Barbara's Blog

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

I am reminded at this time of year of the fable of The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, when the fox tells him “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

I have been questioning how I can possibly send Holiday Greetings when 2020 has brought such turmoil! I suppose it is my small way of posting an embrace to everyone that reads this blog, like a huge seasonal hug that travels through the miles. I think we all need it.

And because it IS the Christmas Season, whatever your religious beliefs, it is a season that creates a kind of magic. Like the Little Prince discovering that kindness and caring are vital to existence. It is as if the atmosphere gets charged with hope and expectation. The candles get lit, the imagination soars, and suddenly the urge to give, seizes the moment.

But what on earth would lead one to buy an extravagant necklace at this time, 2020, the year none of us will forget? And when would it be worn or where, for heaven’s sake?

Well, all I can say to that is that life will (amazingly) go on. Even in zoom calls, a wonderful necklace is in a prime position to lift the face and add charm and delight. And when all this is over, (and it will be over) that flattering, wonderful necklace can go out into the world and work its magic, not only for the wearer, but with all those who observe it being worn.

So if you should be looking for an unforgettable present for a beloved person this year, or better yet, something to raise your own spirits? Look no further. That very special person will be utterly entranced by one of these necklaces, or even the earrings on this website.

Worried about missing the boat for posting? Relax: I use DHL, which means it will get to you in a few days, safe and sound.

But whichever way you are able to spend this holiday season, like the Little Prince, celebrate the important things with your heart, and look for that joy in unexpected places.

And a peaceful, healthy, joyous Christmas to you all.

Barbara Acton-Bond

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Updated: Oct 7, 2020

No one really enjoys talking about prices. But I think this is a subject I need to bring up. I am often apologetic about my prices. And yet I’ve been told by both clients and other jewelers that it is ridiculous to feel this way. Nevertheless, the price of my necklaces often embarrasses me.

Which is precisely why I feel it is important to bring up the elephant in the room. How do I arrive at a price for one of my necklaces? Do I just pick a number and think customers will be fine with this? Absolutely not! Frankly, it always comes as a bit of a shock when I make my assessments as to what a necklace has to be priced at.

Putting it quite simply, the price of a necklace is based on the cost of producing that necklace. That is, the cost I have had to pay for the pendant, beads, silver or gold, and all the other elements involved. Then there are repairs, alterations to a pendant, and a whole host of unseen costs that go into making a necklace. But this never includes my own time to create a necklace, which can take up to 5 days, depending on what is involved. And then there is travel. I go all over the world to find my elements, but this is not part of the price either. If I charged for my own time, it would make the necklace simply prohibitive.

Another factor is rarity. When I find an element that I know I will never be able to unearth again, that element becomes like gold dust. This can include stones, crafts or antiques. What makes my necklaces special are those unique, often antique pendants and elements. It is what gives the necklace character and individuality. But it comes at a price, which has to add to the price of the necklace. Sadly, once I learn that I will never be able to buy certain stones of quality or colour, because the supply has dried up, that stone then becomes a rare commodity and its price goes through the roof. This unfortunately forces me to increase prices, which I will always try to avoid doing, but sometimes it is simply unavoidable.

I hope that this blog goes some way towards explaining my prices.

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To create or not to create: that has never been a question. I have tried my hand at a number of creative pursuits: writing, art history, editing, lay-outs, photography, television work and journalism. But for some reason, jewellery making has latched onto my imagination and super-glued me into its clutches. I don’t want to be coy or cliched about the process, but it does invade my thoughts, like a piece of music that just won’t go away.

If you know my work already, if you have actually met me, none of this will be a surprise. But the purpose of this blog, is to introduce my passion, and over time, if you are still there, share experiences, visions, views and yes, processes that fill my creative jewellery, or in my case, the necklace making life.