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Traditional Filigree Jewellery – Our Business Journey

Maintaining a unique identity in a crowded marketplace

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Last year in an interview I said that one of our biggest challenges was to ‘maintain a unique identity in a crowded marketplace’.  This is an ongoing challenge & one that we thrive on.  Walking to work this morning I spotted a new jewellery store that has opened on the main walk way around Korcula old town. I started to think about how we can ensure that our identity is not lost amid the mass of stores here, and what makes our store different to others.

I have the best views on my walk to work.

I have the best views on my walk to work.

I firmly believe that our main unique selling point (USP) is the fact that ALL of jewellery is made here by us in Korcula, it is only available in our store in Korcula and in two boutiques in Dunedin, New Zealand.    Each piece of our jewellery is handcrafted, using traditional filigree techniques that have been passed through many generations of the Seba family.  It brings us much joy to know that we are keeping a centuries old tradition alive.  By adding a Korcula flavour/modern twist to our pieces we are able to introduce a fresh approach to filigree making, keeping filigree relevant for today’s jewellery lovers and wearers.

I have written before about the various steps that go into creating each of our pieces, from the traditional filigree bead – see Creating Our Filigree Beads, part i, ii & iii to the wide variety of bespoke requests that we have enjoyed creating.

One of our first bespoke creations created for an UK based customer in 2011.

One of our first bespoke creations created for an UK based customer in 2011.

If you don’t see what you like in our store we are happy to create something especially for you, our bespoke service is offered to customers worldwide and we are yet to meet many of the people we have created pieces for. Items can be ordered online and discussed via email – sebacroatia@yahoo.com – feel free to contact us if you would like to know more about this service.

Both Doka & I enjoy sharing how we create our filigree pieces, and are here to answer questions in Croatian, English, Albanish or German.
We hold daily filigree demonstrations in our Korcula store (Seba Dizajn) where people can watch and learn about how we create our jewellery.  There is a full working table in store and a lot of our pieces are created on site during the summer months.

Daily in store filigree demonstrations.

Daily in store filigree demonstrations.

We are passionate about our creations and ensure that each piece is worked to the highest standard, ensuring a product that will be enjoyed for many generations.  Our unique pieces include several designs inspired by our Korcula environment, some of you will be familiar with our ‘Cathedral Window‘ Series – each pendant, and newly introduced pair of earrings,  has a framework that is based on the window of St Peter’s Cathedral – the oldest (of 17) church here in Korcula.  We have recently added a pendant to our collection that we first made in our first year of opening (2011) that is based on some of the amazing stonework found here in Korcula.

Korcula stonework inspired pendant.

Korcula stonework inspired pendant.

Our use of social media to promote both our business and Korcula is another feature has helped us create a unique identity here in Korcula. There are a number of Korcula businesses with fabulous facebook pages and we enjoying interacting with them and our ‘friends’ all over the world.  We also use Twitter (@SebaDizajn), Pinterest, Google+ & this blog to help share our filigree world.
It is always interesting hearing about how people ‘found us’ and each of the social media listed here has been responsible for introducing a customer or two.

The constant updating of our stock also helps keep our business alive and fresh, making it interesting for those who are returning to visit and for us :)   If you are in Korcula come and visit, we would love to meet you. If you are further away, leave a comment below, we enjoy hearing from our readers all over the world.   Where in the world are you?

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Author: Seba Silver

In June 2011 Adolf and I opened a small store on the beautiful Dalmatian Island of Korcula. Our store (Seba Dizajn) showcases Adolf's stunning filigree jewellery, all work is made on site offering you the fascinating chance to see filigree jewellery being made. Visit us at www.sebasilver.com to see and purchase some of our filigree jewellery. The Seba family have been working, and creating beautiful pieces of filigree jewellery for over 500 years.

4 thoughts on “Maintaining a unique identity in a crowded marketplace

  1. It seems to me that when a potential customer likes something, then there are a few things that can tip them into being actual customers. I have an image in my mind of the potential customer who is attracted to something. I picture them leaning forward, off balance, looking for something to tip them over the edge.

    You could say they are looking for a justification to say yes to their desires.

    We say that someone ‘fell for it’ when we are being negative about a con trick. But all good and valuable transactions need the customer to fall for it.

    One of the things that will tip them is price… everyone loves a bargain.

    Another is the story attached to the thing they are interested in. Sometimes the story is paramount, so that a person will only pay a small sum for a dress. But a dress that was worn by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot… now that’s a story.

    Yet in one way, the dress is just a dress.

    I used to think of this when visiting the Habitat stores in England. Taking home a Habitat dustpan and brush was unlike taking home a Woolworth’s dustpan. It was partly the colour (some pantone version of red) – but it was also the mystique.

    Telling a story of the origins of your designs seems to me to be a powerful way to enable potential customers to say yes.

    • Hi David, thanks for you comments. It is so true, people do love a story and more and more so now people seem to be considering the origin of their purchase. Korcula is the same as so many tourist towns where so many souvenirs are not created locally, our story does help sell our products. Meeting the person who made your new earrings, of the pendant that you will give to your Mum when you get home is a pretty neat experience.

  2. It so hard to stay ahead, but you guys def have a unique offer. I hope to see the demo one day in person!

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