“Before Baby Arrives” Giveaway!

“Before Baby Arrives” Giveaway!

Who wants to win Rococo Riche jewelry?!

Want to win a simply sweet stackable ring with a turquoise stone? Head on over to http://facebook.com/RococoRiche and comment and/or like the giveaway post – that’s all you have to do.

Liking the post = 1 entry TOTAL

Commenting = 1 entry PER DAY

I will use a third-party service to randomly select a winner! Be sure to ONLY comment once per day — any additional comments in one day will be deleted.

Feel free to share the post with your friends (this does not count as an entry) – even if they aren’t savvy on silver and turquoise, maybe they’ll be sweet and share the winnings with you!


Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

  1. Promotion Description: The ‘Before Baby Arrives Giveaway!’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 08/15/2015 at 08:00 AM (Central Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 08/25/2015 at 12:00 PM (noon) (Central Time (US & Canada)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.
  2. Eligibility: Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor and their immediate families and/or persons living in the same household as such persons are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize.
  3. Winner Selection: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted within 48 hours by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received. Winner will be notified by “private message” on Facebook on or about 48 hours after the random drawing. Potential winner must accept a prize by “private message” as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively “the Prize Claim Documents”). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.
  4. Prize— 1 (#) winner will receive [(1) Rococo Riche ‘Simple Stacking Ring in Sterling Silver with 6 mm Turquoise Stone’] (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $45); up to size 13, shipped on or before December 1, 2015. Only one prize per person and per household will be awarded. Gift cards and gift certificates are subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash, or substituted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Sponsor’s good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Sponsor makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items. Prize will only be awarded and/or delivered to addresses within USA. All federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.
  5. Online Entry: Eligible entrants may enter the Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period online by logging in to their personal Facebook account and liking and/or commenting on the designated giveaway post to enter; either task will be considered a valid entry; liking and commenting will provide two (2) entries. The entry form can be found on the following website at http://facebook.com/RococoRiche and will be “pinned to the top” for the duration of the contest. Automated or robotic entries submitted by individuals or organizations will be disqualified. Internet entry must be made by the entrant. Any attempt by an entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, including, but not limited to, commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will void that entrant’s Entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Sponsor’s database clock will be the official time keeper for this Sweepstakes.
  6. Privacy: All entrants acknowledge that if they are chosen as a winner, certain parts of their personally identifying information may be disclosed to third parties at least as required by law, including, without limitation, on a winner’s list. All personal information submitted as part of the Sweepstakes may be shared by and between the Promotion Entities, and each of the Promotion Entities will use such information in accordance with their respective independent online privacy policies. The privacy policy of Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art can be found at https://www.rococo-riche.com/privacy.
  7. Limitation of Liability: Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any misdirected or lost mail, or any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay of operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof, including injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating downloading materials in the Sweepstakes. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, then Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In such event, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, perform the random drawing from among all eligible Entries received prior to or after such cancellation, suspension, or modification.In the event of a dispute concerning who registered online to participate in the Sweepstakes, the registration will be declared to have been made by the authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an internet provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, education institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner may be requested to provide Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible.
  8. Winner’s List: To obtain a copy of any legally required winners list or a copy of the Official Rules, send the applicable request and a self-addressed, stamped, #10 envelope to Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art cc: Before Baby Arrives Giveaway! at PO Box 111, Emporia, KS. Request must be received no later than 48 hours + 6 MONTHS for the name of the winner and, by the end of the promotion, for a copy of the rules.
  9. Sponsor: The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art, PO Box 111, Emporia, KS, contact@rococo-riche.com.
  10. Facebook Disclaimer: Entrants should understand that they are providing their information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
New Pendant with Wire Weaving

New Pendant with Wire Weaving

Here is a new pendant I finished today. I am working through a new-to-me technique: wire weaving. Much like with string, weaving with metals is taking a long piece of wire in, around, through, other pieces of metal. This pendant will be part of my Terra Riche Collection very soon!

I used copper wire on this, though I plan to soon try this technique with silver wire. The beads are turquoise dyed magnesite and solid copper with ridges. Magnesite is naturally very light in color but takes dyes very well, making it a nice alternative for many who cannot afford more expensive natural turquoise stones but love the color.

