Anodized niobium bracelet and new blog layout  

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I bought these anodized niobium rings a while ago from Beadsisters in the UK along with a chainmail book, and today I thought of trying them out. Ouch, now I can appreciate sterling silver so much better. The niobium rings are quite hard to work with, and they scratch easily, meaning the colors are leaving fast. However once I finished the bracelet (a simple European 4 in 1) and tried it on, I didn't want to take it off anymore. Very comfy to wear. I will keep this bracelet for myself for different reasons.

- the rings are quite expensive (maybe even more expensive than the equivalent rings in sterling silver)
- I could not justify however the price to a general consumer who doesn't know about niobium. They won't appreciate this metal and will definitely not pay the higher price for it
- I can't tumble it to smoothen out the burs that came with the rings, as the color will leave fast
- I quite like the bracelet, I can wear it with jeans any day :D
Ergo this one stays with me!

On another note, I have completely revamped my blog. It had an old style layout, which I have refreshed with a new template that I quite like. Now I can add all sorts of useful widgets everywhere on the page, including on the top of the page.

This way you have access to all the jewelry you cannot live without, all on one page, reachable from the top of the page (see text in red). As I add more jewelry to the blog, the list will be updated, and as pieces sell, those will be automatically removed.

5 comments: to “ Anodized niobium bracelet and new blog layout

  • marci
    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 AM  

    I like the new layout -- not too busy, but not the same old, same old. I think the black sets off your pics of the jewelry quite well. :)

  • Riyo Gems
    June 4, 2008 at 3:05 PM  

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  • Alex
    June 4, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

    Beautiful layout, Marika. Congratulations for the new look!

  • AxiomA Total Design
    February 19, 2009 at 3:26 PM  

    Hi marika,
    try to make the colored part of the shrank of the ring lower than the surrounding. otherwise, if the ring is used intensively the color will wear off very fast. An other possibility is embossing. That way you can play with the base color of Niobium and the anodized colors. Or try to create a buffer for the colored area.
    As for pricing your rings. A good sales point is that Niobium is hypoallergenic. There are so many people out there that are allergic for metals and who will be happy enough to pay your price.

  • Anonymous
    December 30, 2013 at 8:01 AM  

    It's a pity you don't have a donate button! I'd
    certainly donate to this brilliant blog! I suppose for
    now i'll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this
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