Samantha Levine is the Creative Director and President of Auburn Jewelry, a New York-based small business, that creates custom sterling silver and enamel pieces. Sam’s interest in handcrafting jewelry sparked at age 13 when she toured the local High School and saw students crafting jewelry with a blowtorch. Simultaneously, Sam joined Mock Trial, participating in both activities for the duration of high school as she further solidified her passion for both fields.
Later on, Samantha received her minor in Jewelry and Metals from Skidmore College – thus expanding her breadth and depth of metalsmithing techniques. Majoring in American Studies, Sam became further torn between the two careers - jeweler or lawyer. She was heavily encouraged to choose the more practical path until ultimately deciding to attend law school. From there, Sam continued to pursue both her passions as she launched Auburn Jewelry in 2013 while still in school. Since graduating, Samantha has taken the risk of choosing the more unconventional route and has been designing and handcrafting her signature style of sterling silver and enamel pieces full-time at Auburn Jewelry. In May of 2018, after two years of sourcing companies, Sam sent her designs into production, taking a big step for Auburn Jewelry. The readywear line was born.
From the very beginning, Sam has utilized Auburn Jewelry as a means of helping the people around her. Auburn Jewelry includes “Gifts That Give Back,” for which a portion of proceeds are donated to both local and national non-profits.
In addition to making jewelry, Levine uses her company as a platform to mentor students. Alongside her interns, Sam has spoken on multiple occasions to the Smart Girls Group at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester to help inspire them. She has shared the joy and fulfillment that comes from turning your favorite hobby into a successful business.