I am a former fourth grade teacher who has very happily and unexpectedly become a jeweler and small business owner. Seth and I moved to Chicago in 2009 so he could attend graduate school, and though I loved teaching very much, I also thought it would be fun to try something different while we were here. So, I called up Debbie (who had posted a job opening online) and asked her if she wanted to hire a teacher who had zero jewelry experience. She responded, “Well, I’d hate to think that I’m so closed-minded that I wouldn’t interview you.” I showed up for a two hour interview and began working at Stanley Brown Jewelist the following week and stayed for the next eight years!
Seth and I had originally planned on moving back to Colorado after he was done with school, and I would resume teaching. Little did we know that Chicago would get a hold of us in ways we could not imagine! We fell in love with the community, we fell in love with the culture, and I fell in love with my job! My philosophy of running this business is very much like my philosophy of teaching. I believe everyone deserves to be educated, everyone needs to be treated with kindness and respect, and everyone must be their own advocate. Ask me questions, challenge me to be a life-long student of my trade, and let me serve you in the greatest capacity I am able!
I am a jeweler, artist, curator, and teacher. When the opportunity to work directly with my wife, Shauna (as co-owners of Stanley Brown Jewelist) came up I was ready! We had long discussed our desire to work together and this seemed like the best way to make that desire a reality. Our purchase of the business happened as the former owners (Bruce and Debbie) moved toward retirement. We already have a year as business owners under our belt and look forward to many more to come.
My specific interests here involve a fascination with metals especially pure gold, silver, and copper (24K gold, fine silver, fine copper) and the use of those materials in crafting my own designs. I also really love stones in their most natural state or very close to it, this means uncut or minimally cut stones that really show the raw potential. Beyond the production of our own line of jewelry I am also working to build a solid program of exhibitions and a searchable archive of activity associated with Stanley Brown Jewelist.