Name: Squirrel’s Nest Jewelry
Location: Freeport, Maine
Style: Minimalist, Understated, Versatile
Prices: $22 and under
Shipping: Free shipping over $50
Social: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter
Squirrel’s Nest Jewelry creates beautiful earrings that are simple enough for everyday, but also look elegant when dressed up. Amy started her business because of her need to find earrings that were comfortable and easy to wear. Her co-workers started requesting pieces and that led to a successful business. Everything in the shop is very affordable and would make a great gift for that special lady in your life. I’ve already added several pieces to my own wishlist.
What’s the story behind your shop’s name?
The name Squirrel’s Nest is a business name that runs in my family. From the 1930s to the 1950s, my great-grandmother owned and operated a gift shop in Rangeley, Maine called The Squirrel’s Nest. I am lucky to have the original shop sign (it hangs in my studio now) and it seemed appropriate to carry on the name!
What is your favorite part of the business?
I really love being able to take charge of my own customer service, and seeing how good customer service can really turn someone’s day around. I enjoy shopping (especially online), so I know what it’s like to be “The Customer.” I know how, depending on the experience, it can be frustrating or it can be joyful. I love being able to give someone a joyful shopping experience. I strive to create high quality, simple yet beautiful jewelry that isn’t going to break the bank. That’s important to me as a customer, and I want to give that to my customers as well.
How long does it take to make a piece?
It varies depending on the piece, of course, but I try to do them in stages and batches. I’ll precut pieces in the correct size, do some of the hammering and have them ready to finish so I can get them out to my customers in good time. I love shopping online myself, and it can be a drag to wait for a days and days for something to ship. I try to be efficient with my methods, getting pieces to an almost-complete stage that just needs some final shaping, polishing and packing!
Squirrel’s Nest Jewelry is giving a pair of these lovely crossover open hoops in your choice of finish (silver, gold, rose gold). Amy is also offering 15% off to my readers with code shopgal15. Expires 9/30/16. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Entries will be verified, so play nice!