An earring business is one type of jewelry business specializing in manufacturing, wholesaling, and retailing a range of earrings. An earring business could involve designing earrings as jewelry for use in multiple pieces of jewelry or designing them for freelance fashion designers and clothing stores.
Earrings are a fantastic starter project for beginners. Earrings also have some quick success as people love to wear them and often have pierced ears ready to receive your creations.
Earring businesses have been growing in popularity and have the potential to bring in a good income. Running an earring business is creative, challenging, and exciting. Earrings have been on woman's ears for centuries. To put it simply, jewelry is one of the oldest trades around.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a earring business:
1. Tini Lux ($264K/year)
Jackie Burke (from New York, New York, USA) started Tini Lux almost 5 years ago.
My name is Jackie Burke and I am the founder of Tini Lux. Tini Lux is the first line of fashion earrings made specifically for people with metal allergies and sensitive ears.
This month, Susan Kelechi Watson, a star of the NBC show This Is Us is was on the COVER of Good Housekeeping magazine wearing a pair of Tini Lux earrings. Seeing that cover photo was a serious pinch-me moment.
2. Gold Pan Pete Design ($30K/year)
Alex Moore (from Queenstown, New Zealand) started Gold Pan Pete Design almost 10 years ago.
My name is Alex Moore. I’m originally from St. Louis, MO, USA but have lived overseas the last 11 years and am currently living near Queenstown, New Zealand, where I have been for the last 5 ½ years. I have a wife, Paula, and three children, Sophia & Grace (twins, age 5) and Beau (age 3). My main profession (no longer full time) is that I’m a primary school (elementary) PE teacher going on my 15th year.
Currently, between all of my sales at the markets, online, etc, my revenue is on average between $2500-3000 per month. One thing that people find unique about my product is that I personally make every piece of jewelry I sell.
3. Bang-Up Betty ($84K/year)
Stacey Bowers (from North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA) started Bang-Up Betty over 9 years ago.
My name is Stacey, and I grew my handmade jewelry hobby into a business. Bang-Up Betty is subversive and sweet hand-stamped jewelry and funny, feminist gift items and apparel.
Bang-Up Betty started as a coffee table hobby and has grown into a business that can support me. Its average revenue is about $6,000 per month. Oh, and its named after my cat. His name is Betty and he has his own Instagram account (@bettyisaboy).
4. Pearls of Joy ($2.4M/year)
Kevin Canning (from Los Angeles, California, USA) started Pearls of Joy over 19 years ago.
My name is Kevin Canning, and I’m the founder of Pearls of Joy – the world’s fastest-growing pearl jewelry company.
YTD we’re trending around 150% growth and expect to close 2018 with $2.5M in revenue.
5. Taylor & Hart ($4.62M/year)
Nikolay Piriankov (from London, England, United Kingdom) started Taylor & Hart almost 9 years ago.
I am Nikolay Piriankov, the Founder and CEO of Taylor & Hart. We are an award-winning, disruptive e-tailer of custom-designed, ethical engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewellery, that capture your story. Our online platform, processes, and brand democratises bespoke jewellery, allowing us to offer this service at scale. Taylor & Hart's vision is to reconnect customers with the original purpose of jewellery - a personalised product that tells a unique story.
Recently we closed a seed round of £1M. The London based Garage Soho, an early stage investor and brand builder also supported us in the last round.
6. Moonglow Jewelry ($6M/year)
Julien Plouffe (from Miami, Florida, USA) started Moonglow Jewelry over 10 years ago.
My name is Julien Plouffe. I’m a Canadian living in Miami Florida. I am the owner of Moonglow Jewelry. I love snowboarding, car racing, surfing, motorcycle racing and anything that involves adrenaline. Naturally, this makes me a risk taking entrepreneur.
7. Quirksmith ($479K/year)
Pragya Batra (from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India) started Quirksmith over 6 years ago.
Hi! My name is Pragya Batra and I am the co-founder of Quirksmith, a design company that creates handcrafted jewelry and accessories.
I started Quirksmith with my sister Divya Batra, who is a jewelry designer and graduated from one of the most prestigious design schools in India (NIFT, Gandhinagar). We started Quirksmith about 3.5 years back in the year 2016. From a weekend passion project for 2 sisters, it soon became our full-time passion. We now process orders worth $40,000 every month and work with artisans across India, to keep the silversmithing craft alive!
8. Vivalatina Jewelry ($168K/year)
Nicolas Tranchant (from Puerto Vallarta) started Vivalatina Jewelry about 10 years ago.
Hi, my name is Nicolas Tranchant, I am French and I am the founder of Vivalatina Jewelry. We are pure player jewelry, settled in Mexico, and offering high-end jewelry for our clients worldwide. We do not have any flagship product as we sell few high-priced items and offer custom-made jewelry online.
9. Gemvara ($24M/year)
Matt Lauzon (from Boston, MA, USA) started Gemvara over 15 years ago.
- Matt Lauzon is the founder and CEO of Gemvara.
- Even though he can’t program and had zero previous experience in the jewelry business, Matt Lauzon, Gemvara‘s founder, is disrupting the industry and generating millions in sales.
- Part of the reason for his success is that he had a great idea: let people customize jewelry online. Not only does that model give customers exactly the design they want, but it also has some search engine optimization and marketing advantages.
10. Kitten Co ($350K/year)
Maya Portorreal (from Union City, NJ, USA) started Kitten Co over 3 years ago.
- Maya Portorreal, 27, started Kitten Co. with just $2,000 as a one-woman team in 2019.
- Making $45,000 a year at her full-time job, her jewelry side hustle generated $250,000 in her first full year. Brand ambassador promotion on Instagram and business classes helped her grow her sales to $472,000 in 2020 and $350,000 in 2021.
- Her pieces range from $30 to $250, making them affordable jewelry. Working out of her apartment in Union, New Jersey, she’s added her mom and one remote worker to help with the company.
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