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!
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?-
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.
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.
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.
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
Open to US and Canada residents!