Women's Month Feature 3: The Maker of Maiden Stone - Terri Stone
Introducing the owner of Maiden Stone
Terri Lynne Stone knew that she had found her calling in life, when she stepped into a jewellery workshop for the first time. She thought to herself: “Self, I can’t wait to make pretty things.” Three years later, she had completed her diploma in jewellery design and manufacture at Durban University of Technology.
Maiden Stone was officially launched in 2015 during Terri's second year of her diploma. After graduating, she took a break from all things jewellery and decided to gallivant through Southeast Asia. Returning to Durban in 2019, she picked up where she left off, with a head full of ideas and hands itching to get back into what she loved.
The Maiden Stone brand hopes to capture the diversity, cultures and beauty of South Africa. They believe diversity is something to be celebrated, respected and encouraged. That is why they create unique pieces of jewellery, to remind you that different, can be beautiful too!
We asked Terri a few questions to get to know this inspiring woman a little more, here's what she had to say:
- How do you balance work and life responsibilities?
- How did you reach your level of success?
I have never been tired of learning and surrounding myself with people who are wiser, more knowledgeable and experienced than I am. I have never been ashamed of starting from the ground. I refused to give up and I strongly believe that if you want something badly enough, and are willing to work for it, then nothing is impossible.
- What do you believe is the key to true innovation?
I think empathy is the key to innovation. When you understand the core of what people need, then you are able to create a product or service that will best address that specific need/problem. People should be at the centre of what we do and how we do it.
- Where do you believe great ideas come from?
Like how broken tiles and mirrors create amazing works of art, I believe the greatest ideas are sometimes found in the rough. The opportunity for your mind to be stretched creatively is when there are very few resources to work with. It is then when you will truly see what you are capable of.
- What would you like to accomplish in the next two to five years?
- How do you boost your confidence in difficult situations?
I always reflect back and remember how far I have come to get where I am. When it gets tough, I start thinking about how I have overcome those challenges. I recite words of affirmations which also help to refuel me on days I feel low.
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