Another Monday and another gorgeous shop to be featured! Up this week is Cbiji Collection by Christine, a melody of stunning metals and gemstones, with just a splash of the what I like to call high-end-tropical-boutique-ness. Really, her items are just so fresh, delicate and feminine, but go ahead and take a look for yourself!
Cbiji Collection by Christine.
Everyday Chic with a twist of adventure.
1. Share the story behind your shop.
I absolutely love to travel and have always been passionate about jewelry. Wherever I travel to, I always look for that one special piece to bring home with me. At times, it’s quite difficult to find a simple piece to take home, so I decided to create pieces inspired by places I have traveled to! I call it my travel jewelry journal! All pieces are influenced by the textures, colours and designs of certain places.
2. Tell us a bit more about the creative process for you. Is there anything that just jump-starts the inspiration?
Since all my pieces are based on my trips, I’m always on the constant look out for colours, designs and themes that can be incorporated into my collection. I can’t pin point one particular thing that inspires me as I am always on the lookout for inspiration!
I am one of those tourists that loves taking photos of absolutely everything. Sometimes, I go through my photos and will remember a story that I want to include in my pieces as well.
I also use the jewelry pieces I purchase on my trips to help inspire the type of materials I use. For instance, I use pink coral for my “pink rose” necklace because Capri was full of hand carved coral rings!
3. What materials do you find the most challenging to work with?
Seeing as I am fairly new to jewelry designing, most things are challenging for me! Through trial and error, I am able to work through the challenges.
Aside from challenging materials, the next hardest part of opening up an online shop is marketing!
4. Right now, which piece is your personal favorite?
I have two favourites at the moment!
The first is a pair of earrings named sky. This is actually one of the newer pieces (part of my summer collection). The blue is such a lovely colour – so perfect for the summer! It is such a simple piece that is chic enough to wear everyday!
My second favourite item is the Turkish Delight bracelet. This piece was influenced by my time in Turkey. I have my fondest travel memories there and every time I wear this piece it puts me in such a great mood because I just think of the amount of fun I had there!
5. Do you have any tips or tricks for fellow Etsians on how to promote their shops more?
Being new to this all, I would say read about SEO (Search engine optimization). Finding the correct words for others to type in the search bar is truly a challenging experience. Also, join teams and become an active member. Finally, make treasury lists and add people to your circle!