Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Bobbie Slaunwhite, I am the owner, operator and designer at Beaded Bling Jewelry - It's basically a one woman show!
I always played around with my own jewelry, wearing it in different ways (for example, wrapping a necklace around my wrist and wearing it as a bracelet instead of a necklace), and I have always had a love for crafts, and handmade items, especially from local small-businesses.
Beaded Bling all began with the support of my fiancé, he really encouraged me to find that one thing I am passionate about, and peruse it.
How do you find inspiration for your pieces?
I honestly find inspiration everywhere; whenever I am out around the city, I am always looking at people's jewelry, to see what they are wearing and what the trends are.
I also tend to look at my own personal style; I will pull an outfit from my closet, and then design a piece of jewelry to go with that outfit.
Sometimes customers will come to me with an idea, and I get to collaborate with them to create something new, and that is just an amazing feeling, when you can actually make someone's idea, become reality.
How long have you been designing and crafting jewellery?
I officially launched Beaded Bling in February 2016, and I haven't looked back! It was one of the best decisions in my life that I have ever made.
Do you have a favorite piece of jewellery?
My personal favorite piece of jewelry is basically anything from my Nautical Collection. I grew up along the ocean coast line, and sometimes I feel like the salt water runs in my veins. (A true Maritimer, I guess!) I have created many pieces that involve anchors and sea glass. (The sea glass, by the way, is handpicked from a beach near our house, by myself, fiancé and grandparents)
How long does a custom piece take to produce?
A custom piece can take anywhere from an hour to three or more hours. It really all depends on the difficulty level of the piece, and if I have all the materials on hand or not. If I don't have all the necessary materials on hand, then I will have to order them, which means I would have to wait for them to arrive, which can take a few days.
Are all your pieces one of a kind designs?
For the most part, a lot of my casual wear jewelry and sea glass jewelry are all one of a kind pieces. Which people tend to love - The fact that they have the only necklace or bracelet like that, it's a pretty cool feeling to know you are wearing a one of a kind piece.
Pearl and bridal sets are a little different; sometimes brides want custom pieces/unique pieces designed for their wedding, but a lot of the time brides tend to keep it simple and elegant, with a single stranded pearl necklace or bracelet.
A lot of the time though, brides will customize the pearl bracelets that they are getting for themselves or members of their wedding party, by adding an initial charm, or other type of charm to the bracelet, just to give it a little personalized touch
Can you incorporate my own gemstones or other materials?
I really try to do my best to accommodate the customers' requests.
What materials do you work with?
I work with a lot of pearls, glass beads, and sea glass. All of my chains and earrings are nickel free, which is great for people with sensitivities. I know myself, I have very sensitive ears, but I have never has an issue wearing these earrings.
How does the cost of a custom piece compare to ready made jewelry?
The cost of a custom piece really depends on what the person is looking for, and the cost of the materials. I really try to keep my jewelry as affordable as possible. (Especially for us brides who are on a budget!) I feel like I have a wide variety of selection, to fit everyone's needs and budgets.
"I cannot say enough good things about this vendor! Super responsive and easy to work with. The quality and turnaround time on my bracelets were top notch! If you are looking for custom jewelry at a great price from a phenomenal vendor, I highlysuggest Beaded Bling!!" - Ally Benmore
"Beaded Bling did my bridal jewelry for my wedding back in August and I couldn't be any happier!! I absolutely LOVE the beautiful set!! Thank you again for helping me complete my bridal vision! Love my pearls" - Keisha Nash
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