My name is Leah, I am 24 and I am from Melbourne, Australia.
When I finished school, I went to a university in Melbourne and studied Visual Arts. I have always loved being hands-on and creating things. I enrolled in a sculpture class and used a little bit of silver in one of my projects.
After i graduated, I thought I might start something a little different, and seeming that I loved wearing jewellery, I thought that I would apply for a Jewellery Apprenticeship.
In 2014 I started my Jewellery Apprenticeship, for a duration of 4 years. Since then, I have been pushing myself to do the best I can do! By entering in competitions, which my most recent Competition, I trained for 6 months while working full-time.
During the Competition there were 1000's of people coming in and out of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre each day. We had 3 days to make the piece, 2 days were 8 hours long and 1 day 5 hour long day. Which we had to hand in to be judged at the end. While making the piece we had an extreme amount of people watching over us, interested in what we were doing. School children from around NSW came to watch, and also international tourists too. We had to stay focused, and not let this distract us. It put a lot of pressure on me, but I like being under that, it made me push myself to be absolute best I could be.
Here are some competitions I have been-
- 2017 JAA Australian Jewellery Awards-
Career & Education Accolade
- 2017 Regional WorldSkills Victoria- Placing Gold (1st Place)
- 2018 National WorldSkills Competition- Placing silver (2nd Place)
- 2018 Diamond Guild Awards Finalist
Here is a article about the competition I was in-
A bit of Jewellery Knowledge
I personally hand make all the jewellery at Natuur Jewellery and highly recommend our customers to learn the difference between hand-made and hand-crafted.
Handmade is when the jewellery has been completely handmade by a jeweller themselves. This involves rolling down the metal, bending, soldering, emerying and polishing the product.
Either the jeweller has finished an apprenticeship to become a Jeweller or has gone to school to learn the skills of a Jeweller.
Whereas, handcrafted is still finished by hand, but it can mean a lot of different ways the jewellery was made.
Two examples are, the design has been made as a CAD File an has been 3D printed then casted into the desired metal. Another was is wax, this is when a piece of wax has been carved out into the jewellery design and then been casted into the desired metal. Then finished by hand.
Benefits of Handmade Jewellery
- It takes years of practice and a skilful jeweller to make beautiful jewellery, a handmade piece will always be more desirable than a mass produced piece.
- Much more stronger
- Handmade jewellery is not hollowed or thinned out so in turn it weighs more, giving it strength.
- Handmade Jewellery will last much longer than a handcrafted or casted Jewellery
- Your piece of fine jewellery will be unique, as it has been made by hand.
Why I need your help
I want to be able to grow my business into something amazing, and would love if you helped me. I am a hard worker and love my job, although buying tools, material and equipment can be quite expensive, and at the point in my life I do not have the money to be able to afford these tools. The jewellery that I have made, has been made at my current job. Though I have to stay back and work longer hours to be able to make jewellery on the side.
I want to be able to create videos of me making Jewellery, so I am able to show people why handmade Jewellery is so much better.
I want to have a Vegan line of Jewellery that can allow Vegans to express themselves, to be proud that they are making a massive difference in the world and to provide awareness.
I currently donate $10 to Animals Australia for every Vegan purchase, although I would like to expand and make this worldwide, so that I am able to donate to more places across the globe.
By backing with me you will not only get Handmade Jewellery but you will be helping a Vegan business try to spread the word and show off Veganism.
Here are just a few tools I will be getting with the funding-
I source all the metal and make sure it is nickel and lead free. I also hand pick all stones, to make sure that my customers are getting the best of what they are paying for.
My main focus is making my customers happy. So I believe if I can make my customers happy then my business will be. There will be no retail mark-ups and I will always provide the best price for the quality of the piece you purchase.
Not Just Vegan Jewellery
My business won’t just have Vegan Jewellery available. I will have a whole variety of Jewellery. Ranging from Earrings, Rings, Pendants, Bangles ect.
PLEDGES WITH PHOTOS
BACKER THANK YOU BONUS
Each backer who pledges $15 will receive 15% off future purchases for 6 months.
BACKER THANK YOU BONUS
Each backer who pledges $25 will receive 20% off future purchases for 6 months.
EARLY BIRD VEGAN EARRINGS
(HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THESE AS OF YET)
They will look like the Simple Vegan Pendant, but earrings. With each earring have a 'V' on them.
Nice and simple Vegan Stud earrings made from Sterling Silver.
SIMPLE VEGAN PENDANT
You will receive a thank you letter, a Simple Vegan Sterling Silver pendant with 50 cm Sterling Silver chain and 15% off future purchases for 6 months
You will receive a Thank you letter, a Vegan Sterling Silver Ring and 15% off future purchases for 6 months
UNISEX VEGAN RING
You will receive a Thank you letter, a Sterling Silver Unisex Ring and 15% off future purchases for 6 months.
9CT VEGAN RING
You will receive a Thank you letter, a 9ct Vegan ring (colour of metal is your choice) and 20% off future purchases for 6 months. Also a custom video of me of making your piece
You will receive a Thank you letter, a 9ct Anzul (colour of metal and stone of your choice; stone colours, green, pink, blue, brown, purple, brown/red and light green) and 20% off future purchases for 6 months. Also a custom video of me of making your piece
VEGAN RING WITH A FITTED MAGENTA RING
You will receive a Thank you letter, a 9ct Vegan ring with a Magenta Ring (any colour of metal & stones of your choice), 20% off future purchases for 6 months. Also a custom video of me of making your piece
A personal thank you will be posted on our instagram and website.
You will receive a Thank you letter, 9ct Vegan ring with a Azul Ring and Magenta Ring (you choose the colour of metal and stones), a 9ct Unisex Vegan Ring, 9ct Vegan Stud Earrings and a 9ct Vegan pendant with a fine 9ct 50cm chain. You will also receive a 20% off future purchases for 6 months and a personal thank you will be posted on instagram and our website. Also a custom video of me of making your piece
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Just one more thing!
If i reach past my desired goal, I would be so thankful.
I will put a green tourmaline or emerald on each piece you back as a gift, to thank you for backing me!
*This will only be done for backers and no purchases in the future will be able to obtain this*
Risks and challenges
As I have stated, I have entered in a few competitions, so I can work under pressure.
Everything is handmade, and once again, is better quality than casting or handcrafted. Which does take longer to produce pieces. So there may be a delay with timing.
But having said that handmade is better quality, if something goes wrong with a handmade piece, it is easier to fix. As I will personally be making them, I know what has gone wrong and how to fix it.
Not like getting a casted piece and the metal is to soft because it hasn’t been work harden.
As there are always going to be some sort of difficulties along the way, we can only guarantee the first 150 pledges to arrive before October. We would like to finish all orders before October but in the event that we get an overwhelmed with amount of pledges, a downloadable image card will be available as a placeholder.
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