Featured Zibbeter - HannahsGems

Texas became Zibbet’s destination again, to the city of Houston, to interview Hannah of Hannah’s Gems. Hannah loves Zibbet for both selling and doing her shopping.

Hannah has one of the few mailing list sign-ups I’ve seen on Zibbet shops and you can sign up for hers right on her shop’s main page. Read on for more of Hannah’s great tips.

Please enjoy the interview, leave Hannah a comment, and then use the Share Tools so others can read it, too. Please spread the Zibbet Love!

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

    My husband and I have been married nearly seven years. Our children like to watch me learn new jewelry making techniques and try their hand at it now and then. We are a simple family here in Texas.

  2. Apart from being ‘creative’ what do you do?

    Well, parents often have to find creative ways to entertain their children in some form or another. At home we build Legos and trains, read books, draw, and the children’s favorite…we watch ‘Mighty Machines’. Sometimes we bake homemade treats together. Ah yes, the joy and exhaustion of parenthood.

  3. What inspires you to do the kind of work you do?

    First off, you would have to thank my husband for his vision and foresight. Before I started making jewelry I made a resolution that I must do something creative with my hands within my lifetime, but it should not be for my pleasure only. I wanted to do something special and make others happy too. I found jewelry making and it was the only craft that I was good at, meaning that I could actually complete a project on my own. Who doesn’t like jewelry? Men, especially, like buying jewelry for their wives, daughters, and mothers. I have fond memories of meeting face to face with customers, who made purchases from a year before at the time of meeting them, and from their heart-felt compliments I’d say mission accomplished.

    I would have been content selling at the occasional bazaar and giving jewelry as gifts. My husband is a visionary and made the arrangements to offer my jewelry to the world. Hannah’s Gemstone Jewelry (HannahsGems) was born in the year 2010–a fully functional business and no longer a hobby. HannahsGems came to Zibbet in 2011.

    My husband had confidence in my abilities. He attempted jewelry making, but soon found it was not as easy as it looks.

    Hannah’s Gemstone Jewelry is built on providing quality products and customer care. An extensive search was done for the most reputable jewelry supply wholesaler(s) with the best deals from whom supplies could be purchased in an effort to provide HannahsGems customers reasonably priced sterling silver and gemstone jewelry. The types of gemstones used in Hannah’s Gemstone Jewelry, such as, carnelian (chalcedony), red agate, black agate, and turquoise, were chosen for their religious significance in Islamic history.  These semi-precious stones and agates are known as ‘Aqiq’ to Muslims.  The intent however was and is to market HannahsGems to everyone and not be exclusive to Muslims.

    I make the jewelry, manage the site, and communicate with customers. I participate in social networking sites and market HannahsGems across The World Wide Web. My husband handles the legalities of running the business.

  4. Do you look up to anyone? Who? Why?

    Yes, my husband. He is computer savvy. He creates schedules and keeps to them. He is organized and has a good memory. Oh, he is patient with me.

  5. What other passions do you have in your life?

    I dabble a little in essay writing, digital graphics/graphic design, and web design. However, I do not hold any official academic certificates or recognition in these fields.

  6. What do you like most about Zibbet?

    Firstly, customer support, secondly, the forums, and thirdly, shop customization: listing is quick and simple, the ability to edit shop color to match your banner and business outlook is great, and being able to add widgets is a splendid feature.

  7. What ‘new’ things would you like to see added to Zibbet?

    The one thing that pops into mind every time I list a product is that I wish I could add bullets, bold, italicize, and add color to text.

  8. How do you promote your work?

    HannahsGems is promoted mainly on social networking sites such as, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. HannahsGems can be found on Blogger and Tumblr. Occasionally, items are added to Kaboodle and Stumble Upon.  Business cards printed by Moo.com and custom product tags made by a fellow Zibbeter, Portable Graffitti Graphics, are included when sending out orders. To update opt-in customers of new products and site changes, online newsletters are sent out periodically to ‘Hannah’s Gemstone Jewelry Mailing List’, using Mail Chimp. Other venues used for promoting HannahsGems are Google Plus, Photobucket, Flickr, YouTube and Zibbet’s Community Hub.

  9. How would you recommend other Zibbeters make the most of Zibbet.com?

    Create a personal website with an added blog feature. Use the blog feature to blog about relevant topics; it’s a good way to increase traffic. You can create hyperlinks to redirect visitors to your Zibbet shop.  Weebly offers a full customizable website for free. Take a look at HannahsGems personal website.

