It’s that time again for me to feature one of my favorite companies! This time I went to a local accessory designer Aina Freeman! She created the prettiest bracelet sets for me while I was pregnant with my Prince Amir, and I swore when I started this piece on the blog she would be among the first featured. With that being said let’s get into it !
When did you realize you had a gift for jewelry making?
I realized I had this gift not too long after I started making jewelry. I initially made several different sets, earrings and bracelets, and I would get a lot of compliments. I was always asked, ‘Where did you get these from?” And I always replied, “I made them myself.” I remember someone actually bought the earrings and bracelets I was wearing one day – they were bright pink and white. So for the remainder of the day, I had on no jewelry. I felt so naked. LOL!!
How do you come up with the different ideas for you creations?
I honestly go to my closet for my ideas. I think I have every single color in my closet. I would get inspiration from my everyday clothes I would wear during the week. If I didn’t have jewelry to wear to match my outfit, I would go to my beads and put something together. If I didn’t that particular color, I would go buy it and make something. I also get great ideas from my customers. I would show samples of what I’ve made previously, make suggestions and they would pick and choose different items they like. From there I would be able to narrow down a few different pieces.
I like how you make sure that you’re affordable. Do you believe that since your prices are so low that it’s easier for customers to make special orders?
Yes I do. I actually started because of the insane prices some people would charge for beaded jewelry (necklaces, earrings and/or bracelets). Who wants to pay $50+ for a couple bracelets? Not me. Most of the items I have purchased were very poorly made and not worth what I spent for them. I make sure my customers are happy with the selected beads before I even start making their item(s). If they like the beads to begin with, I know they will be pleased with the outcome. A happy customer is a repeat customer right?
How do your pieces fit in with you being natural, or another natural?
Choosing to wear your hair natural and your style of clothing are forms of expression. I have lots of accessories in my arsenal. When you have a lot going on already (outfit, shoes, scarf, afro puff, handbag, big fro, flower, headwrap, two strand twists, updo, etc.), simple, sparkly, custom-made jewels would complete any outfit. You can never rock too much arm candy.
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