Kristen Glanzman - Founder

Artist photographMy interest in making jewelry began after I saw two necklaces in a mail order catalog that touted the metaphysical properties of the gemstones in them. Intrigued by the concept but not impressed by the pieces themselves, and having been blessed with artistic ability from an early age, I thought I could do better with some classes to learn jewelry-making techniques. Taking my initiative one step further, the concept for Something Tangible was born.

I first became aware of my artistic talent when I entered a science fair in the third grade. I drew a diagram of the Earth’s layers for my project on earthquakes by looking at one in an encyclopedia. My drawing looked remarkably like the original, and I won a third place ribbon for my efforts. I also built a wobbly seismograph with wood, paper, and a magic marker, and delivered an oral presentation, but I tend to think it was my diagram that won the judges over. Years later, my high school art teacher recommended I take an independent study in art during my senior year, further encouraging my drawing skill. Perhaps shortsightedly, I declined for academic reasons. I’ve always wondered if that was a mistake in hindsight.

I’ve worked in public relations for 14 years, been a Curves instructor, a computer teacher, a stock transfer rejection specialist and Deposit/Withdrawal at Custodian (DWAC) processor. I’m excited about the prospect of creating, not only jewelry, but also this company, from my imagination. Hopefully, this endeavor will be successful enough to be my last career move.

I've taken Metalwork & Jewelry classes at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey; as well as various beading and wire jewelry classes at The Adult School of the Chathams, Madison & Florham Park; A.C. Moore, Linden; Beadluxe, Summit; and the 2009 & 2010 Innovative Bead Expos at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center at Raritan Center, Edison. In addition, I occasionally teach basic jewelry-making workshops at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, 1978 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, as well as private lessons for eager students. Currently listed as the #2 jewelry-making expert on Factoidz, I was named Board Secretary of the Bead Society of New Jersey (BSNJ) in the spring of 2011. I plan to continue taking jewelry-making classes and also to learn as much as I can about gemstones, crystals, and minerals, as I believe one never stops learning.

Something Tangible is not looking to compete with large companies that can buy materials in bulk and machine-produce their products in mass quantities. People who buy our products know that pieces purchased here are made especially for them by hand and that there aren’t 200 other people out there wearing the same thing. Our clients look for quality over quantity, unique style combined with elements of classic design, and an undeniable dedication to customer service. In the summer of 2010, we added Something Tangible’s Virtual Mall to our website, offering nearly 300 online vendor links in 20 shopping categories.

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Focal Piece of the Month

For our final birthstone Focal Piece of 2012, we are highlighting the Blue Topaz. Being a December baby myself, I have a bit of "advanced" knowledge about this particular month's birthstone. When I was in high school, my parents bought me a birthstone ring I'd picked out for Christmas. The stone is a Blue Zircon; I still have it and wear it occasionally.
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