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Designer Spotlight: Veronica Carrillo

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A brief story of what you do and why you do it:

Jewelry making has been a passion since childhood. What I enjoy the most of making jewelry is how a hand crafted piece can make an impact on someone. The beauty behind behind meaningful jewelry is that they can bring about joy, happiness or a lovely memory. If one of my pieces can bring a smile to someone's face, my job is done.

How did you get into jewelry design?

Like I mentioned previously, I've been making jewelry since I was a child. One day I decided to post a picture of what I had made on Facebook. It wasn't until someone had inquired about how much I was selling it for that I realized that people were actually willing to buy my creations. That's how My Bohemia Jewelry came to life.

What makes your collection unique?

Although there's plenty of jewelry makers making meaningful jewelry, I tend to get my components from different parts of the world. They cannot be easily found locally. In addition, I believe quality is everything. My goal is to create pieces to last for many years to come.

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What are your inspirations?

Pretty much everything around me. For one nature, I love including earthy, natural components into my jewelry. You'll notice that I include things such as rudraksha seeds, sandalwood and other types of wooden beads. Spirituality is a big factor in my jewelry. I like to include gemstones that contain metaphysical properties, as well as special charms that serve as amulets.

How are you making a difference in your life?

I'm constantly learning and open to learning new skills.

What's something unusual about you that makes you “you”?

I'm a bit of a nerd. I'm a science junkie but in the transition of becoming more of a spiritual junkie. I'm trying to find a midpoint for these two seemingly distinct worlds. Trying to find my oneness in this chaotic world.

What's the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business? OR What is your biggest success in running your business like a business?

My biggest struggle would have to be the lack of repeat customers. Not only that, but also I feel that my social media marketing isn't triggering sales. People may comment on what I post but there is no direct correlation between my posts and actual sales. The sales seems random and at time seldom. My Bohemia Jewelry came into life less than a year ago and I feel as though it is more of a hobby. Despite the sales, I can't sustain myself on this alone.

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Screen-Shot-2014-10-11-at-10.46.03-PMEach piece has its own story to be told; making them meaningful and treasurable. The foundation behind this jewelry line is the intention, love, dedication and devotion that goes into each handcrafted piece making them unique. I am inspired by love, yoga, nature and spirituality.

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