Some people see jewelry as just an accessory, something to add to your final look but then there is Izaskun Zabala, she sees jewelry as art where she draws inspiration from “elegance as a vibration of Divine Feminine.” Izaskun is based in NYC and her pieces are edgy, chic, and definitely unique. Head over to her web-store to check out her stunning work and keep reading to learn more about Izaskun Zabala…
Can you share the story on how your love for jewelry started and when did you know this was something that you wanted to pursue? I thought I was going to be a fashion designer, but in 2000, I started taking jewelry classes in Europe and knew this was it.
Since starting your on brand in 2013, what have been the biggest challenges of being your own boss? What are the biggest rewards? Biggest challenges: everything depends on me and I am hard working by nature, so I work 10 days/week!!! Biggest rewards: to see how my business and creative vision sell and inspire others
Where does your inspiration come from? Can you walk us through your design process? My inspiration comes from Elegance as a vibration of Divine Feminine, old wisdom and the fact that we are connected to major forces in the cosmos, like the moon and the planetary orbits. I am a sculptor and my hands are my magic tools. I love the challenge of carving wax to create symmetrical and exact prototypes. Waxes are then molded and from the mold I obtain the jewel in the desired metal.
If you could go back in time to when you first began this entire process, what advice would you give yourself and to other women looking to start their own businesses?Advice to myself: make 7-8h sleep/night a mustAdvice to other women: 1. look for help from non for profit organizations, there is help in NY for women entrepreneurs!! 2. listen to advice but ultimately follow your intuition.
When do you feel most beautiful? After making love
What are your favorites spots in NYC? The Met, Zenkichi, Indochine, Bergdorf Goodman, Assouline Bookstore, De Vera
model: Margaret of Zeal