Designer Spotlight: Special Occasion Jewelry!

Special Occasions come in many shapes and sizes. Usually we think nice tie, panty-hose, or a beautiful piece of jewelry we save for a really nice event.


Deborah Birdoes brings a new designer line of sterling silver special occasion jewelry for women to Thoughtful Impressions. If you’re looking for special occasions like Anniversaries, Birthdays, or Christmas you can find the perfect piece. But she didn’t stop there! Deborah has created a line so extensive you can find the best quality sterling silver necklaces for occasions you should bring a gift to; but may not realize it.

The greatest treasures in life are the sentiments you carry in your heart. – Deborah

About the Designer of Special Occasions Jewelry

Deborah Birdoes is a creative woman of many talents; From interior design, to arts and crafts, and finally designing her own “Jewelry With A Message” line, she continued to expand her unique abilities. Each piece of jewelry has been designed with significant and sometimes hidden messages for the wearer as well as those who admire them.


“It is my strongest desire that my jewelry designs and their message bring hope, comfort, encouragement, joy, and express how you feel about yourself and others.”

Occasional Occasions

I mentioned Special Occasions that aren’t a part of the “traditional” Hallmark Holidays. To me, life is too short not to find reason to celebrate as much as we can! I wanted to highlight our new line of Special Occasions Jewelry by matching them with some special occasions that aren’t the usual jewelry giving dates.

The “NOT TOP” 10 Special Occasions for Jewelry
  1. Graduation

    Do you have a recent graduate you hold close to your heart? Send them to college with a special reminder that they are loved and supported during this exciting, sometimes scary, time in their life.

    Graduation Special Occasions Jewelry

    Angel of Protection Gold Plated Sterling Silver Necklace


  2. Baby Shower / New Mommy

    A new baby is such a exciting and magical time. Help mommy remember what a precious gift she has when it’s 2am and she’s up for the 3rd time… covered in baby puke.

    New Mommy Special Occasions Jewelry

    In My Heart Engraved Sterling Silver Necklace for Women

    Maybe suggest to her she displays it for a while so the new baby doesn’t break it.

  3. New Years Eve or Day

    The New Year symbolizes a time of fresh starts or new beginnings for so many. Keep that resolution close to your heart with a special occasion necklace. Feel washed clean or begin on a different note, with this new chance to make your life everything you’ve dreamed of.

    New Years Eve Special Occasions Jewelry

    Living Water Engraved Agate & Sterling Silver Necklace


  4. Baptism, Communion, & other Religious Holidays

    Celebrate your faith with a beautiful necklace that commemorates a commitment you’ve made or that is saved for a special service. I was given a bracelet for Easter a few years ago and I chose to wear it only on Easter. It gives me something extra to look forward and makes my bracelet that much more special to me.Religious Holidays Special Occasions Jewelry



    Abide in Him Personalized Sterling Silver Cross Necklace

  5. National Day of Service and Remembrance

     Not all special occasions are a jovial event, some are there to honor and remember. September 11th has been declared the National Day of Service Remembrance to pay tribute and support our veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders. I chose this necklace as the highlight because of the message included with this piece of special occasion jewelry:
    I’m sending you this hug. It’s a handshake from my heart. Wear this and remember me, whether together or apart.National Day of Service and Remembrance Special Occasions Jewelry

    Friendship Hug Personalized Sterling Silver Necklace

  6. Nurse / Doctor Appreciation

    It takes a strong dedicated person to work in the heath care field. When we’re sick, we rely on the nurses and doctors for the medicine and so much more. Did you have someone go above and beyond the call of duty just for you? Or maybe your loved one is starting their healing path; remind them what kind of provider they want to be.

    Nurse and Doctor Appreciation Special Occasions Jewelry

    Angel of Comfort Personalized Sterling Silver Necklace

  7. Bridal / Wedding Shower

    Looking to give the bride something different and extra special? A necklace from our special occasions jewelry is sure to delight her! The designer’s beautiful poem is perfect for a card or even to engrave on a keychain or dog tag for the groom!

    Bridal Wedding Shower Special Occasions Jewelry

    Two Become One Sterling & Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace

  8. Grandma’s Birthday

    Mom’s usually get all the glory (and they totally deserve it!), but remember grandma this year. She thinks her little grandchild (even when you’re way past “little”) can do no wrong! Show your love for the woman who’s love knows no bounds with a necklace she won’t ever want to take off.

