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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Jewelry World

I recently read a book, I read books other than this one, but this is the one I am focusing on, and it talked about how there is room for all of us in this industry, or really any industry.  And it was truly right on.

With technology and access to so much now, things have changed.  The way we go about business has changed, what we need to do is not just have a great product but you have to inspire, you need to drive home a feel, an experience through your pieces.  That can be easy at times, at other times you can get lost in over thinking it all. 

For instance on Instagram, you can find every jewelry design that is out there, the looks, the designs, the culture of the product, the lifestyle that goes with the jewelry, is all different in and of itself, but there are some similarities. 

I often have people say, oh I have seen pieces "like" your pieces at.. .... And when I see the pieces I find that they are not anything like mine.  They are often different for a list of reasons, but most often because every piece I make is handmade by me.  So there are NO 2 alike.  And the differences add an element of specialty that isn't often there.  But I can still see how someone would see some similarities, but I also find that person isn't my client. 

My client sees the uniqueness in my designs, in each hammer, in each stone hand chosen, wire wrapped, each link that I create, etc.  That is my client.  When they wear my pieces they feel special and know that it was made with them in mind. 

So back to the book.  There is a place for all of us in all industries, because none of us are the same.

#jewelry #Instagram #girlboss #rosegilleydesigns #boutique #Etsy #handmade

Monday, February 8, 2016

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Tucson Today and Jewelry

So today is my normal day to fly to Tucson, every year for over a decade.  Right now I would be at the airport, my flight would leave within the next 30 minutes. I would be in Tucson by 1030, grab my car, and off to the Holidome, from there I would go to JOGS or maybe some of the road places along the way (there are so many venues).  Then off to AGTA to purchase some refined stones, cabs, etc.  Then maybe to some of the other venues, then back to Holidome, because I always forget something, and then back to the plane by 730 and home by 11.

Yes that is crazy!  But I have done that many, many years.  But there have also been the years that I have left today, same flight, landed same time, and then stayed for days, taking my time, exploring, figuring out new stones, ideas, sketching and just taking it all in.

Why not this year, I can't answer that.  I don't know what happened, it's like I didn't know it was coming.  I think I was too busy thinking about shows, where I was going to be at for wholesale, and creating pieces for that.  Clearly I have lost my mind!!!

So I am planning September, and I will make it.  Regardless. Next February I will also be in Tucson, 3 days, with my little one, so that will be interesting.  By the way, JOGS doesn't allow kids inside, just in case you were wondering where kids can go.  They can go everywhere,  but JOGS show. 

#jewelry #Tucson #gemshow #holidome #AGTA #Designer

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tucson this week, What's on the Horizon?

I follow several jewelry designers on Instagram.  It is always inspiring to see what others are doing.  This week they all seem to be where I should be Tucson.  Now I went on in a post before about this, so I won't again, needless to say, I am going to a show this weekend, just a local one, and hopefully will find some fillers.

So what's on the horizon?  We were recently contacted by a LA Stylist and will be meeting with him this month.  It is very exciting, and the possibilities are endless, I hope.  I try not to get too excited each time something new comes along, but I can't help but think that it's the next step in our little business growing. 

People often ask what is it that I want to have happen...well here is my list:

1. Grow at a steady, solid rate, without out growing ourselves
2. Find those who are interested in working with me, and understand a small business
3. Find those that are good at creating and making jewelry
4. Be editorialized by major magazines
5. Find pieces/designs in appropriate relevant places, TV, magazines, ads, etc
6. Find appropriate investments
7. Enjoy the ride of course

Big list, long list, but I am patient and this is totally attainable!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Finding Gemstones

Since I am not going to Tucson, as I stated before, yes I am sad about that, I have been looking for the right businesses to purchase stones from online.  This may sound easy, but it isn't. 

I will likely only do this once, and for September I will go to Tucson, but in the meantime it is nice to have fillers.  So what do I need to consider, here are the following:

1.  Where did they come from?  Are the stones consciously mined?
2.  What do they look like? Are they good product or not?
3.  Hole size?  Can I get wire through the holes?
4.  Color?  Is it actually the true color that it shows?
5.  Faceted, are they? 

