About Twenty Thou

Twenty Thou is my own personal bailout. My student loan debt is very burdensome, and after seeing websites over the years where people have successfully gotten out of debt by asking strangers on the internet for money, I realized I was pretty resourceful and didn't need charity but a business! I came up with a way to turn a hobby that I only shared with friends and family into a way out of debt.

My goal is to create and sell approximately 20,000 handmade pieces.  I went from mostly beaded work to using copper, brass, sterling silver, and gold fill to create unique jewelry pieces, and I haven't left my beaded roots behind, I now try to incorporate them into my metal work.

So unlike government bailouts this is a win-win for myself and those who love handmade jewelry and accessories.


About Nicold 

Geek, Designer, Metalsmith

I'm a user experience architect by day, metalsmith by night.  I'm based in Chicago and I love to create unique, funky, and simple pieces. I've been creating jewelry for over 10 years. I use a variety of materials, mostly metals consisting of copper, brass, sterling silver, gold-fill and rose gold-fill (gold also available on request), along with leather, fabric, beads, and precious & semiprecious stones.




Interview with Voyage Chicago Magazine