December 15, 2016

Drop by during our Studio Trunk Show, now through December 22!

If you're in the Nashville area and still have one or two people to check off your gift list (or you really just need to treat yourself), come by and see us during our Studio Trunk Show!

We've opened our studio doors and we are all set up for you to shop our collection in person! Browse our ready-to-go options Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM through December 22.

A video posted by Freshie & Zero (@freshieandzero) on






December 01, 2016

Come join us December 10 at the ICE Holiday Market Chattanooga!



It's been a very busy year for us, but we had to make time for a fantastic craft show coming up this weekend in Chattanooga!



We'll be headed to the Tennessee border with our customer favorites and a few new experiments for a fantastic day of handcrafted shopping at the first-ever Chattanooga ICE Holiday Market.


Indie Craft Experience, based in Atlanta, focuses on providing an opportunity to craft and vintage sellers, as well as educating shoppers on why they should buy handcrafted. I'm so excited they have brought their venture to Chattanooga for this holiday event! 

Come see us Saturday, December 10, from 11AM to 6PM at the Waterhouse Pavilion, 850 Market St, Chattanooga. It's $5 cash at the door, but kids 12 and under are FREE! Click here for more information. 


For the lady bosses: Our handpicked #girlboss gift guide!




As the owner of a small jewelry business, I am hustling pretty much 24/7. I pulled together some of my favorite things that I consider essential to get through a busy day – especially things like a fun coffee mug, a well-designed planner, and of course, my current favorite piece of jewelry.

Who do you know who slays it every day?

November 29, 2016

On Giving Tuesday, save 10% off your order and we'll donate 20% to charity


We are blown away every year by the support our business gets from our customers, and this year we are honoring that by giving back to Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs in underserved communities get their ideas off the ground.

For each order placed today, take 10% off; we will match your discount and donate 20% of the order to Rising Tide. So for each $50 order, we'll donate $10 AND we'll throw in free shipping to thank you for helping us raise funds to support a worthy cause.


Learn more about Rising Tide Capital here: www.risingtidecapital.org


November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday is here!


The entire Freshie & Zero website is on sale for Cyber Monday! Don't miss out on these sweet deals!

15% off all orders
code LOVE15

20% off orders over $50
code ANDA20

25% off orders over $100
code HAMMER25

Also, get a free polishing cloth on orders over $100 while supplies last!


November 23, 2016

Visit our retailers on Small Business Saturday for a chance to win a Freshie & Zero exclusive!

Above: The Farmhouse Store, Westfield, NJ; Bliss Inc., Boulder, CO; Bella Vita, Collierville, TN.


We have the best retailers! And on Small Business Saturday, we wnat to show them some love.

So, we're having a little contest!

Here's how to enter:
1. Visit any of our retailers Saturday for Small Business saturday.
2. Snap a photo of our jewelry in the store.
3. Post the photo to Instagram and use the hashtags #freshieandzero and #shopsmall.*

Everyone who posts a photo will be entered to win a FREE exclusive Freshie & Zero screenprinted canvas tote with a SURPRISE inside!

*In order for us to count your entry, your Instagram profile must be public. Otherwise, we won't be able to see your post!

So, which store are you going to visit? Find a local retailer here!


November 18, 2016

Discover the perfect gift for the Explorer, Dreamer, and Fashionista


Who is on your Christmas list this year? Your friend who lives for travel and adventure? Your super stylish BFF? Maybe your determined sister who is pursuing her passion? 

When it comes to gift-giving, we prefer the kind with just the right amount of style and thoughtfulness. This year in our Freshie & Zero handmade gift guide, we decided to highlight a few special pieces to make it easy for you to shop for the ladies in your life!

 Small Sail

Small Sail – a necklace for the adventure seeker. Each piece is small so they don't get in the way while rock climbing or parasailing.



 Many Moons

Many Moons – For the goal diggers and dream seekers! This is our favorite gift for graduation, but it's also a best seller year round!



 Stem Lariat

Stem Lariat – It's never a bad idea to dress things up a little. The chain on this one is super fun and sparkly - perfect for your next holiday party!



Everything you see here is handmade in our Nashville, Tennessee studio! Each piece comes inside a gift box and includes a little bio card about our jewelry studio. You truly are supporting creative dreamers when you buy handmade gifts from our shop! We also offer gift wrapping in three different colors, so you can check that off your list, too! 

October 12, 2016

Join us at Centennial Craft Fest October 15!



Find out more at the Centennial Craft Fest website here!

Introducing, the Antique Oar


This paddle-inspired necklace has become a fast favorite! The organic oar shape of the pendant is hand-formed from sterling silver wire that is then oxidized, and the whole piece is adorned with a small stripe of gold filled hammered wire. 

