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They say that necessity is the mother of invention...How true those words are.
Over thirty five years ago my husband Fred took ill and could no longer work to support us. He was a gold and diamond jeweler and that was not something I could learn quickly and easily. Luckily in stepped our good friend Donald, who taught me and our three children how to mass produce necklaces a gross at a time. If I remember correctly, we got paid about sixteen dollars per gross. Every little bit helped. It was not easy. None of us even knew how to hold the tools required, much less how to finish a piece. We all learned. Each of us did a step. It was a well oiled assembly line. With the leftover beads, I started to design pieces of my own, and offer them for sale to family and friends. The designs were so different then,with a lot of acrylic and wood beads, many of which I still have. They are now…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 30
  • Joined July 23, 2008

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I love to craft with all kinds of stones and gems Trial and error until the piece comes together

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About

Welcome
They say that necessity is the mother of invention...How true those words are.
Over thirty five years ago my husband Fred took ill and could no longer work to support us. He was a gold and diamond jeweler and that was not something I could learn quickly and easily. Luckily in stepped our good friend Donald, who taught me and our three children how to mass produce necklaces a gross at a time. If I remember correctly, we got paid about sixteen dollars per gross. Every little bit helped. It was not easy. None of us even knew how to hold the tools required, much less how to finish a piece. We all learned. Each of us did a step. It was a well oiled assembly line. With the leftover beads, I started to design pieces of my own, and offer them for sale to family and friends. The designs were so different then,with a lot of acrylic and wood beads, many of which I still have. They are now considered Vintage, meaning they are no longer in production.
My daughter told me about ETSY during the summer of 2008 and here I am. I had Open Heart Surgery in April of that year and I now feel almost brand new. I am making up for the time off. I design, handcraft and bead jewelry just for you.
Please contact me with feedback or ideas.

Blessings to all
Jeannine

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