Unexpected Jewelry Sightings

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena
Video Episode 14

by Rena Klingenberg.

Have you ever unexpectedly seen your jewelry being worn by someone?

Transcript of This Video:

Today’s topic was inspired by a comment left by Kathy on Jewelry & Coffee video #12, which was about Do You Wear Your Beginner Jewelry?.

Kathy left a comment there that said,

“Last year I saw a young lady wearing one of my heart pendants made when I first started 6 years ago. It was kind of a good feeling.”

And it IS a really good feeling when you run into somebody unexpectedly and they’re wearing your jewelry!

They’re not wearing it because they knew they’d be seeing you and they wanted to make you feel good.

But they’re wearing it because they really love to wear it.

I call those “jewelry sightings” – kind of like UFO sightings (only more fun)!

Here are a couple of jewelry sightings I’ve had that I want to share with you:

One was when I was grocery shopping. I was checking out with my groceries, and the cashier was wearing a pair of earrings that had my really distinctive wirework on them.

She had bought them in a local shop that was carrying my jewelry at that time, and that was kind of a fun discovery.

Another time, I was going to the hospital to visit a friend who had just had a baby.

I was in the elevator on the way up to visit my friend, and a medical worker got on the elevator with me.

And perfectly matching her blue medical scrubs were a pair of turquoise earrings she was wearing, that I recognized as ones I had made.

I didn’t recognize her face, so I’m pretty sure someone had given her the earrings as a gift, because I tend to remember the faces of people I’ve sold jewelry to in person.

And the third jewelry sighting I wanted to talk about was with a friend of mine.

She has six children, and she had asked me to make her a mother-and-child cameo necklace, which I did.

So one time when I was in the fabric store, I ran into her with her two youngest daughters – and she was wearing the cameo necklace.

And to me that was a really good feeling, because we had no idea we were going to see each other that day – and I knew she was wearing the necklace because she really loved it, and it really expressed her love for her children.

So those are some jewelry sightings I’ve had, and I’d love to hear about any jewelry sightings you’ve had of your work, if you’d like to share them below.

And thank you so much for coming in today! I’ll see you next time.

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena Klingenberg video - turquoise necklace and earrings

Turquoise Slab Earrings: Purchased sometime around 1992, from a Navajo artist near Kayenta, Navajo Nation, Arizona.

Chunky Turquoise Bead Pendant: Made by Rena Klingenberg with sterling silver wire and strung on rubber tubing choker. One of the first pieces I made with this Simple Bead and Wire Pendant technique.

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  • Felicia says:

    I have friends and family who are obsessed with my jewelry. It is literally filling up their jewelry boxes, and I still get a kick out of seeing the pieces on them. I think this has only happened once or twice to me with complete strangers. It is very thrilling to get to revisit your pieces!

  • Lissie says:

    Yes, several times.
    3 times on television, one time when we was on a holiday abroad, and 2 times on the street! Great fun! 🙂

  • Brigitte says:

    I laughed the other night, I was out with some friends at a local bingo event and went up to the canteen. The lady behind the canteen gives me this huge smile and says “You’re the one who makes the jewelry right?” and when I laughed and said that I was, she pulled her hair back to show me she was wearing my earrings. We both laughed. She recognized me before I even had a chance to notice her earrings myself.

  • Kim Klass says:

    All the time….I sell at specific horseshow venues and have been doing so for many years. Often the same kind of people are at these same shows year after year and they wear their jewelry that they have purchased previously. It is rewarding to know how long my pieces last and are still worn and appreciated by those loyal wonderful customers!!! It is all about the customer; without them we cannot move forward.

  • Kelly says:

    I have just begun to sell my jewelry, mostly to friends and coworkers, but I love it when I see them wearing the pieces. I am currently working on getting my pieces out to the public, so I can only imagine how exciting it would be to see someone wearing your piece.

  • I get a warm fuzzy feeling all over when I see my creations worn by a customer since I get attached to them and sometimes feel sad to see them go. But, after all, that’s why I make them. They always rave over their pieces and have gotten attached to them too.

  • Liz Juneau says:

    One of the most rewarding experiences as a jewelry artist is seeing someone wearing your creations, especially if it has been years since they were made. I have some customers that I run into that are still wearing earrings that I made when I first started and they are quick to point out to me how much they still love them. I recently did a blog post with a collage of photos of my customers wearing the jewelry they purchased (Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy.) I used to do this more often when I first started selling. It was fun to take a walk down jewelry memory lane.

  • Jocelyn says:

    I taught a number of jewelry classes at the Senior Center where I worked. I loved seeing the students from the classes wear the jewelry they had created.
    They were so creative! We should have had a jewelry project style show!

  • Anita says:

    Do you know how a dog stares at you when you have food? Well that’s what I do when I see someone wearing my jewelry!! I stare, and mentally drool…. I look at the beads and either compliment myself mentallly, or think of all the things I should have done to the piece LOL! I get so excited. I have to say, though the nicest experience I had was after I sold a piece of jewelry off my neck to my dentist, she called me two weeks later to tell me she saw someone wearing what looked as though it could have been made by me while shopping. She described the woman, and the jewelry to a T….and yes I had made the necklace the year before, and that was the customer who bought it. And her friends had told me she wore it all the time, whenever I ran into them……..so it was a fantastic ego stroke. Woof! Better than a biscuit!!!

  • Billie Jean says:

    When I was doing a craft fair for the second year, a woman came up to my booth and said, I am so glad you are here, I waited all year for this fair to see your new jewelry, and she buys off me every year. I keep giving her my card, but she’s a come and see sort of person. Also, saw a women at a happy hour that was wearing my jewelry, and it looked great. That’s the feeling I love to get, that, gee, I made that.

