If you have a testimonial to add, please e-mail your photos and/or comments to
sapphireandsage @ neo .rr. com (remove spaces) - it has truly been my pleasure serving you all!
P.S.: More pics, plus a list of film and theatrical clientelle at bottom of testimonials!
Rhonda, you have created the finishing touches to my King Henry VIII persona. It's been a pleasure dealing with you, especially from across the pond in England. You'll see this Hilliard in Samlesbury Hall, Astley Hall, Warwick Castle and Southsea Castle this year. Thanks again.
Ray I. (also known as "King Henry VIII")
"The Stolen One" by Suzanne Crowley
"The week before the photoshoot, I was watching the finale of The Tudors and I googled the title just to read more about the show. But an interesting website came up - Sapphire and Sage. The artist makes reproduction Renaissance and Tudor jewelry. I perused her site and saw a necklace that would be perfect fo the cover - an exact replica of what we needed - and I contacted my editor. They contacted the artist and she made one up, shipped it, and it arrived the night before the shoot. Afterwards, my editor sent me the necklace, and now I can wear it at booksignings."
Excerpt from an interview with Suzanne Crowley, author of "The Stolen One"
Shooting Stars Mag
June 30, 2009
Thank you for your generosity of time, talent and friendliness. You have certainly gone beyond the call of good customer service. I know having your work in our publicity shots will be good for you too, but you didn't have to put so much effort into meeting our deadlines and making the pieces extra beautiful. You are extra beautiful. Thank you.
Queen Elizabeth I
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Most of my family and friends invited were not even familiar with a Renaissance festival, let alone a ceremony at one. 98% to be exact did not know what to expect. When I left the gate house to begin my bridal parade through the festival to join with the groom, people gasped. I am not making this up. There were and still are three things people point out: 1. How happy I looked, 2. How pretty my dress is and 3. "Where on earth did I get such beautiful jewelry?"
Seriously, everyone looking at a picture or commenting about attending has mentioned the jewelry.
If you are a potential customer reading this, remember this if anything of what I am writing:
Rhonda had only my love for blue as a request. And of course, with picking out which stones and etc., I was getting probably carried away. She worked with me, advised me, and also worked on a piece that I wanted that she didn't have listed.
Rhonda is amazing. Very talented, and certainly very reasonable. I searched and browsed a whole month before finding her. And I am glad I waited because I could not be any happier. I have a future project for her and will continue to treat myself to her glorious work. Do not cheat yourself of a little extra elegance. Not when someone is this talented, unique and reasonable.
Rhonda, you personally made my day extra special and continue to do so with the lovely feed back I get from others. There are many things a bride can trouble herself with on her day and the days before, but I was able to put that task in my lil' dragon box and feel rest assured that there were going to be no worries there. You made me look like a princess. Thank you with all my heart.
Sincerely and with many hugs,
Here's a picture of Mary as Princess Elizabeth wearing the jewelry we purchased from you. As you can see, the pieces compliment her dress well, and she was thrilled to wear them. We love the quality of your work and how you worked with us after the dress changed colors. We are very happy with your jewelry and if the need arises we'll contact you again. Thanks for beautiful quality workmanship.
Mike, Nancy, and Her Royal Highness, Rose of England, Princess Elizabeth Tudor, Third in line for the Holy Throne
The ball went well and I'm looking forward to Mardi Gras in Lafayette. The jewelry you helped me design was great with the costume, and I received numerous compliments on the detail work you did for me. You are great to work with.
Photo from Photography on the Run
Photo from Digital Simian
I'm not sure who was more impressed, me or my husband (and I was pretty happy). I put the belt and the necklace on my dress form containing my underskirt and overskirt and then called him in. Now, let me be sure I get all his comments correct.
"Wow. That's beautiful."
"The Archduchess is going to be so jealous."
"The outfit just went completely innocent." (which is the exact effect I was hoping for)
"She did a great job."
"That is just gorgeous"
"Oh! Look at the pins on the back of the belt to affix it to your skirt. This will be great!"
"She gets better every time."
"I think this is her best work ever."
There was a comment stated just about every time he walked through the dining room (my work area) to the kitchen. (He repeated some of the above a couple times.)
I love the pearl tassel on the belt. The Archduchess is going to be chasing Mary around trying to steal from her. I just know it. :)
AKA Lady Mary Brandon
Scarborough Faire, The Renaissance Festival
The wedding is past us, and life has finally started settling back down. I wanted to send off a few photos from our wedding. For one, so that you can see MY "handiwork" of creating and sewing all of the attire(Engineers can be seamstresses too!), but also so that you can share with your clients and future clients how your jewelry 100% completed the look for all the gorgeous ladies! Everyone LOVED the jewelry... my husband, Dean, even complimented on mine somewhere in the middle of our ceremony! I wasn't sure what I was looking for when I stumbled across this piece, but as soon as I saw it, I KNEW I had to have it. It was the PERFECT piece......I hope others will agree.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
Hazel Park, MI
I just wanted to thank you so much for the jewelry you made for my wedding. I've attached some photos so you can see how wonderful it looked with the costumes I made. It was beautiful and everything I expected! It just complimented everything perfectly. My husband loved his collar, and we got so many compliments from everyone. Everyone loved my crown! I'm so glad I found your site after lots of searching! I just wanted to say thank you and let you know that your jewelry made my day extra special - I truly felt like a princess in a fairy tale!
The wedding was beautiful and we had so much fun! The day just flew by!
Here are some pictures with the girdle and fan. I went with a delicate necklace and my elven circlet, so I'll have to get you some pictures with the necklace, too. The earrings were just right, and the little pearl in the circlet matched perfectly.
Thank you so much for making beautiful jewelry for me, I truly felt like a queen that day!
The jewelry have arrived! And they are marvelous in our eyes!
I can't get over how magnificent everything is! Your craftmanship is truly unparalleled.
Once again, THANK YOU!
Wishing you continued prosperity and happiness,
Juan I., a most satisfied customer!
