We’re kicking of our second “Essential” series and wanted to focus on something that might be particularly useful for Valentine’s Day – jewellery! In our 30 Essential Jewellery Designers series we are featuring Vancouver’s very best independent jewellery designers – as recommended and nominated by you, our VancouverMom.ca readers.
Our first jewellery designer on the list is Christine Lang-Blatny of Blush Designs Jewelry. A stay-at-home mom of two young children, Christine recently found a passion in creating unique, original jewelry and finds that she’s in her element when she’s just finished playing with her kids and then relaxes by working on my creations.
Why did you get into jewellery design?
I have loved wearing jewellery all my life. I even had, and still do have, big multi-drawer units to store all my personal sets in. After having a friend show me the basics to making a bracelet, I knew that moment I found my passion!
Tell us a bit about your company.
I started up Blush Designs Jewelry in February 2009 when I realized that all my friends loved my designs and that there is a market out there for handmade unique jewelry! I picked “blush” because it was short and sweet and I knew everyone will be “blushing with all the compliments they receive from wearing my pieces.”
How would you characterize your style?
Casual and contemporary unique jewellery. I have simple pieces, elegant and femine with crystals and pearls, right up to very trendy, big and chunky. I love to use different media like coconut, woods, glass, metals and semi-precious stones, giving those pieces alot of texture and uniqueness by mixing them up.
Who are your clients?
My clients are anyone who loves unique jewelry. I have a children’s line, for both girls and boys, and some very cool necklaces for men. Of course the majority of my collection is for women of all ages.
What do you think moms should know about your jewellery?
Well, I am a mom too, and I know how busy our everydays can be. So I double check every piece that I create to ensure that all the clasps and hardware are working properly and that they will hold up against all the “running around” that we do! I also price my pieces very reasonably making them affordable for everyone. Moms deserve to feel and look good, and with my pieces they get both!
Where can people buy your jewellery?
I have a website at www.BLUSHDesign.etsy.com where I have around 40 of my pieces on there. However, I have over 200 pieces including necklaces, bracelets and earrings and the mens and childrens line. So the best place to see them all is when I’m doing a show. But I know that isn’t always possible so I will do “Home Parties” where I bring my jewellery to your house and you and your friends can shop in comfort.
I also exclusively make a collection for Raspberry Kids, a great online lifestyle store. And if your up in Summerland, The Summerland Waterfront Resort has a collection there too!
Anything else to add?
All of my designs are one-of-a-kind so you will always be wearing an original. Everytime I design a necklace, another idea pops in my head with different colours and materials and I can’t wait until I get the time to create it.
BLUSH Designs Jewelry
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