Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature Post: Jeri from jeridiehard (Jeri's Jewels)

Valentine's Conversation Heart Earrings
If you are looking for some fun jewelry filled with color, sparkle, and whimsey, look no further than Jeri of Jeridiehard on Etsy! Jeri's Jewels are amazing! I bought a pair of her Panda earrings over the summer and they are strong and sturdy and I wear them constantly! Learn more about Jeri in her own words below.
This is how Jeri's Jewels was born...
At the age of 49, I had never wore a pair of earrings that dangled. I was a post/stud woman only. My friend at work came back from a cruise with a gorgeous pair of earrings from me. The were pretty, but the were least one inch!! I was unsure about wearing them, but to avoid hurting her feelings, I knew I had to do it.

After debating for a few weeks, I wore them. Then the next week, I wore them again. Then I bought MORE dangles, then more. While visiting a local craft show, I found my neighbor made earrings, so I had to have one of each color to match every outfit I wore to work. They were all dangles and I loved them.
African Opal Bracelet

After a few months, my neighbor advised me she was leaving to go out west to pursue her career. I was devastated. My personal jeweler was moving. I then thought and thought, what could I do?? Who would I get to make my jewelry?? Would they do it on a moment's notice and to my liking??

After much deliberating, I decided to ask her to teach me to make earrings. I was so excited to be learning a craft. I was hooked on beads immediately from the first earring. Then came bracelets...then necklaces. After learning the basics and getting them down, I dipped into the hard stuff. I went and bought sterling silver and semi precious stones. Then to feed my addiction, I started SELLING them!! I was a bead dealer and it was LEGAL!! I went to craft shows and people loved my beads.

Pineapple Quartz Earrings
I was completely hooked and knew that I could never quit. Beading was the high I needed. I loved it. I dreamed of beads. I bought them a carried them home in little brown bags. I hid them in my purse. I was truly addicted. I decided if it was legal to sell them on the streets of most cities, I could sell them online. I started my website on Etsy and people from all over the world bought my beaded works. The addiction grew stronger.

Now at 56, I am the proud owner of my own home business, Jeri's Jewels and sell beads to anyone and everyone.

Friends, if you are easily hooked on thing, stay away from the beads. Just come shop with me as I am a confirmed beadaholic and sell my wares at

My favorite earrings are my guitar pick earrings. I take photos of national landmarks and have them put on picks and then make earrings, necklaces, magnets, bookmarks, tie tacks, and key chains out of them.

I love creating and my best ideas come while I sleep. I keep a notepad by my bed to write them down so I don't forget them!!
I love compliments, but even more, I love the giggles and oohs and aahs that I get from ladies and even some gentlemen at craft shows. Then when they ask me if I make ALL this and I say yes, I say it with pride!!
I love that the only limit on my creativity is NOTHING!! I love being able to get up and get dressed and if I don't have jewelry to match, I can go into my studio and make it!!
You can find Jeri's Jewels online: