How it all started
Hi, my name is Sandra Chaplin, owner/operator of Chappy Girls Jewelry. I have been fascinated with jewelry since I was 12 years old and bring 30 years of industry experience into my business.
I joined a jewelry club working with findings and selling the jewelry door to door. 50% of the money went directly to charity and the other 50% went to help pay for extracurricular activities such as bowling and the swim club. I was able to learn so much about birthstones and different metals. Here is a photo of one of the first pieces of jewelry I made.
After college I took a summer job at Littman jewelers which later became full time job at Littman’s, where I learned the beauty of Rolex watches and about diamond grading precious and semi precious stones.
I began working with a team of master jewelers at Masciarelli Jewelers, an American Gem Society shop that specialized in diamond grading and jewelry appraisals.
Here is where life really began! My husband, Mark, and I had four kids which kept us very busy, but I still managed to find time to work as a freelance artist working with acrylics and water colors creating designs on walls, furniture, paper and even designing invitations!
I had an accident that shattered my wrist. I was one of the first individuals to be blessed with a titanium wrist where the more you use your wrist the more function you will have. To use my wrist, I took up knitting, needlepoint, etc, but wanted to get back into making jewelry. I created a home studio and started making sterling silver jump rings (chain maille jewelry) and silver tubing.
I created so much jewelry that my husband signed me up as a vendor at the Wachusett Mountain Applefest. The event was so successful that I started regularly attending craft fairs and events and from that point on, my business took off by leaps and bounds!
Chappy Girls has gone wholesale! We are so excited to have our products sold throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We still attend craft shows, but wanted to get our products out to a wider audience. Please checkout our growing list of wholesale partners!