I kept running and running...
For as long as I can remember, I felt a strong urge to travel to distant places and dig around in their local markets; so I left Australia soon as I got my first passport, almost 33 years ago. Once gone, the bug got me good, and I just kept going from one place to the next. I wanted to collect jewelry, and I wanted it from everywhere. But from the gold markets of the UAE to the diamond houses of Europe, I felt there was something missing. All that profit, the vile expense and self gratuity for those who have far too much for doing so little; it lacked something, it lacked soul. Finally I stumbled into Asia, and I found what I was looking for. Pieces that were made by the most skilled hands, that had an identity that I could relate to, and one that you could to.
The value of jewelry is not based on price. The price is just a number that someone is willing to pay, nothing more than that. The true value, and beauty of jewelry is how, when and why it is worn. Why did you choose it to becomes a part of your body, an extension of you?
I spend a lot of time traveling to different cities across Asia. I sift through their markets, and even go into the workshops to see the artists create their masterpieces. I'm an Aussie girl through and through and love my country. But there's something about these markets that simply cannot keep me away. It's seeing the morning mist settle as the merchants set up their shops, putting their crafts on display, and set out to barter with potential customers or bring them back to their workshops. There's an energy to these markets and much haggling goes on; it's as much a part of the business as the product itself - except in Thailand, where one does not haggle, you remain polite and hope for a merchant who is feeling generous, and they're almost always generous with patrons who are nice.
I search out objects of beauty and value in the eye of the beholder. More often having more value in ones heart than what the actual price of the piece is.
All pieces on the ffyf.store are limited, so if you're looking for a typical gift, you're at the wrong place.
I've build up a lot of relationships in Asia over the last 30 years, and that is my edge. Not many people can say that. And you learn a lot when you spend all this time with the real craft makers. All the top brand items are simply copies of originally crafted pieces developed in small shops around the world, then resold with an enormous price increase. I refuse to give in to the exploitation of a merchants personal craft. I feel it loses its authenticity, and loses its true value.
I simply love charms and charm bracelets of all kinds. Sterling silver or gold pieces, that needs a good lot of elbow grease to get that colour right. I know quality sterling silver and gold when I see it too. They take me away to that special place and when I stare too long remember my journey and the experiences I had, rummaging through each market, the people I met, the merchants I haggled with, and it fills me with emotion. Am I a little obsessed? Maybe I am. It's another 30 years on and I feel I'm not even halfway done on my journey. I know there are more markets, more jewelry, and more personal works of art for me to find and bring to you. They simply must stop and create something else, never create this bundle again, and that promise must be kept because I will be back to check. Could I do with some therapy? Probably, but you needn't concern yourself with that, I live for this and the next clutch I can bag and send to for you to look stunning and unique. This is my life and I love it.
You're probably wondering what ffyf stands for. What does ffyf represent? It's that feeling you get in your heart when you put something shiny and gorgeous on knowing that it's unique, and different from everything else, just like you. ffyf doesn't know envy. ffyf doesn't know jealousy. That's because it stands alone from the rest. I have my stock well prepared but if you have an idea for a piece you want that I don't currently have, feel free to reach out to me and tell me what you're looking for. Bringing something special, again, soon... ffyf girl.
P.S. Use the following email address to send me links of anything you like: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be patient as I am travelling a lot. I do love nothing less than to sit down, when I'm dolled up taking a break from the search to read and reply to your inquiries. ffyf is based on love. Love for the travel, love for the never ending search of beautifully crafted jewelry, and love for you - our customers.
P.P.S. For customer support, please contact teamgogirl (email@example.com).
P.P.P.S. Just in case, I am out here in Asia all the time and I do see through Google that some entrepreneurs out there are looking for wholesale deals. Although I love the limited, I am more than willing to help and can arrange just about anything. With 30+ years in Mainland China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Cambodia and, yes, even years in Japan, I can certainly get the real price, not the price you think is cheap by any means. Please email me directly with the volumes and product specifications you are looking for (and your cash-ready budget) and I will see what I can do for you. I am not in the business of giving out proposals either. So, you will need to prove you have those funds on the ready before I lift a finger.
So, tell me dear...
I'm always ready to hear what anyone has to say about a particular piece of jewellery and I am really keen on different styles. Styles are like moods. And that is what I love about glamour and fashion jewellery, it is an amazing way to start off a wardrobe. Not sure what style of clothing, hair and cosmetics that day or night, I just rummage through my shiny stuff. Once I find that piece for the day, night or adventure, putting together the rest of my look comes easy.
We don't bother too much with forms because no-one ever really uses them, do they?
Just email me directly at my personal email address with information and links to the kind of things you are looking for.