Today's featured artist is Gina from Bellissima Jewelers. Her beautiful pieces would make a wonderful gift for mothers day, or just as a treat for yourself! After reading her interview below be sure to visit her Etsy shop and use coupon code KSBLOG10 for a 10% off discount!!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you sell at Bellissima Jewelers?
I am a stay at home, homeschooling mother of 6 awesome children ages 3-12 years old. Bellissima Jewelers offers great quality, up-to-date, stylish jewelry for all woman! We have a lifelong love for natural beauty and translate that into our selections.
Were you always interested in jewelry design?
Yes, since I was a very young girl. What sparked your interest? The bold, rich colors and endless variety of gem stones provides me with endless ways to express my creativity.
What types of materials do you work with?
I hand select every component of our jewelry which includes natural stones, Swarovski Crystal, sterling silver, Bali Silver, countess styles of beads, leathers and other natural elements. We reject plastic materials, imitations and stretchy string - we only craft genuine, quality items that our customers can enjoy for a lifetime.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
From everything around me - including the personalities of my children and people in my life, nature and architecture, I truly love the beauty of architecture! Add a little bling and I'm off and running. My jewelry and other creations are a collaboration of what I see and hear around me, how I am feeling about those things and how I see the world.
Do you wear any of your own pieces?
How did you get started selling on Etsy?
Many customers suggested it so I thought, why not?
Do you sell or showcase your work anywhere else?
Home shows and high end, juried craft shows.
Do you have any advice for others thinking about selling their work?
As long as you love creating it, go for it! Only produce and sell what you love. If you are organic and an environmentalist, do not compromise on that in your work for money, it will show up in your end product. Believe in what you do and do it with integrity!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I don’t have much of it, but if I do, I like to read and relax.
Anything else you'd like to share?
Just that, I am grateful this business offers the flexibility to work around my family and grow & develop with it.