BC: Do you have a favorite item or design that you’ve made? What is it about it that you love so much?
ME: I actually have three! The first is an African Princess-inspired collar necklace—it’s a very glam, elegant gemstone and rhinestone choker piece. The combination of natural wood, classic freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals takes its cues from African history. I love combining the unexpected!
My second favorite necklace is a glamorous gold gemstone bib. The rich color combinations of red coral, black onyx, yellow citrine, and copper-colored Swarovki crystals burst with exuberance and passion, just like me.
Finally, my third love is a super chic rhinestone and pearl necklace. It’s both classic and modern—and it sparkles!
BC: If you could only wear one piece of jewelry for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
ME: A pair of statement earrings with a brass base—natural color, but with lots of texture and sparkle! I believe that earrings are essential to a woman’s look; they highlight the features while at the same time providing a hint of mystery as to who we are. They’re also easy to manage and style, and they pair perfectly with a simple black dress.
BC: Have you ever created something and ended up not liking it?
ME: Yes! But it doesn’t happen often. I try to deliver all of the creativity rushing through my mind into each piece, but as is the case with every designer, sometimes that piece doesn’t represent you completely.
BC: If you could have any celebrity, living or dead wear your stuff, who would it be?
ME: Oprah, because it was her show that inspired me and because she has been such an inspiration to all women. Josephine Baker is another strong woman who followed her passion and dreams. Her costumes were over the top, yet very feminine and glamorous. She also had a purpose; her love for orphans and taking care of children is a deep connection for me. Emma Watson and Rihanna each have a remarkable sense of style as well—they’re both very edgy, but still elegant and dainty. They are not afraid to step outside of the box, and they are extremely confident in who they are as women.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.