Honest feedback on jewellery designs please.

(37 Posts)
eatsleeppoop Mon 03-Dec-12 13:47:17

Hello all

I am a SAHM and have been thinking about starting up an online jewellery business selling some of my designs. However before I plough lots of time and money into this, I want to get some feedback on whether my designs would sell! Any ideas on how to achieve this would be gratefully received, or if you could spare a few minutes to look at the couple of photos I have on my profile that would be fantastic.

My first idea is for a vintage-inspired range of beaded jewellery using semi-precious stones, swarovski crystals and rhinestones with antique brass findings (see picture for prototype earrings).

My second idea is for a range of pendants and earrings made with Liberty fabrics coated in resin (see picture for prototype pendants).

Would you buy either of these?

Without spending a fortune, how can I gauge the popularity of my designs?

Thanks in advance.

goralka Mon 03-Dec-12 13:53:15

I like the Liberty ones eatsleeppoop and think they would be quite popular these days but i am not 'on the street' and observing what is fashionable.......
could you put on your fb and ask for some opinions there?

CotedePablo Mon 03-Dec-12 15:26:55

The Liberty ones are lovely, and it's the kind of thing I would buy, assuming the price was right, as a gift. Not so sure about the earrings but I think that's just down to my taste, as I'm not too keen on drop earrings, prefer studs.

Do you mind if I ask what sort of prices you would be thinking of?

Pootles2010 Mon 03-Dec-12 15:29:06

I think they're lovely! I'd put them against a plainer background though, its quite difficult to see detailing against such a 'busy' patter. I really do like them though, and don't often like handmade stuff.

WowOoo Mon 03-Dec-12 15:31:07

I like them both.
The earings would be lovely to add a bit of glam to an outfit, especially a going out one.

The pendants I see as more of an everyday thing. A splash of colour for a dull work outfit (me, most days!)
I have a chain and I like to chnage the pendants I wear on it.
So, I'd buy.
Good luck, lovely idea.
I have recently been looking at pendants and I haven't seen anything like yours - a gap in the market.

buttercrumble Mon 03-Dec-12 15:32:00

The liberty ones are beautiful, the others less so . But thats just personal taste, you are amazingly talented.

cynnerthenaughtyreindeer Mon 03-Dec-12 15:34:28

I love vintage jewelry...so pretty! Good luck OP smile

ivykaty44 Mon 03-Dec-12 15:34:38

There is nothing objectionable with either, but I could take them or leave them and wouldn't choose the necklace unless someone had told me that was what they really liked - the earrings I find a bit bland.

HTH even it if it isn't what you really want to hear - sorry

mistlethrush Mon 03-Dec-12 15:37:36

I like the pendants too - might you be able to make studs in a similar way if the design was small enough?

eatsleeppoop Mon 03-Dec-12 19:17:27

Thank you for all the feedback so far - I don't expect everyone to like these obviously, but just want to see if there appears to be a market for this type of jewellery, so negative comments welcome too!

TheSecondComing Mon 03-Dec-12 19:20:14

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baublesandbaileys Mon 03-Dec-12 19:22:44

the earings look very home-madey, not in a good way
the pendants are nice

goralka Mon 03-Dec-12 19:26:33

have to agree if I was looking for a gift I would not look twice at the earrings but I might just buy a pendant.
Have you got some black velvet or something to display them on?

girlgonemild Mon 03-Dec-12 19:30:54

I also dislike the earrings. they look like a lot of others on traidcraft stalls etc.
I like the liberty print ones and think studs like that would also be great.

eatsleeppoop Mon 03-Dec-12 19:34:42

To be honest, I haven't thought past the initial idea, as I wasn't sure whether there would be a market for my designs, so I haven't determined a price yet - what sort of price would you be willing to pay for a pendant?

eatsleeppoop Mon 03-Dec-12 19:36:37

Thanks for suggestions re display - it was just a quick photo I took on my phone today so I agree it's not ideal and too bright/busy! So far it's looking like the earrings are a no-go but the pendants seem quite popular.

FromEsme Mon 03-Dec-12 19:39:28

I really love the liberty ones and could see myself wearing them or buying them as a present.

