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At Pendant and Ring, we help you find jewelry with history. Whether you are looking for a token of remembrance, celebration, or a promise of more joyful years ahead, we can help you mark the occasion.
Our self-employed story started eighteen years ago with our first child in tow. In 2001, the Internet was a new and wondrous place full of dot-com businesses, but we were not on that high road to fame, fortune, and bubble popping. Instead, we worked in what we thought was a safe industry; real estate.
Our real estate business grew slowly at first, through networking, word of mouth, traditional newspaper advertising, and ads on, then new, craigslist. Although we did not know it at the time, our very own bubble loomed on the horizon. Blissfully unaware, we celebrated the birth of our second child, bought a second home, and a commercial building to make into a music studio. Meanwhile, our eldest started attending a private school and hated it. What three-year-old complains of boredom after two weeks of school? So we started homeschooling too.
Business coexisted with children who played blocks on the floor and learned to read fax cover sheets. Charles’ love of history deepened as users uploaded documentary clips about the great wars and the rise and fall of empires on YouTube. CD-Rom software and educational websites like Starfall.com sang the ABC’s and counted in the background. Then the real estate bubble burst.
To try to hold onto some of what we had worked for, we sold the building and our investment property, exchanged our new-cars for no-payments used cars, and in the end, we had to sell our home too. We bought a tiny house in an economically depressed town and took stock. We re-doubled our efforts on craigslist, tried a few listings on eBay and Etsy, but e-commerce was not yet our focus. Instead, we focused on developing a service business in our area of expertise.
The recession made it difficult to sell our services as everyone tightened their belts. We did not give up but we did switch service industries. With each change, we looked a little harder at e-commerce. We opened an official eBay store in 2006 and it became our lifeline when, in 2008, we were hard hit by the recession and its consequences. Charles redoubled his efforts on eBay. Renee went back to school, hopeful that further education might provide a solution. Together we invested every penny and every minute we could give, into the fledgling business.
Our first eBay store grew alongside the children and before we knew it, we had teenagers. As the kids’ activities developed so did the activity fees. In 2014, we opened a second store to help provide for the expenses of adolescence. Through our stores, we have met people all over the US and all over the world. A number of those buyers and sellers have become our friends. We share ideas, vacation pictures, and console each other in times of hardship. We are happily a part of that global village.
By opening this website we hope to deepen the connections we built with our friends and earn the respect of new customers with their own history to share. Our daughter, the one who was bored after two weeks of pre-3, is now in college. Our son is studying for the ACT. As our family grows, so does Pendant and Ring, and hopefully, our relationship with you.
© Pendant and Ring 2018