Designing Custom Jewelry


Jewelry designing is not for someone who finds decision making daunting!  My assistants would say that disqualifies me immediately! The truth is I am a pretty good decision maker after years of experience except when faced with a thousand different gemstones, colors, cuts and other materials! Now add all the possible charms like the special one I use on my Buddha Necklace, our popular Breathe Deeply, our Lucky Elephant, Om and Lotus...That’s the dilemma, but also the fun of it.

So how does one chose? Obviously the prettiest combination and the trending styles make influence your choice, but I just ask myself-would I like to wear that right now?

A new piece starts with a simple design, an experimental color combination, and a choice of metals. Then the fun begins, much to the chagrin of my assistants. I usually like to see it in a few variations. At the end of this process there may be a number of new designs and maybe a coordinating collection of bracelets, earrings or necklaces.

But the process of deciding does not end here. I consider pricing- can I make something most people can afford? Do I have the materials in stock? Should I add diamonds? How long does it take to make? All of these considerations go into the mix.

Then I try it on- uh oh..can we change this to silver and make it longer? What if we….I can drive my assistants crazy.

In the end, my collection of handmade jewelry is affordable, pretty and well made. The final result is well considered. If the design is good my customers are going to like it.

The Dogwood Festival in Fairfield Connecticut

I sold my wares at the Dogwood Festival this past weekend and it was a very special event. The area is stunning with flowering trees all around a village green and a white with light blue trimmed New England Church! Just picture perfect and a lovely place to sell my handcrafted jewelry.

Seems like the ladies were partial to light color cluster earrings and I sold a signature cluster necklace in light green garnet with a matching cascade earring to a very lucky woman (her husband, an oncologist also treated his daughter a gift- a pair of loopy hoops in silver!).

To those thinking of selling next year know that it is very well run. They even have people come by and relieve you when you go for made in Vermont homemade ice cream cone!

On May 30-31st I will be at the White Plains show.  I hear it is a huge show! Looking forward to it.