“What started as a creative outlet turned into something more meaningful, a way to transfer my musings and ideas into something tangible and long lasting.”
I became interested in the jewelry industry when I moved to Buffalo in the middle of winter four years ago. I was without my family and a job, and my creative urges were not being fulfilled. As someone with an artistic background, the need to reinvent myself became a deep rooted necessity. I used my new surroundings to start fresh and discover new crafts. I purchased a jewelry stamping kit and began making handmade gifts for family and friends. Met with enthusiasm towards my designs I began selling simple custom pieces to friends-of-friends and realized that I truly enjoyed making wearable pieces of art. Just as I was starting to gain this momentum, I had an opportunity to move to New York City.
In Brooklyn I had the opportunity to work as a production assistant for a jewelry designer. While working there I developed skills producing jewelry and performing quality control on all pieces prior to distribution. I was able to experience all facets of running a small but successful jewelry business. I was inspired by the growth, organization, and execution of the business. I was determined to expand my skills outside of what I could learn in the studio.
I began taking jewelry classes at Brooklyn Metal Works, where I learned basic metal fabrication and wax carving skills. I moved back to California this year with the specific goal in mind to attend the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA.) In 2017 I completed the Comprehensive CAD/CAM program to have the proper skill set to make custom pieces for my customers and to learn more manufacturing methods. While attending GIA I was taught the Quality Assurance Benchmarks which I take into consideration in all my designs. Throughout my work experience and education, I have sought to learn everything I can from mentors, educators and customers.
As I build my business from the ground up, I am drawn to the idea of sentimental value in antique pieces that are updated and fabricated in an inspired, modern way. I am passionate about sustainability within the jewelry industry and strive to make Stellaria Designs a household name in sustainable heirlooms.
What started as a creative outlet turned into something more meaningful, a way to transfer my musings and ideas into something tangible, and long lasting. -Ria