by Melinda Pollack. (USA) Do you know if its legal to purchase pre-made jewelry from China, take it apart and create another design from the elements taken from it? Or, use it for a different purpose while still having the same design? Melinda Pollack … [Read more...] about Question of Legality on Repurposed Jewelry
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by Virginia Vivier. (Sunny Tucson, Arizona USA) I enjoy making one-of-a-kind pendant designs more than duplicating the same ones over and over. A few of my designs are more popular than others and customers expect each one to look the same as in the website photo, which can be hard, since I make each one individually. I fire each silver design in my small jewelry … [Read more...] about Casting Your Jewelry Not as Difficult as You Might Think
by Virginia Vivier. (Sunny Tucson, Arizona USA) It took me 2 years to figure out that making random, generic beaded bracelets, necklaces and earrings were in direct competition with thousands of other folks doing the same thing. I finally figured out that the most successful booths and online shops displayed a specific recognizable, creative "THEME" to their … [Read more...] about Things I Wished I’d known Before I Started Selling Jewelry
by Rose. (Riverview, Florida USA) I am here to ask a question regarding Style. I feel that I am always a step behind in the styles that people are asking for, which makes me late on the season for selling that particular style. Am I the only one that feels this way? Is there some type of List or info that comes out that I am missing , in order to stay up with styles for … [Read more...] about How to Know What Styles are Trending?
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena by Rena Klingenberg. It can be hard to make yourself step out and take advantage of a new opportunity. Here's a mindset that can help you do it easily: Transcript of This Video: One of the best ways to advance in your jewelry business is to experiment with new opportunities. Often that can lead to big leaps in your … [Read more...] about The Courage to Try New Opportunities in Your Jewelry Business (Video)
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena by Rena Klingenberg. Here are 9 things you can say to help jewelry customers feel comfortable and well cared for: Transcript of this Video: Every contact you have with a jewelry customer is an opportunity to influence whether they’ll return, and whether they'll refer other people to you. And a major part of your customer contact … [Read more...] about 9 Important Things to Say to Your Jewelry Customers (Video)
by Krisha. (Texas) I've been making jewelry about a year in my little business. One problem I have with design is choosing a chain style and length. I make wire wrapped bead jewelry and hand stamped items. I have been using stainless ball chain with my stainless steel hand stamped items. I've received no complaints about those. However I bought a batch of silver … [Read more...] about What Chain Styles and Lengths Are Most Popular for Pendants?
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 34 by Rena Klingenberg. Go deep down and find what really makes you enthusiastic about your jewelry art - and then express it! Here are some enthusiastic words from other artists to get you started. Transcript of This Video: Enthusiasm is contagious. I love to read blog posts and product descriptions from artists … [Read more...] about Getting People Excited About Your Jewelry (Video)
by Rahel. (Delaware) Hi All! :) I am starting to expand my jewelry business into supplies. I would like to get some ideas on how to organize my physical inventory. Do you use boxes? If I have about 200-300 items, and also about 300 finished pieces how should I store them? Right now I have an unorganized box for necklaces, one for earrings, and one for misc. and when I … [Read more...] about Organizing Inventory: What’s the Best Way?
Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Video Episode 32 by Rena Klingenberg. Many people store their jewelry in the bathroom so it's handy when they're getting ready for the day. But is that a good place for jewelry? Transcript of This Video: Many people store their jewelry in the bathroom. That way it's handy while they're getting dressed, doing their hair and … [Read more...] about A Jewelry Care Tip for Your Customers (Video)
by Tricia. I love making bracelets. I have one question; I love making jewelry, but, I also see that the jewelry market is over saturated, seriously. I love making simple jewelry, hence my name, Tricia's Simple Treasures'. Does anyone ever get discouraged? I find I see the same jewelery so much, or similar. Any suggestions? Also, I love using Swarovski Crystals, … [Read more...] about Discouraged Over Competition
by Jackie Davidson. If I make an item that generates a lot of interest and sells quickly, what do you think about making a duplicate to sell at my next show? I don't claim to sell "one-of-a-kind" pieces, but do people expect "one-of-a-kind" from hand-crafted? If I come up with a great design, I often make variations on it with different beads and colors, but sometimes … [Read more...] about Is Making Duplicates Good Business?