I arrived home from holiday yesterday, and my parcel was
waiting for me! I LOVE the necklace. It looks really nice! I have attatched
a picture of me wearing it, but I'm afraid I don't have a Tudor style outfit
to show you, because I didn't buy the necklace for a particular occassion.
I've always had a passion for the 16th century, and it's great now that I
have a small piece of it that I can wear in the present day! Your service was
impeccable, with a personal touch which made me feel like more than just an
order number. Thank you so much!
Lots of love,
Rachel J., 16
Thank you SO much for finishing our wonderful jewelry and getting it to us in time.
We had a fabulous time at our Faire and got several compliments.
Del, Queen Chrysoberyl of Draconia
Betty, Princess Amethyst of Draconia
Colorado Springs, CO
I wore the jewels to faire, and they did very well! Attached is the only
picture of me of the day (taken with my camera, I mean). The jewels make the
gown! It's an amazing transformation! I was stopped for photos many times -
in fact, some man approached me and asked "Could you take a picture with my
baby?" and he handed me his baby! That's the first time THAT'S happened!!
LOL! Of course, I took a photo with the adorable child,but that was
something! Thank you so much!
I just wanted to let you know that my jewelry arrived on Friday, just in time for me to wear some of it in the parade on Saturday morning!
I loved all of it and thought it was extremely beautiful. I adore the girdle - it's just heaven, and the earrings are perfect.
As promised, I am sending you pictures of me wearing the lovely jewelry from you on my wedding day. Everyone commented on how fabulous the jewelry was and said it made me look like a Goddess/Princess. I can't thank you enough for your prompt service and the beautiful work you do. It is fabulous!
My event has come and gone today, and the entire
ensemble was a huge hit! I got a ton of pictures,
so since you requested a few, I figured you'd love
Thank you so much again, I can't believe how perfect
this dress and all its jewels turned out. It was
definitely a fairytale.
Gotta say that the items are incredible. The collar of state is the bomb, no doubt. Thanks so much for coming through on these items. I've had so much trouble of late getting people to complete their end of transactions, I just can't say how nice it is to see someone who does business the way it's supposed to be done. Thanks!!!!
Cedar Park, TX
I just received my "La Bella"earrings, they are beautiful and "real". The size is perfect, and the way you
package them along with a candy, I have to say I actually feel as if I was in your store shopping and
you waited on me personally!!! You are a special lady. Thank you, because I get to wear them at our last
weekend of SoCal Renaissance Pleasure Faire and didn't think that I would have them on time. I will be placing another order by tomorrow.
Catherdral City, CA
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this jewelry. I got SO many complements on it at Romantic Times this past week. THANK YOU so much for your work. You're awesome.
League City, TX
This is one of my favorite shots that really displays your jewlery. Thank you so much for the beautiful pieces. They really have completed my costume for the run of faire this year. The color is perfect. The pieces are comfortable and light-weight. Thank you again for your professionalism and attention to detail.
Scarborough Faire, The Renaissance Festival
I am attaching a portrait to thank you for my recent jewel purchase - I can't tell you how many compliments I got at the Faire! I absolutely love everything I received from you. I'm telling all my SCA and Faire friends about Sapphire & Sage, and I will certainly be ordering new jewels to match every new gown I have!
Thanks so much,
Hmm, where to begin?
"Yippee! Wow! Hee hee, they're all mine!! Oh, my gosh! I love them all. I'm soooo lucky!!"
Just a few of my thoughts after receiving my recent order.
I just received the jewelry and it is GORGEOUS! I have been showing everyone, and they are just overwhelmed!
As soon as I can get some pictures of it on my gown I will forward to you.
My new saying: ”You can never be too rich or have too many pearls!”
HUZZAH to you!
Anna B., AKA Lady Anna Stewart
Arizona Renaissance Festival
I always wanted to be a fairytale princess.
Not too long ago, I purchased a circlet from Sapphire
and Sage. It completed my dream perfectly!
This picture is from the locale Ren Faire.
Thanks so much,
I wanted you to know I got the earrings "Girl With The Pearl" earrings last week. My first thought when I opened the box was "DAMN! These are huge!!!", but when I put them on, I thought they looked spectacular and once again, am amazed at how light-weight they are for their size - they are quite comfortable and don't pull on my earlobes at all.
I also love, love, love the "Venus" earrings! They are so simple, so elegant, and so comfortably light-weight that I wear them a lot ---- I'll even change out whatever I was wearing during the day so that I can put the pearls on while I'm at home ("why, yes, I always wear my pearls to take the trash out to the dumpster. . . doesn't everyone?").
The "Jane" earrings (I got them with the amethyst colored stones) are also very lovely and, like your other earrings, comfortably light-weight. I loathe earrings whose weight pulls down on my ears. I have different shades of purple in my wardrobe, and it's so nice to have a purple earring that goes with all of them! Keep up the good work, Rhonda!
San Gabriel, CA
I have just received your fabulous pearl earrings and there are no words for
it...I am overjoyed!
The necklace is so well-made and perfect for her dress. Thank you again.
Every time I wear something of yours, I get many complements on it. The best complement I've received was from a Duchess in our
Kingdom. She stated that I looked like I had just stepped out of a photograph! I couldn't have gotten that without help. Thank you again!
I absolutely love my girdle! It completed my wedding dress perfectly. Here are a few pictures of my ensemble on the "big day".
Thought you might like to see these. They are not the professionally-taken
ones yet, but they are still great and I wanted to show you what a beautiful
job your circlet did for my wedding! Thank you so much!!!
Let me tell you that when I opened my order this past Tuesday, I was astounded. Your work is absolutely beautiful........BEAUTIFUL.
I am so excited and cannot wait to wear everything to my cousin's wedding and to the PA Renfaire this year and every year after.
THANK YOU with all my heartfelt joy!!!!!!!
