It’s been a while since I blogged and I think I kind of just waited for the right moment to start doing it again. I’m not saying I’ll mange to write something every week, but I’ll try. Since you know I miss this. I miss sharing my feelings with you, I miss this public diary of mine since it’s perfect way of keeping memories on one place.
But the thing that was on my mind lately is something I like to call “Copy-paste effect.” I work hard for my precious customers. I take time to do things right. I do my research, I do brain storming, I do all sorts of presentations (just for me & my hubby) before publishing my new Jewelry collection and I pick the motives (images) for my Jewelry very carefully. I always choose things that made my heart beat a little faster, I always create things that I would LOVE to wear. Because that’s the only way for me. I can’t stand behind something that I dislike. That just doesn’t work for me.
And I realize that when I started doing this (when I started with my own Jewelry line) I was one of the first people with this kind of accessories in this small little country. I couldn’t buy anything in our stores! They didn’t even know what I was talking about at that time. I had to order EVERYTHING, every single piece from over-seas. And now every little jewelry setting/base is served on a silver plater since you can buy it anywhere you want. And that means everyone can buy it and create something. And that’s ok with me. I really don’t mind. I will stand behind my work and I will tell you at least 5 differences between mine and that jewelry. Jewelry that was made just for fun and as a result of a hobby. For me this is not a hobby. I invested to much money and time to make this something bigger, to reach another level and to be proud of everything I do. And at the end of the day is customers decision whether they will purchase something in my shop or will they buy from someone else. And I’m still ok with that.
But I’m not ok with one thing. Don’t steal my ideas. Don’t “copy-paste” everything I do. Please don’t.
I get a lot of emails and messages from people that I know and even from complete strangers telling me that they saw almost identical jewelry as mine. With same images. And I will admit, I even took a minute to check it out for myself. And please don’t tell me it’s a coincidence that you have 15 different items in your shop/Facebook page/or anywhere else and that 13 of them looks so similar to mine! And what bothers me even more is that they even tried to copy few of my unique custom made designs, which can not be purchased anywhere on the world since I have those original painted arts in my office from the moment those were created and they truly are one-of-a-kind. So yeah … no words needed, right?
And I don’t mind if you sell your work much cheaper than I do. I mean: My business card & packaging costs more than what some ladies want for finished piece of Jewelry. So I really don’t feel bad when someone compare those items with my Jewelry. I’m confident enough to know my value.
So just to be clear: I’m not mad at anyone. I’m not frustrated because this things happen from time to time. You know why? I’m always one step ahead and if someone follows me, that’s ok. It means a lot more to me when I see a happy customer, with great feedbacks and when I get to feel their reaction when they realize what a great experience their shopping with me was. They are HAPPY. And they came back. No matter how similar some “copy-paste” Jewelry looks like and how much cheaper it is … and you see: that’s the point. And you won’t understand this until you do something on your own … follow your creativity, your vision and be YOU! Don’t try to be me or anyone else. Since on a long run it won’t work. It just won’t. Period.
Alanis Morissette once said: “I’m flattered by your fascination with me… ” And I feel her deeply. 😉
Wishing you all the best,