Trend Alert: Dainty Circle Necklaces

Dainty Circle Necklaces, Natural gemstone jewelry, wire wrapped karma necklace, handmade garnet, blue topaz, rainbow moonstone, green opal jewelry by PhoenixFire Designs

Dainty, delicate and understated necklaces are a hot, on-trend look right now. Minimal design, simplistic pieces that can go with anything! PhoenixFire Designs has introduced a new line of simple, circle necklaces inspired by the celebrity style, fashion and look you’re seeing in films, tv, and on the red carpet right now!

Celebrity style inspired Circle Necklace, Karma Necklace, rainbow moonstone dainty pendant handmade by PhoenixFire Designs

Our take on the Circle Necklace or “Karma Necklace” adds in signature PhoenixFire Designs style with hand wire wrapped natural gemstones on hand hammered unbroken ring frames. The first four available include green opal, rainbow moonstone, mystic blue topaz, and garnet.

Dainty Circle Necklaces, Natural gemstone jewelry, wire wrapped karma necklace, handmade garnet, blue topaz, rainbow moonstone, green opal jewelry by PhoenixFire Designs

Circles have extensive symbology and meaning. Circles represent infinity; an unbroken circle is never ending, total, perfect, whole, timeless, eternal. Circles have also been used to represent the sun; masculine energy of strength while also representing the soul; the feminine energy of water and the moon. The Earth circles the sun as do all the planets and heavenly bodies; a never-ending dance of symmetry. Circles have been used to mark a life’s journey – and the passage of seasons as the Wheel of the Year – and the unbroken concept of birth/death/rebirth throughout myth and religion world-wide. The ultimate symbol, circles are simple but powerful and make for equally simple but powerful jewelry.

Each PhoenixFire Designs Dainty Circle Necklace is formed of hand-hammered wire to shape and harden it, then natural, faceted rondelle gemstones are hand wire wrapped and encircled along the frame, giving each circle pendant a pop of lovely color while maintaining the delicate and understated look of the piece.

Handcrafted Green Opal Dainty Circle Necklace, hand wire wrapped jewelry, delicate pendant, birthstone jewelry, karma necklace by PhoenixFire Designs inspired by celebrity style, celebrity fashion, on trend look.

Easily worn as everyday necklace, paired with your favorite shirt or sweater and jeans, they can also be a subtle pop of color for an evening out, paired with a cocktail dress and heels. Vertistle day to night style makes these handmade circle necklaces an affordable, handmade luxury on a budget.

As with all PhoenixFire Designs jewelry, we are happy to customize! Contact us to request a different gemstone, or combination of gemstones (such as family birthstones for a unique Mother’s necklace!) And shop all the handmade items available in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop!


Miss M. Turner is the owner and founder of PhoenixFire Designs and has been creating handcrafted jewelry, all made 100% from scratch in her Tampa, Florida studio since 2001. Her successful etsy shop celebrates it’s 10th year in 2016, with thousands of happy customers all around the world. M. Turner also vends at local markets, craft shows, indie festivals and other art shows throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area and into Sarasota.

You can find her blog at TreeofLifePendants.com, follow PhoenixFire Designs on Instagram, follow PhoenixFire Designs on Pinterest and Shop PhoenixFire Designs on Etsy or Handmade at Amazon.

Vote for PhoenixFire Designs as Best Handcrafted Jewelry in Tampa Bay!

Black Wire Wrapped Natural Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant by PhoenixFire Designs

PhoenixFire Designs was “Best Handcrafted Jewelry” runner-up last year for Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” contest. This year, you can help me take the win! And since we are celebrating our 10th anniversary on etsy this year, it would be amazing and extra special to take home the title too.

Vote PhoenixFire Designs for Best Handcrafted Jewelry in Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay contest! Support our 100% local, 100% handmade from scratch tree of life pendants. Celebrating 10 years on etsy!

It’s SUPER easy to vote! Just go to HERE, enter your email address and pick PhoenixFire Designs under the Best Handcrafted Jewelry category. (Hint: we’re the first “p” in the category so you can just hit your letter “p” and we’ll come up!)

Scroll down to the bottom and click SUBMIT.

It’s that simple! One vote per email address. Now through August 16th.

