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Health Benefits of Wearing Silver Jewelry

Did you know? There are benefits to wearing silver jewelry...besides looking good. We've pulled out a few interesting factoids that may interest you!

Health benefits of wearing silver - by Line of Love Jewellery. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
Across many cultures, silver has been used as an effective aid against colds, flus and fighting infection. 

Studies by the University of Southampton (2008) have also proven that wearing silver rings can reduce arthritic symptoms. 

Due to its natural properties, it has aided in improved circulation and immunity due to its electrical and thermal conductivity.

How is this possible? The short-form scientific answer is this: Positively-charged silver ions create a conductive field which redirects electromagnetic radiation away from the body, aiding in improved blood circulation, balancing the body's temperature, as well as binding to negatively charged receptors in bacteria... hence helping us fight against infection and disease. 

Well, we certainly will love our silver jewelry more, won't we? That which does double duty and keeps us looking good on the inside AND the outside! 

Line of Love Jewellery Gift Cards Now Available!

Line of Love Jewellery Gift Cards now available!

Oh, it's what you've been waiting for! Gift cards are finally here! And we're here to sweeten the deal for you: up to February 15th, purchase a gift card (amounts come in $20, 50, 75, 100, 125, 125, 200, 250+) and we'll add 10% more to your gift card. 

It's a perfect way to give a gift to someone who you know loves Joseph's silver jewellery or his one-of-a-kind porcelain work. 

Gift cards are redeemable on our online store here (www.lineoflovejewellery.com) or at our Granville Island Public Market kiosk, for jewellery AND Joseph's porcelain clay work. 

Below are a few questions & answers... because you'll want to know how to use your gift card!

Q: How do I redeem my gift card online? 

A: Give us a call or send us an email with your gift card number and security number (3 digits) located on the back of the card.

Q: Is my gift card reloadable?  

A: No; gift cards purchased are intended for one-time use, and are not reloadable. 

Q: What if I've made a purchase and still have some money on the card?
A: Any balances remaining on the gift card after a purchase is made will be returned to the customer in the form of a store credit, for in-store and/or online purchases. 

Q: Can you ship the gift card to me if I am outside North America? 
A: Yes we can do that! Just send us an email/call us and let us know your shipping address. 

Q: Can I find the gift cards to buy online here at www.lineoflove.com?
A: No, unfortunately we don't sell them (yet!) on our online store. Give us a call or send us an email to lineoflovesculpture@gmail.com and we'll set you up in a few minutes! 

Any further questions? Contact us here!

Posted by Joseph Chiang on 07 February, 2017 gift cards, gift giving, gift ideas, Line of Love, made in vancouver, vancouver bc | Read more →

International Shipping Rates - Updated!

Hello everyone! 

We're excited to announce updated international shipping rates to all our customers outside of North America! All purchases over $150 qualify for FREE SHIPPING, so that's a great deal of savings right there. 

Read on BELOW for our international shipping rates outside of North America...
International Shipping rates - Line of Love Jewellery
$15:  (7 - 14 business days with NO tracking number)

$39: (7 - 14 business days WITH tracking number) 

$60: Expedited Shipping PLUS tracking number (4 day shipping)

$0.00: Free shipping over $150 (7 - 14 business days with NO tracking number)

$25Free Shipping over $150 (7 - 14 business days WITH tracking number)


And if you have any questions please don't hesitate to CONTACT US.

FREE Standard Shipping until December 5th!

Ho Ho Ho! Is that the sound of Santa's sleigh starting a little early??

Indeed! We are offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING (7 - 14 business days) from now until December 5th for all our lovely customers who want to get started on their Christmas lists (and finish) early! 

Free Standard Shipping Oct 15 - Dec 5 from Line of Love Jewellery

WHAT TO DO: 

From the US?
 Enter code USXmas at checkout in the discount code section. (Note this package will NOT include a tracking # which is an additional cost).* 

From Canada? Enter code CADXmas at checkout in the discount code section. (Note all packages in Canada include a tracking #).

That's it!! Enjoy the feeling of making someone very, very happy this upcoming festive season! 

*For US packages with Standard Shipping INCLUDING tracking #, the cost is as per our regular rate of $20.00 (Canadian).