All I can say is WOW!!! My jewelry arrived today, and I'm stunned to say the very least. You have outdone yourself. The necklace looks every bit as good as it does in the portrait, and both girdles are just so extraordinary. It will be hard for me to wait until the next faire, where I'm sure that I will be mistaken for the Queen many times over, which will be an added delight for me. When I dress for the next faire, I'll be wearing the necklace and the ruby girdle and I will look fabulous!!!
Thank you so very much so such a special job. It was certainly worth waiting for, and it was worth every penny and then some. Huzzah!
I looked beautiful this past weekend at the Faire thanks to your jewelry! The pieces truly helped me feel like a noble lady. I had so much interest in my unique look this time that many spectators at the Faire wanted their picture taken with me. I also love the way that the blue stones really made my blue eyes stand out. Thanks again for being so quick to make my deadline. If any of my future outfits lack anything, I'll be sure to come back for more jewelry !
Monica H., aka "Madame Monica
2006 Bristol Renaissance Faire, WI
Rhonda...you've outdone yourself again! It's been a couple of weeks since I've gotten the Maltese cross jewelry, and it's exactly what I'd hoped for. Time has gotten away from me with the school year drawing to a close, but I didnt' want you to think I didn't LOVE (for the 3rd year in a row) what you've created. Once I'm finished teaching for the year, I'd like to send you pictures of the sleeves with the cross buttons and the hat with the ornament-- perhaps you'd even consider making a new "link" on your site of still more things that you can create. And of course, once the weather cools & faire starts, I'll be sure to send you a picture of the full garb. Huzzah, my lady!!
Just wanted to thank you so much for the gorgeous jewelry. I've attached a couple of photos for your portfolio. Thanks again for the awesome job!
Bay Point, CA
I received it today. Just in time for tomorrow's faire! I LOVE the flea fur. I can't wait to get dressed up tomorrow. =)
I received the jewellery girdle today and I have to say that I am absolutely thrilled and delighted with it. It’s exactly what I wanted - it matches my necklace beautifully, and I shall be wearing it on June 7th when I do my Tudor talk to a group of 8 to 9 year olds at the local school. I’m particularly ecstatic about the cross at the bottom. Thank you so, so much. I’ve waited a long time for this because of the two other people who were going to do one for me and then dropped out for no reason. You’ve kept me well informed and fulfilled every part of your promises.
An overjoyed Wendy D.
Coventry, United Kingdom
Dear Lady Rhonda,
I wanted to thank you very much for the exquisitely made, beautiful " Alexander" collar of office. I wore it at the Celtic Faire in Angels Camp, CA. It matched my Renaissance garb perfectly. I received a lot of compliments on it. I would highly recommend your jewelry to all lords and ladies who are looking for fine, historically accurate accessories. Once again, thank you!!!!!!!!!
I also wanted to thank you again for being such a joy to work with. The pieces I've gotten from you in the past are so stunning, and I really love doing business with you. You're so professional, friendly, and talented that I recommended your website to the entire Virginia Renaissance Faire cast, so hopefully, some of them will be ordering from you soon, if they haven't already. I actually had our stage director, Dan, mention you last year, saying he'd gotten his jewelled collar from you and asking if my bodice jewellery had come from you specifically. In short, I can't thank you enough for everything you do! I only wish
more people were as pleasant to work with as you, and I wish I could
wear my garb every day, and the jewels with it!
Thanks again so much for everything! Rhonda, you're a Renaissance junkie's greatest blessing!
The circlet came today, and it is beautiful! I love it. Thank you!
Kansas City, MO
I ordered the
"Mary" girdle belt from you about 3-4 months ago. I have attached a picture, unfortunately, it's not a close up. We are hopefully getting some better ones in....but the girdle belt was great, and I recievedmany compliments. Thank you for everything.
Lake Charles, LA
These are not the best of the lot, but I wanted to send a few to you to see how great everything looked. It was a wonderful time, and I had many people who wanted to be photographed with me.
Everyone was so fascinated with the flea guy, and the entire set looks outstanding with that dress.
Now I know I have to order the other pieces for the next time I'm going to wear this.
Thanks for your help...were your ears burning?
Thank you so much for sending that gorgeous Jane Beaded Rete/Cap. It's incredible! I was surprised by what a nice weight it has to it. Truly a quality item. It's amazing that it was made by human hands. My niece adores it, and so do I! We've all taken turns wearing it! It's an amazing work of art. And thank you for sending it with such speed! You made our day! Again, Thank you, and congratulations on making such a beauty!
I received the jewelry last week, and I have been meaning to e-mail you to tell you how wonderful your work is. I am so very very pleased with the jewelry you made, and it fits so beautifully with my dresses. I belong to a Renaissance Guild here in Reno, and at this week's meeting I will be giving out your information to my guild. I especially like the fact that you have so many options to choose from, that no matter what we order it will be different and unique.
Thank you for offering your services, and I hope I can aide in some ways to bring you more business. Your communication and your talent are wonderful, and I will definitely do business with you in the future.
The jewelry is so beautiful and I got so many compliments on the pieces. Thank you so much for getting them to me so quickly. You had originally told me that you would deliver them right after Christmas, and I know that because of my concern about getting them by January 15, you finished and sent them to me early. I appreciate your thoughtfulness very much.
It's spectacular! It'll be a Mardi Gras to remember. Thanks very much for
the great quality and the speedy delivery!
New Orleans, LA
I just wanted to write and thank you for the stunning jewelry. I bought it from
you a year ago and have worn it through two Renaissance Festival seasons now. It
still looks as beautiful as the day I received it!
The pearls and the purple stones compliment my purple gown perfectly. The
jewelry really makes the outfit! I always get many compliments on these pieces
whenever I wear them.
I appreciate that you use quality materials! The earrings don't upset my
sensitive ears, and they don't pull on my lobes, either. They're very
comfortable. The ring doesn't turn my finger green, either! I am so pleased.
Once again, thank you so much!
St. Paul, MN
Rhonda, I just love the jewels. They are fabulous and make all the difference between a "costume" and a "reproduction" of a garment actually worn by a Spanish queen. I only wish that I could do as well! Keep up the great work!!! I can't wait for our next project together...
