A True Inspiration
Original Article written by Kathy Krassner seen in Gifts and Decorative Accessories, 11/1/2012 2:00:00 AM
Bb Becker’s Tagline is “Healing The World with Words.” Thanks to founder Mark Becker, the company’s line of inspirational jewelry engraved with messages of love, joy and peace is helping to do just that.
Becker (known as “BB” for the BB gun he carried around his tough Brooklyn neighborhood in his youth) launched his eponymous company in May 2002 with just 12 bracelets engraved with quotes and prayers such as the “Serenity Prayer.” He had no previous retail or wholesale experience-having held various positions as a flight attendant, actor and Tai Chi instructor- when he decided to turn his hobby of designing jewelry for his wife, using reconstructed used pieces, into a career.
At the time, Becker was unaware that someone in California had laid claim to engraving words on jewelry and would sue others trying to sell such items, including BB Becker. With the assistance of several pro bono attorneys, two loyal retailers and an expert witness from “Antiques Roadshow,” the outcome of the company’s trial three years later ended that monopoly- paving the way for all of the engraved word jewelry in the gift market today.
Becker also credits his wife, Jo -whose handwriting appears on the company’s jewelry-for her assistance during the trial. “She wasn’t actively involved in the business until the legal battle,” recalls Becker. “Working behind the scenes since then, she
Hand-knotted leather and sterling silver bracelet is engraved with the message: “Leap and the net will appear.” $129. BB Becker. “Ely gets credit for her contribution,” he acknowledges, but says her background in finance is an advantage.
Today, BB Becker offers a Signature Collection of handcrafted, sterling-silver bracelets, necklaces, rings and pendants engraved with the words of spiritual leaders and influential historical figures, as well as a BB Boutique Collection of more affordable sterling-silver and bronze pieces introduced in 2010. New products on the horizon include a line based upon the inspiring work of a well-known writer/poet; as well as silver-plated items to BB Boutique.
Among the company’s top sellers is a bracelet featuring the Gandhi quote, “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart,” which saw a surge in sales last year after a U.K. retailer sold one to a woman whose son was serving in the military in Afghanistan. She gave the bracelet to her daughter-in-law, who became part of a chart-topping music sensation i
“Serenity” sterling silver small cuff features The Serenity Prayer. $259.n the U.K. called the Military Wives Choir. That bracelet is the first image seen in their music video, “Wherever You Are,” which has been viewed by millions online. As a result, says Becker: “We received calls and emails directly from U.S. military personnel asking about it. These conversations, as you can imagine, were very touching.”
Becker finds quotes to use on his pieces by searching old books from resale shops. “It’s truly amazing how many out-of-print books contain sayings that are not part of a typical quotations list,” he remarks. He and his wife then evaluate the quotes on how positive, inspiring, musical, truthful and wearable they are. His personal favorite quotes include: “At one glance I loved you with a thousand hearts,” by Mihri Hatun; and “Be happy for this moment. This moment … is your life,” by Omar Khayyam.
Headquartered in Denver, BB Becker has certainly come a long way from its 12-piece debut a decade ago.
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Unless you know your bracelet size, most get nervous when ordering bracelets online. You want your bracelets to fit properly and not be overly large or too small. Starfish gets many questions on what is the best way to measure your wrist and how to find out your bracelet size. So we decided to dedicate a post to this intriguing question.
What you need: Flexible measuring tape or a strip of paper or thin string.
Tape Measure: Measure just above (towards elbow) the wrist bone or where you would normal wear a bracelet, then add 1/4″ to 1 ” (1/2″ is average) depending on how tight you like your bracelets to fit. That is the size bracelet you would wear.
Paper or String: Place it in the same area as above, but mark it where it overlaps on your wrist. Then lay the strip flat to measure up to the mark using any ruler.
Volia! You now have your correct bracelet size!
Check out the charts below to see average sizing. The numbers below are just estimates. However the best way to get your exact size is by using the instructions above.
Basic Sizing Charts
Starfish is proud to present a new line this winter: Buddha to Buddha. Based in Amsterdam, they are renowned for their bold, handmade .925 sterling silver bracelets. According to their philosophy, “The brand is inspired by the Buddha to Buddha way of life; the philosophy of living consciously and enjoying, making the most of each day in an easy-going and natural manner, an Eastern, almost spiritual approach – but far from being floaty.”
These sleek, timeless designs look great on men and women. Starfish carries rings, leather bracelets, and sterling silver bracelet lines. These pieces are truly one of a kind and complete head turners. Check out Starfish’s complete collection at our website.
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Starfish is hosting a Heather Moore trunkshow just in time for the holidays. Stop by the store to take a look at gorgeous pieces that will be ready to go home with you that day or place a custom order that will be guaranteed in time for Christmas. Come meet and work directly with Jaeda, a Senior Design Consultant from the studio to create a custom piece for everyone on your list.
Each name, date and symbol is hand stamped with vintage, turn of the century tools that they mill in their own onsite shop. The goal of Heather Moore Jewelry is to help you create a timeless piece that commemorates you and everything important in your life. This is not impulse purchase jewelry; you won’t just buy it for an outfit, wear it once and then toss it in a jewelry box. This is a documentation of every stage in your life, telling your unique story. You are creating heirlooms with Heather Moore Jewelry, and like heirlooms, these charms will stand the test of time and be passed down for many generations to come.
Everyone who attends the trunkshow will recieve a FREE gift with purchase! Choose from either a Free 1mm White Diamond, Free 18in SS 1.3 mm necklace, or a Free backstamp!
Don’t forget to bring a friend! Get a little something extra when you bring a friend and they place an order during the show!
Need some inspiration? Check out the Heather Moore Idea Gallery.
Where: Starfish Jewelry
When: Friday, November, 16th 2012
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Starfish is in love with our new line: Tracey Tanner!
She hand makes vintage leather bracelets in her Brooklyn-based studio. Being eco-friendly conscious she cuts down on her carbon footprint and contributes to the local art community by purchasing her supplies from NYC-based vendors, and donates any leftover scraps.
The bracelets come in singles, double wraps, and triple wraps and come embellished with gunmetal, silver, antique copper, and antique brass- perfect for Fall fashion!
Article reference from http://www.coolhunting.com/style/tracey-tanner.php
Check out more of our designers to accessorize your Fall fashion at our store website www.starfishboulder.com