{photo courtesy of Michael Wurm., Jr., at Inspired by Charm.}

Our friend Michael over at Inspired by Charm captured this whimsy perfectly in his lovely DIY oar art. We're in love with this throwback to the warm days of summers past and cool nights on the beach!


August 23, 2016

A big, beautiful bouquet of rose gold





Everything's coming up rose gold! Have you seen it? We now offer some of our favorite simple pieces in rose gold filled.


Rose gold achieves its subtle pink hue by adding a bit of copper to yellow gold. "Filled" refers to the process of permanently bonding gold to jeweler's brass – it keeps the look and characteristics of solid gold but at a fraction of the price. It will not flake off, and it won't turn your skin green because it is nickel free and safe for sensitive skin!



Rose gold is perfect to add a new dimension to your wardrobe! Check out a couple of our immediate favorites: the gather and the minimal large hoops



You can see our three metal offerings compared below!



xo,
Freshie & Zero



July 25, 2016

Got a pair of skilled hands?

(update 8/2/16 - we are no longer accepting applications)

We are growing again and are seeking a part time Production Assistant for our downtown Nashville studio! 

Our small jewelry studio is growing and we are seeking a reliable and creative individual to join our production team! We are looking for someone who likes working with their hands, has a love of the handmade/indie craft scene, and has a high level of enthusiasm for creating quality products for our brand. Jewelry making experience is a bonus but not essential - we are willing to teach the right person. Main duties will be wire wrapping, hammering, sanding, and closing very small jump rings. While working we often listen to podcasts and jam out to 80's cheese and 90's hip hop Pandora stations. Sound fun? Read on!

QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • attention to detail is a MUST - we expect the highest level of craftsmanship in creation of our pieces!
  • a quick learner with a willingness and enthusiasm for learning new techniques or just doing the same thing over and over again - it changes from week to week around here!
  • a multitasker who can work at a fast pace in a fun, sometimes loud environment 
  • a positive attitude - we keep the drama to a minimum
  • a friendly individual with good communication skills
  • flexible with regards to schedules as they fluctuate with production demand.
  • previous creative handmade experience is required (ex. sewing, drawing, ceramics, etc)
Your primary role will be fabricating and finishing jewelry. Other duties include packing shipments, calling customers, and occasionally vacuuming or taking out the trash. A willingness to drive to the closest post office occasionally is a plus. 

HOURS/COMPENSATION:
Hours/Days: Part Time 4 days per week, 20 hrs per week - perfect work hours while you build your own craft business or write your next novel on the side! More hours are available from time to time, especially during the fall. 

Schedule: Tuesday-Friday, 12-5

Compensation: based on experience, beginning at $12/hour 

**Qualified applicants must be willing to start on a 2 week trial basis, after which we will determine whether or not you are a good fit for our team. Must be a legal citizen and sign a non-disclosure agreement.

TO APPLY:
Please send your resume to apply[at]freshieandzero.com with a one page cover letter. Your cover letter should include why this job sounds perfect for you and your qualifications specific to this position. Feel free to include any pertinent info (if you are experienced in graphic design, etsy, shopify, marketing, sales, Quickbooks - anything you want us to know!) If you have any jewelry experience, please include a link to samples of your work.

We look forward to hearing from you!! 
Beth @ Freshie & Zero

July 13, 2016

Join us for a Happy Hour with Eli Mason at Atlanta Gift Market



In case you've missed it, this year marks the 10th anniversary of my little jewelry company. Freshie & Zero has come a long way since I started it on my living room couch – I now rent a studio in a historic renovated warehouse downtown Nashville. Instead of just myself (and sometimes my husband) creating the jewelry, I have four employees and an intern. Woo!

I definitely couldn't have done it without all of the support from my friends and customers over the years! So, thank you (especially if you're the blog reading type!).

It's now time for our bi-annual trek to the Atlanta Gift Market, so we're bringing the party with us to raise a glass with our fabulous retailers. I'm not only super excited to debut our larger, redesigned booth, I'm also pumped to have fellow Nashvillian Eli Mason join us for a cocktail party! He will be pouring a signature drink for us – the Gin Garden. Yum. Yum.

If you're at the Mart, visit us in building 3 on Saturday, July 16, from 4-6 pm. We even had cute cocktail stirrers and cocktail napkins printed up for this very occasion. I mean, can you even?


But seriously, there's more. Also during the cocktail hour, we'll be giving away wholesale vouchers (deals!), our limited edition screen printed tote bags (and they'll probably have a bottle of Eli Mason syrup in them), free jewelry and other fun surprises, too. You won't want to miss it!

