Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Surette.
Emily, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My fascination with jewelry began when I was three years old and I first found my Grandmother’s jewelry box. I put on every necklace, ring and bracelet and thought I looked like the most glamorous girl in the world. I should have known that this is where I’d end up!
After high school in a small town, I was desperate to be in a city so I went to Boston University for advertising with dreams of being a high-powered businesswoman in a penthouse office, working for a billion-dollar corporation. I quickly realized, however, that the corporate world wasn’t for me. Turns out I’m not very competitive and I don’t like wearing suits…
I had always been a builder and fixer of things, whether it be beaded jewelry or doll houses or forts outside. During college, I started wearing beaded jewelry that I had made and people began asking to buy it. I decided that maybe this was something I was good at and I was dying to do more with it, so after graduation I decided to attend the Jewelry Making and Repair program at the North Bennet Street School. It was there I learned the metalworking, stone setting skills and fine jewelry techniques I would need to turn my craziest ideas into pieces of wearable art. It opened my eyes to a whole new world that has now become by career.
I’ve now had my studio/storefront for 7 years and things just keep getting better!
I specialize in bespoke jewelry using sustainably sourced metals and unique stones, driven by nature and urban interpretation. I’ve developed and refined my signature ready-to-wear collection over the last ten years, building the foundation for the latest E. Scott originals nuptials wedding line full of customizable engagement rings and wedding bands for both women and men.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a small business owner/maker/wearer of all the hats always has its struggles, especially in the jewelry world. Trends change, the economy changes, the neighborhood changes… All effecting how people buy jewelry. I try to stay true to my ideas and brands, while still adapting to the needs of my customers and trends of the season.
Please tell us about E. Scott Originals Jewelry.
I strive to make jewelry for every day. I stand behind our tagline “We create jewelry to be worn daily and loved forever. We create the new heirloom.” It encompasses all that I believe in, classic and timeless pieces that are made with skill and love. In life, I try not to be a part of the disposable culture and in business I’m the same way. Our metals are recycled and I use antique stones whenever possible, so as not to promote new mining. When not possible we make sure the stones are ethically sourced and of great quality, from reputable dealers, so they’ll last for generations.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t do anything. I’ve slowly built my business over the last 10 years with hard work, word of mouth, and a love for what I do. While it hasn’t always been easy and I’ve threatened to give it all up a number of times, it really has been the perfect life for me. I’ve gained confidence in my work, built amazing relationships, and been able to sustain and even grown the business. All in all, I’d say I’m one lucky girl.
- Address: 199b Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
- Website: www.escottoriginals.com
- Phone: 6177762814
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @escottoriginals
- Facebook: facebook.com/escottoriginals
- Twitter: twitter.com/escottoriginals
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/e-scott-originals-somerville
Photos by Heather Fuller Photography, Elizabeth Laduca Photography, and E. Scott Originals.