    Grandma's Birthday Special Occasions Jewelry

    For You Grandma Engraved Sterling Silver & Crystal Necklace

  9. Sympathy

    A time of grief is when people need loved ones the most. Show support and compassion for the beloved with a concrete reminder of the bond shared but never lost. “I live on in your heart, I’m not that far away. Let me still become a big part of your day.”

    Sympathy Special Occasions Jewelry

    Remember Me Always Personalized Sterling Silver Necklace

  10. Friendship Day / Sister’s Day

Family can be the one’s we’re born with or the one’s we choose. August has two very special occasions to celebrate the love shared between friends (Aug 2) and sister’s (Aug 5). Why stop at just one? Find a necklace for each of you!

Sisters Special Occasions Jewelry

We Are Family Personalized Sterling Silver Necklace

The final, and sometimes, best reason to give a Special Occasion Jewelry is “Just Because”!

This special occasion should not be about celebrating a day in particular, but rather a random demonstration of what someone means to you. Surprise her with elegant, top quality, sterling silver special occasion jewelry.

This was just a highlight of our huge special occasion necklace selection. Deborah designed one for absolutely everyone in mind! Check them out here.


How to Put A Picture in a Personalized Locket

You’ve found the perfect locket... but how do you get that teeny tiny picture in there?

Do you happen to be carrying teeny tiny versions of the picture you want to use? I didn’t think so.

Engraved Locket

Getting down to size: How to shrink your locket picture

Using programs like ‘Corel’ or ‘Photoshop’ make this a simple process. For those of us that don’t have those programs, using a simple Windows Paint program can get the job done.

As I’m a daddy’s girl, I used a picture of my dad and I to put in my locket! Follow along with these easy steps.

Windows Paint

Step 1

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 1 Paint


Open the image you’d like to use in the paint app. Select ‘File’, then ‘Paste From’, then select your picture.

Step 2

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 2 Paint


Now to find the dimensions of the picture you chose. Click “File” then “Properties”; on the image properties box, change the units from pixels to inches. Write down the image width and height then close the box.

Step 3

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 3 Paint


Now for the hard math part. To reduce the original photo (“have” photo) to the locket photo size (“need” photo) we need to shrink by a percentage.

i.e. if your “need” photo size is 1″ and your “have” photo is 6″, you divide the “need” by the “have” (1/6 = 0.17). Therefore, just reduce the “have” picture by 17%.

If you’re like me, and awful at math, you can do a few trial and error prints. To save ink, select the “draft” option for printing!

Step 4

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 4 Paint


Select “File” and hover over “Print” till the side bar pops up. Find and click the “Page Setup” option from the side bar.

Step 5

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 5 Paint


Enter the percentage you calculated (or guessed) into the ‘adjust to’ box under scaling and hit print! The picture to the top left of the box will give you a rough idea of what the scaled percentage will look like.

Microsoft Word

Step 1

Resizing Engraved Locket Step 1 Word

Open a blank Work document, and before inserting your image, we need to adjust the settings. In order to keep the resolution quality, we need to keep Word from auto compressing. Select File then Options.

Step 2

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 2 Word

On the left side of the pop up window, click the Advanced tab, then scroll till you find the Image Size and Quality section. Find and check the box next to the ‘Do Not Compress Images in File’ box then OK.

For every new document, you will have to repeat this.

Step 3

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 3 Word

Insert your personalized locket picture by selecting the Insert tab, then click the Picture icon. Find your image and double click or press Ok.

Step 4

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 4 Word

Right click on the picture and go to Size and Position to bring up a new pop up window.

Step 5

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Step 5 Word

Change the Absolute height and width to the size of the locket and print!

Voila! Teeny Tiny Picture for your new Personalized Locket!

Resizing Engraved Locket Photo Result
I used regular paper for this demo; photo paper will give an even better result!

Getting the picture in the locket

The best way to cut out your properly sized picture is to create an easy template!

Leave the locket closed and trace around the outside on a piece of paper. Cut out the shape from the paper and draw the shape on the locket photo.

If you use an Xacto / utility knife, cut on a protected hard surface. Slow, steady, and safe will keep you from losing control of the knife. Here’s a video on best ways to use a craft knife!

Cut the your picture CAREFULLY along the traced shape and see if it will fit in the locket. If you need to trim the photo start small and trim only millimeters at a time.

