Today, we’d like to introduce you to Cindy Arnet, the talented owner of Sienna Grace Jewelry. We caught up with Cindy and asked her a few questions so you get to know her better.
When did you start Sienna Grace Jewelry and why? Whose idea was it?
One of the very first pieces of jewelry I designed was in 2008. I needed something special for a friend’s 40th birthday, and I found a beautiful pendant with the image of a cherry blossom on it. I thought how pretty it would be as a necklace. I quickly got to work, and made my first (of many) Ming pottery shard necklaces. A local boutique owner saw it on my friend, and asked her where she got it. Before I knew it, I was in her shop, setting up my first trunk show. Through her mentoring and encouragement, I found an inner desire to keep creating, and ultimately grow as an artist.
What kind of products or services do you offer?
I offer ‘Pretty Little Handcrafted Sparkles’. This includes pieces of jewelry made with gemstones, pearls, and other components. I most often work with sterling silver, 14 k gold filled, or rose gold filled metals. I also offer hand stamped personalized jewelry that can be customized. These pieces include initial and name pendants, and birthstone ‘mommy’ type necklaces.
If you were to describe your style in three words, what words would you choose?
Decidedly feminine, easy to wear, with an occasional touch of whimsy.
What inspires your work?
My inspiration comes from nature, famous works of art, travel, and my imagination. All of these provide me with a never ending palette of color to help with the creative process.
What do you like the most about your business?
What I like most about my business is knowing that I have made a product that I can be proud of.
Having your own craft business has its pros and cons. Can you please tell us about the cons of having a jewelry business?
In life there are always highs and lows. I think one of the biggest cons when first starting out is not understanding that there will be peaks and valleys in regards to sales. However, jewelry is not a necessity (really?!) but there are definitely periods of a slowdown. When the holiday season hits, my studio can turn into pure mayhem. All those slow times are now just a distant memory.
One of the questions I like to ask a lot is: if you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
If I was to start over again, I’d probably start blogging about my journey right from the beginning. I’ve yet to do this and still have it on my list to start.
Do you have any piece of advice for new crafters?
The best advice I can give is to do what you love. It will show in your work since it comes from your heart.
What’s next? Any plans?
My next plan is to take some metal smithing classes and increase my skill set. I can’t wait to learn how to (safely) play with fire!
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