Featuring Etsy shop ByVellamo

This weeks shop feature is ByVellamo. She makes sterling silver jewelry earrings, pendants, necklaces, jewelry sets, handmade exclusively with Swarovski crystals, gemstones, Venetian Murano glass, delicate porcelain and Swarovski crystal pearls: earrings, pendants, necklace and bracelets all handmade in Finland. Take a look at her gorgeus jewelry and read more about her work.


I am living in Helsinki and Tallinn and I am an entrepreneur. Originally I am from Romania and I moved to Finland in 2007. My main occupation is commercial photography, which I have been doing since 2005, but in 2011 I have opened a jewelry web shop, called byVellamo. I am spending a lot of time in Estonia now, because my boyfriend has a job here, in Tallinn. 

My jewelry is handmade by me, with natural gemstones, Swarovski crystals, original Venetian Murano glass and lovely miniature porcelain. As a small child, I had a few tea sets made of miniature porcelain (I suspect they were quite valuable, since my parents had an antiques shop at the time, but I never thought of that while playing with them). I loved them so much and recently I came across a few tea sets and I decided to include them in my jewelry designs.

I opened my web shop in 2011 and I made my first earrings and pendants with sterling silver wire and small Swarovski crystals. I have slowly evolved to the designs you see in my shop now. I love romantic, shabby chic, pastel colors, as well as sparkly elements for evening and formal wear.

My favorite items are hard to pick, but I think they might be the earrings and necklace with miniature Venetian masks and a pendant I sold to someone in New Zealand, called Fire and Ice. It was a large round turquoise stone with fire opal Swarovski crystals.

Next I am working on a larger order, namely 11 bracelets and earrings, for a young American woman who is planning to give them as gifts for her bridesmaids to wear at her wedding. It is the largest order I have had so far and I am slightly nervous about having everything ready in time. I am still waiting for some components to arrive, the post service seems quite slow, so I have not made many of them so far. But at the same time, I am excited and I can't wait to have everything here so I can get to work.

Recently I have had a setback, because of a supplier on Etsy, who was selling sterling silver necklaces, stamped 925 and everything, but they proved to be only silver plated. I had purchased quite a few of them and some were already sold to clients. So I had to take all my products using those necklaces offline and contact my clients and refund them for the fake necklaces. It was quite annoying, because I want clients to keep coming back for more jewelry. All I can say is, be careful what you buy and where you buy from!

I sell some of my art photo prints in this shop:
and some supplies for jewelry makers here:

You can also find me on Facebook:

Etsy shop features DesignDomi

Etsy shop features DesignDomi this week.  She says her jewelry is : Made with passion of beauty, handmade personal jewelry with that little twist you desire!  Take a moment to read what she wants to tell us about her work!


All around me gives me inspiration to create something with my hands. I’m now “a hint” over 30’s and full of ideas to make, living in Helsinki. In few weeks I’m going back to work in HR, after one year working in another position. This means that I’m what you can call “self learnt” handcrafter in part time. I have master degree in politics and bachelor in finance, speaking fluently also in Polish, because my mother is from there. I have always lived in Finland, but visited Poland almost every year and getting all inspirations from all of my trips. 

For years I made my own jewelry and few years ago some of my friends ask me do make for them too. And that how this small business started. I’ve been on silversmithing courses and try to work with silver more, some says that my “look” is too glam for our Finnish taste, but I don’t care, that’s why I use in my unique pieces goldfilled/vermeil materials and precious gemstones. 

I opened my Etsy store about one year ago and wish to open local webstore too, because I heard that many of Finns are afraid to order from Etsy! Specially older people think that all items are from China, even we made those by ourselves and we are sending them from Finland or another of our countries. I’ve been in Etsy for years with another name and when looking order history, I just try to smile how many different things I’ve ordered during those years. When looking favourite list, it’s thousands of items.. I try to support other Etsy’ans as much as I can, also our local handcrafters. 

I photograph also myself all my pieces and getting inspirations specially with macro pictures. I love flowers, scenes and nature. When you asked from where I get my inspiration, I must tell that from everywhere. There are many ways to find it, f.ex. walking with dogs in the late fall morning when grass little bit frozen or by watching movie about Finnish sauna or by looking in to some inspiring photo

I have many favourite items depending from my mood, but maybe that one “over anothers” is a salmon colored coral set in vermeil and goldfilled metals. I wore those almost every day during last summer, until my mother saw them on me and wanted to herself. They are so fresh with little bit glam and have pretty color. You can wear them with every outfit, day or night. I made them actually in winter time just to have something nice and lovely for our honeymoon in March. With tanned skin they look amazing ;) 

I have many pieces at home, that are not listed in to Etsy. Many of them are sold immediately by my friends and their friends, so I don’t get opportunity to list them. Now I’m back from holiday and full of new ideas, trying to make new fall line. I have few things made already, wire wrapped techniques in bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Trying to combine old and new together, gold with silver etc. trying to broke those lines, if you know what I mean. I will show some new things in my blog as soon as possible. 

Blog Design Domi: designdomi.blogspot.com 
Finnish language lifestyleblog By Domi: bydomi.blogspot.com