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The inspiration of jeweller Daniela Villegas

 

 On a recent European press junket, I had the pleasure of meeting Mexican born, LA-based jeweller Daniela Villegas. I was fascinated at the way she combined elements of nature -from feathers to the backs of beetles and porcupines – in a surrounding of imaginatively constructed precious metals and stones.

The idea of fine jewellery mixed with organic material from insects and birds that once roamed and flew made me curious to know more about Daniela..

            Where are you?

I am currently in Paris on

vacation enjoying my family and friends. I am also working on new designs- how can I not be inspired with all the beauty around me in this stunning city!


 

What are you up to at the moment?

My mind is filled with ideas, I am trying to organize and share with my team in LA.

 

Where did you grow up and what did you want to ‘be’ as a child? ( below right)

I was born and raised in Mexico City.

I always dreamed of being a jewellery designer and today I am doing what I most love.


What are your hobbies or interests?

Reading, cooking, hiking, spinning and pilates. After moving to LA, I have a new found love for the outdoors and healthy lifestyle.  

   

 

 

I also love teatime and chocolate

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I collect insects and parts of nature from my travels which translate into my designs….

 Who were your style or beauty icons when you were an early teen?

My great grandmother Dolores (below centre of Daniela’s Grandparents) was a very elegant, classic  and charming woman.  She passed away when I was 21, she  was my idol.


 

 

 

 

What did she represent to you at the time?

At the time she represented peace and admiration and of course love –

as she still does today watching over me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines of fiction? (film/literature/poetry/other) OR in real life?

 Again, my great grandmother Dolores, Aung San Suu Kyi, (left) Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, René Lalique (middle)  and Louisa May Alcott (right).

 Where do you find inspiration?

My inspiration comes mainly from my surroundings- nature, my friends and family in my daily life. I feel that life is both static and constantly changing, always surprising me with new and joyous things. It is these changes, yet the constants in my life that keep me inspired.

 

What do you love the most about jewellery?

I love what I do and I am fortunate enough to do what i love.

Jewellery to me is one that symbolizes celebration, sharing, giving and remembrance. But most of all it gives me the most pleasure when I see someone enjoying a piece that I made.

Who continues to surprise or inspire you in your creative life?

My husband, my family and my dog Tito, I’m obsessed with him, he makes me smile ALL the time.


 

What creative outlet would you- one day- like to pursue that you haven’t already?

I would love to create sculptures and one day, maybe a tiny restaurant with a communal table for 10 people, changing the menu everyday.

What quality do you most admire in a woman?

A good heart

 

What quality do you most admire in a man?

A good heart

 

In what ways has your life turned out as planned?

So far so good, thankful for what I have, I feel very blessed and lucky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If money were absolutely no object, how would you live your life?

The same as I’m doing right now.

 

In one word, what does the world need most right now?

Love.

Daniela’s jewellery is stocked in Harvey Nichols in the UK & Saudi Arabia, Fivestory in NYC, Roseark in L.A, Ikram in Chicago and Jade Jewelry in Jeddah,

danielavillegas.com

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  1. Jeff Burris

    Oh my GOODNESS my wife and I do some cabochons and grind, design a bit… nothing really like yours yet (I did do a rutilated quartz spear no one believes is real)… but anyway THANKS I need to show this to Tina 4 sure 4 sure. We find those green scarabs around here once a year. Let me know if you need any tarantula exoskeletons. Now I am designing an archery horse bow and found you by accident under Attila Inspired…lol…

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