The Stuff I Make
I make all of the things that I sell. And I make 99.9% of each item. Me. I don’t “make” or even mine the stone – but any stone in my jewelry I have taken from a rock to a slice of the rock to a shape to a polished gem. My metal in my jewelry is purchased as a flat piece or a round wire and cut, fit, soldered, filed, sanded, cleaned, polished to fit to the stones that I’ve made. I sometimes purchase bulk chain or cord – but even then I will cut to size and add clasps, etc. to make it part of a piece. Nothing came from a factory or from China. Each piece of jewelry I sell is unique. I can duplicate – to a degree – but never will 2 things be exactly alike.
I sound prideful – and I am. I’m not denigrating those that don’t have such an in-depth process to their work. But I am proud of being able to say “I made that” and mean exactly that – I made all of that!