We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Scull and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was actually shopping for jewelry gifts when I noticed a gap in the market– I was trying to find a gift that was sentimental and unique, but also valuable. As I searched, I started to notice that all of the valuable real gold jewelry was very unaffordable and sort of lacking personal sentiment… Whereas the “costume jewelry” was avant garde, on trend, and incorporated sentimental things like crystals and colors! So I wanted to fuse both worlds and create pieces that could be worn timelessly, but that also had that same unique boldness that costume jewelry has. I wanted to make quality, affordable jewelry that told a story and really means something to its wearers!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
During the pandemic, I lost my entire career when my industry shut down and I made use of my free time by acquiring new skills and learning new jewelry making techniques… So right now, I source, make, package, ship, and market all of my jewelry myself! It’s definitely not easy, but I want to keep my prices affordable, and I want my customers to know that when they are buying a product, their dollar goes into the quality of the product, instead of the pockets of ten other people!
I also like to use vendors who are small business owners so that I can give back to the artist community… This requires a lot of sourcing and sifting to find new reliable vendors, so in the beginning, a lot of my time was spent scouring the internet! Now, I’ve managed to source my supplies from artists all over the world and I try to stay loyal to them, so I think that adds a little bit of specialness to my pieces!
With all that said, the amount of time and work that goes into this little jewelry line is a lot. So I think it’s important for consumers to remember that when they shop small, they are receiving a product that means a little something to them, but everything to the artist they purchased from.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the beaches, the mountains, or a national park… Nature is great and the pandemic really made me appreciate it more than ever.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to credit my husband who deals with the repercussions of me turning our kitchen table into a one woman factory every so often!
Photographer- Herby Joseph Model- Ashley Williams