Just in time for Mother's Day, this month we're showcasing the gorgeous Maya from VOA Fine Jewellery.
MEET OUR DESIGNER
"I am Maya, a mum of two boys and we currently live in Sydney. Although I come from a Vietnamese background, I actually grew up in Kiev, Ukraine from the age of 2, until I moved to Australia at the age of 15, in 2004. From a very young age, I was always drawn to all types of jewellery. I remember my grandmother gifted me a ruby ring for my 6th birthday and it kind of sealed the deal from that day onwards!"
HOW IT ALL STARTED
With a career in retail and wholesale jewellery that went on for almost 10 years, our designer had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest Australian jewellery brands, and travelled extensively both interstate and overseas attending various jewellery fairs, which was a highlight of her career.
She started the brand because she had always dreamed of opening up a small jewellery store when she could, but instead she took on a personal challenge as a Creative Director to showcase her vision and love for jewellery after her first son was born.
"I was stuck between wanting to be a full-time stay at home mum to my baby, and the other part of me needed my creative side to continue for my own sanity. Unfortunately, at the time, my full-time job was not open to me working part-time, and that's when I made a decision to take the risk to fulfil my dream by opening up an online jewellery store".
THE BEST PARTS
"I absolutely love supporting local Australian businesses as much as possible. 80% of our jewellery creation from designing to finishing happens here in our Sydney workshop, our printing and packaging are also Australian made".
Maya loves using both modern technologies such as CAD Drawings and traditional handmaking process to create lasting jewellery pieces.
"It is a pretty incredible feeling to see your pieces come to life while being able to support the local economy right here in a place I'm so lucky to call home".
"Being still a relatively new brand, it's important to get the brand awareness out there, something that has been quite challenging - but thanks to Design a Space, I have an opportunity for the audience to learn a little more about VOA and hopefully they can see the love and passion that goes into my creations".
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
"So many things! I would love VOA Fine Jewellery to have a few more stockists! We are also currently working away on our new collection, hopefully, to be unveiled over the next couple of months, so stay tuned!"
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