The new girl - Dana enters our shop! #5: Dana takes on the role of Jewelry Organization Consultant

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 12-03-2010 11:43 PM 6068 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Our new jewelry organization consultant (JOC), Dana Oxenberg, sunlights as a bio-engineer while applying her creative talents towards solving a prominent female dilemma. Anyone who owns more than one necklace has discovered that somehow when the two items are placed together in a dark drawer they intertwine into a metallic orgy that ends with an insurmountably complex knot. The intricacy of the entanglement exponentially increases with each additional chain eventually reaching the state of a yarnball attached by a dozen angry kittens.

Place a value on one of Dana’s creations? – Well how many hours have you wasted untangling these disasters? How many times have you been late to an important engagement; perhaps a job interview, a date, a wedding? How much cursing was involved? Do you actually have a ball of cherished precious metal strings abandoned to the abyss of a shoebox so your conscious mind can be blinded from the frustration of failed detangling attempts.

These so called flat drawer “jewelry boxes” compartmentalized in no logical manner allow you to simply pile earrings into a lump. Do you find it strange that inanimate objects can manage to vote one or more mismatched rejects off the box? It doesn’t make sense, it breaks the laws of physics, but when you are in a rush try to match a pair of earrings from this indiscriminate pile you damn well know it’s impossible! The net (sad) result of all of this insanity is known as Jewelry Distress Syndrome (JDS) ...

What are Dana’s qualifications to present herself as a JOC? Well, to start out she’s a woman who owns and wears jewelry; second she is clinically diagnosed as being severely OCD. Even working in the pharma industry and having access to best meds available to subdue this obsessive nature, it remains alive and disturbingly focused on relieving the female species of the pain and suffering they endure in their daily dressing routines.

The earring screens swing out for display and simple access to studs for removal and mounting. The loops cling firmly around a vertical gallery, while the open hook variants are hung in a straightforward and orderly parade line. Notice the chains holding bracelets; unhook the clasp at one end and the string comes forward to present each individual chain for review.

Dana’s solution will clearly allow all of you to overcome adversity! The only decision to make now is how many to order. Obviously you need one for yourself, but please help end women’s suffering everywhere and get one for your daughter, mother, sister, aunts, cousins, friends, and coworkers.

So here’s the deal with Dana’s boxes. Dana is producing a series of her customized jewelry boxes with interiors properly configured for both function and form. Her standard models are available at a fixed price structure. Her services are available to customize a standard shell or to provide a truly personalized interior for a signed original Artisans of the Valley commission, or support a restoration project including remodel of an antique, collectible, or modern box to properly organize your prized possessions.

Interiors can be designed to accommodate your collection, considerations for your taste in jewelry and your requirements for access and display are all considered. Dana can engage with your involvement at whatever level you’re comfortable, as an engineer she can provide a sketch through a full detailed measured drawing; alternately she can take on the project as a personal quest delivering the final result without bugging you for decisions along the way. Contact us for pricing and consulting rates!

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 06:17 AM

I was discussing this very dilemma with the wife just the other day! She has a trinket box with chains all tangled up. I was thinking the roll-up (like a chisel set) cloth where the chains hang but are nice and compact. It’s how the jeweler keeps their 100’s of chains for display.

I may have to get creative in the shop this week….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 09:32 AM

Dana had thought about the roll-up idea – disadvantage is that you can’t see them unless it’s a clear material but you still have to slide the chain into an individual slot to really keep them separated. Never ceases to amaze me how fast chains can tangle!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#3 posted 12-04-2010 10:54 AM

Well personally I think she is on a winner. This is a great idea. You can either have it at home or take it with you on holidays or work related away times. It would be soooo easy to just snap it together and pack it away.

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 12-04-2010 05:43 PM

Like I said before, Eric, you’ve found a beautiful and intelligent young lady that can probably keep you straight. IMHO, every man needs a good woman to keep him straight. I enjoyed coming to your web site and it looks like ya’ll are really on the ball. May I extend my best of wishes to the both of you and I sincerely hope that all of your future endeavors are profitable. I’ve enjoyed your posts.

BTW, ya’ll do some wonderful things at Artisans of the Valley. My compliments to you, Sir.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#5 posted 12-04-2010 11:59 PM

Thanks for the feedback! Dana seems to be having a good time w/ her new projects. When I found her she was without much of list of hobbies and apparently was in need of such distractions. Keeping a Dana properly entertained can be a full time occupation – so yeah it’ll probably keep me out of other possibly less productive endeavors!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#6 posted 12-05-2010 09:35 AM

Two new photos added!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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