Some people suggest placing a dab of super glue on the back of the picture to secure it to the locket. This is an easy way to ensure the photo sticks, the problem with doing this is potential harm to the precious metal of the locket and altering the lockets’ heirloom aspect. If there’s a picture permanently in the personalized locket, you can’t easily pass the necklace down through generations.

Once the picture is the perfect size, insert the top left corner into the locket and gently flex at the center to ease the rest of the edges into the frame. If the locket has a protective plastic insert, do the picture and plastic insert separately. Just be careful not to unseat the picture when inserting the plastic.

No matter what type of personalized locket you’ve fallen in love with, we can help you get the picture in! Still looking for the perfect locket? Thoughtful Impressions has heart shaped lockets, 14K Gold, White Gold Lockets, Religious themed, even Mother- Daughter Lockets; anything what you want!

Father’s Day Gifts & Quotes: Still Waiting?

Is the Dad in your life so amazing you’re lost for words?

If you’re figuring out what to write in a father’s day card or just engraving a father’s day quote on a personalized engraved gift for Dad, we’re here to help you out! Here are some of our favorite quotes we’ve seen over the years; I know you’ll find the perfect one for you and your dad.

Engraving ideas for personalized and engraved Father’s Day gifts for dad or grandpa!

“He didn’t tell me how to live, he lived and let me watch him do it”

“I may be taller than you now, but I’ll always look up to you”

“Thank you for acting like a kid when I was a kid, acting like a friend when I needed a friend, and acting like a responsible parent when I needed one. You have played many important roles for me, and I am so grateful. Happy Fathers Day.”

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone amazing to be a dad”

“Some people don’t believe in superheroes — because they haven’t met my dad”

“I’m so glad when daddy comes home, glad as I can be — I clap my hands and shout for joy, then climb upon his knee”

“A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart”

“I love how we don’t have to say out loud that I’m your favorite child. Happy Father’s Day”

“It’s because of you that I am awesome”

“The only thing better than having you as my dad, is my children having you as their grandpa”

“Dads are most ordinary men, turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story tellers and singers of songs”

“The greatest gift I ever had comes from God – I call him ‘dad’”

“Dad- I know you’ve loved me as long as I’ve lived, but I’ve loved you for my entire life

“A dad is someone that holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed and has faith in you – even when you fail”

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, or a sail to take us there…but a guiding light whose love shows us the way”

“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child”

“The best thing a dad can do for his children is love their mother”

“Dad- a son’s first hero”

“Dad- a daughter’s first love”

“Only the best dads get promoted to ‘Grandpa’”

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his empty arms”

“A dad is someone you’ll still look up to no matter how tall you grow”

“A good father is one of the most unsung, un-praised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society” -Billy Graham

“It is a wise father that knows his child” – William Shakespeare

“To become a father is not difficult, but to be a father is. Thank you for everything you’ve done for your family”

“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him ‘father’”

“A daughter can outgrow your lap, but she will never out grow your heart”

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection” – Sigmund Freud

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could ever give – he believed in me”

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be”  <–one of our favorites

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get”

“The view from atop your shoulders was the best I’ve ever had — I see more, know more and can do more because you are my dad. Happy father’s day!”

“My dad is my best buddy”

“If I had the chance to choose who my dad would be, you would still be my first choice”

“The one who raises a child is a true father, not necessarily the one that helped make it”

“Best. Dad. Ever.”

“My fingers may be small, but I’ve got daddy wrapped around them”

“Who needs superman when you have your father?”

Please tell us if there are any we should add! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and grandpas out there!

With many expedited shipping options to choose from, you can still get a personalized gift for dad in time!

Personalized Leather Bracelet: Layers of Fun!

Personalized Leather Bracelet Layers Scientifically Awesome

Personalized Leather Bracelets and Friends:

Layer on the Fashion, layer on the fun! New personalized leather bracelets from Thoughtful Impressions are bold enough to stand alone to add flair and style, but why not add a charm bracelet and beaded bracelet to achieve that layered ‘Boho’ look that’s all the rage?

I have been waiting for 3 months for the new “Buckle Up” Brown Strap Personalized Leather Bracelet with the antiqued silver buckle! We’ve had the antiqued bronze buckle for a while, but I’m more of a silver girl. So when our fantastic purchasing agent showed me the demo product, I began counting the days till they were in stock.

