Article: Introducing myself and my label – Angela Wozniak Jewellery
Introducing myself and my label – Angela Wozniak Jewellery
Me wearing one of my designs, the Lara Circle Stud Hoop Earrings in Bali.
This is the long version of my story.
Grab a cup of tea first.
It all started in Bali.
One time on a soul searching trip to Bali, in early 2018, I decided to try out a metal-smithing class to experience making jewellery by hand in the beautiful jewellery district village of Ubud.
Let's just say I was absolutely hooked!
I loved the fact I could express myself creatively and working with my hands felt amazing!
That first metal-smithing class was just a 3 hour studio class, but I ended up staying the whole day in the studio to make more jewellery pieces and I kept returning everyday to make more jewellery during my 7 day trip.
Over the course of 2018 I made 6 trips to Bali.
Each visit I was in the Jewellery studio I would learn more and more different metal-smithing techniques from the local balinese artisans. Soon I started accumulating quite a bit of my own handmade jewellery pieces.
Some were not very good and literally were thrown in my scrap metal box, but some were really awesome as I had friends ask me to make them copies.
Me in Bali where I took my first Jewellery making class. This is the very first piece of Jewellery I ever made. I was going through a toxic breakup at the time and I designed the Mantra Ring with the quote 'Courage' because I really wanted to make something meaningful as a daily reminder to stay strong. Let's just say metal-smithing kept me busy and kept my mind off the break-up.
Taking professional jewellery classes
Because I loved metal-smithing so much, at the end of 2018 I decided to take a professional metal-smithing course.
The course cost a small fortune but came with a professional jewellery making bench and all the tools I needed to start a home studio. I was soooo excited I could now practice at home.
I also took a second course - technical drawing for jewellery design so that I could learn how to sketch out my designs professionally.
My first little jewellery bench in my bedroom, 2018.
But as I was acquiring more skills something happened – I started to suffer from a lot of self-doubt. Little voices in my head saying things like "I will never be a real jewellery designer, who do I think I am?"
I was suffering from a lot of negative thoughts about the ambition I was trying to embark upon. I was killing my own dream before anyone else even had the chance to judge. Fear of failure is a batch!
Learning to be fearless
That was around the time I started to take an interest in meditation and visualisation as a way to try to battle my fears.
Through learning these techniques I started to appreciate myself a lot more and underwent a huge personal growth spurt and spiritual awakening.
I was learning to heal and love myself more, and decided to I was going to start believing in myself. Believing I was good enough!
Finding ethical gemstones suppliers
At the beginning of 2019 I decided to take up yet another professional jewellery course, this time in gemmology in preparation to travel to Jaipur, India to source gemstones for my designs where I bought up a lot of stones.
Took some time out to do some sight seeing in Jaipur, 2019. This is the blue room at the Royal Palace.
While in Jaipur I visited 6 different gemstone suppliers and found my preferred ethical gemstone supplier which is where I buy my gemstones still to this day + I use some local suppliers in my home state New South Wales in Australia.
Then on 22 March, on my Birthday in 2019 I launched my small business under my own name - Angela Wozniak Jewellery. To this day currently it's still just me, I am a one-woman show.
If you are discovering my jewellery brand for the first time, I'm very grateful that you read this to the very end!
If you’ve purchased from me, thank you so so much for supporting my craft and my dreams. It means the absolute world to me!
Lots of love and light and gratitude,
Jewellery for the Soulseeker ✨🌙
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