|Purple and white amethyst pendant|
|Sterling silver wire wrapped purple pendant|
To save money, he decided to join a rock club and took a lapidary class where he learned to cut cabochon out of stones. A cabochon, from the Middle French caboche (head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. He learned how to cut the stone slabs and grind and polish the stones into beautiful one of a kind pieces. Kristine, along with her dad, then took a wire wrapping class. Together they created beautiful jewelry. Dad continued to make the cabochon pieces and Kristine developed her love of wire wrapping.
Sadly, Kristine's dad passed away from cancer in 2010. She still has a few gems that her dad created but now she buys all her stones from fellow Etsy stores, rock and mineral shows, or jewelry suppliers. To honor her dad's memory, and to help raise money for cancer research, Kristine donates 10% of each sale to the American Cancer Society.
I asked Kristine, what advice she had for new Etsy sellers:
"Advice that I would give someone new to Etsy is to be patient and committed. It takes time for your shop to get noticed. It is frustrating waiting especially for that first sale, but it will come. Just believe and it will happen. The biggest thing that I learned since opening my shop is that it really is a full-time job. It takes time to make items for your shop, but it takes even longer to commit to marketing and getting yourself known. It is so important to invest that time in your shop."
|Plum crocheted shawl|
What's new in Kristine's shop?
|Gemstone wire wrapped gemstone tree|
I have chosen just a few of the beautiful listings to feature here. I recommend you take a moment and check out Kristine's Gulickkr shop on Etsy. Click here for Kristine's facebook page and here for twitter.