Wire weaving a heart

Wire weaving a heart

I am working on some wire weaving techniques and came up with this original design for my first project last night. I posted it on Facebook earlier today and it is now spoken for — thanks so much!

Handmade Clasps in Copper

Handmade Clasps in Copper

Here are some clasps I made this last weekend after perusing Lisa Lynn Barth’s wonderful book on wire wrapping! I have been making clasps for a while, but I really like the spiral-with-a-V idea. I also played around with my torch to create balled ends. 14 and 16 gauge solid copper, LOS treatment, tumbled for a couple of hours.

New iPhone 6 Camera

New iPhone 6 Camera

Boy, howdy, am I loving my new iPhone 6! I think it takes much better quick pics than my iPhone 5. This is my copper bracelet with the Rustic Heart design.

What’s Coming in 2015

What’s Coming in 2015

During the past few weeks, I have been busy with putting together beautiful mixes of gemstones, Czech glass, and metals like Argentium 935 silver — and many of the finished pieces are now available in my shop!

When I first started making jewelry half a dozen years or so ago, I used pickings from estate sales and unknown metals, plus whatever I found beautiful and sparkling at Hobby Lobby and the local bead shop. Life got in the way for a few years, as tends to happen with young mothers and a hobby / budding business, but I finally got to the point of relaunching Rococo Riche in October 2013.

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This is still one of my favorite pieces, which featured vintage buttons and vintage brass chain with a mix of newer components.

 

While I still have a love for repurposing vintage materials, learning techniques in silversmithing and finding the world of wholesale suppliers (wow — did this open up so many new options!) has pushed me in a new direction.

Goal #1: Higher Quality Materials

With new suppliers available for bead and metal selection, I can offer jewelry that is more valuable. My original stash I had built up from estate sales, craft stores, and the like included quite a number of plastic and acrylic beads of fair quality — they weren’t terrible, but I wasn’t terribly educated about the broad range of beads available.

Research into the differences in metals and types of beads has led me to aspire to something more that my customers can wear and keep for many years. I recently listed one of my last pieces featuring a less expensive bead palette, if you will. Although there is a HUGE market for the sub-$30 range in jewelry, especially with the younger crowds, I want to be different from the masses of jewelry retailers serving up such pieces.

Goal #2: Color / Theme Collections

Over the last year, I have been working hard to expand and grow my jewelry line to include collections of jewelry featuring certain themes and colors. The Terra Riche Collection is one of my latest, which gathers together warm hues, earthy gemstones, and a variety of metals.

 

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One of my latest pieces for my Terra Riche Collection — hand forged bronze, hand hammered, with Czech glass and brass beads on 14K gold filled earwires.

My other collections include:

La Mer Riche — ocean and beach themes with soothing palettes of blue, green, aqua, and sand

Mod+Pop Riche — modern pops of hyper-brights and solids in black, white, and gray with a mix of metals

Noir Riche — a darker mix of glamorous beads in jet black, deep purple, moody blue, and more 

Purely Silver Riche — this collection features handmade jewelry made only of sterling silver or higher purity silver

Vintage Riche — lots of jewel tones, floral patterns, and feminine motifs with rich patinas

Warrior Riche — neutral colors with a more masculine feel in leather, copper, and hand engraving

 

While a few of my collections are a bit bare with only 2-3 pieces as of this writing, I will be creating new looks and designs for all these lines over the next weeks and months — and I am really excited about several ideas in particular! Make sure to bookmark these collections to see what’s new as I add pieces.

Goal #3: More Hand Engraving

Though I am always learning and looking for new techniques to include in my metalwork and bead stringing, hand engraving is another BIG part of where I am headed in 2015.I have posted to my social media accounts on a few occasions that hand engraving is one technique that needs to be featured more often in my work.

It sounds crazy to think that I have been hand engraving for almost a decade now. With dozens of custom hand engraving orders in 2014, this area of my jewelry design became a major focus. Part of Goal #3 is to expand to a line of charms available for both retail AND for other jewelry designers to incorporate into their own beaded pieces.

One way I am already working on more hand engraved pieces in my jewelry is through my Bespoke Riche Collection — this is a collection where you can select handmade pieces made-to-order or get a custom design hand engraved — by me, right in my studio.

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This is one of my most popular designs! I use my own hand lettered initials to design a custom monogram for each customer — nothing machine made or template based here. I also fabricate the ring in my studio using thick sterling silver wire and sheet.