Are you ready to party with us? We're so excited!


Eli Mason has been making cocktail mixers and syrups by hand since 2012. They make everything from a rich simple syrup (if you're the do-it-yourself type) to complete mixers just waiting for the booze – like the Mint Julep and the Old Fashioned. We're big fans of all their varieties! 

Cheers to 10 years!

May 27, 2016

Pearls for June – or anytime!

treble earrings
treble earrings

Birthstones aren't a typical topic of discussion on our blog, mainly because I don't often use a lot of gemstones in my minimal pieces. I do, however, have one recurring exception: pearls! I love pearls. They’re a feminine classic and I like incorporating them into my jewelry designs as a soft contrast to the geometric hammered shapes.

In fact, pearls have been a consistent Freshie & Zero customer favorite that knows no age bracket. Gone are the notions that pearls are only for formal occasions - nowadays pearls come in all shapes and colors and can be worn with the most casual of outfits to the fanciest of wedding dresses. I've sold pearl jewelry to brides, bridesmaids, college students, moms, guys buying girlfriend gifts - their shimmering finish appeals to just about everyone.




To celebrate this fabulous June birthstone, I've gathered a few fun facts about pearls. One of these tidbits may just help you bring your team to victory at the next trivia night! High five!
  • Did you know Pearls are called “The Queen of Gems"? It's a fitting description because pearls are often seen throughout history in portraits of royalty (I'm looking at you, Anne Boleyn and your fabulous B necklace). 
  • Pearls are the only gemstone made by living animals - today they are predominantly "cultured" inside oysters, a process first patented by a Japanese man named Mikimoto. (That bit of knowledge actually did earn me a point in trivia once!)
  • Every pearl is unique (like you!). No two are exactly alike and each one has its own imperfections. That sounds like a Pinterest meme, doesn't it?
  • Tennessee's Official State Gem is the freshwater pearl. The only freshwater pearl-culturing farm in North America is in a small town in Tennessee called Camden, located a little over an hour west of Nashville. (Another fun fact - the word "gem" is misspelled "gym" more than once on the Tennessee River Pearls website.) 😂

flutter lariat with pearl drop
If you're in the market for a June birthday gift, our modern pearl jewelry is a safe bet! Pearls are also the traditional gift for a 30th Wedding Anniversary, but your wife would probably be happy to receive pearls on any anniversary. Pearls also work well as a milestone birthday gift, such as sweet 16, time-to-party 21, or you're-more-like-an-adult-now 25, the list goes on! I think pearl earrings make a perfect bridesmaid gift, too.

Browse our collection of pearl jewelry here.


April 27, 2016

Nashville-Made Gift Inspiration for Mother's Day


Just in case you're still on the hunt for the perfect gift for Mother's Day, I put together a little gift guide featuring some of the best Etsy shops from my hometown of Nashville! Mother's Day is less than two weeks away, so make Mom smile with one of these handmade items:

1. desert triangle pocket notebook set from Caroline Creates
2. succulent art photograph print from The Gingham Owl
3. gold arrows jewelry dish from With Love Louise
4. sweet and simple things print from Little Things Studio
5. shift minimal hoops from Freshie & Zero
6. screen printed strawberry tea towels from Pine Street Makery
7. sapphire crystal soap from Rock Hound Soap
8. artisan infused sea salt trio from Sugar + Spice Truck
9. handmade journal from Linen Laid + Felt



April 17, 2016

How do you wear it?


Does your Freshie & Zero necklace perfectly complement your favorite dress? Do you have a go-to pair of F&Z earrings that you wear with everything? Show us how you wear it!

Post a photo of yourself wearing a Freshie & Zero piece on Instagram and use the hashtag #freshieandzero.

We'll pick two winners, who will each get a $40 gift card to our website!*

➸ In ADDITION two of our mailing list subscribers will be randomly selected to win a $40 gift card, just for keeping in touch with us! (click here to sign up for our mailing list and be entered to win!)

That brings our gift card giveaways to a total of 10 for 10 years!


*Official Fine Print:
1. You must have a public profile 
2. You must correctly use the hashtag#freshieandzero (how else will we find you?)
3. Two winners will be selected Tuesday, April 26 (entry period is through April 25, 2016)
4. Instagram's official contest rules apply



April 10, 2016

The 10th Anniversary Party Continues!

We've had the BEST time so far during our anniversary month! Thanks to all of our awesome customers for celebrating with us. We can definitely feel the love!

