Etsy Love – JanJat

Today I caught up with Catherine from Janjat Jewellery who sells eyeglass chains and handmade jewellery including jewellery made using sea glass.  The soft, natural tones of Catherine’s shop have a very calming effect as you browse, and as a nature lover I especially love the sea glass pieces – each pendant is unique and one of a kind! il_570xN_354145703_7b3l

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

I started creating jewelry for fun and for myself. Over time my jewelry collection grew to the point of being ridiculous and all my friends/family were enjoying my work so much that I thought about selling my pieces. To be honest I didn’t know where to start until a friend mentioned Etsy. To me it seemed less frightening than approaching stores so I made the jump with a lot of support from my family.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_341426844

My gemstone stack necklaces have to be one of my favorite pieces. I remember seeing the stones in a store and they just jumped into my hand. I love the soft, pastel colors of the gemstones and they have a lovely sparkle. Also, unlike many stones that are faceted or even rough cut these stones are polished soft which makes them fabulous to handle and fiddle with when you are wearing them. I enjoy the tactile nature and the simple elegance of these pieces.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

My store is unique because I refuse to do just one thing! I can see the beauty in very simple, minimalist pieces but I also love bright, bold jewelry so I make both. Also, I am fortunate to live near a beach which offers an endless supply of sea glass that I love working with and creating absolutely one of a kind pieces from.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Next in the pipeline… Well, if I had to pick something it would be gemstone earrings and sea glass earrings. I need to hone my skills to wire wrap smaller pieces and I’m really excited for this next adventure.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I think the best part of my business is when I receive custom orders. I really enjoy working with a customer, getting to know them and creating something for them that is just perfect. I have been very fortunate to work with some absolutely fabulous people and it makes the finished jewelry piece much more memorable to both the client and I.il_570xN_412663588_f0nc

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/JanJat
Facebook: www.facebook.com/janjatjewelry
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/janjatjewelry
Pinterest: pinterest.com/janjatjewelry/

Thanks for sharing with us Catherine – it must be wonderful to be able to wander along the beach and pick up supplies for your craft at the same time!  I wonder if the feeling of serenity I get from your shop is from the calming influence of your surroundings.

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