So how does one do this?  You have to read everything on the site.  Google the company.  Look for clear descriptions of product.  Look for clear pictures, obviously.  Be mindful of the return policy.  And the most obvious make sure that they aren't taking you for all you have.  Some companies will charge a large portion more online because you aren't looking at as many options as if you went to Tucson. 

So after all that, yes I have a few, but trust me, they are no Tucson.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tucson is coming

Every February for about 10 years I have taken the trip to Tucson, AZ to purchase my stones for the upcoming year.  This is a trip that I so look forward to for so many reasons.

1.  Tucson is a fun little city to visit
2.  I get such inspiration from all the gemstones, fossils, etc, it's amazing!
3.  I get to try new things that I didn't pick up the year before
4.  It allows me to stock up for the whole next year, I then don't have to worry about whether "I have enough?"
5.  It gives me an opportunity to use new stones, colors, shapes, facets, etc. that I wasn't using before

But this year, I am not going.  Why you ask?  Good question.  I sat down and really looked at my inventory and what I need/have, and decided I could make it to September at least, well maybe, maybe not.  But I am going to try.  Worst comes to worst I will have to fly somewhere and pick up stones.

Who am I lying to, I may just decide to go....... LOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016



Huffington Post 30 Day Challenge

Yes, I signed on.  At the beginning of the year, as with most years, I decided to revamp, reevaluate and just plane rethink how I am living my life.  Right or wrong.  For me, of course.  I clearly know what works for me isn't going to necessarily work for anyone else.  But for me it is ever changing and evolving.

As I mentioned in previous posts I have some people in my life that at I have been trying to move out of my life.  So when I saw the Huffington Post 30 Day Challenge to Happiness, I thought, why not?  It is easy you sign up for emails and every day they send you an email to help you get on track.  It's been great!

I may have not done everything, but I have stopped to think about each suggested item, whether I do it, and whether I need to do more of it.  For instance one was a vision board.  I totally need to do that, but my vision board is based on the clutter in my workroom and in my garage.  So I feel as though I need to go through those 2 things first, then I can do my vision board, so right now my vision board is empty LOL.

Today's was to plan a trip for yourself.  Now this I do regularly, without hesitation or apology.  If you want to join, you can, if not, well, I will send you pictures.  I personally love going to Vegas.  I know that may seem weird, since I always take my son, but it actually is pretty fun.  There are pools, circus circus, malls, great restaurants, shows, and it is an easy flight to vegas, not to mention it isn't too expensive. 

But in addition to Vegas, this year will be the year of the big mouse.  He will be 3 this year, and so I believe later in the year we will go see that large eared, big mouse.  So for now, I will finish up my challenge.  I am not sure if I am happier at this point, but I definitely think there are things I can do to become happier.  FYI, I am already happy, but whose to say there isn't an elated in life :)  Happy Trails!

#Huffingtonpost #30DayChallenge #jewelry #lifechallenge #happiness

Friday, January 15, 2016

Personal Business.....

Do you find as you get older that the people in your life just seem to disappear, change, I don't know, they just aren't the same?

I have been faced with this the last couple of years, people in my life that truly aren't healthy, or kind, but that I keep hoping for the best.  You would likely be amazed at the people I no longer have in my life that should be.  But I think it is for the best.  But with each person comes questioning of our relationship, mourning what we had, and then moving on. 

There is this one last person that I am so ready to move on from.  But somehow I haven't been able to.  Until today.  She's that person who says hi, but then turns around and you know she really only cares about herself.  I really need to move on from her.  So last night, on Social Media, something popped up and it made me realize how big of a bitch she truly is.

So today, no more of this person.  I promise myself!!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cost of Business.....

I have read a couple of books recently about starting businesses, women in business, the "do's" and "don'ts" of business and I have to say that it is all different and interesting.  I love hearing/reading about the different experiences that bring people to where they are with their business.  The trials and tribulations if you will.  But the one thing that always comes up for me is money.

Most business owners who write books don't often talk about where they found their start up money, or resources to use for start up.  Money is the main reason that those with money are successful and those without are not.  Money is what gives you freedom, choices, and allows you to make mistakes and still be ok afterwards.

In my business, one mistake can very costly.  It can change what I am able to do month to month.  One bad decision about advertising, about placement, about a show, so every move I make is made with great pondering on the possible outcomes of my choices.

I am sure most business owners go through this, I feel it is something that we don't all talk about.

#magazines #wholesale #shows #jewelry #placement