Retail Boutique: Nail Tech-Made Jewelry

As retail remains an important source of revenue, nail salons are doing more and more to give their merchandise a boost. These seven nail techs have taken matters into their own hands, using a personal pastime — jewelry-making — as a selling point.


Salon owner Kris Kiss and her mother make jewelry in their New York workplace, Our Place Nail Salon. Draping strands of natural stones, pearls, beads, crystal, and silver give these items a modern yet elegant look. The duo’s success has lead them to set up retail displays in their salon and collaborate with clients to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Hannah Lee, a nail tech at Mind and Body Haven in Lakemont, Ga., makes jewelry so enticing you’ll want to eat it. All of her rings, necklaces, earrings, and charm bracelets are handmade by molding real rainbow-colored sprinkles into fun shapes using resin, which forever preserves the tasty treats. 

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Candice Everest, owner of Panache Nail Studio, uses rockstar nail elements as the focal point of her jewelry. With either jump-ring or beading techniques, Everest unconventionally mixes Swarovski crystals and pearls with unique metals to give her pieces rockin’ elegance. 

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Shannon Chomanczuk, owner of A Polished Image in New Windsor, N.Y., started her jewelry line For My Sweet Daughter after the birth of her daughter. Each item is inspired by something special. She uses innovative materials such as porcelain, polymer clay, gemstones, silver, unique beads, and even her own etched copper pieces. 

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Dina Warren’s makes an array of costume jewelry pieces from simple materials like base-metals, crystal, plastic, and wood. This hobby turned into a trade for Warren after she saw the way it enhanced her nail business. Her brand, Precious Pretties, includes bridal jewelry, seasonal jewelry, and ribbon necklaces.

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For the past four years, Debra Smith has been making watches, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, now selling them to clients in her home salon, Deb’s Tips and Toes. The seasoned jeweler loves working with nail embellishments and nail art.

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Using an eclectic collection of beads and pendants, Atlanta-based nail tech Danielle Poindexter makes jewelry that is traditional but chic. She also takes orders for custom-made pieces. Poindexter aims to produce eye-catching jewelry that can survive the trends.

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