As many of you who frequent my blog know, I love love love jewelry! I just love the look of handstamped and personalized jewelry because I love something that is uniquely mine. That is why I wanted to introduce you to Jeneri Jewelry because it is such a great shop full of beautifully handstamped jewelry.
Jeneri Jewelry is the creation of Jen who lovingly creates each piece by hand. She strives to create fun, functional, beautiful, quality jewelry at affordable prices. She offers classic pieces that will be a staple of your daily wardrobe. Using only the finest materials available such as sterling silver, gold fill, pearls and gemstones Jen ensures that each piece she makes will stand the test of time and that it will age nicely with love. Jen offers such great items as rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and she has both handstamped and non-handstamped jewelry.
Jeneri Jewelry also has a great section of charms and dangles which offers whimsical charms and lush gemstones that are priced affordably from $5 that would make a lovely addition to any piece that you may buy. This is a great and affordable option to personalize your piece any way you would like it.
The great thing about Jeneri Jewelry is that it offers so much more than just jewelry! They also offer great bags, scarves, and belts which are crafted by Jen's mom Louisa, who has more than 50 years of sewing and knitting experience. The belts, scarves and bags are so well made and are done up in such cheery colours that it really offers something unique and lovely.
Let's get to know Jen better through her interview:
Name: Jen Neri Name of shop: Jeneri Jewelry Location: Chicago, IL
Favorite item from your shop: I love wearing anything personalized, but my current favorite is actually the "Miraculous Medal - Virgin Mary - Sterling Silver Necklace". I always feel better when I wear it, and it looks great layered!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I'm the youngest of 4, and will always remind my siblings that they're older than me (as an adult I find great joy in this, as a kid I hated being the youngest!). I have my Masters degree in Audiology (hearing and balance), but am paying back my student loans with money I earn from jewelry. I am truly blessed with having a wonderful, supportive husband, and an incredibly smart and adorable son :)
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? My son!
When and what made you want to open up your shop? We moved from Ohio to Chicago, and I decided to stay at home with our young son, instead of working outside the home. After about 2 weeks, I realized I needed a hobby! A bead shop was within walking distance from our house, and my obsession with jewelry making began (I've had an obsession with wearing jewelry long before that!). Within 6 months I took a metal class and learned the basics of using a blow torch - and it really took off from there! My shop opened in Sept. 2007, and people began to take notice in the spring of 2008.
Tell us a little bit more about your creation process: I enjoy playing with metal. I've never been formally taught, so some of my methods may be a bit unconventional. A few of my most popular designs (personalized distressed pendants) began as mistakes, so the "trial and error method" of design has treated me well!
Where do you draw inspiration for all your amazing designs? Many of my designs have come from customers that have an idea of what they'd like, but can't find. I love the thrill of collaborating, and bringing an idea to life. My personal style is classic and simple. I think that's reflected in many of my pieces. I've found that customers like jewelry that can be worn everyday, casual or dressy.
If you could be an animal what would you be and why? A pretty song bird. Not a vulture type of bird, but one that is colorful and enjoys sitting at a feeder. That's me... I'd like to sit at a table with a prepared breakfast - and the bonus would be having the ability to fly. If you could have one super power what would it be and why? Endless energy, with the ability to fall asleep when I want to.
My Review: Jen was so lovely in order to agree to do a review on The Giveaway Diva! I loved the look of her handstamped disc necklaces and asked her if I would be able to review one with my name on it. And I chose the Large Sterling Silver Beaded Pendant and Necklace.
I loved the way in which the necklace was packaged! Packaging and the presentation of an item is so important in making a lasting and memorable first impression and Jen's got it down pack! The box in which the necklace came in is perfect for gift giving and it's such a pretty colour too and goes well with the green theme of Jeneri Jewelry's brand.
Jen was so sweet in adding a pearl to my necklace and I think that it is such a sweet detail to the necklace.
I loved that this necklace came on a 16" chain because I have a bunch of other necklaces that are on an 18" chain so that means that it is easier for layering a bunch of necklaces which a hot trend at the moment. I have a bunch of other disc necklaces and this necklace goes nicely with the rest. I love that the silver disc is super shiny in fact so shiny that it's like a mirror! I also love the look of the great round beaded border. I also love the chain that it came with because it was nice and delicate.
I have gotten many great compliments on this necklace and hey if I ever got amnesia at least with this necklace around my neck I would at least know one thing: my name!
Jen has been so awesome to offer to also sponsor a great giveaway courtesy of Jeneri Jewelry! Jen has agreed to giveaway the 3/4 sterling silver beaded pendant and necklace which is similar to mine! This necklace features a hand-stamped and oxidized sterling silver pendant. It measures 3/4 inch in diameter. Any word or letter combination of up to 6 letters (2mm) , 3 letters (4mm or 6mm), one 9mm letter, or a combination will fit beautifully. It hangs from a basic sterling silver chain, in your choice of either 16 or 18 inch.
This giveaway is valued at $50 and will end on August 30th so plenty of time to enter! And the best thing is that it's open to everyone!! =)
How to Enter:
Visit Jeneri Jewelryand comment on one other piece of jewelry that you love for one entry! (Note that you must do this before any further entries can count!)
1) Follow my blog on networked blogs for five extra entries 2) Blog about this giveaway! Include the link back to the giveaway post as well as a link to Jeneri Jewelry(http://www.etsy.com/shop/jenerijewelry) Do this and you get six extra entries! 3) If you are a new follower, welcome!!! Let me know and you will get four extra entries! 4) For my lovely current followers (followers before this post was published) to show my love and appreciation you get six extra entries! 5) Post my button on your blog and you get five extra entries 6) Heart Jeneri Jewelryshop on etsy for two extra entries 7) If you make a purchase from her you get ten extra entries! Just let Jen know when you make your purchase so that she can let me know and I can award you the entries! 8) If you enter any of my other giveaways you get two extra entries!!! Just look on the right side of my blog for all my current giveaways!!! 9) Become a follower on twitter @thegiveawaydiva for one entry 10) Tweet this giveaway including a link to the giveaway! Make sure you @thegiveawaydiva so I can confirm it and you can do this once a day! 11) Like Jeneri Jewelry on her facebook page for two extra entries 12) Like The Giveaway Diva on Facebook for two extra entries
There are a tons of ways to enter so get going! Please note that you can include all entries in one separate comment per thing that you do and I'll do the rest! For example you can say "I follow you on networked blogs" in one entry instead of doing it five times. Saves you time! =)
*Disclosure: Jeneri Jewelry sent me a necklace so that I could conduct a fair and detailed review. No other monetary compensation was offered.
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