GIVEAWAY: VRD JEWELRY (Now Closed)

WINNER of GIVEAWAY is: Malaika

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And most of all thanks to Victoria of VRD JEWELRY for making this giveaway possible. 

Today’s giveaway comes courtesy of Victoria of VRD Jewelry. She’s a full-time student, entrepreneur, go-getter, loves Indian food, makes beautiful jewelry, just my kinda chic. Let’s meet Victoria.

When did you start selling on Etsy and Why Etsy?
I opened my shop in March of 2011 after a friend of mine recommended Etsy to me.  At the time I was making a lot of jewelry from recycled metal pieces, and I figured it would be a good way to make some extra money while doing something I love to do. After getting really great feedback and some sales, I started to really get into it.  I started to teach myself as much as possible about jewelry making and starting a business, and then I stumbled upon metalworking and immediately fell in love with the process.  Etsy.com has been vital to my success.  I’ve been able to market to people who appreciate handmade goods, and the community of artists and admirers I’ve met on Etsy have encouraged me to keep going.  
Is this a full time gig for you? If not how do you manage time to do everything?
I’m actually a full time college student.  I spend as much time on my shop as I do on school, so it’s more like having two full time gigs.  Managing my time can sometimes be tricky, but I find that staying very organized helps me a lot.  I schedule time for everything, and do my best to stay on task.  I enjoy having a lot to do, and I love making jewelry, so its more like a labor of love for me.
 

If I could only buy one thing from your shop right now, which would you recommend?
At the moment my favorite pieces are my new collar necklaces.  They are some of my most recent designs, and they have been quite the statement pieces.  Every time I wear either of the necklaces out I get compliments all day long. 

What was first piece you ever made/sold?
The first piece I ever made to sell on Etsy was a necklace made from hemp cord, a vintage feather charm and a turquoise stone.  I was so elated when I sold it, and my first customer was awesome and really loved it.  That first customer also became one of my repeat customers. 

What are your plans for the future?
I’ll be receiving my Associates degree soon, so i’m in the process of applying to several art/design school in New York City.  I plan on studying jewelry/accessories design and illustration design.  I also plan on expanding VRD jewelry a lot! I plan on getting my own web page for VRD soon, participating in some jewelry/craft shows, creating some look books, and of corse pumping out new jewelry designs! There are a ton of new items coming soon!

Do you have a workspace? If so, can you share what it looks like? 
My work space is also my bedroom!  Its mostly a workspace, with a random bed in the corner, but I don’t sleep much, so I don’t need much space for that.  I just recently installed pegboard on my main wall, so my tools are all organized now, which has been a big help.
 

Her workspace. Don’t mess with a lady and her hardware.

Love women starting their own businesses (and you’re so young). Any advice for those thinking about starting their own business?
Go for it! Be fearless, work hard, be courteous with customers, and stay on task, and promote yourself.  Etsy actually helped me a lot when figuring out how to start & run an online business.  The Etsy Seller Handbook was super helpful for me, I was able to learn how to take product photos, create a brand, and many other things.  When it comes to making a lot of sales i’ve learned that really good product photos, good product descriptions and promoting your shop on social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. have been extremely helpful.  

Now some fun fill in the blanks:

I can’t get through the day without ……Pandora.com!  It keeps me going throughout the day

I’m currently reading…….”The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp. It was recommended to me by my painting teacher. It’s full of really great tips and inspiration for creative folks

My favorite song is ……..This one is tough because my favorite song changes every week. This week I’ve had Azealia Banks’ “212” on repeat.  

I’m lusting after ……The amazing new clothes in this September’s issue of Vogue. There are so many talented new designers emerging right now, its really inspiring! 

My dream vacation would be …… I’ve always dreamed of going to Italy to appreciate the amazing art, food & history! 

Any local (Tampa) brunch recommendations: I love indian food! My sister just recently took me out for brunch at an indian cafe called Udipi.  It was all vegetarian, and the food was amazing, as was the atmosphere. They also had really good prices (I’m very cheap with food, so this was important.) 

Where else can we find VRD Jewelry? 
An Instagram: VVRRDD
A Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/VVRRDD
I like to post new item previews, behind the scenes photos & exclusive sales on these sites.  

