Susan Scaparotti is the designer behind red i jewelry. Susan creates one of a kind, handmade necklaces, bracelets,and earrings that are unique, timeless and fashion forward.
Susan describes herself as being born a decade too late. A hippie at heart, she will forever revere the peace symbol as a relevant, current icon. Growing up the daughter of a fine jeweler, she coveted well-designed, beautiful pieces of jewelry at an early age. In the 80’s, she discovered a passion for art, and with the guidance of several very talented mentors, she acquired a BFA with a concentration in Sculpture at Kent State University in Ohio.
Her determination to find a job that utilized her art experience was finally realized in 1987. A 17-year career as an accessory buyer for Deering Gallery in Cleveland followed, and led her to her true calling. She met hundreds of talented designers and fine-tuned her ability to forecast trends in fashion and accessories. She was most passionate about jewelry. She began creating her own designs and found that customers wanted them too. This led to some very late nights of jewelry making, and red i jewelry was born.
In 2004, she decided to turn her passion into a full time career. When Henri Bendel New York invited her for three consecutive trunk shows, she knew she would never look back. Her work is now available in fine clothing stores, boutiques, and museum stores.
Susan is thankful every day that she has the support to do what she loves for a living. We’re happy you stuck with jewelry making too, Susan, because we love your work with our hand-dyed and hand-sewn silk ribbons! Your jewelry is so beautiful and we are so glad that we get to work with you!