Contributor post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird
Who doesn’t love luxury items? Those little (or big) things that say, “I deserve this, and I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it!” Such things are different for all of us, and can range from an exotic scented shampoo to a BMW. But however we define them, they make us feel rewarded, special and happy. We asked our CIJ team members to tell us about the luxury items they treasure or crave, and about things they sell that say “LUXURY”.
Here’s what they said —
I love gemstones, and have been collecting them for years. So, to me a luxury item would be a flawless, perfect color 3 ct Tanzanite, Or Blue Diamond. I don’t have any of those in my store, lol. I have created my own blue diamond wedding band, and I wear it all the time. Below is a picture of a lovely 16x10mm golden yellow citrine pear shape gemstone, set in sterling silver basket style prong pendant. November babies, this is your gemstone. It is on clearance sale right now, with free shipping to domestic addresses.
I suppose because I spend my days in making jewellery in my studio, wearing old clothes that are okay to potentially get ruined, luxury items for me would be beautiful handmade clothes! Then I would accessorize with one of my favorite forms of jewellery – a brooch! Brooches are trending right now, but I’ve always loved them. In the past (before I was a goldsmith), if I was to splurge on a piece of handmade jewellery it would be a unique brooch.
This brooch is one of a kind. I designed this brooch based on a photo of a beach in Spain. It is champleve enamel, which is an intensive process, where you first saw out the scene and solder it to the backing and then begin the enameling process. The enamel is built up through many layers and firings in the kiln, which is how you get the various colors showing through.
I think luxury items are anything that look good whilst also keeping me warm – I really feel the cold at this time of year so being cosy tops the luxury list for me! However, I truly believe luxury does not have to mean expensive – it’s more about the feeling it gives you, both inside and out, rather than the price.
As woollies season is well and truly upon us, I thought this hat would be a good example of a luxury item. Not only is the design really on trend for the season, it is the softest hat I sell in my little shop.
Its so warm that I even made one for myself and then in turn got asked by my Hubs to make one for him too (he’s bald and so needs something soft but extra warm to keep his brain from freezing this time of year!)
Our hats have kept us both lovely and warm and everyone who touches them is amazed at how silky soft and cosy they feel!
The Gold Scroll Design with Chain Strap Spells Luxury For Me. I Love Brass Items and Purse Accessories, Plus Dresser and Vanity Décor. This Make Up Case is Luxurious. I Bought it at an Antique Fair and Paid More Than I Should Have But I Was in Love.
There Are 3 Compartments- Like a 3 Car Garage. Lots of Room: A Compartment For Money, Make Up, Tissues, and the Like. PLUS THERE’S a MIRROR.
Many thanks to those who participated — such lovely stories and items!
Until Next Time,
Hi everyone, Jules here from JulesMounteneyGlass
So Christmas is a coming! Probably the biggest commercial sucess of all time. Apparently it’s not all about the gifts but we spend a staggering amount on them each year and lets be honest, I’m sure we all remember at least one occasion when Aunty Flo got us that really dreadful gift that went straight to the charity shop as soon as they were open eh?
So how do you avoid the pit falls of Aunty Flo? It’s easy, just think about the person you are buying for, think about what they really like then get someting related that’s personalized, simples!
Here are a few ideas all made by members of the Etsy Christmas in July Team to get you started:
How about these beautiful monogramed coasters from CaffeinatedPapercuts
Todd From tmhofherr offers these wonderful custom paperweights
Do you know a whiskey drinker? Check out these cool whiskey stones from Polarstones
What about a personalised print from ColourscapePrints
Or our very own Natalie from whenshuttersclick has these beautiful custom photo pendants available
Finally for something a little different you could always visit my store, JulesMounteneyGlass. Send me a glass bottle from a special event, maybe a Christmas party or birthday celebration, or even just an empty of somebodys favorite tipple and I’ll turn it into individual handmade beads and make them up into a gift or piece of jewellery of your choice. Like this handcrafted bottle stopper made from a recycled champagne bottle.
Don’t forget to share our blog with all your friends, that way they’ll have some great inspiration for buying your gift!