Mischa Ballard

is creating Jewelry

3

patrons

$37

per month
Welcome to my Patreon page and thank you for taking the time to visit!
My name is Mischa Ballard and I recently, after 46 years of searching, I have found my calling. I am a Stay-at-home father and a former live music promoter…but I have a deep appreciation and love of gems and minerals...and have since my early childhood. I was the kid who would come back from a trip to the beach, or a hike in the hill, with my pockets full of stones. So many, I would have to hold my pants up or they would fall. So many, that my parents would make me leave most of them there and explain to me the importance of respecting the environment and to learn from the environment. This prompted me to read anything and everything I could about the Earth sciences...and that only made me love the stones more.
Fast forward 40 years and too many career attempts to count...High end camera sales, music promoter, finish carpentry, and antiques dealer (just to name a few) ...my obsession for gems and minerals remains strong. Something just clicked and I decided to sell finished gems and minerals...I mean, I sold high end camera equipment for almost 20 years, the same sales principals should apply, right? Nope...I quickly found that just selling loose gems and mineral specimens was more trouble than it was worth. This made me reevaluate what I was trying to do. I had to figure out what I could do that would still involve my obsession with these wonders of nature. The only logical conclusion I could come up with was jewelry making. So, I jumped right in... did some research on tools, setting, metals, etc...and ran with it. I found that making jewelry is not only something I could do easily...I felt so happy doing it, that I began to feel guilty doing it...because it was more fun than work. I still feel this way sometimes...I mean, work is meant to be something one must struggle to get through, right? I discovered that is not necessarily the case when you find something you love doing and pure your time and effort into it...

What I plan to do with this page is to use it to help further my art by way of seeking instruction from people who know the work, so I can learn form them and make better pieces for my customers. I will also seek to learn how to cast my own setting and will use funds towards that goal.

If you become a member of my Patreon page, I will endeavor to update and add content (will be shooting an intro video vry soon!) when it is available. I plan on creating content that will show the process and projects that I (and my future team) will take on.
I would like to thank my wife, my mother-in-law, my daughter Viola, and everyone who has helped me realize this dream. You have helped change my world for the better...now I want to add more beauty to the world in the form of wearable art.

Thank you!
Tiers
Quartz
$10 or more per month

This is the basic level. This level gives the Patreon member a one time 15% discount on all our inventory. No expiration date. Can not be stacked. 

Amethyst
$20 or more per month

This is the standard level. This level give the Patreon member a 10% one time discount and a small bag of unsearched Montana Sapphire gravel! We guaranteed it will have at least 10 carats  (most times more) of rough Montana Sapphire. We add rough sapphires (from the same mine) to unsearched gravel direct from Montana to make sure of it. It's a treasure hunt!

Topaz
$100 or more per month only 200 left

This is the client level. This level give the Patreon member a pendent and chain set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory (higher end gemstones do not apply), or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box. 


Member will also receive a 10% one time discount on their next purchase. 


Does not apply to certain higher priced jewelry pieces. Discount can be raised by 10% instead of pendant if a client would like a higher priced piece. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Citrine
$500 or more per month only 100 left

This is the Gem Lover level. This level give the Patreon member a ring an pendent set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box.
 

Member will also receive a 10% one time discount on their next purchase. 

Does not apply to certain higher priced jewelry pieces. Discount can be raised by 20% (30% altogether) instead of pendant if a client would like a higher priced piece.

Ring size is required. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Tourmaline
$750 or more per month only 100 left

This is the Jewelry lovers level. This level give the Patreon member a ring, earring, and pendent set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box.

 

Member will also receive a 10% one time discount on their next purchase. 

Does not apply to certain higher priced jewelry pieces. Discount can be raised by 25% (35% altogether) instead if a client would like a higher priced piece. 


Ring size is required. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Sapphire
$1,000 or more per month only 100 left

This is the premium level. This level give the Patreon member a ring, earring, and pendent set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box.  Custom orders are also available at this level. The member will also receive a 3lbs tub of Montana Sapphire gravel guaranteed to have at least 50 carets (usually around 75!!) of rough Montana sapphire. The member will also have access to exclusive content, have there name put up on our (soon to come) wall of gems, and more (TBA)!

The level also give the customer a 10% discount for life on any purchase.

Ring size is required. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Star Ruby
$2,000 or more per month only 100 left

This is the VIP level. This level give the Patreon member everything mentioned in the lower tiers. This includes a ring, pendent, and earring set. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful handmade jewelry in your mail box.  Custom orders are also available at this level. The member will also receive a 3lbs tub of Montana Sapphire gravel guaranteed to have at least 50 carets (usually around 75!!) of rough Montana sapphire. The member will also have access to exclusive content, have there name put up on our (soon to come) wall of gems, and more (TBA)!

The member will receive a life long discount of 20% on any future purchases.

Ring size is required. Custom orders ARE applicable at this level. 

