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About Holly Cottage Designs
Our Service Pledge To You:
My promises to you:
Your order will be carefully packaged and shipped in the very next mail following receipt of payment.
When you open your box I want you to be not just satisfied, but truly delighted with the beauty and heirloom quality of your purchase. If this is not the case, returns will be cheerfully accepted.
I appreciate your business and I strive to provide outstanding customer service. There is never a charge for re-sizing bracelets and necklaces or changing earring wires for clip-ons. Special orders are always welcome.
All you need to do is ask. I really do love to spoil my customers!
Hello! I'm Judith Rudolph and I design and create all of the the artisan jewelry you see in my shop, Holly Cottage Designs.
Beginning in January 2013 I've introduced a limited selection of vintage jewelry to the shop. My own jewelry will remain my passion and focus, but I've always loved vintage jewelry and wanted to share some of my finds with you!
Holly Cottage is located on the beautiful coast of Maine and is home to myself, my husband David, and our four pampered pets. My studio overlooks gardens and fields with a view of the water. It's where I find my inspiration!
A Little Background
I began studying jewelry design on my own in 2004 when David and I moved to the coast of Maine. Before that, I was editor for a graduate school in Massachusetts. Before that, I coordinated legal seminars all around the United States. Oh yes, and for a number of years before that I lived in Nova Scotia and operated a gift shop selling beautiful artisan crafted items, from pottery to jewelry.
During my years in the traditional workplace, I was known for the necklaces I collected and wore every day. Most people buy clothes and then select jewelry to go with them. I did the opposite. I would fall in love with a necklace and then find the outfit to go with it.
Now that I'm out of the traditional workplace, I rarely need to dress up. But I do feel that every woman should have a touch of glamor in her daily life and enjoy her femininity. Wearing jewelry is the perfect solution. These days, I most often wear earrings or my new obsession, bracelets!
One thing I know for certain is that if I don't love what I'm creating, it doesn't feel right to sell it. Following the latest fad is not my style. Most of my buyers are women very much like myself. They know their personal style and they want to have some fun with it! That's not to mention the many wonderful men who come to buy my jewelry for the women in their lives.
Many of my designs feature lampwork glass beads created by master artisans throughout the United States and Canada. Most are independent artists with home studios. I love working with them because it feels good to support their businesses, but especially because the beads they produce are the best you can get anywhere. The creativity, hand detailing, and high quality they offer is truly without equal.
Things I Love
My creator, family, friends, animals of all kinds, birds, reading—especially mysteries, fresh flowers, supporting other independent artisans, creating jewelry, getting to know my customers, gardening, cooking with fresh local ingredients, laughing, lunch with girlfriends, living in Maine. And the list goes on.
If You're Still With Me...
I hope you'll take a few minutes to explore my shop today. And come back often. I'm always dreaming up new designs and you never know what you might find!
Finalist in Bead Style Magazine's Favorite Fictional Character Challenge, September 2011.
Featured in Bead Trends Magazine, March 2011 and September 2011 editions.
Featured Artisan Shop, Creative Hands Newsletter September 2010
See my articles in the Ruby Lane Blog under The Buzz and the Creative Hands Newsletter, June 08.
* Sponsoring Member, Self Representing Artist-Jewelry Designer (SRAJD
* Member, Maine Made (click on my "favorite links" to see their great website)
* Member, Artisan Jewelry Designers Community
SOME QUOTES FROM MY CUSTOMERS:
Hello judith--the bracelet arrived and it is really fabulous. I
love the way it fits and it does look like a million bucks.
Thanks again--Barb, Missouri
Hi Judith, just wanted to let you know that I received the glass
pendant necklace - it is even more beautiful in person!!! Thank
you so much for such a wonderful work of art. I'll treasure it
always :-) Kind Regards,
Good Morning Judith, Thank you for such fast service and for all
your help with my order. I received your beautiful necklace. Just love the way you designed it! It is one of my favorites. Looking forward to my next order.
Thank you so much for the lovely set! The labradorite/pearl necklace is gorgeous! All of it is so pretty. Thank you for making me the bracelet too. I received them on Thursday...that was fast!
Thanks so much for displaying your work on line! I love being able to see an artisan's work from far away.
I received the earrings yesterday and I love them. Also the wrapping is wonderful! Thank you!
Just wanted to let you know that the earrings came today. I love
these they are so darling. Can't wait to wear them for Valentines
Day. It was such a pleasure doing business with you.
I received my HO HO HO earrings today, and I am in love with
Your packaging was exquisite, and professional. Thank you for
your care in packing! I put them on immediately and have received
compliments from everyone who saw them! I told them to check you
out on Ruby Lane! Thank you, again!
Judith, AGAIN just BEAUTIFUL pieces. Know these will greatly perk-up my fall clothes. You have such a talent for color and design - in addition to the excellent craftsmanship. I'll truly enjoy wearing these.
I wanted to let you know that I received your package and it made my day! The necklace and earrings are beautiful; I wore the set today and received many compliments. The packaging was lovely, and the customer service is excellent! I will be looking at your jewelry frequently - make some more, please! ;)
My new jewels are wonderful--I'm wearing the sunflower necklace and earrings today. Everything was packaged so nicely, too. Thanks so much for the terrific items and service. Susan, Virginia
It is easy to see why these earrings are one of your favorites! They really are lovely. I have been impressed with each pair of earrings I have bought and I receive compliments every time I wear a pair of your earrings, you can tell they are made with quality components and you have quite the eye for putting together pieces that are truly artistic.
