I stumbled upon VictorianaGlen from another blog and fell in love with her work! She makes beautiful custom jewelry. As soon as I saw some of her creations, I knew just what a wanted: a necklace made just for me with my kids’ names on it.
I contacted Victoria and asked if she could make me a necklace. She was prompt in returning my message and immediately started asking me questions about what exactly I was looking for. Again, it’s completely custom, so I could pretty much request anything. I had already settled on a style, but wasn’t sure about how to do the placement of names. Eventually, we ended up settling on putting “mom & dad” on one disc of my necklace, and then all my kids’ names and my dog’s name (she’s one of my kids!) as well. And when I asked if she could put a little cross charm on there as well since that is who I truly am in my heart, she was excited to get started!
I was so thrilled with the result, I couldn’t wait to put it on!
Victoria was so helpful, not pushy at all and I felt like she truly cared whether I was over-the-moon excited about the finished product. You can check out some of her amazing designs HERE.
I asked Victoria some questions, so you could all learn more about her awesome business.
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Tell us a little about yourself–married? Kids? What state are you in?
Hi! I’m Victoria! I’m married and live in the burbs outside of Houston, Texas with our two little kids. A little girl that is 6 going on 30 and a little boy that is 5 and the perfect specimen of a little boy.
What made you decide to do custom jewelry?
As a mom I found myself doing the same tedious tasks (dishes, laundry, snacks and sippy cups, etc) day in and day out. I needed a hobby…desperately. I needed some me time. Something fulfilling, challenging, creative, something that I could do for me and it didn’t matter if nobody else liked it haha. One day I saw a necklace online that a friend posted and I fell in love with it. However, it was $200. After I put my eyes back into their sockets I got to searching around online because I knew for that kind of money I could probably get all the tools I needed and make it myself. Then with all the tools already purchased, I could continue to make myself whatever I wanted. I ended up finding some beginner tools (not great.. but they got the job done) and some scrap metal to play with and went to town. I stamped a little every day until I was pleased with the outcome and posted it on Instagram. I got such kind feedback and support that I figured I at least had a good head start and kept it up. Now I have friends, friends of friends, complete strangers and next door neighbors asking to order which is a fabulous feeling!
What’s the most unique/favorite piece you’ve ever done?
Hmmm.. Well, I would have to say the most unique piece I’ve ever made is a sterling silver necklace with two hearts joined together. On one heart it has an initial and on the other it had a random dot pattern requested and designed by the customer. She was having a necklace made because her brother had passed away and she wanted a memorial piece. His name started with a D and he had a really neat freckle pattern in the shape of a heart on his face and neck. So it went from a sketch to a tangible piece and she loved it!
As far as favorite pieces go, oh boy, I don’t know if I could really narrow it down to one. I do have to say that I really enjoy making memorial pieces. I know that sounds very strange but these people come to me so sad, so broken and ask me to make them something for them to remember their lost child or mother or husband and it breaks my heart. I feel so, so blessed that they could have gone to anyone, anywhere but they chose me. I get to make this piece for them that will help them remember and celebrate that person. I get to create this precious token for them to wear daily for a long, long time. I can whip up a necklace with a giraffe on it any day and that’s all fine and dandy but when someone comes to me with a story and an idea, I am ALL over that. I know it will never get tossed in the back of the closet or given away as a re-gift. They want that piece. Some of them need that piece and I love being a part of that. And don’t get me started on their reactions when they see their proof photo. Ah…I could just cry. And I have. And I love it.
What kind of equipment do you use for your pieces?
To create the majority of my pieces I use a ball peen hammer, a steel bench block or an anvil, alphabet stamps, several sets of pliers and then all the metal or other materials needed to assemble and embellish each item. Other items require more specialty tools but I would say 95% of what I make starts with those tools.
How much does a necklace like the one you made me cost?
With my stacked disc necklaces, the pricing starts at $20 for two discs and then goes up $5 for each additional disc. I always include one little bauble of sorts like a birthstone, pearl, tiny charm, etc. If the customer wants additional charms or crystals I charge a very small fee for each additional.
What other types of jewelry do you design?
I primarily get requests for necklaces but I also make many bracelets, key chains, pairs of earrings, adjustable rings, bottle openers, collar stays, tie bars and money clips! Everything I make is completely customizable so it doesn’t have to be something you see on my page. I can take a sketch and turn it into a special piece for you or if you see something online you’d like me to recreate for you I can usually accommodate as long as I have the right tools. I have also combined many items before. Someone will like the idea of a certain necklace but wants it as a keychain and with texturing like a bracelet I posted the week before.. or some other combination of ideas. And I can totally work with that
If someone wants to contact you for more information, what’s the best way to get a hold of you?
The very best way to contact me is through my Facebook business page. I don’t have a website yet and I cannot initiate messages on my business page. For whatever reason, Facebook doesn’t allow us to message people, but if you message me first, I am able to respond. A lot of people comment on photos asking me to message them with pricing and I can’t! I would love to, but Facebook is silly about that. So pretty, pretty please, send me an inbox message on Facebook to VictorianaGlen and I will get back to you pronto!
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Note: I received a complimentary necklace in exchange for this review. This in no way affected my review. My opinions are 100% my own!