Looking for a particular item? Need help selecting a gift? Want some quick tips for cleaning
jewelry? See a design and wondering if it can be modified? Interested in a custom design?
Looking for a personalized calendar gift? Start here with the following help & services.
•• p r o d u c t s e a r c h
Use the Google-powered search bar below to search the Of Good Cheer site for items matching your desired specifications; for your
convenience, there's the option to check the web at large for the same search specifications.
Recommendations for search keywords:
For cards, try an occassion like birthday or graduation, specific holiday like Halloween or Christmas, or
category like thank you, congratulations or blank cards. For jewelry, try combinations of materials and
item type (necklace, earrings, bracelet) and/or dimensions (16", 7" etc).
Examples: Halloween invitations, thank you cards, garnet 16", tourmaline necklace
•• g i f t s u g g e s t i o n s
Selecting a gift that expresses your care and thought can be a challenge, and the following questions
are posed to help you narrow down selections to a product that might work. On the safe side, don't forget the
. If the gift is not suitable, the item may be returned or
exchanged for another piece.
Does the recipient use greeting cards and/or wear jewelry?
This may seem obvious, but it raises a very important question of how your recipient will receive a card or jewelry gift.
If the person doesn't send cards or show interest in cards, then it's doubtful these cards will change his or her mind!
Likewise with jewelry: if your recipient wears only fine jewelry limited to precious gemstone solitaires
or studs, then there's a good chance this jewelry won't meet her or his expectations. I want our products to have happy homes,
not be met with disappointment.
Does the recipient send or forward humorous emails or images?
Chances are, if he or she passes along funny images, cards with a humorous twist may be a nice alternative. Try
one of the Val's Pals
or Had Matter Line
Does the recipient own and use a quality digital camera?
Photographers tend to like photographs; he or she may be able to take as nice or nicer photographs than offered here, but you
know the saying: a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. It may be nice to recieve some cards with interesting images simply
to have them in hand. Try one of the River Stone Designs
Does the recipient prefer gold over silver jewelry?
The bulk of Joie de Vivre jewelry uses sterling silver; it's an attractive, durable metal that provides a modern, quality look for an
economical cost. If the recipient prefers gold jewelry, there are jewelry designs with 14kt gold-fill components. (Gold-fill is a much
thicker gold layer over a base metal than gold-plate.)
See the gold material
or enter "14kt gold fill" in the search bar above for a broader site search.
Does the recipient prefer pendants over beaded jewelry?
This is a variant on the original question; what kind of jewelry does the recipient prefer? Necklaces with pendants tend to
be simpler in design, and they are often used to accent colors or design elements from an ensemble.
Pendants are focal elements that draw the eye so care
is needed when selecting both the length of the necklace and scale of the pendant to ensure the pendant rests comfortably
and has pleasing proportions. A small (1" or less) pendant on an 18" "princess" length
chain or necklace is flattering for most women; hence, this combination is very popular. The 20 Under 30
page offers 20 jewelry pieces under $30 USD that meet this description. There's also the Sub 60
with a variety of jewelry pieces under $60 USD, mostly necklaces with gemstone pendants.
If you're feeling more daring, larger
pendants and necklaces can make bold, striking accessories that are fun to wear. See the
page or the Yes I Koan
page for ideas.
Is there a special moment to be celebrated?
The Gift Center
offers packages from as little as $20 USD to commemorate a special event.
Try the Something Special
page for jewelry items
celebrating special moments, including the everyday!
•• c u s t o m w o r k
I'm happy to create custom work for a one of a kind treasure. I've made new jewelry items from older, broken
jewelry and designed pieces based on a customer's gemstone choice and basic style.
The cost is generally $20 - $30 USD plus materials, with a choice of the following stringing materials:
|frays with wear
not suitable for all beads
||less supple than silk
|nylon coated stainless steel cord
|stiff, more rigid drape
Special family memories, like a new member of the family, reunion and graduation, are captured in digital pictures
but unfortunately can languish in the great stack of "things I mean to get to". I can help! I can create
a 30-day calendar stack with both my graphics and your pictures to save and share the moment in tangible form.
See the gift center
for examples of calendar stacks, and contact me
if you are interested in creating your own custom stack.
•• q u i c k j e w e l r y c l e a n i n g t i p s
When jewelry pieces are looking dingy or tarnished, it's relatively simple to restore them to their full shine.
Hand wash beaded jewelry and precious metal jewelry using warm water, a mild soap and gentle rubbing motion
between the palms. I like using baby shampoo for its neutral pH and nice smell. For stubborn tarnish (especially
on silver), you can try using a soft toothbrush with some silver cleaner followed by the wash. Lay flat to dry
and enjoy your refreshed jewelry!
See the Joie de Vivre jewelry care
page for full instructions
for care and cleaning.