New customers tell me my jewellery newsletter should come with a warning: “blink and it’s gone.”
So I’m happy to report that I have a few of these heavyweight sterling silver bracelets accented with an antique Roman coin and a phantom quartz, at $325.
But it’s true that many of my pieces are one-of-kind. Like these two necklaces, layered: Baroque pearls with lilac amethyst accent stone and a marcasite toggle clasp, $545. Sterling silver chain with baroque pearl accents and an antique silver coin, $435.
I feel awful having to say something is sold out. While I can sometimes create a variation on the piece in the photograph, the truth is that I can only lay my hands on so many matched amethysts or aquamarines. Often that means making just one fabulous piece.
That’s why only a handful of my designs find their way to the online store. I need to have enough stones to make more than one, which is why this gorgeous collar of sea green chalcedony, $310, is available in the shop. I can still fill these orders.
Even with earrings, I often do only three or four pairs of one design, because I need to have identically matched stones. Since I deal in natural gems and pearls it means that within every strand of turquoise or garnets I buy I can find only a few twins.
For example, there are so few of these delicate, green-hued prehnite and matrix earrings with a silver bead accent, $110, that they will probably be gone before my May 1 trunk show at the Granville Island Hotel. But I can never resist the subtle green stones.
I know it’s frustrating for new customers to hesitate over making a purchase and then decide, only to find the piece they had their hearts set on is gone. But that is exactly why clients come to Anne Carson Design instead of a mass-producer like Tiffany’s. They want to wear something no one else has.
You might find these pieces in the May 1 trunk show. But if you want to snag them before they go for sale at the show or the shop, drop me a note at email@example.com
And please come by my trunk show for a glass of wine and to peruse my latest one-of-kind pieces. You never know what you’ll find.
Trunk Show – Friday May 1, 2015
2 PM – 7 PM
Granville Island Hotel