Jewel of Havana
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!
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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