Things I Wished I’d known Before I Started Selling Jewelry

by Virginia Vivier.
(Sunny Tucson, Arizona USA)

Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Selling Jewelry  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Crossed arrows represent "Friendship" in Native American cultures

Crossed arrows represent “Friendship” in Native American cultures

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 work.

Ancient symbol for "God of the Sky"

Ancient symbol for “God of the Sky”

So, I thought long and hard about my passion for symbols, rituals, ancient cultures and the mysterious folklore they represent. I concentrated on making things I LOVE, not just making things to sell.

Wow, since then my shop sales took off and I’ve been inundated with custom orders from a niche market of folks who are as passionate about ethnic art, as I am. This is not work! This is pure joy.

Shaman ancestral guardian figure found painted on the door of a hut in West Africa.

Shaman ancestral guardian figure found painted on the door of a hut in West Africa.

I get up each morning thinking “what am I going to make today?” And, before I know it, it is 2 AM and I am still deeply loving every minute of creating new mysterious, tribal, ritualistic pendants, bracelets and earrings.

Etched brass pendant - Peruvian symbols found on gold bullion in Cuzco archeology site.

Etched brass pendant – Peruvian symbols found on gold bullion in Cuzco archeology site.

I hope this helps others shorten their learning curve in finding their passion and achieving success!

Virginia Vivier
Esprit Mystique at Etsy
Witches Hammer at Zazzle

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