Holistichem – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Sharon and Lorraine from  Holistichem

Holistichem

Holistichem

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

We are Sharon and Lorraine Pitman of Holistichem. We are sisters and make our own range of jewellery. We live in Erskine which is just outside Glasgow in Scotland, UK.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

As holistic therapists specialising in wellbeing and with a background in design, we have used our passion for creativity and wellbeing to create a range of wellbeing-inspired jewellery using quality semi-precious gemstones. Having co-founded Holistichem, we launched our Etsy shop in 2014. We are inspired by natural gemstones and their individual colours and incorporate these into our work.

3. What is your creative process?

Our creative process is always influenced by natural semi-precious gemstones. We take inspiration from colours and bead shapes. Our process can vary with each piece we make. Sometimes we will work with the gemstone and create something around its natural beauty. At other times, we may have a specific idea for a style and work around this using different types of beads and colours.

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4. Where do your materials come from?

We always ensure that we use authentic semi-precious gemstones in our creations. We source our beads from a reliable supplier based in the UK that sells high-quality semi-precious gemstone beads. Where possible, we also use findings that are lead, nickel and cadium-free.

5. Do you take custom orders?

We are always happy to provide custom orders and enjoy making bespoke pieces of jewellery. We can create custom-made beaded jewellery using a variety of semi-precious gemstones, bead type, sizes and colours. On request, we can provide small-scale wholesale orders and are also able to make party/wedding favours and thank you gifts for wedding party members, etc.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Due to the unique nature of the gemstone beads we use, each jewellery piece is one of a kind. We use quality semi-precious gemstones, which as well as looking lovely, are also thought to have a wellbeing effect. We include a hand-written card with all of our jewellery stating the wellbeing meaning of each stone.

7. What are your social media sites?

Website: www.holistichem.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/holistichem
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/holistichem
Twitter: www.twitter.com/holistichem

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BeadyEyedBird – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

BeadyEyedBird

BeadyEyedBird

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hi! I’m Shannon Schreiber of The Bead (aka BeadyEyedBird on Etsy). I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. You can see my photo and learn more about me (and my mom, who runs the ‘biz’ side of things) here:

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2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I love fine quality natural gemstones, precious metals, and also exotic components, focal beads and pendants. I am also awed by the skilled work of fellow artisans who make distinctive and unique items.

3. What is your creative process?

I am usually most inspired by natural, untreated gemstones, and it leads me to gather a group of matching and/or complimentary stones together to create a design that is pleasing in terms of color, balance, texture, and even a sort of ‘personality’ for the piece.

I have boxes and tins of beads and pendants that I know I want to work with, and get around to each in its own good time. And it does take some time to ‘brew’ an idea. Sometimes I have to sketch it out, and others go more easily with a quick arrangement of beads and other components on a bead board.

4. Where do your materials come from?

Both mom and I share a fascination (well, maybe an obsession) with beads, and over the years, we’ve gone out of our way to find the most special beads and pendants wherever we are in the world. The collection seems to have a spirit of its own, with each bead associated with wonderful memories or impressions of Malaysia, Africa, India, Australia, and more.

Here’s just one example of what an incredible story a simple bead can have — as explained by mom on the blog features (and bead descriptions) she writes weekly:

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5. Do you take custom orders?

Absolutely! I love hearing about a vision someone else may have for a very special piece, and working with them to bring it into reality. My most recent custom piece was for a woman who wanted a stunning and bold black necklace. Working together and looking at samples, we found some gorgeous large black lampwork beads with gold highlights. We ordered a large enough supply of these from the lampwork artisan to create a beautiful necklace and matching earrings — and I’m pleased to say she was absolutely delighted — which delighted me!

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

My inspirations come from things I am exposed to in my daily life, nature, and my travels. I love to look at (and touch!) interesting patterns and textures, and think about how that can be translated into a beautiful piece of jewelry.

So each of my pieces tends to be unique — definitely not mainstream! As a woman, I make jewelry with amazing women in mind — to express their special qualities, personalities and values.

Also, I pay attention to quality. I am a professional, knowledgeable, experienced craftswoman, and I pay attention to the finer details that make each piece distinctive.

I strive to use only natural, untreated gemstones and other materials from nature. It is important to me to have an ethical business and to care for our environment in the process.

Finally, I am passionate about customer service and client satisfaction. Check out our policies and also our reviews on Etsy to see that we have been highly successful in this arena.

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7. What are your social media sites?

Web Site: www.thebead.net

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/BeadyEyedBird?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebeadcollection

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sortego1/

Twitter: twitter.com/BeadSheila

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pulse/activities/sheila-ortego+0_20cJIlchtx4svpbDc…

Instagram: Sheila.McLaughlin