I love these stories. Check out this article from The Province (canada.com). It's really inspiring to read these stories of up and coming jewellery designers. Especially when it involves a Canadian.
Beginner's luck works for McClintock
Jewelry: One of the country's hottest designers stumbles on her talent and runs with it
Since most of us need a little more than just luck, our own Catherine Winter (Sailorgirl) who runs a highly sucessful jewellery business here in Toronto ,(sells retail and wholesale in the summer, and sails the carribean all winter) has written a fabulous book to give you a head start on what to do (and what not to do) to succeed in this overwhelmingly competitive field. Click picture for purchase information.