Voting is underway for our 2016 Jewelry Design Contest Winner!

•October 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

We have 5 finalists in our design contest entry!  Visit our Facebook page and like your favourites!

Our finalist include a double carved plug design with a cat theme.contestcat

We have an earth, wind and fire theme.


This is an interesting Bali stick design.


A nice hanging style!


Or a new version of a twist!


Come on over and vote for your favourites, then see the winner get turned into wearable art that you can purchase at

Avaia Artistic Jewelry Design Contest – Win a $100 gift certificate and see your design turned into wearable art!

•September 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hey there!  This is the 4th time Avaia Artistic Jewelry is hosting a design contest.  Each time we have run this contest someone’s pen and paper drawing (and it can be simple) has been turned into jewelry by our fabulous, talented artisans.

Contest Details – Submitting of drawings is done either by emailing to or by liking and posting on our Facebook Page.

The final product will be made from wood, horn or bone.  Recommended items are ear plugs of any style, earrings or a pendant.

The top 5 entries will be chosen by Avaia Artistic Jewelry.  These 5 entries will then be voted for on Facebook.  Don’t forget to include your contact information when submitting drawings.

The deadline for drawing submission is Thursday, September 29th, 2016.  Voting will commence on Friday, September 30th with the winner determined on Tuesday, October 24th.

The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Avaia Artistic Jewelry and the item for which they designed.  If it comes in different sizes as in plugs, you can choose the size.

There will be 5 random draws for $25 gift certificates pulled from everyone who has submitted an entry.

Check out our product line at and get drawing.  Some examples of past winners included in the     cat



Kraken ear plugs in time for Octopus Awareness Day October 8th.

•September 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Even the octopus has an awareness day!  We have three styles of octopod themed ear plugs for gauged ears to choose from.  Our new style, Kraken, comes in sizes 2g through 1 inch.  It is rare to find a double flared tunnel with this fine of detail in the smaller gauges, but our artisans were up for the task.  Check out all of our amazing hand carved, organic jewelry at

Do you know some famous octopods?  Scientific American has come out with of a list of 8 well known cephalopods from fact and folklore shown below.

8. Billye: Who is a giant pacific octopus and is capable of opening childproof jars in lightning speed to get at treats.

7. Puget Sound GPO: A giant Pacific octopus that ended up in a clash with a diver in Seattle, Washington. The octopus lost the fight and its life but local attention was drawn to the plight of the octopod and whether or not it should be legal to hunt and serve them up as tablefare!

6. Tellaro Octopus: A fameous Italian octopus that supposedly kept pirates at bay and saved a town some 350 years ago. 

5. Ozy: Another talented jar opener at the Island Bay Marine Education centre in New Zealand.

4. Kraken: Yep, you know the legend.  The Kraken loves to swallow up ships, and although it might have been a giant squid, folklore and images paint it more like an octopus

3. Shark Killer: This sneaky night stalker was ripping up the sharks that shared its tank at the Seattle Aquarium.

2. Camouflage Master: This one has gone viral on youtube. You know you want to watch it again.

1. Paul: Paul was given the number one spot for his amazing psychic abilities.  He has a knack at predicting the outcomes of soccer matches.  He resides in a German aquarium and predicted the winner of all 7 matches in the 2010 World Cup for Germany and the winner of the final match between Spain and the Netherlands.  Quite an amazing feet for an invertebrate!

(List and abbreviated content Courtesy of Scientific American Website)



How to repair spiral or hanging styles of horn ear gauges that have warped.

•September 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment



This is the fourth installation of blogs on jewelry care specific to organics hosted by Avaia Artistic Jewelry. One common problem that can occur with horn jewelry items is warpage. Horn warps when either the horn was not properly dried prior to carving and then was shipped to the customer before the moisture content stabilized, or is due to exposing horn jewelry to moisture. You should never shower or get horn jewelry wet. Having said that, not all is lost and you may be able to repair the damage depending on the degree of warpage and the fragility of the horn. This technique may not work for all items, but you may meet with success if you are willing to try it.

The first thing you need to do is soak the jewelry back in water for at least 24 hours. The moisture content needs to be increased again so that the jewelry can be reshapened. Once soaked, towel dry the jewelry and place in the middle of a heavy book. Much like pressing flowers, you now need to stack significant weight onto the book. It is suggested that the items stay pressed in the book for 2 to 4 weeks. The longer, the greater the chance of success. Shine and colour can be brought back into the jewelry once it has dried with a light coating of jojoba oil.

