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Meet Heidy Henke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heidy Henke.

Heidy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been a creative person, and when my aunt showed me how to string pearls in 2000, something about it resonated with me on a deeper level than other crafts had. I found that I loved gemstones and jewelry making and I have been on a journey to further my skills and make beautiful things ever since that day.

Now I have a jeweler’s bench and all the tools that come with it in my home studio. What started out as a hobby turned into a small business that has given me the flexibility to be at home to raise my two girls, which has always been my first priority. Being home when the school bus drops them off is a privilege that I don’t take for granted, and I have my customers to thank for that.

This past year was a great one, and I’m looking forward to growing my business in the new year – new designs, new techniques, and a new website are in the works.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh, definitely not!  Growing a business and developing your style is a constant learning experience.  One of my biggest lessons came early in my jewelry career.  Before I had kids, I worked full time and sold jewelry to co-workers occasionally – our employer even hosted a craft fair for employees one year.  I tried to be everything to everybody and lost myself in the process. I bought so many supplies at the time (I still have them!) trying to make things they described that they wanted. I didn’t love what I was making and it most likely that came across, which was good for no one. It was an important lesson to stay true to myself and my style. I learned that not everyone is my customer, and that’s okay. Now I only put designs out in the world that are what I truly love, and it makes all the difference.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I make jewelry that is delicate and understated, using gemstones selected for both quality and character. A lot of the time the most beautiful stones aren’t the perfect-looking stones, but the ones with inclusions and unusual colors.  I take great care in the details of my jewelry – the wire wrapping, the soldering, the finishing – because the process is so rewarding.

What were you like growing up?
I loved to read, play outside and was painfully shy. I still am pretty introverted to this day, which is probably why making jewelry all day suits me so well!

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