So my mom is always on the lookout for Christmas, Birthday, and ____ (insert any random holiday) presents for her daughters, and our beaus. She loves the thrill of the hunt I think...and get's a huge kick out of finding those gifts that perfectly match our personalities. She's pretty stinkin' good at it.
My baby sister recently turned 21 (yay!) and my parents added to her Tiffany's jewelry collection (she's the baby of the family and for some reason we all tend to shower her with jewels and other fine things...we can't help it...it just feels right). My other sister was quick to remind my mom that the "other" daughters in the family have birthday's coming up and LOVE Tiffany's too...so don't forget when our turn comes around.
It was then I knew something wasn't quite right. Why did I scrunch my face up when my sister assumed I'd want something from Tiffany's? Sure it's a lovely store with beautifully sparkly things, expensive things, things that make girls weak in the knees! Um. Sure, Tiffany's is OK, I guess. But I was quick to interject that there are shops on Etsy that I would honestly prefer over Tiffany's. I would. I really just would.
"What type of jewelry do you like, dear?" my mom asked when I told her I'd rather have "Etsy stuff." (And my mom really does use lovely words like "dear" when referring to us...it's nice.)
Without a moments hesitation...
"Beth Cyr's shop...here let me show you..." and I pulled my laptop up and showed my mom my favorite pieces.... "figured I'd show you mom, just in case..."
She ooooooooed and awwwwwwed. Obviously. Beth makes beautiful things.
Then I showed her the ring at Beyond the Rockz that I visit weekly...it's beyond lovely and someday it will live on my right hand....or in it's new necklace form (which I'm slightly obsessed with). Again....my mom was immediately smitten and gave an extra lil "wow!" when I told her their jewelry was made from recycled materials.
Spent a little while scouting out an assortment of wonderful Etsy shops and found so many things I'd LOVE to decorate myself with. I'd rather own a handcrafted piece of art. It's true.
Who is your fave independent jewelry designer?