And there you have it. Repaired and reshapen ear gauges or other horn jewelry.
Would you rather just buy something new. Visit Avaia Artistic Jewelry and check out our amazing selection of quality jewelry at rock bottom prices.flower20120802_43

Halloween is coming! Let’s look at some gauge styles befitting this holiday.

•September 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Whether Halloween comes once a year to you or if it is your style all year long, Avaia Artistic Jewelry will have a style of gauges to match your personality or party.  Check out some of our favourites below.


Our HOWL style is hand carved out of organic water buffalo horn with bone dust inlay.

20101013_36Appropriately named “Hellbent” these were designed to be scary

tempestThe above style was name “Tempest” and could pair wonderfully with Halloween.

dragon2This dragon style is called “Scatha”

29343_551697611512554_1687915131_nAnd another dragon style called “Parthos”

woodowlAnd what about some OWLS?

barnowlThe above owl is called “labyrinth” after the barn owl in the movie.

Horn SagarisThe SAGARIS style has a medevil feel to it. We also have this style in bone, red sabo wood and black areng wood.


And DIABLOS named after the devil himself.


Also possibly an urge to Howl at the Moon.

But what ever you plan for Halloween or thereafter, check out the selection of gauges at Avaia Artistic Jewelry and let us make your day or every day awesome.

One of a kind SATIRE spiral ear gauges at Avaia Artistic Jewelry

•September 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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At Avaia Artistic Jewelry we pride ourselves on being able to offer some unique, one of a kind designs to our customers.  The Satire style is hand carved out of organic buffalo horn with sterling silver inlay.  We specifically commissioned this design for Avaia and we don’t expect that you will find it anywhere else.  We are currently offering a special on this design – click here.  Once they are gone, we will not be getting more in stock.  Don’t pass up your chance to own one of our unique earring styles.  Available in 12g through 1/2″

New product – Amazing Tigris ear gauges – one of a kind organic tigers

•September 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

tigrisWe put our fair trade artisans in Indonesia hard at work to create these one of a kind ear gauges.  Whether you call them spacers, plugs, weights or stretchers, these will get attention!  Hand carved out of areng wood with bone inlay teeth and eyes, the amount of detail in these earrings is sure to impress.  The tiger is a symbol of strength and we have insured the detail in these will live up to the tiger’s reputation.  We will not be getting these back in stock.  Supply is limited so if you want something different from everyone else, now is the time.View item details at Avaia Artistic Jewelry

Ear Gauge Sizing Chart

•November 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Our last post which included an ear gauge sizing chart was so popular, that we have decided to give you a different view that helps to determine gauge thickness.  In order for this chart to be accurate to your computer screen, you need to take a ruler to one of the sizes and adjust your monitor.  General increases can be observed without the ruler.  One thing people new to stretchng need to consider,  the larger the gauge size number, the smaller the gauge.  Most people start out stretching with a 12g or 10g.  The general understood point of no return is somewhere between a 2g and a 0g, but this varies greatly by individuals and anyone who stretches must be ready to live with the consequences.  Starting out stretching or looking to move up in a size?  Visit AVAIA ARTISTIC JEWELRY for the best selection of ear gauges.

Ear Gauge Sizing Chart


Ear Gauge Sizing Chart

Custom and one of a kind ear gauges – Artisans at their best!

•October 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Not everyone wants the next fad design in jewelry.  Avaia Artistic Jewelry commissions original work, rare and detailed work, as well as custom designs for our customers.

Occasionally we get requests for custom designs.  Although we at Avaia Artistic Jewelry do not carve ourselves, our artisans in Indonesia are happy to help out with custom orders.   These orders typically take some time to complete, but they can be worth the wait!

We had a request for a tiger design in a hanging ear gauge.  Check out what our artisans could do for our customer!


We have also hosted a design contest for the last two years that lets our facebook fans choose the winner.  The winner receives a nice prize package in exchange for the use of his or her design.  Below you will see the design winners over the last three years.

2013 Design Winner

Calla Lilly in Horn


2012 Design Winner

Hanging Cat in Sabo Wood (not oiled in photograph)


Sometimes we, at Avaia Artistic Jewelry ,have a vision for a design that our carvers exquisitely capture.

Whale Song – an original design at Avaia


We can also commission work other than body jewelry.  These cute, little havanese dog pendants were the work of our artisans as a special commissioned project.


Avaia Artistic Jewelry – We know your generation

•October 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

We’ve spent some time highlighting some of our products. Check out our youtube advertisement then head on over for some window shopping and pre-holiday purchasing.