We had the good fortune of connecting with Susana Vega and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Susana, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born among jewels, stones, metals and art . I am from Venezuela, I was born and grew up in the coldest and most mountainous area of my country. Mérida state is very artistic, where painters, sculptors and goldsmiths developed. It is a city full of art. In Tovar (the town where I grew up) my family had jewelry stores. My mom’s father had the first jewelry store there. Years later my father arrived there and was taught by my mom’s father the art of goldsmithing. Since I was born I have been linked to the art of creating, metals and stones. My mom has always had a very unique aesthetic style. From them I have the passion, the detail and the manual ability to create things from nothing. Then I went to the University of Andes, where I studied Industrial Design and it was there that I discovered new processes, materials and techniques that I use today in my jewelry too.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I don’t just make jewelry, I creat pieces that collect memories. My manufacturing technique in one of the most distinctive parts of my brand. Using glass beads in a different, very elegant, and artistic way has brought me where I am. The most difficult part of my journey was the moment when I had to restart after having my brand successfully in my country, Venezuela. Here, where almost nobody knew me, I wondered many times if Icould make it work or not. I trusted myself and dared and dedicated all my energy so that my business began to function within the United States. The biggest lessons I have learned is that when we have few resources, we become recursive, we learn to never think that someone from nothing is going to come and save us to start. We have to learn many things to form and build a business. We have to learn things that we like and many others by obligation. This seems wonderful to me. My brand is born from passion, from the history of my life and my roots. it is not detached from me … each collection has the essence of the moment of life that I am living. That is what connects with so many women. We feel reflected in a pair of jewels, we can express ourselves through them, feeling powerful and spectacular always.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many amazing places in Houston, I am a fan of discovering amazing places to eat … and found some places to visit that make me very happy.   Museums are my favorite place to visit. I love the Museum of Fine Arts and Houston Museum of Natural Science . They are places where I get inspired, discover and learn.   To spend outdoors the Buffalo Bayou Park is a place to walk, spend with the family, sunbathe and just breathe   Some of my favorite places to eat is local food, hopdoddy burger bar, grazzia italian cuisine and   The pit room.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
thanking a single person is almost impossible. my mother has been a pillar, support and strength. my dad has always been my inspiration, seeing him at work, his dedication, his vision, his passion for details that have had a great impact on me. And last but not least, my husband always asks me the right questions so that I can analyze each situation with my company objectively. He has helped me structure my passion.

Website: https://susanavegajewelry.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susanavegajewelry/

Image Credits
Erika Forero Josué Casillas Susana Vega Ángela Ramirez Luisa Babarczy Andrea Acevedo Audrey Talley Timothy Silmon Ashley Nicole