Saturday, April 21, 2012

Alli's Originals Spotlight 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. This was back last year sometime and I have grown and so has she. She has so many new items for me to show you so I am going to do that and not talk too much since I did that the first time I reviewed her products. The above necklace was given to my granddaughter and she loved it very much! 

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 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.

Alli also makes earrings, bracelets, pet ids, key chains, personalized bookmarks, rings, toe rings, anklets and key tags. She has also recently added the funky beads and charms to her collection. You can get beads added to your necklaces or bracelets. She also can make Wedding or Anniversary jewelry along with Hebrew Jewelry. Alli is proud to introduce her new line of "PEACE, LOVE, YOGA, KARMA" Jewelry.

Although customizing options are not offered with this collection, please feel free to email her if you would like to customize any of the charms. Additional customized charms can also be added to these designs through the A la Carte section.

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.  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.

I hope I gave you a wide range of items that show how beautiful her creations are. I love the gold box above. I just may have to get that one myself. You won't be disappointed in any of her work. I envy the person who wins this one because you  will be getting some great work!

Here is a little bit about Alli that I thought you might be interested in:

Alli is a 35 year old stay at home Mom (Mompreneur) who began making jewelry as a hobby over 9 years ago. She began with beaded projects, key chains & wire work. After a few years of jewelry design, she began teaching courses in jewelry making and hosting jewelry making Birthday parties. After years of designing jewelry, Alli began taking courses in silversmithing and lost wax casting. Alli's Collection has expanded over the last couple of years and now includes hand stamped pendants and charms, hand cut pendants and unique casted charms that are only available exclusively through Alli's Originals. As well, a great collection for men. The Prince Charming Collection.

Alli's biggest inspiration came from her experience as a new Mom to her son Jacob. Jacob was the inspiration behind her latest collection of jewelry which led to her having a website and officially opening up her shop! Her collection now sells in stores worldwide.

Her contact information is listed below:

Contact Alli:
905 597 1538

Alli has been gracious enough to offer the winner of my Blogmania 2012 event a $40 GC to shop in her shop so that you could pick out whatever you wanted. You are going to love her shop, I promise you that! Blogmania starts on April 25th and ends on the 30th! Open to the U.S. only.

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 Alli's shop so that you could get an assortment of what she can do.


Priscilla Benavides said...

I love her work, the "Love Grows" silver box is gorgeous and one of my favorite pieces from her jewlry is the "FREE THE BIRD" necklace.

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

she has so many beautiful pieces I really love the Love Heart Necklace.