If you have reading along on with our blog, you know we are on a mission to showcase indie jewelry designers. We think there are so many amazing designers with unique designs and feel compelled to spread the word and fight back against the 2 carat round brilliant solitaire disease (you have options people, just saying). Stacy Nolan is a designer that fits the bill of putting out an amazing product, that is unique and unlike the others. She caught our eye for her amazing dome ring designs; because, diamonds from multiple angles are always a good idea. We really enjoyed our interview with her and the sage advice for jewelry designers just starting out to focus on "quality over quantity". We couldn't agree more Stacy. Keep doing you, because we are a big fan.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into jewelry?
I have always been the “creative type” but figuring out what I wanted to be in life took some trial and error. After a degree in business, some soul searching led me to GIA where I completed the Graduate Gemology and Design programs. The business and analytical mind combined with my knack for creating things -- it was like click! That’s it -- Never looked back.
What do you think is the best way to clean your jewelry at home?
Warm water and a little bit of dish soap :) There is nothing like a professional cleaning, but in-between maintenance can be done with a short soak. I always have Trader Joe’s next to godliness in rotation -- just a drop will do. If you need to get to tough places or in between prongs, gently use an extra-soft toothbrush to help loosen the dirt.
We fell in love with your brand upon first seeing your dome ring design - tell us about this design, where is the inspiration from?
The shape of the dome ring is based off a ring that was my grandmother’s -- hers has texture and a diamond design across the face, so it’s actually a completely different style. But, I wanted to incorporate something with the same shape, just simpler and sleeker
Any advice for people who want to start their own jewelry company?
Yes! So much! First piece of advice is not to be afraid to make mistakes. If it is something you truly want to do and are passionate about making this your life’s work, then you must always stop and look back at where you came from and look at how far you’ve come. It’s about playing the long game. The second piece: quality over quantity. To have a few strong pieces with top-quality materials, in my book, wins over an arsenal of inventory that you will eventually have to off-load at a discount. There’s more, but that’s a good place to start.
What is your favorite piece that you sell?
I truly enjoy selling engagement rings and wedding bands. They’re completely individual to the two individuals within the couple and the process is new every time. To me, it is really a symbol of the beginning of a couple’s life together, and I always like to guide them to understand that it should reflect their evolution as a couple moving forward. The ring doesn’t need to follow a “3 month rule” or arbitrary criteria to make a monetary investment. The investment is in their future together and this ring can grow along with them.