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Meet Alma Rosa Nava of Manos de Alma Jewelry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alma Rosa Nava.

Alma Rosa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Escondido Ca on February 11th, 1994, a daughter to two immigrant parents and sister to five siblings. Growing up I struggle with the language barrier. So my way of self-expression was always creativity.

My parents decided to move out of the hood when I was 11 to Carlsbad CA, to seek better opportunities. Here is where my journey began. One summer day a seed was planted when I saw girls using string to thread and macrame at school. No one wanted to teach me, so I dedicated all summer to learn and master the technique.

I went to a four-year community college, and during my time there I couldn’t seem to find any passion for a career, so I decided to take a break to work on myself. Working on myself brought out what I love most, and that’s is when I decided to start my jewelry business.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My journey has not been a smooth road. Starting a business in my 20s and as a full-time kitchen manager is sometimes hard to handle BUT possible! Also FEAR was an obstacle I would say that I had to deal with. The more I let go of fear and trust myself the more opportunity arises. The bumps in my journey I see them as lessons and motivations.

Manos de Alma Jewelry – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an independent creator of my macrame jewelry business. I make necklaces and earrings. I am inspired by my Mexican and Chicana roots. I am known for having a meaning behind every piece I make. I have a jewelry piece called the Warrior necklace I wore through my process of growth.

When customers buy the Warrior Necklace, I tell that it is meant to give you strength and courage. When I search for beads, I look for this particle bead that I am so in love with called cloisenné bead which derived from China which I use in most of my pieces. I am inspired by my Aztec roots and incorporate that in my jewelry. I also have calaverita jewelry inspired by Dia De Los Muertos.

I am so proud of myself that I get to share my creativity with my community. Proud that I step out of the unknown and listened to myself to follow my passion. Creativity is my form of mediation and has saved me from my darkest of days. What sets me apart from others is my unique choice of beads and colors, which come from self-healing, earth, humans and the universe.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think what came first is self-care and awareness. Success to me is being a full-time creator! Taking the time to know myself is what is leading to my success. My goal is to have an online store where people can shop. Another goal is to provide jobs for other jewelry makers. I want to share my success with others who are just as passionate as me.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 760-847-6577
  • Instagram: @manosdealma

Image Credit:
Oscar De La Peña photographer, Matilde Hull photographer

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