The Beauty Behind Bambi Jewellery: Gabriella Pacitti

WRITTEN CITIZEN has been attracting a variety of audiences lately — one of those being Bambi Jewellery, and so we contacted the face behind Bambi Jewellery: Gabriella Pacitti. The twenty year-old success now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland with her family of three. She agreed to talk to Brin Francis, and we are oh-so excited to hear what she has to say.

Baby Hermes in white
WRITTEN CITIZEN: Gabby, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us! Let's start with how fantastic your work is. Personally, I have followed your Instagram account for a few months now, and can definitely say that I am obsessed. How did you start out and what's the whole story behind your brand?

GABBY PACITTI: Hello and thank you for the amazing opportunity! This is really exciting for me! 
Bambi Jewellery really began unexpectedly. I was always a creative soul growing up, but never ever imagined one day to dedicating myself so whole-heartedly to the making and designing of unique and quirky jewellery pieces! My business began really from one main reason: I was and still am — in my second year at university studying Italian, History of Art, and other classical sub-topics, and felt that I really lacked the hands-on and practical aspect of being creative that, up until Uni, of which I did so much. Having studied arts and design through schooling up to college, I picked up so many skills and techniques, but they were never quite relived again in the same hands-on way. This eventually pushed me to order my first simple chains and charms to create basic pieces, which gave me huge joy and satisfaction to complete. From this buzz, I began to order and create more, and on November 23rd, my Etsy shop was opened to the public, whilst I was in a boring university lecture! 
Christmas soon came along and with it, a mad rush, which really helped propel my business into a place where I was able to expand easily and venture to new designs and interests, eventually opting to experiment with a few simple crystals. Beginning to work with crystals was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it wasn't long before I had totally new and fascinating pieces that I am lucky enough to source, design, make, and package every single day!

WC: You’ve got yourself a very successful business with booming amounts of Instagram followers daily! How much do your items cost on average?

GP: I try to suit the needs of everyone interested in owning a Bambi Jewellery piece. From rings, pendants, and chunky statement necklaces, prices can range from next to nothing, all the way up to around the £50 mark, with plenty of options in between. I also prefer to give customers the option of altering their postage costs to better suit them. I am fully aware as a buyer myself that postage should always try to best reflect the value of the piece, or it can be very off-putting. I take great pride in this, as I realize it is a complication not many businesses are willing to provide for their customers.
Happiness Karma Hand Chain

WC: You’ve got pieces that fit just about anyone’s personality! We know you’re enjoying this, but the real question is: Is this your dream career? Are you planning on pursuing a different goal?

GP: Hmm, this is a hard question. Since growing up, I have wanted to pursue many careers from a singer-dancer to a jockey-vet, and make-up artist or interior designer. (GABBY openly cringes.) 
Applying to university at the early age of seventeen for me was probably one of the toughest things upon which I have had to decide. I had no clue yet as to what I wanted to do in the future, and it was crucial I picked the right course to take me there. 
I applied for a range of subjects from fine-art to photography. Receiving my rejections was upsetting at the time, but looking back, it was an opportunity in disguise. I enrolled in art and design at college for an extra year, and had the opportunity to be able to cover a range of artistic subjects. When the time came again to re-apply for university, I was torn again between two of my greatest loves: practical art, or art theory. Thinking it would open more job opportunities for me, I enrolled at Edinburgh University for Art History, and as much as I love the subject, there is something about reading books and articles, writing essays, and giving talks that has never quite satisfied the need for me to be hands-on creative. Up until pre-Bambi Jewellery, I would have answered that ideally, I would have liked to be an art curator. Since beginning my business and watching it grow and flourish into something of which I feel so extremely proud, I now would give anything to have this as my sole career. Just like I am doing now, which is running the business alongside my full time studies, I never know — perhaps I can be a curator and run Bambi Jewellery!

WC: Well, you sure have a good eye for great art! Tell us about your schooling and your future with schooling. We hear you'll be enrolling to the University of Florence.

