ABOUT

   

Welcome to the Art Jewelry Collective.  We are a talented group of artisans who met on Etsy (see below), an online marketplace for handmade items.  Though our styles and specialties differ, we bonded over our love of  quality art jewelry.  We formed the Collective as a way for us to connect, share resources, spread the word about Etsy and ultimately attract customers who appreciate upscale handcrafted adornment. 

This blog will serve as our online portal; allowing visitors the opportunity to get to know the artists.  We have many great things in the works, so check back often for updates!   

Click here to view full Mission Statement

Click here to view full Member Guide

Click here to Contact the AJC 

  

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Etsy is an online marketplace to buy and sell all things handmade.  The site launched in June 2005 and since then has grown by leaps and bounds.  All of the Art Jewelry Collective memebers maintain shops at Etsy.  We encourage you to not only browse our members’ shops but to also check out the work of the many other talented Etsy artists.  From hosewares to clothing to (of course) jewelry, you may just find that unique handcrafted item or gift you have been searching for.  

 But in order to make a purchase, you first need to create an Etsy account.  The process is very simple and free.  Click here if you would like to create your Etsy buyer’s account now.  

17 responses to “ABOUT

  1. Hello,

    We came across your blog site and like what we see. We are wondering if you would be interested in our proposal. We would like you to place a link or write an article about us (or our products) in exchange we can link back or even write an article about you site. Or maybe you have a better idea? We are a wholesale jewelry company that came up in the internet world recently, but are growing fast. We have been in business for over 20 years and provide mainly 14k gold jewelry but have a large selection in Diamond/Gemstones, Silver, Titanium/Stainless-Steel/Tungsten (you can say we are a one stop jewelry shop). We only provide the lowest prices and our service is top notch (we actually do have the lowest prices on the web, we did research on this). We hope we can work something out.

    Our URL is http://www.emperorjewels.com

    Thanks in Advance,
    Robert L. (please email me)

  2. Hello,

    We came across your blog site and like what we see. We are wondering if you would be interested in our proposal. We would like you to place a link or write an article about us (or our products) in exchange we can link back or even write an article about you site. Or maybe you have a better idea? We are a wholesale jewelry company that came up in the internet world recently, but are growing fast. We have been in business for over 20 years and provide mainly 14k gold jewelry but have a large selection in Diamond/Gemstones, Silver, Titanium/Stainless-Steel/Tungsten (you can say we are a one stop jewelry shop). We only provide the lowest prices and our service is top notch (we actually do have the lowest prices on the web, we did research on this). We hope we can work something out.

    Our URL is http://www.emperorjewels.com

    Thanks in Advance,
    Robert L.

  3. Seems a little odd that people have to be on Etsy to join. But people do seem to be rather fanatical about it, which I don’t think necessary as the whole world and it’s budgie knows about Etsy by now.
    There is some nice stuff on it, but it’s in danger of becoming just a craft eBay with a better interface.

  4. Hi Robert,

    The Art Jewelry Collective is affiliated with Etsy for many reasons, mostly b/c that’s where we all met and the reason we formed this group.

    As you noted, that the site was “in danger of becoming a craft eBay.” It is great that the jewelry category on Etsy has a range of prices however the median price range is only $18. (USD)! We, the Art Jewelry Collective want buyers to realize the beauty of well-crafted handmade jewelry, that it has incredible value and artistry. We want buyers to come to Etsy not b/c they are in search of a deal, but b/c they want to own something unique and crafted by an artist’s hands. I guess that’s where the debate over “crafters vs. artists” comes into play.

    In general, Etsy tends to market the craft aspect of handmade, so many Etsy sellers, like the Art Jewelry Collective, are banding together to market the artisan aspect of handmade. For instance, the Art Jewelry Collective just purchased 3 full page ads in a national magazine that will run in time for the holidays. Hopefully that will bring more “high end” buyers to Etsy.

    If not, then we’ll see. Etsy does have a great interface and this young company is growing quickly. We don’t want to turn our backs on this site. It has great potential, so who knows what will transpire.

    By the way, I visited your site. Amazing work! Too bad you don’t have an Etsy shop. 🙂

  5. I know that there are certainly advantages in banding together, it’s just I feel that sites like that quickly become so popular that they swam the prospective customer and it is easy to have ones “brand” degraded.
    There is now a wave of other sites which may also have a “web 2.0” edge.
    I reviewed one in a post which you can find here…

    http://artandcraftcooperative.blogspot.com/2007/11/etsy-vs-dawanda.html

    I did go as far as signing up on Etsy ages ago, but balked at setting up a “shop” when it I realised I had to parting with money.
    No matter how little it is, I feel I should be trying to make money on-line rather than spend it.

    Sorry I didn’t get back to your email earlier; I got caught up in the “Christmas rush”.
    🙂

  6. I have to agree with Robert. The designs offered here and on Etsy are craft, not art. There is a very clear difference between art jewelry and fashion jewelry, and anyone who regularly reads Metalsmith magazine or Ornament magazine understands this. There is a market for every buyer, and there is certainly nothing wrong with fashion jewelry. I have a problem with artisans and craftspeople calling themselves artists to try to exalt their products in the eyes of the public.

    I feel this collective is taking advantage of the trendy “art jewelry” name, when it is clear that they don’t have an understanding of what art jewelry really is. (Compare the work on this page to the work on the Klimt 02 website, Ganoskin website, or Metalcyberspace and you’ll see what I mean).

