Happy New Year!!!
Ringing in 2015 with positive vibes – celebrating generosity and compassion!
Wishing you much love, peace and joy from the ib family!
Art Thursday season in Christiansted, St Croix kicks off this Thursday, November 20th. On the 3rd Thursday of the month from November – May artists open their galleries and studios from 5-8pm to share their talent and creative designs. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet the many gifted artists on St. Croix. Many will feature a new exhibit, guest artists, or unveil a new design in a variety of mediums, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and photography. Christiansted comes alive with folks strolling through town while enjoying art, music, and complimentary wine and munchies.
We are excited to warmly welcome new and familiar faces to one of the best evening events on St. Croix. Throughout the Art Thursday season ib designs will be hosting many local artists featuring jewelry, photography, fabric art, and always live music.
For our first Art Thursday we will be having a Gem Explosion with new one of a kind wonders celebrating all that is colorful and sparkly. Our one of a kind designs will feature opal, jasper, agate, moonstone, topaz, garnet, chalcedony, and labradorite. Always available in our store are our signature designs of infinity, karma, lavi, wave, and strength. Jack Petersen will be playing his cool jazz rhythms and you’re guaranteed to find the best munchie table in town.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing a warm smile and having fun while exploring our new Feel Good Jewels
Art Thursday Schedule: November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 19, April 9, and May 21
Customers frequently ask us how to clean their jewelry, so today’s post talks about a variety of ways to keep your jewelry sparkly!
Sterling silver reacts to differing ph levels of your personal body chemistry. You must take care not to expose your sterling or 14kt jewelry to chlorine, bleaching agents or chemicals. Your jewelry can always be cleaned with our polishing cloth, but if a deeper cleaning is needed use one of the methods below.
You can also bring in or send your jewelry to us for special ib love and have your piece look like new for $4.
1. Alka-Seltzer: Let tarnished silver sit for a couple of minutes in a glass of fizzing Alka-Seltzer.
2. Aluminum Foil: Line a small bowl with the foil, fill the bowl with hot water, and mix in 1 tbsp non-bleach powdered laundry detergent. Let silver soak for a just a minute. The chemical reaction with the foil will clean it.
3. Ammonia: Soak silver for 10 minutes in a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia and 1/2 cup warm water. Use an old toothbrush to scrub your pieces, then rinse with water.
4. Vinegar: Soak silver for 2-3 hours in a mixture of 4 cups white vinegar and 1 cup baking soda.
5. Ketchup: A silver ring or bracelet can be cleaned by dunking it in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes.
With each of these methods you can use an old toothbrush to get in the crevices, then rinse with water, and use your ib polishing cloth.
These are our top 10 reasons to shop at ib designs. What are your reasons?
#10 They have been voted best jewelry in the US Virgin Islands eight years in a row.
#9 Who wouldn’t want to buy feel good jewelry?
#8 They have the coldest air conditioning in Christiansted.
#7 They have not just one, but three man chairs.
#6 Word on the street is they have the best polishing cloths…ever.
#5 You can say you bought something from the smallest jewelry store in the US Virgin Islands.
#4 They let you drink in their store.
#3 They provide free therapy sessions.
#2 Hands down they have the best looking jewelers in the Virgin Islands.
#1 They have a mirror in their store that makes you look 10 lbs thinner.
When we opened our store in October 1999, our son Kenan Massicott was just 3 years old. My how the time flies when you are having fun!!! This past weekend we watched Kenan receive his high school diploma with the first graduating class of The Good Hope Country Day School. While things in our lives have changed dramatically…all for the better…they still feel strangely the same at some moments. We still hold what is most important close to us, and we remind ourselves of what is truly fulfilling in life. We celebrate having family and friends around us and sharing in the simple joys of life.
Through the years, Whealan and I have juggled being self employed and being present, engaged, and loving parents. We couldn’t have been more blessed to have four wonderful children. Nigel, Amy, Abbie, and Kenan are gifts that we were charged to care and nurture. We did our best at a job there certainly isn’t any manual for. Thankfully their strong characters have led the way and they each have unique gifts to offer the world. Thanks kids!!!
As we embark on this next chapter, I find people are often asking me what I am going to do with an empty nest. To tell you the truth I am not 100% sure of the answer, but for right now I think we will fill it with new memories, celebrate the old, and cherish the whole experience. As they say…enjoy the ride!!!