July 2018

Morning all!

Well what a month July was! I’ve honestly had the best month since I started trading! I’ve just been selling, selling, selling and with the sun shining, blue skies, everyone on holiday and happy it’s been great!

I decided last month that I would re-jig my prices a bit, come down a bit lower to get more interest, and also increase the amount of stock I had available on Etsy. And it worked 🙂

My prices are still good for me, but with more sales come more reviews – yippee they are all 5 star!  *****

“utterly beautiful and so unique. I love it” 

Silver and Gold Necklace, Oneofakind, Eco Necklace, Rock Pool Pendant, Textured Silver, Granulation Pendant, Hallmarked, Made in UK

 

Another review later!

I started this month by taking a little trip to Fowey, my jewellery is on show in a little gallery there called Toe in the Water. Its a wonderful place crammed full of beautiful gifts and art to buy, so many lovely items! Its on the South Coast of Cornwall and I live on the North so it makes a nice change to have a drive over, wander around and catch up with how my jewellery is doing…..MUST GO AGAIN!! I’ve been having a little sale of some items there and I must say they display them BEAUTIFULLY! Here are some of them in the window, and some ladies having a closer look!

 

With the sun shining, my thoughts were on beachy jewellery so I made a batch of toe rings, ear cuffs and silver and turquoise earrings. WOW THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL!

The toe rings are stamped or hammered and the surf wave has been very popular, the ear cuffs are fab, I wear mine every day and NO PIERCING REQUIRED so even better! The hammered texture ones are the best seller, and the Silver Circle Earrings with Turquoise Gemstones are so beautiful, Eco Silver used, the first pair sold straight after a Instagram post…didn’t even get to Etsy! All these items look great whilst being easy to make so I can supply them very quickly…although I need to ensure I’ve the Gemstones in stock!

 

More turquoise items have followed, rings and pendants, and I’ve made a few items using the very stunning Swarovski Crystals. They are amazing the way they catch the light! Earrings and bracelets have sold, and some I’ve just HAD to keep for myself! Blue is always popular so below are some fab blue crystals!! If you want something made using these gorgeous crystals let me know and what coloured ones you want..then I can custom make for you!

 

I’ve continued to make items using the very lovely FAIRTRADE GOLD and will carry on with it, its such a worthy cause and I know its more expensive to make with and for you lovely customers to buy, but you can be assured that the money is going to help the miners and their families have a better life. All my Fairtrade Gold comes from an authorised seller and I am on the FAIRTRADE GOLD REGISTERED USER list so you can find me there in Polzeath, North Cornwall 🙂

So through July I was selling so well and I actually reached the 100 SALES mark on Etsy so I’m very chuffed. I must say though that using the BRITISH CRAFTERS promotion site has been wonderful. For a small price she will promote your items on social media and she has many followers so it has for sure made a difference to my sales. It’s so well done, her posts are eye-catching, and she (Dottie) is great at communication! I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND them and lets hope my good sales continue!

I also decided this month to step down from the Zeath Gallery in Polzeath. Its a lovely little gallery and local for me but my life is just a bit busy at the moment so it’s hard to commit to sitting in the gallery one day a week.

So my jewellery will be there till the end of the season. I may keep my eyes and ears open for another gallery that will support my Eco ethos as I shall continue with RECYCLED Silver, Recycled 9ct Gold, and 18ct FAIRTRADE Gold.

“I’m thrilled with the necklace, it is beautifully made and arrived incredibly quickly in gorgeous packaging. I’m so pleased with it, it’ll make a lovely gift”

Long Silver Necklace, Art Deco Pendant, Statement Necklace, Long Necklace, Oneofakind, JulesStenningDesign

I’m in the process of getting new gift boxes to send my jewellery out in so look out for more news on that! They will still be recycled gift boxes but will have my logo embossed in a stunning aqua metallic in the centre of the box. Looks amazing and will be done by the very helpful Tiny Box company, they have so many different items that a seller can use! Well worth checking them out if you need any packaging!
I’ve also just joined the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JEWELLERS so more about that next month! Exciting times eh!!
So bye bye for now, enjoy whats left of Summer, I can’t believe the nights are drawing in already! I’m off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for some very healthy days laughing myself silly!

JULES

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