Meet Karen Daniels from Tess Jewelry

Tell us about your products.

All made by me

Tell us about your connection to Chicago. 

Daughter went to Loyola university

What do you love about your business, your industry.


Tell us about your design inspiration.

My pieces are pearl and suede necklaces all one of a kind vintage pieces intertwined in them.

What advice do you have for other creative entrepreneurs?

Create what you love.

Share a favorite quote, a mantra, bud'laska. 

Be yourself because everyone else is already taken....Oscar Wilde

Surprise us with your secret talent, fact, etc. 

I was raised on a farm in Illinois.

What's the most common question you get about your business?

Do you really make each piece yourself

Tell us about your process for making + creating.

The pearls I get at market...then I look for either beautiful turquoise or vintage Tibetan vintage sterling anything that seems unique...nothing mass produced...the pearls are strung and then hand knotted between each one.

Name 3 local makers/brands that inspire you and why.

Ann Everett Chicago clothes designer...unique artisan made edgy

What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped you and your business? 

It wasn’t so much advice as it was support. I started to create something I loved and friends that I knew and people that I first met made me believe in myself and my product.

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