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Teri Cox | "Keeping it moving forward"-- A metalsmith whose living her passion through Handcrafted Jewelry by Teri C.

Arnita M. Williams
Teri Cox || Metalsmith - Owner of Handcrafted Jewelry by Teri C. - Designer and creator of jewelry made with sustainable stones and metalsPhoto byTeri Cox

“My business was given wings,” says Teri Cox. In 2008, after leaving her corporate job, she began devoting full-time to her passion–metalsmithing.

As a jewelry-maker of sustainable, repurposed materials, Teri “started attending events, and thought, you know what? This can turn into a business.”

She began researching, consulting with friends, and discovered an organization that offered free mentoring, which “were very helpful.” This gave Teri the fortitude to “keep it moving forward,” and in doing so, in 2009, she established Handcrafted Jewelry by Teri C.

Teri has always had a passion for jewelry-making. As a child, “I use to make jewelry out of whatever I could find, string, rocks, bottlecaps, whatever, and I enjoyed that so much, that once I had free time, I thought, what can I do next?,” she states.

Realizing that “the bulk of my business was coming from my online store,” during the Covid shutdown, Teri knew she had to pivot and adapt to the current condition.

With everyone at home, Teri kept her customers and followers engaged by having Zoom meetings, and presenting new pieces of sustainable, wearable jewelry she had made from various stones and metals, with each having a story of what it was in its “previous life.”

With jewelry being a multi-billion dollar industry, according to Fortune Business Insights, Handcrafted Jewelry by Teri C. is a testament to how the business has thrived and survived the latter part of the 2007-2009 recession, and the ongoing Covid pandemic from 2020 thru today.

The continuing success of Handcrafted Jewelry by Teri C. can also be credited to Teri’s perseverance, grit, determination, persistence, and advice she gives to others, that she also lives by—”No matter what season you’re in, just keep showing-up; this too shall pass.”

Check out the elegant handcrafted jewelry pieces featured on Facebook, Instagram, and the website with the same name, Handcrafted Jewelry by Teri C.

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Pen name "Tea" | Leather artisan since 2004 | Freelance business writer since 2006, and blogger. With a combination of my passions of art and writing, I capture human-interest stories and news about Indianapolis, which covers small-business profiles, arts and culture, home interior, home decor, and lifestyle articles.

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