Posted by Joseph Chiang on 19 October, 2016 free shipping, gift giving, Line of Love, made in vancouver, vancouver bc | Read more →

Four Ways to be Together in a Distraction-Filled Week

Ah, to be together with your special somebody is truly a blessing. Sadly, in our high-paced lives, it's getting harder and harder to be together when we have so many things eating up our time - including our jobs, extracurricular activities, families, acquaintances and to-do lists. 

Here at the Line of Love, we meet a lot of customers who tell us stories of how they met their significant other, and how they stay together - and we love! their stories.

And perhaps more importantly, we thought about some ways couples could spend time together in their day-to-day lives and express their love to each other every day. So here's a few thoughts from us...

Four Ways to Be Together in a Distraction-Filled Week Together sterling silver pendant by Line of Love Jewellery
Be together with your partner in spirit when you're apart. Find
our Together pendant here. 

1. Spending time together implies that you're not spending time on OTHER things. And this includes distractions like iPhones, iPads, your kids and your cats. Consider it spending analog time together, in a digital age. Find some real 'face time' with your husband or partner.  

Four Ways to be Together in a Distraction-Filled World - Do you remember when? by Line of Love Jewellery
Hmmm...when was the last time we made THIS happen?

Make a plan to turn your phones off for date-night and actually carve out some quality time - even 20 minutes - together with your partner. Creating deep, meaningful conversations existed long before Facebook or Twitter, and so it is that you too can engage in some quality 'non-digital' time.

2. Show them you're thinking about them even when you're not together. What does your partner love? What would they appreciate if you did it for them today?

Even a small thing - like filling up your partner's car, or leaving a small note in their packed lunch with an inside joke, is a surprisingly sweet thought to show that you're thinking about them even when you're not with them. 

Clear out ALL distractions for an evening for a chance at quiet time. We think you can do it! by Line of Love Jewellery

Date night never looked so good...!

3. Make a date out of it. Most of us complain that we don't have enough time in our day - well, the best and simplest way to do it is to clear out ALL distractions for an evening.  

There is no excuse when you decide to pre-plan it like you plan your work meetings, your kids' soccer and violin lessons and your shopping list.

Schedule the babysitter, make the dinner reservation, and anticipate the moment! Can you create a distraction - free date night every month? Every two weeks? We think maybe, you can!

Give the gift of gratitude - it opens up miles of doors! by Line of Love Jewellery
And let me start to count the ways I shall thank thee! #gratitude 

4. Give each other the gift of gratitude. Above all else, it is important to remind each other of the wonderful qualities each person brings to the relationship. Make a list, and check it twice... it's not only a powerful reminder of the relationship you've chosen to invest your time and love into, but also a wonderful way to be grateful for all the things he does for you (and vice versa!). 

And one of the best things about this quick and powerful exercise is that opening the doors of gratitude allows you to intuitively seek ways to find more and different ways to be together...each and every day. 

Posted by Joseph Chiang on 07 September, 2016 Helping couples, Line of Love, Relationships, vancouver bc | Read more →

The Melody of Love Pendant ... Will it Bring you Love? Some say...yes!

This piece, the Melody of Love, has two people sitting inside the treble clef. If you look carefully, you'll even see both their arms outstretched in the piece.

 

The Melody of Love inspires not only musicians but people who enjoy music; my idea behind the piece comes from my belief that it is not only a piece for musicians but for two people who are inspired to create something beautiful together.

The Melody of Love by Joseph Chiang - sterling silver pendant Does this pendant inspire love? Some say yes it does! 

A synergy between two people exists and brings them together to create a masterpiece. 

 

Last summer, a woman came by Granville Island and saw this pendant. She had bought it for a friend of hers, who had sworn off love for many years.

 

In that first week her friend wore the pendant, guess what happened?

 

She met someone and fell in love! It was such a beautiful love story that her friend came back to share it with us. 

 

In another story, a woman, an opera singer, stopped by multiple times last year to look at this pendant.

 

She told us it was her and her husband's wedding anniversary, and they had met on a cruise ship while she was working. The story went as follows: She jokingly asked the audience, "Does anyone want to get married? Because I'd love to be married!" 

 

And her future husband-to-be shouted "Yes!" from the crowd. 

 

The chemistry was instantaneous and they were married shortly after... having been married now for a few wonderful years, everywhere she travels, she looks for something that symbolizes music as a way of celebrating their love. The elegant and classic lines of this piece are symbolic of their eternal love. 

Celebrate the melody of your love together, and how you've found your own beautiful, unique way of listening to each other in your lives.

