On a brief visit to London back in August 2010, I was referred to a certain gallery that specialized in handmade artisan jewelry. I went there with a bunch of my pieces and butterflies in my stomach, and to my delight, the owner liked everything. While I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of consignment, I was excited to leave quite a few pieces of jewelry and a few loose focal beads behind – because, after all, being able to say “my jewelry can now be seen at a gallery in London” sounds really cool.
Unfortunately, things turned out to be not so cool. To make a long story short – the gallery closed down just a couple of months later, which I had to learn about from their website. They hadn’t sold any of my pieces, and to make matters worse, the owners vanished off the face of the earth. Bouncing emails, unanswered phone calls, the works. I was begrudgingly beginning to accept the fact that I had paid a very high price for my own naivety – many, many hours of work and large amounts of money invested in materials (not to mention the price of silver doubling itself since then), all down the drain. The thought of never seeing all that jewelry again was seriously depressing.
Miraculously enough, the jewelry showed up in my post office box last week – a year and a half later – after making a stop at a good friend’s address in the UK! It’s back! It’s actually here!
All’s well that ends well, I guess. Needless to say, I will never be selling on consignment again. But now, I’m so happy I can finally list all the jewelry on Etsy. I still have a lot of photographing to do, but in the meantime… the pieces I was most excited to take out of the box were these bracelets, because I think they’re some of my best work. I am now calling them my Lost and Found Bracelets.
More Lost and Found jewelry will be posted soon – stay tuned!