New Rosary Part Listing & Labeling

Hi Everyone!

Recently I was made aware of some confusion about the labeling of my Italian rosary parts.  For years the information I’ve had came directly from the manufacturers or my suppliers, but now I see that for those who specialize in jewelry and not rosaries, the labeling can be a bit confusing.

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Here are the basics.  Most Italian rosary parts are made from zamak which is a mix of metals including zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper, but the exact recipe can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.  For example, two of my suppliers have mentioned including small amounts of silver either as a “flash” plating or as a part of their general recipe. It seems like every manufacturer does something different and I’ve never paid to have any of my parts tested to see for sure who is doing what. 🙂

The one thing I know for sure is that NONE of my Italian rosary parts are plated with sterling silver or 14k gold.  Those precious metals are very, very expensive and would raise the cost substantially.  Affordability, durability and variety are what make Italian rosary parts so popular, but sterling silver or 14K gold they are not.

This recent confusion is why I’ve decided to change the wording in my store from silver plate and gold plate (for Italian parts), to silver and gold toned base metal.  The parts you’ve loved for years are still the same.  It’s just the labeling that is changing.

In the 17 years I’ve been in business I’ve never had this issue come up before, but I think it’s a good idea to make the changes in order to avoid any other confusion in the future. 🙂

As you know, I am currently in the process of retaking pictures, and doing other edits as part of the new store layout, so this change will be a part of that process. I’m not sure how long it will take, but hopefully in the next couple of months or so I can get the website updated.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. OK?

Thank you for your patience during all of this new website and update stuff!  It is truly appreciated!

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New Pictures Coming Soon!

I’m finally in the process of updating pictures. YAY! If you are looking at an item and the picture is missing, just wait a minute or two and it will pop back up. It just means I’m in the process of adding the new images to the listing.

As before the images will be color coded to help make browsing easier. Italian silver plate parts will have a blue background. Gold plated parts will have a pink background. Sterling silver will have either a purple background or a purple bar across (I’m not sure which yet :)).  American made pewter will either be white background or another color. I’m still working on those. 🙂

As usual, if you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Colorado Sales Tax News!

Woo Hoo!!

I just got off the phone with the State of Colorado and found out there has been a change to the exemption for small businesses in Colorado.  I can now charge origin taxes instead of destination taxes!! Woo Hoo!!!

I’m not sure when this changed happened but honestly it may have been a while ago. I fear the information I received from the rep I spoke with originally may have been incorrect.

Anyway, this means that at least for now, all Colorado customers regardless of location will pay the Westminster City/Jeffco sales tax of 8.35%.  This will continue until the new global information system is created.  The rep I spoke with said they had not heard when that would take effect, so until then, I am opening up the state of Colorado for shipping again!  YAY!!

Once the new system is up and running, then we can reevaluate to see if it is something that will work appropriately with our pesky home rule city policies.

Please give me time to update the system with the changes.  I’m hoping I can have it ready to go within the next day or two.  If you have any questions, please let me know. OK?

Take care and Happy New Year!!!!
Phyllis
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Shopping Cart PayPal Button

Hey Everyone!

Just a heads up to let you know I am in the process of testing the PayPal Express button located underneath the “Check Out” button in the shopping cart.  It seems to be working ok now, so if you would like to use this to expedite your checkout, please feel free to try it.  If you run into any issues, please let me know.

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Phases 1 & 2 Now Complete

Hey Everyone!!

Phases 1 & 2 of the new store upgrade are now complete! YAY!! 🙂 All the pretty stuff is finally done!!  Phase 3 will involve a lot of back end stuff including fixing that pesky PayPal button, retaking pictures, rewriting descriptions, SEO and adding more details to each listing.  It will take a couple of months to get that part finished, so if you see anything wonky in the mean time please let me know.

Below is a picture of the new item pages. I was able to add a “short description” directly under each item title. Minimizing those and making them more concise will be a big part of Phase 3. Hopefully once finished they will help with any confusion regarding items used for custom rosaries versus items available for individual sale. If you have any questions or see any type-o’s or other errors, please let me know. 🙂  Thank you for your patience during this transition. It has been greatly appreciated!
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Phase 1 Complete!

Hi Everyone!

Phase 1 of the new website design is complete now.  Phase II has started which involves updating listings and adding short descriptions.  I’m not sure how long this phase will take, but I will let you know once it’s completed, by posting about the new layout and where to find all the basic stuff. OK?

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New Website Update

Woo Hoo!!! We are making good progress on the new website. Right now the initial upgrade will kick in around July 15th. It looks like I will be able to keep the store live during the initial upgrade which is good. The switch over will come in 3 phases. First will be the new layout (see below), then comes phase 2 which includes adding short descriptions in listings and breadcrumb trails to help with site navigation.  Finally phase 3 will include updates to listings which will hopefully make them easier to read, but will take a few months to complete.  YAY!!

Update!!!  Phase 1 is now up and running. We still have a couple bugs to work out, but for now things seem to be working well!  Come by and take a peek at the new mobile friendly design!! 🙂

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