Why Buy Handmade!

Not Only Jewelry, Anything Handmade

Handmade is a celebration of our contemporary lives , a living culture. Each handmade item is about people and not machines. It is about the time and effort that goes into each piece of work, it is about the skill of each maker, the technical ingenuity of the maker, the magic of an individual’s imagination, and it is a treasure on a beach of throwaway machine made art!

Supporting an indie artist’s passion gives a good-feeling, and the artist’s appreciation is enough to add sparkle to that gorgeous handmade item. I encourage each and every one of you to buy more handmade this year and every year, not just for the holidays but for all special occasions, or maybe just because you want a new throw pillow for the couch or a beautiful new necklace for yourself.  The sky is the limit!

But it’s also wonderful that more people everywhere are beginning to embrace things that are made by hand in small quantities. In case you hadn’t heard, here is why handmade matters.

1). Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving!

The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.

 
2). Buying handmade is better for people! 
The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost; buying handmade helps us reconnect.
3. Buying handmade is better for the environment!

The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.
 
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Bejeweled by Gina – News!

 

August 29, 2016

Bejeweled by Gina: The Recovery… and the Relaunch!

Let me begin by saying I am NOT a writer. This is my first blog attempt, so please be patience, bear with me as I start at the beginning of my story – really my new start!

After a few years’ absence – a major health crisis… and my Mom’s sudden death in January 2014 – I am finally back at my jeweler’s bench designing and creating new jewelry for the nine collections of my Bejeweled by Gina brand.

My new shop, Bejeweled by Gina Boutique , is a complete and total reinvention – now you can shop immediately! I hope you like the new look and easy of navigation of the shop pages.

The website, Bejeweled by Gina, has been reviewed and updated and offers info about the Collections, the jewelry, information on how to care for your jewelry, about me, and more!

You may task, “Why did I relaunch my business?” The answer is simple, but not! My Mom had been the inspiration behind the brand. She was my silent partner, and once she was no longer my inspiration – combined with four years of undiagnosed illness and several hospitalizations – I needed to recover, regroup, plan for the future, and get back to work! When I couldn’t hear my Mom’s encouranging voice, I was lost. After a diagnosis of Vasculitis, I awoke – literally! – with a new passion for life, and again I heard my Mom’s passionate voice tellling me to move on.

Finally, in 2014 a diagnosis – and a brain biopsy – the outcome was not one I expected, but at least I has answers! I suffer, and survived, CNS Vasculitis, a wicked, sneaky disease… no known cause and no cure. Vasculitis is thought to be an autoimmune disease, which means the body comes under attack by its own immune system. In vasculitis, the immune system attacks blood vessels. In my case it attached and affected my brain! Fortunately, after a slow recovery and with current treatments, the outcome for me with is so far good.

After many, many months of thinking I’d never be me again. I had lost the ability to communicate, comprehend, walk without assistance, taste most of my favorite foods, suffered with terrible aches, pains, tremors, and was completely drained of energy…

While I have never video-documented my story, the beginning of this one from Chelsey-Ann Fernandez Lawrence is very close to my own: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rj2CjrVZnE

This is my story. I am in remission and recovering, without lots of help and support, I would not be here to create my jewelry and tell my story.

Thanks to: my wonderful husband, inspiration from my Mom, the help of my close friends and great neighbors, my fantastic rheumatologist, and the neurologist and the neurosurgeon at Huntington Memorial’s Emergency Room who identified and aided in my diagnosis and treatment along with the wonderful caring nurses and hospital staff, I am almost as good as new.

I’m alive… and very, very thankful!

Love to all that hung in there with me and to all of my new friends, fans and admirers of my art.

Celebrating the joy that is my life,

Gina

P.s. Feel free to contact me anytime, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

 

 

 

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Brentwood Autumn Art Show: Browse and Buy for the Holidays!

SUPPORT MADE IN AMERICA…

Art + Music + Food = Fun For All!
Bring the Family, Friends…  And The Neighbors Too!

Sunday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Bejeweled by Gina,
Booth 109 – between Saltair and Montana
(in front of Lululemon)

Festivities take place in Downtown Brentwood (CA) along San Vicente Boulevard, beginning at Saltair and running east to Darlington.

Plenty of parking along San Vicente and pay lot at the VA north on Gorham.

Free Admission!

 

Browse ‘n buy the latest creations from Bejeweled by Gina…
Stop by my booth (#109); say hi …and ask for the Family Discount!

 

            

                   Bejeweled By Gina Necklace: Bees Buzzin

 

         

 

This year’s show brings the arts to the local community and packs a triple punch by presenting three events simultaneously:

Brentwood Autumn Art Show – A one-stop, boutique-type outdoor mall extravaganza of fine art & crafts

Health Expo (presented by the West LA Chamber of Commerce) – Exhibits, wellness products and health screenings

Kids Are 1st – Child fingerprinting and free child ID kits, car seat safety checks, fun child-safe activities and more!

 

It’s a great event… Hope I’ll see you there!

For more details: www.brentwoodartshow.com

To see more designs from Bejeweled by Gina, visit our our website and/or become a fan on our Facebook Page.

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4th of July SALE!


DOIN’ MY HAPPY DANCE, preparing to celebrate with a STORE-WIDE SALE!!!

I am clearing the inventory to make room for new designs!
*drum roll*

ALL inventory (not just rings!) will be offered at 15% off from now until July 14, 11:59pm.

To take advantage of the 4th of July celebration use code: Bejeweled4thofJuly at checkout.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!!!

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“Tie A Ring On It!” 10 Day Ring Sale – July 4-14

Today marks the first day of Summer – be inspired this season, try at least one new accessory!

When I think of Summer, I think of white sandy beaches, outdoor festivals, picnics, billow sexy dresses, huge fancy hats… and fun, amazing, one-of-a-kind, statement-making jewelry…

As a thank-you to all of our loyal customers and supporters, I’m offering a special treat… a RING sale!

It’s time to celebrate and kick-off the Summer season!
Browse and buy – day or night – our first-ever *drum roll*

“Tie a Ring On It” Celebration Sale!!!!!
July 4 through July 14

*Deductions taken at time of check-out on total purchase, not including (CA) sales tax or shipping 20 % off your total ring purchase!

 

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“Brentwood Spring Art Show” Supports Made in America!

Art + Music + Food = Fun For All!
Bring The Family, Friends… And The Neighbors Too!

Sunday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Downtown Brentwood (CA) San Vicente Boulevard, beginning at Saltair and running east to Barrington. Plenty of metered parking along San Vicente and pay lot at the VA north on Gorham. Free Admission!

Browse ‘n buy the latest creations from Bejeweled by Gina…
Stop by my booth; say hi …and ask for the Family Discount!

This year’s show brings the arts to the local community and packs a triple punch by presenting three events simultaneously:

Brentwood Autumn Art Show
A one-stop, boutique-type outdoor mall extravaganza of fine art & crafts

Business Expo (presented by the West LA Chamber of Commerce)
Exhibits, products, and services offered by local businesses

Kids Are 1st
Child fingerprinting and free child ID kits, car seat safety checks, fun child-safe activities and more!

Hope I’ll see you there!

For more details: www.brentwoodartshow.com

To see more designs from Bejeweled by Gina, visit our our website or become a fan on our Facebook Page.

 

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