Here are some of the most common questions that are asked of me as a handcrafted jewellery artisan:

Q.  How long does it take to make your jewellery?

A.  That all depends on the item being made, the complexity of the design, and the quality of the beads and findings that are used for the piece.  For example, a necklace will cost more to make than a bracelet, and would also take a little more time.  A bracelet that is beaded on wire will take longer and thus cost more in both time and supplies than a simple, stretchy-style bracelet.  Beads themselves can range from less expensive glass beads to more expensive crystals, and, if chain is used, sterling silver will cost more than silver plated chain.

Q.  Where do you get your beads from?

A.  Preferably, a local bead shop, but unfortunately those are few and far between these days.  Online bead shops seem to be the way to go, my favourite being two Canadian sites – Austin Hamilton Beads at https://ahbeads.com/ and The Beading Room at http://www.thebeadingroom.com/store/catalog/.

Q.  Do you do home jewellery parties? 

A.  No, I do not.  I do work in an office full-time by day, so I do my jewellery making in my spare time, of which there always seems to be not enough!

Q.  Do you sell your jewellery?

A.  I most definitely do!  The pieces that I create for fun can be viewed here, and if you see something you want, please email me at:  ellen@gemsbyellen.com to inquire what the item sells for if it is not noted and/or to set up an appointment to view them.  And if it’s a custom-made item that you are looking for – again, please email me and we will set up a time for a jewellery consultation.


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