You all know I love an Etsy purchase, you can purchase practically anything from there, all homemade and very very pretty. For the last year or two, I have been buying stunning, amazingly different jewellery from a seller named Di Depux – real name Despina, who hails from Greece. She has always accommodated my requests amazingly well, and really does her best to help her loyal customers. I recently asked if I could do a little post about her, as her talent really inspires me, and I just ordered two of her famous name necklaces and a bag charm, and so I thought I would ask what inspires her…
“As far as i can remember, and from the pictures i own from my childhood i was always obsessed with cute stuff. Packaging, letters and jewellery! When i was 18 i knew that i wanted to be a graphic designer. And i did. Went to college, graduated. I worked for 4 years for Advertising companies as a graphic designer and soon i realised that I wanted to work by my own. To do more things. So, in 2005 I started my own business under the name of: “Di Depux”, after a few months I had a client that wanted a corporate identity from me. She was a jewellery designer. In the process I found myself in love with jewellery again as I was so much as a kid making beads necklaces and boho friendship bracelets. So I made a few laser cut pieces and showed them to her. She loved them! She said if these are your first attempt, omg please continue! And I did. A few months back she was invited to a flea market event but she couldn’t participate and she said: You go! And I did! I sold out! I was so happy, and then I continued. Among with my graphic design clients I made jewellery until 2011. Until my big boy Harry was born. I decided that i cant work 24/7 on both careers, so I decided to quit the graphic design path. And glad I did! Cause it was hard but so liberated. I set up my Etsy shop. And started from scratch. And I am still there. I don’t know where this path will lead me to, but I am so happy to walk in to it.”
As they are so popular, Despina only sells the name necklace for the first week of the month and so I recently ordered two for my holidays. My first one is a white and gold name necklace, which comes with a white base, and a gold mirrored acrylic name. On this necklace there are also six clear crystals and two gold spike studs. The chain itself is a good sized, gold coloured chain and each necklace has a little love heart near the fastening with the di depux logo. I love the writing on this necklace, it looks super pretty but edgy at the same time. As it is white and gold I thought it would go with so many of my summer clothes, making it super wearable. The necklace isn’t heavy, which I love and so is really comfortable to wear.
The second name necklace I got is quite a bit larger than the white and gold one, and has my name made from the most gorgeous iridescent acrylic – it shimmers green, pink, blue and purple and I just love it – it will look extra amazing in the sunshine. It really is quite a large piece and has a cute little clear crystal underneath the T. The chain again is gold, with the di depux logo love heart, but you can upgrade the chain to one of Despina’s many varieties, but I wear gold quite a lot and so this one is perfect for me.
One of Despina’s newest products are the Bag charms, which I have bought quite a few of, and as mentioned Despina does her best to suit your requests, I have sent her bags and then she has designed me a bag charm to match. My latest bag charm, is this one, which is to go on my baby pink Ted Baker handbag. The chain itself is gold, with a large lobster claw clasp, which is super easy to clip onto things. Despina added a cute pom pom, pastel blue and pink lace ribbons, and a whole host of charms, including two genuine Care Bears, a pink rabbit, a gold horse charm, a pastel blue leather tassel, a pink plastic rose, and two longer charm lengths, which included lots of pretty faceted pink beads, love hearts, Greek eye, a K flower charm and the cutest gold keyring.
Despina always sends the cutest packages, everything comes in a gift box, and you always get a little freebie package, including one of her items and a lovely Greek sweetie. Definitely don’t get that on the high street. There really is something for everyone in the Di Depux Etsy store and I have recently seen the most gorgeous ice cream phone case, which when I finally manage to secure a job, will be on my To Buy list, if it hasn’t sold out by then.
What is on your wish list?