I have noticed over the past few years the wonderful variety
of names of the companies and businesses which you all have thought
up and have been using to show your work to the outside world
(read: public) (and on your web sites.) It would be very interesting
to me, and hopefully to others to hear how and better yet why you
chose this particular name.
Here's my story. I'm very attached to my business name and the logo
I've chosen for it; for those who know me it tells a lot about me
personally. For those who don't know me, I get a lot of weird looks
and "Huh?"'s and mis-spelled mail. This is what I have on my
website for the curious who want to know where the weird name came
Feathered Gems started out in the late 1980's as an aviary. I bred
and hand-raised cockatiels, jenday conures and cherry-headed conures.
The beauty of the birds led me to take up doing stained glass and
fused glass, to try to capture the gorgeous colors of the parrots'
feathers in glass. Doing glass work led me back to my lifelong hobby
of bead work, and from there jewelry making just took over much of my
life. At first, Feathered Gems only made parrot-themed jewelry, which
I sold at bird fairs and bird shows. My original logo for the aviary,
which was later used as the first logo for the jewelry business, was
an outline of a stained glass parrot that I drew years ago.
But then we adopted our first retired racing greyhound, I became
hooked on greyhounds as pets, and I began working greyhounds into my
jewelry designs. I needed a new logo that somehow depicted both birds
and greyhounds. When I first saw the antique woodcut of the winged
greyhound that eventually became "Caelestis", I knew I'd found the
perfect logo for Feathered Gems Jewelry.
Feathered Gems Jewelry