For Grace Gonzalez, jewelry is more than just a statement piece. After growing up watching her mother Marybeth González and her maternal grandmother Grace Gigante pair outfits elegantly with different jewels and pins from designers like Oscar de la Renta and Sonia Rykel, Gonzalez knew there was an inherent sentimentality to wearing jewelry. Through cherishing those memories formed by the special women in her life, Gonzalez found her calling–empowering women through jewelry. “They taught me to have my style, they opened my eyes to the world of fashion, art, and design, their influence is constant,” the jewelry designer says, adding. “I always think about what pieces they would use from my collections, they are strong women, they are fighters, warriors and a part of that spirit lives in me too.”
Everything in Gonzalez’s “Latin Gypsy Soul” serves two purposes — creating perfect pieces that permeate love but also tap into the Caribbean Indigenous roots of Puerto Rico. The collection draws influence from Indian Gypsy, the Mayan mysticism, and fuses it with Spanish, African, and Indigenous roots that can be seen through the use of circles, lines, and triangles. Each piece is infused with the energy of Rose Quartz– a popular healing crystal used to strengthen the heart on all levels –that resonates with the designer’s soul and beliefs of spiritual unity. Offering everything from classic hoops that feature one-of-a-kind gold beading to chokers bathed in 18K, Gonzalez has the perfect piece to jazz up any outfit.