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GarrotinBorn and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I now reside in Utah Valley.  Making jewelry (and subsequently test driving new designs) is something I love to do.   An entrepreneur at heart, I couldn’t wait until my immigration came through so that I could establish blue bijou, a wonderful idea that had been simmering in my mind for some time.  It has been incredibly rewarding to evolve into a business owner as well as jewelry designer and see all the ideas, previously trapped in the pages of my journal, realized at last.

Though I have made jewelry for fun since I was a child, I never thought to do anything more — until recently.  Tim and I were married in September 2005 and as I was being fitted for my wedding dress, I tried on some crystal jewelry to match the beautiful beading on my gown.  My mother offered to make my wedding jewelry for me,  which she created from Swarovski crystals.  She, along with a colleague, Alice, inspired me to revisit this hobby, and as I did, began to see the potential in making it a business.

After coming up with several names for my jewelry company, friends and clients encouraged me to use a thesaurus and go back to the drawing board.  I’m glad, because after months of trial and error, the name blue bijou was born.  Bijou is French for “jewel” and couldn’t be more perfect.

As the story goes, I made the mistake of not reserving my blue bijou website right away.  Long after registering my business with my city and the state of Utah, I tried to register my blue bijou website and was distraught to find that it had already been taken!  As it turns out, two sisters from London, England had came up with the same name and were starting a jewelry company of their own!  One integral difference is that instead of handcrafted jewelry, they import their jewelry.  After conversing back and forth via email with Caren Henry, co-founder of bluebijou in the UK, she made the brilliant comment that there must be a business opportunity for us in all this.  To date, bluebijou has purchased several of blue bijou’s earrings for resale in the UK.  There was a silver lining after all and what I had previously thought was the worst thing that had ever happened to my business has became one of the best things.


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