natural state after being fired.

If you are ordering something that is to be a gift she also makes handmade gift cards. She can also do personalized packaging for you. She also sells the polishing cloths to keep your fine silver jewelry clean and shiny so that it always looks it's best. Alli has graciously given me a discount code for you to use to take 10% off of any purchase and the code is entered at checkout with no spaces in between - ao10%07 - please make sure that you don't leave any spaces or the code will not work.

There is so much to choose from and combinations that you can make. That is the neat thing about what she does with her jewelry. You can add beads and charms as many as you want or as little as you want. You have total control over how you would like your personalized piece of jewelry to come out. She has a section on her site that shows all the different combos that some of her customers asked her to make.

Also, before I forget, she does have some pieces of jewelry that are gold so if you prefer your jewelry be gold instead of silver she does have some limited number of styles to choose from.

Her contact information is listed below:

Contact Alli:
905 597 1538

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures.


Ana Eugenio said...

hi dear Mary :) thank you for being a GFC and for your lovely words on my blog. I'm retired since 2010 due to health issues and I'm only 41. blogging also helps me through the day :) hope you have a good week. xxo

Angela said...

Thanks for stopping by Ladyhub and for the comment. I had to take a look at yours, and I love it! New follower :)


Jamie said...


OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Thanks for stopping by! Yes - that pic was out of our airplane window!! :-) Love this jewelry you did the review on! Have a beautiful day and a great week! Strength, Courage and Hope. . . every day!

Lydia @ See Beautiful said...

Mary, I LOVE your tag line. Drinking tea alone or with my family is like taking a tiny vacation (that might sound sad, but it's my way of, like you said, taking a break). Thanks so much for visiting and following See Beautiful! We're now happy followers! Can't wait to stick around and play.

Happy seeing beautiful!

Brooke said...

Here to follow you from the Love U Blog Hop!

Ajax said...

Thanks for the follow on my blog!

I've always wanted to try metal clay, too bad I don't have a kiln..but i love making jewelry the old metalsmith way with my torch and hammer!

Happy Monday :)

Cami said...

Very cute!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Happy Monday!

<3-Cami from First Day of My Life

amyorvin said...

That's a pretty necklace.

Amanda said...

Soo pretty :)