Bridgette Hart Jewelry

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Meet Terri & Toni, The Founders of Bridgette Hart

Laura: First things first, tell me about your business? What do you create and who do you create it for?
Terri: Hey Laura! I’m so happy to be here. I’m Terri, co-owner of a handmade jewelry company called Bridgette Hart. We specialize in prismatic jewels for dazzling women who live for color.

Laura: How did you first get started in your industry?
Terri: My younger sister Toni and I always had a love for art and fashion. I started making jewelry when I was about 5 years old. I lost touch with it as I got older, but when I was about 14, I re-discovered my love for it. Toni started to show a talent for jewelry design as well, and we started making pieces together. The adults around us saw that we were actually pretty good, and they encouraged us to try to sell our designs. 
Laura: What is one thing you want people to know about you, that they may not already know?
Terri: I’m extremely introverted. You might not be able to tell from my online presence, but it’s always been really hard for me to talk to people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “You’re so quiet that I forgot that you were here”, lol. In spite of that, I push myself to really try to make genuine connections with people, and to leave them feeling better after they interactive with me. I think that that’s my best quality. 

Laura: What do you struggle with most when it comes to running your own business?
Terri: That would probably be lack of time. As a small business owner, you have to wear so many hats. You’re responsible for everything and you have to know how to do everything well. If not, your business can dry up and die the moment that you slow down. This year, I really need to focus on delegating tasks so that I can have a more balanced work life.
Laura: What is one thing that comes really easy for you?

Terri: The very thing that got me in this business in the first place. Jewelry design. It’s like therapy when I sit down and put together a piece that I’ve designed in my head (I’m a terrible sketch artist). Creating a beautiful physical product out of an idea that popped into your head is just so majestic to me. After all of these years, I’m still in awe of the whole process.

Laura: What aspect of your business is the most rewarding?
Terri: I would definitely have to say the fact that we’ve been able to build a platform where we can genuinely help people. Our business was built around the desire to encourage women to have the courage to pursue their dreams, to think positively, and to have fun everyday. Depression and other mental health illnesses can be a result of not doing so.
We help by spreading our message, by donating 5% of each purchase and $1 per email list subscriber to mental health organizations, and by sharing our jewelry. We like to say that we don’t just create jewelry, but colorful little symbols that remind you to be courageous, radiate positivity, and have fun daily. 
Laura:  How do you manage the stress and overwhelm of running your own business?

Terri: To be completely honest, I’m not currently doing a great job of it, lol. I’m going to do my best to change that soon. When I have the time, I really enjoy reading. Jane Austen and Charles Dickens have been two of my favorite authors since I was a little kid.  

Laura; Who influences or inspires you the most in regards to your industry?

Terri: I would have to say Kendra Scott. I love how whimsical their pieces are.
Laura: You have “a worthy brand,” I can see that, but why do you feel your brand is worthy? How do you remind yourself of your worth to continue building your business each day, how do you remind yourself, you are worth it!
Terri: Thank you! We know that we’re really helping people. We love to see the impact that we’re making. When women message us and tell us how much that our jewelry and our brand brightens up their day, it means so much to us. Even if it’s just the simple fact that our Instagram post put a smile on your face for the morning, we’re happy. 

Laura: And last… if you could give new or struggling entrepreneurs one piece of advice, what would it be?

Terri: Keep going. It’ll be rough at first, but just try out new ideas. You’ll get it!

Photography By Terri Hart & Dixie Stockwell

Thank you Terri for sharing yourself and your beautiful jewelry with us. They donate 5% of each sale to Mental Health America.

I can’t believe how much we have in common!  Both introverts, both admire Kendra Scott’s philanthropy work, and both make handcrafted jewelry.  Did we just become best friends?  

Terri & Toni’s jewelry truly does remind you to live in color.

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