Interview With Illumina Jewelry and GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is closed! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Laxa from Illumina Jewelry has generously offered to give away a pair of gorgeous pearl earrings. How fun! I had the chance to interview her so we could all get to know her a bit better. She makes beautiful earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, which you can see more of at her shop, Illumina Jewelry.




But before we do the giveaway, lets read the interview first!

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!-

I live in beautiful California with my dear hubby! We fell in love while doing our graduate studies and got married 3 years back. I love each and every moment of being with him! He is my right hand in this new venture of my life! He takes photos of my jewelries and I ask for his advice in everything!
My mom and dad have always been encouraging me to achieve the best in life. And fortunately, my in-laws too are very supportive. In fact, they are the ones who help me find the best quality semi precious gemstones to make my lovely jewelries! Family means a lot to me…

When did you start making jewelry?-

I made the first piece of jewelry 15 years back (I remember it had beautiful pearls and cubic zirconia!) and I am so proud to tell you that my mom still wears it on special occasions like weddings etc!

Your jewelry is lovely! What inspired you to start creating?-

I love wearing beautiful jewelries just like any other girl! And I love creating things. I get a feeling of accomplishment when I finish making my jewelry design. I am very passionate about it!

What are your favorite materials to work with?-

I like to use semi precious gemstones and precious metal to make my jewelries. I believe that when you are spending money for the jewelry, the value of your money should hold (and even grow) as time passes. At the same time, you can enjoy wearing beautiful jewelry pieces!

Where do you get your ideas...anything in particular that inspires you?-

I get ideas for creating my jewelry designs from anything that is exotic, lovely and classic, and of course from the beautiful nature! You can’t go wrong with the color combinations nature presents to you!

Do you attend art and craft fairs/shows?-

I try to, whenever possible. Though, I have never had my jewelry booth at any of the craft fairs yet, as I just started making jewelries for public. So far, I have been making it for myself and to give as gift.

What are your long term goals for your shop?-

I would love it if I can start selling regularly through my IlluminaJewelry Etsy shop! If I can sell more, I can afford to buy my supplies in bulk to reduce my overall jewelry making expense, which will result in reduced item prices for my customers!

What is your favorite piece you have created?-

Well, I cannot be partial towards any one piece, I love them all! 

What is your favorite color?-

Purple

What do you do when you're not creating?-

Selling on Etsy requires us sellers to do a lot of other stuffs besides creating! When I am not creating new designs, I work with my hubby to take photos of my latest designs, write item descriptions and promote my shop.

What are some places we can find you on the web?-

Main Store - http://www.illuminajewelry.etsy.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Illumina-Jewelry/115867811785068
Twitter – http://twitter.com/IlluminaDesigns - Still exploring
Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/illuminajewelry/
Blog - http://illuminadesigns.blogspot.com/ - just started blogging!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!-

I have taken classical dance training for 9 years and gave a 3 hrs dance performance on stage in front of ~500 people…


500 people....that's a lot of people lol! Thank you Laxa for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm sure my readers will enjoy reading as I have! I love your jewelry, you do a wonderful job of creating artful pieces that any girl would feel lovely wearing.

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Now for the giveaway! Laxa is giving away the Eva pearl and sterling earrings to one lucky winner.

The lovely earrings, which are also on sale for $15 in her shop, are made of freshwater pearls and sterling silver.




Rules:

First you should know that this is open to US and Canada residents only.

For your first entry, you need to go to Laxa's Etsy shop, Illumina Jewelry, and pick a favorite item. Come back here and post about it. (This entry is required, or all other entries will be disqualified!)

NOTE: make sure you post a SEPARATE comment for each entry, as each comment will count as 1 entry.
Also make sure you leave a way for me to contact you in your comments.

Additional entries:
Become a fan of Illumina Jewelry on Facebook, and come back and post that you did. = 1 entry

Follow Illumina Jewelry's blog, and come back and post that you are a follower. = 1 entry

Follow this blog and post that you are a follower. = 1 entry

Follow me on twitter, and post that you are a follower. = 1 entry

Follow Illumina Jewelry on Twitter, and post it here = 1 entry

Tweet this giveaway and leave a comment with the tweet link. = 1 entry

Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the blog post. = 1 entry

Purchase something from Illumina Jewelry. = 5 entries! Make sure you post a comment 5 times for them all to count (sorry for the inconvenience)

Please be honest, and don't post that you follow unless you really did follow! I will be checking :)

Giveaway ends on Friday July 2nd. Please hurry and enter to win! One winner will be chosen using random.org
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65 comments:

elaine said...

I adore pearls and also the Casamento Earrings with pearls and zirconia-gorgeous!

Elaine R
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nancy said...

This is my favorite from your shop - green is my fav color
http://www.etsy.com/listing/46552918/25-percent-off-emerald-bracelet-green

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nancy said...

I am also following your blog.
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meeyeehere said...

The garnet earrings are really nice although the giveaway pearls are my fav. They remind me of the earrings from the movie the girl with the pearl earring.Purple is my fav.color too.
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JoyfulHandKnits said...

Hi! Nice to meet you! I love the fresh water pearl earrings: http://www.etsy.com/listing/47017104/25-percent-off-eva-earrings-freshwater

Thanks!
Joy from JoyfulHandKnits.etsy.com

The Giveaway Diva said...

love the Acqua Earrings - Labradorite, Blue Mystic Quartz!!

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ZudaGay said...

Great interview!! I love seeing new shops. I really love the Agni Bracelet...but everything is just lovely!

Illumina Jewelry said...

Thank you everyone for your comments!
We still need more entries! Anybody else wants free sterling silver pearl earrings?? :)

afines said...

Verde Earrings, Green Onyx = AH-MAZ-ing

TopHat said...

I really love the Margo Bracelet! Pearls are my favorite!

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Sharon said...

Loving the colors and dangliness of the Acqua Earrings in Labradorite and Blue Mystic Quartz!

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very married said...

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/46683187/25-percent-off-bello-necklace-freshwater

this is so very pretty

Raquel said...

I Love the Bello Necklace, Freshwater Pearls
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Raquel said...

I follow your blog!
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Raquel said...

I follow you on twitter!
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Jodi Temple said...

Love the Margot Bracelet - Freshwater Pearls, Rose Quartz, Sterling Silver.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/49987901/margot-bracelet-freshwater-pearls-rose


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NGS said...

I love the Zielona Earrings. Very pretty.
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Jodi Temple said...

I fanned Illumina Jewelry on Facebook.

Jodi Temple

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Jodi Temple said...

Jodaycraf is now following Illumina Designs.

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Jodi Temple said...

I just commented above and forgot to say that what I was following - it is the Blog that I am following....

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Jodi Temple said...

I am following JoyousTreasures on Twitter as Jodaycraf.

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Jodi Temple said...

I am following IlluminaDesigns on Twitter as Jodaycraf.

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Jodi Temple said...

I tweeted about the Interview and Giveaway.

http://etsytreasurechest.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-with-illumina-jewelry-and.html

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Jodi Temple said...

I blogged about the Giveaway and Interview:
http://illuminajewelryjodaycraf.blogspot.com/2010/06/illumina-jewelry-and-giveaway.html

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lolamichele said...

love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46683187/25-percent-off-bello-necklace-freshwater

it would go perfectly with the earrings.

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free indeed said...

I like the preto e branco earrings. Something short for my 'no neck' ailment...:)
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Katie said...

I absolutely love the Preto-e-branco Earrings, Pearls, Zirconia, Onyx! Such a pretty look!
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Katie said...

Following your blog
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Katie said...

Tweet http://twitter.com/ktkatherine/status/16925254015
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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I like the Alvorada Earrings - Labradorite, lemon yellow glass!

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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I follow joyoustreasures on Twitter! KatyLMA


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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I am following IlluminaDesigns on Twitter! KatyLMA

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Katie said...

I really like the Cinzento earrings!

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Katie said...

I like Illumina Jewelry on Facebook!

Katie E.
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Katie said...

I'm a follower of Illumina Jewelry's blog.

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Katie said...

I follow you on GFC.

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Katie said...

I follow you on Twitter.

@skaketgirl
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Katie said...

I follow Illumina on Twitter.

@skaketgirl
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eclairre said...

I like the cinzento earrings!

Wehaf said...

My favorite item is the gorgeous Bello necklace!

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Yvonne said...

never would have thought pearl and emerald (Zielona Earrings) would go so wonderfully together. beautiful stuff!

-Yvonne
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jakiesmom said...

i love the kusuma earrings
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Julia said...

I love the Agni Bracelet.

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Heather said...

I like the Agni Bracelet, Hessonite, Onyx.
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Engraved Zippos said...

Jewellary is beauty for women....
Thanks for the post...

Melody said...

I like Alvorada Earrings.

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Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said...

I love these earrings!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/49991426/kusuma-earrings-zirconia-huge-lemon

Your pictures are fab too! =)

Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said...

Following Etsy Treasure Chest blog! =)

Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said...

Following Illumina Jewelry's blog! =)

Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said...

I also became a fan on Facebook for Illumina. Not sure how you are tracking that so including my post on her wall. =)

Tricia Bertrand Found you on the Etsy Treasure Chest blog! You have great jewelry! My FB pages is: http//www.facebook.com/jewelsbytrish =)

Jenny Bolech said...

My favorite item is the cinzento necklace labradorite!
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Jenny Bolech said...

I’m following illumina jewelry on facebook as Jenny Bolech
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Jenny Bolech said...

I’m following illumina jewelry’s blog on GFC as Jenny Bolech
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Jenny Bolech said...

I’m following your blog on GFC as Jenny Bolech
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Jenny Bolech said...

I’m following you on twitter as JEnnyBolech
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Jenny Bolech said...

I’m following illumina jewelry on twitter as JennyBolech
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Samy said...

These are lovely- http://www.etsy.com/listing/50460115/dia-noite-necklace-smoky-quartz-pearl

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Samy said...

I'm her Facebook fan :)

Samy said...

I'm her blog follower!

Samy said...

I follow this blog :)

Samy said...

I follow you on twitter!

Samy said...

I follow Illumina Jewelry on Twitter :)

Kelli Lee said...

I love the Shasa Necklace - Freshwater pearls, Sterling silver, Crystal quartz. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Kelli Lee said...

I'm following your blog via GFC (Kelli Lee)!

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Kelli Lee said...

I'm following you on Twitter (KelliFRobinson)!

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