PhoenixFire Designs is a 100% handmade from scratch jewelry business. I am not a reseller, I don’t have things manufactured in China and I don’t sell mass-produced junk. Every single item I sell is made by my two hands right here in my Tampa studio. Please help support my one-woman owned business and vote! Thank you for your support!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Do you realize that Mother’s Day is less than a month away? So what do you get for Mom? What are good gift ideas for Mother’s Day? Today, we’re going to look at some handmade gift ideas for her to help you find the perfect gift for mom!

First off, think of something unique and handmade. Moms love custom birthstone jewelry for example. And my Custom Birthstone Bird Nest Pendant makes a sweet way for a Momma Bird to carry around the birthstone colors of her baby birds! 😀

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Or, if you have a bigger family or are looking to celebrate an entire family, why not look to my Family Tree of Life pendant? Made from up to 12 personalized gemstone birthstones, arranged in the order of your choosing. This wearable artisan pendant is the perfect way to celebrate family.

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If you don’t want something with birthstones, there are a lot of beautiful, elegant and luxurious= options to really show Mom just how special she is! Treat Mom to something extra special. Diamond jewelry for Mother’s Day is perfectly appropriate for example! 😀

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So when you’re trying to find the perfect gift for Mom, want to give mom something OOAK and special, need to give her something truly meaningful, and want the uniqueness of a handmade piece of custom jewelry, come to PhoenixFire Designs and shop our gorgeous collection of handcrafted artisan jewelry. Don’t see what you want? No problem! We’re always happy to customize, personalize or work with you to make the perfect, one of a kind gift!

Give her something meaningful and thoughtful that she can cherish. PhoenixFire Designs has offered quality, beauty and luxury on etsy since 2006! Shop with confidence.

Spooky October Sale

Hello my Happy Haunts! Welcome to October.

Now is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight! I don’t mean to frighten you prematurely, so I am going to give you a TREAT rather than a trick.

Spooky trees, Halloween harvest moon, glow in the dark jewelry - all of it is on sale for a limited time. Handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendants by PhoenixFire Designs.

Spooky trees, Halloween harvest moon, glow in the dark jewelry – all of it is on sale for a limited time. Handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendants by PhoenixFire Designs.

From October 1st – October 4th, save a frightening 13% off ANY PhoenixFire Designs order of $20 or more instantly when you apply code SPOOKY13 at checkout.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant - the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant – the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Have you had your eye on my #1 best selling and #1 most favorited item, the black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree? Now is the time to save!

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Hurry! This offer vanishes October 4th….

Shop PhoenixFire Designs on etsy now.

What’s New from PhoenixFire Designs

I’m hard at work stocking up for the upcoming holiday season as well as getting some new and relisted tree of life pendants in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop! Here’s a peek!

This handcrafted, wire wrapped tree of life pendant features a labradorite full moon. Labradorite (also known as Larvikite) has the most amazing blue flash and inner blue fire to it as the light hits it. It often looks like merely a grey stone but then as the light hits it, the chatoyancy within gives it an inner glow ranging from blue, to green to a yellowish flash. It’s a really stunning stone.

Handcrafted, wire wrapped blue flash labradorite blue moon full moon tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Handcrafted, wire wrapped blue flash labradorite blue moon full moon tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

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This beautiful celestial moon and stars tree of life is hand wire wrapped in silver plated gunmetal wire and features a crescent moon and hematite stars. This is perfect for lovers of the night sky! Each black lip shell moon is hand cut and has a unique color and iridescence to it.

Wire wrapped in silver plated gunmetal wire, this celestial tree of life features an iridescent black lip shell crescent moon and hematite stars by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Wire wrapped in silver plated gunmetal wire, this celestial tree of life features an iridescent black lip shell crescent moon and hematite stars by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

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Halloween Sun and Moon black wire wrapped tree of life pendant. The “sun” in this piece is a type of natural opal. Though known as “brown opal” it comes in a variety of oranges, reds and brown tones. This gemstone is a rich, warm, semi-opaque orange and reminds me of the colors of Harvest and Autumn. The “moon” is a beautiful natural rainbow moonstone with a gorgeous little blue flash (or blue fire) as the light strikes it. Though hard to see in the photos, it will show up better in person.

