Elizabeth Stafford White and Jacquelyn Stafford Buckner, Jewelry Designers
Charlotte, North Carolina
On Their Beginning
When Jacquelyn (on right) wanted to give Elizabeth a special gift, she had a necklace made with the African trade beads both sisters collected. “But Elizabeth didn’t love it, because it wasn’t organic enough. So we redesigned the piece by adding twine, shells, and a suede strap—that’s now our signature,” says Jacquelyn. “We have five young kids between us, so starting a company was not exactly on our radar, but we decided to host a trunk show anyway. When 200 people RSVP’d, we spent three days making necklaces nonstop,” Elizabeth explains.