My Project for May

I do apologize for the lack of posts in recent months. I have been working to build my jewelry business. My number one seller is still my Anne Boleyn replica B necklace, but I now offer a version that is made with real grade B or grade A freshwater pearls.

I’m also continuously working on designing other letters so that I can offer the entire alphabet. I haven’t been happy with any of my designs yet but I’m hoping to be able to offer them by next year. I’d also like to offer them in silver.

For the month of May my shop is quite busy–I have started giving away free Anne Boleyn cameo pendant necklaces with every purchase of a B necklace. My reason for this was mostly my attempt to make May a slightly happier time for those who are remembering Anne’s tragic execution. Such necklaces are great conversation pieces that allow for the wearer to tell the story of the subject of the necklace, which means to me that more people have chances to explain that Anne was not guilty, that she was not a low-born seductress who only wanted the crown, and that she did not have six fingers, as well as being able to discuss her charity, education, faith, and wit.

If you are interested in supporting this cause, or just interested in owning a beautiful piece of jewelry, you can get yours here at:

Anne Boleyn’s Necklace–Part Two

As well as being a full-time European History student, I make and sell necklaces on Etsy. My shop’s title is “OrganzaExtravaganza”–I started out by selling Tudor portraits set in cameo pendants that were attached to organza ribbon necklaces. These days the only thing that I am selling is my handmade replica of Anne Boleyn’s B necklace.

Of course, I am not complaining about this. I have been quite successful and my version of the necklace is what is being sold on THE Anne Boleyn Files website (A great place to learn about Anne and Tudor history–check it out!).

I started making my own version of the necklace because, like many fans of Anne, I wanted one, and it is surprisingly difficult to find a version that I actually wanted to buy. There are several out there–some made of clay that I had tried that broke easily, some strung with plastic pearls on clear plastic thread that also broke easily…and none of the Bs looked right. I wanted something beautiful that lasted.

I decided that my version was going to start with durable white string, and I was going to hand-knot it between each pearl so that *if* it ever broke, the pearls would not end up rolling around on the floor, as had happened to me before. The pearls were not going to be plastic, but glass, and I was going to also offer a luxury version made of the highest grade cultured freshwater pearls (soon to be in stock!). The B was going to be gold-plated, but most importantly, it was going to look like the Bs in the various portraits of Anne that show her wearing the necklace.

I made one for myself, but I had enough supplies to make five more. I decided to list them in my Etsy shop.

They were sold within a few days.

I ordered more supplies and kept making them because people kept buying them. I am still surprised at my own success.