Being a full-time student and working a 40-hour week — not to mention being a wife — can be a stressful situation for anyone. For Amber Blythe, the hectic lifestyle she lives is the last thing she thinks about when she’s working on her jewelry line, Imprinted Possessions.
“It’s the highlight of my evening,” says the 26-year-old Dallas-based designer. “With such a busy schedule, it’s nice to have a hobby that brings me joy each and every day.”
Every piece in Blythe’s line is handmade, including the chain and hand-stamped personalization. The only pre-made items are the charms and metal discs, all available in sterling silver, copper or brass. You can even mix the metals in your piece if you want a funkier look, or add a unique stone. Custom orders are possible if you have something particular in mind.
Blythe specializes in double-, triple- and quadruple-stacked necklaces — her favorite being the round, triple-stacked necklace, which is this week’s giveaway item! “I love the way they lay on top of each other,” she says. “You know they’re not gonna move; you know they’re not gonna cover up the names.”
The hour-long process for a necklace involves stamping the metal disc and oxidizing it; polishing it; and then sanding it smooth, which involves going through different layers of sanding to make it as shiny as possible. The last step is stamping the name and blackening it. “A lot of people use Sharpies. I do it by hand,” says Blythe, about how she takes the extra step to provide a longer lasting, and better looking, piece.
Blythe sells her pieces on the popular auction site Etsy.com, an auction site that provides an avenue for up-and-coming designers to sell everything from clothing to accessories to vintage items. Since she started her side business in November, Blythe has sold well over 100 necklaces. But what separates her jewelry line from the hundreds of others?
“The creativity,” says Blythe. “I try to keep mine really original. Every piece that I’ve created from scratch has been completely from me.”
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