  • Dolores Stone says:

    The only “sitings” that I can recall are at a business lunch at which the customer could expect to see me. Still nice. However, it is also very gratifying when a former customer stops at my table to tell me that she “always” (her
    emphasis) receives compliments when she wears my jewelry. After all, we don’t
    get feedback on most sales.

  • I was eating Christmas dinner with my family and a new guest, the fiancee of my nephew. Halfway through the meal, I happened to glance in her direction and saw a pair of my earrings dangling and lighting up her face. Was I surprised!

  • Barbie H says:

    I once saw my jewelry on a complete stranger who had been awarded the piece for some good she had done for her company. I admit to have been a bit startled at the sighting. I looked at her and said, “I made that!” Haha!

  • Susan says:

    I work in an office of all women. When I first started making jewelry a couple years ago I would give it away to my friends and co-workers. Some still regularly wear the items I made for them. I get a little excited every time I see something that I made. Last year at Christmas time I gave everyone in the office a pair of candy cane earrings for our Holiday party and open house. They were super easy and very inexpensive to make. Everyone loved them and I have pictures of us all. I’m doing my first craft show in a couple of weeks and I’ve been asked if I’ll have some for sale. I’m really looking forward to random sightings of my handiwork.

  • Tina says:

    Hi Rena,
    I love it when I am out and about and see people wearing my jewelry. I have been out shopping and seen a necklace or some earrings that I made and it does give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. I also work full time in Special Education and there have been many times I see my co-workers wearing pieces I have made. They love it when I bring in new creations that they get to shop.

  • Dana C Smith says:

    Hi Rena,
    Recently, I was vacationing in NW Puerto Rico; I sell my jewelry to a gallery there-Playa Oeste- and friends had me bring my earrings to their fabulous hacienda for a before dinner show. One new acquaintance poured over my offerings, but couldn’t find what she desired in silver-her favorite metal. I was a little disappointed, but knew some of my earrings were still gallery-bound.
    The next evening, we all met up for dinner…and there was my new friend sporting my distinctive double spiral earrings-that she had bought at Playa Oeste previously! Yay!

  • Yes, I have friends who frequently wear my jewelry, but I also have seen ladies I don’t know wearing a piece that I made. I used to have a client who purchased earrings from me by the dozen and gave them out to women as gifts to lift their spirits. She has a foundation and teaches programs to empower young women. It always delights me to think that there are women all over the country wearing my earrings. Very satisfying.

  • Charlotte Smith says:

    I have two wonderful friends that I sell jewelry to and the only time I see them is – Ann at her office, manager of an insurance company and Paulette when we have lunch which could at least once every week and sometime twice a week. I really don’t see Ann that often, but every time I have visited her she has on something I sold her and tells me how many compliments she has gotten on the piece. She keeps telling me she loves my jewelry. Paulette usually has a necklace or earrings on that I sold or gave her and it could be because we are getting together, but who cares. Also when I was working at a bank (retired now) I made a pair of earrings for the secretary to one of the vice presidents and we and several other women had our lunch in the lunch room at the bank and she’d have on the earrings and say to me” do you recognize these”??? I love them she’d say.


  • Carol Burton says:

    I have a dental hygienist who said to me that if I made some teeth earrings, she would buy them. Well, I did make some teeth earrings, and I took several pair into the dentist office the next time I went. My dental hygienist and another person in the office each purchased a pair. I went in for my check-up six months later, and she was wearing them. She said the patients liked seeing the earrings on her, and she got a lot of smiles when she wore them. I’m glad I made them. I have since sold a few of them on Etsy.

  • Carol, you’ve discovered a great niche market for teeth jewelry! 🙂

  • aileen duncan says:

    I spent a few days visiting my mother in another state and with all the activity of the visit, I was unable to make anything. It was during one of those periods where I had so many ideas coming to mind I was using a notebook to write them down. Finally I lost control, went outside sat on a bench and went to town. I loved the piece but I was worried Mom was being nice about it (think macaroni necklace) Imagine my surprise when she wore it to a family event and a lot of folks were admiring it… I felt blessed and accomplished…. awesome feeling.

  • Suzanne Kondracki says:

    My favorite band is Collective Soul. They were making their DVD called “Home” in Atlanta and I went. To my great surprise, I was watching the DVD after it went public and noticed Dean Roland (cutie lead guitar and singer) wearing something I had given to them (the band) in a collection of a few things I made. It was made to be either a lariat necklace or something to hold their passes on, worn as a eyeglass holder or anyway you please. He wore it attaching the little electronic piece that they use to monitor themselves. WOW.

  • Alma Delucchi says:

    Hi Rena, thank you so much for this newsletter. I’m a newcomer to serious Jewlery making. I’ve been giving my Jewlery to family and friends because I’m hesitant to sell because I usually make the Jewlery pieces from artistic wire and I’m afraid people wouldn’t want to buy my pieces. Also, I’m not really sure what to charge. The pieces I have given to family members have been appreciated but when I actually see someone wearing my pieces, it’s such a wonderful feeling! Especially when they make an effort to show them to me while they are wearing them. I will continue to look forward to your news letters to learn more techniques to make my Jewlery sellable!!

  • DeShawna King says:

    Hello everyone,
    I have had several jewelry sighting a lot lately. I work at a college and many people buy my jewelry as gifts, but my supervisor always buy jewelry from me, because she said she never see it on other people. The crazy thing is most of the time she will have it on and will act as if she is showcasing it to let me know I made it. Yes, sometimes I forget the jewelry I make. I also see many of my friends on Facebook wearing my jewelry. It makes me feel good to see my finish product on people.

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