Some time ago, I got from you so beautiful jewels and now I can send some photos of the dress for which I used them. It is not Renaissance, but late 17th Century (it is inspired by a portrait of Queen Mary II), and I can imagine nothing more perfect for this than your jewels. They are just marvellous. Thank you so much.
The collar and necklace look great. In fact, my crown came in the same day and the stones match to the crown. The captain of the krewe was amazed at the quality of the craftmanship for such a good price. You truly do an outstanding job and I am 110% satisfied with your work. It was nice doing business with such a professional.
I received my order today in the mail and I had to let you know the necklaces and circlets are gorgeous!!!!!! I am so happy I ordered from you for my bridesmaid's gifts because they are a thousand times better than the other web site that I had found months before. I really wanted to pass the news along that I love the work that you did. Thank you for helping to make my wedding a wonderful experience!!!!
Thank you so much for the jewelry!!!! I am so pleased with your excellent and beautiful craftsmanship!!!!!! I can't wait to get into my gown and put on the jewelry. It is the finishing touch to the look I have been trying to achieve for what seems like forever! Thanks again and great job !!!
Downers Grove, IL
Received my flea fur in time to wear
this past weekend. "She" has been duly name "Queen Latifah, Queen to
All Rats" by Emry Fleet, our local rat catcher in Revel Grove. We had a
great deal of fun with her, making all the rats bow and heal to her and
such. Emry even brought his mink on Monday so she would have a suitor.
Thanks so much for providing me with my fun toy!
I love my jewellery and it looks fantastic with my Wedding dress. The brides maids also love their jewellery and all the pieces really suit their dresses as well.
The jewellery is really well made and we look forward to wearing them on the Wedding day. Thank you for making the jewellery in that short time frame.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! My girdle belt came in the mail today and it is more beautiful than even the pictures from your web page! I now have a complete set and matching set from you, and it was well worth the wait! You are master crafter! THANK YOU!
What a job well done. When I talked to you on the phone, I knew I would see some lovely work and I was right. I am truly honored to be wearing something so beautiful. I am asked often where I got it. It compliments the first gown I ever made to wear at The Sterling Renaissance Festival in NY. So many people thought I was the Queen. I had to correct them, of course. Many pictures have been taken of your work this year. Thank you so much for your time and effort.
Here are some pictures of my wedding, in which my
twin sister and I are wearing some of your awesomely beautiful jewelry!
Colorado Springs, CO
It is absolutely STUNNING as usual - even prettier than last year's set! I couldn't have asked for a better master to recreate the portrait jewelry. You can bet I'll make a point of telling everyone at the MD Renn Faire who should create jewelry for them! Thanks again, m'lady!
I can not begin to tell you how overjoyed I am at the
way my wedding dress turned out! It was simply the
dress of my dreams! Your jewelry had everyone's eyes
popping as my bridesmaids and myself walked down the
isle. The customized belt you made for me was perfect!
And the extra earrings I ordered were able to be used
as accents on my dress with the inventive mind of my
seamstress. I could not of asked for a more perfect
dress! Thank you again SO much for being so easy to
work with and being able to make my vision a reality.
I look forward to working with you in the future.
Just wanted to let you know that my “goodies” arrived last Saturday, and they are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! Even better than I anticipated. Both the carcanet and girdle are just exquisite. As you may have gathered, I love them! Thanks again for all your hard work; needless to say, you’ll be hearing from me again soon. I’m already planning another Elizabethan with a completely different color scheme, so, of course, it will require it’s own set of jewels...
I just wanted to send you this photo of me wearing the earrings. I didn't
buy them for a costume, but just to wear any day because I think they're
beautiful! I wish I had smiled more for the photo, but I really am very
happy with my purchase, thank you so much! I looked everywhere for
"Elizabeth" earrings from the Cate Blanchett movie, and these were just what
I was looking for. Thank you!
Got it today - LOVE IT! Thank you so much for doing both in such a rush!
Will be coming back for more later this year! YOU CAN COUNT on that!
I don't know what to say about the jewels. They are absolutely amazing. I could not be more delighted. I nearly tore the box open trying to get to them to see the "surprises" you had for me. I'm so glad that I let you "play".
Colorado Springs, CO
The Jewelry has arrived! YEA! It is even more
beautiful in person! Your web pages do not do it
justice! And the craftsmanship is incredible! I can't
wait to use the jewelry for years to come! Thank you
again SOOOOOO MUCH for everything you have done! I
can't wait to see the look on everyone's faces when I
walk down the aisle in 23 days! I will definitely send
you photographs when we get them! :0)
The brooches arrived today, VERY BEAUTIFUL!!! VERY PLEASED!!! I will definitely order from your site again in the near future. Thanks a Lot!!!
I am flabbergasted!! You say my estimated ship date is
May 28 . . . . and it shows up today? Huzzah and kudos
to you in great measure!! I cannot believe you turned
this around so quickly!!! You are terrific! Thank you!!!
I just wanted to let you know our jewelry arrived yesterday, and we're
delighted! Thank you so much for putting up with my slightly frantic
emails. The jewelry is beautiful, and we really liked the candy too! :)
Once I have my professional pictures back, I'll be sure to pass some
along to you. It was great doing business with you, and once the wedding
is over and our wedding attire becomes faire garb, you'll definitely be
hearing from me again.
Thanks so much,
My package arrived today, and my acrylic gems are safe and sound! I
wanted to take a moment to thank you for your care in packing and the
lovely Dove chocolate Easter egg you included. Also, I appreciate you
for offering a cost effective (and so much lighter) alternative to
natural or dyed stones.
