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A Message from CaptiveLove® Jewelry

Esther F Gorden

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A Message from CaptiveLove® Jewelry

I would like to share the safety precautions I take in making your jewelry.  As many of you might know, CaptiveLove is a sole proprietorship.  The only hands that touch your jewelry are mine.  Obviously, that would also include those hands in the materials manufacturing process; I do not smelt metal, nor mine gemstones. I live with compromised immunity due to having had cancer in my late twenties.  Many of my friends have immune disorders or genetic challenges, and because of these issues I have a heightened awareness of good hygiene practices. Before I touch your order, I wash my...


At War With Your Outerwear - Winter Jewelry Safety Tips, Part Two, “Gloves and Mittens, Friend or Foe?”

Esther F Gorden

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The battle between outerwear and jewelry continues.  Gloves and Mittens and Sleeves, Oh My! A friend to your fingers but not to your rings and bracelets, knitted gloves and mittens, plus linings in leather gloves, can get caught on prong settings.  You can damage the setting or loosen the stones to your engagement and/or other precious stone rings by trying to yank them free. Bracelets not only get tangled in gloves, but also can get caught up in coat sleeve linings and knitted bands.  Prong settings, links and clasps are the danger zones.  Cuff bracelets can slide off when removing...


At War With Your Outerwear - Winter Jewelry Safety Tips, Part One, “Revenge Of The Dreaded Scarf Monster”

Esther F Gorden

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Do you ever feel you’re at war with your outerwear?  With the cold weather settling in, I’d like to share how you can protect your precious jewelry when you’re all bundled up and on the go. Revenge Of The Dreaded Scarf Monster Peeking high above your neckline, scarves are notorious for pushing dangle earrings out of your ear.  Keep your earrings in place with ear nuts (see above photo).  Ear nuts are little plastic or clear silicone earring backs that slide over your wires after you put your earrings on.  Prevent lost earrings by selecting styles made with European wires, also...


Welcome To My Blog!

Esther F Gorden

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Welcome To My Blog!

Hi! It's me, Esther, the artist/designer/jewelry-maker behind CaptiveLove® Jewelry. I've been crafting jewelry since 1994.  Originally trained in fine arts, the twists and turns of life changed my path many times leading me here. I started out creating mainstream contemporary sterling silver jewelry; when my wedding collection took off I focused on that for several years.  After an illness, I took silversmithing classes at the Visual Arts Center here in Summit, New Jersey. One day a former writing partner asked me if I could make her a padlock necklace...and, as they say, the rest is history. I opened my Etsy shop...