Some people love Halloween. They enjoy dressing up in creative costumes and going all out with their makeup. Some people love to embrace horror, scary things, and the grotesque of the holiday. All this being said, I am not one of those people. What others love about Halloween, I tend to run far away from. That means that when I was approached a few years ago to make Halloween jewelry, I wasn’t at all sure how to approach the process. How could I design jewelry that I would want to wear for a holiday that eludes me every single year? […]

Today, jewelry designers and most crafters are experiencing more visibility than ever before. This means that more individuals than ever are selling their own handmade accessories online. What sets each person apart is their individual aesthetic and the style of jewelry that they design. How I approach jewelry design, and the necklace I ultimately make won’t necessarily work for every person. This means that it’s important to know who you are serving when you design your jewelry. The jewelry that I create will appeal to a different crowd than those who do intricate wirework. At the end of the day, […]

One of the backbone strategies to help your content be seen on social media is a hashtag strategy. Hashtags are used to group content together on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google +, and Pinterest. The optimal number of hashtags changes depending on the platform you decide to use. Smart marketers use hashtags during their holiday campaigns to maximize their exposure. With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important to have a strategy in place. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of holiday hashtags for jewelry makers, here are some common holiday hashtags you may want to layer into […]

Fall is filled with color, and I love how nature inspires my jewelry designs during this season. About a month ago I went through my entire staff and turned everything that was copper, brass, earthy brown hues, reds, and magenta onto my workspace all with the end goal of making fall necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. What was left was an overwhelming array of color, inspiration, and elements that I’ve been slowly putting into cohesive jewelry designs since. I want to share four of my favorite fall necklace designs, both new and old, perfect for the fall season but also ideal […]

I’m not afraid to admit that sometimes during the workday I find myself taking a quick break from my marketing work to look at beautiful beads. With fall in full swing, I’ve been especially interested in the fall jewelry trends 2017 holds. I have to say that of everything I’ve seen so far this season, I’m particularly inspired by the Pantone 2017 fall color palette for this season. When I saw the full palette selection I was so excited for the jewelry design possibilities. Instead of just focusing on the stereotypical colors of the fall, I particularly appreciated the way […]

Friday, September 22, 2017, marked the first official day of fall. But for the last two weeks, I’ve been feeling that fall chill in the air in Colorado. I’m no longer afraid to say it aloud: Fall is here and I can start showing off my fall jewelry. My dad told me once that he thought fall is more colorful than spring is. He said that spring brings greens, but falls bring much more color. I have to say that he was on to something. No matter where I turn my head, I see a striking color surrounding me. Reds, […]

Taking photos can be one of the most daunting parts of selling your jewelry online especially if you’re not sure how to take photos of jewelry to display the important details. Ensuring that you’re correctly capturing the details of your handmade jewelry can take hours if you’re not properly trained. While I am no master, I have several friends who are trained photographers. My friend Liz Banman not only took all the photography for my website, but she also gave me these five helpful tips how to take jewelry photos. Use them to capture your own professional jewelry photos. 1: […]

As a jewelry designer, I always strive to make beautiful handmade jewelry. That being said, sometimes I can look at a design I’m working on and know that it’s just not perfect yet. That may be why I have projects that wait weeks, months, or even years before they’re created; something isn’t quite right and I’m waiting for the right inspiration to help me with the overall design. The same thing goes when I’m trying to reproduce any of my already made jewelry designs. While my jewelry designs are one-of-a-kind, sometimes I like the finished design enough to try and […]

The holiday season is one that is a busy time of year, and those of us who own a jewelry business is no exception! This is the time of year where we need to play a very important balancing act; that of the marketer and that of the maker. While I have no doubt that we all have our own unique design style, I do think that holiday marketing tips are valuable, so today I’m going to focus on a few things you can do as a jewelry business owner to plan ahead to make the season more Merry and […]

Inspiration can hit at the most random moments and sometimes in the most organic situations. This is exactly what happened with my football jewelry necklace design. In 2015 one of my best friends was married the day after the University of Colorado vs. Colorado State University football game. If I’m going to be perfectly honest, for those who attend either school this game is a rivalry where both sides do a considerable amount of trash talking. Because the game was the same day as the rehearsal as the game, and because I was one of the few in the wedding […]