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Thursday Feature – Jewelry by Bellissima

18 Jul

This week I find out all about Gina and Lynda’s business, Jewelry by Bellissima which offers a range of beautifully handcrafted beaded jewellery.  Gina and Lynda’s designs are fresh and colourful, made using good quality stones and crystals.   This is handmade jewellery as it should be!

il_570xN_399367814_jm791. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

[Lynda:] I am a stay at home, homeschooling mother of 6 awesome children ages 3-12 years old. My business partner is a working mother of 3 children ages 2-7.

I personally believe I was born creating. It is simply something I have done since I was a small child. My jewelry and other creations are a collaboration of what I see and hear around me, how I am feeling about those things and how I see the world. The bold, rich colors and endless variety of gem stones provides me with endless ways to express my creativity. I enjoy making something that people will be proud to wear.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_443837693_9lrs

Our most recent creation is the Moms Birthstone Necklace. The pendant signifies the union of mom with her children. The children, each represented by a crystal and silver birthstone tassel, are bound together and then tied to mom, who is represented by either an intricate Bali Silver Bead or silver or gold coin pearl. It is my favorite (right now) because of its representation of the bond between a mother and her children.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

We only use authentic materials – Swarovski Crystal, Bali Silver, and rich natural stones – all united with sterling silver chains, clasps and headpins. We reject imitations, silver plated components and stretchy string. We create elegant bracelets, necklaces and earrings that last for years of enjoyment.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?il_570xN_415386460_gkvy

We are researching and negotiating with high level boutiques to carry our line.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

We believe in quality, character, hard work, and integrity – the same principles we teach our children, we apply to our business.

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy: www.etsy.com/jewelrybybellissima
Website: www.BellissimaJewelers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellissimajeweler
Wanelo: www.wanelo.com/bellissimajewelers
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/bellissimajewel

Thank you for sharing your shop with us, ladies – your passion for quality comes across strongly in the way your beautiful pieces are professionally presented.

As an added bonus, Gina and Lynda are kindly offering an exclusive coupon code for The Candy Tree readers!  Simply enter BLG15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order.

Etsy Love – JanJat

15 Jan

Today I caught up with Catherine from Janjat Jewellery who sells eyeglass chains and handmade jewellery including jewellery made using sea glass.  The soft, natural tones of Catherine’s shop have a very calming effect as you browse, and as a nature lover I especially love the sea glass pieces – each pendant is unique and one of a kind! il_570xN_354145703_7b3l

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

I started creating jewelry for fun and for myself. Over time my jewelry collection grew to the point of being ridiculous and all my friends/family were enjoying my work so much that I thought about selling my pieces. To be honest I didn’t know where to start until a friend mentioned Etsy. To me it seemed less frightening than approaching stores so I made the jump with a lot of support from my family.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_341426844

My gemstone stack necklaces have to be one of my favorite pieces. I remember seeing the stones in a store and they just jumped into my hand. I love the soft, pastel colors of the gemstones and they have a lovely sparkle. Also, unlike many stones that are faceted or even rough cut these stones are polished soft which makes them fabulous to handle and fiddle with when you are wearing them. I enjoy the tactile nature and the simple elegance of these pieces.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

My store is unique because I refuse to do just one thing! I can see the beauty in very simple, minimalist pieces but I also love bright, bold jewelry so I make both. Also, I am fortunate to live near a beach which offers an endless supply of sea glass that I love working with and creating absolutely one of a kind pieces from.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Next in the pipeline… Well, if I had to pick something it would be gemstone earrings and sea glass earrings. I need to hone my skills to wire wrap smaller pieces and I’m really excited for this next adventure.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I think the best part of my business is when I receive custom orders. I really enjoy working with a customer, getting to know them and creating something for them that is just perfect. I have been very fortunate to work with some absolutely fabulous people and it makes the finished jewelry piece much more memorable to both the client and I.il_570xN_412663588_f0nc

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/JanJat
Facebook: www.facebook.com/janjatjewelry
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/janjatjewelry
Pinterest: pinterest.com/janjatjewelry/

Thanks for sharing with us Catherine – it must be wonderful to be able to wander along the beach and pick up supplies for your craft at the same time!  I wonder if the feeling of serenity I get from your shop is from the calming influence of your surroundings.