Former Broadway actress turned jewelry designer celebrating life and connecting loved ones through the art of jewelry. A Louisiana entrepreneur and maker capturing nature in metal and stone. Cancer survivor, Mentor, Acting and Jewelry Business Coach and Owner/Artist at Jewel of Havana Handcrafted Jewelry.
What are you best known for?
Being a Broadway actress, jewelry artist, mentor, best Aunt in the world to 8 nieces and nephews and being a fierce and loyal friend. If you mean as a jewelry artist, I'm best known for designing and engineering unique leaf clasps. I developed them to be a decorative focal point and detail that can be featured on the side at the collar bone or worn in the back like a traditional clasp. Some would say it's the signature element in most of my classic stone pieces.
What or who has influenced your design aesthetic the most?
My Mother, my Cuban heritage and my mentor and Saul Bell Design award winner, Patrik Kusek
What inspired you to become a designer?
When my husband's job transferred us back to my home town in Louisiana, I couldn't perform on Broadway (if we wanted to live together). I wanted to find a way to continue making my living as an artist so I took my backstage passion of jewelry making and design and turned it in to a thriving full time business. Jewelry making is like meditating to me and still allows me to keep my connection to ""audience"". Where I use to perform for thousands of people, now I do the same for one person at a time. My love of jewelry design was sparked from a deep rooted Cuban tradition of my Mother's where jewelry is passed down through family, sparking the stories of the people who owned it before. The passing of jewelry from one family member to another signified the family blessing. It's my mission to create meaningful gifts to help celebrate life's special moments, connect people to each other through my work and continue the beautiful Cuban tradition for my wonderful clients and their families.