Thursday, May 1, 2014
What inspired me to start a jewelry business anyway? Many years ago I was shopping in one of my favorite stores; and I found a really cute necklace. It consisted of a ribbon and one plastic pearl bead. The retail price was $28! I was shocked and realized " I could make this myself for about $1". ( In addition to the sticker shock, I was also insulted that a Plastic bead was used) You will never find plastic any thing in my jewelry designs. I always use high quality brass components and beautiful glass beads. All my jewelry is brass based. The silver and copper items have a high quality plating. I mostly Sterling Silver Ear Wires and on occasion Brass plate Surgical Steel.
So I set out to make a fun, affordable jewelry line. I wanted to make jewelry that customers would really want, and could actually buy; (while allowing me to make a living doing what I love).
Over the years I have learned many things; new techniques, marketing, getting my supply costs down as far as possible. That last one is very important. Why? The ability to organize and analyze what supplies are needed is key to keeping my jewelry prices down at a reasonable level. I spend alot of time sourcing my supplies. What is sourcing? It is just a fancy term for spending hours and hours online researching which jewelry supply companies can give me the most quantity for the best price. I also rummage through vintage jewelry component warehouses looking for the coolest items just sitting in a dusty box. As a customer I think you should know that I have taken that time and care to present a well made product and selling it to you at the best cost that I can.
You can Google any of my products and may find very similar products. I have done my research and know that my competitors do not use different techniques than I do and they may even use the same jewelry suppliers. Many of those items the average person may not be able to afford. I continue to believe and strive to present fun, lightweight jewelry that everyone can afford!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
When I first started this jewelry business a few years ago I had lots of ideas of what I wanted to do. Trying to focus my time and energy into what really works has been a hard road.
I made a few pieces took them to my first craft show. I sold almost all of them. I used that money to buy more supplies, made more pieces, did some more craft shows, sold several more pieces. I have continued to run my business this way for a few years. I now have made it a self-sufficient business. I no longer pay out of pocket for craft show fees. I am able to easily buy more supplies, and sell alot more. I have even evolved into a jeweler with more skills(self-taught). I am learning more every day and will continue my education process as I come up with new jewelry lines.
The mention of new jewelry lines brings me to my next topic: New Jewelry Lines. Over the past few months I have gotten my patina process to where I want it to be and I just love it! You will see more patina pieces available for sale in the coming months. I will continue my Botanical and Steampunk lines, but will be phasing out most of the Modern Bohemian and Fun and Funky lines. If you love those lines don't worry; I will be having One-of-A-Kind pieces still available. Sometimes the mood still hits me to do some beading, LOL!
I really want to say thanks to my family, friends, Facebook Fans, and the several wonderful boutiques; like Pinc! Boutique that I work with that have allowed me to grow and and find my muse. I appreciate all of the support and love.