“I didn’t set a stone ’till I was 55,” says Susan Lister Locke, who owns the eponymous gallery on Nantucket and was voted Best Jeweler on Nantucket from 2017-2020. “Real estate had slowed to a crawl. I had been there for the booming years. But it wasn’t working and I didn’t see it coming back.” Metalsmithing had been a passion which Susan had explored in schools and workshops in the States and Italy. She had a studio at home and when the real estate dried up, a great location for a shop came up, and she decided to take the leap. “I didn’t have a lot of money so I let the big boys do diamonds,” she says. “The first stone I bought was a colored stone. I worked with pearls and Australian bolder opals. I wasn’t a gemologist.” What Locke especially loves about the engagement and wedding rings she creates: “Those are heirlooms; they get passed down….You’re part of their story.” Her advice for those trying to make the leap from corporate to art:” Be prepared for greatness. I wasn’t.”
I guess we could call this a perk of the job! The Chamber girls went to visit @susanlisterlocke last week to try on some of her beautiful pieces. A long-time resident of Nantucket and a shop owner for seven years, Susan Lister Locke’s creativity takes many forms in each of her jewelry pieces. Her view of the harbor isn’t bad either. All fine jewelry in gold and precious stones are designed by Susan Lister Locke on Nantucket and Palm Beach. Susan works hard to accommodate all of her clients. Right now, Susan has many loose stones and gems that she would love to work with you to create something one of a kind. Visit her store at 28 Easy Street to see the beauty! Thank you so much for having us, Susan!