So will you give yourself the gift of a chance at love this year? Or perhaps for someone else in your life! You just never know! 
Melody of Love pendant (medium) in sterling silver by Joseph Chiang
If you'd like to see this pendant in person and try it on, we will be at the Arts Alive Show this Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm.

 

This piece comes in three different sizes, and we offer different chain lengths options as well! This outdoor show is children-friendly with lots of childrens' activities, and will feature artwork from local artisans, live music, pottery, jewellery and more! 


Click HERE for more information about Arts Alive!

 And don't forget, in case you can't make it to Arts Alive, we will still be at the Granville Island Public Market during this time. 

 This pendant comes in 3 different sizes: 

The Best Surefire Way to Get a Gift They'll Love this Year

When you're in a relationship - whether it be a new relationship or a beautiful long-term one with a girlfriend or your husband; or if you're single, you've got family, best friends and certain dates you're responsible for. 

And what do we mean by 'dates?' What we mean is, gift-giving dates. 
Need some help figuring out what to get for birthdays and special occasions? Read on!

Birthdays and Christmas dates are the big ones. But let's not forget about Mother's Day, one-year anniversaries, ten-year anniversaries, presents for the brides-to-be, presents for the wedding party, presents for the in-laws, presents for their beloved Bugsie the boston terrier, presents for the friends who you're staying with on vacation in that tropical paradise.. and we know, the list goes on. And on. 

 

We understand the importance of gift-giving... of that smile lighting up their face when they realize that the gift they're looking at is EXACTLY the one they've been wanting because you know them oh-so-well! 

Oh, wait. 

Does that not happen to you all the time? 

Have you ever had someone open your present and you spot a crestfallen look on their face that they try to hide, when they realize that it must have been a re-gift from your crazy second aunt that you thought they might have actually liked. 

I can't even pretend to like this gift.

Oops. (Thought you could swing that one, didn't you).

Shoot. Well in that case, let us help you discover the BEST way you can get them a gift they'll love and spare you from that certain fate.

Ready? 
 
The best surefire way to give them a gift they love this year - article by Line of Love Jewellery

Let them pick it for you. 

This isn't revolutionary, but something so obvious and looked over that we have to reiterate it for you. 

If you can be there to witness their eyes light up when they've spotted "THAT THING" they've fallen in love with, then this is actually YOUR perfect moment to shine. 

This is unreal.
So let's just take this one step further. 

Bring them to a fun outdoor market where all the goods are handmade, locally, mind you - and often one-of-a-kind gifts too... and make it fun date or family outing.

You're being extra smart, knocking out two birds with one stone - you get to enjoy the ambience, the fun, the food at a summer market and suddenly, you've just solved your gift-giving dilemma for maybe not one occasion, but two. And maybe not even for just one person, but a few.

You can thank us later at the market when we see YOU there ...at the beautiful Ladner Market on Sunday, August 14!!!
 
Ladner Village Market 
August 14 10 am - 4 pm
5028A 48th Avenue, Delta, BC
 
Your gifts await you...and more importantly, those beautiful smiles who tell you what a mind-reader you are for giving them exactly what they wanted this year.

Birthdays and Christmas gifts, you fear no longer. You've just turned pro. 

Ladner Market features 140 craft vendors with a focus on gourmet food, home & garden products, jewellery and unique creations. 
 
Don't share this secret unless you want to... but see you there, where we'll be featuring our beautiful sterling silver jewellery with our Family and Mother & Children collections.

Mother & Two Children #131A sterling silver pendant by Joseph Chiang

Above: Joseph's Mother & Two Children circular pendant. Click here for size and pricing details. 

Joseph's one-of-a-kind porcelain collection will also be there, with his lucky ladybugs for all our ladybug lovers! 

Green wheel-thrown porcelain bowl by Joseph Chiang
Joseph's porcelain work makes the perfect gift for summer weddings this year! 

And if you can't make it out to Delta, come visit us at our regular location at Granville Island, a local and tourist hotspot in Vancouver BC! 

So hope to see you all very soon! 

Don't Miss Out! Porcelain Ladybug 'LUCKY PIN' Special: Buy 5, Get One Free

WE LOVE LADYBUGS and we know you do too! What's better than five ladybugs?

Medium porcelain ladybug pin by Joseph Chiang
Above: A little more luck? YES PLEASE! Get one more ladybug with every purchase of 5 ladybug pins!

