So here’s my story…
Went into an amazing gallery recently. Found some jewelry that I
loved and my husband, who never gets to buy me jewelry has been
asking what I want for my upcoming b-day. I usually don’t wear a lot
of other designer jewelry mainly because I already have so much of my
own! But I fell in love with some pieces, and the designer happened
to be there and she was awesome and I decided that my hubbie had to
get me one of these pieces.
So, I asked the owner if she could write down the style #'s for me so
my hubbie could come in and get me a piece for my b-day. She said
she could do me one better, and color copy the pieces so my hubbie
could just come in with a picture and there would be no confusion.
Awesome, great, all set.
So, she goes in the back to copy it, and I’m talking to the designer
who compliments me on one of my rings, which happens to be one of my
pieces. I thanked her and said: “I have a confession to make, I also
make jewelry. I usually don’t buy it, because I make it, but I love
your pieces and your style and it’s a technique that I would never do
myself. Your pieces are like little works of art. I love that I got
to meet you, and I appreciate what you do and need to have a piece.”
We talked for another minute about casting (which is what I do, not
what she does), and the owner came back out with a postcard with
style numbers. “My copier is on the blink, so I wrote down the style
numbers for you.”
The designer says: “Did you know that Amery also makes jewelry?”
Owner: “yes, I heard”
So I left with style numbers in hand, feeling a little weird.
Earlier she had brought other pieces to the back to photocopy for the
designer, I’m pretty sure the photocopier was working then.
I felt slighted, and a little dirty. I totally understand that the
owner is trying to protect her designers from people ripping them
off, I’m pretty sure she didn’t give me a picture because she heard
me say I was a designer. I felt like she thought I was going to run
out and copy the designs. How does she know I won’t? She doesn’t, I
understand her need to protect her designers. But, if that was my
intent, would I tell them that I’m a designer? Probably not. And, I
didn’t ask for the pics, she offered, and then she didn’t want to do
it when she found out who I was. I did look up the designer on the
web and found many pics of her work, much better quality than her
copier would have done. So, if I was going to copy, I could pull it
off the web, easier and better quality. Not that I would do that, but
it kinda defeats the purpose of not giving me a pic.
It kinda ruined the whole experience for me.
Oh, and the ring I really liked is a one-of-a-kind, so I can’t get it
any other place than at this gallery.
I’m trying really hard to see the owner’s point of view, but I’m
having a hard time not feeling discriminated against for being a
designer. I’m trying not to overreact to the situation, my husband
thinks I’m being sensitive. Which I might be, but I’m an artist-
isn’t that my right? (hee hee!)
I’m not sure if I want a reminder of the store owner, but I want a
reminder of the designer, she was really neat, and that ring is
Okay, open forum, fire away. Am I being crazy and making a mountain
out of a molehill?
Amery Carriere Designs
Romantic Jewelry with an Edge