Published June, 2009 – The Sarnia Observer
Ingrid Banovsky is launching her jewellery and accessories business, IKB Boutique in Sarnia Lambton.
With her previous experiences working in the Toronto fashion scene she has identified a niche market for retailing handmade designs that represent women and what they want.
She is self taught in jewellery making, and in creating Mother’s Day gifts on a whim, has discovered her talent and passion for this creative field. Ms. Banovsky designs and manufactures all of her pieces, and guarantees every piece to be unique by using Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls, sterling silver findings, and old vintage pieces.
“Precious metal clay opens many doors when creating a one-of-a-kind piece” Banovsky states, “PMC was originally developed in the early 1990’s in Japan, and basically involves tiny particles of pure silver or fine gold powder with an organic binder which burns off during the firing process. The result is .999 pure silver that you are able to enhance with old vintage buttons, gemstones, or crystals.
When dealing with her customers, Ingrid allows them to make changes to her original designs by selecting certain stones, crystals or other elements they may want incorporated into the piece. She wants her customers to love what they purchase, and to ultimately satisfied every time.
Additionally, Banovsky will be holding jewellery parties for those interested, takes custom orders, offers bridal and prom packages, and re-works old vintage jewellery you may have sitting around in that dusty old jewellery box.
IKB Boutique will have a website; www.ikbboutique.com, due to launch July of 2009 where you can place orders, and view current and upcoming collections.
Ingrid eventually wants to open a retail location complete with a studio for manufaturing and design.