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Meet Tere and Gabriela Artigas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tere and Gabriela Artigas.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tere and Gabriela. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Gabriela: Ever since I was eight, I knew that I wanted to be a designer in fashion. I became a jewelry designer when, as they say, fate met with opportunity and a necklace I designed for our mother literally stopped a woman on the street who wanted to know who made the piece and where to buy it.

Tere: For me, I was always drawn to beautiful things with a simple and clean aesthetic. Things that can be worn or incorporated into the home in an elegant and natural way. Jewelry was a natural extension of this, and it’s great that I get to work with my sister.

Gabriela: After that, I designed a collection and Tere, and I started hand-making the pieces.

Tere: From there, we gained a following, and the business grew.

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?
We’re two women running a small, but global business. Our backgrounds are in design (Gabriela) and social work (Tere) so being entrepreneurs was totally new for us which of course has presented challenges. We’ve had to learn along the way, but the day we don’t have challenges means something is wrong because we see them all as learning moments. We’re always looking to be better as we grow.

We’d love to hear more about your business
Gabriela Artigas & Company is a jewelry line that we founded in 2008. We are sisters and Mexico City natives based in Los Angeles, California. Last year was our 10th anniversary and we opened our first retail space on Melrose Avenue. Our jewelry can also be found in over 120 stores around the world.

Our designs range from delicately minimalist to boldly sculptural. For Spring/Summer 19 we debuted a line of men’s jewelry inspired by some of our best-selling signature designs. We’ve made bespoke and custom pieces in the past, but this was really in response to inquiries and requests from many of the male customers who’ve been exposed to the line over the years by their wives, girlfriends, sisters, mothers and were looking for functional, solid pieces with simple, classic shapes. We also expanded into home accessories.

Designed and made in LA, we hold each collection to the highest standards and produce in limited quantities to ensure quality and authenticity. Inspired by our heritage, familial background in architecture and design, and an enthusiasm for the arts, we believe each piece is personal with a soul intrinsic in its structure, intended to be used every day, and stand the test of time.

Our classic, signature piece is the Infinite Tusk Earring which is still one of our most popular. If you were to ask us separately, Gabriela loves the Lunula Earring which has such a unique, cool design. Tere really loves the Cigar Band Ring with Diamonds, the ring is masculine, but the diamonds add a feminine touch.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
We’re currently showing our Fall/Winter 19 Collection in New York and Paris, and for this season are continuing to work with pearls, one of our favorite materials.

Since we were children, we’ve always loved the sea. One of our favorite memories from when Gabriela was six and I (Tere) was eight, was when we’d go to our Acapulco with our mother.

Every day we’d go across the street to the beach, make our own fishing line with string, little containers and dried or dead fish and we would stay there for hours catching fish.

Our mom showed us how to clean and cook the fish which we’d have for dinner. At the time, Acapulco was not as developed as it is now and we’d play on the rocks and eat oysters fresh from the ocean.

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