I have lots of people interested in hand engraving — and why wouldn’t they be?! It is such a cool, old-world method of embellishment for jewelry. As part of my goal for hand engraving, I plan to produce a few videos for this In The Studio section of my blog to give everyone an inside look at what it takes to product a single piece from start to finish.

The public at large truly has no idea the time, skills, and emotions that go into a handmade piece of anything. The difference between handmade jewelry that may take hours and a mass-produced piece that takes minutes is huge. I think this video series will help my customers really see what I do in my studio — and to see that it can be a fun process even if it is a challenge.

What are YOU looking forward to from Rococo Riche?

I love getting feedback from my customers and followers — it helps me to know what only works for me and what more people find special. So, tell me, what are you looking forward to in 2015 from my shop? More handmade bracelets or earrings? Seeing a few more unique, hand engraved pieces?

These are the newest pieces, released today. Feel free to browse all my latest pieces in my New Items section.

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These pieces are also available in my Etsy shop.

Thank you so much for continuing to encourage and support my endeavors with art, metal, and beads in 2015. I really appreciate every custom order, like, share, comment, and word of feedback!

A.L. Henson
Owner / Designer*, Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art

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*also: Photographer, Copywriter, Listing Manager, Web Manager, Web Designer, Accountant, Social Media Coordinator, Shipping Manager, Purchasing Agent, Inventory Specialist, Researcher, Order Fulfillment, Marketing Director…did I leave anything off? 😉

Soie Riche Chain Maille Bracelet is ready!

Soie Riche Chain Maille Bracelet is ready!

One bracelet in bronze complete! You can order this style from my shop now — available in bronze, copper, sterling silver, and Argentium.

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The weave pattern on this bracelet, in addition to the scale of the rings, makes for a very bold statement bracelet. I will soon offer a charm version as well, with a mix of earthy gemstones, beautiful Czech glass, and an array of hand engraved charms with a bit of rustic yet glamorous flair. Since this is a made-to-order bracelet, be sure to check shipping times before ordering.

Writing & Recording Techniques for a Tutorial

Writing & Recording Techniques for a Tutorial

This weekend, I am finishing up a tutorial on chain making! This is the first of this kind I have done, and it has taken much longer to photograph and make notes than I would have expected — but it has been a great learning experience.

I have done countless tutorials on software in the last ten years, and this is the first hands-0n tutorial I have done. I can’t wait to get this finished and submitted for print! I’ll be sharing the magazine issue when it hits to news stand.

 

Antiquing the Guitar Pick Pendant

Antiquing the Guitar Pick Pendant

I gave this hand-engraved guitar pick pendant a liver of sulfur patina yesterday to darken the lines and give it a more rustic look. I love an antiqued finish on jewelry. It brings out the right amount of contrast for hand engraving for a nice visual texture.

Liver of sulfur is a great tool, if you will, for metal. The chemical, when applied to metal like copper and silver, creates a durable, permanent color on the surface. In this case, I get a dark black finish on the surface. Using polishing paper, I can remove the surface treatment while leaving the blackened surface in the hand engraved lines.

I am hoping to get it all put together with some beads this weekend — we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

Mandala Guitar Pick Pendant, Engraved & Ready for Beads

Mandala Guitar Pick Pendant, Engraved & Ready for Beads

As I work on finding my voice and style in my jewelry, I look to the art world in general for inspiration. One design motif that recently caught my eye is the mandala. I have always been a stream-of-consciousness artist when a pen finds its way to my hand, and there is something to these mandalas that remind me of my pages of doodles in class notebooks and on random sheets of paper.

Over New Year’s break, I worked up around a dozen new designs for hand engraving. All are variations on a theme: mandalas. The patterns and elements found in these designs are perfect for creating original artwork and hand engraving that artwork in metal.

This guitar-pick-style pendant is the first in a series of these whimsical, geometrical pieces I will be making this year.

With all the lines hand engraved, now this special pendant in copper needs some special blackening agent to darken the lines and then a string of pretty beads to make it complete. Watch for the new listing coming soon to my shop!

Hand Engraving on a Mossberg Knife

Hand Engraving on a Mossberg Knife

Here’s a quick pic of my first knife engraving. This knife is a Mossberg brand knife with steel bolsters.

While I do not hand engrave steel very often, this steel alloy wasn’t too bad for cutting.

