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Meet Gema Villaseñor of My Gemstone in Inland Empire

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gema Villaseñor.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always had an interest for sewing. Looking back at my earliest memories, I remember rummaging through my mom’s sewing box to look for a needle and thread to hand sew whatever fabric I could get my hands on. It started by cutting off little bits here and there on my clothing until I realized how much fabric was just lying around in the cabinet where all the bed sheets were. My mom wasn’t too happy about missing curtains and all the pillowcases that were gone but she was never mad for too long. When I turned 15, a family friend casually asked me if I wanted to take an old sewing machine of hers since she had a few in her home, I agreed. In that moment, I had no idea how much that gesture would shape my future. I kept using whatever was laying around the house until I began working at 16 and started buying actual yards of fabrics. Since the very beginning, I’ve been drawn to velvets and if you look at my shop now, not much has changed when it comes to that.

I decided one day around mid-2017 to start sewing bralettes, and with that idea, panties came along to complete the full set. I’ve always adored being comfortable in what I’m wearing & underwear are no exception to that. January of 2018, I fully committed and decided to finally create a website. I make bralettes with the idea that no metal, wires, or uncomfortable materials are used in the production (which I do 100% myself!). I specialize in 2 piece lingerie sets but slowly starting to incorporate accessories and loungewear as well. There is definitely a growing range of items to fit into the wardrobe of whatever style you fall into.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the biggest challenges in the beginning was finding a routine that works with me to make sure I’m getting everything done. I feel like I’m working 24/7 to make sure I fulfill all orders, create content for my social media platforms, and everything that comes into the process from beginning to end. It makes me really happy to be able to do this as my job but it can get really overwhelming doing it on my own at times. However, thinking about how lucky I am to be able to do my favorite thing every day is amazing and I am always super thankful to each and every customer, along with anyone who supports me in any way.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with My Gemstone – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My Gemstone specializes in velvet 2-piece lingerie sets. There is a wide variety of colors and styles that revolve around the soft fabric. I love to incorporate laces, suedes, and other delicate materials for the dainty pieces and leathers or statement prints for the more daring sets. Two years in and I’m more constantly having people recognize the sets I carry when someone posts a picture wearing them online. I adore seeing all the gems in their pieces, which a good handful of ladies collect! I feel like I’m slowly making my mark so keep a lookout when you see a lovely lady wearing velvet lingerie on IG.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Something that I’ve been working on for a while is incorporating more clothing! I’m slowly adding more tops and types of bottoms you can wear in your day to day life, rather than solely to lounge in. There is also a selection of accessories including hair items and bags as well! I’m so excited to see what I create next. My main focus was something that was a statement this most recent collection, so I chose Leopard since it’s such an iconic print.

Pricing:

  • Lingerie Sets: $40-$60
  • Bodysuits: $30-$90
  • Bags: $30-$80
  • Accessories: $5-$30

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