What made you want to be an entrepreneur

I’ve always wanted to create my own product, and be my own boss.  Before startingElizabeth Stone, I was an Art Director/graphic designer, so for years I was designing and creating for other companies.  It was kind of a happy accident that I started making jewelryas an alternate creative outlet.  In a very short period of time, I knew I had found my passion.  It was a natural transition to start building my own company/brand based on that passion.

Biggest fear in getting started

I actually don’t think I ever feared starting. It was a little scary to leave a cushy full time job, but  I fell so madly in love with creating jewelry, it really felt like a natural choice to dive into it.

Who / what inspires you the most

This is a tough one. So many and so much!  First and foremost, my son. Showing him that you can take something you love and turn it into your career is really important and a daily inspiration for me.   I often pull inspiration from my musical heroes like David Bowie, all forms of Art & Architecture, the ocean, gemstones, fashion & pop culture to name a few.

Best advise for aspiring designers

Don’t compare your start to someone else’s middle.

Most unexpected thing about yourself

I was once nominated for an Emmy award for designing
“The Anna Nicole Smith show” logo