About five years ago, I was driving around doing errands one Saturday afternoon and for no particular reason, I decided to get a manicure – something I almost never do. I think it’s because the nail polish usually chips the next day and then I feel like I’ve just wasted money. So, there I was in a small nail salon in Asheville, and sitting next to me was an amazing woman/jeweler, Paula Jerome. We talked non-stop the entire time our nails were drying. Paula was passionate about making jewelry and growing her design business. I was excited to tell her about my work with the university advising small and medium size businesses in the region, and we immediately set up an appointment. I couldn’t wait to link her up with resources and organizations like HandMade in America. Sometimes, clients become friends and I’m happy to say that even though Paula moved back to New Jersey to be closer to her family, our friendship endured, and she says I even helped her get her business off the ground.
Paula is 63 now, and it wasn’t until the age of 55 that she ventured into jewelry making. That path proved to be her life’s purpose, and one she feels very blessed to have found because some people never find it. For Paula, that purpose is bringing joy to others through her creations and her passion.
Paula’s collection is made from 100% recycled gold and silver and features precious and semi-precious stones. It’s gorgeous. And by the way, her original Atlantic City Charms were worn on the Emmy Red Carpet last September by cast members of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Not bad for a new designer. Take a peak at her entire collection.
Instead of a traditional interview, I wanted to give you a unique look into Paula’s personality, so I asked her 6 random questions. Here are her answers. Thanks, Paula.
1. What was the name of the first record you ever bought?
In The Still of The Night by the Five Satins
2. What is the one thing you have to put on or have on that makes you feel good about leaving the house?
My Cell Phone
3. What is your favorite comfort food and how much does it cost?
Turkey Wings. About $2.99 a pound
4. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about being over 50?
Favorite ~ My grandchildren!!! Least favorite ~ Wrinkles!
5. Favorite lipstick? And where do you get it?
Lipstick ~ Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick, Neiman Marcus
6. What is your most favorite thing to do that is “creative”?
Make my jewelry!!!