I love to create jewelry. I love to wear jewelry. I love bling, always have.
I was wearing a necklace recently. A friend of mine made it. It is a lovely silver wire wrapped pendant with three beautiful freshwater pearls. The pendant hangs from a simple silver chain. It is a favorite piece of mine.
My friend, Janet, loves to make jewelry too. She is a Jewelry Artist. She sells her work locally and on ETSY. She created this beautiful necklace.
I was complimented on the necklace by another friend. The simple beauty of it. And how everything I make is so lovely. I told her that this necklace was designed by a friend of mine. Before I could say another word, she asked me a question: "you make jewelry, why would you want to wear someone else's?"
That question stumped me at the time. I said "because I like it" in one of those responses that comes out like a meek question...ugh.
I've thought a good bit about her question since then.
And here is what I wish I had said.
I love to create jewelry. I love to wear jewelry. I also ADMIRE many of the Jewelry Artisans that I have had the privilege to know, learn from, interact with, and so much more. They make extraordinary pieces. I buy their works of art because they are so extraordinary. I admire the Artists and their creations.
I wish I had said that.
So, Janet, Beanzie, Brenda Sue, Harry and a few more of you....I admire you as Jewelry Artists and love to wear your creations. And when I am complimented on your pieces, I proudly share that you are the creator of the beautiful piece I am wearing.
And will now have no trouble explaining why.
Here is the latest piece I have purchased, and can't wait to wear! A Brenda Sue Lansdowne signed original!