Many little girls grow up playing with costume jewelry. But not all of them turn a childhood hobby into a full-fledged business. Unless you’re Taylor Miller.
At the age of 9, Miller began playing with her grandmother’s costume jewelry and her love of jewelry design blossomed. She started reusing her grandmother’s pieces in new creations. First came the poster trunks, then finally, with a little help from $50 in Christmas money, she started her own business, Hazen jewelry. Yes, she was still only 9 years old.
That was in 2002. Fourteen years later, Miller, now 23, is running a very successful business. Her jewelry is sold in more than 150 boutiques across the United States, as well as online, and Miller has opened her first physical store.
Located at 6445 Cedar Springs Road, Ste. 203, the 1,200 square foot space acts as Hazen’s headquarters as well as a showroom for customers to shop the pieces in person, with styling assistants on hand to help them make decisions . The showroom also includes a “Taylor’s Favorite Things” section, where Miller supports other entrepreneurs by selling their products.
Decor-wise, Miller wanted guests to feel at home the moment they walk in the door — with comfortable, cozy furnishings dotted throughout and a bar cart that occasionally serves champagne at happy hour.
The jewelry itself is playful yet tasteful and includes an assortment of earrings, bracelets and necklaces with semi-precious stones such as quartz, opal, freshwater pearl, chalcedony and turquoise, in gold vermeil, brushed gold over brass or sterling silver.
“Each piece is designed and created with the elegant, feminine woman in mind,” Miller said in a statement. “Whether worn with jeans or a little black dress, Hazen Jewelry complements every outfit with its ease of use and fashionable presence.”
Visits to the showroom are by appointment only. Customers should call 601-573-5757 or email [email protected] to reserve a time.