    If you’re a crafter be proud of the fine tradition of crafting. If you’re an artisan, be proud of that fine tradition, but don’t call yourself an artist if you don’t know the historical canon or if you can not contextualize your work within the field of art jewelry.

  7. Oh yes the great debate on what is art and what is craft.

    (I thought Robert was trying to do a link exchange and possibly write an article about this group. I must have missed where he said that the people in this group offer craft as oppposed to art)

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I happen to disagree with Linkie’s. Art is a matter of individual interpretation. The brand of magazines that an artist reads or comparisons to the works of others certainly does not determine an understanding of art vs craft. That debate will go on and on. for some people it is as simple as Cookie-Cutter vs Open-Minded approaches.

    To throw this entire group into something called “Craft” without taking the time to look at the various artist’s work is not fair. This group is populated with artists of varying styles, training and talent. I don’t believe, in any way, that this group is trying to take advantage of a trendy name. I enjoy the work in this group and certainly have some favorites.

  8. Your group is very talented!
    I do have an ETSY site, and I know what you mean about the pricing thing…
    I would love to join your collective!
    mindseyestudio.etsy.com

  9. Being a newcomer to Etsy, I’m looking for professional marketing avenues. Flickr was suggested to me; now I’d like to join a group. As a “wearable art” designer for 20 + years ,along with doing juried Art and Fine Craft Shows, uniqueness and quality have been a primary interest of mine. Please review my, recently opened, shop and reply afterwards. I’m confident y0u’ll like what you see.
    Sincererly,
    Bev/VersatilElements

  10. Hello, this is the Coordinator. It’s been awhile since I’ve read the comments here, but I have to question why “Linkie” would come here just to launch blanket accusations against a group of jewelry artisans/artists going about its business. It appears as if this might be someone who has been turned down for membership because they don’t have an Etsy shop. Aside from high quality work, good sportsmanship is also very important in a professional artist, and the lack thereof is another reason someone may be denied membership with AJC. A demeanor of Sour Grapes does not present well nor does it make a good team-mate. We expect our members to have a level of maturity becoming of a professional. If an applicant can’t accept our decision with grace then obviously that person would not be right for the group. (Taking pot shots will not win you any points here). If one is truly interested in joining they will be willing to do what it takes to meet the requirements. You may not like the feedback you get, but you will get a straight answer. We strive to be polite but honest.

    Yes we do read Ornament, and we have placed 3 full-page ads in it. Our definition of art jewelry is right in line with theirs. I’ve spoken to the staff there at length and they do consider what we do art (not merely craft). We have had a number of published artists in the group, a number of people who also teach, and many of our members have pioneered techniques and jewelry lines that are highly unique and innovative. Our screening process is such that we don’t accept just ordinary jewelry-makers or fashion jewelry. There are other groups set up for that.

    It would have been best to have asked why we only accept artists who have an Etsy shop rather than to assume we have some suspect motive or were “taking advantage” of anything, and no; we are not just a mouthpiece for Etsy by any means.

    I will explain as a courtesy to save anyone else wondering the trouble of asking again; the reason we currently only accept jewelry artists with an Etsy store is because we utilize a system there called Treasury Lists (a picture gallery which leads to that corresponding Etsy shop when clicked on) for a good bit of our current advertising. Our members make these weekly and sometimes several per week. If we accepted members who did not have an Etsy shop they would not get that benefit because the code is not set up to go to non-Etsy shops. We have no control over that. All we do is utilize that feature. They run the backend of it. Secondly, we do not currently have one central location (other than Etsy) where all our members are under one umbrella.

    All this said; we are in the process of setting up a website not connected with Etsy that would house pieces of jewelry for sale by all our members in one location. Once completed we will at some point be in a position to accept members who are not on Etsy because more of our future advertising will link to the new website and we won’t be constrained only to Etsy.

    Those whose work fits our upscale demographic, has a refined and elegant look to it, artists who have a responsible and professional attitude, are truly interested in working as a team, and willing to work on developing themselves as artists are welcome to apply.

    Note: At this time we are not accepting artists who make primarily simple beaded jewelry.

  11. To clarify how to apply for those reading the blog here;

    Please contact me (Giftbearer) through Etsy on the “convo” system. That is much easier to keep track of than responding to requests scattered around in all the various places where we have web presences.

    Thanks to the other responders above for your kind words!

  12. Hello,

    I am a fellow crafter/photographer/jewelry makers etsy shop owner. You can see my work at http://jenaardell.etsy.com

    I was wondering if/how I can join your group of artists???

    Thanks,
    Jena

  13. Hi
    I would like to join your blog
    I am a jewelry artist among other things
    visit my site and let me know
    I am still working on taking better photos
    But will get there.
    Valentines’ day is my fav holiday I do have some heart rock pieces.
    thank you
    kathleen

  14. Hay, iam gemstone rings hobbiest. Nice to see your blog. Would you like to exchange link with us.

  15. I would love to be a part of these talented jewelry artists. I’m new to Etsy but am learning the ropes quickly! Thanks for your consideration!

  16. Hi,

    If you guys are interested in listing your item’s directly on your blogs or site’s please check out http://www.myestoreapp.com. It lets you set up a store in 5 minutes and deploys right onto your actual personal site. We host and run the store for you completely free. It really is just a matter of you dragging the product images from your pc onto our site and the store being created instantly. Hope this helps.

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