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Meet Sara M Castillo of Ché Adornments in Pomona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara M Castillo.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Going through many trials of what could be good for me, I noticed one thing was very consistent and it was minerals and my fascination of them. Always having been expressive in an art and crafts manner growing up, I found a great tranquility and therapy once I learned what lapidary was. By this moment, I had already been working in fine jewelry since I was 18. I continued my ‘day job’ happily learning whatever I could while cutting rocks as a hobby. I briefly started advertising my inverted Maya plug I had designed but stopped. Not only did I want to provide a high-quality craft, I was not confident enough. I never hadn’t had a job for over two weeks and I was on my second month I’m employed. I started creating and posting and taking my creations around with me for whoever that was interested. Then I started to vend…… I ended up getting another day job but to save more for my shop. My journey doesn’t end. I learned how to solder ‘hands-on’ a couple of months ago. This is exactly where I’ve been trying to get to in terms of knowledge. Now, just need a shop. 😊

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
A huge depression for a few years due to family issues. So it was hard for me to get back in it after having stopped.

No car. I had no car when I started vending. That was hard for a while. I’ve been lucky to have friends here and there to help me out.

Nobody wanted to show me how to solder and school wasn’t an option for me. So, I got a job with a major production as a Polisher. Over a decade of lapidary experience allowed me to shove my foot in that door. I eventually was trained and transferred to the jeweler department. Then COVID happens… I’m super stoked, I know now.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Ché Adornments – what should we know?
I love balance; In design, in color, in space, in self. I try to translate this on my jewelry.

Ché means Tree in one of the Maya dialects.

The hashtags you’ll see my post is #berooted #stayflying and that’s with the understanding that without reaching to the depths of the earth(self) one may not stretch to the heights of the heavens. The indigenous have a chakra point above the body and below and these things connect us to everything. I set high /positive intentions and cleanse everything I work with to not transfer unwanted vibrations. Whether a client asks for a specific vibration or expresses what they are going through so I can recommend. I cater to holistic health.

I’m proud of my quality of work. I like clean lines. Always striving for better.

Every piece made is a part of me. A part of a process of me. Art, you take a piece of the artist with you. Lapidary sets me apart because it gives me that connection to the stone. The warmth of the formation and how it wants to be set. How delicate it really is and how much security it wants. Stones are as unique as you and I and that’s how they must be treated. Energy transfer. I think my history of jewelry sets me apart from many crafters as well.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Mr. and Mrs. Bidwell. From Glendora Gems club. They ran the club that gave me a sanctuary. And all the students that became teachers in there.

SpaceBrains event and Spacetaco because I’ve resided for a while with them and met so many beautiful people.

Araceli and Loely. 💚

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Image Credit:
Gerard Palacios for the back and white photo and amethyst pendant only.

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