A Gem of An Idea
Cassy Saba balances high school and celeb clientele.Ask most 17-year-old girls what they’ve accomplished their senior year and they might tell you they earned an A in economics, worked at a nearby café or got asked to prom. However, Cassy Saba, a senior at Hamilton, has an entirely different sort of list that includes designing a crystal necklace for Beyonce, selling her jewelry in more than 17 boutiques around the Valley and appearing in Ellegirl magazine and on The Montel Williams Show.
Ever since she received her first bead kit at age 10, Cassy has known that this is what she wants to do. The bracelets she made for herself drew compliments and orders from strangers; from there, the business has grown steadily.
For Cassy, the past seven years have just been the beginning of what she hopes will be a lifetime in the business she loves.
“I am planning on getting a bachelor’s degree in marketing and then continuing with jewelry design at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City,” she says. After graduating from FIT, Cassy plans on continuing her jewelry design, expressing her creativity by working with precious stones and gold.
But these kinds of goals don’t come without sacrifice. While most girls her age are stressing about how they can cover up that huge zit and get their English homework done by tomorrow, Cassy does all that and spends three to four hours a night on her business. Unlike many upand- coming designers, who tend to split up their work amongst a staff, Cassy does it all herself and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Cassy’s Sassy Jewelry, the business that Cassy so diligently works on, is a company that utilizes Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones in jewelry that comes in a wide price range.
When asked how it feels to create for celebrities, Cassy says that “Designing jewelry for celebs is almost like designing for other people, except more stressful. They have certain styles and needs, and you have to cater to that.”
Cassy Saba is quite the wonder woman, surviving her high school years while running a high-profile jewelry designing business all on her own. Visit cassysassyjewlery.com to view her collection and to see a list of locations where you can browse in person.
Photo: Nicholas Bowers
Shot at: Images by Michael studio, 480-575-1175
Hair/Make-up: Nicole Losurdo, 602-692-7392
Styling: Alexis Brunstedt
Teen Assistant: Sophie Miachika, Desert Mountain ‘08
Jewelry by Cassy Saba
Clothing provided by Goodwill of Central Arizona
Pink Satin Tank with Lace $4.99
Express Jeans $8.99
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