Jewel of Havana

American Made Since 2006

Ana Maria Andricain

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
I create nature-inspired artisan jewelry designed & handcrafted in my Baton Rouge studio. I am a proud first-generation American!

Tell us about your business.

Born as a backstage hobby in my Broadway dressing room, my "accidental business" has become my full-time vocation. My husband's career brought us back to my hometown, where I could no longer work as an actress. I turned to my passion for jewelry making in the hopes of continuing to live the creative life of an artist. Now a full-time handcrafted jewelry artist working from my Baton Rouge studio, I am metal clay certified & combine these skills with traditional metalsmithing & beading techniques to create signed, limited-edition pieces of wearable art. Jewel of Havana is named in honor of my parents, who fled Cuba 50 years ago. I am a proud first-generation American! I make each piece of jewelry by hand and sell them at Juried art markets and festivals throughout the South. I would like to improve my website and reach a national audience through galleries and boutiques across the US. I hope to hire a small staff in the next year to help me reach my next goals & dreams!

What makes your business stand out?

I use fresh foliage from my parents beautiful garden in the creation of each piece, so no two are ever exactly alike. Each ring, bracelet, necklace and earring begins as a lump of precious metal clay and is then molded and carved by hand and filled with the joy that comes from an artist doing what she loves for a living!

What's the best business advice you've received?

Start small, reinvest as you make money, quality is king, surpass expectations & customer service is everything! And most importantly, follow your dreams!

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