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Meet Lauren Richardson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Richardson. 

Hi Lauren, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I fell in love with jewelry after taking my first metalsmithing class in high school. While studying it at the Maryland Institute College of Art, my interest in jewelry’s power to extend, amplify, accentuate, and transform ourselves grew. I believe jewelry is more than just a piece of metal or a string of beads. It is about our identity. It is that little extra sparkle that gives us the confidence to be ourselves.⁠ I started Radiance & Romance as a way to empower everyone to love and express their natural beauty. 

My designs stem from my passion for merging the feminine and masculine by transforming an industrial material, titanium, into delicate organic forms such as flowers and feathers. I believe in appreciating the little things in life and all the beauty that is in everyone. Each one-of-a-kind piece celebrates the strength of femininity and inspires self-love. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
To stop getting in my own way. Being a perfectionist introvert means I never feel like I’ve done enough, nothing is ever “perfect” enough to be put out into the world, and I loathe being in the spotlight or pitching to strangers. It took me a long time to realize that one of the biggest obstacles to growing my business was myself, and that’s when I knew I had become my own coach instead of a critic. I started to notice when I would spiral into a list of excuses, I would work through and reflect on why I was making those excuses, and then I would create small manageable actions that would get me closer to my goals but not feel so scary. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Radiance & Romance is where art meets science to create delightfully unexpected jewelry unlike anything you’ve seen before. Crafted in Brooklyn, NY from durable lightweight titanium for a lifetime of comfortable all-day wear. 

Each timeless silhouette is uniquely hand-painted using a magical technique of manipulating light to form colors so you can be the trendsetter, the head-turner, the one who earns compliments from strangers with one-of-a-kind finds you can be guaranteed no one else has. 

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
It’s scary putting yourself out there especially if you’re an introvert like me, but there’s a big mindset shift you experience when starting your own business. If you keep focused on your goals the fear seems less important even if you have to conquer it with baby steps, and the more you do it, the more natural it feels. You need support, so for me, I just try to join as many support groups as I can either for artists or small business owners. Some of them I’ve found searching the internet or listening to small business podcasts. I try to talk to everyone around me whenever I’m in a live show, take their business cards, and follow them on Instagram. Once you start to find your people they tend to multiply because each one of them has their own list of resources too. 

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