On this date in 2007, I published a post called “Just a placeholder,” which said, “I’m going to start this blog soon but right now I’m busy redesigning my regular website.” Two days later, Britney Spears stole one of my rings. That simply had to be blogged and suddenly I was off and running.
I started this blog to promote my fine jewelry line. I envisioned making my high-end, limited-edition jewelry accessible to a lot of people. I knew that not all of my readers would be able to afford my work because of the costly materials and U.S.-based labor I use to create wearable art. (For more about the cost of manufacturing, read this 2010 post.) But I didn’t think that should stop people from being involved with me and my jewelry in some other way, whether that meant reading about my inspirations, showing me their takes on the latest fashion trends or imitating my one and only outfit pose.
I was influenced by my clothing designer friend Zang Toi, who is wonderful to customers of all ages, shapes and sizes. That has always seemed so stylish to me. It also expresses his confidence that he can create something to make anyone feel beautiful. What’s passé is the kind of designer who looks down his or her nose at the customers, let alone the people who can’t afford the goods. Trust me, I’ve dealt with those types. When I heard one privately badmouth a customer’s appearance, I asked, “What? Her money isn’t green enough for you?” I mean, really! Appreciate the people who appreciate you. It is chic to be nice! I love all my customers, and I love all you blog readers — whether you’ve bought jewelry or not. Thanks for visiting me here.