Chrissie Designs Jewellery

Newport, United Kingdom | 0 Sales


Chrissie Designs Jewellery

Newport, United Kingdom 0 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Chrissie Webber

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Chrissie Webber


My Amazing Journey.....

I have a very varied and eclectic working background. My first career was as a nurse and midwife which I gave up to travel the world on a merchant navy ship, with my husband – much more exciting! After having two daughters I set up a designer knitwear business which I ran for several years.

My life then took a dramatic turn, away from my creative side, as I set up and ran a management training and coaching business. That’s now been going for nearly 25 years. However, this recession has hit hard and as training is the first thing to be axed, life changes happened again. Change is great though as it can lead you in the most unexpected and exciting directions….

I am blessed with a friend who loves to share experiences. We buy these instead of presents for each other. It’s great fun and we have tried Ikibana (Japanese flower arranging), water colour painting, perfume making and chocolate making to name just a few. Almost two years ago she took me on a one day basic jewellery making course. I was hooked!

Not content with bead work, I had in my head some designs using silver wire. Don’t ask me where they came from as I
didn’t even have a book about it. So, just 18 months ago I started to experiment. In my younger days I did a lot of knitting, sewing and crocheting which definitely influences my work. I also love gemstones so I began to incorporate semi-precious stones into my designs.

You have no idea how much I resisted setting up a new business. I was 60 years old for heaven’s sake! However, they do say that when you’re definitely on the right path in life, the most amazing things happen. This has been my experience. People would stop me in the street or in shops and ask me where I bought my jewellery. Then someone suggested I join the Association for Contemporary Jewellery. Within a couple of months my work was exhibited in the Cardiff Design Festival and was one of only a few pieces to be sold.

My youngest daughter then decided to get married so I started to make wedding jewellery. Shortly after that I literally bumped into a lady at a networking event and she became my next bridal customer. At that same event I won a free marketing consultation. Following this, and completely out of the blue I met one of the area managers for a major UK chain of jewellery shops. His feedback and help was such an inspiration. So, what are the odds of all these things happening one after another?

By this time I was pretty much convinced that making wire work jewellery was definitely the work I was born to do. However, I was finding it hard to get to the right clients for my wedding jewellery. The brides to be were just not responding to my emails. Why would they? They were all using Social Media! Just as I discovered this marketing revelation I heard about a free, eight week course in Social Media at the University of Glamorgan. I duly signed up and then on the first evening discovered I had signed up for a 2 year degree course! Being a complete technophobe I can’t believe how much I love it and how it is helping my business grow!

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  • Chrissie Webber

    Owner, Designer, Wire Work Jewellery Designer

    Hi there, I am a self-taught jewellery designer and maker who has at last discovered the deep creative side of myself. My inspiration comes from the natural world, other jewellery and an inner intuition i never realised I had. I started my business only 18 months ago and already I have had my work accepted for the Cardiff Design Festival and been featured on the Wire Workers Guild Blog. I love singing, my family and friends, world travel, photography, cats and of course chocolate!

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Last updated on August 3, 2012
Hello, here at Chrissie Designs we are committed to designing and making quality jewellery that you will love to wear. Please let us know if you are not 100% happy with your purchase so that we can rectify the problem speedily. Also please let us know if you are 100% happy with your jewellery as we love to hear from our customers.

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