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

Large, orange opal sun and small rainbow moonstone moon rest together in this black wire wrapped tree of life pendant by PhoenixFire Designs.

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And finally, I’ve gotten some new photos of my #1 best selling and #1 most wished for item in my shop: Opalite Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant. Shown here wire wrapped in black wire, it’s also available in silver wire, brown wire, copper wire or gunmetal wire. This beautiful tree was inspired by a full moon peeking out from behind the bare branches of a tree at night.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant - the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

Handcrafted black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant – the best seller by PhoenixFire Designs on etsy.

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As always, these and many, many more are available in the PhoenixFire Designs etsy store. We also gladly take custom orders! Since everything is made by hand from scratch anyway, it’s never a problem to customize or personalize something just for you!

Handmade Halloween Jewelry & Accessories

Whether you call it Halloween, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, Harvest or just Autumn, I LOVE this time of year! So it’s no wonder that I tend to make a lot of Halloween inspired jewelry in my PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop!

The most classically Halloween of these items is my spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant. Handmade and wire wrapped in black wire with an orange harvest moon peeking out from behind the bare branches, this one just screams Halloween!

Spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant with orange harvest moon wire wrapped in black wire by PhoenixFire Designs.

Spooky Halloween Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant with orange harvest moon wire wrapped in black wire by PhoenixFire Designs.

The single most popular item in my PhoenixFire Designs shop by far, is the #1 best selling and #1 most wished for Opalite Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant.

Though it is available in four wire colors (including silver, gunmetal, brown and black) the black wire wrapped version is the most popular. What I like about this piece is that it’s wonderfully suitable for Halloween and more gothic styles but it’s also striking and lovely enough to be worn all year long!

Black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant has a spooky Halloween look but can be worn all year long! By PhoenixFire Designs

Black wire wrapped opalite rainbow moonstone full moon tree of life pendant has a spooky Halloween look but can be worn all year long! By PhoenixFire Designs

Another fun item that is inspired by Halloween but can be enjoyed throughout all seasons is my Glow in the Dark Blue Moon Tree of Life Pendant! This is one of several permenant glow in the dark necklaces I have in my shop and this specific tree of life pendant features a teal blue moon that is a glowing blue moon after exposure to light!

Wire wrapped glow in the dark blue moon tree of life pendant, glowing blue moon, glow in the dark jewelry, glowing necklace by PhoenixFire Designs.

Wire wrapped glow in the dark blue moon tree of life pendant, glowing blue moon, glow in the dark jewelry, glowing necklace by PhoenixFire Designs.

When I think about Halloween, one of my favorite symbols is owls. And I love Owl Jewelry which is why my Owl Full Moon Tree of Life Pendant is a subtle Halloween accessory. Wire wrapped in a mixed metal, two-tone combination of brown and copper, and featuring a large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon, a copper owl sits perched in the branches of the tree. This wise owl can almost be heard to call, “whoo?” on a chilly Autumn or All Hallow’s Eve night! (Also available as a Black wire wrapped opalite full moon owl tree and a Copper and Silver Opalite Moonstone Owl Tree of Life Pendant.)

Two tone, mixed metal wire wrapped brown and copper tree of life pendant with large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon and copper owl within the branches makes a spooky Halloween tree of life necklace! By PhoenixFire Designs.

Two tone, mixed metal wire wrapped brown and copper tree of life pendant with large opalite rainbow moonstone full moon and copper owl within the branches makes a spooky Halloween tree of life necklace! By PhoenixFire Designs.

This is just the barest tip of the Halloween iceberg!! There are so many more Autumn Accessories, Harvest Moon Necklaces and Halloween Pendants and Jewelry in the PhoenixFire Designs shop just waiting to be discovered!

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Shop PhoenixFire Designs on Etsy – or Contact us for Custom Jewelry!

Craftster Best of 2014 Winner

{update} Hey! I’m a weiner! 😉 – TWICE!

Craftster Best of 2014 Winner
I'm a Craftster Best of 2014 Winner!

My Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff won in the “JEWELRY AND TRINKETS: Beads: Completed Projects” category!

Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff by PhoenixFire Designs - Best of Craftster 2014 Winner!

Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff by PhoenixFire Designs – Best of Craftster 2014 Winner!

Awesome! 😀

So I just realized, I actually won TWICE in two different categories!! My Dead Man’s Chest from Pirates of the Caribbean ALSO won in POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY: Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects category!

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest with dual skeleton key from Walt Disney World

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest with dual skeleton key from Walt Disney World

I blogged about the creation process of it HERE.

Weeeeeeeeee! Double awesome! 😀 😀

Ginger is a finalist!

So obviously, I’m most known for my jewelry. But I am an avid shutterbug in my spare time. A photo of my fluffy kitty, Ginger, was recently selected as a finalist to be used as ax example image in the sample and calibration kit sent with orders from iPrintfromHome! I’m really excited because not only is it my adorable kitty, but I’ve never had a photo of mine be recognized for anything. (Not that I’ve ever entered any photography contests but you know what I mean.)

(If you like the picture, voting is open to the public via giving a “LIKE” to the picture HERE on facebook. I’d appreciate the votes!)

What’s funny is this shot is her “helping” me take jewelry photos. I set up my studio lights and she stuck her face in them and after rubbing the bulb a bit, sat down and I caught this quick shot. Believe it or not, this is just my living room but the brightness of the lights made for the background going all blacked out. This photo isn’t even edited; it was just one of those perfect moments right out of the camera!

(Ginger was found abandoned in a canal on the side of a busy street when she was about 6 weeks old. I was originally going to foster her but wound up falling in love and she wound up joining the family. 😀 Now, she’s just over a year old and has turned into the most beautiful, long haired cat and it’s hard to imagine her very humble origins!)

I love my kitty and I always thought this was a great shot of her, so it’s even more exciting that it was selected as a finalist! I’m proud too that I’m growing as a photographer when I get a shot like this. ;D

Vote for Ginger HERE on facebook!

How to use coupon codes on Etsy

Every so often, I run a sale or offer a discount code or coupon code in my PhoenixFire Designs etsy shop. And etsy itself doesn’t seem to have very helpful how-to or information on how to use discount codes or coupon codes. If you’ve been confused in the past or wondered how to use a promo code, here’s a visual how to to help.

It’s actually pretty simple but not obvious. There’s a little link, “Apply shop coupon code” right under the payment type in your cart. You click that, and a text field will open for you to type in the code. Hit “apply” and it will take the discount off automatically.

If the code is expired or invalid, it will let you know that too.

Add item to cart. Then click the "apply shop coupon code" link found under the payment options.

Add item to cart. Then click the “apply shop coupon code” link found under the payment options.

A text box will open for you to enter the code, then click the "apply" button.

A text box will open for you to enter the code, then click the “apply” button.

After you click "apply" the cart will automatically update to reflect the discount and new total.

After you click “apply” the cart will automatically update to reflect the discount and new total.

If the coupon code is expired, it will tell you that it's no longer valid.

If the coupon code is expired, it will tell you that it’s no longer valid.

Now, it’s very important NOT to put coupon or discount codes in the “notes to seller” field. The system does NOT recognize codes there and will NOT take the discount off for you. Sellers are unable to modify your cart or your order after you check out, so we can’t apply the discount for you. (For safety and security reasons, sellers do NOT get any of your credit card info, nor do we have the ability to process or modify your existing order in anyway or charge your card. Obviously, this is a safety feature for buyers but it does put limitations on what we as sellers can do after you’ve checked out.)

The “notes to seller” field is usually reserved for customization information, messages to include with gift orders, etc.

Finally, it's important NOT to put a coupon code in the "notes to seller" field as it will NOT apply the discount and sellers CANNOT apply the discount for you after you've checked out.

Finally, it’s important NOT to put a coupon code in the “notes to seller” field as it will NOT apply the discount and sellers CANNOT apply the discount for you after you’ve checked out.

Hopefully, this helps clarify how to use a coupon code, discount code, promo code or other discount when buying on etsy. As always, you can find our PhoenixFire Designs shop on etsy here!

PhoenixFire Designs at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival

I got invited to be a guest vendor in the 2014 Bay Area Renaissance Festival and wound up doing the final TWO weekends! (March 29th & 30th and April 4th, 5th and 6th 2014)

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