In honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like to shine the spotlight on the women who inspired this collection-– our mothers. It all started with these incredible women. Our love and appreciation for wonderful well made jewelry came from watching our moms create beautiful pieces, invest in the best quality they could afford, and cherish the pieces that they own.
Ria (second generation jewelry designer and owner of Joyeria Jewellery)
It started with my mom. As a child, I spent my summer vacations tagging along with my mom to the factory. And while other children may have despised the idea of being at “work”, I absolutely loved it. A typical day was just as fascinating as the loose stones that required mama’s attention and imagination. She began each design process by plotting a mock up of the carefully selected gems on blue wax and sketched patterns for the setting. And while each collection was inspired by different elements, they all carried her signature style which was whimsical, romantic and magical. Looking at how I design now, its undeniable that I inherited her aesthetic. But her impact on how I work goes beyond that. As I watched her intently, I witnessed first hand so many unspoken lessons on business, life and building sincere relationships. When I create something bespoke for a client, or deal with foreign gem couriers that also used to supply for her, I often wonder what it would be like if she were still around. I let that thought guide me every single day to ensure that each Joyeria piece brings JOY to its recipient and honor my mama’s legacy as well.
It started with my mom. When I was young, I noticed that my mom veered away from trendy accessories. Instead, she invested in quality pieces with clean styles and beautiful stones. She marked every important (and not so important) occasion in my life with a piece of jewelry. A pair of diamond solitaire earrings and matching pendant when I graduated high school (which I wear everyday to this day), a pair of emerald cut diamond earrings and pendant for when I graduated college, and pieces she personally curated for my birthdays and Christmases.
Thanks to my mom’s foresight, something which she in turn, learned from my grandmother, my mom has accumulated a beautiful and personal collection which she plans to pass unto her children and grandchildren.
On a recent trip to Sri Lanka, the country famous for their sapphires, rubies and other gorgeous gems, several jewelry store staff commented on my diamond solitaire earrings and said, diamonds with this kind of quality and carat are hard to come by nowadays. Whenever I hear this, I always breathe a silent prayer of gratitude that mom invested in exceptional jewelry decades ago. Classics that never go out of style.
Nowadays, I try to pass on the tradition of gifting my daughters with jewelry on special occasions. A gold scapular necklace for their baptism, a gold miraculous medal first holy communion and a pair of diamond earrings for special special milestones. I hope that years from now they look at the pieces fondly and remember the love, care and joy that each piece brings.
It started with my mom. As a little girl, I loved watching her get ready. She would begin with a carefully chosen outfit followed by shoes and finally accessories—that was always my favorite part. She would open this tiny cabinet in her closet, bring out her jewelry and select which pieces would best complete her ensemble. Should she go for the gold hoops, or maybe pearls? Should she add a bracelet or a ring perhaps? The many different possible combinations always fascinated me and I would often go through her jewelry box, run my fingers through her collection and just admire them. Now my mom did not have much, but whatever she did own, she loved and wore as much as possible. 30 years later, I find myself repeating history by reaching out for the pieces that mean the most to me. A small collection of jewelry worn daily that have either been given to me by very special people in my life or I have given to myself. I believe that jewelry is an extremely personal thing. While others may own identical pieces, no one will ever wear them quite the same way. Every stack, combination or pairing will be different, and the memories behind them, unique to you.
As friends, fans and customers of Joyeria, we thought it was only fitting to collaborate with Ria on a collection that was inspired by the philosophies passed down to us by our mothers: beauty, timelessness and love. We created pieces that toe the line between modern and classic, heirloom and everyday. We hope you love the collection as much as we do and we hope you enjoy mixing and matching them with your own pieces for a look that’s personal, chic and completely you.
Photographed by: Sheila Catilo of The Catilos
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