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LA BELLE JEWELLERY – JEWELLERY DESIGNER

Posted August 22nd by Design Splat in Handmade Products, Jewellery Designer, Jewellery Maker

Designer to the stars of TOWIE and Hollyoaks La belle jewellery creates gorgeous statement pieces, including rings, necklaces, earrings, body chains and much more! La belle also caters for custom designs so if you want that special piece get in touch with La belle to discuss your requirements!

– Interview

Welcome to Design Splat La Belle Jewellery!

Tell us a bit about what you do:

Basically I handmade and customise jewellery for all occasions specialising mostly with rings, earrings, headwear, bangles, necklaces and body chains.

How did you get into hand-making jewellery?

I’d just left college and was sitting round for a month or two thinking of what i’d like to do next. I’ve always loved the idea of working for myself and designing and making things for other people. It just happened from there, i bought a few bits from a vintage jewellery shop and starting re-working metal pieces into something glamourous. Now I travel all over to find unique pieces I can work with.

What inspires you and influences your designs?

I love statement jewellery! I love jewellery that stands out, big statement rings etc, so when I first started out I asked local girls what type of jewellery they would buy. A lot of them said they like edgy statement pieces so I guess my customers inspire me as I’m always asking them what they would like to see from La Belle.

Which product is your personal favourite?

My personal favourite would have to be the large flower ring on my display picture on twitter, the link is below. I’ve had so many amazing comments on it and I’ve got a 5 week waiting list for it!! Very popular!

How long does it take to make one product?

It honestly all depends, I could sit at the table and make a large ring full with diamantes and it would take me an hour, but then I could make basic earrings with chains and it can take me twice as long. It all depends what mood I’m in to be honest, some days I can sit at my working table for 8 hours non stop, it’s tiring but I love it.

Do you see the market expanding for handmade jewellery products?

Definitely, I’ve only been on Twitter for just over a month and I’ve seen so many amazing designers doing so well and getting amazing feedback to. A lot of my customers say that they would rather buy from me than go to a high street shop e.g., Topshop because everything is unique and I can do one off pieces.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I would love my own shop! Im in the process of making a website to which should be ready this autumn. But I would love to have my own shop that would be so amazing. I definitely want to expand my business, not quite sure how yet but I don’t just want to sell online I want to be bigger than that. I love my job and want to make the best of it.

Any new exciting products being added to jewellery collection?

I’m actually in talks with someone (not mentioning names yet) on doing a Co-design range, all will be revealed once we’ve had a meeting. But that should be exciting, there would be a huge launch for that!!

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

My customers definitely, the feedback I get from them is amazing. I want to do better each time I make something so I can please them, there all so lovely!

Does fame attract you?

Business wise yes I suppose, I think La Belle deserved success, after all the hard work I put in I’d love for La Belle to be recognised. I’ve actually designed for a number of TOWIE and Hollyoaks girls, it’s amazing seeing them wearing my stuff!

How do you rate yourself as a jewellery designer/maker?

8 out of 10. No matter what there’s always room for improvement.  If I thought I was 10/10 there wouldn’t be anything to aim for.

What makes a good handmade product?

A LOT of time spent on it. I’d never rush anything! You should always spend as much time as you need on one piece, it’s very likely if you don’t it wont turn out the way you would have liked.

Do you cater for custom designs?

Yes! I do soooo many personal orders, I love doing them as its a one off piece and the customers can tell me exactly what they want. They’re basically the designer.

Where can we buy your products?

Right now I’m just selling from Twitter, Facebook and www.cocoamourclothing.co.uk. This month I’m also going to be stocking in various boutiques/salons around Liverpool. But my website should be ready in September.

Three words to describe yourself?

Hardworking, Loyal, Trustworthy.

Hobbies and other interests?

When I’m not making jewellery i’m just your average young girl. I love going out on a weekend with the girls and spending time with my family is a must! Oh and of course shopping! Im an actual shopaholic!!

Favourite jewellery company?

Cartier, their jewellery is so classy!!

Any tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring designers?

If anyone wants to start jewellery making, I say go for it, it’s hard at first depending on the type of jewellery you want to make. Definitely save up first for stock!! But go for it, find local shops that specialise in whatever type of jewellery you want to be making and go from there. If anybody gives you nasty comments about it let it motivate you! I always say ‘It’s funny how one nasty comment can make you 100 times more motivated’ and it does. Go for it guys!

Best and worst product you have made?

Best, the ring in my twitter picture, and worst has to be a corsage flower ring I made, it wasn’t my style at all.

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Contact Info

Email: contact@labellejewellery.co.uk

Website: http://www.labellejewellery.co.uk

Facebook Profile Link: http://www.facebook.com/labellejewellery

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LaBelle_x

Some of the gorgeous statement pieces from La Belle:

 


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