To keep the party going, we have a little gift for 
YOU.
ALL retail orders qualify for FREE 1ST CLASS SHIPPING through April 30, 2016! 
That includes Australia, Canada, and Europe!*

It's time for the next round in our anniversary giveaway!
This time, THREE people on Instagram will win a $40 gift card. Head on over to our Instagram profile to find the post below and enter to win!
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Facebook round of our contest. The winners have been notified. :)
Don't forget! Limited edition styles are available only through April 30!
*First Class Shipping may not be available for all orders

April 01, 2016

It's our 10th Anniversary! We're going to party all month long!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

It's our 10th anniversary and we are ready to celebrate with our customers who have made this milestone possible! Throughout the month of April, our birthday festivities will include coupons, giveaways, and contests. We hope you'll follow along with us! :)

To kick off our anniversary month, we are launching the first round of our massive gift card giveaway. Before the month is over, we will give away TEN $40 gift cards to our website!

To enter the first round, click here to go to our Facebook page and find our birthday post. Be sure to like our page and then follow the instructions!

For a limited time, we're bringing back 10 of our favorite retired styles!

I've designed hundreds of pieces over the last ten years! Unfortunately to make room for new styles, I occasionally have to retire some of my older pieces. What better time than my ten year anniversary to re-release some of these familiar faces?

If one catches your eye, don't delay! They are only available through April 30.
Thank you again for making this anniversary possible! Keep your eye on your inbox for more birthday fun coming soon.
 🎉🎉🎉

March 08, 2016

A casual camper weekend (with our new jewelry!)

Is it spring yet?


The weather is starting to show signs of spring, and I'm so ready for it! A couple of weeks ago, the skies were dreary but the temperature warmed up just in time for our first photo shoot of 2016. I teamed up with my photographer friend, Sarah Beaty, to shoot some modeled photos of my newest jewelry pieces. I cannot wait to get her finished photos back, but in the meantime I couldn't resist sharing some of the behind-the-scenes photos I took.

We had so much fun photographing our gorgeous models Penny and Tiffany in this uber cool Airbnb Camper in East Nashville. Just take a look! It was such a unique location, pure Pinterest heaven. I mean, there was literally a bath house with a claw foot tub next to an honest-to-goodness camper. Everyone on the shoot could not stop taking photos!

(Hair and makeup by my good friend Kelley Kirker.)








Great, right? *swoon*

I can't wait to get these photos and the new pieces up on our website! The new jewelry is scheduled to launch in a week or two, right before our 10th Anniversary month begins! The photos will also be dropped into our 2016 wholesale catalog - if you are a retailer and would like to be mailed a catalog when it is ready, leave a comment to let us know. ◁


March 01, 2016

We are hiring a part time production assistant!


We are seeking a part time Production Assistant! Make jewelry in the heart of Nashville in the thriving Wedgewood-Houston area!

Our small jewelry studio is seeking a reliable and creative individual to join our production team. We are looking for someone who likes working with their hands, has a love of the handmade/craft/arts scene, and has a high level of enthusiasm for creating quality products for our brand. Jewelry making experience is a bonus but not essential - we are willing to teach the right person. Must be able to start immediately.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • attention to detail is a MUST - we expect the highest level of craftsmanship in creation of our pieces!
  • a quick learner with a willingness and enthusiasm for learning new techniques or just doing the same thing over and over again - it changes from week to week around here!
  • a multitasker who can work at a fast pace in a fun, sometimes loud environment 
  • a positive attitude - we keep the drama to a minimum
  • a friendly individual with good communication skills
  • flexible with regards to schedules as they fluctuate with production demand.
  • previous creative handmade experience is required (ex. sewing, drawing, ceramics, etc)

Your primary role will be fabricating and finishing jewelry. Other duties include packing shipments, calling customers, and occasionally vacuuming or taking out the trash. A willingness to drive to the closest post office occasionally is a plus. 

HOURS/COMPENSATION:
Hours/Days: Part Time 4-5 days per week, 20 hrs per week - perfect work hours while you build your own craft business or write your next novel on the side! More hours are available from time to time, especially during the fall. 

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 4-5 hours per day between 11-3 or 12-5 - you can pick which hours and days of the week fit best with your schedule. 

Compensation: based on experience, beginning at $12/hour 

**Qualified applicants must be willing to start on a 2 week trial basis, after which we will determine whether or not you are a good fit for our team. Must be a legal citizen and sign a non-disclosure agreement.

TO APPLY:
Please send your resume to apply[at]freshieandzero.com with a one page cover letter. Your cover letter should include why this job sounds perfect for you, including relevant creative experience. If you have any jewelry experience, please include a link to samples of your work.

We look forward to hearing from you!! 
Beth @ Freshie & Zero