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Conversations with Ari Delgado

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ari Delgado.

Ari, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was raised with the focus of living a simple life and doing volunteer work to help those in need, specially spiritually. This came to be my priority and main focus in life. Once I got married, our goal as a couple was to continue putting our faith and volunteer work in first place. Keeping this in mind, I had the idea of starting a small business in order to help my husband leave his full-time job so we can both do what we enjoy the most. It was at this point where the jewelry business idea came to mind. At first, I thought it was a silly idea and didn’t think it could even be possible. Then I met a friend who was actually making a living from her jewelry business. So I kept looking into it. I started making clay jewelry and received a lot of encouragement from family and friends. Even though it was a fun start, it started consuming a lot more time than what I had planned. So l looked into another material that was less time-consuming and filled my heart a little more. Here came gold-filled jewelry. It took a lot of trial and error but I eventually came through. Up until now, I was selling everything through social media. Which was fun because I could engage with my customers more, but I realized that having a website would make it easier for everyone, the customers and myself.

Alright, 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?
There has been some bumps along the road. For example, I aim to give my best in everything I do. So I try my hardest to make good quality products. In doing this, learning how to work with clay and then gold filled required a lot of research, practice, and making a lot of errors. This meant material was being wasted. When I couldn’t make a piece just right, I would feel frustrated because I felt like I was wasting my money so this would make me think I should just throw everything away and give up. Other struggles would be thinking that my products were not good/pretty enough for people to buy.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am proud to say I am a self-taught jewelry maker. I work with gold-filled jewelry. It took a lot of time and dedication to learn how to solder and work with a material that could be so delicate but durable. My pieces are made from scratch and I enjoy the process in making each and every one of them. I continue to learn and get better in everything I do.

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Yareth Castro Photography

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