Photo from Photography on the Run
Just wanted to let you know that the necklace and earrings arrived safely, and they're terrific! Exactly what I was looking for. And the earrings are so comfortable! I have very sensitive ears, and these don't bother me at all. I'm going to have to get more sets in different colors, just so I can wear them with my everyday clothes! :-)
Thanks so much! Looking forward to working with you again soon!
aka Mistress Mary Margaret Pettyjohn, the Tax Collector's daughter
Scarborough Faire, Texas
Photos from Photography on the Run
I got my brooch in today, and I love it! It's just what I need to spice up my hat. And the chocolate's good too! Chocolate and jewelry, what more does a girl need? Thanks! I swear most of the women, and a few of the men, at our faire use your pieces religiously!
aka Lady Anne Bourchier, Baroness Bourchier
Scarborough Faire, Texas
I must tell you.........I attended an SCA function a short time ago,
and one of our group members showed up with a lovely pearl and cabochon
circlet. I took one look at her and said, "Sapphire & Sage!"......at
which point her mouth dropped open and she said, "How did you know????"
Just a little followup on the fantastic belt and equally outstanding service. You are amazing, this piece is really beautiful and your web pictures
come no where near showing the quality. The belt really made the dress that much more elegant. Even my mom approved, and she designed and made my gown. Thank you so much once again for a lovely product and a perfect "net" shopping
Thank you for such a prompt response to my inquiry. I did recieve my second order today and I think everything is just as wonderful as the first piece I purchased. The zibillini is more beautiful than I could have imagined, and I can't wait to finish up the gown that they all are going to go on. Thank you again for such wonderful work.
I just wanted to say thank you. The jewelry is absolutely beautiful and will
look stunning with my wedding dress. You should take much pride in your work
for you are truly a very talented woman.
We got the necklace, bracelet and earrings today, and they're even better than what I thought they would turn out to be...SHE LOVES THEM...and you did this so fast! I didnt expect these until closer to March 1st! Wow, I am so impressed! You're #1 in this house with me, and now my daughter too! She was smiles from ear to ear. She put the necklace on right away, and I think she still has it on (LOL)! I don't think she's going to wait to wear it for the prom! THANKS AGAIN!
San Diego, CA
I received the necklace yesterday, and it is beautiful! And it's so light! I was worried that she'd feel that it was too heavy to wear all day, but it's perfect! If my own Ren faire dress wasn't burgundy and wouldn't horribly clash with the blue stones, I'd keep it for myself! Thank you so much!
I got my package yesterday, and all I can say is, FABULOUS! The jewelry is absolutely gorgeous, and I
am going to be themost fabulously dressed woman in
Again, thank you sending me my order so fast. You're a gem amongst gems! Every year my twin sister (she's the one on the left in pirate gear) and I seek out Halloween events and costume balls. This year was Salem, Massachussets. So many people stopped us and commented on how great we looked and that your wonderful jewels made the outfit. I agree wholeheartedly!!!! I wish I had a nickel from everyone who asked to take our picture.....I'd have more money to buy more Jewels!
I received my belt this morning and it is more beautiful than I imagined it would be! You did a wonderful job, exactly what I wanted. I am extremely happy with my piece, and it will look wonderful with my wedding dress! Thank you for getting this done for me so quickly. It has been a pleasure to deal with someone as kind and professional as you have been.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Now that I have a picture to send along, I wanted to write and say thank you for my jewelry. It was just what I wanted and so beautiful! Everyone complimented me on them! I am so glad I came across your site, it was nothing short of a miracle. A thousand thanks!
I just recieved the jewelry today OH MY GOODNESS! WOW! I have never seen such wonderful looking jewelry - they look so real. Simply the best, and it looks great with my outfit too. It looks so wonderful that soon I will be buying the girdle belt and ring for it. I just love the jewelry. This picture is on my son's Halloween birthday party. Everyone loved it. Thank you so much.
Putnam Valley, NY
Thanks a lot for the beautiful jewelry! It is really awsome and, as you can see, it fits like a glove!!!
Thank you again, and I'll be sure to order from you again in the future. It's hard to find someone who will go out of their way to make their customers happy. I really appreciate it.
San Antonio, TX
I cannot BEGIN to tell you how happy you have made me this week. I found
you on Friday, in a frenzied rush to find jewelry for my Halloween costume -
a gorgeous, hand-sewn red Tudor gown. When I emailed you and called you,
you were so nice to talk to, and you picked up on my enthusiasm immediately.
I could hardly believe it when you said you could make me a Mary girdle,
matching earrings, and a matching ring, all in a week's time! And you even
offered to customize it further for me with more colored beads! I got the
jewels on Wednesday - WEDNESDAY! - and they are unbelievably gorgeous. The
girdle is perfect - sumptuous, heavy, and rich-looking! And you made it so
Thank you so very much - and thank you also for the enclosed instructions on
caring for it, fastening it, and for the candy treat, too! Yum!
Finding you has been SWEET all around! You're an amazing talent, a true
Your jewels will set off my gown perfectly - expect pictures for your
website!!!!! I'm THRILLED!!!! [Can you tell? ;-)]
I wish I had a tape recording of the compliments I received on your jewelry as my gown made its season debut at this years Maryland Faire! The pieces you crafted for me are stunning, and I felt like a rival to the Queen! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and helping to make my garb truly one of a kind!
The jewelry arrived yesterday, and I can't thank you enough. It is perfect for my wedding dress and is just beautiful in all ways! I feel it is my best purchase for the wedding so far...thank you, thank you!
Here's a picture of our maid of honor (who I bought the necklace for) and my daughter (flower girl). If I hadn't already bought jewelry for my outfit I would have bought something from you! I'll definitely keep you in mind for future jewel purchases.Thanks again!
I got my necklaces and my circlet today! Oh, they ARE beautiful! I had to get
out my wedding dress and cloak and try it all on right away! My hubby-to-be
is in for it on our wedding day. ;) The other girls are sure to love their
necklaces, too. I have to say that the necklace you made for my daughter is
about the cutest thing I've ever seen! Thank you so much for offering the
child's sizes. She's going to squeal when she sees it. :)
Thank you so much, Rhonda. Like I told you before, this was definitely the most
wonderful shopping experience out of the whole wedding. I'll be after you
to finish my set one of these days...