I used a small, pointed tool called a scriber to lay out my design here. After lightly marking the hand lettering, swirls, and thin wooden cross, I used a C-Max 120 degree graver to cut the design. The knife was a Christmas gift for my father-in-law — he loved it!

Now on to more fun projects like this. 🙂

Roasting Peanuts on a Saturday

Roasting Peanuts on a Saturday

What could we be doing on a Saturday with fifteen ounces of lightly roasted peanuts?

Why, making homemade peanut butter of course!

Saturdays are usually studio days for me, but we just had to try the vintage Salton 1976 model peanut butter maker from my wonderful mother! It was loud for such a little grinder, but WOW is this peanut butter fantastic! Just a pinch of salt and a touch of honey added — no yucky oils or processing.

God gave me you, sis.

God gave me you, sis.

I had so much fun with Christmas orders this year. Here is a custom variation on my “Faith” bracelet. I make the bracelet from 20 gauge sterling silver sheet at 1/2″ and round off the edges before drawing on my artwork.

“God gave me you, sis.”

I constantly have customers ask about the engraving process, so here is a glimpse at the basic process for creating a Rococo Riche handmade and hand engraved bracelet!

My Process

Most often, I use a fine-point Sharpie® marker to draw the design directly on the metal. If I need more precise lines, I may draw a design with a pencil, ink it with a .005 Micron pen from Sakura, and then take a digital photo of the artwork. After that, I can print out my artwork using a laser printer. The toner used for some laser printer can be “released” with acetone, so I print my artwork in reverse and then use a quick rubbing of acetone on the back side of the paper to release the artwork directly on the surface of the metal — pretty cool, huh?

Once I have my design on the metal’s surface, I start hand engraving. I use air-assist equipment, which basically replaces the hammer in traditional hammer-and-chisel methods with compressed air, which helps lower the amount of physical fatigue that comes with hand engraving. Some pieces take hours to hand engrave to completion, so lots of breaks are a good thing!

This bracelet has such a sweet sentiment! What would you want me to engrave on a handmade bracelet?

 

Shipping Gifts for the Holidays

Shipping Gifts for the Holidays

So many gifts shipped out this week! I love hearing from my customers after the gifts have arrived — just a few more days until Christmas…will you be getting a Rococo Riche jewelry box under your tree?

My birthday is this week, so I thought it might be fun to do a meet-the-artist-gram! I can remember loving art since I could hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until about 12 years ago that I realized I wanted to be a professional artist.

I love creating beautiful things for others to enjoy, and my jewelry is just one outlet. Thanks so much for following me and my studio work! Have a merry Christmas and happy holidays, y’all!

Custom Monogram Ring for DMI

Custom Monogram Ring for DMI

All done and shipping out soon! Handmade ring with custom hand engraving and original hand-lettered monogram. I really love making this ring…I think I need one for myself. Would you want the initials of your children or loved ones on this ring, or your own initials?

Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags?

Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags?

Two of my new chevron rings going out this week made me think about holiday gifts…do you prefer wrapping paper or gift bags?

It really depends for me — I love the fun of unwrapping a gift, but a bag can be reused much more easily. Either way, gifts are tons of fun.

Topeka Holiday Food & Gift Mart

Topeka Holiday Food & Gift Mart

What: The Topeka Holiday Food & Gift Mart

Where: Topeka Expo Center / One Expocentre Dr., Topeka, KS 66612 (Get Directions)

When: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 AM – 5 PM  and Sunday, Nov. 23, 11 AM – 4 PM

Price Range: $$ – $$$

Booth: Rococo Riche, Booth #215 — go right and around the corner from main entrance

I usually participate in a couple of local shows a year. They are fun, true, but a ton of hard work. The local shows are small and a great way to meet more local folks here in town. The foot traffic for those local shows is minimal, with perhaps a few hundred people coming through during the event.

Visit me at Booth #215!

After so much positive feedback on my work this year (thanks, everyone!), I have decided to finally take the plunge and jump up to a larger venue: The Topeka Holiday Food & Gift Mart in Topeka, Kansas. With thousands of people coming to the show ready to buy for the holidays, the two-day show feels like the right next step for my jewelry and art. Because I got in a little late on the event roster, I will be working furiously all week to expand my in-stock inventory and to figure out just what to do with a 10′ x 20′ booth!

