I hope you all enjoyed the Jubilee weekend?
Back to work on a Wednesday seems bizarre - but here's a fab Wedding Wonder to distract you for your work! Angela Smith Jewellery - a lovely lady making stunning pieces of jewellery.........
• Tell me a bit about yourself and your company.
I started making beaded jewellery 18 years ago shortly after the birth of child, I realised that I would be at home for at least 3 more years and wanted something to do to from home, so having bought a kit to make 6 pairs of earrings it became apparent that this was something I enjoyed doing and following encouragement from my family and friends I decided to start making more jewellery to sell.
I am still as passionate about making jewellery now as I was when I started all those years ago.
• Are you married? And if yes: will you share some of your details?
Yes, we will be celebrating our pearl anniversary 30th next year. My wedding day was a very special day in my life. I was a poor student at the time and also a member of a very community minded church so the whole day was gifted by family and friends. Family contributed financially and friends gifted their talents, so one made the cake, one designed and printed the stationery, one made my outfit and the bridesmaids outfits, one did my hair and make-up, one did the photography, one did the flowers, one offered to hire a car and chauffeur it for the day, and some of the other church members did the catering and waited on, so the whole day cost me just £250
• What attracted you to working in the wedding industry?
I eventually decided I should introduce wedding jewellery to my range after I had been asked to make the most amazing headdress. The whole thing was quite incredible and very difficult to describe, it had swirls of wire and beads over the head to form a very loose cap, it then had a wire and crystal band over the forehead with a crystal drop in the centre, the band then dropped down at each side of the face, looping to the ear lobes to attach to the ear with an ear post which then had long earring drops down to the shoulders.
Having made this I thought well if I can make something as elaborate as that I can make tiaras no problem!!!
• What is your favourite part of working with bride & grooms (to-be)?
Seeing the brides face light up when she comes to collect her jewellery and knowing that I have created something special that will be treasured and worn well beyond the wedding day
• What is your most favourite wedding theme at the moment?
I don’t have a favourite theme but I love knitting tiaras, and these can be made to fit in with numerous themes just by adding different beads. These tiaras are totally unique and as I never follow patterns I know that each one will be never be repeated exactly.
• Top wedding tip?
Don’t feel under pressure to follow trends – you really don’t have to spend thousands if you don’t want to. The day will be far more special if it reflects your personalities and likes. Most important enjoy the whole thing from the planning right through to the wonderful day
• Where can we find your fabulous company?
For regular updates on my jewellery you need to go to my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/angelasmithjewellery
For more detailed features on my jewellery please visit my jewellery blog www.angelasmithjewellery.blogspot.co.uk
You are more than welcome to follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/@pearlysmith
To view my jewellery in person please visit Gallery at 12, High Street, Eccleshall, Staffordshire. www.galleryat12.co.uk
• What are your plans for the future?
As well as continuing to provide my bespoke jewellery service, I am in the early stages of planning to work alongside a friend to provide another wedding service which combines a small part of both of our businesses, so we could be launching this by hitting the Staffordshire wedding fairs this Autumn – watch this space!
Thank you so much Angela for sharing with us. I'm intrigued into your new wedding service - keep me informed! How exciting for you!
Love Kate x