Calling All, I am writing this whilst aboard a Ryanair flight to Pisa. As you all know, since I continually tell my customers, I have a house in the Tuscan hills and have been fortunate to source an amazing supplier where I buy a copious amount of my beads to design my jewellery. I haven’t been since last year and my stock is now on its last legs so to speak. I have been known to drag my unsuspecting friends there on the pretence that this is part of their sight seeing trip when they come to visit. Anyway, back to the point I am on my way to Italy not just to purchase gorgeous pieces of glass but to continue refurbishing my 1940’s property that my husband and I purchased in 2012, so you now know where my passion for vintage comes from.
The Pearl and Bead continues to grow and the brand is really taking shape now, when I first started the company, I welcomed feedback from my customers and still do, one of the reviews was that they had purchased an amazing product but the packaging could be better. Fair point, but when you start a business for the first time, you don’t realise how much you have to consider, and despite being an accountant by trade I have had to learn so much. Not only do you have to create a product that people want and covert, you need to understand how to use social media, create your own website, take photos and learn to write a blog or two.
We are one on the 31st May and wow the last year the company has really changed, we have finally finished designing the brand, and the Pearl and Bead Company now have their own packaging which is a luxury black box with our logo in silver, all our smaller boxes will also be in black, our items will be lovingly wrapped in white or black tissue paper and all come with our business card, a far cry from the multi-coloured organza bags we started with, so to all our customers old and new it will not only be a pleasure wearing our products but opening the packaging will be pretty great too.
We are also changing our products all the time, we are now embarking on our summer range which will include a range of pink quartz, turquoise, gold, baby blue and the warm tones of oranges, lilacs and fuchsia pinks to excite you. Previously in the past we have sold silver bracelets that have been a huge success but we don’t think that’s all we need to do, everyone seems to love wearing bracelets so in the next few weeks we care creating some amazing new designs using all the colours we use in our necklaces.
We have been approached by a number of people keen to actually get our products in the shops and galleries which is so exciting, we will make a completely different range for them so you can be assured that what you buy from me when I am at a trade fair or on the website is not being duplicated. I really want to stress that we want you to wear our jewellery and be confident that you are wearing a limited edition piece, an item made by hand and is not going to be replicated 100’s of times. We can also create the one off bespoke item for you to enjoy again and again. You may or may not know but we are happy to sit down with you and discuss you requirements and if we can make it we will.
As yet we are only in discussions with potential distributors and as soon as we know the locations we will let you know. We are also working with Britain Does Vintage and recently went to an amazing vintage fair at the Forum in Norwich, despite the 4.45am start on Saturday 22 March, what can I say, an amazing venue, great people and really well organised, we met some wonderful people, sold lots of beautiful jewellery, introduced some new packaging and have further developed our stand which we now have down to a fine art. A number of people commented on how beautiful our designs were and hopefully they will all come back to us for their next purchase.
Anyway, back to the point I started with, as I was saying I am off to Italy, where for the next few weeks I will spend my time creating my new designs, the weather is supposed to be good and sitting outside in the sun creating my designs will definitely inspire me to create some beautiful, elegant and trendy pieces of jewellery. I am also keen to source some more Italian glass pendants, my customers love them and teamed with a long silver necklace really go down a storm. They look so elegant and each piece is individual as they are all handmade.
I will keep you posted through the blog and on the website where we are going to be in the next few months, the next event is at Houghton Hall, the horse trials are on and we are there from all four days, where I will be showcasing all my new designs as well as creating a limited number of specials.
When I get back work is going to start on my new studio, in the past I have had to work in my office and that has become a little tedious, now I am going to have my own studio ( don’t get excited only the size of a double bedroom), where my customers can meet me to discuss their requirements, see some prototypes and where I will be creating my jewellery. I will also be changing how I display my pieces of the website, we are moving away from the black and white busts and now we are displaying them on beautiful weaved grey busts, white background, which will display them at their best, we are also going to be taking at least two photographs of each piece so you can really see the item in detail.
Just as an aside, I have just finished my buying trip and wow the beauties I have purchase includes, pink quartz, moonstone, black onyx and lots of red, pale blues and some absolutely stunning mother of pearl necklaces in fuchsia pinks – keep a look out on the website where in the next few weeks all my new designs will be uploaded.