Arielle designs natural / minimal necklaces, earrings, and rings for her jewelry line BORCIK. All her jewelry is handmade in Utah.
What's your story?
I started designing jewelry for BORCIK after running across a geode necklace in a little shop in Park City, Utah. I thought it was so beautiful and had to have it. I couldn't stop thinking about it, and kept saying to my husband "I bet I could figure out how to make this!" He was very encouraging and told me to try it. So that week we went to a local Rock Store and bought a bunch of geodes to crack in half. That was an adventure. haha. I've since found MUCH better ways to source my stones. But I'll always remember the excitement of finding one that could be used for a necklace.
What's your creative process?
My creative process always starts late at night. That's only because I have two little ones that keep me very busy during the day! I spend a lot of time researching what my clients want, and then try to fulfill that with an affordable piece of jewelry. I recently moved into a 3 bedroom. So I finally have a studio! It's helped a lot in keeping me focused on creating new designs. Which I do once about every two weeks.
What makes your work unique?
There are a couple of things I think make my work unique.
1. My jewelry is made from either natural or minimalist materials. So you will see lot's of raw crystals, geodes, and druzys in my shop. Along with very simple gold necklaces.
2. My main hope for BORCIK when I started it was that the focus on natural and simple materials in my jewelry would help remind all women that they are naturally beautiful just the way they are, in this world that is becoming largely focused on unnatural beauty. A quote from the film Walter Mitty reminds me of my purpose " Beautiful things don't ask for attention." 3. And third this year we have started donating a portion of all of our proceeds to the charity To Write Love On Her Arms ( TWLOHA) which is a place where those suffering from mental illness and suicidal thoughts can go for hope and help. You can read more about why I am so passionate about that cause on our website.
What advice do you have for other aspiring jewelry designers?
My advice is to follow your dreams. Yes I know! So cliche. But it's true. Follow your dreams, do that thing you are scared to do. I was SO SCARED that no one would buy my pieces. Now one year, and over 800 sales later I am so happy. I have so much purpose for my life, that I wouldn't have without this little thing I call mine. And I have my amazing husband to thank for that! So my advice is in the words of Shia Lebouf or Nike "JUST DO IT!"
Where can we find your work?
You can find my work at borcik.org where you can also read why we are passionate about the charity TWLOHA.
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