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Rising Stars: Meet Sara Patino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Patino.

Hi Sara, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Thank you so much for inviting me here to share more about myself, my story and my small business! I’m excited to share my “why” with you.

My jewelry collection has a mission, for women who care about our environment and want jewelry that was made in the most sustainable way. If you love effortless timeless looks that are versatile, timelessly modern and unique, my collection is for you.

The collection honors a commitment to be more sustainable and kind towards the earth. All pieces are made here in my St. Louis studio in small batches, with recycled gold, silver and ethically sourced stones. It’s timelessly modern jewelry you can truly feel good about.

I’m from St. Louis and travel back to Colombia, South America to visit my extended family. Speaking Spanish and staying in the remote ultra-green farm country of central Colombia has been my normal. Even as a kid, at the end of my trips, I’d come home with handmade purses, belts and jewelry from artisans. It planted an appreciation for handmade accessories, nature, cultures and love of travel.

This was my first hands on understanding of accessories we enjoy; they come from the earth and made with intention by actual people. Watching a piece come to life was inspiring and has shaped my journey of who I am today.

Designing jewelry as well as teaching yoga and pilates sounds like a great way to make a living. Right? Well, when I was a designer in the jewelry fast fashion industry I came to discover that overseas much of the jewelry metal and gem mining industry treats the earth and its people poorly. Not all jewelry factories, but many. It’s disappointing, unfair and didn’t sit well with me so I know it wouldn’t for you either.

You deserve a timeless collection you can feel truly proud of. Jewelry is the story of the materials, the process, the maker and YOU. It can lift your spirit, celebrate your style and still be kind to the earth.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting a small online jewelry business with an earth-friendly mission takes constant learning, implementing and adjusting. Every day is different, with a new set of challenges and I enjoy it. Learning new things is fun for me, but it’s also essential to running a business. Right now I play the role of lead marketer, bookkeeper, operations, procurement, maker and so on! It’s filled with struggles that make me grow and stretch in business and life. I gave birth to our first son, Pablo in May, which has offered new challenges as I build my small business. He has brought more purpose to my life which in turn fuels a deeper purpose to my work! I wouldn’t call it a silky-smooth road, but it’s the path I’m most passionate to carve out.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
We are a small family run business proudly making jewelry here in my St. Louis studio in small batches, with recycled gold, silver and ethically sourced stones. My most current collection “Be Present” is inspired by nature. It’s a modern interpretation of textures and graceful silhouettes found in our natural environment. You’ll notice abstract silhouettes, like a pebble outline, a water ripple or the shape of a petal. The point is to use your imagination! Remembering to appreciate organic details is one way to use our inner creativity, to be fully present and grateful for simple pleasures. When we can slow down and admire nature, we become kinder to it, and the result is that we are kinder to each other too.

I’m currently focused on developing new designs for Fall and Winter. I’m posting updates on Facebook and Instagram so that is a great way to connect with me, give me your feedback, stay updated and watch the process unfold!

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
In addition to being a jewelry designer, I am a group fitness and certified yoga instructor. Movement gives me inspiration and energy! Exercise has always been a part of my life and I love to share it with others. Feeling good in your body and connecting to it is a gift that everyone should tap into. I enjoy being that voice that gets people excited to exercise.

Pricing:

  • My prices range from $50-$300

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Image Credits
Sara Harvey Photography (model photos only)

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