I’ve picked 4 of my favorite personalized bracelets to demonstrate how you can create different looks with just a few pieces. Best of all, each of the bracelets are stunning enough you can wear them each just by themselves!

The “Buckle Up” personalized leather bracelet with the Antiqued Silver Buckle is going to be the star of tonight’s show!
Personalized Leather Bracelet with Silver BucklePersonalized Leather Bracelet with Front Engraving

With super soft genuine dark brown leather and the antiqued silver iron buckle, it’s sure to match almost any outfit. We call it a personalized leather bracelet because one of our engraving machines is able to ‘burn’ an engraved message into the leather on front and back! We allow one line of up to 50 characters. As you can see, the front engraving has that cool rugged light brown look, and the back comes out more dark brown.

The next competitor is our Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet.

Personalized Leather Bracelet & Charm Bracelet

Basic charm bracelet by day, but you’re able to dress it up in lots of different ways. You can attach different charms to the bracelet to show off your personality. Try adding an engravable plaque to create an even more personalized charm bracelet. Engrave your name for an ID bracelet, or a short message to yourself or as a gift for a sentimental bracelet you won’t want to take off. The sterling silver links of the charm bracelet are oval for a delicate but playful look.

Don’t get swept away by our Seaside Whirlpool Starfish Charm Beaded Bracelet.

Personalized Leather Bracelet paired with Beaded Bracelet Charms for Bracelets

It’s always good to add a pop of color to your outfit. I usually stick to neutral boring colors in my wardrobe, so my jewelry has to be colorful to bring me up to speed in this ‘Technicolor’ world. The alternating beads range from a vivid teal to a dark blue. The teal ‘whirlpool’ bead is reminiscent of a nautilus shell, which pairs perfectly with the adorable starfish charm. I love that the starfish charm looks like a real starfish, not cartoonish or cheap. You can get the bracelet by itself or pick your own engravable plaque. This is my favorite bracelet to pair with the “Buckle Up” personalized leather bracelet because it has texture, charms, and engraving. Not to mention all of my favorite colors.

Designer John Wind brings us our final personalized bracelet, the Silver Plate and Cotton Pearl Initial Bracelet.

 Personalized Leather Bracelet and Pearl Bracelets

              Every gal needs a beautiful classic pearl necklace and bracelet, because you never know when you’ll need them. This pearl bracelet is special because you can find your initial hand-stamped on to an antiqued silver plated round charm. The charm is only the size of your thumb nail so it’s noticeably a charm, but not obnoxious or tacky. By combining the John Wind Silver & Pearl Initial bracelet and a “Buckle Up” personalized leather bracelet you can dress down the pearls so you can wear them every day!

Here are my top 2… favorite… everyday wear… personalized leather bracelet mash-ups:

The “I can’t decide because I love them all and they are just too fabulous to not wear today” layered look. This is my top favorite because it’s got color, it’s got texture, and so many different types of materials, and I can add personal touches to each of them.

Personalized Leather Bracelet Layer Fun

And the “TOUGH Tiffany” pearls and leather bracelet combination. Like I said before: I love this pairing because some days I wake up and I want to wear my pearls. But I’m just going to work, no breakfast at Tiffany’s. By adding my silver buckle (woo!) personalized leather bracelet I can dress down the pearls but still feel elegant.

Personalized Leather Bracelet: Tough Tiffany

To “top off” your outfit, you should pair any bracelet combination you choose with a fantastic pair of shoes! I love these Glitterati Sandals by Chinese Laundry. They’re fun and classy!

I’d LOVE to see you to create your favorite combinations and share them with us on our Facebook! You might just see your layer on the website next time you look. Happy Designing!

The Perfect Logo, The Perfect Gift… Promotional Jewelry and Corporate Gifts.

Promotional Jewelry and Corporate Gifts

Thoughtful Impression offers custom corporate logo and school logo engraving on nearly every item we sell.

The charge for custom logo engraving is just $25 for the first piece engraved, and $7.95 for each additional piece.

Graphic artists —

present your client with a quality pendant, bracelet, or key chain engraved with the custom logo you designed! 

Corporate marketers and event planners —

many of our custom corporate logo jewelry pieces are priced right to be promotional give-away items.  

School fund raising committees —

consider selling jewelry engraved with your school logo as a fund raising project. 

It’s a great way for parents and alumni to show their school spirit while raising money for your organization.

