We had the good fortune of connecting with Nhu-Nhu Tull and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nhu-Nhu, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I often think of the materials we use and how it will impact our world. I didn’t know the difference between gold plated and gold filled jewelry before I started making jewelry. They both mean layers of gold on top, but gold filled is a lot more gold on top, it can be exposed to water and will last decades. Gold plated is a lot less gold, will turn green with water exposures and after handling it for some time, will fade quickly. After learning this, I only use gold filled chains, ear wires and clasps because I am proud of my work and want my jewelry to bring joy to my clients for a very long time. I don’t use plastic, my jewelry is made of real gemstones from all over the world. These gemstones, which I believe are just as pretty as expensive diamonds, have less humanitarian issues associated with them and are more fairly priced. I embrace imperfections as part of the natural beauty and individual appeal of each piece. We are also moving towards eco-friendly shipping packages, the ones that degrade in a few months rather than years. mochimochi is about slow, mindful beautiful fashion.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started making jewelry when I was in my Internal Medicine residency. As a Palliative Medicine Physician in the hospital, while I love my work, it doesn’t involve creating anything tangible that could be held in my hands at the end of day for me to say “I made this!” It has been a challenge to work full time as a Physician and make jewelry outside of that time. I’ve very much enjoyed exploring other parts of my city and the US because of this business and meeting beautiful people outside of medicine I love talking to clients to design a beautiful piece for their loved one. I love talking to local shop owners who put so much love and care into their business and know it inside out. I also delight in the phrase, “You gotta risk it to get the biscuit” -This applies in so many ways. You just have to put your art out there and be vulnerable to criticism to grow as an artist.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Chalet Fine Wines & Liquors: a local business that has everything you need for your plans and they deliver. They also have hard-to-find items Cheeky Vintage: a jewel box of a shop for unique fashion finds Houston Botanic Garden: a beautiful place to go with anyone to walk through different gardens. They are also involved in education and conservation Jardin de France: beautifully curated French country home and garden decor Allen Parkway: they did a multi-million dollar makeover a few years ago and it is the most gorgeous place in Houston, lots of trails, cityscapes and waterways Jasmine Restaurant: they specialize in marinated 7 courses of beef, a unique Vietnamese cuisine The Kinder Museum: Houston’s new contemporary and modern art museum. You will feel like you are in New York City for the day!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shoutout to Sherry Drori of @browneyedgirlsshop She is my jewelry mentor and I’m so grateful for her friendship!

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