Sunday, December 28, 2008

Warmest Wishes for a Very Happy New Year

Warmest wishes for a very Happy New Year! Many thanks to all my friends, family and clients for a successful start with my jewelry business. My Etsy adventure started on Oct 21, 2008 and has been growing ever since.

Your support and business is much appreciated. A BIG Thank You to all of you from the bottom of my heart.

Yours in design,
Carmen Bowe

Monday, December 8, 2008

The stories behind the jewelry

Creating jewelry has been an incredible journey...being able to transform an idea into a wearable piece of art is truly a special job for me. I enjoy creating special designs for people from all over the world and hearing about all the beautiful stories behind each jewel piece. I am blessed and truly honoured to have something I made, be worn by others. Many thanks to all my friends, family and clients for the opportunity for allowing me to create something truly meaningful for them.

I am always sporting a piece of jewelry that celebrates my family; it's become sort of a "good luck charm" for me, as well as for many other moms I know. I realize everyone wants something a little sentimental, something that is theirs and theirs alone. Something special that you can't just pick up at your local mall. Carmen Bowe jewelry is just that...custom pieces, as special and as unique as the person wearing the jewelry.

I LOVE the above designs so much, I plan on introducing them to my shop in 2009!

"I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have"
~Thomas Jefferson

Carmen Bowe

Monday, December 1, 2008


Hear what people are saying about jewelry by Carmen Bowe:

"I wanted to say thanks for being so quick to design/send the bracelet - it's a christmas gift for my mom. The bracelet is perfect and I know my mom will be so touched and just love it. Again, thank you, and I hope your etsy business flourishes. Will definitely buy from you again in the future."
~Danielle-Fergus, Ontario

"Just recieved the necklace. Absolutely gorgeous, and so quick. Thank You."
~Cath Caesar-Wilts, England, United Kingdom

"I LOVE your work! I get many great compliments on it! Thank you."
~Kari Gilmour-Hamilton, Ontario

"Hi Carmen, I received the bracelet today. It is beautiful! Thanks so much. I'll be sure to let everyone know where I got it."
~Heather-New Brunswick

"Just wanted to let you know that I got the bracelet in the mail today and it's absolutely gorgeous! Better than I even expected. Can't wait to order from you again!"
~Natasha-Lynchburg, Virginia

"It arrived yesterday and I LOVE IT!! Thank you soooo much! You not only did a great job on the jewelry, your personalized customer service is top notch!!! It was a pleasure working with you and I will certainly spread the word about you!!"
~Virginia-Lake Mary, Florida

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dreaming in Baubles Custom Charm Necklace

I have had many requests for a toggle clasp closure, so here is a picture of my latest design. This dreamy little necklace is perfect for the days you want to wear something special, it's unique and elegant. I designed this piece to represent a mixture of modern couture and timeless comforts. I hope you enjoy this piece, as much as I enjoyed creating it.

By Carmen Bowe

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Embrace The Warmth Of Copper

Copper has become a new favourite metal of mine. If you love the look of gold, but hate the price, copper is an affordable alternative which also gives a beautiful warm glow. People often question how well copper keeps, and if copper will turn. Copper oxidizes by tarnishing, the same way that sterling silver tarnishes and the way iron rusts. It's a natural progression and the environment determines how rapidly it will happen. Oxidization progresses faster in high humidity, but the effect of oxidation is also affected by one’s body chemistry. The effect is different for everyone, one person may wear copper every day and never have it turn, and another person may wear it for one day and it may oxidize. Similarly, one can oxidize sterling silver in one day as well. Sterling silver is a metal alloy of silver (92.5%) and copper (7.5%). The addition of copper to silver makes it stronger. It is the copper in the alloy that causes sterling silver to tarnish. People are different, thus is the reason why the same perfume may smell different on everyone…again symbolizing that we are all a little different through our body chemistry. Although, I'm not an expert, there is a lot of subjective evidence to propose copper metals may also help people reduce arthritis pains.

Bringing out the shine in copper:

If your copper oxidizes, all you have to do is rinse it about in a small container of water and a squirt of lemon juice, along with a pinch of salt to bring out the bling again. Finally, you can polish your copper with a jewelry polishing cloth. When not worn, remember to keep your copper jewelry in an air tight container or bag (mini zip lock bags will do the trick)…this will help slow down the oxidation.

Yours in design,
Carmen Bowe

Friday, November 7, 2008

Keep your bling in tip top shape!

Tips on keeping your jewelry in 'tip top' shape:

*Always put on your jewelry last and avoid direct contact with beauty products (perfume and body lotions).
*Always store your jewel pieces away from direct sunlight, in an air tight container or bag. Mini zip lock bags are perfect. This helps to prevent tarnish. Store your sterling and gold jewelry in separate bags before putting into your jewelry boxes.
*Finally, you can polish your jewelry with a polishing cloth; just make sure that it is safe for your jewelry. Some polish can damage stones and remove the oxidation in the letters…so we don’t want that to happen. Read the care instructions on the polishing cloth to be certain.

