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Radical Renegade ft. Natalie Jacob

Take the chance you have always wanted to take, you won’t feel any less stuck remaining in the same place you are now.


Rise’s Radical Renegade is a monthly series featuring interviews with trailblazing career mavens. Meet Natalie Jacob, CEO of Etymology Jewelry – a New York City based jewelry company featuring an array of sustainable materials.


Why did you start your company and what motivates you every day?

I officially started my business in 2014, but have been creating for years beforehand. I’m motivated by my love of fashion, art and design – bringing that to jewelry lovers in an attainable and unique way.


What are some of the major lessons you’ve learned along the way?

“Sometimes no means not right now” has really been a game changer for me, as has the idea of just being persistent. Those two things alone have really helped to propel my business forward and keep it buzzing along.

Tell us about a setback you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?

I think a general setback that truly doesn’t get discussed enough is the idea of seed money and financial barriers in business. I did not start out with any capital for my business, and do not have any consistent investors. In reality, I overcome these challenges by having a couple side hustles to my business. I have a part time day job that is incredibly supportive of my line and allow me to work on my line digitally while I’m in the office, and I actively resell and recycle fashion to further bolster my income. It’s not what you may have been expecting in this answer but it’s what I face and what makes having a small business a rewarding challenge.

What advice do you have for women who feel stuck in their careers?

Take the chance you have always wanted to take, you won’t feel any less stuck remaining in the same place you are now.


We all know how difficult work/life balance is, how do you draw the line to create separation in these two spheres?

In total honesty I’m more of a creative type and a linear workflow does not always come naturally to me. As space is also at a premium in NYC, my studio is in part of my living room. However, my desk folds up in to itself, to contain my work flow and allow me to step away and not directly focus on what is happening in my business at the moment. Just having that sort of physical separation helps me unplug and focus on relaxing and taking it easy outside of working.

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