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  1. beautiful jewellery

    January 16, 2013 at 6:13 am Reply

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  2. maria elena

    October 2, 2012 at 12:22 am Reply

    i love the shattered necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/106480539/shattered-brass-collar-necklace

  3. katja9_10

    October 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm Reply

    I love the Copper Cage Ring.

    Les Johnson

  4. sarah

    October 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Brass Curve Earrings!

  5. Shay

    October 1, 2012 at 4:10 am Reply

    I love the Brass Curve earrings and the Copper Cage ring. Totally fits my personal style!

  6. Vendemmia

    October 1, 2012 at 3:24 am Reply

    My favorite is the Stacking Ring Set

  7. MB Isaac

    October 1, 2012 at 12:49 am Reply

    Xiomara (Ready For Battle) – Copper and Agate Stone Shield Necklace, Oxidized, Hammered Metal

  8. Monica Wile

    October 1, 2012 at 12:21 am Reply

    I like the Geometric Brass Earrings!

  9. Mercedes

    September 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm Reply

    I love the green druzy ring that she worked on in class!

  10. Jenné

    September 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm Reply

    Hey girl! I LOVE that cuff!

  11. Nina

    September 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm Reply

    Brass dagger and druzy stone earrings, absolutely. They are incredible!

  12. Morphine

    September 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm Reply

    I love the Stacking Ring Set – Textured, Oxodized, Silver, Copper, Brass – 4 pc

  13. Bev Feldman

    September 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply

    So many beautiful pieces, but I think my favorite is Bondage – Brass Geometric Collar Necklace.

  14. Meg T

    September 30, 2012 at 2:14 am Reply

    I like the simple heart ring and the raw Amethyst Necklace!

  15. Cindy

    September 30, 2012 at 12:34 am Reply

    Thank you for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. My favorite is the Raw Amethyst Necklace – Solid Brass, Raw Amethyst Stone, Geometric: http://www.etsy.com/listing/91118924/raw-amethyst-necklace-solid-brass-raw

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. elle

    September 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm Reply

    The Triangle Bib Necklace and the Raw Amethyst Necklace are lovely!

  17. Sarah

    September 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I like the Raw Amethyst Necklace – Solid Brass, Raw Amethyst Stone, Geometric

    sparmeland(at)optonline(dot)net

  18. .ambre.

    September 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Shattered – Brass Collar Necklace – Geometric, Raw Brass, Triangles

  19. Leslie R.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:04 am Reply

    Love the Brass Heart ring!

  20. AmbreRose

    September 29, 2012 at 2:44 am Reply

    I love the Wood Burned Necklace! ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

  21. Iliana R

    September 29, 2012 at 1:31 am Reply

    My favorite is the Raw Amethyst Necklace – Solid Brass, Raw Amethyst Stone, Geometric!

    rocky.mart@yahoo.com

  22. Karry

    September 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm Reply

    I liked the spiked brass earrings.

  23. Austin Baroudi

    September 28, 2012 at 4:50 am Reply

    I like this the best!!!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103358366/equality-heart-ring-raw-brass-lgbtq
    mcfallsk8er(at)aim(dot)com

  24. Unknown

    September 28, 2012 at 4:16 am Reply

    I love all of her pieces.. However, I am so into hearts right now.. So the brass heart ring is so cute and classic…

  25. michelle wong

    September 28, 2012 at 3:16 am Reply

    love the Geo Cutout Mock Collar Necklace

  26. Ashley

    September 28, 2012 at 12:53 am Reply

    what a great giveaway- thank you for hosting it!

    my favorite piece is the spine brass cuff… beautiful!

  27. MoonRae

    September 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm Reply

    All the pieces are gorgeous!! my fav is the Obelisco pendant
    Thank you for this great giveaway!!

    Sharon
    lunrei@yahoo.com

  28. maggiepie

    September 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm Reply

    i love the obelisco geometric brass bangle!:)

  29. KarenZ

    September 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm Reply

    I like the Stacking Ring Set – Textured, Oxodized, Silver, Copper, Brass – 4 pc

  30. Tory Bennett-Daggett

    September 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm Reply

    My favorite item is her simple Brass Heart Ring!

