Jewelry expert Cheryl Kremkow has a new blog post entitled, “Coincidence or Copy? When is a Design Too Close?” I know Cheryl — in fact, she invited me to co-present at a seminar for the JCK Las Vegas jewelry trade show in June — but she didn’t tell me that she was writing this article. It was a pleasant surprise to see my punctuation rings included as an example of original work. Check it out and let her know what you think.
As I said to Cheryl in my comment on her story, I obviously didn’t invent the hashtag or “at sign.” Nor did I invent jewelry that features those symbols or other punctuation, so I have absolutely no cause for complaint when other people do similar designs as long as they don’t use the font I developed the way Topshop did with my swear rings. I want to make that clear! (That said, to the best of my knowledge, no one else was doing social-media-inspired fine jewelry at my particular pricepoint at the time I launched my first designs.) Of course, it is disheartening to have unsuccessfully pitched my designs to press and stores for years, only to see the very same press and stores get excited over the very same concept when it is offered by another, better-connected designer. Well, that’s the reality of a creative industry for you. It’s not just what you do, but who you know. Those of us who don’t start out with the right connections have to create them and undergo the “It takes 10 years to become an overnight success” ordeal. Another chapter for my The Bitchtastic Guide to Business™ book!