+3 to Charisma is a nerdy lifestyle company owned and operated by a geeky woman (me!) and her gamer guy who love quality, handcrafted comic book jewelry and accoutrements. All their products are designed to boost your personal charisma stats and to help you better express your love for the nerd, geek, science, gamer and general fandom communities.
A Passion for Jewelry
My Hired Henchman #1 Johnny Leary and I, the Designer Extraordinaire, are inspired by the colors, textures and patterns of various fandom’s characters and themes, which are then echoed in each of their unique accessory collections. My love affair with jewelry began when I was small, playing dress-up with my mother’s clothing and antique pins. One of my favorite childhood treasures was a box of mismatched jewelry and pins I purchased at an auction for one dollar, of which several of those pieces I still have today. Later, in high school, I learned how to make beaded jewelry and how to solder metals in art class, making pieces to wear and to give to family and friends. Although I decided to become a trained archaeologist, I never lost my passion for jewelry. In 2006, I opened a side business creating handmade jewelry and textiles with my sister, and then finally opened an Etsy shop in 2009.
Johnny and I met just out of high school and he quickly introduced me to the world of comics and the fandom community, attending comic cons together since the early 2000s. However, many times I expressed frustration at the lack of affordable-yet-pretty nerdy jewelry options at cons and online. As a working professional, I was not encouraged to wear character symbols at the office or to business meetings. I loved that my favorite characters were instantly recognized by specific color combinations and wanted to draw that mental memory recognition into my pieces. So, at Johnny’s urging and with his assistance, I set out to design wearable jewelry that relied not on symbols, but on the color palette.
A Colorful World of Comics
Our extensive research and keen eye for color matching resulted in the creation of the Superheroes vs Villains Collection for +3 to Charisma in 2016. This founding jewelry series was inspired by the Silver Age of comics; Anna used vintage glass, sterling silver and genuine leather to capture the specific colors from the 1950-60s to represent such characters as Wonder Woman, Batman and Captain America. However, the enticing part of the jewelry is that identical colors often mean different characters to different people; for example, a red/black Red Skull ring can also be attributed to Deadpool, Harley Quinn or even Darth Maul. New pieces and mini-series are being added all the time, most recently a necklace and earring set inspired by the release of Thor Ragnarok.
+3 to Charisma jewelry sets personal style at the forefront so the wearer can shine in everyday life, in a professional setting, at a comic con, while #NerdingOut or just saving the world. The accessories are all designed so that only the wearer and others in the community will be “in the know” when the jewelry is flaunted, the cosplay props are flashed, the tabletop accessories are presented during a game, the textiles are worn, etc.
#NerdingOut with +3 to Charisma
Johnny and I are super excited because what started as a small, separate collection within her larger jewelry shop has materialized into its own business. I’m so busy with new designs, accessorizing fashion shows and participating in comic cons and local markets that I closed my main jewelry business and am concentrating full time on creating new accessories for the nerd/geek community, many of which will be released within the next few months. The goal is to provide affordable accessories so that #NerdingOut can be achieved anywhere, at any time, by all fans.
Wanna know where you can collect your loot? Fans and spectators are always welcome and can find +3 to Charisma at comic cons, fashion shows and local markets throughout the year, and in select comic book shops in southern California. You can also score epic drops online at www.plus3tocharisma.com. My digital home is on Instagram but Facebook and Twitter are also highly favored.