  31. Shani

    September 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm Reply

    I love this item a lot: http://www.etsy.com/listing/90497755/wood-stud-earrings-burned-design

    Also, I'm a new follower via GFC: kiss_shani

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

  32. Hadley Hudson

    September 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm Reply

    VERY tough choice – but I think my favorite piece is the Geometric Brass Bangle – just beautiful! [canedane @ hotmail]

  33. lisa phillips (golden storm)

    September 27, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply

    love this very much Spine – Brass Cuff Bracelet – Raw Brass

  34. Stephanie Y.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:29 am Reply

    Love the geo cutout mock collar necklace!

  35. Sonya Sanderson

    September 27, 2012 at 6:16 am Reply

    I like the Raw Amethyst Necklace

  36. Léo Carter

    September 27, 2012 at 4:27 am Reply

    The Brass Dagger & Druzy Stone Earrings are to die for … Hope I win (I live in Canada is it okay ?)

    gningoneleonora@hotmail.ca

  37. LunaRaven

    September 27, 2012 at 3:46 am Reply

    They're all really beautiful. It would have to be between the Xiomara necklace and the wood burned ring. But like I said, there isn't one piece of jewlery there that I wouldn't wear!

  38. Marija

    September 27, 2012 at 1:58 am Reply

    I just love the brass triangle cutout ring!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

  39. Claire

    September 27, 2012 at 1:57 am Reply

    WOW. I love this. http://www.etsy.com/listing/105139760/obelisco-geometric-brass-necklace-modern

    i love everything in her store!!

  40. siilenti

    September 27, 2012 at 1:37 am Reply

    Amazing! I adore the cage and dagger necklace, so unique!

    siilentii27 at gmail dot com

  41. Jennifer P

    September 27, 2012 at 1:26 am Reply

    The Obelisco – Geometric Brass Earrings are my favorite.
    cspmom at gmail dot com

  42. lauren guilbeau

    September 27, 2012 at 1:25 am Reply

    Love the bondage bronze geometric necklace!

  43. Julia Carlson

    September 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm Reply

    I LOVE the spine brass cut bracelet. This is totally the type of jewelry I love!

  44. Heather Dowley

    September 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm Reply

    I love the shattered brass collar necklace but all the pieces are great- totally my style!

  45. Ellen C.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm Reply

    I like the textured 4 piece stacking ring set. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  46. stephanie funk

    September 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Love those bendy earrings!

  47. Melissa

    September 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm Reply

    My favorite piece might just be the Fang ring.

    <3 Melissa
    melissa.lynn.amaral[at]gmail.com
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

  48. laurgray

    September 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm Reply

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103358366/equality-heart-ring-raw-brass-lgbtq
    IN LOVE. Will definitely order If I win. 🙂

  49. Lkay107

    September 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm Reply

    I like the Copper Cage Ring

  50. Chasity Boatman

    September 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm Reply

    I like the geometric collar necklace 🙂

  51. jbmthill

    September 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I love the geometric collar necklace; http://www.etsy.com/listing/110459606/bondage-brass-geometric-collar-necklace

    like2sweep@gmail.com
    Beth H

  52. Andrew Adamson

    September 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply

    I love the Xiomara very nice

  53. This Hungry Hippo

    September 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Xiomara (Ready For Battle) – Copper and Agate Stone Shield Necklace, Oxidized, Hammered Metal <—— LOVE this!

  54. Lanie

    September 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm Reply

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/107079085/brass-curve-earrings-raw-brass-modern

    Surprising choice for me considering I don't really wear earrings, but these are perfect.

  55. kiddo

    September 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm Reply

    I love Spine – Brass Cuff Bracelet – Raw Brass.

    kiddomsg at gmail dot com

  56. Jus and Kat

    September 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm Reply

    My favorite is this necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/97885748/brass-geometric-necklace-minimal-modern

  57. Jennifer Corsillo

    September 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm Reply

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/74899004/wood-burned-necklace-natural-rainbow

    i really like this because it is UNIQUE 🙂

  58. Mz.T

    September 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm Reply

    The Geo cutout mock collar is gorgeous!

  59. beyond

    September 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm Reply

    i really like the brass cage ring.
    beyondthewindow at ymail dot com

  60. gail

    September 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm Reply

    rainbow wood burned necklace
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

  61. babymama30549

    September 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm Reply

    I really like the Shattered – Brass Collar Necklace – Geometric, Raw Brass, Triangles…Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

    stargirl88_99@yahoo.com

  62. jamie tucker

    September 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Triangle Bib Necklace – Brass, Lapis Lazuli, Geometric Necklace

    tuckersaver at hotmail dot com

  63. Michelle

    September 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm Reply

    looooove the Geo Cutout Mock Collar Necklace!!

    michelle k

  64. tylerkilledlove

    September 26, 2012 at 4:13 am Reply

    brass geometric necklace…OMG!

