Working with Jewelry Clients – Communication is the Key
by Nata Shubin.
(Nevada City, California)
When working with a client I enjoy the process of “teasing out” of her what is it that she really wants. You will be surprised how often my client thinks she wants one thing, yet in the end it turns out that she really wanted something else! And I am always happy when I have a chance to help her figure that out.
When this happens, my client’s Joy is truly a reward in itself. Case in point: Michelle asked me to make her blue round earrings reminiscent of the ones she got from an artisan in the Andes. As we started talking about what she liked the best about those earrings she confessed that she is obsessed with Andean culture. A-HA! The colors are bright and uplifting.
So, I suggested to add some yellow, orange, red, a touch of green, perhaps? She liked the idea of sunshine. In the end Michelle chose the brightest yellow-orange earrings, and not the blue ones at all! (She still got the blue ones as my gift, of course). And now she wanted a necklace, as well. Plus, I used an extra beaded element for decorating her jewelry box, as a surprise. This is how we ended up with an “Andean collection”. Quite a way from the initial round blue earrings idea, don’t you think? Communication is the key.