Goals
3 of 500 patrons
Once I reach 500 (Topaz level or higher), I will hire someone to shoot and edit videos for me.
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Welcome to my Patreon page and thank you for taking the time to visit!
My name is Mischa Ballard and I recently, after 46 years of searching, I have found my calling. I am a Stay-at-home father and a former live music promoter…but I have a deep appreciation and love of gems and minerals...and have since my early childhood. I was the kid who would come back from a trip to the beach, or a hike in the hill, with my pockets full of stones. So many, I would have to hold my pants up or they would fall. So many, that my parents would make me leave most of them there and explain to me the importance of respecting the environment and to learn from the environment. This prompted me to read anything and everything I could about the Earth sciences...and that only made me love the stones more.
Fast forward 40 years and too many career attempts to count...High end camera sales, music promoter, finish carpentry, and antiques dealer (just to name a few) ...my obsession for gems and minerals remains strong. Something just clicked and I decided to sell finished gems and minerals...I mean, I sold high end camera equipment for almost 20 years, the same sales principals should apply, right? Nope...I quickly found that just selling loose gems and mineral specimens was more trouble than it was worth. This made me reevaluate what I was trying to do. I had to figure out what I could do that would still involve my obsession with these wonders of nature. The only logical conclusion I could come up with was jewelry making. So, I jumped right in... did some research on tools, setting, metals, etc...and ran with it. I found that making jewelry is not only something I could do easily...I felt so happy doing it, that I began to feel guilty doing it...because it was more fun than work. I still feel this way sometimes...I mean, work is meant to be something one must struggle to get through, right? I discovered that is not necessarily the case when you find something you love doing and pure your time and effort into it...

What I plan to do with this page is to use it to help further my art by way of seeking instruction from people who know the work, so I can learn form them and make better pieces for my customers. I will also seek to learn how to cast my own setting and will use funds towards that goal.

If you become a member of my Patreon page, I will endeavor to update and add content (will be shooting an intro video vry soon!) when it is available. I plan on creating content that will show the process and projects that I (and my future team) will take on.
I would like to thank my wife, my mother-in-law, my daughter Viola, and everyone who has helped me realize this dream. You have helped change my world for the better...now I want to add more beauty to the world in the form of wearable art.

Thank you!

Recent posts by Mischa Ballard

Tiers
Quartz
$10 or more per month

This is the basic level. This level gives the Patreon member a one time 15% discount on all our inventory. No expiration date. Can not be stacked. 

Amethyst
$20 or more per month

This is the standard level. This level give the Patreon member a 10% one time discount and a small bag of unsearched Montana Sapphire gravel! We guaranteed it will have at least 10 carats  (most times more) of rough Montana Sapphire. We add rough sapphires (from the same mine) to unsearched gravel direct from Montana to make sure of it. It's a treasure hunt!

Topaz
$100 or more per month only 200 left

This is the client level. This level give the Patreon member a pendent and chain set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory (higher end gemstones do not apply), or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box. 


Member will also receive a 10% one time discount on their next purchase. 


Does not apply to certain higher priced jewelry pieces. Discount can be raised by 10% instead of pendant if a client would like a higher priced piece. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Citrine
$500 or more per month only 100 left

This is the Gem Lover level. This level give the Patreon member a ring an pendent set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box.
 

Member will also receive a 10% one time discount on their next purchase. 

Does not apply to certain higher priced jewelry pieces. Discount can be raised by 20% (30% altogether) instead of pendant if a client would like a higher priced piece.

Ring size is required. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Tourmaline
$750 or more per month only 100 left

This is the Jewelry lovers level. This level give the Patreon member a ring, earring, and pendent set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box.

 

Member will also receive a 10% one time discount on their next purchase. 

Does not apply to certain higher priced jewelry pieces. Discount can be raised by 25% (35% altogether) instead if a client would like a higher priced piece. 


Ring size is required. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Sapphire
$1,000 or more per month only 100 left

This is the premium level. This level give the Patreon member a ring, earring, and pendent set of their choice. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful piece of handmade jewelry in your mail box.  Custom orders are also available at this level. The member will also receive a 3lbs tub of Montana Sapphire gravel guaranteed to have at least 50 carets (usually around 75!!) of rough Montana sapphire. The member will also have access to exclusive content, have there name put up on our (soon to come) wall of gems, and more (TBA)!

The level also give the customer a 10% discount for life on any purchase.

Ring size is required. Custom orders not applicable at this level. 

Star Ruby
$2,000 or more per month only 100 left

This is the VIP level. This level give the Patreon member everything mentioned in the lower tiers. This includes a ring, pendent, and earring set. The member can choose from our inventory, or we can surprise you with a wonderful handmade jewelry in your mail box.  Custom orders are also available at this level. The member will also receive a 3lbs tub of Montana Sapphire gravel guaranteed to have at least 50 carets (usually around 75!!) of rough Montana sapphire. The member will also have access to exclusive content, have there name put up on our (soon to come) wall of gems, and more (TBA)!

The member will receive a life long discount of 20% on any future purchases.

Ring size is required. Custom orders ARE applicable at this level.