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Meet Eleni Asimos of MissElenious Handmade Jewelry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eleni Asimos.

Eleni, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Technically I started making jewelry as a kid with beaded friendship bracelets that I would sell outside my neighborhood market… Fast forward twenty years and I found myself continuously altering and remaking store-bought jewelry. Sometimes, I didn’t quite like the design; other times, cheap materials irritated my skin. I found that gold filled chain and materials were affordable and, for the most part, hypoallergenic. After compliments and requests from friends to make pieces for them, I decided to launch MissElenious Handmade Jewelry in March of 2015.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was a struggle to finally find an artistic outlet that I could actually be proud of. I felt like I tried everything and sucked. Little did I know, I had been perfecting my craft over the years without realizing the potential it had. One day I was repurposing some jewelry and realized that THIS is what I needed to pursue and nurture.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MissElenious Handmade Jewelry – what should we know?
I specialize in delicate handcrafted gold filled jewelry with a bit of boho flair using crystals and charms. My craft is best displayed with my hand beaded lariats where each bead is tediously wire wrapped and connected to form beautiful crystal chains. I like to create pieces that can be worn any time, all the time and I want my customers to feel like they are wearing a piece of art, not just jewelry.

From designing to crafting to packaging, fulfilling orders, marketing and social media, I have my hand in every bit of my company and truly value the help and advice I get from friends, family and other small business owners. It is a beautiful thing to see people step up and support each other.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Probably my optimism and genuine concern for others. I truly want to make people happy and contribute to their sense of beauty and confidence. The initial feeling of letting my creativity flow into an actual, tangible piece of jewelry is such a fulfilling moment, but when I hear from others that something I have created invokes a feeling of beauty in them, it is absolutely priceless.

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1 Comment

  1. susan williams

    May 29, 2018 at 17:22

    Congratulations on this article Eleni. Your jewelry is beautiful. I remember when you were a little girl and we would play dress up you told me “Su Su, when you die, I want everything of yours that sparkles”. Oh, and how about the press on nails! It is so appropriate the you are designing and making jewelry now. You always were my sparkle girl. I have some sparkles for you if you send me your address.

    Love you and miss you, Susan

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