Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 21, 2008

At the bench...Holiday Chaos...

The Christmas rush has come to a close and my studio & office looks like a tornado touched down. I'm ready for a few days off...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gallery of the Month : llyn strong fine jewelry

I have been planning my Gallery of the Month posts for a while.'s finally here! First up is llyn strong fine jewelry in Greenville, SC. Q: Describe your gallery
A: classically contemporary with over 60 international jewelry designers and glass artists.

Q: Why did you decide to open a gallery? How long have you been open?
A: It was somewhat accidental – I liked downtown Greenville. I’ve been open since Oct. 1989.

Q: What is your price range of the products you sell?
A: from $20.00 to $50,000.00; Best selling price range would be $250.00 to $600.00
Q: Do you have special events? ie: First Friday? Exhibitions/openings? Trunk shows?
A: I have one large annual event a year and First Fridays (in the gallery) ; and I participate in other exhibitions (with my own work)

Q: Do you offer special services to your customers?
A: Yes! We offer wedding/baby/gift registries, shipping, gift wrapping, etc.

Q: Do you sell online?
A: no direct sales online, but yes; customers can contact us through the website and inquire about pricing if interested

Q: Who is your customer base?
A: locals, repeat customers, business travelers, getting more tourists all the time now too!

Q: How do you promote your artists / store?
A: print ads in the Journal (local newspaper), TV, direct mail, website

Q: Where do you find your artists/product?
A: trade shows such as Rosen, ACE, and Global Design; magazines

Q: What is your favorite/least favorite part of your business?
A: my least is managing employees. my favorite is designing jewelry and developing a rapport with customers

llyn strong not only owns her own gallery, she is also an award winning designer who has been creating jewelry for 30 years. She has recently won First Place in the Miscellaneous Jewelry category of the 2008 Jewelry Arts Awards and First Place in Ladies Jewelry of the 2008 Bench Jewelers Passion Award Design Competition.
llyn has been carrying my work since 2001....and I am deeply honored to be amonst so many amazing designers in her store.

Monday, December 8, 2008

singing in my head...

I woke up with this song in my head and I thought I would share...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I want this!!!

I have had my eye on this stunning 5 ct rough diamond for months now. I am seriously considering designing a line around it. What do you think? In this I crazy?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Blog Nods for my Bubble Collection

I recently discovered my jewelry in some blog gift guides...
My Effervescence Earrings were in GilBea's Jewelry Lover's Gift Guide. GilBea has a fantastic blog about fashion & the handmade and how to combine the two...AND she makes gorgeous handpainted silk accessories! Check out her shop here.

The always fabulous Julie Morrison (aka MAJESTYinc.) has added my Effervescence Ring to her blog wish list. MAJESTYinc makes handmade vinyl accessories that are creative, colorful and whimsical. Check out her shop here.