It's been asked if Wishing Well's jewelry is exclusive to our company. Here's the answer to that question in a very wordy reply.
I began my design career back in 1999 when I launched my first business, Campanelle. I'm not sure that at that point I knew I was embarking on an entrepreneurial journey that would span 16 years. At it's peak Campanelle was producing hand-made beaded jewelry for 40+ boutiques in the 5 state area. I wholesaled the jewelry through the Dallas Apparel Mart and retailed it through trunk shows. I loved the flexibility working from home provided, but disliked certain aspects of the business that were very time consuming.
I segued into the corporate world as a Director of Product Development and Creative Director for other jewelry companies. This gave me experience working with large national retailers such as Nordstrom, QVC, HSN, Dillards, Macy's, Belk, and many more. The happiest days of my career were spent here because I was able to travel to NY and Asia for work and really got to know the jewelry business.
Next came motherhood, and very soon after the birth of my next business, Henry St. James. In 2007, I designed and created a line of boutique style traditional boys clothing and had a website built. Once my daughter was born I quickly had to put the business in deep freeze to attend to her needs since she was born with some health complications. I will never forget the 2 years I got to spend with my first two children as a full-time parent. I quickly began to realize that even though there are a million upsides to staying home with them, it was the toughest job I ever had. I admire any woman who has the strength and patience to be a full time mom.
The world has a funny way of knowing exactly what you need, even when you don't know you need it. I remember planning my entry back into the working world when I learned that I would be expecting again. And as fate would have it, 2 more little Wises made their way into the world. It was during this time that I discovered the world of Facebook selling. Smocked Auctions sprang onto the scene and prior to their first auction I supplied them with some of the Henry St. James boys line. The company was an instant success and the SA girls needed more and more product. I was happy to supply it and also found a new career in private label children's clothing supplying to a few more Facebook based companies.
During a playdate, I shared with a friend the successes these businesses were having. She suggested we start a business just like them, and we both agreed to bring jewelry and accessories to the world of Facebook selling. I was able to dabble in a little jewelry design for our Happily Grey collaboration, and found creative outlets within the business. You can read about Meredith and my success story here: HuffPost article
We gave it our all for nearly 4 years, but decided we both wanted to pursue other goals and move away from the business. Which brings us to today. I started Wishing Well to marry my love for jewelry design, small business, empowering women, and online social marketing. What began as an idea one day developed into rough sketches, technical designs, and then working closely with the overseas factory to get my product exactly right. If anyone tells you that being a small business owner is easy, they may be holding back. It is absolutely wonderful, fulfilling, challenging, but never easy. Every day I am faced with new challenges I try to overcome, and every day I set new goals and work towards the big ones I set forth when first forming the company. So to answer the question, is the jewelry original? Yes. Absolutely. There is nothing in the world like it and I hope it's uniqueness will find it's place in the market and in the hearts of those who believe in the message of Anything is Possible.