GP: Yes, I will be! As mentioned, I took up creative subjects all throughout school; having then left and done art and design at college. I then left to study a joint honours degree of History of Art and Italian. I have heard plenty times that it's cheating to have picked my own language to study as a uni subject, but I don't think people realise it's really the same as an English-speaker studying English literature! I can speak, listen, and write fluently, but to study theatre, film, and medieval literature is another thing completely! A year abroad comes compulsory with any language, so I will be going to Florence for mine. I wanted somewhere almost reflective of my own town Edinburgh — somewhere really culturally stimulating and full of history. I have never been, and I am hoping I will love it! It's a few hours away on the train from my grandparents, so I will be able to see them more often than I do now, which is once a year.

WC: Give us a description of your products. Where do you get your pieces to put them all together and make a piece of art?

GP: I am naturally going to say I think my products are fun, sassy, quirky, and unique. I would like to think that I have a little something for everyone's tastes and price range, and I absolutely love taking custom orders to make something just right for the individual. My pieces are sourced from a variety of locations. Surprisingly, Edinburgh doesn't have many crystal shops, so I am fairly limited with touching and feeling what I buy, which is a huge huge habit of mine — to be able to better understand quality and value. 
Most are sourced from trusted sellers around the world, but my amethyst stones, for example, are the lucky ones I have a huge selection from which to choose just in town. Sourcing can be really tricky, sometimes, for many aspects — one of them being that I always feel an overwhelming urge to buy everything I like and keep under control! If you have seen my Instagram, you may well understand what I mean.

WC: We all can get frustrated — even when doing something we love. Is there anything frustrating about managing Bambi Jewellery? Does it get tough?

GP: Oh, where to start... really tough. If you think I have so many other factors going on in my personal life of which to keep control whilst I try and run Bambi Jewellery at full speed ahead and gain a degree, then yes, sometimes it can get tricky. I find the worst contender is my studies; I always put Bambi Jewellery first. I just can't help it. I don't see it as a job; I see it as a passion — a hobby — and it's so easy to want to jump on finishing orders and making new ones as soon I wake up, so time can fly pretty quickly, and before you know it, I have spent all day crafting! 
The most frustrating part of my job is the crushing of raw material which I use in my designs, such as tourmaline or pyrite. Minerals and rocks are pretty tough, and it really drains you when it's time to crush a large batch. Once a batch has been done though, I honestly can't express the satisfaction I feel!

WC: What are you all time favorite books and films? We Citizens are all about books and films. We'd love to hear about yours!

GP: Okay — I am a bit stubbed on this question, because quite shamefully, I haven't had time to up-keep my personal reading or interest in films as I used to, since university requires me to read constantly for my studies. 
Bambi Jewellery mostly keeps me tied to a desk. A book and film that I really enjoyed a few years back, however, and that comes to mind has to be The Time Traveler's Wife. I am a total sucker for romanticism, and even more so for time-travel, due to my younger obsession with Doctor Who and my secret wish to be an astronomer. 
I also really enjoyed Looking for Alaska by John Green. I read it last summer, and it was just one of those books I couldn't put down — meaning that I finished it way too early and I had nothing else to read for about two weeks straight! 
I honestly can't wait for July to come along to catch up on personal reading. I will be away for three weeks to our own home in Italy, and without my jewellery over which to slave, I need to be kept distracted!

WC: Don’t stress it! Even the committed book readers are having a tough time  especially with all these finals and end-of-the-school-year projects. 
If you can name one of the most important flaws in society, what would it be? How do you think we can solve it?

GP: I feel quite strongly about this question, actually. I absolutely hate the notion that we all have to be the same and comply to certain social norms or expectations. If I don't affect anybody, then what I do shouldn't matter to you, but that is sadly never the case. I have always felt a certain lack of freedom because of this, and I am really lucky that with open-minded people, such as my mum and my other half, I can concentrate on what is really best for me and makes me happy. The secret to solving it is exactly that: to follow your own happiness and morals, and to let those who judge see that doing so makes you the happiest, because at the end of the day, you are in charge of your own happiness, and life is too short for regrets!