Will your logo work?

To learn if your custom logo can be engraved successfully, send a .jpg file in the best resolution available to our Logo Design Team. We’ll be happy to provide you with a quote quickly, and with no charge or obligation. For quantity discount pricing, call us at (866) 497-6265.

Shown below are a few of our past projects (note: trademarked logos shown below are the property of their respective owners).

Custom Logo 1  Custom Logo 2   Custom Logo 4   Custom Logo 5

 Custom Logo 6   Custom Logo 7   Custom Logo 8   Custom Logo 9

Custom Logo 10   Custom Logo 11   Custom Logo 12   Custom Logo 13

 Custom Logo 14 Custom Logo 15 Custom Logo 16 Custom Logo 17

 Custom Logo 18  Custom Logo 19   Custom Logo 20   Custom Logo 21

Custom Logo 22    Custom Logo 23    Custom Logo 24

A Peek at Personalized Jewelry’s Past

History of Personalized Jewelry

Personalized cuff bracelet example of pre-engraved jewelry

Pre-Engraved vs. Custom Engraved

Today there are many styles of personalized jewelry available to the jewelry shopper. We offer initial pendants, Tiffany style initial necklaces, ID bracelets, initial bracelets, and so much more! The best personalized jewelry has always been created through the art of engraving. You can see all of the different personalized jewelry items offered by Thoughtful Impressions from classic elegance to fun new trends.

Jewelry was first created to be an adornment, typically made of precious metals and often set with gems or imitation gems. But, engraving enhanced the beauty and meaning of the jewelry, and thus evolved a wide range of personalized jewelry.

History of Engraved Jewelry

Engraving dates back to prehistoric times, when cavemen would sculpt rock drawings or engrave images on pottery. It’s considered by many to be an art form unto itself, and a difficult one to master. Over the years, engraving has been used largely to create original artworks, and to reproduce limited editions of original artworks. Among the most famous of the modern and contemporary artists who used engraving to create limited editions of their work are Chagal, Picasso, Miro, and Dali.

The matrices used to prepare the limited editions would be carved either in relief (e.g. wood engraving, or linoleum engraving) or intaglio (directly on a metal plate) depending on the method used to reproduce the image, either spreading the ink on the parts in relief or filling in the depressions.

Intaglio engravings are most often created by hand using specialized instruments, but can also be created through the process of etching, where the drawing is created by applying an acid solution to the metal wherever the metal is to be engraved.

Anyone who has ever attempted to use a hand engraver’s tools for creating personalized jewelry knows that early engravers had to possess the imagination and balance of an artist, the steady hand of a surgeon, and the patience of a saint. Working in a very small space — the size of a silver or gold locket, for example — can be difficult enough, but when the material is curved, it’s difficult to get the proper perspective. Then there’s the need to start the engraving at just the right point so that the finished inscription will end up looking well-balanced. Engraved jewelry is also more challenging because the thickness of the metal may not be consistent, and the depth of the engraving needs to take this into consideration.

Engraved Lockets

One way to be certain if a locket is well-constructed is to see if the vendor is willing to engrave it. Many lockets being sold today have had the walls of the locket thinned-out to reduce the amount of silver or gold they contain. That has allowed mass-merchandisers to sell lockets at a lower price, but thinner walled lockets are likely to cave in when they’re pinched, and thus cannot be engraved.

Semi-Automated Engraving

The pantograph was one of the first semi-automated tools used for engraving. Although it’s probably been around in one form or another for several hundred years, the pantograph came into widespread use near the end of the 1700’s when pantographs were used to help create the metal letters used in the printing press. To use a pantograph, one simply inserts a stylus into a cutout template design and traces the template. Attached to the stylus would be an engraving tool that would then ‘engrave’ the template’s image into metal. Templates were soon created for alphabetic fonts and font sizes, and the technique for personalization of jewelry became more exact.

Computerized Engraving

With the creation of the personal computer in the late 1970’s, personalized jewelry engraving moved to a new dimension. Computerized engraving was faster and more precise than either hand engraving or the pantograph technique could provide.

