This time last year, I met Haley of Hermosa Jewelry! We both had a booth at a local event, and I was so impressed with her jewelry company! Haley is one amazing entrepreneur -- creative, smart, and delightful to talk to! Learn more about this Charleston native and her gorgeous line of jewelry in the #FollowFriday interview below!
TDC: Hermosa is Spanish, correct? Tell us a little about what inspired the name, Hermosa Jewelry.
HJ: I studied abroad for a semester in college in Seville, Spain. “Hermosa” means beautiful in Spanish, which in my opinion, I think my jewelry is beautiful but it also makes women who wear it feel beautiful, too.
TDC: Your jewelry is very striking! What led you to designing jewelry?
HJ: At the age of 12, I inherited a large box of costume jewelry from a family friend. I started taking pieces apart and reassembling them into new designs. And the rest is history, I’ve been designing jewelry since then.
TDC: Do you currently have a favorite piece in your collection?
HJ: Yes! My favorite piece right now is the Sansa Crescent Horn (featured above), named after Sansa in Game of Thrones. It is a colorful statement piece that I have been wearing on repeat lately.
TDC: What are the best ways for people to purchase your items?
HJ: You can shop in person at my studio & showroom located at 1304 Erckmann Drive, Suite D. in Mt. Pleasant. Local stores in the Charleston area that carry my line include: Charleston Preservation Society, Karen Hagan Fine Art, Stox & Co. Salon & Spa, and The Green Shutter. My website is open 24/7 as well (www.hermosajewelry.com). I have a lot of upcoming events for the Fall and Holiday season which are listed on my website.
TDC: You also had a booth set up at this year's Volvo Car Open Tennis Match. Tell us a little about that experience! Will we see some tennis stars wearing Hermosa Jewelry?
HJ: Yes! The Volvo Car Open is my biggest event of the year. It is so much fun but a lot of work. I showcase my jewelry for 9 days. It’s a great way to get brand exposure for people that are attending the tournament. I have three Tennis stars that rock Hermosa: Bethanie Mattek-Sands (just won gold at the Olympics), Sloane Stephens (won the Volvo Car Open), and Jelena Jankovic.
TDC: You lived in Colorado for a few years after college. Did you have a favorite city or town that you visited? Any recommendations for someone heading that way?
HJ: Colorado definitely has a piece of my heart. When I lived there, I skied every weekend. Steamboat is one of my favorite places in Colorado to ski and visit. It has a Western ranch feel to the town and the skiing is awesome!
TDC: Having grown up around Charleston, is there a Charlestonian tradition or activity that is extra special to you?
HJ: I love spending time on the water- fishing, cruising, exploring. You get to see Charleston from a different perspective.
TDC: Last but definitely not least...what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
HJ: My favorite Charleston restaurant is Muse. It located on Society Street in a historic house. It has a quaint yet intimate atmosphere and the food is fantastic!
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