Lily Noelle is an awesome small jewelry business in Columbus, Ohio! Owner, Heidi Kliewer, says that her mission is to empower women to feel beautiful. She creates key statement pieces using hand-cut leather, hand-painted wood, semi-precious stones, and hand-wrapped sterling silver. Her meticulous craftsmanship inspires confidence through beauty & color. Meet Lily Noelle at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3!
Portions of Lily Noelle's sales benefit at-risk women in the Dominican Republic where Lily Noelle was privileged to teach the art of jewelry making & as a result an organization was formed to provide education, training, & the skill-set necessary to earn an income with dignity.
Tell us about your Ohio-made business.
Momma by day, designer by night! Lily Noelle is an original line of jewelry meticulously crafted from my studio in Clintonville. I use semi-precious stones, sterling silver, gold-filled findings, hand-painted wood, leather, crystal and vintage items. The process of each design begins with me personally selecting each stone and material while venturing to shows and auctions worldwide, and ends with heart-felt packaging and customer service. Since childhood, I have had a flair for style and a love for jewelry. I attribute my love for color and all things beautiful and unique to the creative and talented women in my family. My mother, aunts, grandmother and great grandmothers all excelled in the home arts and instilled an appreciation for beauty and quality craftsmanship in me. In college, the design classes I took helped me look outside the box and embrace color and pattern as inspiration.
What drew you to your craft?
Making and designing jewelry is instant gratification. Having loved jewelry at an early age, creating something for myself to wear or to give away to friends & family is a joy!
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
I’m proud of the Heidi Collection - one of a kind pieces made from vintage brooches. I love taking a family heirloom with a story & remaking it into something relevant today.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My degree is in mathematics education. I taught high school math for 4 years and started my small business early in my teaching career. Soon, I found myself filling orders on nights and weekends and went out on my own! Now 15 years later, I am so thankful for that decision & for the opportunities I have had.
What is your creative process?
My creative process has changed through the years. 15 years ago, I didn’t have children, so my day revolved around my business. Now I have to be content on smaller snippets of time to be creative, and this happens once they are in bed. This will evolve over time, and I want to be grateful for the time I have with my children while they are young.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
I would tell myself to have confidence & keep doing what I love. Don’t worry about others’ success by comparing yourself to them. Be thankful for the blessings you have and always be grateful.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
I love shopping local and investing in small businesses. The community I have found in Columbus is so encouraging and welcoming. Having started my business in VA, and then moving to SC, then to Ohio nearly 4 years ago, I can say that Ohio has been the most welcoming. And I love that because I was born and raised in Columbus.
Why do you love doing what you do?
I love empowering women to feel beautiful by creating key statement pieces with quality materials & meticulous craftsmanship that inspire confidence through beauty & color.
What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?
If people are begging you to buy what you are wearing, then you know you have a great product! Do it the right way from the start...legally through the state and with insurance. Work hard, but don’t do it if you don’t love it! Because if you love it, then it’s not work!
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
I love exploring Ohio in all four seasons - from beautiful scenery, especially flowers, to the local foodie destinations around town. I love that Ohio has so much to offer and I know that I will never lack for things to explore!