When one thinks jewelry, one often thinks Tiffany’s, or maybe David Yurman, Cartier, or Lagos. Shayna Gross plans to be on that list.
A designer of unique handmade jewelry, Gross is the owner of Shayna B Jewelry, a fashion jewelry company specializing in inspirational and original designs. While you may not have heard of her yet, if it’s up to Gross, someday her jewelry will be a household name. And after meeting Gross and seeing her designs, I would have to agree.
Gross and her jewelry both have their origins here in South Jersey. A native of Linwood, Gross attended the Linwood School System from nursery school until she graduated from Mainland Regional High School in 1992. From there, Gross and her jewelry took a circuitous router from her hometown to college and jewelry classes in Massachusetts, to graduate school and her first business investment in Atlanta, to fine tuning her skills at a bead store in Durango, Colorado, to expanding her business in Costa Rica, then finally returning to her South Jersey roots and relocating to Ventor.
While Gross plans to become a household name, she is socially responsible about getting there. While living in the rural area of Turrialba in Costa Rica, Gross recognized the need for jobs for women in their homes. She began teaching women to make jewelry, contributing to two goals – to support local women by providing them with jobs, and to create a workforce for her expanding jewelry line.
While she still has manufacturing interests in Costa Rica, now that she lives in Ventor, Gross manufactures here in the United States also, and she plans for all of her manufacturing to take place here in the United States in the future. She would like to give back to her community and create a program similar to the one she started in Costa Rica, training and then providing jobs for stay-at-home moms.
Inspired by the world around her, from nature to a beach towel, Gross has created two unique, quality lines of jewelry: a couture line with one-of-a-kind items and a boutique line, carrying limited quantities of select designs. Each design is handcrafted using precision techniques and extraordinary materials that come from the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show, the largest in the country. “What sets my jewelry apart from other jewelry is that I use a unique combination of materials from various parts of the world, ” explained Gross.
Gross herself is an original. A mother, physical therapist, and jewelry designer, she juggles it all with indelible grace and charm. While she has big plans for the future, she is also content with her present, and she has the infrastructure in place so that when her dream does happen, she will be prepared. She is aware that while she “doesn’t know what the path will look like to get there,” she will get there.
Her jewelry is currently available at Trinkets in Linwood, the Paper Chase in Margate, and through Laruent Evans of RSI Auctions. Shayna B. Jewelry is also available online at www.ShaynaBJewelry.com
By Danielle Davies
The Boardwalk Journal
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