Grace Jewelry Designs
Tell us about your business.I began making my jewelry line in 2012 after a sudden and somewhat confusing epiphany while driving the morning carpool. I was overcome with this desire to help people but I didn't really know how but the next thing I "heard" was "Make jewelry." so...I usually try to follow THOSE types of instructions. Having no training in art or jewelry making whatsoever, I started reading books and then I headed out to the nearest craft store and bought some materials. I started with rings then came necklaces then came Gracelets . When I sit down to make a piece, my heart is filled with the deepest desire for the person's well being. The creativity seems to flow from my heart to my hands on and into the piece. My hope is that my client receiving their piece will feel that love. My pieces are (so far) in two stores in Atlanta and soon to be in stores in Arizona and Wyoming. I see my company evolving one piece, one heart , one story at a time.
What makes your business stand out?Grace Jewelry is unique in the fact my pieces are not just another piece of "bling". Everybody has a story to tell and I believe that my jewelry helps people tell that story. One grandmother wanted me to make a piece for her granddaughter after she, the granddaughter, had open heart surgery. Another client commissioned a piece in memory of her mother. Now THAT is what makes Grace Jewelry unique. No two pieces are alike because I collect leather belts and various adornments from thrift stores, garage sales, and even from clients. Also, clients who commission pieces are often part of the creative process by sharing their story with me and together we create a piece that symbolizes a special event or person in their life.
What's the best business advice you've received?Do what you love and the money will follow.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
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Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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