Last week was my birthday and this was my present...a Trek 7000 WSD! Isn't she pretty?! I have been wanting a bike for a while now...something I can ride to the post office and UPS instead of being lazy and driving. It's been a LONG time since I've ridden and I am eager to ease my aging bones into better shape. Thanks, Ben! Now I am in search of the perfect messenger bag to hold all my packages...
These are just a few of the new pieces I made for the recent Buyers' Market Show. I am just now getting around to taking documentary photos of them. Soon they will be shipped off to be professionally shot.
Large Vine Necklace : blackened sterling, 18k gold, chocolate diamond and white diamonds. The leaves freely swing with the movement of the wearer.
MARCH MADNESS SALE! It's my birthday and I'm having a SALE to celebrate!
Hurry! This special offer only runs from March 10 through 17! -FREE SHIPPING on all orders! -10% off all orders over $75 -15% off all orders over $200 -Already discounted items are also included in this great offer!
Simply make your purchase and an adjusted pay pal invoice will be sent to reflect sale prices.
You can also visit my portfolio website to browse my entire collection. Click here. If you see something you'd like to purchase that is not listed on my Esty site, please contact me and I will post it for you!
This week was busy with snow days, small retail orders and a nice custom order. I was asked by my client to create a pendant similar to my Layered Marquise Pendant using metal from jewelry that was donated by several of his family & friends. Normally I do not use old jewelry...you never know what problems will arise with strange alloys, what weird solders were used, if it was plated, etc. However, most of what he gave me was quality hallmarked and did not look suspicious, so I melted it down and poured into wire ingots. The sentiment behind the design was touching: Family and friends that have touched his wife's life would donate something to create her 40th day birthday present and the design itself represented his wife and their 2 children. I loved the way it turned out and so did they!
Blackened sterling silver, 14k gold and pearls
Custom Marquise Pendant next to my Layered Marquise Pendant
I also made time to "play" a little bit this week! I bought some beautiful stones at a gem show several months ago and haven't had the time to do anything with them yet. So yesterday I made two quick rings just for fun. They are very simple and basic designs...nothing daring...I just really wanted to put some of the stones I bought in something! Plus I got to "play" with the beautiful Fretz hammer I got for Christmas by making a lovely texture on the side of the band.
14k gold ring w/ princess cut orange-red sapphire
14k gold ring w/ princess cut chocolate diamond
They will soon be individually for sale in my Esty shop...But look how beautifully they stack!
I started this post 2 weeks, but got side tracked....
Buyers Market of American Craft show floor
I didn't have high expectations for this year's Buyers Market of American Craft. Considering the horrible conditions of the global economy, I knew it was not going to be a very profitable show. I spoke to many (jewelry) artists during and after the show, and their sales were anywhere from 40% to 90% down from last year...or worse! This was my 13th BMAC show in 11 years and it definitely was my worst show. It's hard to keep a positive attitude about my designs...but I'm trying. I'm hoping the economic tides will turn and stores will need more stock soon!
On the brighter side, I had a wonderful time visiting with old friends in Philadelphia and seeing my artist friends at the show. I also had some great networking opportunities while I was at the show. I attended an invitational dinner party hosted by the Contemporary Design Group and the Jeweler's Resource Bureau. I was also invited to serve on the Buyers Market Advisory Council, a selected group of exhibitors and retailers who provide feedback and input about how to improve the show. This is such an honor! I found it invigorating to see the "other side" of the Buyers Market and to have a voice in very some important discussions. I look forward to future meetings!
Show breakdown - always looks like a tornado hit
A quick thanks to Valerie Heck for allowing me to use her photos of the show floor! For several years, Valerie has been the Jewelry Manager for the Buyers Market but now she is embarking on a new adventure...marriage and her own jewelry career! Thank You and Good Luck, Valerie!