Posts tagged agate
Posts tagged agate
We currently got a wee giveaway running on FB to celebrate our new page there. So if you got a FB account, hop on over to https://www.facebook.com/DeMedeiros.Jewellery/app_168029613316477 for a chance to win a pair of Rock My Bottle earrings (sterling silver and agate). Good luck!
This agate was mounted in silver today (silver still needs buffing, so it’s not finished yet)… but doesn’t it look like there’s a person wearing a cape in the stone pattern???
You can enter by following us on Twitter, have us in your circles on Google Plus, or following us on tumblr… each one equals a chance of winning, so if you do all three you will have three chances of winning. If you’re not a member of any of the above mentioned networking sites, you can sign up for free on all three of them (G+ requires you to have a gmail account, again this is free).
The prize is one of our fun and summery Rock My Bottle pendants. Tiny little Scottish Agate fragments are gathered and placed inside a little glass vial. A Sterling silver pendant cup and sterling silver tag with 925 stamp is fastened. Comes with a delicate 18 inch sterling silver chain. The vial measures approximately 2.5cm (not including the cork). If you don’t want to wait to see if you’re the winner, you can buy one now and remember to use our friends voucher for a massive 35% off.
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1: Open worldwide to entrants aged 18 and over. International winners will be responsible for all customs duties, VAT and other associated taxes and charges that might arise. 2: Closing date for receipt of entries is 16th of June 2012. Any entries submitted after this time will not be entered into the draw. No automated entries by third party allowed. 3: There is one prize available, the winner of this prize will be drawn at random from all valid entries received by the closing date. There is no cash or other prize alternative. The promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable. 4: The winner will be contacted via e-mail within a week of the prize draw closing. If the winner fails to reply within 28 days, the prize will be forfeited by that person, and a new winner will be drawn from the correct entries submitted. 5: By entering this draw you agree to have your name and town/city published on this website/Google Plus/Twitter/tumblr should you win the prize. Your details will not be passed on or sold to a third party. 6: The promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entries which it believes have not been made in compliance with the terms and conditions. The promoter is not liable for any entries that are lost or delayed due to failure or fault of the internet or any related technology.
The last four pieces made… here photographed before the silver gets buffed.
A few more handcrafted sterling silver and Scottish agate rings.
Remember, if you’re looking for a unique ring - why not take a look at our online selection?
We became very rushed for the Trade Fair, as we just decided less than 2 weeks ago that we’d go… so it’s been fairly hectic since then! lol! Anyway… one of the things you can do there is to bring a “press pack”. I became the appointed “press pack person”, and having never done one before, I did a little bit of research online. Turns out Americans does much better press packs than the British! We couldn’t have any of that , so I went to work on making an attractive and little bit of fun one!
I’m posting all the info about it here… incase someone else wants to do a press pack at some point… and like me, don’t really have a clue what to do. lol! Hopefully it can be of a little bit of help for someone.
What is it?
Well, it’s basically a little bit of info, that you can send to the press… magazines, newspapers, websites, etc.
What’s in it?
Ok…. ours doesn’t really cover everything… but as the packs are for the fair we’re going too, the ones receiveing the press packs will hopefully pop by and see us if they have any questions.
A short and sweet press release! The rest of your press pack can basically be the same, but you can change this statement, and send out the same press pack just with a new statement each time you got some news. Like a new range, new collection, etc.
Info about your company (check!). Keep it short, from what I’ve read online people drift off if you go over one A4 sheet.
Pictures (check!). These can be on CD/memory stick, but also clear printed ones. It’s advised to add a picture of yourself - as people want to see the designer.
If you’ve been featured in magazines/newspapers/etc you can add a summary of this on an extra sheet (but remember - the less sheets the better! Max 3-4 printed A4 sheets altogether)
Samples (check-ish… lol!). This can be a little bit of a problem… as if you do things that cost you personally a lot to make, and also a lot of time, then clearly the option to send a finished product to everyone is out of the question… however I saw somewhere online that just to give people an idea of what you do is good. Like us for example, we make handcrafted sterling silver jewellery with Scottish agates , so our little sample shows off the Scottish agate. It’s a little silver plated (so not sterling silver) keyring where I popped a little lightly tumbled (again, we cut, shape, lap and polish our agates… but this one is just lightly tumbled) agate. So if you normally make jewellery with beads, maybe pop a bead inside a similar keyring? Or if you carve wood sculpures, add thin sample of beautiful wood? Or if you make dresses, make a little fabric heart?
How do I present it?
Make it look attractive!!! Yes, you might think that the info is more important… but if people get loads of press packs, chances are they will just dismiss one if it doesn’t catch their eye. A nice bag, a nice folder, a nice box, etc is advised just to make sure people will take interest.
Gosh… this is gonna be such a long post! lol!
As mentioned… not much time for us this time… I would have liked to make it a little better… but I don’t think I did too bad…
Our Press Pack
Folder - this is just a bog standard plastic folder with one of those “poppers” to close it. I would have prefered one that had a little slot for a business card, but didn’t find any in the shops, and due to time issue I didn’t want to take the chance of ordering some in. So instead I have printed out a little sticker and stuck it up in the corner.
Info - a short and sweet little info sheet, which just basically mention what we do, and have added contact details on the bottom. Printed on card.
Postcards - these are basically there beacuse I send a lot of postcards. lol! One can never have too many!
CD - I added a new pictures onto a CD… again, I didn’t add too many, as it’s easier to browse through few, then there is many. Put in a little CD holder to make sure the CD doesn’t get ruined, and on the top of it I’ve stuck a little sticker that has our QR code incase people are more technically advanced than me and actually know how to use their mobile phones. lol!
Magnet - added a little magnet which looks just like our business cards.
Business card - this is a must if you got one!
A picture I would have had this printed on postcards (with more info on the back), but it was the dreaded time issue again… the picture shows the process we do with an agate, from found on the beach to a finished necklace.
Sample - this is the little keyring that I mentioned above. There’s only one in the back, I just used two for the picture, one shown in it’s bag, one shown on top of the bag. Stuck in a pretty little organza bag.
Bag - again… this is something I would have had printed if I had the time… but instead it’s just a normal black giftbag, and I’ve printed out a little sticker on it…. in this bag I’ve stuck the postcards, the magnet, the picture, the business card and the keyring.
Anyway, that’s our little press pack… I hope those that get them like them… and no matter, what I had lots of fun making them! I wish I had more time, but with the time I had I don’t think I did too badly. :)
This gorgeous agate was lapped today…
Most is fabulous crystal, with a tiny little bit of the rough on the right hand side, and amazing agate circles on the left hand side.