Personalized kanji dogtag necklace says Caleb

Or Kaleb. And I should correct myself right now: I believe this is katakana, rather than kanji. But many of us in the West are so used to thinking of Japanese writing as “kanji”, that we use that as a sort of blanket term. Of course ther is more to learn!

I wasn’t sure if I had shared this necklace – I think it’s a good example showing that a personalized kanji necklace does NOT have to be “girly”. This is a dogtag necklace. This is (in this version) a black dogtag neckklace. Very guy-friendly 🙂

 dogtag necklace that says Caleb in Japanese kanji or katanana

Really I just wanted to point out that you can choose to personalize a dogtag necklace. And it can be guy-friendly. And if not in time for Christmas, well certainly for his next birthday!

Or just because 🙂

New BOGO sale – in time for Christmas presents!

Wow it’s been a while! I’m back and loving my Paper Jewels customers who’ve been with me through changes and ups and downs. You are appreciated!

As a way to jump back into the wonderful world of lacquered paper jewelry, I’m announcing a new BOGO sale. For all this week – Sunday, December 10, 2017 through midnight on Saturday, December 16, 2017, you can buy any Paper Jewels – and get your second item free! You get to choose what your freebie is, too. It has to be equal or lesser value to the item you purchase, and if you need these for Christmas gifts, you probably want to check and see what’s available NOW – my stock is getting low(ish). But I’m always ready for custom work and special orders and really will try to get your Paper Jewels ready in time for Christmas.

You could check these out, I have a pair ready to go:

katakana or kanji paper earrings that say Chikara, or Power

Interestingly, I’ve had two customers order these as gifts for their besties! I guess Woman Power is a pretty cool thing to be thinking about right now. (Damn straight!)

Of course they can be customized with your favorite color, and I can use golden earwires rather than silver. It’s up to you!

P.S. If you were even thinking “hmm, maybe I should sign up for the Paper Jewels mailing list”, this would be a good time. Because I am going to be featuring a lot of new work in 2018 and that will def include some great BOGO sales and super special Deals of the Day! Just saying. You can join easy peasy by sending me an email – just say sign me up! (No, I won’t send you a ton of spam. A brief email, once or twice a month. Tops.)

May your Christmas be wonderful, or whatever holiday you celebrate – and let’s make 2018 a wonderful year. Seriously. Let’s do it.

Kanji earrings that say Tora, or Tiger

These pretty purple paper earrings (say that three times!) have the Japanese kanji, or more properly katakana, that says Tora – which means Tiger.

lacquered paper kanji earrings that say Tora, or Tiger

I’m not sure why, but I just love this kanji. It’s very graceful. Or maybe it’s just that I am very fond of the big cats. Maybe it’s because I find it interesting that “Tora Tora Tora” was a sort of rallying cry for Japanese soldiers, or at least the kamikaze, during World War II. And yes I know we (Americans) were on the other side, but by now we can admit that soldiers are soldiers, usually honorable, usually doing the best they can for their country and their officers. It’s the higher ups that are usually messed up – not the grunts.

But I digress. Pretty purple earrings, lacquered paper, a bit over 1″ long, totally wearable day or night, comfy and fun. And they don’t have to be purple, of course. But… pretty purple paper earrings. Just struck me as cool 🙂

(I’m about to list them for the first time – if you don’t see them onsite, just send me a note!)

Personalized kanji necklace that says Alicia

I just finished this dogtag necklace that has the katakana (kanji) that says Alicia. I am loving this vivid red color 🙂

personalized dogtag necklace that says Alicia in Japanese katakana, or kanji

Yes, I can do more formal necklaces than the dogtag style if that’s what the customer wants (and have several examples onsite to choose from). But you know, the dogtag is really popular right now – I think because it’s unpretentious, and kinda goes with everything (well except dressy dressy) – and everybody can relate. And of course it can be for guys or girls – that goes without saying.

Even in red 🙂

Kanji (katakana) Meiyo or Honor Dogtag Necklace

This is a new version of a customer favorite – the dogtag pendant is a bit larger than my previous version (approx. 2″, the size of a standard U.S. military dogtag) with clean lined katakana (kanji) that says Meiyo, or Honor. It’s a best seller in my shop – and I think it’s kind of wonderful that “Honor” is a frequently requested kanji pendant.

Japanese kanji dogtag necklace that says Meiyo, or Honor

Like all Paper Jewels, the color and size can be customized. And of course it makes a great Christmas present.

Just thought I’d mention it 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving

Oh my goodness, it’s November already – it’s Thanksgiving already! I don’t know where the Fall has gone (or the summer!)

So I am just chiming in to say, Happy Thanksgiving. I don’t have a happy thanksgiving kanji necklace, darn. So I’m putting up a picture of a pair of Happiness earrings that I think are kind of pretty – and I do think Happiness is a good notion to share 🙂

white pearl kanji happiness earrings available at Paper Jewels

Have a wonderful holiday. Eat a little too much, hug your relatives, laugh with the kids, and hey, even fall asleep in front of the football game. I never do that of course (yeah).

And I’ll be back soon 🙂

Your name in Japanese…this pendant says Angela

This teardrop necklace ssays Angela in Japanese kanji. This pretty robin’s egg blue color and antiqued silver “frame” make this design one of my most popular styles.

personalized kanji necklace that says Angela .... your name in Japanese

One of the great things about this style – besides the graceful shape and affordable cost – is that it can be made in antiqued brass or silver, and the personalized pendant can be any color. You can really make it your own. Your fave color, your choice of finish, your name. Personal is what it’s all about 🙂

P.S. And for an anniversary gift? Come on guys, this works!

Personalized earrings that say Elizabeth

This is one of the new styles I’m introducing – personalized earrings, made with your name in Japanese kanji. Slender, with brass backings. Affordable.

These earrings say Elizabeth:

personalized earrings that say Elizabeth in Japanese kanji

And I have to add – I love the red. You’d like your earrings to have a little extra pizzazz, you want them comfortable and not huge but with impact?

Go with color. Yes 🙂

This personalized jewelry says Jenny in Japanese kanji

These lacquered paper, personalized kanji earrings are made with one of my favorite shapes – the shield. It just works well, it’s graceful, the earrings are petite…but big enough to have presence – and the kanji is pretty! When I need my materials to customize my jewelry I buy them in wholesale diamonds in Sydney can trust to supply the highest quality certified cut diamonds.

These have the kanji that says Jenny:

personalized kanji earrings that say Jenny in Japanese kanji
And no, I didn’t make them for myself, I haven’t been called “Jenny” for a while now. And Jen or Jennifer use other kanji. We can do those too 😉

Kanji earrings that say Demon

These new kanji earrings say Oni, or Demon, in Japanese kanji. I think the combination of the golden brass base, and the vivid color, really works – they are brand new, so I will love to see what you think!

kanji earrings that say Oni, or Demon, in Japanese kanji

Bonus: this technique, with the lacquered paper applied over a golden brass backing, means they have fewer layers of paper and lacquer, which take a long time to dry. Less time means they cost less… I’m thinking this is a good trend 🙂

And I love wearing Demon earrings!