Monday, July 1, 2013

ShopBevel Review

If you're a jewelry fan and haven't heard of ShopBevel, I think you should check them out!  They're different than your average jewelry shop because they work with independent designers to bring the best designs to market.  Artists submit their designs, the community votes on them, and then ShopBevel produces the selected winners!  I think it's such a fun way to shop and help independent artists bring their creations to life.

Members can preorder the winning designs while enjoy special early-adopter pricing, and designs are produced for four to six weeks.  The company is the brainchild of Founder and CEO Courtney McColgan, who created ShopBevel while as a student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She was inspired to create the company after seeing many talented designers, including her own friends, face difficulties when trying to get their designs to market.  ShopBevel goes a step further than most other jewelry stores because artists are able to receive peer feedback directly from other members, and consumers are able to have a voice in what they are able to purchase.

ShopBevel sent me a pair of the Gold Elephant Studs by Jules Koppel of Berlin, which retail for $25.  The artists receive a 15% royalty on all of their pieces that are sold.  My earrings arrived in a black box, and were neatly packaged inside a canvas bag.  They also included some informational cards about ShopBevel and the earrings themselves.  The artist states that "These studs pay homage to the always patient and loyal elephant!"

The studs themselves are really pretty and well-made.  They're about 3/4 of an inch long and across and made of nickel-free, gold-plated metal.  They are definitely more of a statement earring.  I would pair these with a breezy, bohemian maxi dress for a summer day in the sun.  I love animal-themed jewelry, so these were a good (random) pick for me!  You can view more of Jules Koppel's designs by checking out her ShopBevel profile.

  • Visit ShopBevel to view current designs and vote for ones you'd like to see brought to life!
  • Use code BBSTUDS to receive 25% off of your first purchase (expires July 31st).

Bottom Line: I recommend ShopBevel to all jewelry lovers.  I think it's so fun that they allow members to have a say in what is created while also helping independent artists bring their pieces to fruition!

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BrandBacker.

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