Teapots, Horses and Opening my Eyes to Collecting
Your Santa Barbara Jeweler trips down memory lane; I cleaned houses to earn money to pay for the upkeep of my horse when I was fourteen.
I remember one woman I cleaned for, because she collected tea pots—lots of tea pots—and I had to dust to all of them. I didn’t know there were that many tea pot styles in the whole world. She traveled all over the world and wherever she went, she bought tea pots.
Even Teenagers Can Learn Stuff
The woman could have opened a teapot museum. It was my first introduction to collectors. I probably just hadn’t noticed before. I mean I was a teenager!
Some of those teapots were really cool and I did kinda get into them. Now if she’d had a horse shaped teapot that would have pushed me over the top.
The Early Jewelry Biz Years
Fast forward ten years. Calla Gold, Jeweler Extraordinaire at your service, learning life lessons daily from her clients. I’d started my jewelry business filling holes in people’s jewelry collections, repairing and caring for people’s jewelry and selling jewelry people fell in love with. I’d never really experienced a jewelry collector.
A Packrat is in the Eyes of the Beholder
Her husband rolled his eyes when I showed up, the then loudly said, “She’s a pack rat and has too much jewelry already!” As she was leaving the room, he said, “call me and let me know if she sees anything she likes!” He winked at me. My spirits rose.
Judy adds Custom Designs to Her Collection
Judy had been a client for some years whom I’d always visited at work with her friend Kendra. She’d choose a chain here and a pair of earrings there, but we’d never had a one-on-one appointment.
One day she called and said she wanted me to come to the house to discuss having me design a modern setting for one of her beautiful loose amethysts. We got right to work, looking at details and designing her ring.
Judy’s Custom Ring
It was love at first sight some weeks later when Judy first gazed upon her finished creation.
“Wait a minute,” she said, before running off to her bedroom. “I’ll be right back. I have to get something.”
She returned a moment later with five other amethyst rings! She wanted to make sure her new one wasn’t too close in design to one of her others. It was unique and definitely different from her others. Yay!
“I Love the Idea of Collecting Something I can Wear”
She said, “I don’t know as much as I’d like about gems and design, but I love jewelry—especially amethysts. And I love the idea of collecting something I can wear.” Cue the lightning bolt special effects, Wow, I loved that idea. I’ll never forget her saying that. It changed my attitude and expanded my horizons. Thank you Judy!
Adding to Her Wish List
I showed her some Amethyst earrings, “for future reference.” And wrote down her preferences on her “wish list.”
Her husband bought them for her. He had gotten past the, “But she already has a pair of amethyst earrings,” stage and really gotten it, that she ‘collected’ jewelry.
Collecting Jewelry is a Good Thing
I asked him, “Are you a collector?’
“Yeah, I collect old cars.”
“Model T, old.”
“Ah,” said I.
“Yeah, what if my wife collected Chandeliers? We’d have to get a bigger house!”
Collectors are Everywhere!
Since then, I’ve run into many women who collect jewelry.
I’ll never forget what Judy said, though. “Why not collect something you can wear!” All you need is a love of jewelry and you’re ready to go.
What’s the Takeaway Message Here?
You’re not a jewelry packrat if you have a lot of jewelry, you’re a jewelry collector!