Bead Lovers Korner to Participate in Luxury Gift Lounge in Honor of The 2013 Primetime Emmys Nominees and Presenters

Earrings for the Press
Cherry Quartz Earrings

We are pleased to announce Bead Lovers Korner, in association with The Artisan Group®, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on September 20-21, 2013 at an exclusive location in Hollywood, California, in honor of the The 2013 Primetime Emmys Nominees and Presenters.

Our Cherry Quartz Sterling Silver Earrings will be gifted to select members of the press and media at The Artisan Group’s exhibit, and all attending celebrities will receive our business cards in their swag bags. This event will be attended by nearly fifty media outlets.

To learn more about Bead Lovers Korner and our products, or our participation in this exclusive event, visit Bead Lovers Korner or email sales@beadloverskorner.com.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please visit http://www.theartisangroup.org or email press@theartisangroup.org.

The Artisan Group

Earrings worn by Elena Gilbert on Vampire Diaries

Eternal Reflection Earrings worn by Elena Gilbert
Eternal Reflection Earrings gifted in consideration for use on The Vampire Diaries

Did you know these unique earrings worn by Elena Gilbert on Vampire Diaries season 5 were made by Bead Lovers Korner?

These unique earrings were gifted to the wardrobe stylist of the CW Network series in a collaborative gift bag through an opportunity with The Artisan Group.

As seen on TV – worn by Elena Gilbert

I was excited to learn that these “Eternal Reflection Earrings” were selected by the Vampire Diaries wardrobe stylist and then worn by “Elena Gilbert”, played by actress Nina Dobrev, on the Vampire Diaries season 5 episode 2 “True Lies”.

These exclusive earrings are made with Swarovski crystal beads and sterling silver. I used the infinity link because somehow it seemed appropriate since vampires can live for eternity – a simple dangle of bronze reflection connected for eternity.

This limited edition is still available for those fans of the show who are collectors of Elena Gilbert outfits.

Not a fan of TVD? These are elegant two-tone earrings that are great for any occasion and also make great gifts for women!

These earrings are not an imitation, they are my own design and are protected by © copyright.

Bead Lovers Korner Puts Spotlight on Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry in Mother’s Day, Cannes Film Festival Celebrity Swag Bags

The Artisan Group Cannes Film Festival
The Artisan Group’s Celebrity Gift Bag at GBK’s Cannes Film Festival Celebrity Gift Lounge

Bead Lovers Korner will introduce its handcrafted beaded jewelry to Hollywood and the international jet set with the inclusion of business cards in celebrity swag bags to be presented at GBK’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival Gift Lounge and to some of Hollywood’s most talked about Moms in a 2013 Mother’s Day Celebrity Gift Bag put together by The Artisan Group.

The Artisan Group 2013 Mother's Day Celebrity Gifting
The Artisan Group 2013 Mother’s Day Celebrity Gifting

The Mother’s Day Gift Bag will go to some of Hollywood’s most talked about Moms, including Megan Fox, Snooki, Jennifer Nettles, Giuliana Rancic, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Vanessa Lachey, Anna Faris, Claire Danes, Adele, Jessica Simpson, Shakira, Holly Madison, Amanda Righetti, Busy Philipps, Jenna Dewan, Kristen Bell, Gisele Bündchen, Kim Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari, Evan Rachel Wood, Sara Rue, Lisa Ling, Malin Ackerman, Hilaria Thomas (Mrs. Alec Baldwin) and Penélope Cruz. The bag will be delivered in time for Mother’s Day on May 12, 2013

The GBK Gift Lounge for the Cannes Film Festival takes place May 17-20, 2013 in Cannes, France.

Click Here to View the Full Press Release on PRWeb

Awesome business cards for a fresh new look

Creating awesome business cards can give your company a fresh new look! Make an impact the first time someone receives your  business card.

Bead Lovers Korner launched a new website last year, with a new banner and color scheme, but the business cards remained the same old cards.

I spent a small fortune on the new website and updated the Etsy Shop and Ebay Store to match the website look, but never updated the business cards. Silly huh?

Old Business Cards
Bead Lovers Korner OLD Business Card Design

It was just too easy to hit reorder at Vista Print and keep using the same old cards.

Not being a graphic designer (I only know enough to be dangerous) attempting to update the business cards was something I needed to have done by a professional.

Procrastination could have been my middle name, because I just kept reordering the same old business cards.

Artisan Group Member
An Exclusive Group Representing Artisans at Hollywood’s Best Celebrity Gift Lounges

Hire a professional Graphic Artist to design your business cards

This year I was accepted into The Artisan Group and will be participating in events as well as selling online. I wanted my cards to match the new web design and really make an impact so that if a celebrity or influential person happened to see my card they might take notice and not just throw it in the trash.

