Today we’d like to introduce you to Esteban Joseph.
Hi Esteban, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Creativity has been a driving force in my life for as long as I can remember. Like many, I experienced pressure to obtain a consistent yet he(art)less 9-5 grind. In resisting that pressure, I pursued photography as my first passion and held a professional career shooting for nearly ten years in Chicago. I stumbled upon jewelry by chance when walking past a metalsmithing community studio near my house one day after a photoshoot. I enrolled in an introductory course, there I practiced basic skills before moving to LA in 2017. Once in LA, I saved all my extra cash to invest in tools and studio equipment of my own. After about a year and a half of working out of a garage studio, I began making a name for myself and decided to take the leap to pursue jewelry full time. Today I now have a boutique showroom and studio where I invite clients to shop and have private consultations. It’s an intimate space where clients get to see where their jewelry is made, which is a unique and deeply personal experience for the both of us.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Traditionally most jewelers apprentice for years before going out on their own, partially because novice mistakes are costly when working with precious materials. Being that I’m self-taught, my mistakes were very costly especially when I was starting out with limited capital. But in hindsight, those hard-learned mistakes impressed upon me the patience and precision that are necessary to perfect this craft.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m and jewelry designer and metalsmith specializing in handmade, bespoke, ethically sourced precious and semi-precious gemstone gold and silver jewelry. My pieces are known for being both functional and fashionable works of art. Another intersection of my work is between technology and jewelry. Right now, one of my best sellers is a wearable USB. These highly sought-after pieces allow DJs and musicians around the world to express their unique style while carrying their music libraries wherever they are. One of the elements that set my work apart is my personal approach of fully fabricating from raw materials, resulting in a quality product that could never be replicated.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Dust is valuable! When I was first starting out, in an effort to maintain a clean workspace, I used to sweep and vacuum my dust weekly. Little did I know all that sanding and polishing of the jewelry was creating fine precious metal shavings that are worth their weight in gold, literally. Save this precious dust to be recycled by a refinery, and for a small fee they can turn this once useless dust into cashback in your pocket.
- USBs range from $700-$1,500
- Cuffs and bracelets range from $300-$700
- Rings range from $200-600
- Necklaces range from $300-$800
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.estebanjose.ph
- Instagram: @estebanjose.ph