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Thankfully, I have some awesome friends and connections in this community. One friend opened up her warehouse storage to me for additional display items to hold my jewelry. A local printing company was glad to work out a trade for service in exchange for some much-needed but expensive banners to go across the back of my booth. These generosities will help me tremendously on maximizing what I can get done before the show. Instead of worrying about getting quick-printed banners online and whether they would arrive on time, the local shop can get them to me before the show with no problems. Plus, I love to support local companies! They are what make Emporia such a great place to live.

So if you will be around Topeka, Kansas the weekend of November 22 and 23, be sure to stop by the Expo Center and find my booth! The show will be open from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM – 4 PM on Sunday. I will be at #215 on both Saturday and Sunday — AND if you go to the show’s Facebook page, you can download a promo BOGO for tickets, which are $5 per adult. Come by and shop handmade for the holidays. Have a wonderful week!

2000 Likes Giveaway!

2000 Likes Giveaway!

It’s time, Rococo Riche Fans!

Want to win a set of my superthin sterling stackables? Head on over to http://facebook.com/RococoRiche and comment  and/or like the giveaway post – that’s all you have to do. Feel free to let your friends know about the giveaway – even if they aren’t savvy on silver, maybe they’ll be sweet and share the winnings with you!

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UPDATE 2014-10-19: We have winner! Congrats to fan Roshell T. in Texas! She is the official winner of the 2000 Likes Giveaway. Thanks to everyone who participated, and don’t forget to use FREESHIP2000 today to order your set of 5 Superthin Stackables or on any order of $40+.


 

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

  1. Promotion Description: The ‘2000 Likes Giveaway!’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 10/09/2014 at 8:15 PM (Central Time (US & Canada)) and ends when one of these two conditions are met: on or about the day and time the Rococo Riche Page on Facebook.com (facebook.com/RococoRiche) reaches 2000 “likes”; or on 10/31/2014 at 8:00 PM (Central Time (US & Canada)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.
  2. Eligibility: Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 or older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), and members of their immediate families and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize.
  3. Winner Selection: The winner of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted within 48 hours by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received. Winner will be notified by “private message” on Facebook on or about 48 hours after the random drawing. Potential winner must accept a prize by “private message” as directed by Sponsor within 48 hours of notification. Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively “the Prize Claim Documents”). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Sponsor.
  4. Prize— 1 (#) winner will receive [(1) Rococo Riche ‘5 Superthin Stackable Sterling Silver Rings’] (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $40); up to size 9; for larger ring sizes, a combination of 4 rings at 16 gauge thickness will be substituted.Only one prize per person and per household will be awarded. Gift cards and gift certificates are subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Sponsor’s good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Sponsor makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize items. Prize will only be awarded and/or delivered to addresses within USA. All federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.
  5. Online Entry: Enter the Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period online by logging in to their personal Facebook account and liking and/or commenting on the designated giveaway post to enter; either task will be considered a valid entry; liking and commenting will provide two (2) entries. The entry form can be found on the following website at http://facebook.com/RococoRiche and will be “pinned to the top” for the duration of the contest.Automated or robotic Entries submitted by individuals or organizations will be disqualified. Internet entry must be made by the entrant. Any attempt by an entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, including, but not limited to, commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will void that entrant’s Entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Sponsor’s database clock will be the official time keeper for this Sweepstakes.
  6. Privacy: All entrants acknowledge that if they are chosen as a winner, certain of their personally identifying information may be disclosed to third parties at least as required by law, including, without limitation, on a winner’s list. All personal information submitted as part of the Sweepstakes may be shared by and between the Promotion Entities, and each of the Promotion Entities will use such information in accordance with their respective independent online privacy policies. The privacy policy of Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art can be found at https://www.rococo-riche.com/privacy.
  7. Limitation of Liability: Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any misdirected or lost mail, or any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay of operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof, including injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating downloading materials in the Sweepstakes. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, then Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In such event, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, perform the random drawing from among all eligible Entries received prior to or after such cancellation, suspension, or modification.In the event of a dispute concerning who registered online to participate in the Sweepstakes, the registration will be declared to have been made by the authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an internet provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, education institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner may be requested to provide Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address. If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible.
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Great American Day: September Show

Great American Day: September Show

After a looong show day at the Great American Market event in downtown Emporia, Kansas, it is time for a couple days of rest!

