Monday, January 26, 2015

House of Gems' $75 Gift Certificate Giveaway for Jewelry Supplies

By on Monday, January 26, 2015 111 Comments

Remember House of Gems?  They are a long established California based jewelry supply company which caters for both hobbyists and artisans alike with volume discounts! Well, they are back with another great giveaway.

gold chain and pearl sautoir necklace


They sent me some chains and lovely creamy cultured freshwater pearls for review so I got to see some of their products up close.

chains and pearls

The silver ones I received were silver plated except for the darker stainless steel chain, . The gold looking ones were actually brass chains. I really like the fact these brass chains were solid metal not plated. I used them as is for the designs shown here but you could also patinate them if desired. As far as I could tell, the chain links were all closed so that makes them sturdier. I did have to use my flush cutter to cut some links to make these necklaces shown here possible.


I love the look of long necklaces for the winter months as they do brighten up sweaters and turtlenecks.  Long lengths of chains are therefore perfect for making sautoir inspired necklaces! Sautoir is French for a long chain necklace.

This style of long chain necklace and long lariats with tassel ends was especially popular during the Belle Époque era (1871-1914).  Victorians and Edwardians loved them! The style continued well into the flapper years (1920's).  Fans of Downton Abbey would have spotted some awesome sautoirs - check out this wonderful post for photographs from Season 4.


long chain necklaces

I love the look of long necklaces for the winter months as they brighten up plain sweaters and turtlenecks.  So I created two pairs of long sautoir inspired necklaces, one in each metal color. One necklace had a pendant with the classic chain tassels and the other was left very long.  All very easy to make. These can be worn in many different ways.


I used very different vertically holed focals for the pendants. The gold one looks more classic.  Pearls were used in links for the longer matching necklace. The crystal one looks contemporary in style.


Flappers sometimes wore long strands of pearls doubled up. The problem was the shorter loop usually works itself up to the neck as shown in the long chain picture below left. But there is a way to prevent that from happening and make the necklace loops adjustable as shown in the picture below left.  My tutorial/tip for making convertible sautoirs will be out later this week.


Giveaway 
If you'd like to win  $75 worth of  jewelry supplies from House of Gems, please make a comment below.  Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.  

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  February 2, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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111 comments:

  1. I would love to win this set of materials. Thank you so much
    treasa.brookman@ gmail.com

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  2. I love House of Gems, and this would be fabulous to win since I have been on a beading budget for way too long. It is time to update my supplies!!!

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  3. I would love to try some of the supplies from House of Gems!

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  4. What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. I have a lot of artisan beads that would look fabulous with these chains! Thanks for another great giveaway Pearl!

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  6. Just think of the creating that could be done with all these goodies!! Would love to win them!!

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  7. Shared on FB
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  8. I really need to use more solid metal chains, but even the plated ones are great. They are very pretty no matter what style you create. I would love however to see how a patina-ed necklace would turn out. Great review and wonderful materials.

    Sared this great giveaway here---> https://www.facebook.com/crystalsrockinaccessories/posts/578525942282844

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  9. Tweeted as well.
    https://twitter.com/ShirleyMoore235/status/559718929904726016

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  10. I will definitely try my luck - this giveaway looks great!

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  11. Shared on Facebook (as Rozantia Petkova)!

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  12. So pretty.
    Karyn
    karyn.weintraub@gmail.com

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  13. Thank you for the great giveaway! Would love to win so I can start on my Christmas gifts ;)

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  14. Gorgeous components! Would love to win these!

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  15. I have been wearing chain necklaces all through winter and love them but the polish tends to fade away after some time. So these chains look like a good alternate

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  16. I love brass chain. I have some of my Mother's jewelry and the brass chain looks as nice today as it did 40 years ago. Would love to win this one.

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  17. I follow you on GFC and facebook

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  18. Awesome! Another giveaway! Love it!

    hel_norse_goddess@yahoo.com

    www.etsy.com/shop/alexandrathegreat

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  19. Wow. Delicate and lovely,..fairy jewelry.

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  20. I like using brass that I patinate with liver of sulphur - my customers see what they are getting and are not disappointed when the metal oxidizes. I also find that patinated brass works well with the colors of polymer that I use. These chains are lovely! I'm looking forward to your tutorial on shortening very long chains.

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  21. Yes!! I would love to wind these beauties.
    I'm a blog follower
    Twitter follower
    FB follower
    Thanks for this offer.
    Carol
    DesigningIt.etsy.com

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  22. Would love to win this.. Really enjoying this site

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  23. Beautiful necklaces! Great ideas!

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  24. I'd like to throw my name in the hat for the House of Gems prize.

