Written by Phil Cerroni
By Elaine Paniszczyn
At the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber’s Women’s Alliance holiday luncheon Dec. 19 at the Chamber office, Christina Winters Gears spoke about how she started her jewelry business.
“I was standing in Stanley Korshak’s one day, and I saw this chalcedine choker necklace that was just 12 big, raw stones about the size of a robin’s egg on a little wire with a little hook and eye clasp,” Gears said. “They wanted $1,000 for it. I asked, ‘Why is this $1,000?’ and (the sales lady) said, ‘Well, it’s one of a kind, and those are semi-precious stones.’ And I thought, ‘Well, I know that, but that’s awfully expensive. I could do this.’”
Gears started taking classes on how to make jewelry and named her business Serendipity by Christina.
“Serendipity is the art of discovering the unexpected,” Gears said. “Each piece is one of a kind and very unique. The stones are semi-precious with crystals and hand-blown creations by various artists. I have gotten the stones from all over the world.
“Long story short, I have over 230 necklace and earring sets, and every one of them is one of a kind.”
She showed a necklace made of citrine, silver and fresh water pearls that she said would cost $4,000 at Neiman Marcus. Her creation was $1,000.
“If you want a piece that really resonates with you as a woman – resonates with your body language, with your emotions – stones specifically resonate with various emotions that we have,” Gears said. “Pearls and chalcedine resonate with feminine energy. Amethyst resonates with intuition. Malecite will bring past experiences up for you to deal with or to resonate with.
“Every stone creates an emotion or brings an emotion out. Rose quartz resonates with the heart. So, when you put something on, you want it to be yours, and you want it to emanate from you who are. This isn’t your regular jewelry line; this is one of a kind.”
Each piece comes with a display box and a travel bag.
This was the first time Gears had put her jewelry on display for sale, although she has donated pieces to charity.
“I’m happy to have it here for the first time at our Chamber which is the seat of our business in our city,” she said.
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“The Women’s Alliance is a networking event that promotes growth for women in business by providing networking opportunities combined with education and leadership opportunities in line with the Chamber’s goals,” said Tamara Fulcher, Chairwoman of the group. “That is what we use as a basis for planning our programs.”
“Attendance was up over 307 percent over last year. That speaks for itself.”
Meeting dates for 2013 include Jan 16 (Topic: Women in Business; Speaker: U.S. Chamber of Commerce); Feb 20 (Topic: Playbook for Success; Speaker: Nancy Lieberman); March - no luncheon; Apr 17; May 15; June 19; July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. TBD, Nov. - no luncheon, and Dec. 18. The Women’s group meets at the La Cima Club, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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