How long have you been designing jewelry?
My mom is in the jewelry business and I wanted to follow in her footsteps in the fashion community. So, I stayed at home to go to Florida Atlantic [University], and she was my inspiration every day to fulfill my dream. I started designing five months prior to the launch and then, once I got all my ideas together, we officially launched in January.
You mention that world travel influenced your new line. Which places inspired you?
I recently visited El Salvador, and just sitting on a beach with so many beautiful things around you – I wanted to capture that and display it through my jewelry.
Many pieces in the collection make a statement, such as the “I am …” necklaces and bracelets. What are you trying to evoke with this new line?
The “I am …” pieces [serve as] daily reminders for someone who may be struggling with something like a disease or depression and [who may] not feel like they are good enough. [The pieces remind them] that they are strong and they are beautiful. … You fill in the blank and envision your future, and it impacts your life.
What are you most excited for with this new collection?
I want to change people’s lives through accessories. I want to let people who are facing something difficult know that they are strong enough to get through it.
What’s next for Angelica Joy Jewelry?
I want it to be my life and my career. This is my dream that I’m chasing. I would love to see myself out there and have a big and well-known brand that is unique and has its own recognizable look.