Rita, South Carolina
Hi Judith, your earrings arrived, and they are absolutely exquisite -- I can't wait to wear each pair. Also, the packaging was beautiful. Thank you so much. Judith T., New Jersey
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I received the noel earrings today and they are even more beautiful than I expected. I am just thrilled. You do beautiful work and I am going to wear them to work tomorrow. Bonnie, Illinois
I received the earrings in the mail today and I LOVE them! Very festive! Your pieces never disappoint. Thank you very much. Lisa, Wisconsin
Hi Judith, I have no will power when it comes to beautiful things. Hence my strong attraction to your jewelry. I feel I've just shopped at Neiman Marcus and purchased one of their extravagant necklace sets I see in their jewelry cases.
You are my ARTIST OF CHOICE for creativity, for harmony of jewelry pieces, and just WONDERFUL jewelry. Thank you again, so much. for this masterpiece. Barbara, Arizona
I wanted to let you know I received this pair of earrings and the Lavish pair. What can I say - I absolutely love them!!! They are gorgeous!!! I am so glad I bought them. You do beautiful work. Thanks for EVERYTHING. I also liked the box and little pouch. Debbie, Ottawa Canada
Hi Judith. I received my beautiful necklace today. It is a very stunning piece. Glad it was on my wish list.... and noticed your fine sale. Thank you so much. Marjorie, Idaho
I just received your package with the adorable cupcake earrings and wanted to thank you for your promptness, packaging and business. The earrings are just as were pictured and our daughter will love 'em as much as I do .... come Christmas! Looking forward to doing business with you again in the future.
I wanted to thank you for the necklace. I received it this morning, nicely packed, definitely in time for the birthday, and it's beautiful!
Eric, Paris, France
Just wanted to let you know that I received my earrings and they are awesome; I'm very happy with my purchase.
I just want to say thank you so much on the fast shipment of my order. The earrings are so gorgeous I could not wait to wear them!! they are a beautiful pair and well made. Thanks again.
Just wanted to let you know [the earrings] arrived today and I love them! And your packaging is wonderful and sweet! Thanks,
I just got home from the Post office where I picked up the necklace. It's lovely--even nicer than I thought it would be! Thanks ever so much.
Just to let you know that the necklace and earrings arrived safely. I love the beautiful stone in the necklace, and the quality is exceptional! Many thanks,
Your work is lovely. Your standard for customer care is really unmatched. I have never worked to resolve a problem with anyone who has treated me as well as you have. I really appreciate everything you have done for me.
I received these earrings today and they're real beauties. The color on them is just great. I'm going to really enjoy wearing them. Thanks. Sue, New York
This is just a note to let you know that my BEAUTIFUL lampwork earrings have arrived ... oh, they're GORGEOUS ... I just love them ... oh to have your talent! My very best to you, Karen, Scarborough, Ont. Canada
Judith, I got your earrings today. They are really pretty. I can't wait to wear them! I'll keep checking back with you for new items. Kathie, California
I couldn't believe it could be even lovelier than in the picture, but it is. What a colour!! Going to a concert this evening and will wear it then. To be honest, I am wearing it now :)
It was a true delight to find the beautiful packages from Holly Cottage waiting in our mail/delivery basket!! HOW BEAUTIFUL your creations are -- and wrapped so beautifully too. Hillary, Iowa
I received my necklace and really love it. It's very beautiful, elegant and modern at the same time. That lampwork bead is gorgeous! I would also like to say that your photography is excellent - a true representation of color, size and quality.
Received my earrings and love them, thank you. Will keep checking back. Lee, Florida
Received my earrings today and I love them! I am sure I will receive many compliments when I wear them. Already received one from my husband. They are truly unique! Thank you for making the special order. Warmest Regards,
I received the package on Wednesday and was so thrilled!! I love everything and will definitely be ordering more in the future. Thanks again. All the best,
Adele, North Carolina
ABOUT LAMPWORK BEADS
Holly Cottage Designs feature artisan-crafted lampwork beads from some of America's finest glass artists. For those who may not know about these fascinating works of art, here's a brief description of how they are created:
Lampworking is an ancient process which originally used wax or oil lamps to melt glass, hence the name "lampwork." Today's bead maker uses a gas-fired torch. Each bead is created from the inside out, by first heating glass rods to temperatures up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. Molten glass is then wrapped around a steel rod called a mandrel. Each and every bead is individually created and the designs are limited only by the artist's imagination!
CARE AND FEEDING OF PEARLS
Pearls are much softer than other hard gemstones and can be easily scratched and damaged by metals or chemicals. Here are some tips to help you keep them as beautiful as the day you first received them:
Store them in the soft satin bags that come with your Holly Cottage Design jewelry to protect them from scratches. Some plastic bags may emit chemicals that could harm the surface of your pearls.
Never clean your pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner. Vibrations can shatter them. Do not use chemical cleaners, especially those containing ammonia and bleach, which will destroy their luster.
Remove your pearls before applying perfume or hairspray. Chemicals can discolor or damage your pearls.
Wipe your pearls with a soft cloth after wearing. Sponge the surface of your pearls occasionally with mild soapy water, then rinse. The acidic oils and perspiration from human skin can damage the surface of a pearl. Your pearls will also appreciate an occasional bath if you live in a dry climate.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR PEARLS ARE REAL?
Cultured and natural pearls can be distinguished from imitations by a very simple test. Take the pearl and rub it (gently!) against the edge of a tooth. Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is molded or painted on a smooth bead.