For normal everyday wear:

I design my jewelry to endure normal everyday wear; however, I don’t recommend my jewel pieces to be worn while sleeping, showering, exercising or partaking in any strenuous physical activity. My jewelry is Not Recommended for those under 3 years of age.

***Not for Under 5 years:

Jewelry by Carmen Bowe is Not Recommended for those under 5 years of age. I do my best to make my jewels sturdy, but the findings, Swarovski crystals and pearls are small and I don’t want you to take any chances. Upon purchase, Buyer acknowledges that Carmen Bowe is not responsible for any accidents.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Custom Bling

I recently had the pleasure of creating a few custom orders (Thank You Ladies!I appreciate your business and your referrals are most welcome)...if you have a specific design in mind, please contact me to see if we can create a unique jewel piece together. I am in the mist of doing another custom order this weekend, but will be adding more items to my shop in the near future.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holiday Deadlines for Glittering Holiday Goods

Happy Holidays, here's my shipping cut-offs for getting some glittering holiday goods from my jewelry collection.

***Holiday Deadlines:

Dec 10th is the last day I will ship within Canada via Canada Post prior to Christmas; and Dec 3rd is my shipping deadline for orders to the US and Overseas prior to Christmas. Ok, so let's back track (10-15 business days to create your custom order). Nov 21st is the last day I will accept a custom order for Christmas. Pressed for delivery time frames, perhaps we can make an arrangement for Express Shipping (or a Special Delivery)...Or I can create something for you for a special birthday, a special event, or for Valentines Day (Feb 14th).

It's never too early to think about Valentines Day!

***Please Note:

Unfortunately, due to possible delays at customs, I cannot guarantee on time Christmas delivery for any International Shipments (US & Overseas).

***I am in the process of adding new designs to my shop every few days, please visit for my latest listings.

***I specialize in personalized jewelry designs; please contact me if you can’t find what you are looking for in my shop, I’d be happy to discuss a unique custom design for you.

Thank you for allowing me to share my jewelry designs with you.


Carmen Bowe

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hot Launch- My Premiere Collection

Dear friends,

After numerous hours of designing, researching and write ups...I am pleased to announce that my new online shop will be opening very soon. Starting this week, I will be listing a few designs every couple of days until my Premiere Collection is completely launched. Visit my shop often for my latest designs

My online shop is under the Etsy venue, a place to buy and sell all things handmade.

Don't have an Etsy Account yet? No worries, signing up is FREE and totally safe, your email address will never be shared. Etsy hates spam, too.

By the way, when signing up for your new Etsy account, don't forget to mention that CBDesignStudio referred you to Etsy (in the referral prompt when creating your account). Like most successful businesses, I love working with referrals too!

I hope you enjoy my jewelry pieces as much as I enjoyed making them.

Yours in design,

Carmen Bowe

Friday, August 29, 2008


I am pleased to announce the up coming online shop called Carmen Bowe (aka CBDesignStudio as the seller's name on Etsy), home to handcrafted jewelry with pure expression for every mood, every event and every special person in your life. I am a very fortunate mom of two beautiful girls(my inspirations!). The heart of every design begins with flair and passion, and is later transformed into a unique jewel with pure expression. My forte is in hand stamped mommy brag necklaces and bracelets, birth date charms, personalized jewelry and accessories. Adornments of Swarovski crystals and pearls are included in the price of the custom jewel. Jewelry by Carmen Bowe is created using quality sterling silver and copper metals with Swarovski crystals and pearls.

Design with me:
Please contact me if you have something in mind and would like to discuss a custom design. I would love the opportunity to create something special for you.

Uniqueness and Charm:
All pieces are lovingly hand stamped by me, letter by letter, number by number, with the utmost in care. I work hard to ensure that spacing and alignment are as close to perfection as possible, however please expect slight variances. The stamping may not always be perfectly straight, aligned or at the same depth and should not be viewed as a design flaw, but rather a symbol of its uniqueness and charm.

Shipping Time Frame:
Due to order volumes, please allow up to 7-15 business days following payment for your custom jewelry order to be shipped(If I can send it out to you earlier, I will). If you need your order sooner, please contact me to see if we can expedite the delivery.

Holiday Orders:
Please think ahead to ensure adequate shipping time frames are met for your Holiday Gifts. As the season of gift giving quickly approaches, delays may occur at the Postal Office due to higher shipping volumes. Please note that orders are shipped from Ontario, Canada.

My Packaging:
Each and every handcrafted jewelry with pure expression is beautifully packaged in a charming jewelry box filled with white non-tarnishing polyester fiber and dressed with a lovely ribbon. Ideal for gift giving!

Online Shop Opening Soon:
Carmen Bowe by CBDesignStudio (under the Etsy Venue) is scheduled to open in late October-early November of 2008.

Please visit often for my latest news and updates!


Carmen Bowe
Jewelry Artisan