A stunning blue druzy- Gabriella's first crystal
WC: We know how much you love art and design. What other things regarding art in which are you interested?

GP: I love it all! I previously mentioned fine-art and photography, and they have always been interlinked passions of mine. I have a massive portfolio in my bedroom full of all my paintings, and it sort of makes me sad to think they are just sitting in a folder on top of my wardrobe. I always said that I would keep the fine-art side alive, as I took history of art at university, but it’s just not been that easy. 
One thing I will say is that to me, what counts as creative is that for a good six or eight years of my life — up until maybe seventeen years-old — I documented everything. I have all sorts of different types of diaries from photographic online journals, to several hand-written ones, to ones of words and phrases, and another for random pieces of wrappers, collages, cards, and photos. Some people think it’s weird, but I spent hours on end writing what could be eight pages on a single day. 
I have always had a fear of growing older and losing touch of what it felt like to be young, so I guess this was my way of keeping it intact. I think it is creative in its own right, but it was also the star of my end of year college art show for a conceptual art piece on the theme of 'distance'.

WC: What is a quote you've heard that has always stuck with you? Tell us why and how it's affected your life.

GP: I have two on my mind: it may sound cheesy and overdone but, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." It's not one onto which I chose to hold, but it's just stuck with me over so many years. I always try remember when things are rocky that it could be much worse, and it is always a chance to know how to solve or avoid it in the future. 
The second is one I have only held really close to me since meeting my other half just over a year ago, and it is an Italian quote he has tattooed, reading "L'arte non è mai finita, solo abandonata." It was supposedly said by Leonardo Da Vinci, and translates to, "Art is never finished — only abandoned," which totally makes sense, as he was never satisfied with his works. I find it really beautiful and inspiring, and ever since beginning Bambi Jewellery, I feel it is even more relevant to me.

WC: Those are great choices! I’m sure our Citizens will definitely be affected by those. 
So, what's your average day like?

Gabby: My average day right now, with university being over, is going straight to crafting existing or new pieces all day, if I have no plans in being social. (Laughs.) It is genuinely my first thought, and I often accidentally skip meals because I am too focused and reluctant to leave a job half-finished. Hours of making can pass by really quickly. I don't have designated post days to save trips, so whenever an order is ready, I send it right off to the post office, which often means I am there almost everyday. 
Before Bambi Jewellery, I feel as if I maybe did nothing all day, whereas now, there is never really an 'off day' from my work. It's great to constantly be busy and occupied! I am feeling so very productive, and if I am making many people happy along the way, then what more do I want? I kind of have a boring 'average day', but nothing makes me happier than knowing that my future days are filled with doing what I love.

WC: Bambi Jewellery will only be getting bigger and even more popular, which leads to the concept of traveling. Where in the world would you like to travel the most?

GP: You asked a really difficult question here, and definitely to the wrong person! My family and I are really big on travel. My parents both work full time in their own business — seven days a week — so when summer comes along, we all look forward to a nice break in someplace new. We usually visit [it] before or after passing our own place in Italy. I have been really lucky to have traveled to possibly over twelve different countries, including Greece, Turkey, Malta, Dubai, Egypt, and Mauritius, but I have to say my top location is to go to Istanbul. I am absolutely dying to go back and see more of a city of which I have really only seen a small portion, and the history is just amazing! It is the best feeling to be sitting in a classical architecture lesson where you are studying a place you have already visited.

WC: Can you share any new products you're excited to be making?

GP: I release new products all the time, so it is difficult to say what may be coming next! I will say that my small crystal pendants are constantly being updated and expanding to cover a huge variety of stones. So, keep your eyes peeled for any of your own fav stones being supplied very soon. They are so popular because of the variety of choice I try to give with them. I do this so that anyone can find something that suits their taste, and of course, asking to have something made a certain way is never a problem.

WC: Well, we know you’ll go far. I will definitely buy a haul of your products. It's been a pleasure, and we are so excited to see where you end up. Cheers!

GP: Thank you so so much for the chance to have a chat with you guys
 — it was a pleasure!

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