My name is Mark Strelau, creator of Type AG - Rings that make a difference, namesake is taken after the element abbreviation for Silver (AG). These 100% silver rings are edgy, unique, and truly encompass different personality types while being a symbol of motivation and perseverance.
For the past 14 years, I’ve been creating dental crowns and veneers in a laboratory. I must say, it’s actually been very rewarding to know how many new smiles came from my work. Although, my aspiration, since the age of 13, has always been to create a business in which I can inspire people to make a better life for themselves, their family, friends, and all the people around them.
For years, I toyed with the idea of making rings. Using the same processes as in the dental laboratory, I started to create designs, but ended up putting it on hold because I couldn't find a direction that meant something to me.
Then, in 2011, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. To spend some meaningful time as a family, we decided to take our very first vacation together. It was during that trip that we sat on the beach and a lady approached us with trinkets. My dad purchased 4 identical necklaces in the shape of an 'ohm,' which was for good luck. As I reflected what was happening within my family, the extraordinarily important time we were spending together, and this necklace that now symbolized the entire experience, I realized this was the direction I had been searching for. Just as my necklace serves as a reminder of a very important aspect of my life, others can now have that same inspiration with my new line of silver rings.
RING, RING, RING - MY CALLING IN LIFE
My passion and life goal has always been to do something amazing for humanity since I’ve met such a wide variety of people over the years and have come to realize that it only takes a little bit of inspiration to push someone to achieve their goals.
Ultimately, I believe, we are all one step away from accomplishing amazing things in life, and I would love to be a part of YOUR journey.
WHAT I WILL USE THE FUNDS FOR
I will be using the funds for three main areas. The first is upgrading the website so that the store and pictures are top notch and to create a good level of interaction. The second is production costs of creating stock such as reconfiguring rings for different sizes, creating 6-8 molds for each ring design, casting and polishing, and the expense of the silver itself. And lastly, to expand this line to be carried in retail shops by going to trade shows.
- - - THE LINE - - -
This was one of the first rings I ever created. Some people might think it's only for a specific type of person or personality but, for me, it symbolizes being close with friends, family, or anyone meaningful in my life. I have a lot of family and friends that live very far away, so this ring is a reminder to myself that they're always with me, supporting me, and that our connection will never be lost. Hence it's name, "Together Till the End."
Typically, people might only see this ring as a simple tire, but to me, it carries much deeper meaning. Like most people, I have some big goals I would like to accomplish in my life, but sometimes find it difficult to surpass all the hurdles thrown at me along the way. This ring is my reminder to keep my eyes on the prize, to not lose focus in any aspect in life, and to accomplish what I've set out to do. What are you "Driven" to accomplish?
This "free" butterfly represents freedom, being a free spirit, or any other variation that works best for you. It serves as a great reminder to be yourself in any situation, live life to the fullest, and most importantly, smile during the whole process. Like its name, be "Free!"
This ring is suitable for a wide variety of styles and personalities. It serves as a daily reminder to always make decisions that lead me in the direction of my personal goals and keep me committed to achieving them.
Risks and challenges
I have been heading down this path for much longer than just the inception of this project. This is something that motivates me to succeed and pushes me to do something that truly inspires me. I know that there will be obstacles that I will have to overcome in the process, like the prospect of making hundreds or even thousands of rings. Another challenge that always scares me is creating a new design that is unique and attention-grabbing, but also inspirational. That is what Type AG is this is all about. It would all be worth it to me and I'm willing to re-arrange my life in order to make this succeed. To create a business that inspires people has actually been my dream since I was 13 years old.
In the past, I have worked endless hours doing work mostly by myself in order to ensure everything gets done properly and on time. This campaign is definitely having me expand my horizons by reaching out to friends, family, and strangers for support. As confronting as that is, I am looking forward to it because I have always heard you can't accomplish your dreams all by yourself. I am really excited knowing that I have the possibility of making a difference in peoples lives and I can't wait to have my project start doing amazing things for people in our communities!
I've worn a couple of these rings for a while now. I am constantly being stopped and asked about them and it becomes a great conversation piece because the rings have meanings that actually mean different things to different people.
The reality is, I'm really excited to have this become more than just a dream, but this kickstarter project will only happen with your support. I truly thank you for taking the time to read about this project, I assure you this is going to be awesome!!! Please pick a pledge amount that works for you and let's get this off the ground.
This rewards level offers a great deal, so you can keep one ring for yourself and give the other to a friend or loved one. Select any 2 Type AG Rings of your choice. Please make sure to include in your order your design preferences and your ring sizes. *Includes shipping in US
This is an exclusive package because you create your own basic ring design with your name printed on the inside band OR receive a 10-ring pack of any design and any size, which might be especially great for merchants.
Only on Kickstarter will Type AG be offering the “14K Gold Collection” (White or Yellow gold), so don’t wait to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Choose from any Type AG design and include in your order your ring size and whether you would like white or yellow gold.
Here is our most exclusive reward! Create your own silver ring design with full customization and your name engraving on the inside band. This ring comes with a custom 'Type AG' box, cleaning kit, as well as a lifetime of re-polishing.