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Meet Jen Boschma of BOSCHMA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Boschma.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Back in 2010, I had an epiphany on the 405 – I realized I would rather get in a car accident and have minor injuries than go to my 9-5. So dramatic, but that moment felt very real, and changed everything. I quit the job, sold everything, lived and volunteered in developing countries, and started my journey towards taking risks and doing things I loved. During that time I took a jewelry class on a whim in an old dusty studio in Echo Park and was hooked.

I started wire-wrapping bracelets on my kitchen table in a little cabin in Silverlake I lived in at the time, and I slept next to a drill press and jewelry soldering tools. One night, I went on a blind date at a Mexican restaurant down the street, and met my first business partner Annie Walker, while my date went to the bathroom. Annie and I started an inspirational jewelry company, Tribe of Dreamers, that helped employ women in Africa, and unbeknownst at the time, Tribe would be the training ground for my current venture called BOSCHMA.

I’ve now graduated into making conflict-free wedding rings that sponsor girls in Bangladesh to stay in school and out of child marriage. I believe everyone deserves the right to choose who and when they will marry. Each ring we create celebrates that choice here, and gives a little girl in Bangladesh the choice as well, granting her the freedom to avoid child marriage, stay in school, and live her dreams.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Ha! Not at all – there were years of stale tortillas and dollar store groceries, but the whole of it has been beautiful. My first attempt at creating a wedding ring was a blazing failure. My dear friend and amazing filmmaker, Jake Viramontez, commissioned me four or so years ago when I was first starting the jewelry, and the finished product was so bad I never let him see it. The fact that I get to realize a dream I had so many years ago is such a gift. I now live on a sailboat in Venice, and my life looks entirely different, but my vision has always been the same.

Please tell us about BOSCHMA.
BOSCHMA is my last name, and it’s a custom wedding ring company that puts love before all. We want the love of a couple, and their story, to be reflected in every part of the process. We use honest materials that do not hurt people or the environment and custom design that incorporate each couple’s story and is made in LA. We’re most proud that each ring not only looks beautiful, but it also makes the world more beautiful and gives little girls the gift of freedom.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Sitting in my stroller – I must have been 3 or 4 – snugged in with a blanket watching the Blue Angels fly overhead. I felt so safe and cozy but it was the first time I remember feeling truly alive and in awe. Perhaps taking a risk to start my own endeavor is a deep pursuit of that same feeling – maybe I should explore that, thanks for asking. xx

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