How did you get inspired to create your own jewelry line?
I am heavily influenced by my diverse cultural background, and I was born and raised in South Texas. As a little girl I remember admiring, in awe, how fabulously dressed and put-together my mother always was. She rocked the 80's look: big hair, big bags, red lipstick, fancy shoes and, of course, fabulous jewelry! Fashion has always been on my mind as long as I can remember. Growing up in what was then a small town, I always sought out the most fashionable clothing and accessories, definitely with a passion for jewelry. I was influenced at an early age by the Hispanic culture, which includes bright colors and big, flashy jewelry. I try to incorporate this in to my designs. I don't think it is a secret that my creations are big, in-your-face, gold and sparkly!
Also, I am really inspired by my travels, but especially from my travels to New Mexico. I took vacations there every summer throughout my childhood and it has such a bold, beautiful and enchanting culture. (Their culture is heavily influenced by native americans and their art and jewelry designs are using every color of the rainbow- it's so beautiful!!!)
What is your favorite stone(s) and what does it symbolize?
My favorite stones are Druzes, Amethyst and Quartz. They are all pure cleansing and healing stones. I am partial to them because each one is like natural tiny sculpture. All one of a kind.
Who or what inspires you to remain true to your purpose?
I am anti leather and will be forever with my line. I am really inspired by many designers that refuse to use animal products in their line. (For example, Stella McCartney) No animal needs to be harmed to wear a beautiful piece of jewelry. The truth is you do not really know where the leather comes from and there isn't a guarantee that it isn't from a dog farm. I am very passionate about helping to end this in fashion.
What is unique about your pieces?
I am a trained artist with a BA in studio art. My specification was sculpture so I was taught early on how to translate design from my hands. This is why I have been so drawn to the natural free form shape that druzy, quartz and other similar quartz mineral stones take on. Each of my designs is unique not just because of their designs, but because each stone is unique and one of a kind.
What are some obstacles you've had to overcome while creating your brand?
One of my biggest obstacles has been keeping up with production for the demand my jewelry has taken on. I have always dabbled in jewelry making/ designing as a hobby. About 2 years ago, I decided to just "go for it" and do it full time. I knew people loved my designs, but I had no idea how much they would. Being an emerging designer means having so called "growing pains" and this has been my biggest struggle to date.