by Katrina. (Toronto, Canada) So I had my doctor's appointment a few days ago, and my friend suggested that I bring my jewelry with me to the doctor's appointment, to show the doctor and staff. I took my jewelry and my displays in my bag, and went to the doctor's appointment. I mentioned to the doctor about my jewelry, and he asked to see my pieces. So I took … [Read more...] about Selling Jewelry: Not Your Ordinary Doctor’s Visit
Jewelry business tips and ideas.
by Margaret Wellman. (Tucson, Arizona) Before considering whether to participate in an event with high booth fees, what should one consider? I have heard someone mention that you should look to recoup 10 x the booth fee. What are your thoughts on this? I would appreciate any insights on signing up for an event with high booth fees. Thank you. Margaret … [Read more...] about What to Consider Before Signing Up for an Event with High Booth Fees?
by Rashida Cotton. (Macon, GA) Hello all! I have a jewelry design, and I want to use the profits from the design to help fund an organization to help abused children. Does anyone know who I can pitch this design to? Thank you! Rashida Cotton … [Read more...] about Jewelry Design to Fund a Non-Profit Organization – How to Find the Person to Pitch It to?
by Penelope Worsham. (Northern California) I have been making jewelry for six years, showing it at farmers markets and art and craft boutiques. My jewelry is some beaded, steampunk and eclectic pieces. But, I have not been really successful. I'm sharing some photos of my booth and you can go in close to see the pieces. I am in a quandary as to where … [Read more...] about How Can I Be More Successful at Jewelry Shows?
by Victoria. (Mishawaka, Indiana) I learned to do wire wrap jewelry several years ago, but did little with it until I moved to Arizona. I realized that I was living in an area that was a literal treasure trove of gems and minerals that could be made into beautiful pieces of jewelry, ideal for wire wrapping. I am still in the process of learning to turn a hobby … [Read more...] about My Passion, Wire Wrapping and Stones
by Zaina. (Toronto) I am a recent MBA graduate from the finance industry. I graduated 7 months ago and have been applying for banking jobs but landing absolutely nothing. I was always inclined to be a stylist and designer, but was pressured away towards a 'stable and sure income'. Not so stable today. I absolutely love buying and wearing jewelry as well as getting … [Read more...] about How Can I Start a Jewelry Business When I Can’t Make Jewelry?
by Irene. I just launched my jewelry business a couple of months ago. I was approached by my yoga studio to sell my malas and spiritual bracelets, earrings on consignment. I said yes and suggested a 60/40 split. In three weeks, 1 mala, 1 set of earrings, and 2 bracelets sold. I am wondering if this is a good sign or slow sales. I don’t really like doing … [Read more...] about Consigning Jewelry – Are My Sales Good or Slow?
by Jackie Bessner. (Upper Michigan) I'm polymer clay artist Jackie Bessner, and I created these handmade clay leaves from a mold of a real leaf. I had so much fun making these I did a ladies night out and wine tasting event and each guest made a pair of leaf earrings and a matching pendant. Hand colored the premade clay leaves with inks and waxes. Jackie … [Read more...] about Hand Colored Polymer Clay Leaves Earrings
by Pam McGuire. (Caulfield, Missouri) I am just getting started in a hobby turned small business. Most of my sales are by word of mouth from people I have sold jewelry to. My most recent fun piece was a bird's nest ring. Pam McGuire Lemonpye Designs … [Read more...] about New Jewelry Creations
by Lisa Lavado. (Connecticut) I am trying a new marketing approach. I need to find a jewelry category I fit into so that I can better reach my niche. I plan on focusing on my woven pendants. I can do them in different colors, including birthstone colors. I was looking at "casual elegance", but I'm not sure if that's right because they make a bit of a … [Read more...] about Help! I Need to Find a “Category” for My Jewelry.
by DeeAnn Elizabeth Pavlick. (Pennsylvania) Hello, my name is DeeAnn Elizabeth. I have been a designer since I was 24 and I am now 56. I have been selling on my own all these years and very wrapped up now in being an author and hospice nurse. I am looking for a sales rep to help me get my designs into boutiques, galleries and stores. Can you lead me the way of … [Read more...] about How to Find Jewelry Sales Reps?
by Michele Counihan. I recently joined a new artisan cooperative workspace owned by the niece of a former employer. About a month after the opening, she had a designers meeting and told us we each have to pay $125 per quarter in addition to her 25% commission on each sale and fees for table space at local events. I paid the $125 for the Fall quarter, hoping I would … [Read more...] about Artisan Cooperative Workspace – Is There Any Advantage Beyond Exposure?