Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in jewelry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lisa Mignoli, Owner of Metrix Jewelry, located in Floral Park, NY, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

My name is Lisa Mignoli, and I am the designer and owner of Metrix Jewelry. Metrix Jewelry is a handmade jewelry business based on Long Island. Using materials such as sterling silver, brass, and 14 karat gold, each piece is made to order just for you.

Tell us about yourself

Metrix Jewelry was founded in 2014. I took my first metalsmithing class at The Fashion Institute of Technology, where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Fashion Business management. After working in visual merchandising for a large teen retailer, I wanted to move away from mass market accessories and embrace a handmade culture. Currently, each piece of jewelry is handmade by me. I recently expanded the brand to include a line of wall decor - because your walls need jewelry too!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

A few years ago, my answer to this question would be being able to quit my day job. However, after navigating running a small business during Covid 19, my biggest accomplishment is still being in business today! I had to pivot numerous times, but Metrix Jewelry is still standing!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The hardest part of being a business owner is running the ‘business’ side of the business. Anyone can create pretty things, but what good is it to have a room full of pretty things that are not selling? You need to know your cost of goods sold, have a solid marketing plan, and stay on top of today's constantly changing social media trends. I would say that actually making jewelry is only half the job.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Don't give up.
  2. Say yes to every opportunity.
  3. Sometimes, no means ‘not right now.’

Where can people find you and your business?


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