As a mother-daughter team making ethically produced jewelry with an organic and natural aesthetic, Tess and Tricia is a brand worth lauding. Tessa, the daughter and Patricia, the mother, always dreamed of running a business together. With Tess’s creativity and design skills, Tricia’s business experience, and their shared love of jewelry, the brand officially launched in 2013 in Minnesota.
Working with family members might seem daunting, but their strong relationship is well suited for weathering the storm of challenges one might experience when starting a business. As a young adult, Patricia was taken under her father’s wing on his business ventures and now she has passed the proverbial torch to her daughter as she continues what has become a family tradition: working together. Together they’ve created a brand that offers elegant simplicity to a girl who wants to accessorize with something beautiful, handcrafted, and fairly made in the United States.
Their most notable piece is their shed antler tip necklace, which is offered in a variety of styles. As Tessa notes, “We love antler tips for a number of reasons, one being that they are shed naturally and are simply found. In many cultures finding an antler shed is a sign of luck, courage wisdom and growth. When the deer shed their antlers each season, they have reached a fresh new chapter in their life. We found this really compelling and deep since we felt it mirrored the new chapter of life the women who work for us have reached.”