Bling it on.
Images: courtesy of emma wo. lauryn gordines’ hair and make-up: joanna lee
From profitable Miss Hawai‘i Teen USA and Miss Hawai‘i USA to working a trend weblog—which led to her being highlighted on harpersbazaar.com—and a social media enterprise, Emma Wo’s life is as enviable as her fab-meets-fun fashion. Now the 29-year-old Punahou alum is slipping into the jewellery ring along with her personal label, Emalia Jewellery.
Why design jewellery?
Earlier this 12 months, my now-fiancé and I had been planning to take the subsequent step in our relationship and I used to be having hassle discovering a hoop that checked each field on my checklist: stunning, distinctive, ethically made and on the proper worth level. We’re within the strategy of renovating, we’re each self-employed and like to journey, so spending a fortune on a hoop didn’t seem to be the proper alternative. So, I created the primary Emalia ring.
Do you know something in regards to the jewellery enterprise?
My grandfather owned a jewellery retailer and after I was little, I used to strive on my grandma’s assortment of jade and pearls. So, perhaps it’s in me? However I did educate myself lots on the completely different diamond and gemstone choices and ensure the jewellery I supply is ethically produced and of top of the range.
Somebody utilizing my small enterprise for the most important choice of their lives is rewarding, however I’m additionally fearful.
Have been there any “what am I doing” moments?
Positively. The considered somebody utilizing my small enterprise for the most important choice of their lives is rewarding, however I’m additionally fearful. How do I make it distinctive and never cookie cutter? Which kinds will clients need? What if my fashion isn’t their fashion? It was lots.
Wo’s Emalia moissanite engagement ring
What items do you at present supply?
Now we have a wide range of assertion and engagement rings that may be made along with your alternative of middle stone together with moissanite and different gem stones. The bands are fabricated from 14K white, yellow and rose gold, and [I can order] platinum.
How can you preserve prices down?
I selected to incorporate moissanite as an possibility for brides on the lookout for an incredible worth. The uncommon, naturally occurring mineral was found by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Henri Moissan on the web site of a large meteorite strike in Arizona. Now created in a lab, it’s one of many world’s most sensible gem stones. Our moissanite choices begin at simply above $1,000.
Does it shine vivid like a diamond?
Cue Rihanna. It provides off extra hearth than a diamond with a refractive index of two.65 to 2.69 (a diamond’s refractive index is 2.417).
Rainbow earrings, bracelet and ring.
Are you trying to develop sooner or later?
Sure. I simply launched our ready-to-wear assortment that includes 14K gold vermeil jewellery. Our new Rainbow ring, bracelet and earrings are prime sellers. I do know some folks need a diamond—hopefully within the close to future I can supply lab-made and mined choices. However, proper now, it’s simply me working all the things so I’m taking the time to develop the fashion and high quality of every piece and educate people who spending what you possibly can on a hoop can nonetheless be a lovely funding.
Jewellery costs begin at $585. emaliajewelry.com
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