Hi all beloved customers and friends! This October, SoMe celebrates eight years in business and I could not be more grateful for all of you. Each person who has stepped through these doors in the past eight years has a special place in my heart and my clients are of course the fundamental reason we will soon welcome in our eighth year. So hooray!
Today I am blogging primarily about one of my favorite things to do, redesign. Since opening in 2009, the redesign part of my business has more than tripled. I was recently asked by a friend why I am so passionate about taking your old jewelry and transforming it, and the first thing that came to mind was the CHALLENGE.
Even as a child, I was always up for a challenge, and little has changed about that today. SoMe is here because of my love for proving the naysayers wrong. Young and full of enthusiasm, my plans and passionate vision to open this store were not always met with the same gumption. However, that only made me more determined….
The same conviction arises when a customer comes in with an old engagement ring, a great-grandmother’s ruby pendant, or even a piece of their children’s artwork. Yep, it is the challenge that initially hooks me.
Sometimes the challenge has to do with “how the heck do I make an 1952 locket look modern while keeping it sentimental”? Or it can be the challenge of showing someone how a diamond from a less than lustrous marriage can be realigned into a different destiny.
One of the most important questions I ask customers interested in redesign is “What are your go to pieces?” This gives me a peek inside their jewelry case and a lot of pertinent information on what kind of “jewelry person” they are. For instance, is this someone who owns a ton of old and new pieces and likes to mix things up a lot, or are they more akin to classical pieces they seldom change?
Another awesome addition to my custom design is the network of incredible jewelers and artisans I have gotten to know and work with in the last eight years. With their help, I was able to turn a nearly discarded engagement ring into a gun pendant (working with an incredibly talented wax carver) and a unique piece of wood and stained glass children’s artwork into a silver pendant (working with a local CAD designer). I am so thankful for this network that only continues to grow!
I currently have seven redesigns in my inbox and it’s all I really want to do! It’s such an exciting part of this job. So thank you for letting me recreate and create for you, and challenging me every day.