History of Personalized Jewelry

No one is absolutely certain when people began engraving names and personalized messages into jewelry, but it likely began around the 14th or 15th century when personalized jewelry lockets were first created in France. What is certain is that personalized jewelry items such as lockets and ID bracelets are often cherished more dearly than other types of jewelry creations.Recently a man came to visit us wearing an ID bracelet he’d been given by his sister when he was preparing to go off to war (WWII). The ID bracelet had the man’s name engraved on the top of the bracelet plaque, and engraved on the reverse side was the date he’d been given the ID bracelet. Although the man might have cherished any jewelry item given to him by his sister, the fact that this ID bracelet was engraved with his name and the date his sister had given it to him no doubt made it extra special. And, he was still wearing his personalized bracelet nearly 65 years later.

Personalized Jewelry Lockets

Personalized lockets tend to be even more special than id bracelets when engraved with the recipient’s monogram or a personal message, since the locket holds one or more photos. Heart lockets are still the most popular of all lockets. Trailing close behind, though, are round lockets, oval lockets, Mom lockets, child lockets, baby lockets, lockets with crosses, lockets with diamonds, and four photo lockets.

Traditionally, gold lockets have been more popular than sterling silver lockets simply because of the perceived value of gold, but today sterling silver lockets and gold filled lockets have become just as popular. With the price of gold having risen so sharply, sterling silver lockets have also become an excellent value.

Sterling Silver Lockets

In order for silver lockets to be called sterling lockets, they must be made of at least 92.5% pure silver. The remaining 7.5% can be a combination of several metals, but it’s most often copper. Pure silver (99.9%) is too soft for making jewelry or almost anything else that’s large or functional. Adding copper to the silver gives it additional strength without changing the color of the metal. Sterling silver lockets are always stamped with the word ‘sterling’, or ‘925’, or a lion in walking position with its right leg raised (known as the lion passant).

Many people comment that silver jewelry they purchase at a craft fair, or from a silver jewelry stand in Mexico, quickly begins to tarnish. All silver tarnishes in time unless it has been plated (typically with a rhodium finish). The ID bracelets that have a product number that begins with the letters ‘R’ or ‘M’, and the sterling lockets that have a product number beginning with the letter ‘M’ are all plated with rhodium to avoid tarnishing.

14K Gold Lockets

14K gold lockets are made of a combination of metals, 58.3% (14/24th) of which must be pure (24K) gold. The other 41.7% alloying elements are typically silver, copper, nickel, and zinc. These other elements used in producing the gold alloy have a significant effect on the final color of the gold. For example, as the amount of silver increases, the gold will change in hue from yellow, to greenish-yellow, and then to white. Copper causes gold lockets to become redder in appearance. Nickel has a whitening effect. Zinc is used to remove the reddish gold color that results from adding copper, causing the gold to become more yellow.

Why don’t all 14K gold lockets appear to be the same color? Some people prefer gold that’s reddish in color, and others prefer their gold to look more yellow. So, goldsmiths create different mixtures of gold and alloy elements to produce the desired effect.

Gold jewelry is stamped with an official mark to specify its karat purity –10K (41.6% gold), 14K (58.3% gold), 18K (75% gold), or 24K (99.9% gold). The price of a 14K gold locket is determined largely by the weight of the locket, the current price of gold (which fluctuates daily, but which has frequently been in excess of $400 an ounce), and the amount of workmanship and design that has been added to the construction of the locket.

White Gold Lockets

Recently, white gold lockets have been gaining in popularity as a replacement for platinum lockets. They are especially nice for individuals who prefer gold, but who want to match their jewelry with outfits that need a silvery-looking accompaniment. White gold lockets are actually made of the same 14K gold found in yellow lockets, but white gold has more nickel and zinc contained in its alloying elements. White gold lockets are typically priced about the same as their 14K yellow gold locket counterparts. White gold lockets, like 14K gold lockets, are stamped with the karat purity of the gold contained in the locket.

Gold Filled Lockets

Gold Filled lockets have a fused outer layer that’s karat gold, but the metal is filled with other alloys. Gold filled lockets look and wear like 14K gold lockets because the outer surface of the locket is solid gold. There is no electroplating as with gold plated jewelry. Gold-filled jewelry must consist of at least one layer of a minimum of 10K gold. The karat gold layer must represent at least 1/20th of the total metal weight.

Gold Filled offers all the same physical characteristics for jewelry as 14K gold, such as beauty, durability, and strength, but at a fraction of the cost. Since the gold is on the outer surface area, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between 14K gold lockets and gold filled lockets. Gold filled lockets are typically priced about the same as sterling silver lockets.

