today I want to introduce you to the very talented jewelry designer Maria Donato.
Her jewelry is interesting, delicate and very inspiring. Be sure to visit her shop joouhlreeBYdonato and you will love it.
Here are just a few of the many gorgeous pieces of jewelry which you will find at her shop.
When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?
I’ve never been big on mass produced jewelry. It just felt cheap, would break easily and discolor quick. I also thought the designs were too generic. While in a flea market one day, I noticed someone selling handmade jewelry and was just so intrigued with the idea of making something specifically for myself. This is when I realized I wanted to make my own jewelry!
What matters to you most as a designer?
Trying to create something truly unique. I do have a lot of simple everyday designs but taking the time to really “engineer” a laborious piece gives me great satisfaction. I have a multi strand slave bracelet that took me hours to design with a lot of frustrating trial and error but the end result was definitely worth it.
How do you find your inspiration?
Everything around me! I once created a pair of gorgeous chandelier earring based on a spiral wind chime I saw! I’d like to make it again (if I ever have enough time).
1. How long have you worked as a designer?
I started making jewelry in 2005 and it was ALL self taught. I can’t say I was proud of my first designs though! My style has definitely changed since then. I’ve never taken a jewelry making class and everything I learned was from watching youtube videos and reading blogs. My technique has refined during the years though I’d recommend beginners to take a class. It’s nice to brag that everything I learned was self taught but there were a lot of times I went through frustrating trial and errors simply because I wasn’t aware of the wide variety of findings and jewelry parts available for making jewelry.
What advice do you have for aspiring jewelry designers?
It’s never too late to start doing what you love. When I aspired to sell jewelry online in 2008, I got discouraged because there were “too many” people making and selling jewelry online. When I opened up my ETSY shop mainly to get rid of my inventory, I eventually got a regular stream of sales. Quitting my day job is actually in the works. Hopefully I’ll have the guts to actually do it when I’m ready!
Don’t forget to visit joouhlreeBYdonato 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.