Well...six! We want you to have more luck in YOUR life… so we’re gifting you one extra ladybug when you buy a packet of five!

Ladybugs are known to represent good luck in many countries, including Canada, Germany and Italy. Particularly if one lands on you, you can expect to have good luck… so be sure to make a wish before it flies away!

Ladybugs are a mysterious creature, and we have met our fair share of customers who have encountered one, or a ‘fleet’ of ladybugs at special and meaningful moments in their lives. 




Tell me a lucky ladybug story! Stories from Joseph Chiang's customers

For instance, one of our customers told us that her husband was absolutely crazy about ladybugs. Her husband actually had a dream about the next home they were going to move into…call it a premonition.

And then the day came they were actually getting ready to move into their new home, and guess what they found when they opened the front door to their house?

 A huge ladybug balloon...right in the middle of their hallway! They knew the house was meant to be theirs, and they have lived there happily since.

Porcelain ladybug pins small, medium, large by Joseph Chiang
Check out our porcelain ladybugs here! 

How's that for a little more luck to take around with you? 

 All the ladybugs are handpainted porcelain bugs, painted by the artist, Joseph, himself. They don't call Joseph the Ladybug Man for nothing! 

Joseph Chiang, artist AKA The Ladybug Man
Meet Joseph Chiang, aka the Ladybug Man, at Granville Island's Public Market!

 TIPS FOR WEARING YOUR LADYBUG PIN: 

  • The pins stand out and look real(!!) on a hat, collar, or thin jacket
  • Wear your pin on a piece of clothing that won't move around too much
  • If you're wearing your pin on a jacket, avoid your seatbelt line

    Gifts from the heart

OUR LADYBUGS MAKE…

  • Wonderfully thoughtful gifts: The ladybugs make perfect gifts to mail off to friends and family in birthday and special occasion cards 

  • Great small gift ideas for: people who work in the office (to pin onto their office lanyards), for gardeners (who all love ladybugs!), and your insect-loving friends

  • Big blessings for someone who you know needs a little luck in their life – your son for his upcoming job interview, your friend recovering in the hospital, or someone who just needs a reminder of how lucky they are and will count their blessings every day!


Be prepared to make some new friends who tell you you've got a ladybug on you!! 

Tip: We've heard from some of our customers that they superglue the pin to their hat so it stays on...indefinitely! 

And if you're looking for other ladybug gifts, whether for your daughter or niece or mother…we've got them all in our collection!

Lucky gifts are here! by Joseph Chiang

Discover our ladybug jewellery collection HERE!

Stay lucky... and don't forget to make a wish when you’ve got your ladybug on!! 

Six Commonly-Asked Questions with Line of Love's artist Joseph Chiang

DISCOVER six commonly-asked questions we get asked about Joseph and his jewelry line...and his answers, below!

Family of Four by Joseph Chiang
Above: The 'Family of Four' pendant by Joseph Chiang

What better way than to find out from the artist himself - and find out how serendipity and a little luck helped him on his artistic journey.
 
Question #1: A lot of customers ask where your jewellery shapes come from. Are they from a certain language or culture? 
 
Joseph: I say yes. The shapes are in fact from the international language of love, as well as my ideas of the universe. I work to essentially capture love, in all my designs.

My jewelry line is designed to look at the many stages of love, from young romantic love to the love between partners, to the love a mother feels for her child. My jewelry grows with them... from a Family of three to Family of Five, Six, and even Seven! 
 
Question #2: A lot of people ask if silver will tarnish. How do you polish your own silver? 
 
Joseph: Only stainless steel won't tarnish. I use a basic, simple polishing solution at home. Toothpaste! Any white toothpaste will do. And in our Granville Island Public Market stall location, people can always come to us with their jewelry they've purchased from us and we are happy to polish it for them. 
 
All my jewelry is created using non-tarnish sterling silver. So in fact it will take longer to tarnish. And on some of my customers, a beautiful patina develops on their piece and it just truly becomes a part of them. 
 
Question #3: Do you have a favorite design in your Line of Love jewelry line? 
 
Joseph: I love all the shapes I create. If I didn't, I wouldn't create them and put them out to the public. (So, I do have lots of sketches that have ended up in the recycling bin!). But some of the ones that I see as classic shapes are the Mother & Two Children designs... both the larger version and the smaller one. 
 
