Bejeweled Software Company was founded in 2001 by Barbara Carleton. At the time she was a part-time jewelry designer and full-time software developer. Barbara put both skills to work to create a software program that she could use to help keep track of inventory and to price her jewelry line.
One day while visiting one of the jewelry Internet chat rooms, Barbara realized that many other jewelry designers were asking the same question, "How do I price my jewelry and keep track of inventory?"
"It was at that point that I knew I had a software concept that would be a benefit to other jewelry designers" recalls Barbara. She continued to develop her program making it user-friendly and intuitive. "I wanted the program to be very easy to use so that people with very little computer skills would be able to use it and be productive right away," said Barbara.
The Jewelry Designer Manager™ software program was first released in 2001 with a new version, the Pro, added in 2003 and the Deluxe in 2005. "Our customers give us feedback and suggestions on how to improve the program and we try to implement as many features as possible. Our goal now is to help our customers with all aspects of the jewelry business by offering software, books and accessories.
Bejeweled Software Company is located in San Diego.
Barbara Carleton straddles the fence between the right and left brain; she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration majoring in Management Information Systems. She also creates inspired beaded jewelry designs. This blend of technology and artistic talent motivated her to create Jewelry Designer Manager, a software program designed for jewelry designers to help them cost, price and sell their jewelry.
With over twenty years of experience as a sytems analyst and software developer, Barbara has assisted corporations such as Corporate Software, CSX Technology and SAIC with application development, software/hardware implementation, troubleshooting, training and support. When the personal computer was a new and exciting concept, Barbara was configuring and installing microcomputer systems and software to integrate with minicomputers, mainframes and local area networks. As a software developer she focused on database applications using programs such as Paradox, dBase and Access.
This unique blend of core technology and artistic creativity places Barbara Carleton's abilities in a unique position within the jewelry industry, evidenced by the Jewelry Designer Manager software program, the culmination of many years of software development combined with a passion for jewelry design.