The Jewelry Architect

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“Life, in its own funny and unexpected ways, has put jewelry along the way and as soon as it came into my path, something inside me instantly clicked and felt right.”
- CECILIA ECHEVERRI V.
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Being completely honest with you, I cannot say, like many others would do, ‘I knew what I want to do in life’. Having said that, I knew I’m an artist since the first time I knew crayons. At that time, it was mainly on drawings, paintings, papier mache, collage, paper crafts, card making and etc. I remember the first jewelry that I made was when I was 10. It was a ring with peyote stitch using black seed beads, which my mom’s pen pal, all the way from Chicago had sent a full box of jewelry making kits to us for Christmas present. We don’t celebrate Christmas, but she has never missed sending us pressies on Christmases.
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As a practicing Architect who is always on the go and having tight deadlines most of the time, I didn’t really had the opportunity to pursue my crafting hobby as much as I want to. After 10 years of working in the industry, I finally obtained my professional registration as a Registered Architect and now I am obsessed to fulfill my lust and passion in art jewelry. I love my job and I love my passion. Obviously, it has been a time of deep reflection of who I really am and what I want to do with my life and where it leads me to. With the twins being born after nearly 7 years of marriage, I am constantly thinking of a career change and responsibility of turning my passion into career. Pursuing my passion is like returning home to my fun and cheerful childhood where everything is possible. However, I hope to find the perfect balance of both worlds eventually. I feel like I am myself once more. The spiritual re-awakening to my creative abilities was… like being born again. It made me remember the joy I had when I was a child.
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And I understood that there was no going back, my creative self had risen to the surface, once and for all.”
-CECILIA ECHEVERRI V.
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Being an Architect, thus I have always walked through the path of art. Jewelry designing arrived at my life when I am really in the need to de-stress my architecture life. So I turned to internet, looking for some ideas when I suddenly decided to give it another try. I searched for my first jewelry making kit that I had when I was younger (after years of abandoning them) and try it once again. At first it was mainly for my own hobby but fortunately, my friends really adore my designs. I hurriedly started doing some charm bracelets using the box full of beads and selling them to my work-mates (which worked out very well!). And before I even knew it, I have become really addicted to jewelry making. I started to explore all the possibilities that jewelry making would offer me and it has become an endless journey and I really, really love it.
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“Life gives you tough lessons, but never insurmountable challenges!”
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I am so happy that you are walking with me through this journey of passion as I slowly build this site. Every single piece was design to develop a unique voice and way of expressing myself in this craft. At this point, I am still doing this on part time basis. I really wish that one day I would be able to spend my full time doing personally meaningful work.
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“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.  ~Peter Marshall”
I hope SheDazzles also resonates deeply with your wants and needs about jewelry. Last but not least, I hope all of you will love my designs as much I love them very much.
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I’d love to hear from you, please tell me about yourself.
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Love,
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