I finally broke down and hired a friend who is a Professional Graphic Artist to design awesome new business cards for Bead Lovers Korner.

New Business Cards
Awesome NEW Business Cards

Jennifer Remias and I worked together for many years at a Catalog Publishing business, she was the Senior Graphic Designer and very talented in her trade. I contacted her to see if she would help me with the update to my cards.

She did an awesome job with the design of these NEW cards and they will be rolling out this summer!

p.s. She gave me print ready pdfs and now I hit reorder at Overnight Prints, who also has great pricing.

Let me know what you think?

Making it to the Etsy Front Page

Pine Cone Dangle Bead

I had been on Etsy for about two years before I was finally successful at making it to the Etsy Front page. It was a wonderful thing, lots of views for my shop, but nothing magical happened nor did money fall from the sky in a windfall.

A Crisp Morning Etsy Front Page

Since the moment I opened Bead Lovers Korner shop on etsy, I have been trying to figure out:

  • How to improve traffic and get noticed
  • How to make the front page of Etsy
  • How to become a featured seller on Etsy or Ebay
  • Etc, etc.

So over the years herw is what I have discovered about the above:

  • Improve Traffic: Learn more about how to take pictures that will get noticed
  • Etsy Front Page: Making it to the Etsy Front Page does not equal tons of sales
  • Being a featured seller: Not sure exactly how you manage to become a featured seller on Etsy or Ebay, I gave up on that one!

I think to be successful you just need lots of followers and people sharing and favoring your items. Great product and customer service will keep them coming back.

Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below? What are the tricks you have discovered to get more sales on Etsy or Ebay?

“e.g. our products fits the PANDORA bracelets”. Counterfeiting and the PANDORA Trademark

Here is my take on the whole PANDORA trademark issue and the quote “e.g. our products fits the PANDORA bracelets”.

It is counterfeiting according to PANDORA, so don’t use that word. Strike the word PANDORA from your vocabulary when referring to beads or jewelry unless you are one of their die-hard followers or you are talking about something from mythology.

Apparently this company wants sole use of the word in any form as it relates to beads or jewelry. If you use the word PANDORA and are not one of their sellers then you are counterfeiting their PANDORA trademark.

Enough said. I am sick of the whole thing. If you ask me if my beads will fit on your bracelet that starts with the alphabet letter P, then I will tell you, otherwise I am not saying. I have removed it from every single place I have a listing or information about the compatibility of my items except in few rare places where I use combined phrases for general customer information and here on my blog.

Here is a statement from that company that you can read:

A Message from PANDORA Head Office Regarding Counterfeiting

At one point in the above Message it says:

“The use of the trademark PANDORA stand-alone and in combined phrases is only accepted in general customer information describing in long text the products offered, “e.g. our products fits the PANDORA bracelets.”

I was skeptical in believing this, and actually removed it from everywhere. I suffered a tremendous loss in business and also had to answer a zillion questions from customers who wanted to know if my beads would fit on PANDORA bracelets. I did add the phrase in my general information areas, but lots of people do not read that and ask questions anyway. However it is still best not to use that word in direct item titles.

Many bead sellers have been sued and taken to court and I do believe the PANDORA Nazis are still out there, so it is best to NOT use that word. It is not worth the headache and the risk of getting sued if they decide that you are a risk to them. So pretend the word does not exist. Most bead sellers today refer to large hole beads as a “European Bead”.

The beads I sell have a large diameter hole, and will fit on any thing with a smaller diameter such as a bracelet, necklace, leather, cord, beaded chain, key chain, anywhere you want.

I carry the Carlo Biagi brand and the Landmark brand, occasionally I will bring in some economy beads with a low price point. Everything I sell is of high quality .925 sterling silver (unless it is mentioned otherwise in the listing such as the economy beads) and will have lasting value for the bearer of the bead or charm, as long as they treat it with care and clean the item properly.

Years ago when this all started I was totally insulted that just because I said that a bead will fit on a P-ND-RA bracelet that this meant I am selling counterfeit beads. I was not, and never have sold any of the rip-off beads that are available. If you have had a run in with PANDORA or are not sure if you can use the phrase “Pandora style”, my advise is to not do so. Quality beads such as the brands I carry will sell on their own merit and the excellent customer service that I provide. I just have to explain in a little more detail about the hole size of the bead.

PANDORA may want to corner the market on large hole beads temporarily, but beads have been around for thousands of years and will continue to be a part of jewelry design, large hole or small hole!

To anyone who reads this post, thanks for reading and if you buy or sell beads I hope this information has helped you. One last thought:

What exactly came out of Pandora’s Box? All the evils of the world, so leave it alone.

Carlo Biagi Beads shown in photo can be found on Bead Lovers Korner website