    Create an online photo gallery; it’s another good way to increase traffic.

    Comment on and participate in blogs wherever possible. HannahsGems had several visits from a comment which I wrote under an article in The Wall Street Journal, the author listed Zibbet in the top five best Handmade Marketplaces to buy and sell handmade, vintage, and supplies.

    Note: Most of us Zibbeters depend on our stores for an income. Several Zibbeters randomly promote the artworks of other Zibbeters as much as possible on a daily basis to boost the sales of the shop being promoted, which of course brings traffic to Zibbet—we all benefit.

  10. In the future I’d like to be…

    I’d like to be a supermom, more organized and self-empowered, an accomplished author, and able to correspond in several languages.

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17 Responses to “Featured Zibbeter - HannahsGems”

  1. GrandmothersHouse

    Oh, Hannah - you already ARE a SuperMom! Letting the children watch you and work with you, whether it’s jewelry-making or baking, is SO important in their little lives so many (life’s) lessons they are learning at Momma’s knee! GREAT JOB!
    Grandmother Carolyn

  2. handmadefuzzy

    wonderful interview!! The link to the weebly website doesn’t work though :(

  3. AllAboutTheButtons

    I agree with Carolyn above…anyone who can run an online business and a home/family is super to me!

  4. XquisitelyLadyM

    Hannah, what a lovely interview!! My goodness but you have your hands full! :) Your children sound like they have wonderful - and extremely talented - parents. :o) I always love seeing your jewelry - you always make me smile with it. :o)

  5. texaseagle

    Great interview! Nice to learn more about you, Hannah!

  6. PaperOnParade

    Enjoyable interview and great advise on promoting your shop! Thank you and congrats on the Zibbet feature!

  7. tenthavenuesoapworks

    I enjoyed reading your interview. I admire anyone who can design and create jewelry–I’m all thumbs at it!

  8. HannahsGems

    Thank you for your comments everyone…means a lot to me.

    I do soo like it here on Zibbet. Thank you Jonathon, Andrew, and Jess for this great opportunity. Thank you Judy for the work you do, both for the service you offer and for your promotion of Zibbet.

    P.S. HannahsGems is short for “Hannah’s Gemstone Jewelry”. I wanted Hannah’s Gems as a business name, sadly that was already taken, but I’ve kept HannahsGems as a user name and always write it as one word.

    The Weebly link is working.

    Thank you again.

    Zibbet Rocks :)


  9. Not2Shabbyshop

    I read your interview, It was very informative and had great tips on how to promote your shop. You are an inspiration!

  10. MoxyFoxDesigns

    Hi Hannah,
    Here is a pat on the back for your husband — what would we do without their skills and willingness to help. I love your enthusiasm and congratulate you on having a website. You are doing triple duty running a business, being a wife and raising little children. That really is the work of three women. :D Thanks for the tip on the mailing-list feature here on Zibbet. I am so happy to meet you and will visit your shop for my items on my pinterest boards. http://pinterest.com/moxyfoxdesigns

    Warmest regards,
    Susan Givens

  11. SampleZBox

    Wow! Nice to know more about you Hannah, great interview! We’d love to have you join us in Z Box to help promote your shop as well! AND yes, you are already a supermom!!

  12. spankyluvsvintage2

    What a nice interview Hannah ! …congratulations on being featured and best wishes in all of your future endeavors :)

  13. olebaglady

    Hannah, enjoyed your interview very much! love getting to know you little better. You are a busy lady. Wishing you all the best.

  14. acraftyarab

    Hannah, you are one of my favorite shops here on Zibbet and I love learning more about your in this interview. Great job!

  15. BeautyWithintheBeads

    Hannah,your jewelry is beautiful. I haven’t been here to long on zibbet but I do love it. Loved the interview. I just have one question about the weebly site. Do you need to know html to customize the site like you have it?

    Beauty Within the Beads

  16. HannahsGems

    Thank you Not2Shabbyshop , MoxyFoxDesigns , SampleZBox , spankyluvsvintage2 , olebaglady , acraftyarab , BeautyWithintheBeads .

    Roxanne (BeautyWithintheBeads), You don’t need to know HTML to customize Weebly sites, they use drag and drop applications. You get a ready to use template with menu navigation, backgrounds, headers and more. If you ever need help with setting up, you can use the support link on Weebly or email me.


  17. DancingRainbows

    Hannah, what a great interview. I enjoyed reading about your family and thank you for the insights on promoting your shop. You make Weebly sound so simple. Thanks for sharing your talent… :)

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