People often recognize me for being Raul’s wife or a cast member on a TV show, but not many know the business side of Betty. I’ve been making my go of it in the jewelry industry for more than 10 years and recently realized I never expressed as to why I chose this industry. I love jewelry! Who doesn’t? In my Cuban family, jewelry is like clothing – you never leave the house without it. In fact, I didn’t even leave the hospital when I was born until I had my ears pierced! Thinking of it now, it’s really no wonder why I found my passion in jewelry.
Jewelry to me is so much more than the 4 C’s. Jewelry does more than decorate a body – it marks a time, an occasion, something to remember. A piece of family heirloom passed down from generation to generation is proof of that.
Every milestone of my life has a piece of jewelry that accompanies it. This tradition of giving jewelry is something that is universal. It holds sentimental value. Behind the jewelry is a story, whether it is one of a gift from the great grandmother to the granddaughter or the father to his son. Believe me when I say, some rely on these pieces to move forward in life.
I don’t know that I will ever be able to put into words what it means to me to know that my pieces find their way out there to deserving individuals. To know that someone is choosing my work to document a special occasion, to gift themselves as a reward, to pass along as a gift. There’s no greater joy than that. Well, except the birth of my three sons, of course. But these pieces are my babies too and I think of them in the same way.
As for me, my most precious pieces of jewelry in my collection are my bangles. It is a Cuban custom for the man to gift his wife with a bangle every anniversary marking the length of their marriage. I feel like a million bucks with my bangles. So much so, that you will never find me without them. Without them, I’m not Betty!