Best regards and a million thanks,
I received the piece today. It is a perfect fit and I love it. Thanks so
much for being so cordial. I really appreciated it. My husband and I are
renewing our wedding vows and that is my headpiece. I looked long and hard
before I found what I wanted. It is perfect. Thanks again.
Everything arrived in perfect order this evening. I love it, my husband
loved it, I'm so pleased. It took 9 yrs to get "Ren Jewelry" - let's keep our fingers
crossed that it won't be that long before I can order more :)
I received my jewelry order last week and apologize for not immediately singing your praises! (Well, I did praise you quite a bit locally and took the jewelry to show off at work!). I just wanted to thank you again for the incredible service, when I emailed you with ‘costume appropriate’ questions prior to my order shipping you went above and beyond my expectations with your extensive and informative reply. THANK YOU! The jewelry is beautiful and exactly what I was looking for to complete my outfit. And considerably less expensive than anything I’ve seen elsewhere. I will definitely recommend your work to anyone looking for jewelry and will likely be back for more for myself!!!
Thank you so much for the wonderful service. The pieces are gorgeous -- I can't wait to wear them!! My Ren faire (Bristol, Wis.) opens in mid-July, so the next 6 weeks are going to go by too slowly! I know I will be asked about my new jewelry, and I will be pleased to tell fellow patrons about your Web site. Thank you, too, for sending the matching ring -- what a nice bonus!
Huzzah! I've received my jewelry today and like all of your clients, I am SO very pleased with it! Your design is absolutely perfect and to think that it's "my" original set makes it even more special. Talk about being an inspiration to get this costume finished!!! Thanks again for your incredible work!
I received the necklaces today. I thought the topaz one was very pretty, but the black one took my breath away! Even my husband commented on it, and he usually doesn't notice. (I guess 24 years of marriage does that! :>)) At any rate, they are even more wonderful than I anticipated. The only "bad" thing about the black necklace is that I now feel I need a new gown to show it off properly. Oh, darn... :)
The cobalt jewelry arrived, a full two days before I needed itl. I would have been happy if it had come Friday, but it was here on Thursday (I did my happy dance). Thanks for the free ring as well. I know you probably hear this often, but you now have a customer for life.
What talent you have! I received the jewels yesterday and they are absolutely STUNNING! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with others and thank you for the ring! Everything will look lovely with the black velvet gown I made for the faire!!
YOU ARE MY HERO. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. If there is anything
I can do - in turn - for you I'll do it. Just to let you know, Renaissance
Magazine has scheduled a feature for an upcoming issue which will feature
cast, clothes and characters of Scarborough Faire. I don't know when it's
supposed to happen, but as Director of dance and high profile character, the
Archduchess will MOST DEFINITELY will be wearing her newest selection of
pearls for all commercials and promotional photos. The Archduchess is a
"pearl-a-holic" The bigger the pearls the better. The current archduchess
gown sports over 4000 hand sewn pearls, most of them no smaller then 10mm.
All necklaces for the archduchess are real, 10mm pearls interspersed with
14K gold beads and 8mm garnets. (Thank goodness for eBay and buying pearls,
gold and garnets by the gross! Yippee!) The addition of your beautiful
girdle will be the icing on the cake, a literal show stopper!
All my thanks and much respect,
Susan Von Rudolph
AKA, HIH Archduchess Sabine Von Wuerttemberg
Scarborough Faire, The Renaissance Festival
My order came, and I have no words to tell you how great all the items I have ordered are. The pieces work perfectly together and made the final decorating of my outfit easier than I imagined. As soon as I am able to, I now "need" to order a girdle to match. Need not want!! Again my many thank yous for making such wonderful delightful treasures!!
WOW! My earrings arrived today (you are really fast!) and they are spectacular! I'm so delighted with the job you did, and I know they're going to be terrific with my costume. (I'm not finished sewing it yet, but I'm getting there...the convention I'm wearing it to is in just over two weeks, so I'm scurrying.) The color of the stones is beautiful with the dress fabric, and I love that the earrings will really make a statement and won't be overpowered by the costume. Thanks so much for the beautiful work, and for being so fast too! I've really enjoyed looking around your site at the beautiful things you make, and I feel like I've even met a kindred spirit!
The package arrived today and all I can say is "FABULOUS"!!! Every last piece is great and I feel like a queen as soon as I put it on. The pieces really are the "icing on the cake" for my Ren-wear. I can't wait to be able to order again from you as soon as possible!
I got the Amethyst set last week and I'm in love. Hugs. I tell all my friends about your jewelry. I think you put a lot of hard work and time into it, and your designs are just awesome.
Your items are just so incredibly fantastic! You make royal pieces that don't require a king's ransom to own!
Wow, thanks for the most awesome accessory for my
outfit - it's perfect. Thanks for the ring, too. I love
suprises :) You should be very proud of your
craftmanship. I'm floored, my hubby was speechless. All
he could say was "Now that's impressive", and I have to
Lady Oren Medieval Shoes
I am one of your
biggest fans!!! My husband and I ordered the "Mary" girdle belt for
me last spring (emerald & pearl) and it is fabulous! (You recently
mailed me a replacement celtic cross for the end of it as mine fell
off somewhere at Faire!) I will eventally order the necklace that
matches it! Your work and your jewelry is absolutely fabulous and I
highly recommend it to everyone I talk to! Not only is your jewelry
the best, but the service was superb also. I couldn't believe how
quickly you made it and got it right out in the mail to me so I would
have it for Scarborough that weekend. When my husband talked to you
on the phone, he was very impressed at how nice you were and how
willing you were to make it and rush it to me.
Lady Erin O'Donnell
Dear Sweet and Generous Rhonda,
First things first! You have made my daughter Mollie the happiest kid on the planet! The ring and bracelet are just wonderful! You are so thoughtful to give her the extras for a whole set! She is still dancing around the house!!! Thank you so very much! As always, everything is more glorious in person! You have a great talent! : ) The collar is WONDERFUL! The fan is GREAT! I truly cannot thank you enough for EVERYTHING! (I apologize that I am running short on adjectives to describe your great work!)