    -mona zavala

  65. Aliya

    September 26, 2012 at 1:52 am Reply

    Love love the wooden studs! Good solid business advice as well as a beautifully organized room/design studio!

  66. m.styles

    September 26, 2012 at 12:17 am Reply

    Obelisco-Geometric Brass bracelet… YESSSS PLEASE!

  67. e

    September 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm Reply

    Really like the spiked brass earrings

  68. e.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply

    love love love the Brass Dagger & Druzy Stone Earrings

  69. deonna

    September 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm Reply

    My favorite piece is The Fang – Geometric Knuckle Ring. I also really like Victoria's workspace. I don't have space in my home right now but I imagine it looking something like that!

  70. Amielle

    September 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm Reply

    I love all the shapes! And her room is awesome. My favourite would have to be that necklace next to those curved earrings. Tons of fun!

  71. Hannah

    September 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm Reply

    I love the copper cage ring!

  72. Jessica Who?

    September 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm Reply

    love the druzy earrings!

  73. ife87

    September 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Her jewelry are quite clean, classic and statement pieces. I like the fang rich, xiomara necklace as well as the triangle bib necklace.Very unique.

  74. Jeneration

    September 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm Reply

    this is such a beautiful read 1!!! thank you so much for sharing i feel so inspired your never too young to do something you want and hard work will always pay off 🙂 bless her and wish her success in her career

  75. Sheri

    September 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm Reply

    I really like the Diamond Dagger necklace.

  76. Francivusk

    September 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm Reply

    The Brass Cage Ring is my favourite item! I just love it!

    Francesca

  77. vetty

    September 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm Reply

    my favorite is the brass geometric necklace. i commented on a previous post about my interest in geometric jewelry; this definitely is up my alley.

  78. Consider Me Lovely

    September 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm Reply

    I LOVED this interview!! As a new Etsy seller, it's always great to read about other Etsy sellers. The Fang- Geometric Knuckle Ring is a must for me!

  79. Alice

    September 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm Reply

    No contest: The Copper Cage Ring. I'm (quickly) becoming a ring person and I think it would look great on me.

  80. TrollopCM

    September 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm Reply

    my favorite piece is the Obelisco brass earrings, my god they are GOREGOUS!

  81. Sheena Marie

    September 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm Reply

    My favorite piece: Brass Dagger & Druzy Stone Earrings. I dont usually wear earrings but these futurist, Egyptian babies would change my life! Pow!

  82. Ladzer

    September 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm Reply

    I love the Shattered collar necklace. It's trendy, timeless, and unique at the same time.

  83. Alexandra

    September 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Love the Obelisco brass earrings

  84. Brittani

    September 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm Reply

    I love, LOVE, love the spine cuff bracelet.

  85. seedofeve

    September 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm Reply

    my fave are the Obelisco – Geometric Brass Earrings

  86. Sing of Sing'ature Style

    September 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm Reply

    My favorite piece is the brass curve earrings.

  87. sewdope

    September 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm Reply

    I love all of them. Is that a fair comment? lol 🙂 If I had to choose, the triangle collar is awesome!

  88. Courtney B

    September 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm Reply

    i like the brass druzy earrings

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

  89. Davina916

    September 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm Reply

    My favorite piece is the Rainbow wood-burned necklace. Thanks!

  90. Divas Thrift Two

    September 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm Reply

    My fave is the Obelisco-Geometric Brass bracelet!

    Demetria
    http://www.divasthrifttwo.blogspot.com

  91. Ju

    September 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Really love the Xiomara (Ready for Battle) necklace! (And the Tumblr link should be vvrrdd.tumblr.com.)

  92. Lulu

    September 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm Reply

    My favorite is the Raw Amethyst Necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/91118924/raw-amethyst-necklace-solid-brass-raw

  93. KenziesMom

    September 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm Reply

    My fav item are the Brass Curve Earrings – Raw Brass, Modern, Hand Forged….

  94. Shana

    September 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm Reply

    I love the Brass Dagger & Druzy Stone Earrings

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    shanahattis at gmail dot com

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