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WORKING 9 – 5

Some of my jewelry designs have been working very hard from 9 to 5.  These pieces not only look pretty and help women to express their own unique style, but they perform a much-needed task.  They help women do their job and look beautiful while doing it. These designs actually get women in the door.  What kind of jewelry can do all of this?—-a unique and handcrafted necklace lanyard.

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Celtic Knot and Byzantine Lanyard

Lanyards are beautiful, but are also very practical. You can wear your lanyard at work and when you step out of the office, you un-clip the ID badge and you have a beautiful necklace and an eye glass or sun glasses holder if need be! Then, back at the office you clip your badge right back on and you’re ready to go back to work.

The number of lanyards I’ve sold has been unbelievable.  I’ve sold lanyards with gems, pearls, butterflies, hearts and various other focal pieces.  Some have been very colorful and others more subtle.  I’ve had several women request slight changes to a particular lanyard to make it perfect for them.  I’ve had one design in particular that has been extremely popular—my Celtic Knot Lanyard.  It’s a fairly simple design, is somewhat classic and since it is all silver and it goes with almost every outfit.  I’ve added many variations on this design, but the original one has outsold all other lanyards.

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Celtic Knot Lanyard

I’m happy that my line of necklace lanyards has been selling well and I also like knowing that my necklace lanyards might possibly make a woman feel a bit more beautiful as she works 9-5.

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Peace Sign Lanyard

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Tree of Life Lanyard

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Lacy Byzantine Lanyard in Antique Silver

Click HERE to see my entire line of lanyard necklaces.

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Ideas for my designs come from various sources. At times it is something that spontaneously develops in my mind whereas at other times it may be something I see and then work into a new design. The other evening, a necklace someone was wearing on tv caught my eye and I immediately thought of many different variations on the design. This happens frequently, but unfortunately I often forget about it by morning. This time I could not get the image of the necklace out of my mind.

In the morning, I sat down at my workbench and began to experiment to see what developed from the ideas that were floating around in my mind. The final necklace turned out to be one of my all-time favorites. It is a three tier pearl necklace with a teardrop pearl gracefully hanging from each tier. I like it so much because it is simple, yet dramatic. It’s elegant, but at the same time, slightly sexy. I’m so excited with how it turned out that my mind is now overflowing with many different variations on the design—so many I would never be able to make them all.

It gives me great satisfaction when one of my designs ‘feels right’ to me and I get flooded with ideas for other pieces that will have a similar feel. The only problem with being this excited about making jewelry is that I have to make myself put down the pliers long enough to do laundry, clean, and other necessary tasks.  I’m sure that I will finish all of these chores at a fairly fast pace because I’ll be anxiously looking forward to spending time at my workbench working on the new pieces. (a.k.a. ‘having fun’)

I’m very fortunate that I enjoy my work as much as I do. Not only do I get to work in my pajamas many mornings, but I’m doing something I love to do. It doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂

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