jewelry designer

The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 16: Preparing for the Next Generation of Jewelry

On today's show, we'll talk with Travis Kukovich. Travis is the owner of William Travis Jewelry, a fifth-generation metalsmith and the son of Polish immigrants.

He started his own metalsmithing business out of his garage and now operates a storefront of more than 2,000 square feet.

But his journey has been anything but easy. An accident in early childhood left him unable to read and write, while a showdown with breast cancer threatened his life in later years. He has nevertheless used these experiences to empower him on his journey. Travis has been recognized with many industry awards and has used his platform to advance causes including women’s empowerment and a living wage.

Special thanks to the sponsor of today’s show, Brightech. Brightech makes magnifying lamps that are perfect for jewelry makers. You can check out my unboxing video and more at jewelryosphy360.com/bright.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • How Travis manages a jewelry business without the ability to read or write

  • The importance of handmade jewelry as the industry shifts and values change

  • What techniques and strategies have been effective in growing a jewelry business

  • And much more!

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The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 15: Building a High End Jewelry Brand With Heart

On today's show, we'll talk with Melissa Lovy, the must know New York City jewelry designer. Melissa’s career and business took off after pursuing her degree at FIT and she shows no signs of stopping!

Melissa is a savvy business woman who has quickly learned how to navigate advanced jewelry technology and social media techniques to scale her brand and delight her clientele, including some Hollywood A-listers.

We talk about her greatest sources of inspiration, balancing being a mom and a business woman, and understanding how to build a brand through strong engagement with your clientele.

Special thanks to the sponsor of today’s show, Brightech. Brightech makes magnifying lamps that are perfect for jewelry makers. You can check out my unboxing video and more at jewelryosphy360.com/bright.

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • How Melissa turned a degree at Fashion Institute of Technology into a full-time business

  • How Melissa uses market research and focus groups to deliver direct-to-consumer model jewelry designs

  • The importance of using technologies like CAD for scaling processes

  • Taking advantage of social media platforms for making clients part of the brand

  • Taking cues from the fashion and beauty industry to offer fresh and exciting designs

  • And much more!

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The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 14: Simplifying your Jewelry Photography for a Gorgeous Feed

The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 14: Simplifying your Jewelry Photography for a Gorgeous Feed

On today's show, we'll talk with Michelle Kuzdas of Pure Pear Jewelry. Michelle has been making jewelry for over 12 years and has customers from around the globe. She started designing after attending a class and has continued to keep up momentum.   

Her love for macrame string bracelet designing led to a full blown collection and shop on Etsy. While working a full-time job, she is learning to manage the ins and outs of a jewelry business. 

We talk about what it like ]to find your place in the competitive landscape, how she’s leveraging the power of social media to grow her business, and the crazy simple approach she’s taken to achieve a gorgeous instagram feed. 

Special thanks to the sponsor of today’s show, Brightech. Brightech makes magnifying lamps that are perfect for jewelry makers. You can check out my unboxing video at jewelryosphy360.com/bright

The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 13: Selling Your Jewelry in West Elm and Beyond

The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 13: Selling Your Jewelry in West Elm and Beyond

On today’s show, we talk with Tisa Wills of The Onyx Feather. Tisa has always had a love for design, so when she wanted unique jewelry, she started creating her own! 

With an intense focus on design and a love for creativity, she figured out how to turn a hobby into additional income. Starting at local flea markets, she started selling and has evolved her business since then! 

The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 10: Taking Calculated Risks In Your Jewelry Business

On today's show, we'll talk with Diana Gruber of Por La Luna and Craftsmen Unbound. Diana is a jewelry artist, designer, and business owner based out of Sacramento, California. 

She has jumped into the world of jewelry entrepreneurship head first. From putting together a jewelry line to reaching out to shops, she is learning the ins and outs of turning her passion for artistic expression into a thriving business. 

Diana loves working with metals and learned how to fabricate by joining a local sheet metal union for classes. She applied those skills to jewelry and worked as an apprentice to apply her new skills. While working for the foreman, she met her husband and the rest is history! 

In this show, we talk about the importance of having a support system for your artistic growth, why it's important to take calculated risks on your jewelry journey, and the value of brining your unique vision to the world.  

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Who Diana Gruber is
  • Moving from welding to jewelry fabrication
  • The usefulness of jogs for jewelry making
  • Why stepping out of your comfort zone is the best way to move your business forward
  • And much more!

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The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 9: Using Your Jewelry To Tell Your Unique Story

On today's show, we'll talk with Jeanette Caines of Jewelry Arts Inc. Jeanette is a director, instructor, and author who has appeared on the PBS/Nova Special Treasures of the Earth: Metals. What started as a hobby years ago turned into Jeanette teaming up with investors to support her very own arts studio where today, she's able to work within a community that inspires other artists and the broader New York art and museum scenes. 

At Jewelry Arts Inc, students can learn to make beautiful pieces in a semi-private setting while being encouraged to grow and explore their creativity. They teach all the skills and techniques any student would need to create amazing pieces.   

In this show, we talk about how she went from student to studio owner, how to make a living doing what you love, the importance of storytelling in jewelry making, and how she approaches commissioned sales. 

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Who Jeanette Caines is
  • The fun in ancient jewelry making techniques and connecting to the past
  • Finding value in the jewelry found at museums (along with a sneak peak of what's to come with her collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art)
  • Making sales by commission
  • Her Book, Soldering Demystifed
  • And much more!

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The Jewelryosophy 360 Podcast 8: Promoting Your Jewelry Brand and Craft Fearlessly

On today's show, we'll talk with Alysse Bortolotto of Beads & Bubbly. Alysse is a local artist, creative professional, and digital marketer. Alysse and her co-founder launched Beads & Bubbly over a year ago with a goal to provide opportunities for creative women in their local communities.

Beads & Bubbly enables anyone to create one-of-a-kind jewelry designed by an artisan while sipping, socializing with friends and enjoying a creative environment. They've recently started licensing the Beads & Bubbly business model which enables other creative, entrepreneurial women to build their own business. Beads and Bubbly events are perfect for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, a girl night out or any other reason you can dream up. 

In this show, we talk about the importance of creatives supporting each other, how jewelry artisans can promote their skills and brand fearlessly, and how a jewelry entrepreneur can break the traditional jewelry business mold.  

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In this episode we discuss: 

  • Who Alysse Bortolotto is
  • How Beads & Bubbly started
  • The value of community for jewelry makers
  • How Beads & Bubbly broke the traditional jewelry making mold and how you can too 
  • And much more!

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