Today will be about materials and quality. I am often asked why I use the particular beads and gemstones I choose in my work. This is the answer to why......
Each piece of jewelry I create is hand made. It is One of A Kind(OOAK) creation and no two pieces are the same. Here is a piece of seashell naturally tumbled by the Atlantic ocean:
This piece is available in my Esty shop: shell pendant
I use high quality beads in my pieces. My work is made to last. I have spent time confirming the vendors I source my gemstones beads from accurately label the items. I believe my customers expect the high level of quality I do when I am shopping for jewelry. Especially if it a gift.
When I started my business, I sourced my supplies locally. It was easy and many other people said it was how they obtain their materials. The prices did not seem high. The findings (clasps, beads, etc.) were not the best but they were easy to buy. It was fun to be able to go out and buy new ones when I had a new idea. After my first year of sales, there were many broken or damaged pieces. I did not want to be seen as a designer who can not make a good product. At that point, I decided to upgrade from plated to precious metals in my work. I use copper, sterling silver and 14 karat gold filled in my pieces. the price of the original pieces was much higher than I thought in lost business.
When I spend hours designing and crating a piece, I expect it to be a great piece when I am done. Please visit and like my Facebook page to stay current on where I am going to be with my work and what is new. Follow this blog to learn more about Panda Wear.
Below are some future topics I will cover over the next few months:
Metal 101, Beads and Gemstones, Care of Jewelry, Lapidary, Special events like Proms, Rock hounding, Types of Jewelry, my Mascot. Feel free to send me suggestions of topics you wold like to know about.
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