Medical ID Bracelets

A relatively new category of personalized jewelry is the Medical Alert ID Bracelet.  Designed for persons who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses or allergies, the medical id alert is said to speak for the individual when he is unable to speak for himself.  The original medical id bracelets were fairly dull and boring, usually made of cheap material, and many people who needed to wear a bracelet shunned them because they were so ugly.  Within recent years, medical id bracelets and pendants have been introduced by Sticky Jewelry that are both stylish and affordable.  And, Sticky Jewelry also offers personalized custom engraving so that someone who needs a medical id can have their condition and personal information added.

Engraved Jewelry Styles

The most common form of personalization for engraved jewelry items – especially lockets — is a monogram or single initial engraved on the front side of the locket, and a short, personal message engraved on the back side. The fonts used for engraving a monogram or single-letter on the front of lockets are typically ones with lots of curves and loops, and they are always upright fonts such as Interlocking Monogram, or Upright Script. For the personal message engraved on the back of a silver locket or gold locket, either a simple block or script font looks best. The flowery fonts take up too much space, and are difficult to read when the letters are very small.

For ID bracelets, it’s most common to engrave the recipient’s first name on the front of the plaque. For males, Futura Outline is an excellent font choice. For women, a script font such as Victoria Outline or Wedding Script looks best when the name is to be inscribed in upper and lower case.

For wrist lockets and envelope lockets, the insert plate is small, so a simple block font is best.

If in doubt, it’s best to allow the engraver to make a selection for you. Just reference that in the comments section when placing an order.

Personalized Engraved Lockets: History, Love, and Quality

History of Lockets and the Heart

Originally a gift only for wealth and nobility, Lockets were given as condolences to those who had lost a loved one in the Victorian Era. After centuries, people realized the beauty and versatility of an engraved locket.

Unlike lockets of the Victorian Era which were only engraved with artful designs, our modern day lockets can be personalized as well with the recipient’s name or initials, and often a personal message is engraved on the back. Lockets have been made out of every known metal, and come in every shape and size imaginable. Most lockets today are made of sterling silver, 14K yellow gold, 14K white gold, and 18k yellow gold, and it’s common also to see lockets that are gold filled.  Gold filled lockets are priced similar to sterling silver lockets, but must, by law, have one layer of at least 10K gold that makes up at least 5% of the total weight of the locket.

One of the things we pride ourselves on at Sticky Jewelry is the quality of the items we sell.  This is especially evident in our locket collection.  Often, lockets are given as gift that’s meant to be passed down from generation to generation.  This is why durability is so important!



In life, sometimes you get what you pay for; and even though our lockets range in price from less than $40 to several hundred dollars, we guarantee the best quality in each one of them. To illustrate the differences between our lockets and our competitors lockets, we’ve taken a photo of one of our lockets lying next to a locket purchased from another store…







The first thing to notice is the careless way in which the locket on the left is assembled.  The metal has been smashed together and bent up in order to hold it in place, and there are scratches, dents, and other imperfections all over the locket.  And finally, there is no frame lining the inside with which to hold a photo in place.  Thus, a photo must be glued to the metal in order to keep it in place.

The second thing I’d like to point out in this post is the quality of the metal.  Sticky Jewelry has locket styles available in 14k gold, white gold, and sterling silver, as well as base metals plated with gold or silver.  However, even our most affordable lockets made from base metals (as pictured in the photo above) are durable, high quality metal alloys that are very beautiful and more resistant to denting than a typical locket.  You can even see a difference in the color of the gold plating on the chains pictured above.

The most popular locket throughout the centuries has taken shape to be the heart shaped locket, in Rome. It represents someone else’s heart resting on yours. Lockets were also thought to hold a woman’s feelings for the one whose photo was encased within.

We know you will fall in love with each of our beautiful lockets, and find one that you feel is worthy of putting your feelings into.