The earrings are fairly bog standard, but not objectionable.

goralka Mon 03-Dec-12 19:40:41

well it would depend on where you were selling them....up market boutique, online, or on the beach?

goralka Mon 03-Dec-12 19:44:06

perhaps you could create an online shop? Using Liberty prints for jewellery is brilliant - agree about the matching studs too...

JumpinJackFrost Mon 03-Dec-12 19:47:34

I like the pendant too. Have a look on Etsy and Folksy for ideas on what sells and at what price. Good luck with your fledgling business!

AnaisB Mon 03-Dec-12 19:57:04

The pendants are a fab idea - the earrings don't seem as special.

what's on the back of the pendants?
quite like them.
used to make the earrings (similar) when i was at uni and sell them at markets/ craft fairs, wouldn't buy as i would feel like i could make them myself.

not sure - am wary of spending a lot on craft type jewellery - will it last?

eatsleeppoop Mon 03-Dec-12 20:15:55

I was thinking of an online shop (but not on Etsy etc) and aiming fairly up-market with good quality pendant settings, chains etc.

Will definitely look into stud earrings too.

I think if you had half a dozen of the pendants on a choker/chain it would look really special - it's nice and a day piece as one pendant but a few along a chain going into a drop of a large one could look really special.

baublesandbaileys Mon 03-Dec-12 20:32:02

would it be nice if you offered a service where people's sentimental fabrics (bits of wedding dress etc) could be made into pendants (sort of a modern version of putting them in quilts) ?

ginmakesitallok Mon 03-Dec-12 20:35:42

The pendants are lovely - couldn't you do a smaller version as earrings?

DoIgetastickerforthat Mon 03-Dec-12 21:07:18

Pendants are lovely, I would buy for a reasonable price. The earrings are fine but have seen a lot similar on craft websites.

JingleBellaTheGymnast Mon 03-Dec-12 21:16:22

The earrings are too home made crafty for me. I like the idea of the pendant, perhaps you could capitalise on the vintage/retro fashion and use the same technique but with a little retro picture or pattern? Or initial in American Typewriter font?

TheSecondComing Mon 03-Dec-12 21:55:01

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ClareMarriott Tue 04-Dec-12 10:08:07

Dear Eats

What I would do rather than asking what people would pay for your jewellery is work out what it cost you in time and materials to produce them and then add on a bit for profit. You will need to do some market research so book a table at a vintage/retro fair and/or wedding fair and gauge the interest from there. good luck

SavoyCabbage Tue 04-Dec-12 10:24:53

I don't like the earrings. I do like the pendants which reminded me of one o bought at the weekend from this company. I liked the way they had the resin pendants on the chain with something else.

eatsleeppoop Wed 05-Dec-12 14:21:38

Thank you for all your comments and good ideas - I am encouraged to look further into selling the pendants and am going to try creating some Liberty print stud earrings too.

JingleBellaTheGymnast Wed 05-Dec-12 16:52:13

Are you allowed to use the Liberty print? Is there a copywrite issue?

JingleBellaTheGymnast Wed 05-Dec-12 16:54:00

Oops, a spelling issue there!

eatsleeppoop Wed 05-Dec-12 17:27:26

I just assumed that I could given the number of people selling things made from fabrics, but that's a good point, I will look into or does anyone know?

Entreprenizzle Fri 07-Dec-12 22:11:06

I prefer the earrings, which I thought were nice (but would be a bit heavy for my ears - I worry about my piercing being pulled too big).

How about trying out your designs at school fairs etc to see how they go down, before you invest in a website?

I know someone who made lovely jewellery all year and then had two open days at her house each year to sell her things. Someone else just made things to sell at school fairs. Another made some beautiful things that I noticed on a friend's Facebook page.

If people really like your things, they will probably ask if you have a website too (I always do).

Entreprenizzle Fri 07-Dec-12 22:13:36

PS: Love baublesandbailey's idea.

Sorry to be morbid, but you could offer likewise for people who have lost someone and want something to keep close to them (so you could use material from their favorite clothes).

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