Keeping Your Jewelry on Trend

As a new year settles in, there is a constant bombardment of the upcoming style trends of the year. From the Pantone’s Color of the Year to Swarovski’s launch at the Tucson Show, it can be difficult to keep up. Bead and business expert, Viki Lareau, gives her advice to designers on keeping their jewelry […]

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The Power of Finishing Touches

Many times, designing identity materials for our jewelry takes more energy than making the actual pieces! Today’s jewelry designer who sells at craft and gallery shows or sells into stores and galleries must have professional-looking hang tags and earring cards or labels. Otherwise, your jewelry might be turned down by a buyer before your crystals […]

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Knowing how to price your jewelry is one of the hardest parts of selling your work. Should you estimate or price it lower than you originally total because you can’t compete with retail store prices? Bead and business expert, Viki Lareau, gives her advice on selling your work for what it’s worth, and not underpricing […]

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Nowadays eco-conscious consumers want all things green—or at least somewhat green. As jewelry designers, most of us don’t make every element of our jewelry ourselves. So, with only limited control, how can we make our jewelry making as eco-friendly as possible? Above: The women of Langtang Designs in Nepal enjoy their time together creating jewelry. […]

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Many contributors to Beadwork are also small business owners, such as Kim West, owner of Stony Creek Bead, whose design Pip Petal Pendant (pictured above) appears in our April/May 2017 issue. Owning your own business, featuring your own art is appealing. However, it also takes a lot of work. Bead and business expert, Viki Lareau, […]

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