Martha Stewart’s American Made contest is on a mission to handpick the best of the best in handmade goods, and one Minnesota designer is well on her way to a win. Judges for the contest, which include Martha herself, chose local jewelry maker Karin Jacobson Design as a finalist in the style category earlier this month. Of up to 1,000 finalists, 10 will be chosen to win the American Made award. Nine will be judges’ picks, but one winner will be chosen by audience votes. Each winner will receive $10,000 to help grow their business, along with a trip to New York and a spot in Martha Stewart’s American Made Market. Owner Karin Jacobson would be honored to be chosen as a winner, but says she’s also just really excited to be a finalist. “It’s a good platform to keep people interested and engaged in my brand,” she says.
Judges chose finalists based on a company’s innovation, craftsmanship, appearance and use of local components, and engagement of the local community—all areas of expertise for Jacobson, who learned the secrets of the trade working as an apprentice to a goldsmith during her time as a student at the University of Minnesota. Her jewelry is handmade at her studio in Minneapolis and uses ethically sourced and eco-friendly materials like lab-grown or fair-trade gems and recycled metals.
Jacobson designs cocktail rings and designer jewelry, but her custom engagement rings and wedding bands that make up more than half of her business are more than swoon-worthy. She meets with every couple to ensure that each set of rings is exactly what they’ve dreamed of at a price that doesn’t break the bank. “I don’t feel like people should go into their wedding in huge debt because they spent too much,” she says.
Pieces from Karin Jacobson Design are sold on her website and at various small retailers throughout the country. You can help secure her win by clicking here to vote through October 13. superkarin.com