A few months ago, I went to a jewelry party & saw a necklace that I really, really liked. Now, I’m not a big spender, & I just couldn’t justify spending over $100 for a necklace, despite the fact that it had a lifetime warranty (meaning that no matter how many times your kids broke it, it would be replaced at no cost).
I decided to see if a friend of mine who makes jewelry could make me a similar one. So I send pictures & described the stones in the necklace & much to my delight, she was able to make me a knock-off for less than 1/4 of the price! (Or as PChad puts it, “you could break that necklace 4 times & still come out ahead).
My friend, Ann, has made a few pieces of jewelry for me now, & I love every one of them. They are made really well & I think it would actually take a bit of effort for my kids to break any of them.
Ann started making jewelry to help offset the cost of Christian Education for her kids, & now she just does it for fun (& people like me who don't want to drop a bunch of money on name-brand jewelry).
Thanks for the great work, Ann!