This was the earliest show I have done so far, with a rise-and-shine time of 4 AM to get the truck loaded! The drive was a short one over to Commercial Street. By the end of the day, I had no trouble recalling why I only attend 1-2 local shows every year. We arrived at 4:50 AM to setup the tent, three tables, all my jewelry stock (80+ items not including my handmade sterling rings), plus my hand engraving equipment so I could engrave during downtime, which consisted of about 15 minutes total for the whole day.

My wonderful husband helped with the booth, and my mother-in-law braved both our boys staying the night and day at her house (thank you both for that!).

We finished setting up around 6:45 AM, just in time for the 7 AM start time.

We had steady traffic all day, and I think I must have said my welcome about 4,000 times! Okay, maybe not quite that many times, but by the 4 PM closing time, it sure felt that way.

I have to a give a shout out to the folks over at the Granada Coffee Company. I knew it was cold that morning during setup, having to wear leather gloves and my thick wool coat the whole time, but I had no idea it was 38 degrees cold at that early hour. How nice it was to get what was almost certainly the best cup of hot cocoa I have ever had! Hubby brought back a steaming cup from the Granada Coffee Company before running off to retrieve breakfast — and how sweet it was.

With the show now completed, hundreds of cards given out, and lots of Rococo Riche jewelry out to new homes, I am looking forward to taking a few days off to get everything reorganized in my studio. After that, it’s time to take photos and add new pieces to my shop for Fall / Winter 2015 — yay!

If you stopped by and shopped, thank you so much for supporting my small, handmade business. I love to be able to create such a wide array of styles, colors, and designs, and every purchase helps me to expand and grow. Don’t forget to send a custom request for personalized hand engraving for the holidays or your favorite colors in one of my handmade pieces. Thanks again. 🙂

A.L. Henson
Owner / Artist, Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art

Rococo Riche at the Great American Market 2014

Rococo Riche at the Great American Market 2014

The Great American Market in downtown Emporia is happening September 13, 2014, on Commercial Street in Emporia, Kansas. This event is alway a great way to find all kinds of antiques, handmade goods, and more — plus, I will have a booth this year! Be sure to stop by between 7 AM — 4 PM on Saturday to see new pieces, get custom hand engraving, and find some great deals the day of the show. My booth will be near the Emporia Arts Council building between 8th & 9th Avenue. Stop by and find a piece designed to make you shine™ — hope to see you there!

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Back to School Sale

Back to School Sale

Starting August 10 and ending August 16 at 11 PM, over 30 of my handmade jewelry pieces will be 15% off! Whether you are going back to school or just love a good sale, click here to check out these items now. (Link is expired! Thanks for shopping.)

 

 

Handmade Leather Bracelet Giveaway

Handmade Leather Bracelet Giveaway

**Update 08/06: Leah G. is our random winner of a Rococo Riche leather wrap bracelet! Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway and congrats to Leah!!** 

Winner

**Update 08/05: The giveaway has ended with over 400 entries — nearly three times more than my first giveaway a few months ago! I will be posting a winner tomorrow after 7 PM. Check back to see if you are the winner! Thanks to everyone who participated.**

My page on Facebook, Rococo Riche Jewelry & Art, has reached 1500 fans! I haven’t done a giveaway in a while, so it is definitely time. It’s easy to enter and, of course, no purchase is necessary. You can enter multiple times per day to increase your chance of winning, so make sure to come back every day to enter.

I am using Rafflecopter to host the giveaway. The prize is 1 (one) handmade leather bracelet from Rococo Riche! The contest runs from 7/28 through 8/04 — and you can ENTER DAILY! Another woo hoo.

Here are a few photos of my handmade leather bracelets.

The prize bracelet will be made by hand upon verification of the randomly chosen winner, with consideration for color preferences (though the colors available are not guaranteed) and the winner’s size for a perfect fit. The winner will receive one (1) handmade bracelet; the prize may not be one of the pictured leather bracelets but will be of equal quality and materials. Please read the full rules before entering. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit my shop on Etsy: http://RococoRiche.Etsy.com

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For the extra 10 daily points, go to my shop (http://RococoRiche.Etsy.com), find your favorite piece, copy the link, and then post it below in the comments section. Make sure to tell me why you need it / want it / love it! You may do this daily for 10 extra entries.