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  25. Could always use new supplies from House of Gems :)

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  26. I would love to win. What a great prize!

    My email is elvetter01 at aol.com

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  27. I am a blog subscriber as well.

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  28. I really would like to try some of this wonderful supplies!. I am a blog subscriber. Thank you:)

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  29. I loved reading this article. I love long necklaces. Never knew about House of Gems. Going to visit. The first pic design is wonderful. Plus I was looking for some great brass chains. Thank you for mentioning these weren't gold but brass and they are solid.
    I would love to win as well.
    ceafranz@gmail.com

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  30. What a great giveaway!! You could create such beauties. Thanks for the chance to win.
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  31. I am a blog follower
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  32. Love the long chain look, so graceful!

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  33. Thank you! Those chains are gorgeous and so many to choose from ;-).

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  34. Charlene Stark said...
    The classic necklace is out of this world, loved the history of it. Winning would be outstanding.

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  35. bongo773@hotmail.comJanuary 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    What a great selection of beading items. It would make some great jewelry. I'll keep my fingers crossed. . . Thanks
    bongo773@hotmail.com

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  36. This giveaway looks great!!!!! Would love a chance to get some new supplies!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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  37. Would love to win this-yet another great giveaway!!

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  38. Awesome! Count me in!

    Janet janeihart66@aol.com

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  39. Oh oops my contact e-mail is retro-grrl@hotmail.com by the way!

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  40. It would be fantastic to win such a gift!
    I always read The Beading Gem Jourbal, and often pass the information to my jewelry making buddies. Also put some of my jewelry on my blog and facebook.

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  41. I pinned the giveaway on my Pinterest contest board and I am a blog subscriber.
    Thank you for yet another wonderful giveaway offer!

    zanc@att.net

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  42. Nice giveaway. I would love to win.

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  43. I love the long necklaces you created with the beautiful chains from House of Gems.

    I follow you via bloglovin'

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  44. Thanks Pearl, so many possibilities with these components. Debbie S. A blog follower. E-mail me at zoowatcher10@yahoo.com.

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  45. Very pretty chains and pearls in the giveaway. I like the designs you made to demonstrate the long necklace options. Perfect for winter. Very generous of House of Gems to supply the prize and you for hosting.

    Thanks
    Mona

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  46. We think alike so many times Pearl. I was just going to send you some pictures of some lovely long necklaces I saw on some gals that I thought you might like.

    That just sort of cracks me up!

    Throw my name in there my friend. I'll give it a whirl. I love chains too! Who doesn't?!

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  47. I am a blog subscriber and would enjoy winning these supplies.

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  48. Thank you so much for the chance to win my choice of supplies from House Of Gems. This would be a wonderful gift to me. Love your chain selections too.

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  49. Would love to win this terrific gift. Blog subscriber. Mitziecrider@gmail.com.

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  50. Would love to win those materials. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. It would be wonderful to receive the supplies. Im disabled and making jewelry is my joy and a way to donate to the cancer events. My son is a four year survivor at 33 yrs and that is my way to donate.

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  52. I love to bead.they are all so awesome Thank you! gramapatti530@yahoo.com

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  53. These chains look wonderful! I am a new jewelry designer who is on a tight fixed budget (due to a disability). I am designing jewelry for 19th century costumes so these chains would be perfect! cinpet93@gmail.com Thanks for the chance!

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  54. These chains look wonderful! I am a new jewelry designer who is on a tight fixed budget (due to a disability). I am designing jewelry for 19th century costumes so these chains would be perfect! cinpet93@gmail.com Thanks for the chance!

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  55. These are absolutely beautiful and elegant. I have been inspired to try and make something like these. Thank you.
    esther.turner@hotmail.co.uk

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  56. I would love to use this gift certificate to make some long necklaces & put my own spin on some of the necklaces you posted.

    krazykat @ gmail.com (no spaces!)

    Ariel

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  57. I have heard good things about this vendor! Please toss my name in the hat.

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  58. I follow your blog thru email and bloglovin

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  59. I shared this post on Pinterest

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/40039884163208912/

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  60. I shared on FB

    https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/10205706028359472?pnref=story

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  61. What great components! Thanks to TBGJ and House of Gems for this super opportunity to win. :)

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  62. I would love to win some of those supplies, thank you !