Beyond Charmed: Personalized Charm Bracelets

Charm Bracelets Have a Rich History

The charm bracelet, so popular today, has its roots in ancient times. The early models did not necessarily have silver charms for bracelet wearing, but are recognizable as charm bracelets just the same. In Ancient Egypt, during the time of the Pharaohs, people wore charms for protection and as signs of status. When they prepared for the afterlife, the bracelets would help the Gods guide them to the proper status level. During Ancient Roman times, the early Christians would produce the charm of the fish as a sign they were Christians, so they could be admitted to secret services.
During medieval times, kings and knights used them to cast spells on enemies. They were also worn on belts as signs of family origin, political standing and profession. As education of the masses occurred and superstition fell away, charms fell into disuse, except with the poorer classes, until the early 1900s.
When you find yourself stumped on what to get a loved one, custom charm bracelets are always a good idea. Start with a plain bracelet chain and a charm to get her started, or just give her a new charm to add to an existing bracelet, charm bracelets.
It was Queen Victoria who brought the charm bracelet into vogue merely as decorative ornamentation. The charms of the times were lockets, glass beads and family crests. During WWII, soldiers stationed in faraway places would buy trinkets or charms from local craftsmen. Often these charms were tiny replicas of items that might be familiar to that locale. As the trend caught on, jewelers in the US began making charms of their own. It wasn’t long before silver charms for bracelet wearing were the fashion of the day.
Today, charms come in all sorts of materials, including silver. Birthstones, glass beads, stainless steel, and many novelty items, can be found dangling from wrists.


Choosing a Bracelet
The first thing you need to do is decide on a bracelet. Do you wish to give her a chain-link bracelet, a cord bracelet, cuff bracelet or a beaded bracelet? There are many styles and colors to choose from, and what it comes down to is really a matter of preference. When trying to decide on one, take note of what type of jewelry your loved one wears, and then choose a style according to her tastes.
A Ready-Made Bracelet or Charms for an Existing One?
Another option to keep in mind is whether or not you want to charm your lady friend with a readymade charm bracelet or give her the chain and a customized charm to create a new one. Likewise, if she already has a charm bracelet she loves to wear, you might consider buying her a new charm to go on it. This can also be customized with an engraving, so she will think of you whenever she wears it.
Custom charm bracelets make charming holiday gifts, and, with a little consideration, you should be able to pick out the right one for your loved one this holiday season.

Let our Jewelry Talk – Custom Dog Tags for Couples

Early 90’s brought about the break apart charm necklace trend.
You remember those “BFF” necklaces, right? Each person wore a side that was either the “be fri” or the “st end” in the best friends partnership.

Thoughtful Impressions can give you the grown up version with custom engraved dog tags.

Custom dog tags engraved with a special message, anniversary date and their names are the latest in couple’s jewelry. This is also suitable for best friends. These dog tags are worn by each person and should never be removed. It is essentially telling the world that they belong to each other as a couple, or are dedicated and loyal to one another as best friends.Dog tags have long been a symbol of dedication worn by soldiers for identification purposes. The move to mainstream jewelry has been received well. Men and women wear them engraved with their name, with a personal motto or quote, and even with song lyrics. But really meaningful custom dog tags for couples have become very popular.

Military couples, teenage couples and even those who have been married for several years may enjoy wearing matching custom dog tags. They are lightweight, go with nearly any type of clothing, and can easily be tucked inside a shirt if necessary. Due to the long-lasting materials used and the durability of dog tags, you can slip your dog tag necklace over your head and keep the loving declaration close to your heart at all times.

Come check out our new line of engraved dog tags!

Express yourself! Thoughtful Impressions now has a brand new line of jewelry! Engraved dog tags that have inspirational quotes to get you through the day! We also offer fitness themed with lines such as “I don’t sweat, I sparkle”, “drop it like a squat”, and “no pain, no gain – shut up and train”.

Personalize an engraved dog tag as the perfect gift for a fitness instructor, personal trainer, gym coach or gym lover? Even if it’s just to get out of those last few extra push-ups, we have hilarious engraved dog tags for them! Check them out! We won’t tell.

Our engraved dog tags can also be engraved with quotes, images, even a custom logo! Just send us a pinterest-style quote image that you would love to have engraved on your jewelry! We would be more than happy to let you know whether or not the image you’re requesting will work.

Keep in mind that our laser engraved items are “annealed”, meaning we are actually altering the color of the metal itself, not adding black color on top of it. No need to worry about your image coming off! Perfect for athletes, those who are rough on their jewelry, and those who don’t want to have to think about removing jewelry before bathing with sea urchins.

So wheel your virtual shopping cart on over to Thoughtful Impressions and load up on some of our newest, greatest (and sassiest) items for your self and friends! It’s way better than loading into your car and driving over to a crowded store with a bunch of people you don’t know and finding out they don’t have that perfect motivational keychain you were hoping for. Not to mention all the gas you just wasted.