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Meet Candace Stribling

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Stribling.

Hi Candace, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
Many years before I started designing jewelry, I worked as a membership marketing manager and then in IT for non-profits and corporations. As a professional woman, I had to follow the dress code: suit, heels, and plain jewelry. We all dressed and looked the same-very cookie-cutter, drab and boring. Many of the jewelry pieces I purchased were poorly made using cheap metals that chipped, tarnished, or broke. Eventually, these pieces either wound up in the trash can or in the very back of my jewelry box never to be worn again. They didn’t define my personal style because I dressed and looked like every other person.

A few years ago, I was looking for a hobby and found a jewelry kit at Michaels. It was a game-changer. I realized I could design jewelry that was not only suitable for a professional but let me express my own personal style. I took several classes in metalsmithing. and fell in love with working with metal and colored gemstones.

I figured there were other women who wanted jewelry that expressed outwardly what they already knew – that they are confident, strong, and unique. This led me to start my line of contemporary, minimalist jewelry influenced by my love of architecture, modern art, and science.

I created Candace Stribling Jewelry to design jewelry that meets your need to wear unique, one-of-a-kind or limited-edition jewelry that you won’t see on everyone.

My mission is to create jewelry for women who want to be their own person and express their style through jewelry that is theirs and theirs alone.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge I face is balancing a demanding full-time job with building my jewelry business. There never seems to be enough time in the day, week, or month to make both endeavors work. I feel that I juggle multiple balls in the air, and I’m trying not to let any of them fall.

As a solo jewelry artist, I wear many hats. I am
• chief visionary and designer
• jewelry maker
• marketer
• social media content creator
• webmaster
• bookkeeper

I’m still learning how to effectively communicate with my dream clients using social media platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. The trend for these is posting daily with entertaining reels and stories. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep up but I’m determined to succeed.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?

I design jewelry using traditional metalsmithing techniques. I use hammers and hand tools .to bend and form metal from wire and sheets. I use a torch that is fueled with propane and oxygen to join parts of my designs together. I make my jewelry by hand.

I work with recycled sterling silver and solid gold (14K, 18K) in wire or sheet form. My designs are influenced by modern art, architecture, and geometry. I love geometric shapes and incorporate them whenever I can. My jewelry is structural, minimalist, and has a sense of movement. Some designs take hours to make especially if making chain links.

I’m in the process of transitioning away from all sterling silver jewelry to sterling silver combined with 14K or 18K gold. Eventually, I will only design 14 or 18K gold jewelry. My goal is to be a fine jewelry artist.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I’m currently transitioning away from making sterling silver jewelry to mixed metal consisting of sterling silver and solid gold as well as offering solid gold jewelry.

This is risky as my prices are increasing due to the addition of gold. The gold market fluctuates but it is very expensive to buy it.

Handmade jewelry is an investment for both the designer and the buyer. I only use high-quality metals, ethically-sourced colored gemstones, and diamonds. This is what my current and future customers expect and deserve.

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Image Credits
Denise Van Photography (Denise McMahon) and headshots by Melody Smith Portrait

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