One of the cast members at our Renaissance Festival came up to me and said "I see we have the same fabulous jeweler!". Her necklace and bodice adornment were BEAUTIFUL! You make the most beautiful things on the market! So much so, that others recognize your quality even at a distance!!
Thanks for your commitment to excellence!
Indian Trail, NC
I could not be more thrilled with the brooches that I purchased. They suit
me to a tee. I am known for my eccentric jewelry wearing, even when I worked
for the IRS, and I will wear these with pride. I also want to thank you for the ring that came with my purchase. I was
certainly not expecting it and, as I am a great wearer of rings, it was
certainly appreciated. You do a great service in supplying Renaissance jewelry. In 1989, when my
husband, my friend and myself won best historic costumes at Archon XIII in
St. Louis, I was forced to use my own ingenuity. Now I have you. Once again, Thank you so much and may your business blossom like a rose.
Park Forest, IL
The collars arrived today (LITERALLY minutes ago!) and I HAD to write
to you and thank you again. They are absolutely magnificent. The
pictures on EBay did NOT do them any justice.
Thank you also for the matching ring - it fell out of the box when I
opened it. I will be looking into more purchases in the future,
especially for the rest of our Kingdom's Royalty. Your pieces shall
certainly add to our overall aesthetics. Thank you again.
AKA Uber-Dragon, AKA King Ronan of DragonWynde
Photo from Photography on the Run
I got it! I got it! I got it! It's beautiful! All of it. I love the necklace! That double strand of pearls and the way it hangs is gorgeous. Thanks for the safety pins for the girdle belt. I'll definitely be using those. Last year I just tied it to the bottom, but this will give support throughout--especially for those dance turns. The whole thing is absolutely scrumptious and completely finishes the look. Can you tell I'm excited?
AKA Lady Mary Brandon
Scarborough Faire, The Renaissance Festival
Everytime I wear one of the pieces I purchased from you previously, I get so
many "oohs" and "aahs" and "where did you get that?" that I think I need to
use you as my personal Renaissance jeweler! The stuff I see here at the SCA
events just can't compare in quality or beauty!
Got my extender today. Tried on the necklace immediately, then spent 15 minutes dancing around the apartment singing "I got my shiny thing", much to my rogue's chagrin. ^_~ Thank you so much for your help! It's beautiful!
Delyn the Deleriously Delighted
I wanted to let you know that my jewelry arrived today AND I'M SO
PLEASED !! The pieces were worth the wait, and I'm sure I'll be the envy of all when
I'm decked out for the PA Renaissance Faire ! Thank you again.
Camp Hill, PA
Thank you so much for the incredible replicas. My daughter is getting married next year, and we are trying for a Renaissance theme. Thanks again - my daughter is just so excited!! And the ring - I thought she was going to cry!
Thanks so much for remembering me and taking the time to keep my previous purchase on file.....what professionalism!
Le Marquis De Cognac, Victor de Secret, and Mme. Victoria de Secret
What an awesome person you are!!! Matt is so thankful for your generousity!! A few weeks ago he just found the e-bay site as the auction was ending when you had this same belt up for bid. And he didn't get his bid in in time. He's been watching to see if there would be another just like it ever since then. I told him I would e-mail to ask if you could purchase/make another, but never in my wildest dreams thought you would be so kind and include the earrings. Thanks for making a young couple's Christmas so special! God Bless you.
Thanks again, you're the Best!
I just wanted to let you know that I just received my
order. They're beautiful! I am planning on wearing
the necklace and earrings for my Renaissance wedding,
and it will be lovely! Thank you so much for ring too! What a wonderful
surprise! I will recommend you to all my friends.
A very satisfied customer!
I wanted to write you and let you know that I received the package. I love the set - it is so beautiful, I can't stop showing it off. Thank you so much. I've already been recomending you to everyone in the guild.
I just want to let you know that I received the jewelry set and it's sooooo
beautiful!!!!! It turned out better than I expected and am very happy with it. Thanks so
making it for me. It's a great accent for my medieval-themed wedding.
Big smiles from a very happy customer,
Zerline D. =)
One of my best buds received a set for her birthday to go with her Tudor
costume she just finished. We went to our local Ren faire (Bristol) on
Saturday and she donned the stunning wares. I have an Elizabethan outfit
that I *knew* needed jewelry, but I hadn't found anything I liked until I saw
hers. She told me where to find you :)
The circlet got here today, and it is very, very beautiful. It fits me just
Thank you so much,
The bodice and necklace are PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just got through strapping myself into the outfit, and it looks so good. A zillion Thanks!!
I received my jewelry set today. It is so incredibly beautiful -
many thanks for the 'custom' order, it will be perfect with my outfit.
Thanks a million,
Jane E. (eBay ID: shakespeares-costumier)
British Columbia, Canada
(Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire 2003's reigning King And Queen)
Photo from Robyn's Roost
Thank you so much. Everything looks great, I love the ring.
St. Peters, MO
I gave my daughter one of your necklaces for Christmas to match her dress for the Medieval faires.
Just want you to know that she considers it her favorite present and is very impressed and delighted with it.
I received the circlet and wanted to thank you so much. It's absolutely
gorgeous. When I tried it on, I didn't want to take it off. Also, thank
you for the pretty ring that you included. It's perfect.
San Fransisco, CA
I thought you might like to see how great your jewelry worked for my Catherine de Medici outfit. You will note that I actually ended up dismantling one of the earrings with the pearl drop to use on my French hood. It really "completed" the French hood (which was a bit boring when the 3 middle stones were all alike), and worked to tie everything together.
Los Angeles, CA
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that the collar arrived today and it is perfect. And the Chocolate egg really hit the spot!
Both Ladies Emerson wearing their girdles
Lady Kaitlyn Emerson. Yes, she is wearing a hoopskirt at age 2!
I found your jewelry one day on eBay. I bought a reproduction of Jane Seymour’s ruby girdle. The pictures shown on eBay do not do your work justice!
