Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
My shop specializes in antique Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and vintage sterling jewelry. There is so much history in each and every piece of jewelry that I sell. I like to imagine, “Who owned these pieces, where were they worn, who loved them?” I believe these pieces have so much life left in them, that I want to share them with my customers.
I have taken some pieces that perhaps were not as wearable, and updated them to be able to be worn in a more modern world, just with old school charm. ;)
I have such a wide variety of antique jewelry it’s really difficult to pin point a best seller, they are all so very unique on their own. I would however say that antique charms are a hot commodity now, stacking them and creating charm necklaces are very much on trend.
Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
I am continually drawn to the Victorian era of jewelry. There is so much symbolism, and hidden meaning in this era of jewelry. The look of a buttery piece of rose gold Victorian jewelry gets me every time. :)
What are the things customers seek you out for?:
People who are looking for one a kind pieces of antique jewelry, something that they can claim as their own, and make that particular piece mesh with their own signature style. It’s all about finding that unique piece of jewelry that speaks to you.
How did you learn your craft or business?:
Since I was a little girl, rummaging through my grandmother’s jewelry box, I have always been enamoured with antique and vintage jewels. In college I majored in industrial technology, with a concentration in jewelry, which gave me certain skillsets to be able to convert these old beauties into a more modern, wearable piece. During my college years, my mother and I would travel up and down the east cost creating and selling sterling silver jewelry, which continued my love of jewelry making. I started collecting these old pieces at a very young age, and in my early 30’s started selling antique and vintage jewelry (mostly to support my own obsession, ha!). I have continued my education with years of research on the different eras of jewelry, along with learning new jewelry techniques.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
When I am serious about researching, repairing, or creating, I tend to fly solo, binging either the TV series Breaking Bad, or some period movie (Pride and Prejudice circa 2005 is my jam).
What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
I would say, DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
Anything to add?:
Raleigh, here I come… :)
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