For the smaller Mother & Two Children pendant, I had a vision of the sun, moon and Earth incorporated in the design, as well as the shape of a Family of mother, father and child or Mother and Two Children. It's the way I see people connected in love.

Mother and Two Children sterling silver pendant by Joseph Chiang
Above: Mother & Two Children, the shape of everlasting love with the moon
and the sun behind them... 
 
Question #4: What provided you the inspiration behind these designs? 
 
Joseph: A large part of my customer base here in Vancouver, B.C. knows me for my porcelain work on the wheel, which I have been doing for 30 years. At Granville Island, I have both my porcelain and silver jewelry on display in the public market area.
'Family embrace' sculpture by Joseph Chiang
But many people may not be aware that during this time span I've worked in a large number of mediums where I've molded and taken the shapes of people to create physical representations of art - that represent something more spiritual, something with a deeper meaning, in all different shapes and sizes. 

Simply, my lines and dots represent the creation of the universe and connection of all kinds of love between people. The lines are the bonds between lovers, families and friends. The dots are people like you and me.
 
 
Question #5: Tell us about the ladybug and why it became a part of your signature?
 
Joseph: I believe my life has been blessed with serendipity, and the ladybug has also been a strong example of that in my life. A long time ago, I was sitting in my studio, and my heart was broken because a perfect piece of porcelain I had thrown was chipped.
It was imperfect...I wanted to cry. But then, a little ladybug actually flew onto my porcelain piece and to my surprise, it gave me the answer and solution I needed! 

'Porcelain fluted vase with ladybug for good luck' by Joseph Chiang
Above: This little ladybug wants to stay on the porcelain! Porcelain vase by Joseph Chiang

The ladybug gradually became part of my porcelain signature. And ladybug jewelry collection I have created is also to give people a little bit of the luck it gave to me…so many years ago. 
 
I am always working to come out with new designs too. I don't want to get bored of my own work!

Innovation and creativity are central to what I do, even today. I came out with my latest ladybug design, the ladybug on the silver leaf, last year. Now people call me the Ladybug Man.

Ladybug on a silver leaf by Joseph Chiang. The Ladybug Man
Question #6: What are some of the latest designs in your jewellery line? 
 
Joseph: This year I took a few weeks off from the Granville Island market to work on a few new designs. I take into consideration customer feedback as well - a number of customers told me, for example, that they wanted a smaller version of Mother & Child. So this is now one of the newest pieces in my collection.  
 
Mother & Child together, 121A by Joseph Chiang
 I also created a new Yoga shape, the Tree Pose, because we have such a big yoga community here on the West Coast. People love jewelry that means something to them... and I want to create pieces that people love to wear. 
 
It's so nice to talk to all the customers who come here to Granville Island's Public Market. The people come from all over the world as visitors and tourists. Even sometimes with a language barrier, they understand the shapes behind my jewelry. It's love; and people understand what it means to them.

For me, it's all about making the connection with people around us, and doing it with great love and joy together.

As you know, your appreciation warms my energy and your support sparks my imagination, everyday.

What Does Locally Made Really Mean? 

I was talking with some of my colleagues who are also at Granville Island market, and the subject was about what it means to be a local artist who makes everything...locally. 

Sterling silver jewellery by Joseph Chiang

Above: Some of our customers' favorite pendants! From left, clockwise: Infinity Love; our Granville Island booth; Mother & Child; Family of Four; Sisters; Joseph working on polishing his silver pendants.

What does it mean to shop locally? You're supporting artists who make everything here...with their very own hands. No, we don't source out our work to a different country, to pay someone less to do what we do ourselves. With each piece we produce, we handpick our materials, and spend hours on the design of each piece, perfecting each one. We focus our energies on each piece to produce something for someone special.

With my work, I say each sterling silver piece finds the right owner... each pendant belongs to a special couple, a special family, who get to 'wear' their loved ones with them and keep them close to their heart.

Lucky ladybug pendant on a silver leafI don't produce so much inventory that I have to create sales to sell off my all my pieces. So it's a different way of shopping... a different way to run business than some customers may be used to.

So next time you're down at Granville Island, I hope you get to see and appreciate the artisans for what they live and breathe each day. Support local artists because you celebrate creativity, curiosity, and the quest for art that inspires & touches peoples' hearts.


#supportlocal #shoplocal #supportlocaltalent #granvilleisland #madeinvancouver #sterlingsilverjewellery #meaningful 

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