Hi I'm Rishka and thank you for visiting RBJohnson Designs.
I make personalised bridesmaid and flowergirl jewelry as gifts from brides, however they can make great gifts to mothers, best friends, sisters, even to yourself. I use high quality materials, such as swarovski crystals, glass pearls, rhodium, 14kt white or yellow gold plated materials and it's handmade by me in sunny Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
I started making jewelry at 14 and made up this hardcover book with 'pages' made up of firm fabric covered over cardboard to display my handmade jewelry, then walked door to door in my neighborhood selling my jewelry, for pocket money! With the proceeds of this bought beads, made custom designs and sold those to repeat customers. Then I went back to school and this died down.. I went on to be a computer programmer, got married to a wonderful man, who supports all my endeavours... We have two lovely children, so now I still work in this role on a part-time basis and the rest of the time dedicate my time to my children and making these beautifully handcrafted bridesmaid and flowergirl jewelry.
Then one day in 2010, I saw an expo for crafts in Brisbane and attended, I brought home way too many beads and basic tools set to make earrings.. then had way too many pairs of earrings and a bracelets and somehow got onto ETSY and on a whim, opened a shop, took pictures of my jewelry and decided to sell this excess and keep this as a hobby, i.e. selling my excess made jewelry on ETSY. I sold one pair of earrings or bracelet a month, then it became a fortnight, then once a week.. Without planning anything, I was selling one product a day and 4 years later 1-5 products a day during the busy wedding season. you may check my ratings here. This business sustained me while on my extended 14 months maternity leave not long ago and hence returned to work on a part-time basis, so that I still retain my IT skills.
My jewelry has been featured in Vogue UK, Tatler UK, Bridal magazine in Australia and websites, such as TheKnot, i-do, listed below.
I feel so honored to have helped over 2000 brides with their bridal party gifts in the past 5 years and hope to help many more.
PS. If you wish to have a chat about how to start an online business, start ups or other entrepreneurial topics, I am more than happy to connect and share, I may not be an expert, but I have been building websites and businesses since .. ever since I can remember...
Follow my journey on Instagram : Instagram.com/RBJohnsonDesigns
In Vogue UK:
In Tatler UK:
In Queensland Brides Summer 2012-2013:
In Queensland Brides Winter 2012: