Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Why That Jewelry Costs What It Costs...

A friend I've never met (well, we really don't know each other that well, but her warmth and kindness reaches through the 'net so strongly that I *feel* like we're friends) just posted about jewelry pricing on her own blog. And she's discussed it so much better and more clearly than I would. So rather than reinvent the wheel, I direct you to the following:

Rosy Revolover Price Tag

I will add only this: to those of you who DO understand and support us, who don't cringe at our jewelry prices, who don't drop an item like it's hot when we tell you the price at a retail event...we appreciate you so much! You're the backbone of our businesses and we know you see more in our jewelry than just a commercial transaction. We design because we love it, because we are passionately driven to create, because we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves otherwise...but we wouldn't be able to survive without YOU....thank you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Top Twenty (or Two Top Tens)

Top Ten Reasons NOT to Be a Jewelry Designer:
10. It's physically demanding. 
9. Competition is rampant.
8. It's no get-rich-quick scheme.
7. Everyone thinks "I can do that".
6. Everyone else has a sister / cousin / mother / neighbor's dog who "can do that".
5. It will take over your life.
4. If you're any good, or even slightly innovative, people will want to copy you.
3. Depending on your design materials, creating can be expensive.
2. The field can be very elitist.
1. It's more challenging than you ever dreamed.
Top Ten reasons To BE a Jewelry Designer:
10. The challenge of being a player in a highly competitive field. 
9. It will push you to distinguish yourself from the crowd of "I can do that" designers.
8. Designing cherished, personal accessories for people - how cool is this?
7. You get to create items of beauty for a living!
6. Everyone knows who to come to for holiday / birthday / event gifts.
5. It will take over your life.
4. It will push you to grow and change in ways you never imagined.
3. You will meet so many fascinating people, both customers and fellow jewelers.
2. There's nothing better than loving what you do, and doing it for life.
1. It's more rewarding than you ever dreamed.