Ladies, Gentlemen - let this be your jeweler for all your Renaissance gem needs. As said on her website, she will make these strong. After buying myself one, I then ordered my 2 year old daughter a matching girdle. Being little, she’s a bit rougher than us adults, and it has survived to last another faire season. I look forward to purchasing more from this fynne lady.
Everything arrived today, and I am thrilled !! The necklaces and girdle are just beautiful and fit perfectly. It is so nice to finally have things that actually fit, for a change! Thank you so much for the extra surprise of the matching ring (and the yummy chocolate egg!). I have a wine colored velvet gown for SCA that the ensemble looks just gorgeous with. Thank you once again for your beautiful work. I can't wait to wear your lovely jewels at my next event.
Los Banos, CA
I just wanted to let you know that I received the jewelry today and the pieces are absolutely stunning, and they go great with my dress. I can't wait to wear them at my wedding. I really appreciate everything. I will be sure to tell all my friends about your wonderful work. I'm sure I will get many compliments when wearing them! I look forward to doing business with you again in the future.
Pictures, as promised!
Melissa, Steve, Molly and Snickers
I just wanted to thank you again for the beautiful jewelry. It was a big hit at Ren Fair this last weekend. I lost count of the number of people that approached me for a better look at my jewelry. You have the most beautiful jewelry I have ever seen for Ren Fair. Good luck!
Thanks again! The work is astounding! :-) I'm thrilled!!!!
I got it today! Yeah! It's perfect. I have to compliment on your workmanship.
I do some bead work myself and your work is very clean and even. I had been
planning to make this stuff myself but the wedding is 9/14 and I'm still
sewing my gown. Thank you so much, it's exactly what I needed!
March 14, 2004
Here is the picture that I promised you of the Tudor gown that I made and the Jane Seymour Jewels I bought from you. I can not tell you how many compliments I got on the jewels, personally I think they made the dress all the more beautiful. Thank you so much again. I can't wait to order my next set.
The necklace and earrings arrived today and they are just beautiful. I can't believe you sent two pair of earrings - that goes way beyond the call of duty - but I do like the round ones much better ;-> Thank you so much for a fast, professional and wonderful e-Bay experience. I look forward to dealing with you again in the future. You're the best!
Thank you so much for making the jewelry for my wedding, everything turned out beautifully! I thought you might like to see a picture of me wearing it!
I don't know if you ever post pictures of people wearing your jewelry on your site or in auctions, but feel free to use mine if you want to for anything!
I have just returned from my business trip to find my lovely necklace and girdle. Also, you cannot imagine my surprise at discovering the matching earrings! All of these pieces are beautiful. I had a rough trip and this package was just what I needed to cheer me up....Thank you so much;~) I would also like to thank you for your feedback and let you know that I will be reciprocating shortly. Hope to do business with you again soon.
March 3, 2004
Thank you so much for the quick turnaround on my "Jane" necklace, brooch, and earrings for my trip to Venice. Also, how kind of you send along the matching ring - it really made the whole set. I’ve also passed along your name and contact information to the woman who leads the culinary/wine tour that we have taken to [Venezia] Carnivale now for the third time. I’m sure she will be ordering next year.
I received the necklace today and was very surprised.
This is far better than I had anticipated. I wish now I had bought it on
ebay so I could leave a positive feedback.
In any case I want to thank you very much.
Christmas day of 2002 I asked my wife, Crystal, if she would marry me again. The first thing that she wanted to know after she said yes was where are we going to share our vows. Crystal and I both love Renaissance Festivals and both agreed that the Minnesota Renaissance Festival would be the perfect place. We agreed to renew our vows on August 16th, 2003. This was opening day of the 2003 Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and eleven years and one day from our original ceremony.
The vows that Crystal and I put together were based on a wide variety of ceremony formats. One particular section involved the exchange of gifts as a token of our love for each other. I presented Crystal with my sword, and Crystal presented me with her chest of jewels.
If thou dost truly desire, Lady Crystal, to marry this man, I bid you present to him a jewel of great value as a token of the love you have for him.
Crystal:(The bride takes the chest of jewels from the knight, and kneeling before the groom, offers it to him saying…)
Thou who are handsome and strong,
Accept my jewel, my treasure,
As a pledge for all which I am,
And all that I possess shall be yours.
My love shall ever endure.
And shall flourish as the vine and the tree.
Kenneth:(The groom takes a jewel from the chest silently in his hands and touches it to his forehead for the time of three heartbeats)
My lady, I accept your pledge of love
As I do accept the pledge of your jewel.
Thou knowest what is in my heart
And I know what is in thine.
All which I have now, or shall have,
Shall ever be yours.
Crystal:(With the help of her lady in waiting he places the jewel around her neck saying…)
Rise and be my mate.
We searched high and low looking for jewelry that would be appropriate for use in the ceremony and that would go with the wedding gown that Crystal made for the ceremony. Because of the significance of this part of the ceremony, the jewelry had to be just right. I don’t remember exactly how we came across the Sapphire & Sage web site, but as soon as we did, we knew that we had found the right place. The variety of options was wonderful. The prices were just right. Rhonda was able to deliver exactly what we wanted, the complete Jane Collection within a very short time frame. We will return to Sapphire & Sage in the future. Thank you, Rhonda.
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Larry & Leenie of Lusty Leather
OTHER CLIENTELLE INCLUDE:
Sony Pictures: "Angels & Demons"
(open May, 2009; starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor )
Universal Studio/Spyglass Entertainment: "Wanted"
(open June, 2008; starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy )
ABC TV: "One Life to Live"
(May/June, 2008; provided "crown jewels" for jewel heist storyline)
The Lost Colony:
(2008; provided jewelry and feather fans to restock costuming items lost in fire)
Showtine Networks/The Style Network: "The Tudors: Royal Style-makers"
(April, 2007; provided replication Tudor jewelry for a documentary special on how Tudor-Era fashions have influenced modern-day trends and styles. My pieces were worn by Fashion Police's Robert Verde)