MEET MEGAN PROCTOR OF SEA + STONE

MEGAN PROCTOR IS THE CREATIVE MASTERMIND BEHIND HER BRAND, SEA + STONE. SHE'S ALSO OUR PAL, FELLOW TALLAHASSEE NATIVE AND A TRUE SOUTHERNER. WE WANTED YOU TO GET TO KNOW HER A BIT BETTER BEFORE HER TRUNK SHOW JULY 1 AND 2 AS WE'RE POSITIVE YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE HER AS MUCH AS WE DO! 

WHEN, HOW AND WHY DID YOU START MAKING JEWELRY?

I STARTED MAKING JEWELRY WHEN I WAS TWELVE! MY PARENTS BOUGHT ME A A TON OF BEADS & MATERIALS TO KEEP ME OCCUPIED (AND QUIET) ON A FAMILY TRIP TO NORTH CAROLINA. AND TWO WEEKS AFTER COMING UP WITH A BATCH OF BRACELET AND EARRING DESIGNS, I WAS TRYING TO HUSTLE THE LADIES AT THE LOCAL BEAUTY PARLOR INTO BUYING MY JEWELRY. 

I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PROCESS OF CREATING, AND DECIDED TO KEEP LEARNING ABOUT GEMS AND METALSMITHING AFTER THE TRIP. LITTLE DID I KNOW- MY NEWFOUND HOBBY WOULD BECOME A DRIVING PASSION IN MY LIFE FOR THE NEXT 14 YEARS. 

WHAT'S YOUR INSPIRATION?

ITS CLICHE, BUT NATURE. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT NATURE IS THE GREATEST ARTIST OF ALL. IT’S SO POWERFUL. AND I LOVE THAT IT CAN IT CAN BE RUTHLESSLY VIOLENT ONE MOMENT, AND THEN BREATHTAKING & SERENE THE NEXT. THIS CERTAINLY APPLIES TO MY GREATEST INSPIRATION, THE SEA. AND IT ALSO APPLIES TO THE FORMATION OF THE GEMS I LOVE TO USE. SOME OF THEM, LIKE PERIDOT, ARE BROUGHT TO US FROM MAGMA IN DEEP-SOURCE VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS. DESPITE THE EXPLOSIVE MEANS OF DELIVERY, WHAT WE’RE LEFT WITH IS SOMETHING REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL.

WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH WHEN STARTING A PIECE? 

FOR MY SEMIPRECIOUS JEWELRY, THE APPROACH IS PRETTY ORGANIC. FINE JEWELRY DESIGNS REQUIRE A MORE STRUCTURED IDEATION PROCESS. BUT FOR BOTH, COLOR AND MATERIAL ARE TYPICALLY THE DRIVING FORCE, SO I ALWAYS START BY MAKING SURE I HAVE ABUNDANT NATURAL LIGHT, THEN I PULL OUT TONS OF GEMSTONES AND MATERIALS TO SEE HOW THEY VISUALLY WORK TOGETHER. 

HOW AND WHEN DID YOU START SEA + STONE?

SEA+STONE ACTUALLY STARTED AS A SIDE-HUSTLE IN 2014 WHEN I WAS DESIGNING JEWELRY IN NEW YORK. I WAS WORKING WITH A SMALL TEAM AT ALEXIS BITTAR TO DESIGN AND LAUNCH HIS FINE JEWELRY COLLECTION. BUT THE CONCRETE JUNGLE (AND THE COLD) WAS WEARING ON ME. SO I GOT MY DUCKS IN A ROW, MADE A BUSINESS PLAN, AND REGISTERED MY LLC BEFORE LEAVING MY JOB. THEN DURING MY LAST FEW MONTHS IN NEW YORK, I WORKED PART TIME AT AN AWESOME JEWELRY STORE IN NOLITA (LOVE ADORNED), FINISHED MY GEMOLOGY COURSEWORK ON NIGHTS, AND SPENT ALL MY SPARE TIME DEVELOPING DESIGNS AND SAMPLES FOR SEA+STONE. WHEN I MOVED TO CHARLESTON, SC, I WAS DECENTLY PREPARED TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING!

SEA + STONE IS A YOUNG COMPANY. WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE?

EXPANDING OUR ONLINE PRESENCE & ECOMMERCE OFFERINGS IS A PRIORITY FOR US RIGHT NOW. I WOULD LOVE FOR SEA+STONE TO BE A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN REGIONAL STYLE. WE REALLY WANT TO GROW OUR BRAND WITHIN THE SOUTH, AND ALSO OUT WEST, IN PLACES WITH A SIMILAR APPRECIATION FOR THE BEAUTY OF NATURE AND THE MATERIALS IT PROVIDES US TO WORK WITH.

IN 5 WORDS OR LESS, TELL US WHAT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR FEELS LIKE. 

MORE TASKS THAN TIME AVAILABLE. (LOL)

FAVORITE SAILORS SIREN PRODUCT BESIDES YOUR OWN?

HOW DO I CHOOSE?! I NEED THAT MERMAID FLASK!! AND ALSO THIS CLASSY AF NOTEBOOK FOR JOURNALING & LIST MAKING.

LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, IF YOU WERE A MERMAID, WHAT WOULD YOUR NAME BE?

PARAIBA TIDE!

SEE? SHE'S THE BEST. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MEGAN AND SEA + STONE, VISIT HER WEBSITE AND AMAZING INSTAGRAM PAGE

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