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Daily Inspiration: Meet Mis Manos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mis Manos. 

Hi Mis Manos, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
my name is DáVon Novas, I went to the Fashion Institute of Design and merchandising majoring in merchandise and product development. I had always had a longing for intricate and unique designs and fell in love with the vision of implementing jewelry into my fashion design. At the time I didn’t know how to go about constructing such things so I began reading about gemstones to get an idea of how materials would work and be sourced. In this research, I learned about GIA, or the Gemological Institute of America which has a location in Carlsbad, CA. I applied and attended the Graduate Jeweler course and worked at Zales in the meantime to gain sales and customer service experience in the jewelry field. At GIA I was advised to check out the Jewelers Exchange Building in Downtown SD which I hadn’t known about before. I met another jeweler that attended GIA that agreed to share an office while I worked to get equipment and a space of my own. From that day I never returned to Zales or any other job and have been growing my business and clientele. Covid hit right as I was moving into my own space and I was in a temporary office until a more official workshop was available. In the past year, I have upgraded my space again having both a workshop and showroom area where I make and sell custom jewelry and apparel. It has been a long process but I am aiming to drop my first collection of pieces at the end of May which will include garments with genuine gemstones and diamonds handset in platinum and gold. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been easy; the jewelry business is one of the hardest industries to get into especially if you are first-generation meaning you don’t have a previous family in the industry. Also being the youngest in the building/city and one of the only African American jewelers in not just the building but the country definitely made it a bit tougher because you have to prove yourself that much more. A lot of people were skeptical but over time my work ethic and integrity for the business gained me a lot of respect and relationships throughout my building and city. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m most proud of how unique my approach is to the fashion and jewelry industry. I’m always pushing the boundaries and thinking outside the box, inspiring my consumers to come crazier and crazier every time. It keeps it fresh and fun and shows my versatility as an artist. Also being around master jewelers who have been in the trade for over 30+ years, I’ve been able to learn a lot of techniques and tricks in the past 2-3 years that have cut the learning curve in half, making my quality control and attention to detail sharper than average. Lastly, a lot of jewelers are more focused on the selling side of jewelry whereas I focus more on crafting the pieces which give my clients a more personal experience because they know that it is coming from me, my hands, or my company. 

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