Jewelry Genius

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Deb Guyot will be the first to say that she had no plans to be an entrepreneur. But the Powell mother of three teens has found herself on the top of the Home Shopping Network's Silver Gallery favorites, selling her jewelry designs.

On one recent segment, more than 1,000 pieces of a smoky quartz necklace sold in five fast ooohing and ahhhing minutes.

Guyot, a saucy, spirited 47-year-old with a wide smile that jumps from the screen, is clearly enthused. "I'm shocked," she said, "that I can do what I love to do right now, in a way that I want to do it."

What she loves are gemstones and the creative way she can turn a tiny pile of beautiful crystals into one-of-a-kind jewelry. At least the pieces used to be one-of-a-kind. But getting to the here-and-now first requires a trip to 2004.

It was then that Guyot, wanting to offer a special take-home gift for her daughter's 11th birthday party, learned to make bracelets. She quickly found herself scouring stores for unusual baubles and beads, salivating over tiger's eye and turquoise. She taught herself to make earrings and necklaces, and her hobby grew into an expensive obsession. "I started with beads, then graduated to pearls, crystals, gemstones," Guyot said.

A tiny bag of baubles could set her back hundreds of dollars. Even so, she had no plans to sell her creations, just give them as gifts to family and friends. But everywhere she went, she heard the same questions: "Where did you get your necklace? Can you make one for me?" Eventually, she started saying yes.

But the biggest break came when Guyot's good friend Suzanne Runyan, who hosts a show on HSN, wore one of Guyot's necklaces. Before she knew it, Guyot was a featured designer, selling thousands of pieces per show. She still marvels at how it all unfolded.

"Isn't is amazing how God puts this giant puzzle together?" she asked. "Talk about the right place at the right time."

Now, for HSN, Guyot creates the design, and a manufacturing company produces them. But some things haven't changed. She still salivates over the sight of smoky quartz. She still enjoys sitting down at her dining room table and masterminding new designs. And her test market is still her fellow football and lacrosse moms.

She also continues to hand-craft pieces that aren't mass-produced, and sells those from her Powell studio, her Web site ( and in select boutiques. She relishes working with customers to design custom jewelry.

"That's my favorite thing to do," she said. "In fact, it's hard to sit down sometimes without something in mind-a person, an outfit."

She encourages other women to be fearless in pursuing business ventures, with one caveat: "Make sure your heart's in it," Guyot said, smiling. "Because if it's not, it won't work."

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