We had the good fortune of connecting with Shaina Cheema and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shaina, how do you think about risk?
Being a risk taker is major, I don’t think it is talked about enough. I started taking risks in high school by having my parents change my schools, breaking certain rules, etc. I used to look at risk taking as an irresponsible task, but in fact risks push us to the ultimate next level. My best major business risk story was in 2018, taking the last of my business savings and flying to India so I could purchase custom made gold jewelry. It was truly an idea started in my head but I had 0 experience in gold or even jewelry making. Fast forward to 2021, it was one of the greatest risks I had ever taken. When it is meant for you, source will clear the pathways.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art speaks through solid gold jewelry. While I can’t draw or paint anything serious, I can easily draw clothing or jewelry that is in my brain. My proudest collection was one I designed based on a trip I took to Europe. I photographed so many details from the italian cathedrals and we were really able to translate those designs into 22kt gold. That was my first collection, which later landed me my first wholesale deal with a jewelry shop :). I wouldn’t say it was easy because of my lack of experience with gold. I had to teach myself the ins & outs as well as making sure I don’t get played like a fool in India. I lost some money in the process, but in the end it was 100% worth it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite places to hang out in Denver is the downtown, lodo, capitol hill area. These areas are filled with amazing restaurants, bars, coffee shops, cool experiences, museums, etc. Denver is a multifaceted city that has something for everyone of all ages. If you love something fancy like a “high-tea” experience that you would find in London, check out the Brown Palace an amazing historic haunted hotel. If you want to see amazing plants, Denver botanical gardens would be your go to.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shout-out my friend Alisia who has a very transformative/healing business that truly helps the community. Checkout her IG @risewithalisia
Model: @Rareartgoon Photographer @Villain.ous