    I am a blog subscriber,

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  63. Hi Pearl,
    I am a subscriber, I posted this on Facebook. Tried to "Pin" but it said it was an invalid URL? Anyway, I absolutely love chain, I used to make copper chains until the industry caught up with me, lol! And I never seem to have enough, this would be wonderful

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  64. Hi Pearl,
    It send that too soon!! My name is Michelle Bolton LOL

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  65. Would love to win the $75 giveaway!! Would be a blessing. patbrow14@gmail.com

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  66. Thanks for the chance to win this voucher.
    doinwire at gmail dot com
    sue : )

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  67. Yes, I would love to win this give away.The chains look great. I love the tassels on your designs. Pat S

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  68. I would be in heaven if I won these!! So neat. Thanks
    Am a email subscriber .
    marlene strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  69. Wow what a prize this would be. I am already thinking of ways to incorporate these into my pieces. I also am starting to enjoy mixed media. This would be a big boost for me in that area!

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  70. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netJanuary 26, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Wow! What a great opportunity to win some goodies. Thanks Pearl. I am a blog subscriber.

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  71. I am a subscriber. The chain are adorable. Sure they will make beautiful jewelry.

    Thank you!

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  72. Winning this giveaway would make such a difference for me, for a number of reasons. The Belle Époque period is the one I admire most, not only for its jewelry but also for its art, literature, and decorative style. All of this inspires me in my jewelry designing and in my writing as well.

    Because I am disabled and try to make ends meet on a severely restricted income, I cannot often have the money needed to buy top-quality components such as these. I will post on social media and blogs about the giveaway, although that is a bit self-defeating; I'll be increasing my competition, won't I?��

    Thank you so very much! I have subscribed the Beading Gem Journal for years, and my hope is that you'll continue for many more to come.

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  73. Lively chain!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  74. Hi Pearl,

    Thanks for the chance to win - another fantastic looking giveaway.

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  75. OOoh Lovely chains and necklaces. Love a chance to go shopping.
    Alikat2004 on ravelry.com

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  76. Beautiful necklaces!! I would love to see what I could create with some of these supplies...thank you so much for sharing!

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  77. Another GREAT give-away! Thanks!
    I'd love to win!
    I am a blog follower.

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  78. Wow generous giveaway! I love the textured silver chain and I think long necklaces are fab. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Gill
    gilldusty2@btinternet.com

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  79. Hi Pearl, I follow your blog, I love it!
    Gill

    gilldusty2@btinternet.com

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  80. I'm always looking for pretty chains for my jewelry, so this is right up my alley! Good luck to whoever wins.

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  81. Another GREAT give-away! Thanks!
    I'd love to win!
    I am a blog follower.

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  82. I love using unique chain. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  83. VERY NICE GIVEAWAY. LOVE TO WIN THAT CERTIFICATE ALWAYS NEED NEW BEAUTIFUL SUPPLIES LIKE THOSE. I'M A SUSCRIBER.

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  84. Want to finally win one.

    Follower and subscriber.

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  85. This would be a fun one to win.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  86. This would be very, very lovely and fun. Got my fingers crossed.

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  87. I love both making and wearing long chains, and it was so much fun to read about the history of them. I never knew that. Thanks for the delightful post! And thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  88. Pretty Shiney should really spark some good ideas. Any free items would be a good addition to my bead box.

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  89. I have heard of different bead stores but I think this is the best so far as their postage and delivery is international. This is awesome House of Gems;thanks for the giveaway.

    buzzlandbq@gmail.com

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  90. Love this- I can see so many things I could do with these materials I'm both following you on Twitter and Facebook as well as being on your mailing list so I really hope I win

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  91. Always looking for new components to add to my designs as well as new suppliers.

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  92. This is a fantastic giveaway. Lots of great ideas already.

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  93. My heart needs some healing right now.

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  94. another superb giveaway, thank you very much!!!
    happy email subscriber: deb_oro@yahoo.gr

    shared on Google+ as DESPINA VENETI
    and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DESPINA_VNT/status/560434543178813440

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  95. wow what a great prize.
    chains are so versatile and add just the right amount of oomph to a necklace design.
    another shop i have to go visit.

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  96. I would love to win this from House of Gems. I buy from them and find they have good quality and great discounts.

    Really like the tasseled designs. I need to try some of these ideas. Thanks.

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  97. I would love some new chain to work with! And I love the creative ways you put together the chains! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  98. Great ideas! I've started designing long convertible necklaces last year and have been on the search for nice, good quality chains. I'm going to check out House of Gems!

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  99. Beautiful components! Would love to check them out.
    April Stevenson
    beads@windstream.net

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  100. Hi Pearl!!! According to your email about the winner, apparently, it's ME!!!! :)
    My email is schleprock2004@yahoo.com
    Sorry I forgot to leave it!
    And THANK YOU!!

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  101. Thank you for the opportunity! serenelynn2012@gmail.com

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  102. What a wonderful give away.


    blake31856@bellsouth.net

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